In Case You Missed It

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This week saw a lot of shows dropped from my viewing line up, but despite the slow anime season there are still bloggers putting out some quality posts. The love of anime is strong out there and the passion people put into some of their posts is extraordinary. As normal I’ve gathered some posts that caught my eye in the list below but there are plenty of other great posts out there. If you want to give a post a shout out, feel free in the comments below.

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Reasons To Anime gives us 5 Reasons To Watch Humanity Has Declined. I will admit, this is an interesting anime with some really fun concepts in it. Admittedly, by the end of the series I was a little fatigued by it, but there is certainly something appealing about the mix of relatively dark ideas about the end of humanity and the general brightness and optimism of most episodes. Anyway, if you want 5 reasons to watch it you should check out this post.

Luminous Mongoose discusses different types of hand holding and this is a super cute post (okay, only if you are happy when characters finally reach out and hold hands but I thought it was cute). It nicely looks at the different ways characters can hold hands and what it might mean. Very fun post to check out.

Yuri Nation looks at Fire X Ice couples in yuri and discusses the roles the characters play and how the dynamic between the two works. There are some great example couples pictured throughout the post so if you want to learn a bit more about yuri and this type of couple then this is a nice post to get you started.

Rodrovich revisited Steins;Gate and wrote their impressions of it from a rewatch perspective. The original Steins;Gate is definitely a show that benefits from a rewatch because there are plenty of points you just will not pay attention to the first time because you don’t really know why they are significant. It makes a rewatch of it very satisfying. Anyway, this is a post worth checking out if you are curious about Steins;Gate or if you’ve watched it once and are wondering whether to give it a second go. Or even if you just like reading about Steins;Gate.

Arthifis looks at how Dynamic Chord could be improved and the suggestions put forward make a lot of sense and are clearly explained. I’ve never watched the original anime so can’t comment on whether or not it is horrible, but to be honest, this post makes it clear that there are some issues and some changes that might help it along (or make it ‘bearable to watch’ as Arthifis puts it.

Schizoidmouse has a comparison discussion of the two sports anime of the season, Hanebado and Harukana Receive. Given I didn’t really take to either in the first episode I’m not really up for the conversation, but there’s no denying that most viewers prefer one over the other and yet the community seems pretty evenly split on which one is better (guess it depends what they are looking for). Anyway, its a great post if you want to join in the conversation about it.

The Lost Voice shared an incredibly touching short film they came across and if you missed the post you should go check it out and watch the film. I’m not going to tell you anything more because you really do need to just watch it. For 4+ minutes, it is pretty well done. I love it when people share things that are awesome.

Cactus Matt compares the anime and the manga versions of Shomin Sample to determine which is better and he does a nice break down of the positives and failings of both before drawing a conclusion. I had little interest in the anime of this one and no interest in the manga, yet I still found this post to be a pretty fun read.

Irina takes the time to explain what our top 5 lists say about us. This is a pretty amusing read and some of her ‘joke’ top 5 titles are pretty amusing. Though part of me really wants this list to be a thing: Top 5 characters who can’t use chopsticks and are afraid of squirrels. I’m not sure we’d find five of them, but seriously, someone make this list real.

Ideas Without End discusses Gankutsuou, a futuristic retelling of Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. I’ve had this one on my watch list forever and still haven’t actually watched it, but after reading this post I’ve now added it to my queue on Crunchyroll and I fully intend to watch it relatively soon. Not so much a review, this post is more of a discussion around the nature of the adaptation and how other futuristic stories have borrowed ideas from times past. It i an interesting post and one that made me fairly interested in the anime.

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Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews opens a discussion about why ‘we can’t have a big three anymore‘ looking at the fact that while the big 3 were a thing, that isn’t the way people produce or consume anime anymore. What I think I really liked about this post was it didn’t seem to be lamenting this, or mocking what was done in the past, it was merely reflective of the situation then and now and looking at how and why things changed. Great opening post for a discussion so if you missed it hop on over and check it out.

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In Case You Missed It

Another glorious week in anime watching has passed – though in honesty I’d be lying if I said the Summer 2018 season was thrilling me. Still, there’s great content being produced to read and below I have a round up of some of my favourite posts from the last week. As always, if you want to give a shout out to someone, feel free to do so in the comments. We all like finding great content.

