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

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.

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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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In Case You Missed It

It has been an absolute rush to get back into seasonal episode reviewing but I have had a great time trying to catch up with the shows and choosing what I’ll follow this season. Admittedly, there aren’t all that many shows that are taking my breath away but I am finding some really pleasant views and am hoping they can hold out until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, I’ve been having a great time catching up with everyone’s blogs and their thoughts on the season as well as anime in general. Below are some links I came across this week to some posts that I thought were really interesting, but as always I invite you to add a link in the comments to any posts you feel deserve a shout out.

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Nefarious Anime Reviews takes a go at Hand Shakers so just in case you were hoping for a different point of view, they point out once again everything wrong with the series. Actually, they make my review seem kind of nice by comparison.

From Keiko’s Anime Blog we have an episode review of My Hero Academia episode 17 (yes some spoilers if you are behind in watching). Still, this is a great write up for the episode so if you’ve watched it or if you aren’t watching the show but curious, this is a great post to check out. Also on Keiko’s Anime Blog, we have their final write up of Btooom!

If you are curious about Princess Principal, the Backloggers have a great episode review for episode 3. This one gives a nice overview of what has been developed over the first three episodes and is a good read on a show that I’m finding increasingly interesting.

On Plyasm’s Wormhole there’s an interesting post about why they dropped Katsugeki Touken Ranbu and I have to agree with a lot of their points. While I’m not dropping it, I’m not really enjoying it either at this point as my review of episodes 2 + 3 kind of made clear. It was interesting to see someone else having the same issue with the characters that I’d been having while trying to watch this.

Toxic Muffin has a great write up of Gamers looking at the events of episodes 1 and 2. The show really has been surprisingly good and seems to be doing quite a number of things differently than you might think from reading the synopsis so if you are curious about the show, this post might be for you.

A Guy Who Writes also has a great write up on Gamers and how it subverts expectations though they admit that doesn’t necessarily make this a great show. It’s an interesting discussion piece and worth checking out.

Lita Kino from Anime Corner has celebrated 500 followers by answering questions from her followers. Its a great way to get to know more about her. And again, congratulations Lita on the 500 followers.

Anime&Anime has an interesting editorial on selecting and recommending anime for non-anime fans. As I’m sure most of us have been asked for a recommendation at some point by someone who knows nothing about anime, this is an interesting read.

Media Reviews and Discussion has a review of Kado: The Right Answer. With my own review (mostly review with only a little bit of rant at this point) out later this week, it is interesting to see how other people took to the end of the series. I kind of think this post does a pretty good job of describing exactly where things went wrong for the series and is definitely worth the read.

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Remy Fool from The Lily Garden has a fantastic post about the portrayal of women in shounen narratives (mostly focussing on Welcome to the Ballroom). If you happened to miss this post last week, I really recommend giving it a read.


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In Case You Missed It

First week back into work and things have gotten hectic, but I am still making time for watching anime and finding some great posts to read. Below I’m sharing some of my favourites from the week. As always feel free to leave a link in the comments below to a post you feel deserves some extra attention.

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Jon Spencer Reviews has an incredibly helpful post about the VRV service Crunchyroll has been promoting. Having given it a go they’ve listed the good and the bad as well as their overall experience with the service. If you are considering trying it definitely a post to check out.

I Drink and Watch Anime has a great review of Pandora Hearts. I really loved that anime, but it has its issues and this post kind of highlights the excellent and the bad and does it in an amusing way. Plus, the proposed drinking game for viewing could be kind of fun…

Mechanical Anime Reviews has a great post about heroes and their motivations. Be sure to check it out if you missed it last week as it covers quite a range of heroes and looks at their overall goals.

Humble Ace has an interesting post about the best ending to an anime. Keep in mind there are some heavy spoilers for the shows talked about (they are discussing the ends) but given how many anime end poorly it was an interesting read.

From Silver Screen Write Up we have a review of the Ghost in the Shell movie. If you are still considering whether to watch it or not, this is a nicely written review that highlights both the positives and weaknesses of the film and is worth checking out.

