In Case You Missed It

This week continues to be a great week for catching everyone’s initially impressions of the new season, final impressions of the Summer season, and just a great week for talking anime. As usual, below are links to some of my favourite posts that I found during the week but please feel free to give a shout out to any other related posts in the comments below. I had some travel come up so I wasn’t quite as diligent about keeping track of links this week so sorry about the short list.

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Remy Fool had an excellent post this week asking reviewers to stop overusing the word ‘dark’ to describe anime series. The post goes on to make an excellent point about a reliance on buzz words or familiar terms rather than going beyond and explaining how and why a show might be dark. Great post to check out.

Standing on my Neck has a review of the No Game No Life movie where they raise the interesting point that the movie does a lot of telling and not showing and that the games that made the series so much fun are missing. That kind of makes me wonder what the point of the movie is but as I can’t see it at the moment I guess I’ll just have to wait. Still, this review is a nice contrast to all the this-is-amazing posts I’ve read about it that don’t give many details as to why.

First impressions of The Ancient Magus’ Bride were fairly prolific as you might expect. The Only Shinyuu Site gave a glowing review of episode 1 that was closely followed by Lita Kino Anime Corner. Where-ever I Look also put out their mostly positive first impression of the series. And, of course, Weekend Otaku and I shared our thoughts on the episode in a collaborative post over on Weekend Otaku’s blog. If you missed it, be sure to check it out. However for something different on The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Atelier Emily looks at the language of flowers as used in this first episode. Seriously, it is going to be seriously fun this season following this show just because I know I’ll always have plenty to look forward to reading after.

Mechanical Anime Reviews has an episode review of Kino’s Journey episode 1. This is something a bit different as they don’t normally take on episodic reviewing and it was fantastic to see how they responded to this episode.

Round3Anime has an interesting piece discussing the problem with anime villains. They use some great examples from Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist and even Erased to make their point. A nice opinion piece worth checking out.

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Cain S Latrani has an excellent post about Gakko Gurashi (School-Live) and how the odd mix of cute girls and zombie horror come together to make something truly memorable. Having watched that earlier this year after D started it and posted their first thoughts, I have to agree. The show is definitely something special even if it isn’t perfect. This write up is not spoiler free so if you want to go in blind maybe skip, but if you just want to reminisce about a great story with great direction than this is post worth checking out.

 


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Fastest Finger First Series Review: Do You Like Watching Characters Answer Questions?

Overview:

Koshiyama is about as typical an anime dweeb as they come. A book nerd starting high school with few friends or social skills. Then he get dragged into a practice quiz and discovers Quiz Bowl.

Review:

There’s really not a lot of story here. Geeky and shy kid joins new quiz circle at his high school and as a result gains some confidence, kind of makes some friends, and kind of finds a rival. I say kind of, because in these 12 episodes the skeleton for future developments is set up but very little time is devoted to anything outside of quizzing and learning about question formats and practicing to answer.

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Enjoyment of this show relies very heavily on the audience enjoying game shows or playing along with quizzes. If you like hearing characters discuss strategies for when you can quiz in or narrow down answers, then you will have fun. If you like seeing if you can beat characters to the right answer, you’ll probably have fun. If you actually want the back story on the characters or to see any of the potential character developments realized you’ll probably end up disappointed.

For me, I loved being inside Koshiyama’s head as he tried to find the answer to questions. Sometimes he was successful and sometimes not (so at least no plot armour for the rookie quizzer) but his thinking and how he drew on his knowledge from the vast array of books he had read was kind of fun to follow.

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The other members of the team and most the rival players are also fun enough, but they just don’t spend enough time with any of them. They all remain more types than characters and, particularly with the leader of Koshiyama’s team, it felt like there was a lot missing that would just make all these characters feel a bit more real and fleshed out.

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Mikuriya gets a lot more time as the set up rival from another school, but even he doesn’t get much beyond his attitude and aptitude. We literally know nothing about him beyond the fact that he likes quizzes and he doesn’t like to lose.

