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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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In Case You Missed It

And we are plunging head first into another week. This week I’m very thankful anime exists as a way to forget about everything else for just a little bit of time. That said, here is this week’s round up of anime related posts from some very cool bloggers that I’ve come across during last week. If you have a post or know of one that needs some love (anime related or similar) please feel free to link in the comments. If it goes to spam I will approve it ASAP.

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. Once again, I’d like to thank my patrons who are already supporting this site. There’s so much I’d love to try and do with this blog long term so I’d love it if you would support me on this journey.  End shameless self-promotion.

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The Only Shinyuu Site has a write up on La Corda D’oro: Blue Sky Review. As this was an interesting review and this is an anime I am unlikely to ever watch myself, I decided to point you over to this blog.

Shoujo Thoughts has a more personal post as they share their process in creating an avatar for their blog in a post appropriately titled Drawing Curly Anime Hair is Hard. I like posts like this where it feels we get to meet a bit of the person behind the blog  and its always fun watching someone try new things so go check out this post and some others on Shoujo Toughts’ blog.

Caffeinated Telescopes explains why they didn’t like Izetta giving us what they call a ‘cynical, analytical dissection‘. They raise some excellent points about the show and why it didn’t work but also acknowledge that the show did have quite a fan base while it was airing.

Jill from Jill’s Writing on Anime explains why Fukigen na Mononokean frustrated them. I have to pretty much agree with every point they make. There were so many great ideas hinted at throughout the series that it utterly just left hanging and provided no explanation about. Instead we focused on the most mundane issues the show could offer. Great post if you watched the series.

Lethargic Ramblings share their first impressions of Shinsekai Yori which really just reminded me of the first time I tried to watch it. And also made me want to watch it again because its been a fair while since I last watched the whole thing through.

I’ve got another write up from Kevin Pennyfeather on ACCA. Seriously, watching the show is fantastic but reading this write up each week just makes the experience more enjoyable (even if I usually have to go and rewatch the episode after reading it because it points out something I’ve missed or only been vaguely aware of). definitely check out this blog and if you haven’t watched ACCA yet, check it out.

Shoujo Thoughts gives us another Yuri On Ice post. This one is great as it really looks at the smaller indicators of Victor and Yuri’s relationship rather than debating whether or not that was a kiss. It is fantastic to see that even after nearly two months people are still finding new things to explore with this anime and the great posts just keep coming.

Arria on Fujinsei has completed her round up of posts from the January blog carnival and has announced dates for the March carnival. If you are an anime blogger and you haven’t checked out one of these carnivals, go and see the great posts that made the round up this time and make note of the dates in March. Its a great way to meet new bloggers and find some really excellent posts to read. Thanks Arria for hosting these.

Ryuji Tatsuya’s Anime Review has a list of anime without conclusions. This is a list that could pretty much be endless at this point as it is one of the things that drives me crazy and having watched pretty much everything on this list it just reminded me how frustrating it is when you are into a story and then the story doesn’t finish. It’s like someone just tore the last chapter out of your novel and tossed it away. Only in this case they didn’t even write it (unless you read the source material in some instances in which case its like asking someone to read a novel up to x point and then watch a movie to see the end).

Just as a side note; WordPress is doing this really fun thing where a large number of comments I make on other blogs are just going straight to spam. No explanation as to why other than a suggestion that using links in comments or foul langauge will get you flagged. I’m pretty certain neither of those conditions applies to the majority of my comments (or any of them), so if you come across a comment I’ve made in your spam, I’d really appreciate it if you would mark it as not spam. Thanks.

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In Case You Missed It

Another week and another collection of great posts. As always, if you would like to add a link to an anime related post please feel free to share in the comments below.

Shameless self-promotion: If you haven’t checked out my patreon hop on over. For non-patrons there are my thoughts on the first few volumes of the Scum’s Wish manga and Super Lovers season 2 episodes. End shameless self-promotion.

Manga Forum discuss the Vampire Knight manga and how it might be some people’s guilty pleasure. I quite enjoyed this post as Vampire Knight is one of the few manga I’ve read all the way through (because it was forced upon me by a friend and given how many anime I’ve made them watch it seemed fair). Anyway, it’s an interesting post that looks at why we like some things and thinking about the target audience of others.

Kausus from Otaku Gamer Zone looks at burn out from watching anime and whether it can be avoided. From reading a lot of anime blogs I know this is a problem a lot of people who watch and review a lot of anime come across at some point so this post is a good discussion starter.

Cain S Latrani shares their thoughts on Fruits Basket and kind of makes it clear why if you haven’t seen it you should go and watch it. If this anime is sitting in your maybe list, definitely check out this post.

Criticism and Thoughts looks at School Days and some of the criticisms of the series and why these may not be as valid as some people think. As School Days is one of those anime that lots of people have a lot of strong opinions about, this piece is interesting as it tries to look at School Days for what it is and what it is intended to be rather than what people describe it as.