On Animehound there’s a post by Phoenix about Otonashi from Angel Beats. As I loved this anime and I really liked Otonashi’s character, I enjoyed this post that looks at the different types of strengths and positive qualities Otonashi possessed throughout the series.

Reverie of a Star had an interesting post about WorldEnd and the romantic aspects of the story. Its interesting because while most posts have reviewed it stirctly as a fantasy that happens to have an odd romance in it, this post looks at the story as a romance first and foremost. Worth checking out if you haven’t had your fill of WorldEnd yet.

Zero Drama Anime has a short write up about episode 3 of 18if that points out some of the things the show is doing right. From what I’ve read, this show seems to have been a bit of a hit and miss for some viewers but I’ve quite enjoyed it so far. If you were thinking about checking out the show, maybe check out this post.

Aldael’s Attic shares their thoughts on Aoi Bangaku. I’d completely forgotten about this one (and I hadn’t finished it because I got distracted) so the reminder that this exists and that I should probably go and finish it at some point, was greatly appreciated. It isn’t exactly a well discussed anime.

Mel in Anime Land shares their top 10 males with grey or silver hair. It’s an awesome list of characters with some great reasons so be sure to check it out.

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Otaku Lounge has a highly entertaining (and informative) post about Hand Shakers and a discussion about whether it is really as bad as people have been saying. Their discussion about the visuals alone is worth checking out but this is a great post to read.


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In Case You Missed It

So, I’m back from my travels (shared some photos yesterday), and now comes the catch up. While I have tried to keep up on my phone, it is really hard to read posts and to write comments on it so I haven’t got to everyone recently and I’ve been liking more than commenting just because it has been easier. That said, I’m back and hopefully going to get right back into routine.

This one is going to be a short In Case You Missed It because I’ve obviously missed a lot, but I still want to highlight some posts I’ve come across recently and as always feel free to give a shout out to an anime related post (or games or movie related posts) that you feel deserves some extra attention.

Just as an added note, I will be releasing the results of the best of and worst of Spring poll that I ran during this week, so keep an eye out for that.

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From Humble Ace there’s a great post about Tales from the Borderlands that they keep spoiler free but really sell why you should give the game a go. I will admit, I’ve yet to play, but posts like this make me curious about it and I’ve been thinking for awhile I should give it a go.

Merlin’s Musings has an interesting discussion piece on Doctor Who and whether the new female doctor is going to be a deal breaker for some viewers. I found this an interesting read given I fell out of love with Doctor Who after David Tennant left despite having been in love with the Doctor for almost my whole life having watched reruns of older doctors growing up and then being blow away by Christopher Eccleston and David Tennants take on the character.

Madreceiver from Dad Watches Anime shares their thoughts on Akashic Records of a Bastard Magical Instructor. They were a little underwhelmed by the series and I kind of enjoyed reading this post given my own thoughts on the series.

Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner shared a list of their favourite anime dogs. There’s some great canines on this list so check it out.

The Game of Nerds shares 10 Truly Horrifying Japanese Urban Legends. While I had encountered most of these before, it is a great list to check out particularly if you are fond of Japanese horror as it regularly draws upon some of these ideas to fill its stories.

Anime Prince looks at Tsuki ga Kirei’s defining strength. While I’ve yet to finish the anime, I’ve really enjoyed reading the posts of people who really did enjoy watching the show. There’s been a lot of positive points raised but I liked how specific this post was in just picking one feature that really made the show for the viewer.

Kpop-Khop shares reasons why you should binge watch anime. As someone who used to only binge watch completed shows I can relate to this, and also think of a whole pile of reasons to watch currently airing shows. Anyway, its a great post to check out so give it a read.

Shoujo Thoughts posted two of these but this is the first and essentially they are challenging you to guess the anime from a one or two sentence summary. It is kind of fun and some of the summaries will definitely make you laugh. If you missed these, give it a read and have a go at guessing the anime.