Later today, or early tomorrow, depending on which country you are in, I’ll be starting my coverage of Yuri on Ice for the second time. If you want to join me on the rewatch, this week I’m covering episode 1.

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Let’s start with Raistlin. You all know Raistlin. Great guy. Always encouraging and a fantastic member of the community. I think he’s started a campaign to ensure I never stop blushing ever again. His most recent efforts come in the form of a review of my book, Thoughts on Anime 2017. I hugely appreciated that he both bought and read the book, but then he has gone just that extra step and that’s probably what we all best know Raistlin for. Going the extra mile. I swear one day there will be an internet statue built in Raistlin’s honour to celebrate all the wonderful things he does for everyone else. On that note, be sure to visit his blog and follow Raistlin if you don’t. While he writes about a range of topics including movies, Korean drama, board games, and occasionally anime, he’s always interesting and he’s always up for a great conversation.

Okay, it isn’t technically anime but this list by NEETaku needed to be shared: 6 Things That Drive Me Crazy About the Lion King. And yes, most of these are poor decisions by Scar or confusions created by later reveals in sequels that actually make events in the first movie make no sense (another solid argument for not making sequels to movies that are finished). Though for some anime related fun, they also had a great post about Darling in the Franxx and how it could have been better that doesn’t turn into a rant either for or against the show, meaning whether you enjoyed it or not, this post will be fun reading.

The Sawce Pot reviews B the Beginning and looks at how the anime handles, or doesn’t handle, multiple plots. Still, this review is mostly positive which means it looks at the things B actually did well which is probably a bit different from my take on it that I wrote almost immediately after finishing the series when I was still a bit annoyed.

My Brain is Completely Empty looks at Kaiji and why the new one might be the best. This is one I haven’t got any experience with and the post does have spoilers if you are worried about that kind of thing, but it kind of made me want to check out the show at some point. Worth a look.

Confessions of an Overage Otaku has a look at Haruhi Suzumiya and the dreaded Endless Eight. But for once it is neither a rant not a defence of the existence of this arc. Rather it looks at what the arc does and why it didn’t necessarily work in the format it was presented. Very nice to read a different take on this arc and a fun post to read.

Beneath the Tangles looks at Attack on Titan episode 39 and links this in to decisions we make in the real world and what we do after the fact. This is a nice read and like most of their posts leaves the reader with something to think about for their own life so if you are wanting something more from your Attack on Titan conversation than Levi is awesome (which he is), then this is a post to check out.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers has a blunt but fairly comprehensive overview of the first four episodes of How Not To Summon A Demon Lord. If you don’t want spoilers, definitely don’t read it because it essentially recaps all four episodes, but what got my attention with this post was that their reactions to the episodes more or less mirrored mine in that episode 2 this show was on the edge of being dropped and yet by the end of episode 4 it was kind of looking potentially promising. If you dropped this series early on, it might be worth checking out this post because it might have you taking another look at it.

Mr Panda reviews Octopath Traveller on the Switch. I’m going to be honest, the game looks gorgeous, and it is probably one I’ll look at getting into at some point (probably well after all the buzz is over and done with) but I really enjoyed reading this review of it. If you are curious about the game, be sure to check out this post.

D&A Anime Blog shares and debunks 7 Myths about Voice Acting. I don’t normally look at voice acting or voice actors on my blog (only really one in particular that has a top 5 list), but it is something I am interested in writing more about in the future. So given my love of lists in general, and the subject matter here, I really enjoyed reading this post.

Geek Out South West has a list of the top ten action anime and like all of their lists this one is a delight to read as it has good explanations and reasons and a lot of love behind it. If you don’t follow this blog, you really should as every weekend another top ten list comes out with the chance to vote for the topic on the next list. I tweet out links to this post fairly regularly, but usually my line up here is full by the weekend so I don’t get around to linking to them. I really should more often.

The Real Meott has a fantastic post on Code Geass and the many ways dramatic irony is used in the story. It’s an interesting look at the characters and their motivations, how their character arc defies their expectations, and how the whole thing could very easily be played against a Shakespearean tragedy and hold its own. A highly entertaining read about an anime many of us love.