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Of course, the show isn’t all smooth sailing. The introduction of Akira in the latter half hurt my enjoyment of some of the final episodes. He was a really annoying character and while the show needed something to shake up all the composed quizzers and Akira served that role well, he didn’t make it more fun to watch.

The opening song is enjoyable enough and the dings and beeps of the buzzers are certainly nostalgic sounding. Otherwise the music and sound is pretty unremarkable as are most of the visuals.

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There’s no greater narrative going on here. No fighting for a greater good. This is just about the characters and quizzing with Quiz Bowl getting the lion’s share of development even at the expense of the characters. Still, if that works for you then you should have some fun with this show. I certainly did and while it is hardly going to be my favourite anime ever and rewatch value is pretty low (sorry, once I know what the answer is going to be a lot of the fun goes out the window) I’d actually happy watch a second season of this, though that seems unlikely that we’ll get one.

Probably the best thing I can say about this show is that it is consistent in what it delivers.

If you watched Fastest Finger First I’d love to know your thoughts on it.


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In Case You Missed It

Another fine week blogging and it has been great to see so many people jumping into the new season. As always, I have gathered a collection of my favourite posts from the week below but if you’d like to give a shout out to a particular post, feel free to add a link in the comments. Preferably anime related (gaming, movies and books also okay).

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From Slow Anime an excellent article about why Hollywood making an adaptation of Your Name is not a bad thing. Definitely worth checking out.

Keiko’s Anime Blog has another great episode review for My Hero Academia Season 2 Episode 25. As it is a review of the final episode of the season there are some spoilers here, but it is a great read.

The Xenodude also has a great review of My Hero Academia Season 2 Episode 25. A lot of the fun from this show has come from the discussions that follow on after each episode so it has been great checking out some of these thought provoking posts as season 2 comes to an end but leaves us waiting for season 3.

The Anime Accord has a list of 10 very cool swords in anime. As a sword remains my weapon of choice for seeing in fight sequences, I really enjoyed this list as it contained many weapons I was a fan of.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers has a fairly positive review of Classroom of the Elite, so if you are curious about that anime and haven’t checked it out yet, this is worth having a read through.

Miandro’s Side discusses Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale and how it fell short. As someone who from a fan point of view enjoyed the movie but from a common sense point of view realised it wasn’t that great a movie, I kind of enjoyed reading this post. There’s been a lot of SAO chatter recently with various announcements and I’m looking forward to future posts about it.

Crude Reviews has a blunt message for Star Trek Discovery. This is an excellent look at the pilot and why it doesn’t work from a narrative or character point of view. I also appreciated the comparison to Firefly. Worth reading if you are considering checking out this latest in the Star Trak franchise.

Kawaii Paper Pandas has their top ten horror/creepy/thriller anime in honour of it being October and leading in to Halloween. It is a great list of anime and I love some of the honourable mentions. Be sure to check it out if you are planning your watch list for Halloween.

Hachinana has a review of episode 1 of Juni Taisen: Zodiac War. They quite enjoyed the episode though note a few of the show’s short comings. I really enjoyed this review because it found the balance between enjoying the action and noting that there are some potential problems that could come up in the following episodes but is still hopeful that this series will be good. I wasn’t overly impressed by the episode but I do hope the show gets better so I enjoyed reading this.

The Glorio Blog also looked at Juni Taisen and gave us two different views on the first episode. Actually there was a lot of chatter in general about this first episode so I guess we’ll see in a few weeks if people are still talking about it.

Apprentice Mages Lounge takes a look at photography in Just Because and gives us some details about the cameras being used. This is quite a different post to others on the anime and quite informative if you have any interest in photography. Fun read.

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I Drink and Watch Anime has done it again with an absolutely beautiful review of Season 4 of Natsume’s Book of Friends. They did such a superb job of capturing what makes this show so special and I just loved reading this review. Even having seen the show and already being in love with it, this review just made me want to go and watch Natsume all over again. Definitely worth the read and if you haven’t watched Natsume you really should check it out.