Lastly from Just My 2 Cents we have the top 6 dumbest moments in anime history. Well worth a read just to remember the truly stupid things anime characters have done in the name of plot, fanservice, and poor scripting.

And that’s all from me.


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In Case You Missed It

Okay, this week has been… kind of like a roller coaster I guess, though I don’t much like that analogy because it implies that there are safety devices attached and to be honest it kind of felt like I was in free fall for a lot of this week. Mostly the issue is I know I’m having a break from work soon and I have a lot of prep to do before I go to ensure that when I come back I don’t get buried in an avalanche of catch up. Still, the anime this week were good and the blog posts that I’m finding continue to be highly entertaining so below I’ve shared some links to some posts that caught my eye. Feel free to give a shout out to a post you think needs some love in the comments.

Just a reminder that from the end of June until July 22 I won’t be reviewing currently airing anime but the blog will still have daily content and I’ll still be around online (though not with any consistency so it may take me a couple of days to respond to comments).

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Raistlin0903 has given his review of Yuri on Ice. I was curious as to how Raistlin would view this series given it didn’t seem their usual thing and they were unlikely to suffer from fan girl syndrome so it was great to see their final thought thoughts of the series. If you haven’t had your weekly dose of Yuri on Ice, here’s a great post to check out.

Lethargic Ramblings has a post kind of about a Silent Voice but more about how watching A Silent Voice made them realise their taste in anime had changed. Whichever, it is a post that will get you thinking about your own tastes and preconceived notions about anime and what you are watching compared to what you used to watch, so well worth the read.

Following on from last week when I had a plethora of My Hero Academia posts to share, this week I came across Kyra Desu Yo which did a post about the meaning of Todoroki Shouto’s name. I love this series of posts and they’ve covered so many great characters and its always quite informative. If you haven’t checked out this blog well worth looking into.

And then, because while we’re on a roll with the My Hero Academia posts, here’s one from Ruminated Scrawlings about the corrupted hero system. It’s a nice read and gets you thinking about the setting of the show and the world building rather than specific characters and events.

Reading Between has an interesting post about Eren Jaeger and his underappreciated character development. I’m going to be honest and point out my issues with Eren are more his baseline personality rather than a lack of development, but it means that I don’t pay much attention to him so haven’t really cared whether he has been developing or not as a character. This post was kind of interesting moment of reflection as to how Eren has developed in 1 and a half seasons of the show. I still don’t like Eren but lacking development is probably not a criticism I’m going to level at him any time soon particularly after reading this and thinking it through. If you missed this one, check it out.

From Otaku Lounge we have Watson Watches Sailor Moon. This is an interview style post of Watson’s thoughts after watching six episodes of Sailor Moon and it is interesting to see their view on it. Though if you aren’t interested in Sailor Moon try their discussion about Mirage of Blaze. Doesn’t matter if you ever watched (or tried to watch) that anime or not, this discussion is hilarious.

Not an anime post, but Plot and Theme has a great discussion about the Heroism of Wonder Woman. I haven’t seen the film yet but posts like this are making sure this one stays on my list for when it comes out on DVD. I’ve been a little disenchanted with super hero movies for awhile now but every now and then one comes out worth taking note of and if the blogging community is anything to go by, Wonder Woman is probably worth the time.

Kurumi Shim gives us 10 Romance Anime that aren’t normally recommended by fans but you might love anyway. It’s a long title but fairly clear what the post is about. We have ten romance recommendations that you probably haven’t seen on everyone else’s list previously so if you were looking for something less obvious to watch you’ll probably find a couple of interesting romance titles on this list. Very helpful post.

A Piece of Anime discusses Your Name and Fullmetal Alchemist and looks at plot holes and when they matter and when they don’t (at least to them). It’s an interesting post though it will get you thinking about all those times you’ve just had to accept something in an anime that really didn’t make any sense.

Finally here’s a review of ACCA from Never Argue With A Fish. This is a great review though I’ll admit I’m very biased. Mostly I just want more people to watch ACCA because I think it is awesome. Anyway, if you missed this post and you are still deciding about whether to watch ACCA you should check this out.

