In Case You Missed It 2019 #24

Here we go, the Summer Season has kicked off with a bang and bloggers are furiously typing up first impressions posts and sorting out their seasonal review schedule. Oddly enough, no one has yet to declare this the worst season ever so that might be the first time for nearly a year I haven’t heard that label applied to an anime season. Though, there are certainly people raising eye-brows at the number of isekai titles making the scene. Still, I enjoy isekai, I’ve found plenty of anime to enjoy so far, and I’m looking forward to what this season will bring us.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

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Crack Down Review has a gorgeous piece written about the second season of March Comes in Like a Lion. Okay, I’m incredibly biased given how much I loved the season but reading this review was fantastic. For those who still haven’t watched the anime (either the first or second season) despite my many, many posts praising it to pieces (as I said, incredibly biased), this post is definitely one to read as it might just convince you that March Comes in Like a Lion is worth a try and that as it goes into the second season it goes from great to truly amazing.

Irina on her blog asks Why Aren’t There More Short Anime? It is an interesting question and one she examines from the point of view of the industry and makes you really think about what goes into making any anime, short or otherwise. As always, a really interesting post and one that gets you thinking.

Jonah Hunt has a discussion about Shinji Ikari from Evangelion (we knew that its release on Netflix would open all these discussions again). I really enjoyed reading this post though because it doesn’t really try to take on everything but rather looks at one specific aspect of Shinji’s character and uses that to relate to their personal experiences and reasons why they liked watching Shinji’s character. Definitely one to check out.

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Hannah Brave gives their first impressions of Lord El-Melloi etc (there are a lot of way too long anime titles this season). Admittedly, I was kind of curious about this one until I read this review. Mostly because I haven’t watched all the Fate/Zero anime, actually only one of them and I wasn’t all that into it, and it kind of seems like there’s some required knowledge here. Even if that isn’t the case, the connection between this one and the other franchise is enough to make me at least put it on hold for now. However they have recommended this series so if you are curious about it this post might let you know whether or not it is worth giving a try.

Marth shares his first impressions of Granbelm. I will admit, this is not one I was really thinking much about but after reading this review I decided why not try. It isn’t a rave review by any means but it kind of captures the kind of great kind of not feel the episode itself has. Again, if you are still thinking about whether to try it or not, this review might tip you over the line one way or the other.

Lynn and Yomu discuss the first episode of Fire Force over on Lynn Sheridan’s blog. If you want to get two perspectives on one of the hottest first episodes this season this post is a great one to check out as it uses Lynn’s style breaking it down into what they enjoyed what they liked least and which character they like the most so far. Great fun to read and a good guide as to whether you might find the anime enjoyable.

However, another great take on Fire Force can be found on Crow’s World of Anime as it looks at three great moments from the first episode and how they drew Crow into the story. It is a fun post to read and certainly highlights the best points of this first episode.

Arthifis asks whether Dr Stone is any good in his first impressions post over on Anime Shelter. Now Arthifis was a bit more sensible than me and went in relatively blind and so his viewing experience was a bit different to mine. While I enjoyed the episode a lot of the wow factor was kind of killed by the promotional videos giving most of the key moments of the episode away. Definitely one to check out and also I’m just really glad to see Arthifis back.

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Marshmallow Pastel takes a look at selective mutism and the representation of disability within Senryu Shoujo. I really enjoyed Senryuu Shoujo and this piece is a wonderful look at the reality behind Nanako’s silent presence within the story. There’s plenty of discussion about the anime and the manga and also a bit of a personal take on the situation. It is a really great post to read.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #23

Right, I’m pretty much having to admit I’m the one who missed it this week. With very limited internet other than checking messages I wasn’t really able to read, watch or do anything online for six days so realistically I’m not really doing a list of links this week and anything I read today I’ve added to the list for next week. Still, the Spring Anime Season is done (save for a half dozen episode reviews I’ve still got to write) and next week we’ll be diving head first into the Summer season which means first impressions galore.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #22

Alright, there’s a lot of posts from the last couple of day rather than the whole week and that’s realistically because I have been off the charts busy and then got to Friday and just pulled the plug on being productive and binged watched Evangelion on Netflix. I regret nothing in that decision.