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If you haven’t come across Marion from Otaku, She Wrote (and I have linked to a post previously) you definitely need to check out this blog. I’m linking to the most recent analysis of Banana Fish episode 4 and this is the perfect companion piece for a rewatch of the episode, as the previous episode posts have been. These aren’t reviews, these posts provided analysis about character, motivation, colour, directional choices, and so much more. They are a fantastic read and definitely should be checked out if you are watching the show. I would however suggest not to read until after viewing the episode as it will be more meaningful and because it definitely has some major spoilers going on. However, go check this blog out, it is pretty amazing.

However if you want another take on Banana Fish, Gay Anime Symposium has a great review of episode 5 up to read.

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In Case You Missed It

This week has been super busy but really fun. I want to thank Negative Primes once again for being July’s guest post writer, and hopefully someone will be interested in visiting my blog in August (let me know via Twitter DM if you would like to). I also had my OWLS post this week and of course it was week 3 of the Summer Anime season which means some tough decisions to be made.

Hopefully everyone else had a productive and fun week. Below are some of the great posts I came across during the week. There were definitely other great posts that I haven’t linked to so if you’d like to give a shout out to a post feel free.

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Kawaii Paper Pandas reviews Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. I haven’t seen the film and I don’t have any ability to see it at this point but I enjoyed reading this review, though it did kind of make me feel that this probably isn’t a movie I’m going to get super into it. For those contemplating watching it, this is a great post to check out.

Satired of Anime delivers some great made up anime news on a regular basis and this offering this week was hilarious (and yet I actually wish it was true). Not going to actually give you the name of the post because these posts are short and they are more fun just to read. If you watch a lot of anime though you should definitely appreciate the content on their blog.

And Irina does it again touching on one of my favourite anime this week with Another as she looks at the role of Reiko. Admittedly, if you are worried in the slightest about spoilers for this anime, do not read this post. However, for those who have watched Another, or those who don’t care about spoilers, it’s a great read so go check it out.

Takuto’s Anime Cafe has a great entry as part of the OWLS tour on mentors and focuses on Heine from the Royal Tutor. It’s a touching post that looks at some of the more serious and important character moments in a show that was kind of fun to watch and Heine is a fantastic character so I loved this post giving him and his influence some attention.

Remy Fool asks how their readers feel about honorifics in translations. This is another one of those contentious conversations, though not as bad as subs or dubs. If you want to join in the conversation hop on over, read the post and the comments and add your views.

Modus Veritas has a review of Yuri on Ice. Okay, I love all things Yuri on Ice related, but this post is actually a fairly level review that looks calmly at some of the strengths and weaknesses of the series (so less fan-girling and more actual reviewing going on). If you wanted a Yuri on Ice post without all the hyperbole, this one is probably going to be a great read.

The Baron Heist has a write up on Perfect Blue. And yes, despite the reputation of this title, I still haven’t ever watched it, though I kind of feel like I have given how much analysis there is about it. That said, this is another look at this film and what it does. The post is clearly laid out, easy to read, and once again reminded me that I should at some point actually watch this.

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Jon Spencer has a fairly satirical advice post on How To Properly Review GGO. Now he does put some disclaimers and explanations at the end for those who haven’t quite picked up on the tone of the post, but I absolutely loved reading this (mostly because I could see that most of the points he was making have shown up in some of the most read and viewed reviews of GGO). If you want a bit of a laugh, whether you liked GGO, like SAO, or dislike both, this is a fun post to read. It certainly made my Thursday better.

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Friday’s Feature: The Truth About Blogging (Or How To Raise a Blog From Ravenous Beast To Loyal Pet)

Sit yourself down as I’m about to reveal the biggest secret about blogging. It will change the way you view yourself and the world. I’d be surprised if the evil blogging fairies don’t run over here and steal half my post and banish it to the dark beyond of cyber space because nobody wants this secret getting out.

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Okay, maybe not.

Because the only secret to tell you is that there is no secret. No one answer that will solve all your problems and launch your blog to stardom and success. No quick fix for writing all those posts and finding the time to interact with the community.

Fact: Blogging is hard work.