And that’s all from me.


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In Case You Missed It

I’m going to be honest, I took things a little easier this week after the anniversary week. That was an incredibly hectic week (in a very good way) for the blog and I needed a little bit of recovery time I think. That said, I’ve still found some excellent posts over the last week that I’m keen to share. As always, feel free to add a link in the comments below to a post you feel needs some attention.

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Weekend Otaku made my week when the asked Who Did It Better and put Soul Eater up against Noragami in terms of which show had the best character who was also a weapon. I love the reasons laid out and I also just loved seeing these two anime going head to head even as I struggled to make my own choice about who I thought did it better. Great post and well worth the read.

Lethargic Ramblings shared another Listless List and this one discusses their most significant video games growing up (so not anime but still cool). If you would like a blast from the past than this list is definitely worth checking out.

Marth’s Anime Blog shares some speculation on Sagrada (Sakurada) Reset. I’m not sure how many people still haven’t dropped this show but the trying to figure out what is going on with the powers and the town is probably the most interesting thing about it and Marthaurion is taking a look specifically at Misora’s time reset. For anyone still watching the show, worth checking out.

Wave Motion Cannon has brought us a lengthy but truly great read about Yuri on Ice. And I’d almost made it a month without sharing a Yuri on Ice post, however, this one needs to be read so here it is. Check out their thoughts on ice skating, narrative, character representations, and everything else that Yuri on Ice is. Great post.

Yaoi Playground has a post exploring the Killing Stalking Fandom. This post looks at why this particular title got the attention it did and the themes it explores, but also links to some other reviews about it. Interesting read for people either interested in Killing Stalking or interested in why the fuss around Killing Stalking.

Mechanical Anime Reviews gives us their midseason thoughts on the shows they picked up this season. There’s a lot of these posts floating around and I’ve enjoyed them all, but I like the reasoning given in this list for their placement. Worth checking out if you aren’t watching seasonally but are starting to choose shows to watch once they are done airing.

Minute Art shares some thoughts on Death Note specifically looking at pacing and characterisation. It’s a fairly thoughtful post and fans of the series will probably have fun reading this perspective and comparing it to their own thoughts about the narrative as a whole. Definitely something to be read if you’ve ever watched Death Note (pass if you haven’t because you are definitely hitting spoiler territory).

From Miandro’s Side we have day 12 of the 30 day anime challenge where they have chosen their favourite anime scene. As it is a scene I love I was probably already sold on this post, but then they beautifully explain why this scene is so great. I just had to share this post.

Lastly, Simply Everything, Mostly Nothing has a list of anime and manga clichés that should make most of you smile as you recognise the ones that have played out time and time again. It’s a fun post to read and some great examples from both new and older anime.

And that’s all from me.


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Friday’s Feature: Examining the Pointlessness of Arguing About Subs or Dubs in Anime

You know when I first started writing features I was pretty positive that this was the one topic I was not going to touch. Mostly because it has already been argued to death and also because ultimately what this post is going to come down to is that it is about personal preference so there is no right side of this argument. Hence the title. It really is a pointless debate/argument/war and all it does is split anime fans when, let’s be honest, whether you watch subs or dubs you are still a fan of anime.

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The problem is that so many people get it into their head that their preference is somehow actually the ‘right’ way to view something and then there is this stubborn refusal to accept that someone else might choose to view it differently. So what are the main arguments in favour of subs and why don’t they make much sense from a logical standpoint?

01. They allow you to get the authentic experience. Assuming you believe the sub-titles are actually in anyway accurate or capturing the nuances of the langauge being spoken. Seriously, the subs are as bad as the dub if you are actually going for authenticity of the story. Learn Japanese if you want the real story and then realise that sometimes those changes they make to the dialogue actually do make the story more accessible. My Japanese is dreadful but the more I learn the more I realise that neither subs or dubs are giving me a particularly genuine anime experience but I’m still getting a good story so I don’t much care.