However, it did mean that I had a few gaps in my post schedule and I didn’t get to quite as many posts to read as normal. I’d like to say next week will be better but I’m actually looking at 5 days with very little to no internet next week due to my standard family gathering that occurs. I will have some posts scheduled but my final coverage of the spring season will have to be finalised when I get back and I’ll be ready to kick off my coverage of the Summer anime season and get right back into things.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed my coverage of Spring despite my missing the start of the season, and then playing catch-up for most of the rest of the season. It’s just been a ridiculously busy three months. But looking at the second half of the year things should be a lot more subdued – I hope.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter. And the best of the season poll results will come out on Friday.

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Crow and Irina discuss episode 12 of Demon Slayer. If you haven’t been following their coverage of the series you should really get on board because reading their discussion is just as fun as watching the episode. Be sure to check the post out but only after you watch the episode.

Annie-me has an excellent post about crafting villains and uses as their example Muruem from Hunter x Hunter. Yes there are spoilers are plenty here for those who haven’t watched through that particular arc of the story yet, but for those who have it is an excellent dive into the character and a post well worth reading.

Ty-chama covers episode 12 of Fruits Basket and the introduction of Akito. If you want to have a closer look at how Akito manages to terrify and traumatise through just a few words and gestures, this post has you covered examining the nuances in language and body language that permeated the scene.

The Rogue Shogunate explains why they didn’t like Nichijou. As someone who regularly finds comedy anime just not their cup of tea I kind of related to this post even though I’ve never tried the anime in question. Certainly I didn’t read anything in this post that would encourage me to watch it.

Space Whales reviews Hitoribocchi and while I’m still working myself up to watch the final episode, they actually found it a fairly pleasant viewing experience (which actually seems to be the more popular view on the show). Still, this review isn’t just a praise fest as it does get into some of the weaker elements of the anime and ultimately it gives you a pretty good idea of what you will get if you try Hitoribocchi. Well worth reading if you haven’t tried the anime and you are still on the fence about whether you should watch it.

Ethan_07 has a review of the third season of Bungo Stray Dogs. I suspect this is the first review of quite a number that I’ll read and I enjoyed their take on the series. While a lot of my ongoing issues with the narrative of Bungo remain even after season three, I can’t deny that individual episodes are fun.

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Biblionyan has a great post reviewing Tada Never Falls in Love and looking at the loneliness felt by the protagonist and how this manifests throughout the series, as well as how his walls are broken down by the support cast throughout the series. It is a great take on an anime that kind of disappeared from people’s awareness after it finished airing, so if you haven’t seen it and are curious be sure to check out this post.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #21

Here we go for another week. The poll for best anime of the season is hopping along and you have 6 days left to have your say so be sure to vote. In the meantime though, you can check out some of the great anime related posts from the community.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

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The Gaijin explains their love for Commander Erwin in Attack on Titan. There are definitely Attack on Titan spoilers here for people who aren’t up to date with the show, but for those who are and want to have a bit of a closer look at Erwin’s character arc here is a post for you. It is always great to see someone sharing their love for a character so this post is such a fun read.

Owen from Truly Trash Media shares a personal reflection on their time writing seasonal anime reviews and how it nearly killed their love of blogging. Personal posts from bloggers are great to read because even though their experience is not yours it gives you something to think about. And for those new to blogging and considering reviewing seasonal anime, this might give you a different view of it.

Irina brings us an incredibly discussion about Bakugou from My Hero Academia and why he isn’t a Mary Sue character. As usual Irina gives us an interesting perspective on a character and looks at what is lying beneath the surface and driving that character. I really enjoy reading these character pieces by Irina.

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Leth has set themselves a challenge (or rather they are fulfilling a wager they made on twitter) by watching 40 terrible anime. To see the list and the conditions he’s set himself check out this post. Following this could be pretty entertaining and you never know, you might find a new terrible anime to check out (or even a couple of good ones).

Takuto takes on a review of Izetta: The Last Witch. With some distance and reflection, sometimes views on anime change, so how does the 2016 Izetta hold up? More importantly, it made an initial splash in the community that then petered out, so what went wrong in the story that had so many viewers either walking away or finding the overall package forgettable?

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Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers has a post about anime that you can enjoy from episode one (so forget the three episode test). It is a nice run down of anime that have very compelling first episodes and is just fun to read. Be sure to check it out if you missed it last week.

Yomu explains why they didn’t like “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime“. While they admit part of the problem came from expecting something different to what they got, Yomu raises some interesting points about plot and character. While that won’t stop those who loved Slime from loving it, it does explain why there are some viewers who found it a little less than compelling.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 18 Rimuru

Then, because I like to attempt something resembling balance in this list, I came across Fireboy’s post on “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” and why it was actually better than it looks. This post gets into the visuals and tone of the anime and why that worked for so many viewers and provides a more positive take on Slime.