Soul Chain looks at the idea of anime needing a saviour and why this is a problematic way to look at it. It’s a post that looks very much at the industry and was quite an interesting read.

Scott on Mechanical Anime Reviews shares what he looks for in a fight scene. It’s an interesting look at what can make an extended fight sequence appealing or interesting and makes you think about some of your favourite fights and why they are fun to watch.

Raven on Golden Realist shares their impressions of Natsume Yuujinchou and really looks at why this series is as endearing as it is. I’m a major fan of Natsume and if you haven’t checked out the series yet you should read this post and consider checking out the anime because it is a fantastic experience (though a little slow paced).

Nerd Rambles gave us a list of the top 5 anime for gamers. This combined two of my greatest loves, anime and gaming, so I absolutely had to share it.

Mel in Anime Land shares their top 10 Megane Male Characters. I’ve previously shared my top 5 anime guys wearing glasses so I really appreciated this list, there’s just something about anime guys in glasses.

Lastly for this week, Arria over on Fujinsei started off the OWLS tour for the month and it’s a Yuri On Ice post as apparently they all will be this month, so I am never going to get to write an In Case You Missed It Post without a Yuri post attached (I’m clearly devastated by this fact). Seriously go an check out this post by Arria, not just because it is about Yuri, but because it is a thought provoking read about Yuri On Ice and well worth your time.

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Another week down and more anime watched. It’s been another fun week reading and commenting on a wide range of blog posts. Lot’s of people are finalising their seasonal choices and deciding what they are going to keep following. As always, you are welcome to add a link in the comments to an anime (manga or gaming) related post that you think deserves a shout out.

Shameless self-promotion of the week: I started reading the manga for Scum’s Wish given I can’t watch the anime at the moment. My thoughts on volume one are here on my Patreon page but it is available to the public so you don’t need to be a patron to read this post. End shameless self-promotion.

Prattle has posted a complete guide to funny anime. In it she discusses elements of comedy, how comedy works (or is supposed to work), and suggests titles that are examples of good comedy. It’s a bit of a lengthy read but they’ve nicely included links so that you can simply read the sections you are interested in, though the whole thing is quite a good read.

The Only Shinyuu Site posted a list of underrated anime from 2016 that people should watch. While that could spark an argument about what actually makes something underrated, the list itself has 9 anime from last year to consider and makes you think about some of the shows that didn’t get a lot of attention.

Remain in Memories has a nice post giving their first impressions of Scum’s Wish. If you are still deciding whether to watch it this might be a nice post to check out.

This one’s a bit different and isn’t really just this week. All About Anime has been posting a series called Otaku Moves. It’s exercise with an anime theme thrown in which given one of my new year resolutions in real life was to actually move occasionally I’ve kind of enjoyed reading (though I’m kind of going to stick to my own fairly sedate exercise plan). Anyway, the link I’ve given is to the category so all the posts in this series that have that category added should come up for you if you are interested.

Similarly, over on Weekend Otaku, KimmieKawaii and WeekendOtaku have been taking part in a viewing party where they’ve both watched an episode from one of the season shows and are sharing their thoughts. The link will take you to the tag so you can see all of the shows they’ve looked at.

CSRadical has a post called Hey Anime Guys Undress and Shower Too! and as you might expect is a discussion about ecchi content focussing on males in anime and looking at the types of bodies that tend to get this kind of treatment and  before looking at some of the underlying issues about males discussing other males bodies. It’s a well thought out post though obviously contains images that contain male bodies should that be an issue.

Kevin Pennyfeather has a great post on the second episode of ACCA. It really highlights the show’s strengths so far. If you haven’t tried ACCA you should definitely give this post a read and consider giving it a go.

Caitlin on I Have a Heroine Problem shared a really interesting post on The Women of Yuri On Ice. It might be easy to overlook the many female characters when the show focusses on the male skating competition, but the females are there and despite limited screen time manage to make their presence felt by both the male characters and the audience. This post takes a closer look at some of these characters and their moments.

And another Yuri on Ice post, this one from Circechan on Hold Up Let’s Talk and she focusses on Yuri Plisetsky and some of the things that underpin his character in the story.  This is a great read and takes a closer look at the youngest skater in the senior division.

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In Case You Missed It

Much better week from a work point of view. Only did half days last week which meant I had more time for anime and games. I also finally had a chance to actually take care of me and try to recover from some of the illnesses I’ve kind of just been dealing with for the last few weeks (with varying degrees of success). All and all, things were looking up in the real world.

Into the blogging world and it has been a great week for posts as everyone is getting excited for the end of the Autumn season and starting to wrap things up for 2016. That and a prevailing obsession with Attack on Titan season 2 and the Gintama live action images. As always, I’ve put together a list of posts that caught my eye but feel free to add links to any other anime related posts (games, movies, manga are fine) that you think people should know about.

Kawaii Akiba has an interesting post about fan service and why it isn’t always that bad. I loved the number of examples they gave of fan service that actually wasn’t that bad and the comparisons they used. It’s a great article to read.