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Whether you blog everyday, a couple of times a week, once a week, once a month, or once whenever the fancy takes you, writing a blog post, formatting it, proofing it, posting it, promoting it, and following up with comments is all hard work. You might enjoy it and let’s face it, I certainly do or I would not still be doing it, but it is hard work. Most of us probably don’t ever want to work out the number of hours we’ve sunk into our blogs and while those who continue long term will say they love it (and it’s true), it is a labour of love. Blogs are built on the blood, sweat and tears of the blogger (or at the very least the very smooth finger-tips that have spent far too long pounding on a keyboard).

Fact: Despite your hard work, your blog may very well go unnoticed.

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There are quite literally 100’s of millions of blogs online covering every available platform and more that are created every single day. And while you aren’t competing with every blog in existence for a space in people’s awareness, you are still competing with thousands of blogs on similar or related topics. And while you may not think of it as a competition and are just writing for your own sake and the sake of a handful of followers, at the end of the day you started a blog to write on a public platform. Part of you somewhere, wanted to be noticed, even if only a little bit and by a small and select group.

Fact: Neither of the above points matter.

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While there are some days where I definitely feel weighed down by my own intense schedule of multiple posts every single day, there are far more days where I turn on my computer with glee at the thought of seeing my blog. Seeing a post take shape, reading through and making sense of my draft ramblings on posts from the previous day, finding the perfect image or capturing a spot-on screen cap can make me smile with delight. Seeing a comment from a dear friend that I met through blogging, or a comment from someone I’ve never heard from before is usually all it takes to give me a warm inner glow and make me want to spend another hour or two or more working away on the posts for next week.

My blog has become something that has allowed me to take joy in writing again, to express myself, to meet other people who have a passion for anime, and a space where I can speak. My blog has become so much more than what I ever thought it would be which was just a collection of writings about what I was watching (more akin to an online journal than anything else).  My blog is impossibly dear to me at this point in time and I am so proud of what I have created even as I strive to make it more than what it is.

And that is another truth about blogging.

Fact: It is never enough.

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Blogs are hungry, ravenous beasts. The more words you feed them, the hungrier they become. As they grow so does their appetite. It is insatiable.

At this you might become despairing or feel it is an uphill struggle with a stone that is just going to roll away before you ever reach the top.

But that isn’t necessarily the case. This beast is yours and yours alone. It is loyal to you and while it would happily eat up every word you ever wrote, it will also wait for you to take your time, and perhaps develop a more refined palate wishing only the best of your writing.

It all depends on how you choose to raise your blog.

And that is the one hard truth. Your blog is yours whatever may become of it.

Do you agree?


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In Case You Missed It

Another week has passed and we are well and truly into Summer with many bloggers finalising their season watch lists this week. However, the Spring wrap up continues and then there are just some great posts about anime in general. As always I’ve put together some posts that caught my eye over the last week but I’d love to hear what posts you enjoyed so be sure to give a post a shout out in the comments below.

For patrons, in case you missed it, the second version of my video Darling in the Franxx review is available from here. It has also been updated in the blog post for patrons to access (password is in the linked post on patreon for patrons to access). Feedback is appreciated because while I’m probably not going to do any further editing on this video, I’m hoping to continue to improve so that the next video is better when I get to making it. Thanks to all the patrons who did give me feedback on the first version and helped me get to the second version.

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The Glorio Blog covers final thoughts on Darling in the Franxx. There isn’t a lot of love for Franxx over there, but if you want to know where Franxx dropped the ball or what could have been improved, there are points a plenty to be found in this post.

Kimchisama shares their method (very scientific) for choosing an anime to watch. Posts like this are fantastic to read because I’m sure many of us who watch seasonally wonder sometimes if there are better ways to pick shows to follow. I’m at the point where I feel like drawing titles out of a hat might have as much of a hit rate as any other method.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews compares the first episodes of Handbado and Harukana Receive. Now I’ve decided to pass on both of these shows but is interesting seeing the community looking at these shows that are built around similar concepts but are very different in their approach. It will be interesting to see where these shows are sitting at the end of the season.

Kapodaco takes on Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho in a review and it’s pretty close to a rave. While some criticisms are noted, this is a fairly positive appraisal of an anime that won quite a few hearts while it was airing and the review looks at what really works about it. If you are one of the very few people who haven’t seen the anime yet, this review may convince you to dive in.

