Right, so you may have noticed a slight dip in post output last week. To be honest, after the ridiculously long weekend I had with travel and then the craziness of work, I made the mentally sound decision to deliberately cut back on my blogging commitment for the week. Now that means I will be playing catch up with some seasonal anime, but I think I it was probably the best option for me last week. It also follows that there are a few less links this week as I wasn’t as frequently visiting other blogs as I would have liked, but hopefully the posts I did find and have featured here are ones you will enjoy reading, if you missed them.
Negative Primes from Curiously Dead Cat has a fascinating post this week focusing on Voice of Fox and the character of Hu Li. Now, I know this is a short anime with only thirteen minute episodes and is also heavily focused on a reality TV style singing contest, and yet it has actually been a surprisingly good watch so far this season. This post by Curiously Dead Cat looks at some of the depth in Hu Li’s character and it is a fantastic read.
Peach’s Almanac looks at Goblin Slayer and the general morality of it as a piece of media and the morality and values of goblins which is a question that hasn’t been raised often enough in all the discussion around ‘that’ scene. it’s an interesting perspective on the reactions and discussions surrounding the early episodes of Goblin Slayer and benefits from being able to look back on the outcry now that is more or less done.
Irina’s got a beautiful write up on Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, one of those shows that ended up fairly underwatched and underrated when it aired but is actually a fairly awesome anime (provided the violence doesn’t get under your skin). Anyway, Irina does a pretty solid job of selling the characters and the plot without giving all that much away, so this is a review that is very much worth checking out if you are on the fence about watching it. Or you can check out my review of it because I absolutely loved the show.
Speaking of Hakata Tokotsu Ramens (it must have been the week for it), Rodrovich gave us a post explaining that Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is entertaining but… and that but is pretty important. While I don’t necessarily agree with their assessment of the characters, they point out the major glaring flaw of the show that there is just not real covering up and it is a fair point. So if you would like a different take on the anime, this post is for you.
Artemis from Otaku Lounge is looking at female directors in anime bringing us a list of ten to look out for (this is a follow up from a previous list she had done). She provides some great information about each entry including work they’ve done prior to directing and the anime they’ve been involved with. Informative and interesting post that was definitely fun to read.
Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has something decidedly non-mechanical on his review list as he takes a closer look at Natsume Yuujinchou. Now, a whole bunch of us did a collab on the themes of this fairly recently and those posts are linked to this one, but Scott is now taking the time to look at the show as a whole. This one is well worth reading and the anime is well worth watching if you still haven’t given it a go.
A very late entry but I absolutely had to include it from Kawaii Paper Pandas. They took a random search term I posted on Twitter mostly for a laugh and wrote a fantastic blog post around the idea. So, if you missed this post yesterday, check out “Which Sailor Moon Villain Would You Date“. I also hear that a collaboration is being planned around this topic so that’s kind of nice to know that something I found utterly random has inspired others. I definitely think we need to make that a weekly thing where we just throw the most random search that found our blog that week onto twitter. I guess you never know what might come of it.
Pick of the Week
Atelier Emily has taken the plunge and examined the language of flowers in Bloom Into You‘s opening sequence. This is the second post that I’m linking to that focuses on the protagonists and the flowers associated with them but the post links to the first one in the opening paragraph if you are interested in the flowers associated with the other characters in the opening. This is a fantastically detailed post that really looks at the meaning behind all those flowers and how it might be linked to the characters and I just had great fun reading it. Be sure to check it out if you missed it this week.
- Series Review: Cells at Work Series Review
- Re-post Series Review: Trigun Series Review
- Top 5: Ending Themes in 2018
- Manga Review: Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 4
- Feature: Adventures at Supanova – Brisbane 2018
- Episode Reviews: Autumn 2018 Week 6
- Inquiring Minds: How do you gain a following on your blog?
And that was my week, in case you missed it.
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