No dead-weight here, just some really amazing posts that I came across this week. Actually, I had trouble deciding what my pick of the week would be because there were a number of posts that I just loved reading. As always, if you’ve come across a post that you would like to see given a shout out to, feel free to add the link in the comments below, otherwise this is my weekly round up of posts I came across while travelling through the ani-blogging community.
And just something to look forward to: Irina and I have been cooking up a collaboration series of posts that will come out starting March 4 (all going well).
Irina has a brilliant post (that would have been my pick of the week except that I really liked Remy’s post) on the joys and struggles of episodic reviews. Given the sheer number of likes and comments this post already has, I’m certain a lot of you have already come across it however if you missed it and either write episode reviews or have been thinking about episode reviews, it is well worth checking out. Also worth checking out for the comments section where a lot of bloggers have shared their views and experiences.
If you are watching Sanrio Boys and want some amusement from it, you should check out Irina’s post on Episode 7 as she reshapes events so that the Class President is a nefarious cult leader. It was such a fun post to read even if it was that little bit surreal.
Lethargic Ramblings gives us their mid-season thoughts on literally everything that came out this Winter. It is an impressive overview post and a good chance to reflect on the season as it has been so far.
Ya Boy Jack on the AniWriter has a great post about the use of water in March Comes in Like a Lion. Most of you know, I’m completely in love with this anime so posts like this one are just fantastic to come across as it isn’t reviewing the show but rather looking at one of the many elements that makes it such a powerful viewing experience.
A Piece of Anime has a review of epiosde 6 of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens that kind of sums up really well why this anime is so engaging. I loved the episode and was fairly much gushing over it this week as well in my episode review. Anyway, if you are still on the fence about this show, you should check out this episode review.
Not anime but English Light Novels shared a list of their top ten light novel covers and it was kind of interesting. I haven’t read most of the books on the list (even if I’m reading the series I am just not that far along having only started reading light novels a few months ago), but it was kind of fun looking at the different cover designs. So, fun post to check out.
Elizabeth on Little Anime Blog has a great post about non-binary characters in anime. In this post she identifies some great non-binary characters as well as some more problematic ones, but discusses the importance of these characters and their continued presence in the medium. A nicely written post on a topic that is quite important to many.
Atelier Emily has an interesting post about The Melancholy of Dia that looks at Dia’s character within Land of the Lustrous, Dia’s transformation, and their influence on Phos and the other characters. It is a great post and for those wanting more Land of the Lustrous content a great read.
Matt in the Hat has a review of Angel Beats spoiler free and I really recommend checking it out. I loved the series and I felt the review kind of described the feeling of watching the show perfectly. It was a while ago when I reviewed Angel Beats but this is one series worth coming back to and if you haven’t watched the anime yet, maybe this will convince you.
Jon Spencer reviews has his most recent ABC review out for Mob Psycho 100. Be sure to check out his thoughts on the show and what worked and what might not have. It’s a pretty positive review so if you are looking for reasons to try the show it is worth checking out.
Pick of the Week
Remy Fool discusses the power of Smartphones in the current season of anime and asks readers what they think of the Smartphone’s portrayal. It is one of those interesting posts that gets you thinking about something you may have been seeing but not really questioning, but it really hasn’t been very long since smartphones were used in anime. I’m sure we all remember fairly recent anime where characters were still using flip phones. Anyway, this is a topic I’m pretty interested in which is why a while back I looked at my top 5 uses of phones in anime. Anyway, Remy’s post was fantastic and timely and is well worth checking out if you missed it.
This week I gushed about Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens for my feature. I couldn’t help it, the show is amazing and I really do think people should give it a go because there hasn’t been anywhere near enough chatter about it considering how solid it is so far.
That was my week in case you missed it.
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