Remy Fool gives us 5 non-canon couples that should have been in yuri in a list that is great fun to read and filled with some really nice images. I love lists particularly when they come with good reasoning and this one was no different even though I only knew about half of the characters on it. Well worth the read.

Irina visits ACCA in a review and it is fantastic. This is an anime I loved and I so seldom see anyone talking about it after it was done airing. While it definitely isn’t an anime for everyone with a lot of talking going on in it, ACCA is an anime I thoroughly recommend at least trying because if you get into it you are going to be reward with a rich and well developed story. Irina’s post beautifully looks at both the technical success and other elements of ACCA that work very well and may just convince you to take the plunge.

And while still with the lovely Irina (who is killing it over on her blog lately) we have another thought provoking post asking if anime has a moral responsibility. Definitely a post to check out.

CrispyN64 from There Goes My Kokoro shares their thoughts on Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. This post mostly laments on the lack of a theme to bring it together and it raises the interesting point of whether such a thing is needed. Be sure to check out the post.

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Zeria on Floating into Bliss shares an excellent video (with transcript) called 3-Gatsu no Lion is Beautifully Painful. And no, I just didn’t like this because of my own love of the anime, but because it expresses so incredibly well why March Comes in Like a Lion is a highly emotive viewing experience and the power of the writing and characterisation. it really does capture the reason why it is a show that should be remembered. For those who haven’t watched March Comes in Like a Lion be sure to check out this post and then hopefully you will feel like giving the anime a go.

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In Case You Missed It

Celebrate the end of another week and a new beginning as we move firmly into the Summer Anime season. As always, I’ve found so many really great posts over the last week and below are some links to a few that really caught my eye, however I’d love for you to share a link if there’s a post you want to give a shout out to.

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Mythos from the Backloggers shared a bit of a personal post about the importance of seeing our homes in media. He looked specifically at Fallout and its depiction of West Virginia and it was a really great post to read. Okay, not anime related, but I love the Fallout games and this was such a well written post that I just had to have it on the list this week.

Mistress of Yaoi tells us that Banana Fish isn’t Yaoi but it is still Awesome in a post that looks at the first episode, some of the reaction to it, and also recommends a manga for those who are looking for something similar to read. A great post to check out if you are curious at all about the anime.

AhNeeMeh looks at some anime titles that have been either mistranslated or changed when translated into English. I really enjoy reading posts where I also learn a little, or am pushed to actually use some of my Japanese and so I found this post interesting because usually I don’t try to translate Japanese titles but some of these it should have been obvious that the English wasn’t right if I’d thought about it.

Umai Yomu Anime Blog has a review of season 2 of Nanatsu no Taizai (or the Seven Deadly Sins). While I watched season 1, I wasn’t really feeling a return to these characters but I’ve enjoyed reading some of the reviews around the episodes and now that its done I’m enjoying reading how people feel about it overall. Maybe one day I’ll get around to watching it, but in the meantime if you want to know what it is all about and how this season is different from season 1, this is a great review to check out.

Yuri Nation looks at Ikuno from Darling in the Franxx and why she isn’t a tragedy but a hero. With all the controversy around Darling in the Franxx it is sometimes easy to overlook some of the things that went well in the series, and this post looks at Ikuno’s character in a fairly positive way, highlighting one of the reasonably successful character arcs in the story as well as how a gay character has been represented.

A Piece of Anime has a review of Darling in the Franxx that looks at the show’s early successes and then some of the ways it unravelled toward the end. Through this they look at the themes the anime initially seemed to be developing and the way these were handled, or not handled, as the show progresses. For those who have avoided Franxx drama this review might be a bit spoilery but it will give you an overall impression of what the show does and doesn’t do.

Jon Spencer does a retrospective on the WIXOSS franchise giving a brief overview of each of the four seasons. It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows Jon that he’s a fan of the series and now that Lostorage Conflated Wixoss has essentially wrapped up all plausible loose ends, it is a great time for reflection on the series as a whole.

Irina muses on what makes a good review and generated a lot of blogger discussion. This is something that all anime reviewers should have a read of and the comments and get involved in the discussion. A nice reflection post to generate community conversation that allows everyone to think about their practice. Thanks Irina.

