Welcome to another week where I share some fantastic blog posts that I came across last week. Now, it might just be me but it feels like recently there’s been a little bit of a slow down in activity in the ani-blogging community, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a lot of quality posts to find. As always, feel free to link to an anime related blog post you’d like to give a shout out to in the comments (I love finding new posts) and hopefully you find something fun to read in the list below.
Otaku She Wrote has a beautiful post this week focusing on how Banana Fish has played with standard gendered archetypes through the characters of Ash, Eiji and Yut-Lung. This post makes for a great read highlighting some of the obvious moments within Banana Fish but also drawing attention to some of the smaller detail work that supports how these characters have been constructed and framed. Well worth the time if you’ve been watching the anime.
Xenodude has a pretty fun write up of Goblin Slayer episode 3 for those who are wondering how its been travelling. I enjoyed reading this as it gave enough information about what happened in the episode while also giving their impressions. I don’t feature episode reviews often enough in this list so I’m glad I remembered to include this one.
Rai’s Anime Blog has an interesting discussion piece about fat shaming and the focus on body image in Japan and draws on a range of sources to frame its musings. There are some interesting observations made and the article raises some interesting questions and more importantly makes me think about the anime I’ve seen and just how many of them do include these sorts of practices. A great read if you missed it.
Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews shares 5 Psychological Horror Anime worth checking out. While I’m not sure about the horror aspect, I know that this list has some really great anime that all have quite a bit to say about life and society. While there’s a couple I haven’t seen, the ones I have are all very much worth checking out and the two I haven’t seen are already on my watch list.
Irina shares her thoughts on Parasyte just in time for Halloween. And while there are a lot of times that binge watching a show will help to fix up some of the pacing issues, apparently binging Parasyte leads to making some of its tonal shifts a lot harder to take. I’ve never actually tried to binge the show usually watching it in two to three episode chunks which seems to be about right in terms of enjoying it but there’s probably a reason I’ve had enough after two or three episodes. Anyway, great post.
Lyn Sheridan has a great right up of Overlord Season Three. The format here really helps just get to the point of what the show is about, what works, what doesn’t, and an overall impression and mostly it just made me want to try Overlord again at some point given I stopped watching back in season one (I didn’t drop, I just didn’t watch anymore). Anyway, this is a nice on point write up and one I enjoyed reading.
A Piece of Anime visits Steins;Gate 0 and looks at the idea of challenging fate. It’s a really great post and one that really looks at Okabe’s character and the choices he made throughout both Steins;Gate and 0 and how he ended up where he did. It also links nicely back to the choices we make everyday in our lives. All and all, an excellent post to read (spoilers if you haven’t seen Steins;Gate 0).
Marshmellow Pastel has an interesting post about the heavy use of technobabble and jargon in a number of titles this Autumn season. It is something I’ve noticed as well and despite liking SAO in general, the exposition dump in episode one was really cringe worthy and fairly much a prime example of technobabble at work. Really fun post to read. Though, lets be honest, in a season with a new Index anime no one is going to out jargon that show.
Pick of the Week
Right, so I’m really cheating this week as I link to Scott’s post on Mechanical Anime Reviews about Natsume Yuujinchou where he discusses Natsume’s sense of pacifism. The reason this is kind of a cheat is because while this is a fantastic post on its own, it is the start of a week of Natsume posts that Scott coordinated between a number of bloggers (myself included) and the links to the other posts are at the end of this one. There were some really great posts that came out this week about Natsume and they are definitely worth checking out if you missed any of them.
- Top 5: Horror Anime Released in the Last 5 Years
- Feature: 3 Reasons That Bunny Girl Anime is Worth Trying This Season
- Series Review: Steins;Gate 0
- Repost – Series Review: Terror In Resonance Series Review
- Light Novel Review: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Level 6 + 7
- Episode Reviews: Autumn 2018 Week 3
- Inquiring Minds: What is the longest series that you have finished, that you regretted watching afterwards?
And that was my week, in case you missed it.
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