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In Case You Missed It

Welcome to the first week of the Autumn Anime season and the last season for the year. Wow, it has been a busy 2017 but hopefully we will end with a bang. Looking forward to what everyone ends up picking up for this season as well as final thoughts on the season that was. In the meantime, here are some posts that caught my eye this week.

Just a reminder that polling for the best and worst anime of the Summer 2017 season is on so if you’d like to vote, jump on over. The polls close today so this is the last chance to vote.

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Biblionyan has an excellent post on Elegant Yokai Apartment Life fairly appropriately titled Zero to WTF in Half a Season. Given last week was the point where I finally had enough and dropped it as well (after being crushed by the fact that it wasn’t just ending), I really appreciated this post.

Lethargic Ramblings shares a listless list of their top shows from the Summer season. If you aren’t a seasonal viewers and are wondering what is worth picking up from the season, posts like this might get you started and Lethargic is always entertaining to read. There’s also a worst shows post but I forgot to copy the link. Sorry.

HCMovieReviews has a write up on the Netflix Death Note movie. This one is a pretty even review pointing out both positives nad negatives before delivering a final score. Well worth checking out if you want to avoid some of the more rant-like reviews of this and get an overall idea of what you would be getting if you watched the movie. Mind you, the score is a 4/10 so definitely some issues identified.

Peach’s Almanac has a look at world building and Made in Abyss. It is a nicely detailed look at the world building of the anime and it kind of just made me actually want to see the anime more. A great read if you are looking for a post on Made in Abyss that isn’t a review.

Remy Fool has a great review of Princess Principal to check out now that it is finished. If you didn’t watch the show this season, this is a good read to help you decide whether you should give it a go (though, I’d probably say you should give Princess Principal a try regardless).

Earth Dimension CJ-93 has a list of 5 anime they think would make a better Hollywood adaptation than Your Name. It is an interesting idea, thinking about which shows could easily be adapted without losing the cultural elements that some shows are built on. Plus, I really liked some of the choices because I actually think they would make a really good movie.

Atelier Emily has a a really informative and sweet post about the use of flowers in Card Captor Sakura‘s recent most recent OVA. This sort of analysis is really great and can definitely add something to your overall viewing experience so really worth checking out.

Arria Cross on Fujinsei has her round up of posts from the 13th Blog Carnival. This is a great way to find some new blogs and connect with other bloggers so if you’ve never checked out one of Arria’s carnivals, be sure to check in with the round up from the last one and look for when the next one will start.

Zero Drama Anime analyses what is meant by the term ‘hero’ in My Hero Academia and the transition from ideal to career. Also some great references to The Incredibles thrown in. This is a great piece to read if you’ve been following My Hero Academia.

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Kyra Desu Yo has their 65th Oname Wa post and this time it is Bakugou Katsuki. Now if you have never read one of these posts they’ve very helpful linked to all their previous posts here (the link is also included in Bakugou’s post). Basically, if you are interested in the characters, their names, or in learning anything about kanji, these posts are a real delight to read. Entertaining and educational. Very hard combination to beat.


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In Case You Missed It

The end of an anime season. You would think things would calm down at the end of a season but instead we see ani-bloggers struggling to complete final episodes of shows they may have wished they’d dropped and then writing up final thoughts and lists of favourites for the season before they plunge head first into the next season and start it all again. Still, this is the good kind of busy as there is plenty to talk about. Below are some of my favourite posts from the week that was. As always feel free to leave a link in the comments below.

Just a reminder that polling for the best and worst anime of the Summer 2017 season is on so if you’d like to vote, jump on over. The polls will close on the 2 of October.

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Humble Ace has a write up on their thoughts on Flip Flappers. While there was a lot being said about that anime when it was airing, since then it has gone a bit quiet so it was interesting to read something a bit distanced from the reviews when it first finished.

Dominic Sceski on The Golden Lands has a post about how as bloggers we all want to sell our brand but maybe no-one wants to buy. It is a nice reflective post and one that I enjoyed reading this week.