Over on BlazTavern, Tanteikid wrote a response to a post I wrote awhile ago asking the question of what happens when you get tired of anime (or rather why I don’t think that will happen). I really enjoyed reading someone else’s perspective on this and it was a great post to come across this week.

Otaku, She Wrote has a really brilliant analysis of the second episode of Banana Fish out this week. Okay, spoiler heavy if you haven’t watched the episode but a really detailed breakdown of what happened in the episode and the symbolism used in each scene and sequence. A really great post to check out this week if you are watching Banana Fish.

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Frog-Kun gets into the inherent problem behind the conceit of one person coming in to a historical or fantasy setting and fixing it in their post ‘How a Not So Realit Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom on Privilege and Hubris‘. It is an interesting post to read as it clearly identifies an issue with the basic premise of all such stories, yet I think most of us were already aware that modern knowledge or not, we aren’t going to save a kingdom (just look at the world we live in the problems we’ve created as a society and do very little to fix to know that the average person is not exactly enlightened even if we understand a little bit more about the world). I really enjoyed this post as it is so clear in its explanation and arguments and it is something worth thinking about both in literature and in the real world.

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In Case You Missed It

For those who missed it, I am now back from my short break and ready to get into the Summer Anime season. That said, I didn’t exactly get around to reading much last week so unfortunately, no links to share.

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I do want to thank everyone who sent me good wishes as the last couple of months have been a little bit rough health wise, and I am hopeful that the break has done me a world of good. I’m pretty fired up at the moment for the new anime season and am really looking forward to doing some catch-up anime viewing and checking out everyone’s blogs this week.

While I was away, I did some re-posted reviews so if you missed them the links are below. As always, feel free to give a shout out to a post you think deserves some attention from last week in the comments below. It would be great if you could let me know what I should try to catch up on.

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It’s a bit short compared to my normal week, but that’s all that happened for me. Looking forward to getting back into it this week.


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In Case You Missed It

And we’re finally starting the new week. I’m going to be honest, this post was scheduled before I left and I am now on break. I will be back on the 8th of July but I obviously won’t have an In Case You Missed It post next week as I won’t have read anything to share. I hope everyone has a great week and I hope you enjoy the posts I found last week that I’ve shared below.

Reminders:

  1. Thanks to people who have sent me some more questions for my Inquiring Minds series. This will pick up again once I’m back from my break. If you want to be a part of the series or have a question for me complete the two question survey here. The second question is optional, but if you answer it I will provide the name of the person who asked the question and link back to your blog when I respond. Questions can be about anything though I may not answer it if it is too personal. So far I’ve answered every question so we’ll see how we go.

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Kawaii Paper Pandas shares their favourite openings and endings from the Spring anime season this week counting them down and explaining their reasons. Lists are always fun and when they include the music clip and good explanations they make for a great read. Be sure to check it out and share your favourite OP’s and ED’s of the season.

The Anime Glutton shares their rankings for the Spring 2018 season and they weren’t exactly impressed by what was on offer (a feeling shared fairly largely by a number of viewers this season). That said, if you want to check out what they recommended and what they didn’t and why, be sure to see the post.

The Luminous Mongoose discusses Anzu from Hinamatsuri and her journey as a character and why that made her the best girl. While I still haven’t seen this series it has been heavily recommended to me and I’m going to get to it soonish. This post was great fun to read, though people who aren’t fans of spoilers may find it a bit too detailed. I quite enjoyed reading it.

Cactus Matt takes on a twenty question review of Citrus and looks at some of the problems with the romance but also some of the good things about the series. This is another anime I haven’t watched so don’t really have a comment on (given I dropped it at the second episode) but I quite enjoyed reading this review.

Arthifis shares another lesson for bloggers, this time on how to get Google to pay attention to your blog. Be sure to check out this post if you are a blogger and read the information as for a lot of bloggers, getting found is one of the hardest hurdles to overcome.

Anime Madhouse takes on Amnesia the anime and reviews it, and the end result is pretty amusing providing you didn’t much like the anime or the heroine. I will put a spoiler warning on the post though because he does detail each route the anime covers and more or less how it concludes. Still, if you put yourself through watching Amnesia and found yourself asking why the heroine had no personality, this post will probably give you a few laughs. Clearly I didn’t think much of Amnesia either and my thoughts can be found here.