02. Dubs are dreadful. Which would have been a reasonably accurate statement about twenty years ago. Seriously, Sailor Moon voice acting has a lot to answer for and it wasn’t even the worst of the 1990’s dubs. And yes, I went through a period where because English dubs were fairly dreadful, that I wouldn’t watch them. What has changed now though is that a lot of the English dubs are actually quite good with some actually good performances and sometimes fairly contextualised content that make the story really enjoyable. I will point out that the reuse of voice actors in English dubs is a bit of a problem because there is a vastly smaller pool of voice actors to draw from, but even this is improving.

03. You just should watch subs. Unbelievably, this argument comes up time and again. This is not an argument. This is what you resort to when you realise that the only two arguments you actually have in favour of your view are more or less invalidated by the current state of dubs.

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However, the arguments for dubs are just as weak.

01. I don’t have to read and I can enjoy the story more. Okay, valid point if reading is an issue (and in an anime like Steins;Gate where the dialogue hits you a million miles an hour from multiple characters and the dub is pretty good, I might even agree that this argument has validity rather than trying to read half a screen of multi-character dialogue). Mostly though, subs don’t interfere with the viewing experience. You can see your entire television (computer, device) screen at once so your eye is capable of reading that one line of text that is usually quite large in terms of font at the bottom of the screen. Still, given this one comes down to individual enjoyment, it’s kind of hard to refute.

02. Insert something semi-racist here about listening to Japanese. Yep. People who are anime fans actually mock the language and culture that produces the shows they enjoy. This argument isn’t even really worth getting into. It’s right up there with the ‘you just should’ argument for subs.

03. Hmmm… Oh right. There isn’t a number 3. It really comes down to not wanting to read or not liking listening to Japanese. There’s really no other argument that gets put forward consistently as to why dubs might be better.

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And all of this brings me back to my initial point. This is a pointless argument. People will watch what they want and in a way they enjoy it. Rather than fighting over which is better, shouldn’t we all just celebrate the fact that the anime fan-base world-wide continues to grow and that we actually have options as to how we watch it?

Finally, just so that I’m not tempted to come back to this topic any time soon, I’ll make my preference clear. When I watch by myself, with one or two exceptions where I either only have access to a dubbed copy or the dub is genuinely amazing, I watch subbed anime. Why? Because I’m trying to learn Japanese and amazingly enough just recognising one more phrase as I watch today over yesterday is pretty fun. That, and I started watching anime in the 90’s when dubs were horrible and then when I picked up anime as an adult I got used to watching badly fan-subbed anime on YouTube. Okay, some of it was fairly well fan-subbed but that didn’t change the fact that the majority of anime I managed to watch before legal streaming services were a thing,  were subbed.

However, I have a very limited pool of friends that I can talk into watching anime and over half of them will not watch subs. So, when I watch socially I almost always watch dubbed. You know what, anime is still fun regardless of whether it is subbed or dubbed.

Feel free to share your preference below or comment on the ongoing war between subbed viewers and dubbed viewers. Let’s kick the conversation into gear and actually have a conversation rather than a flame war.


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In Case You Missed It

And the week has finally come to a close and I’m very thankful for that. It has been busy. I’m expecting some internet interruptions over the next couple of weeks so if I suddenly disappear for a day that’s why (most of my posts should still go out as scheduled). Below is the round up of posts that caught my eye this week. Admittedly, I’ve been pretty slack about saving links this week (as I said, busy). As always, if you’ve got a great post or know of one that deserves a shout out, feel free to add a link in the comments below.

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Wave Motion Canon takes on Scum’s Wish episode 11 and they do take it on. After so many positive reviews from so many people early in the season, a lot of viewers seem to have hit a tipping point in the last couple of weeks. I really wish I’d been able to watch this one as the conversation around where it is going has been quite entertaining to watch play out.

Lethargic Ramblings takes a look at why Yuri on Ice is not a romance. It’s an opinion shared by quite a few people who’ve seen the show and it is regularly shouted down by Victuri fans, though it is certainly a valid way to view the show. I love the ongoing discussions around Yuri on Ice and the different ways people have taken it.