For gamers, D Pad Joy takes us through some of the announce changes for Assassins Creed Origins and I have to agree, it looks interesting. Of course the downside of changes is eventually the game won’t feel like Assassins Creed, but you can always replay the old games if that’s what you’re after.

Jon Spencer Reviews has his review of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash as part of his Anime ABC’s. Clearly not a fan of Grimgar even after this rewatch, this is still a great review to check out as it isn’t a rant against the show for its slow pace but rather a look at some of the show’s weaknesses which is something those of us who love the show kind of avoid doing.

MNEMOSYNE has a review of the Netflix Death Note movie. They didn’t like it and recommend the original, but their write up is pretty interesting to read and includes a range of quotes from the characters to illustrate various points. Worth checking it out if you are still on the fence about whether to try the movie.

Anime Feminist had an interesting post about gender in Made in Abyss which I found interesting. I don’t really have anything to add to the discussion given I can’t watch the show, but for those watching it, this is certainly a different kind of post on the show.

GrimmGirl shares five blogging traps to avoid. Well worth the read for those running a blog with some very sensible advice.

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I Drink and Watch Anime has a great article on 5 Ways in Which Anime is More Feminist Than it Gets Credit For. This was a really fun read and does get you thinking about all the good things anime does (as well as the not so great ones) for female characters. Well worth the read.


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In Case You Missed It

Finally a slightly less chaotic week in the real world (though still not a fun one) though I am super busy catching up on writing some posts, checking out everyone else’s posts, and trying to prepare for the new anime season, as well as plan some Halloween themed posts for October. Still, there have been some great blog posts out there and so I’ve gathered some of the ones that caught my eye below. As usual, feel free to add a link or give a shout out to any other excellent anime related posts for the week.

Just a reminder that polling for the best and worst anime of the Summer 2017 season is on so if you’d like to vote, jump on over. The polls will close on the 2 of October.

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The Heresy Archive has quite an interesting write up on The Magnificence of SNAFU. Now, I don’t actually agree with the entire post, but they make some really interesting points and get quite in depth about some of the characters and character relationships (definitely some spoilers for those who haven’t watched it). Still, an interesting post and one well worth reading to gain another perspective on the show.

I Drink and Watch Anime has a great article this week about why they watch bad anime. This is a nice way of explaining the appeal of shows that objectively aren’t very good but still have entertainment value (and not just the ones that are so bad they are unintentionally funny). Great read.

Humble Ace has a nice write up about Snow With with the Red Hair and its endless positivity. I’m a sucker for this anime and I love reading about the viewing experiences of others so this was a fantastic post to read and brought a smile to my face. Check it out.

The Alfredo Blog is doing the pick five anime challenge and this post are 5 voice actors. I really enjoyed reading their choices and why and it was great seeing the face behind some of the voices. Fun post to read.

Cain S Latrani gives us a less than positive review of Trinity Blood and it makes for quite an interesting read. They aren’t just tearing it apart but this probably won’t be the post that makes you want to watch the show.

All About Anime has a review of Soul Eater. It’s nice how enthused they are about the characters and the fun of the story even though the story itself is a little bit twisted if you stop and think about it for even a moment. Then again, Soul Eater is one of my all time favourites and to be honest, I love it when I find posts about it.

From Mr Flawfinder we have the very bluntly titled post “Anime Review: Sagrada Reset – Don’t Watch This“.  While I actually ended up quite enjoying Sagrada Reset it is difficult to argue against the fact that a lot of people dropped it and dropped it early on for a reason (even those of us who ended up enjoying it will all admit it took a long time to get to a point). Anyway, as my own review of this will be out in a few weeks and looks at the more positive attributes of the show, I figured it was only fair to share a review that probably has the more common opinion of the show. Light language warning though on the post. Still, Marthuarion from Marth’s Anime Blog has a review of the final episode title Surprisingly Interesting. This contrasting viewpoints of those who made it to the end are certainly interesting and I’m looking forward to more posts on this series, though to be honest I don’t think a whole lot of people finished it.