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OwingMatt93 on the Backloggers wrote an incredible personal post in response to Irina’s post about blogging breaks: “A Letter To Irina’s Blogging Breaks Post“. It shares a single, personal experience and takes us inside the head and the emotions of someone going through the struggle of keeping a blog going. This is one for all bloggers and I’m very glad they shared this.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #20

Another week and another round up of anime related blog posts. My apologies for my schedule going a little out. Between One Punch Man not airing for a week and visitors arriving mid-week at my house (earlier than expected) I ended up having to cannibalise posts I had scheduled for next week to keep this week going and now I’m looking at next week and knowing I have to travel for work and I’m wondering if I just accept that I’m going to have to cut down to two posts a day rather than three… Decisions are hard sometimes. Anyway, I’ve had a great week and while I haven’t managed to watch as much as I’d like or write as much (certainly haven’t spent as much time reading other blogs as I normally enjoy), there’s still heaps going on.

However, super important that you remember that voting for the best anime of the Spring 2019 season opened on Friday and will close June 29. Be sure to get in and vote for your favourite show of the season and spread the word because the more votes the more reflective of the community the results will be.

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Lynn Sheridan covered Fruits Basket Episode 10 and as usual for their episode coverage shares their favourite and least favourite moments as well as picks their favourite character of the episode. I like this structure to an episode review because it gives us the main points without providing too much in the way of recap or spoilers. Worth checking out if you are following the series.

A bit of non-anime fun, Thero159 shares their Bookish Life From A – Z and this one was a nice bit of fun. I think I might even take this one on because it just looks like a fun post to read. Anyway if you want to know what book they have 27th on their shelf, what they think the best sequel is, or anything else book related, be sure to check out the post.

Still in a list mood, Merlin’s Musings has 5 Action/Adventure anime worth watching and it is one fun list to read with some great anime being mentioned. Be sure to check this one out and leave some of your favourites in the comments.

Kurumi Shim gives us 5 Reasons to Watch Carole and Tuesday. Now this is an anime I’m not watching this season (no access) but I’ve been enjoying the coverage of it. While some viewers aren’t as thrilled by it, there’s a lot of positive buzz around what Carole and Tuesday has done this season and this post highlights some of the reasons people are enjoying it so much.

Never Argue With A Fish gives us a review of Cells at Work. If you missed this adorable edutainment anime about the directionally challenged Red Blood Cell this is a great post to give you the ups and downs of the series and it will probably give you a push to go check out the anime.

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Anime Rants posted some thoughts about Rem from Death Note and how as a death god they fell in love with a human. It is another interesting part of the Death Note narrative and has fairly large implications for the story. I won’t pretend I understand what could possibly motivate Rem in this instance, but it is interesting seeing how the story unfolds because of it. Anyway, this is a great post to check out, though clearly a few spoiler points if you still haven’t seen Death Note.

The Blue Hybrid reviewed season 2 of March Comes in Like a Lion. I guess if you are reading my blog you already know how much I love this series so reading a review of this and seeing the enthusiasm and love of another fan was just fantastic. Be sure to check out the review and watch the anime if you haven’t already given it a go.

Rogue Shogunate shares their thoughts on My Roommate is a Cat and the importance of character arcs. There are some spoilers in this post as it discusses Subaru’s character and the changes he underwent throughout the series and how that serves as a hook for viewers. A great post to read and for those still on the fence about My Roommate is a Cat this might just convince you to give it a go.

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Cactus Matt shares his list of ten anime that need a second series. There’s an interesting mix of anime on this list and all of them end somewhat inconclusively or leave the characters with more room to grow – which leaves the audience wanting to know what happens next. Be sure to check out the list and leave a comment sharing the anime you want to have a second season.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #19

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Wow, where did the Spring Anime season go? It has just flown by so quick. On that note, next weekend I’ll be setting up and starting the poll for the best of the season so start thinking through what you are going to vote for this time round. However, for now, be sure to check out some of the posts I came across this week.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

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STARfisher has an interesting post on the first season of Code Geass. it is one of those anime that a lot of people love but then there are lots of people that it doesn’t quite grab. STARfisher looks at some of the issues with the writing that kept them from falling in love with the series and it a fun post to read breaking down some of the potential problems with the story.

David has a look at the escapist appeal of The Helpful Fox Senko-san in this fun post that describes the circumstances in the anime and how relaxing they find it to watch. I’m going to honestly say I didn’t get very far into the anime because it didn’t really appeal to me but this was a great post to read to see why someone else was enjoying it. If you haven’t checked out the anime be sure to give the post a read.

