Another week in ani-blogging and this one has been fun, fun, fun. The give-away finished and a huge thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate my blog anniversary. I do want to give a big congratulations to Matt Doyle who was drawn first and Lethargic Ramblings as the runner up. Just as soon as I manage to align my work schedule with post office opening hours their prize will be in the mail. I do hope in the future I can run a better give-away but the figures are cute even in their unboxed state and I hope they enjoy them.
Also big news this week, Irina has come on board 100 Word Anime as a contributing author. At this stage we’re trying a few things and seeing how things work but I’m thrilled to have her along. As I mentioned in my goals for the future of the blog, for my fourth year of blogging I was looking to maybe expand the team beyond just me, but right before that post went out, Irina sent me a message with a proposal. So while it has happened sooner than expected, I am really happy and I’m so excited to be working with Irina and I’m hoping it all works out. If you missed her first post for 100 Word Anime be sure to check out the links below.
Posts from the Community
- Reasons To Anime gives us 3 reasons to skip Kaguya-Sama Love is War. While I will find a positive post to offset this given a large chunk of the community loved it, I personally really struggled watching it so I found it nice to find another blogger who equally had issues with the anime. Admittedly, our reasons for not getting into it don’t really align but I these three reasons interesting ones as they made me reconsider some of my thoughts on the anime. If you haven’t watched the anime and you are considering Kaguya-Sama, this is a nice post that offsets a lot of the praise and rave reviews and might offer a different perspective for you to consider.
- Alright, I know I said I would find a positive post but it seems most the people celebrating this show have already posted thoughts and now we’re getting reviews from people who were a little less thrilled by Kaguya-Sama Love is War. Anime Rants actually has a nice middle ground review sharing reasons for personally disliking while acknowledging some of the strengths of the season. If I come across a really positive review in the next week or so I’ll throw it in the next list because I know there are plenty out there (or you could throw a link in the comments if you have a positive review you think people should check out).
- Jeko on UEM has an article questioning why people seem to think Shield Hero is supporting slavery. The post looks at the events surrounding Naofumi’s purchase and use of Raphtalia as a slave, the Kingdom’s attempt to ‘free’ Raphtalia, her choice to have the slave mark returned, and the most recent episodes where they freed other slaves from Raphtalia’s former owner. Obviously there are spoilers for the series so far but it is interesting looking at these scenes in detail as they really do get to the core of the relationship between Naofumi and Raphtalia.
- Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has a post about reviews and he shares the thoughts of many ani-bloggers on twitter and what they think about reviews. It is a great post and a great insight into the community and their thoughts. Also just fun to reflect on your own thoughts about what should and shouldn’t be in a review and whether episode reviews are worth reading/writing or not. Definitely one to check out.
- Crow’s World of Anime does its usual fantastic job as it looks at episode 5 of Fruits Basket. If you want to know exactly what is awesome about the episode then you definitely want to check out this review of it, however if you want to be surprised, and never saw the original or read the manga, watch the episode first and then go and celebrate by reading Crow’s post about it.
- Mel in Anime Land shares some of their favourite manga and anime that have a western inspiration. Expect Alice in Wonderland (with a twist), Sherlock, Fairy Tales and all manner of other influences in this interesting list of titles.
- Biblionyan shares 5 mediocre manga that they like to re-read. I’m going to be honest, I love re-reading fairly average books as well. There’s something relaxing and undemanding about them as long as they either have an interesting character or a plot that keeps moving. I do love reading good books, but mediocre is sometimes exactly what you are looking for.
- Cosmosis has a write up about Towards the Terra and how it is space opera done right. Having not watched the anime I have no personal opinion about it, but I do know that reading this post made me very curious about it and I certainly will look out for this anime at some point in the future.
Pick of the Week
- Standing on my Neck gives us a run-down of the Code Geass Lelouch of the Resurrection movie and while the post is full of spoilers I say thank-you. Reading this has absolutely clarified for me that I do not want to watch any more of this franchise and I’ll just stick with the original two seasons that provided beautiful closure at the end of their run. The post likens this to what Disney is doing to Star Wars and really I can only agree. Just leave finished stories finished and audiences need to stop paying for substandard films just because they have a franchise name on them.
Posts For Patrons
- RobiHachi Episode 1
- Hitoribocchi Episodes 1 + 2
- Amazing Stranger Episodes 1 + 2
- Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 Episodes 1 + 2
- Fairy Gone Episodes 1 + 2
- One Punch Man Season 2 Episode 3
- Demon Slayer Episodes 3 + 4
- Senryuu Shoujo Episodes 3 + 4
- Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episodes 3 + 4
- Kono Oto Tomare Episodes 3 + 4
- Fruits Basket Episodes 4 + 5
- Tsurune Episode 14
- Up Close With Subaru
- Top 5 Anime in Historical Settings
- Series Review – The Morose Mononokean Season 2
- Manga Review – Natsue’s Book of Friends Volume 13