Seasonal Prattle continues their trend of providing insight and helpful advice about blogging looking this week at whether we should fear hitting publish (or more why we shouldn’t). I’m going to be honest, I genuinely love these posts as it gives me some reflection time on what I am doing each week and why I do it and I regularly think about how I can improve what I am doing. An incredibly helpful blog and one worth checking out if you aren’t already following it.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers has an interesting post about Hollywoodifying Anime. The post primarily focusses on Ghost in the Shell and Death Note and takes a fairly level view of the situation. An interesting read.

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D Talks Anime made my week, and probably quite a few other people’s weeks, by posting a fantastic post celebrating their favourite Yuri on Ice moments. This is amazing not just because it reminds you of all those excellent moments in Yuri on Ice and makes you want to watch it again, but D’s explanations about why the scene worked for them is fantastic to read. If you haven’t had your Yuri on Ice fix in awhile or if you just want to get more Yuri on Ice, this is the post to check out.


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In Case You Missed It

As we approach the end of the Summer season, it is great to see that a lot of people are enjoying the last of these shows even as they start looking toward the Autumn anime season where we will start all over again. As usual, I have found some really great posts this week and I’ve shared some of my favourite below. Feel free to add a link or give a shout out to any other excellent anime related posts for the week.

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I Drink and Watch Anime has an article where they look into the history of what a yokai actually is and where the word came from. Given most people who watch anime come across this word and have a general understanding of its meaning, it is kind of nice to learn more about it and this post was highly informative.

Mechanical Anime Reviews gave us a nice review of Your Lie in April. This one isn’t just pure gush about how beautiful it is but manages to balance many of the positives with the negatives so a bit different from a lot of the review out there. It also manages to raise some questions about abuse in the process so an interesting read even for people who have watched the anime.

Weeaboo LaLaLand has a post which is fairly aptly titled Death Note wasn’t the worst Adaptation I’ve Seen. While there is still plenty of criticism in the post for the movie, this post also looks at some of the positives that can be found. A fairly enjoyable read really.

The Backloggers have a review of Princess Principal episode 8. This is a nice piece that looks specifically at the characters and how the reveal in the episode can make the audience think about them and why. Basically if you’ve been enjoying the show this is a fun review to check out.

Cain S Latrani shares An Alchemist’s Rage, which reflects on Roy Mustang’s anger and his revenge for the death of Maes Hughes. This is a short post but for alchemist fans is a scene well worth remembering.

A Winter’s Reverie has a fairly positive review of Saga of Tanya the Evil. While this one didn’t do much for me and I couldn’t really get into it, Tanya received quite a bit of praise while it was airing as well. For those still deciding whether to give it a go, this review might give you the push you need.

Anime Corps has an editorial on anime this week looking at it being foreign and unusual. This post goes through the usual stereotypes people pin on anime and looks at why they aren’t necessarily true. Anyway, worth checking out if you missed it.

Carl Li on Apartment 507 has a post about Why It’s Easy to Love Deku from My Hero Academia. For those of us already watching the show, this is a fun reminiscence about what makes Midoriya such a great character. For people who haven’t checked out My Hero Academia yet, maybe this will sell you on the central character.

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Shokamoka’s Blog of Wonders gave us an excellent post focussed on Gamers, I am a Gamer and Therefore I Watch Gamers. It is a somewhat lengthy post but it focusses on all the things that Gamers has done well including its representation of gamer culture (which is something some people will dispute but really, the majority of people playing games are not pro-level number ones, they play for fun). Definitely worth reading.


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In Case You Missed It

Another week and another round up of anime related blog posts. The real world is still kicking me while I’m down (read: too much work to do, not enough time for anime) and I think I’ve got at least one more week of hectic running around before things settle. Hopefully after that things kind of return to a more normal level of crazy busy. As always, feel free to add a link to a post you’d like to give a shout out to in the comments.

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This one is a little self promotional but In Case You Missed It, Raistlin was the winner of the Facebook competition I ran awhile ago where the prize was a post on a topic of the winner’s choice. Rasitlin asked for a post on the post apocalyptic genre and last week published their prize. I’m really glad they liked the prize and I think at some point I’d like to try doing another similar competition given I did get some quite positive responses from participants.