A Pink Study looks at methods for choosing which seasonal anime to watch complete with an assessment of the likelihood of disappointment from each method. It’s a fun read and makes you think how do you narrow down your choices from all the anime out there.

Two Happy Cats shares the weirdest anime ‘wikihow’ articles they could find. I love the internet. No matter what you are looking for (or even not looking for) someone has posted an answer.

While not entirely anime related this one is a great post. Criticism and Thoughts shares some tips for helping your blog blossom. It’s nice to see people offering advice to others. I know when I first started I didn’t really know what I was doing so posts like this are always appreciated.

Marth’s Anime Blog gives us a review of episode 10 of Trickster. If you visit the blog regularly (which you should, it’s awesome) then you’ll already be familiar with the way Marthaurion discusses episodes of shows. He gives us an overall impression and then we get a series of screen caps complete with Marth’s thoughts on what is happening in the scene. I think he did a great job of highlighting so many of the things wrong with this episode and series as a whole.

Wave Motion Canon has been posting about March Comes in Like a Lion. I really look forward to these posts because it looks at the visuals and movement of the episodes in a way I am really not willing to give up the time to do. They are always insightful and I particularly enjoyed this post about episode 8.

Little Anime Blog looks at the changing nature of witchcraft in anime. It gives a good comparison of Japanese and Western witches as well as some of the more recent representations of witches to appear in anime. Great read.

In The Cubbyhole gives us a very amusing write up about Mars of Destruction. He really enjoyed that. I can tell.

Mel in Anime Land gives us their list of the top 5 anime endings for Autumn 2016 with some links to the videos just in case we didn’t have most of these stuck in our heads already. Great list to check out.

Okay, the week wouldn’t be complete with at least one Yuri on Ice post so here’s one from Atelier Emily about Yuri on Ice and Social Media that I found an interesting read for reasons other than it’s another Yuri on Ice post. Well worth checking out if you missed it.

And that’s it from me this week.

In Case You Missed It

Here we are again at the start of another week. It’s an interesting time of the season as many people are in full blown speculation mode about where the shows this season are going and discussion about various scenes in shows have really taken off. Here is a collection of posts that caught my eye this week, as always feel free to add a link to any posts you felt were interesting (preferably anime, gaming or manga focussed).

Animeindianphilosopher has posted a poem (?) called I Hate Anime. If you haven’t read it you should check it out.

Bobble Anime has a great discussion about Magical Girl Raising Project (Eps 1 – 8). I’m still trying to decide if I will ever go back and watch more of this show. I’m interested in some of the things people have said have happened but I just remember how dull those first couple of episodes were. Still, discussions like this one keep me interested.

The Mind of the Hybrid One has a very positive review of My Hero Academia.If you’ve been under a rock and not come across this anime already you should check out this write up of it and then go watch the anime.

Dominic Cuthbert on Little anime Blog reviews Full Metal Alchemist and why is is such a fan favourite.

Dad Watches Anime compares evil from Madoka Magica with Supernatural this week and now my head hurts from trying to figure out who from that line up was more evil. It’s a great post that will get you thinking.

Raven on Golden Realist looks at how communication devices have changed in anime in a post called The Times They Are A Changin’. It’s an interesting look at how we’ve progressed (in anime) from letters to smart phones and all the steps in-between.

Mechanical Anime Reviews examines how Iron Blooded Orphans is similar and different to other Gundam shows. It is worth a read and it makes it clear why Iron Blooded Orphans might be a way into this franchise if you’ve never really given it a go.

Mel in Anime Land reviews Psychic Detective Yakumo. I was excited to see this because so few people ever mention this anime. If you like supernatural stories or mysteries well worth checking out.

Hot Chocolate in a Bowl continues to give us some excellent information about ice skating to complement the events we are seeing in Yuri on Ice. That’s part of what I love about the anime community is that there are so many people who are willing to share information that will enhance or change your viewing experience. Anyway, its a great post and answers a lot of questions about the specifics of the competition itself.

Mako-Tachi also looks at Yuri on Ice but examines it as a sexual coming of age story. This is a great post if you want to look back at Yuri’s transition as a character so far in this series. Well worth checking out.

Lethargic Ramblings also gave me the best laugh this week with their guide on How to Become an Elitist. They do point out at the end of the post that it was supposed to be a satire, and I kind of worry that they needed to explain that because I can’t imagine reading and taking the post seriously as anything other than satire, but I guess that’s the internet for you. Anyway, if you want a good laugh this is definitely a post to check out.

And lastly, Scott on Mechanical Anime Reviews put together his Anime Presidential Cabinet. It’s a fun look at how various characters would fair in various cabinet roles and is well worth a read if you have the time and are in the mood for a laugh as well as a break from real world politics.

That’s all from me this week, I know it’s a bit light on but what I’ve noticed is when I read blogs and I’m tired, even if I enjoy the post I forget to record the link and then it is forever forgotten in the vastness of the internet. This week I’ve been really tired and next week is not looking much better.