While not anime related, Cain S Latrani takes a look at Marvel’s Iron Fist. I’m still on the fence about whether to give this a shot so I’ve been enjoying reading the various views around the show.

A final episode review from Kevin Pennyfeather on ACCA. Spoilers abound but you would expect that from a review of a final episode, and he does a great job of bringing everything together in this review.

And on the note of final episode reviews, I have to share Seasonal Prattle’s review of the final episode of Hand Shakers. Prattle nicely explains everything I hated about this episode but does it so much better than I did (I was in too much of a foul mood to be particularly articulate in my review). Again, its a review of a final episode so spoilers, but as I wouldn’t recommend this to my worst enemy you may as well enjoy a fun review of it.

Playing With Thoughts asks why game developers don’t try harder with stories. It’s a question that is raised regularly as people discuss the merits, or lack of them, in regards to the stories of some of the big title games. Worth a look.

Psychime has a really interesting post that looks at who the bad guy of Madoka Magica actually is. Given I recently looked at this anime series from the point of view of why it isn’t really a magical girl series, this post really got me thinking again about the anime and all the ways it manages to distinguish itself from shows that have a similar feel but somehow miss the point. Anyway, its an interesting post that makes you really think about the characters and what they achieve in the series (and the movies) and is certainly worth a read.

Lastly, a post from D Talks Anime on Natsume Yuujinchou. This post takes a look at the central character, Natsume, and the many relationships he has formed throughout the 5 seasons to date. It’s a well written post that reminded me once again just why I love this anime so much and why I’m excited its getting a 6th season. If you haven’t watched the show, you really should read this post and then go check it out (start at season 1).

And that’s all from me.


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In Case You Missed It

Phew, another week has come and gone and I’ve found sound great anime related posts out there. Keeping this short this week because I don’t have much else to say. As always, if you’ve got a great post or know of one that deserves a shout out, feel free to add a link in the comments below.

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Nefarious Reviews has a look at Orange in this review. If I’m honest, I liked this review because it calls the show on some of its sillier choices so if you were after something that praised it, probably not this review. However, it is an entertaining read.

All About Anime gives a quick description of what White Day is given it regularly appears in anime and manga but many people outside of Japan (and a few other countries) don’t really know what it is. Some helpful information for those just getting started with anime.

Not anime but gaming related, Animated has a post about their experience with the Switch so far. It covers a wide range of issues from number of titles, enjoyment of the games, the controllers, socializing and gaming, and generally does a good job giving a run down of the Switch experience so far (from their point of view). I actually almost wavered and thought about console gaming again while reading this but then reminded myself I have literally no time left in my day.

Hold Up Let’t Talk has a a top 10 list of anime detectives. There’s some classics and some newer faces on the list so go have a read and remember all the great anime detectives out there.

Lethargic Ramblings looks at the Kirito Problem and the oversaturation of would be black swordsman out there in anime land. Its an intriguing thought as to whether or not this character did have prevalence before SAO and while I’m certain there were some, the point is well made that this archetype has quite literally exploded since SAO. This post was a great read.

Bookish Frenzy shared their thoughts on The Devil is a Part Timer so if you are looking for a review of that or if you just enjoy the show you should check out the post.

Archi Anime has something a bit different as they put together a dream loot crate. To be honest, even though I’m not that into sports anime, I’d probably want that crate. It looked awesome.

Little Anime Blog has a post about Madoka and its message of hope for mature audiences. It is an interesting discussion on the anime and magical girl series and definitely worth reading.

Something about games for once: CSRadical has reviewed Uncharted 1 -3. I love their reasoning for their ratings and if you still haven’t played these games but have read all the hype about them, this is probably a nice review to balance it out a bit.

Keiko’s Anime Blog does a nice job tearing apart Taboo Tattoo (mostly I’m kind of glad I’m not the only one who subjected myself to watching that rubbish). Anyway, this post pretty much outlines why you shouldn’t watch it so if you were still undecided about it you should check out the post.

And that’s all from me.


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