If you want a laugh, Arria over on Fujinsei has you covered with their confessions of an anime blogger post. Very relatable and hilarious.

I Drink and Watch Anime has a list of their top 10.5 Anime Ending themes. There’s some great anime and great songs on this list so if you missed it you should check it out.

The Only Shinyuu Site has an interesting list this week giving us five reasons why we should go to a Japanese Internet Cafe in case of a zombie apocalypse. I’ll admit, I hadn’t considered that option in all the discussions I’ve had about what to do in case of a zombie outbreak. Though, small problem in getting to Japan first.

Just a Whole Lot of Weird gave us a post explaining why Endeavor Fails as a Symbol of Peace. It’s an interesting look at the notion of branding in the My Hero Academia universe and quite an interesting read.

D Talks Anime has their review of Gakkougurashi or School Live. Given it was their episode reviews of this show that made me go watch it, D really has a lot of positive to high light about this series, but also points out a few of the missteps. It is a nice review and worth checking out if you are considering trying the series (though they assume you too have already heard the first episode twist – so spoilers if you haven’t).

Seasonal Prattle has another sound bit of advice for blog writers and discusses cheap content this week and some mistakes people might make thinking more content is better. I love how Prattle manages to make me reflect on my blog every single week and always makes me feel like I have so incredibly far to go, and yet does it in a way that provides solutions and concrete things that could help.

Jon Spencer Reviews looks at the importance of tone specifically comparing Death Parade with Little Busters. There are some spoilers for both of the series in the post, but it is a good read and gets you thinking about how tone is used in shows.

Kawaii Paper Panders has a great list of supernatural anime if you are looking for something featuring gods or yokai that still makes you feel really happy while watching. Well worth checking out this list if you’ve been wanting to try a supernatural anime but aren’t sure where to start.

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I Drink and Watch Anime reviewed Psycho Pass this last week, but they also published a post called The Tragedy of Shusei Kagari and this piced was a fantastic read. While there have been a lot of posts about Psycho Pass and the characters, mostly these focus on Akane or Kougami and Makishima. Occasionally one of the other characters is put in the spot light but I think this is the first time I’ve read a post entirely on Kagari and his importance as a character and the tragedy of his death. Really loved reading this post and definitely recommend checking it out if you missed it.


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In Case You Missed It

Over the last week, it has been really fun checking out the posts and episode reviews as we have started closing in on the final third of the summer season. There’s also been some great features and editorials. Below are some of my favourite posts that I found this week but as always feel free to leave a link to a post you think deserves a shout out. The list is a little light this week, mostly because I’ve been under a bit of real world stress so haven’t been as diligent in recording all of the great posts I’ve read.

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JeremyTeg has a post about Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and how it uses theme from the beginning. It was great to read a post about Fullmetal Alchemist that wasn’t just telling me how awesome it was but rather looked at what made it a rewarding viewing experience. Well worth the read.

Kawaii Paper Pandas had a post last week about the allure of anime villains. I didn’t catch this post when it came out but was directed to it by someone else’s weekly round up of posts they enjoyed (thanks). Glad I had the chance to read this post as it was really interesting.

Mechanical Anime Reviews discusses their issues with Binge Watching. This is an interesting issue that comes up from time to time about how more people binge watching is changing television and it is certainly something that is becoming an increasing discussion point.

The Game of Nerds looks at the use of colour in The Defenders (so not an anime post but still an awesome read). I’m really looking forward to having the time to check this series out so reading this post just got me more excited about it.

Zero Drama Anime has a post on True Emotion in Anime and looks at anime that have made them feel an emotional response. It will definitely get you thinking about all those anime you have had an emotionally connection with and maybe start you thinking about why.

Truly Trash Media has a review of Alice & Zoroku. This is a show I dropped at episode 6 because to be honest episode 5 felt like a final enough to me and episode 6 didn’t interest me at all. However, this review looks at the show as a whole and the good stuff to be found in it, so if you are curious about the show, this is worth checking out.