Ty-chama has a fun episode review of Fruits Basket episode 9. I really enjoyed this episode with its nice mix of lighter comedic moments that hit the spot as well as its warm emotional ending and this was a really fun post to read as it covered a range of ideas that came up in the episode. If you are watching Fruits Basket this season check out this episode review.

Irina had a wonderful character piece this week on Kyouya from Ouran High School Host Club so if you missed it be sure to hop on over to her blog and check it out. Kyouya is an interesting character and there’s plenty to look at particularly regarding his family situation and his motives and Irina certainly has stepped back and taken a good look at this character.

Otaku Central takes on Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance) and whether it is worth watching. I really enjoyed reading their take on this anime as it is one I found to be interesting watching. If you’ve yet to watch the anime and are curious as to what it is about this is a nice spoiler free post to check out.

Rocco B over on Secluded Observation wrote their own post offering advice for new bloggers linking back to my inquiring minds post last week. It is great advice from someone who has been blogging a fair bit longer than I have and worth checking out for new bloggers and bloggers who are still learning new things (which would be most of us).

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Data Error has a fantastic post on Run With The Wind and the source of conflict within the story. Okay, I just love Run With The Wind but this post really does the anime justice in looking at why it works so well and has such a wide appeal to viewers who give it the time. The post begins with an overview of the focus of sports anime in general before narrowing its focus to what Run With The Wind accomplished and it is a pleasure to read from start to finish and definitely worth the time.

Run With The Wind Episode 22 King hands the sash to Kakeru

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #18

Another massive week in anime and another massive week for bloggers with so many fun posts coming out to read. I’m still thinking through the whole 24 hours worth of Evangelion posts and once I figure out what exactly I’m doing I’ll write a post about it and those who wish to be involved can give drop me a comment then. In the meantime check out some of the great posts this week from the community.

And if you missed it, be sure to check out the discussion Scott and I had regarding Attack on Titan (part one here, part two here). We had a lot of fun writing it and doing some mad speculation about the future of the characters. Be nice though and don’t spoil it for us, we’re both looking forward to being surprised.

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Fan Of A Certain Age shares a discussion about their love of side-lined and background characters. This one gets quite personal looking at the absence of lead characters that they can relate to as well as looking at trends in fan-fiction. It’s an interesting read so if you missed it be sure to check it out. And while you are there check out the great post they wrote asking “is there hope for BL“.

Ayano shares ten anime worlds they’d like to restart/be reborn into and there are some great picks on this list particularly if you like cute or sparkly. Be sure to check out this fun anime list and leave a comment with the worlds you’d love to be in.

Richard Wood summarises and discusses episode 8 of Demon Slayer. Yes there are spoilers here given it does recount the events of the episode but it also looks at Nezuko’s role within the story and how he currently feels about the villain. If you are watching Demon Slayer and missed this episode review it is an interesting read.

Demon Slayer Episode 8 - Tanjiro and Nezuko

Merlin’s Musings looks at 5 anime voice actors (English dubs) and their many roles. There’s some great names on the list and some nice videos and clips to watch so a post well worth checking out. I don’t tend to listen to all that many English dubs so I can’t really weigh in on my favourites but if you have a favourite voice actor be sure to throw a comment over on this post.

Kiritonarukami has a post this week reviewing Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale. It is a brief look at the movie broken down by story, animation, etc and will give you an idea of what to expect should you check the movie out. If you are an SAO fan and haven’t seen the movie yet, this post may be for you.

Reasons to Anime gives us 5 Reasons To Watch Cutie Honey. It is a fun list and makes the anime sound really quite fun. This is one that has been on my watch list for a very long time and I still haven’t gotten to it but this post reminded me that it exists. Will probably need to get to it at some point.

Yomu has a review of xxxHolic which is one of those anime that I wonder why it doesn’t get talked about more often. It was great fun coming across this review this week and if you haven’t given xxxHolic a go then be sure to check it out.

Luna gives us a reminder that it isn’t all doom and gloom this season with a list of their best bois and girls from the Spring Anime. Your sure to find someone on this list that is worth smiling over and can throw your own picks of the season in the comments so be sure to give it a read.

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Animated Andy gives us an AMV for Kaguya-Sama Love is War. One thing I did really enjoy about that anime was some of the visuals throughout and this AMV takes full advantage. It’s also just really nicely put together. Well worth checking out.

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