Marshmellow Pastel looks at A Certain Scientific Railgun and competent mediocrity in storytelling. It looks at the fact that while something may not be great that doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy it. Anyway, it ends up being a kind of fun review and one I’m glad I stumbled across this week.

Juju over on Soul Chain blog looks at the idea of community in Tari Tari and presents a passionate and interesting post that is relevant to all whether you’ve watched the anime or not, though knowledge of the anime would probably be an advantage here. Be sure to check this one out.

Kat Stark continues to share some interesting make-overs and this week she has one inspired by Midoriya from My Hero Academia. It is a fantastic step by step guide with a great final photo (she looks amazing). Be sure to check it out, and if you are interested she’s shared some fantastic Harry Potter inspired make-overs as well.

Pick of the Week

Jenn from Welcome to Hell Zone is doing a rewatch of Revolutionary Girl Utena and at episode one decided to ask the question of what on earth Utena is wearing and why. It leads into quite an interesting post that then points fingers at other anime protagonists who seemingly just wear whatever they want to. I was reading this post just expected a usual recap of the first episode and ended up very much drawn into the discussion around the characters. Well worth a read if you missed it this week.

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And that was my week, in case you missed it.


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Jon’s Creator Showcase – June Edition

Well July has come to an end and so I now have the pleasure of sharing some of the amazing blog posts that came out in May. I once again want to thank Jon Spencer for starting the showcase.

To those who don’t know about the showcase the goals are to:

  • Give exposure to both the host & creators who submit content to the showcase.
  • Highlight a wide variety of content including written word, art, video, audio, etc…
  • Allow for all creators, regardless of skill or current recognition, to participate and share their creations.
  • Encourage involvement from creators across all platforms.
  • Offer a fun and interactive way for people to discover new and interesting creations.
  • Inspire growth and exploration for both the host and creators.

This was such a wonderful idea and I know a lot of us have had fun this year taking part in and following the showcase. Keep an eye out for the next showcase which will be hosted by Moyatori over on the Moyatorium.

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Now to the posts. There were 26 submissions this month (though if I missed some I apologise but twitter was having fun disappearing tweets at times and I had a fairly rough month as well). Here are 8 fantastic posts that were shared during the month.

01. First up we have this excellent post from Dale: Dealing With Depression Using Dark Souls. It’s a fairly personal post from Dale though it does come with a warning that this is a personal experience and isn’t intended to reflect all who are suffering from depression.

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02. A Nerdy Perspective shared their review of Watamote. They look at what the series did and what it failed to do and overall it is one of the more balanced reviews I’ve ever read of this series.

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03. Kawaii Paper Pandas shares a post about ReCreators and this one takes a deep dive and looks at Magane as a villain. It’s a pleasure to read and the passion for the series is absolutely clear with every word.

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04. Ano.Nora looks at the subbed vs dubbed debate with a fairly poetic post that muses about the constant battle for dominance and the reason why ultimately it is a fairly silly argument to have. Quite the fun read.

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05. Satired of Anime shares yet another mock news story about the going’s on in the anime world and this one really made me smile:

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While it is a short article, there’s something to be said for Satired of Anime’s blog that regularly puts out great content in bite size chunks that really manage to hit their target.

06. Biblionyan shared a book review of A Place Called Hiroshima. There’s some careful attention to detail in the review and you really get a feel for the content while reading it. A great post to visit for book lovers.

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07. Hinode Reviews has done some great posts on the Ancient Magus’ Bride and their focus on the various fae in some of their articles has been really fantastic to read. This post is conveniently not only a great read but also links to their other fantastic articles in this series so be sure to check them all out. There is clearly a lot of time and love put into these posts.

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08. Ya Boy Jack over on the AniWriter shares a review of Wandering Son and this post really brings home the importance of sharing a wide variety of stories. Once again, there is so much passion coming through in the post and it is just a joy to read.

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And here are some more truly fantastic submissions. I had way too much fun reading these and I would have loved to have just featured them all, as well as all the ones I didn’t link to, but apparently as the host I’m meant to choose some to highlight, not to mention, time constraints and all that.