Humble Ace has a really interesting discussion post about the interesting nature of the Quirks in My Hero Academia. It raises some questions and just gets you thinking all over again about how the world would actually function if people suddenly had super powers. If, like me, you can’t get enough of this show, this is a post to check out.

Never Argue with a Fish has a great review of KADO for you to check out if you are still curious about that show. I find it interesting that the further we get away from when it aired, the more level the reviews seem to be. Less blind anger toward the end and more looking at the overall picture of the series.

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Keiko’s Anime Blog had a great post about whether Stain’s Ideology Fits in a world Where Being a Hero is A Job. Having just been considering the role of hero and villain and the ideologies present in the world of My Hero Academia for my own post on the subject, I’ve been really fascinated by how different people have taken their interpretation or discussions about what is happening in the show or what the implications are. Anyway, if you want a really great post about My Hero Academia and the rules that govern the world and its ideals, check out Keiko’s. You can also check out a review of season 2, episode 20.


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In Case You Missed It

Alright, so last week saw me attempt to expand onto Facebook and I’ll keep working on that one. Meanwhile I have a work related situation that I’m attempting to get on top of so that it doesn’t interfere with blogging (wow, work interfering with blogging instead of the other way around). Still, I may end up missing a day or two on the blog if stuff happens that needs an immediate response but hopefully that doesn’t happen.

That said, it has been another excellent week in the aniblogging community and below are some of the great posts I came across. As always, you are welcome to leave a link to an anime (game or movie) related post in the comments below if you would like to give it a shout out.

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Mechanical Anime Reviews explains why they think Welcome ot the Ballroom isn’t that great. I still can’t watch the show (thanks Amazon) but I will admit there was a lot of hype about that one going into the season and during the first couple of episodes and then it went strangely quiet save a few episode reviews. I’m still wanting to see this series at some point, but this post might answer a few questions as to what has been going on.

Remy Fool has a fantastic editorial Expectations, Anime and You. If you missed this post you really should go and have a read as it is incredibly thought provoking as to how we experience anime.

Yuri Reviews has an informative and interesting review about Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s. Worth checking out if you are curious at all about the show as it discusses most aspects of the show.

Railgun75 discusses the Netflix and Amazon issue in regards to streaming anime. Unlike a lot of posts on this issue, this isn’t a rant or a tirade, but merely a discussion so quite a pleasant read. There’s also a follow up post so be sure to give it a read.

Floating into Bliss has a great discussion about how anime original content can be a good thing providing some interesting examples about adaptations that have worked very well. Worth having a look at so if you missed this post go check it out.

KurumiShim is awakening our nostalgia with this fairly awesome list of magical girl anime. So many very cute titles on this list and it kind of made me want to go and watch some of the older titles again as its been a while since I’ve just watched a straight magical girl story that doesn’t include darker or subversive elements.

I Drink and Watch Anime just discovered Natsume’s Book of Friends. As one of my all time favourite shows it was fantastic to read about season one from someone who is just getting into the story for the first time. And this is actually a really well written discussion about the show and its characters and themes so well worth reading if you still haven’t tried Natsume. And now of course I want to go and binge watch the entire series again.

From Lethargic Ramblings we have a listless list of 5 ways to boost your anime blog. It is always great when bloggers share their thoughts on what works for them and ways to improve.

Ryuji Tatsuya’s Anime Review looks at Some Anime Clichés in the Musical Genre. It’s a fun list and description of all the things you would expect to see going into one of these shows and well worth the read.

Pick of the Week

Floating Into Bliss had a really interesting post this week about Princess Principal and discussing the idea of Yuribait and the problematic way people view same sex relationships in anime. While the focus here is definitely on Yuri, it definitely reminded me of the are they/aren’t they arguments regarding Victor and Yuri with some people insisting they weren’t romantically involved because of the lack of sex essentially. Anyway, it is a topic worth discussing and this is an excellent post to kick off that discussion.


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