01. Mel Interview Pervy – Mel From Mel.

02. If You Like… You Might Like… From Rose.

03. Chihayafuru Season Review From Scott.

04. 5 Anime I Probably Cried Too Much Over While Watching From The Spooky Redhead

05. Devilman Crybaby Anime Review From Matthew

06. Skip Full Metal Panic? You’re Missing Out Mate From Lita Kino

07. The Real Life Camping Grounds and a Mystery Lake From The Infinite Zenith

That’s it from me and the June edition of Jon’s Creator Showcase but as I said, keep an eye out for the announcement of the next one and be sure to get your submissions to Moyatori.


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Friday’s Feature: Blog Update

It has been awhile since I’ve just done a general update on the state of the blog and there’s a few things I need to announce, explain and generally cover, so unfortunately, no real feature this week. Just me rambling to those who choose to read.

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Firstly: Taking a Break

Okay, first bit of news is that I am taking a quick break from the blog. From July 2nd until July 7th I will not be watching any anime, writing any posts, reading any posts, or actually accessing anything on my online accounts at all. Part of this is because I was travelling anyway. The other part is due to how my health has been recently, I decided I needed to just stop fully and allow myself the recovery time. Hopefully this means when I return on July 7th I will be bouncing with energy and ready to catch up on the first episodes of the Summer Anime season which I am really looking forward to.

Normally when I know I’m going to be a way I do a lot of pre-work to make sure I still have posts going out. This time is different. The only posts going out during this break are re-posts of old anime series reviews that some of my newer followers may not have seen. So some of my favourite series will have their review published again.

However, from July 8th, I will hopefully be fully back with all my usual posts and features, and again, hopefully feeling much refreshed. This is the first genuine break from blogging I’ve had in two years, so I kind of felt it was time.

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Secondly: Ko-fi

Yeah, I finally signed up for a Ko-fi account and have added a Pay Pal donate button to the sidebar. Given I know there are some people who would like to support the blog but aren’t willing to commit to an ongoing payment such as Patreon I’ve added these options.

As I come to the end of my first full financial year having monetised my blog, I look back and see that I have finally broken even. Still, this is a long way from having a blog that is able to be more than a hobby so I’m going to continue to work on this.

While the Patreon is for building a more consistent income to the blog that will allow me to look at different types of content creation particularly looking at producing video content in the future, Ko-Fi is definitely more about short term goals. The first one is to commission some art for the blog including a more professional looking banner and profile picture.

As always, I want to thank everyone who has offered support to the blog so far. Whether that was through Patreon or through buying the ebook. It is appreciated and I know the last couple of months haven’t been great, but I’m definitely looking forward and am committed to improvement. Please feel free to message me if you want to give feedback about the blog or suggest how 100 Word Anime could improve in the future.

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It’s hard to talk about Summer Anime in the middle of Winter, but that’s the way it is.

Thirdly: Summer Anime 

While I am going to continue with a few ongoing shows from the Spring season I have decided to only review ten shows from the Summer line up. I’ll probably end up watching more but I won’t be posting reviews on them. One of these shows will end up being reviewed for patrons only, leaving nine shows on the review schedule for everyone else (outside of the carry over shows from Spring). This is probably the lightest review load I’ve given myself for awhile but that is because I want some time to produce other content outside of episode reviews.

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Finally: Guest Posts

I’d like to open up 100 Word Anime to hosting a guest post each month from another blogger. I’d be happy to do an exchange of posts, or just host the other blogger depending on what works for them.

If you are interested in being apart of this for the end of July, please send me a message on Twitter or use the contact on the blog with your post idea and I’ll respond after I return from my break. I’m mostly looking for content I wouldn’t necessarily write myself, so maybe a focus on Slice of Life anime or Yuri or something similar would be great if you are interested. That doesn’t mean I won’t consider other suggestions as I’ll probably just be really happy someone is interested.

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A Huge Thank-You

I really should say this more often, but thank to those who continue to support the blog. It has been so much fun meeting all of you and discussing anime and I’m looking forward to getting back into it after my short time away.

Sunday I will be hosting Jon’s Creator Showcase and will also announce the poll results for the best and worst anime of the season, so be sure to visit the blog and check out some of the great content in the Showcase and leave a comment about your favourite and least favourite anime of the season.


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