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.

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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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Another week draws to a close and I know that I’ve been a little off recently and I am going to work harder to get back to full steam. That said, the community has delivered some truly great posts and as the anime of the Spring season wrap up we’re starting to get some great reviews. Below are some posts that caught my eye during the week, but as always if you want to give a shout out to a post, please leave me a comment below.

Reminders:

  1. It is time to vote for the best and worst of the season for Spring 2018, so be sure to hop on over to the post, cast your votes, and please help share the poll as the more the merrier. Poll closes June 30.
  2. Also, my Inquiring Minds series of posts has gone for 23 weeks now and I’m finally starting to run low on questions from readers, so just reminding you that if you have a question for me to answer, please 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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But Why Tho? looks at Geek Romance in Wotakoi. Now, I don’t have access to that anime, but some of the reviews have been very positive and in the poll for best of the season it is going quite well, so I enjoyed reading this and finding out more about the appeal of the anime. Great read.

Yuri Reviews takes on a movie review with Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace. As I still haven’t watched the series of this, I’m not really looking to watch the movie anytime soon, but this was a nicely detailed review that made me a little bit curious about the franchise even as it points out some weaknesses in the movie.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews looks at characters losing, their limitations and grounded storytelling in a post that makes for a pretty interesting read. A lot of shounen characters get a mention here but the post is about the internal logic of stories and character power ups and what can be learned from failure. Be sure to check it out if you missed it.

Ctrl + Geekpod has a review of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card that is probably a little bit more optimistic than mine (linked below). However, the consensus with this series seems to be that without the nostalgia effect the series itself is lacking quite a bit. Anyway, if you would like a fairly balanced look at a cute series, this review is a great read.

For another perspective, Never Argue with a Fish also takes on Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card and found it didn’t quite live up to expectations. This nicely explains what the show did and what opportunities the anime didn’t really use and is a fun read.

Astral Gemini from The Zodiac Room has a light novel review of Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life? Despite the very long title, it actually sounds like kind of a fun read so I’ve added yet another title to my ever growing wish list of books to check out, though I’ve currently got quite the stack to work through reading. Be sure to check out their thoughts on the book.

Irina shares her list of Top 5 Anime Gadgets. This is a great list and the conversation it has generated as people share their favourites is also pretty good to read so be sure to go through the comments as well as the post. Be sure to head on over, give it a read and share your favourite gadget from anime.

Kapodaco also posts his thoughts on Hinamatsuri now that it has finished airing and while this review comes with some spoilers it does give a nice balance of ideas about the show so if you were on the fence about watching it, this might help you decide whether to take the plunge or not.

Rocco B gives his final impression of Record of Grancrest War. I’ve really enjoyed following other bloggers as they’ve watched through the train wreck that is Grancrest and as these final thought posts come out, I think there’s something quite cathartic about reading them and reminiscing on each and every folly that the series embarked upon. If you haven’t had the pleasure of Grancrest, be sure to check out this post.

Crushing on the Moon has a brilliant post about Natsume Yuujinchou focusing on ‘Shigure and the Girl’. There’s an intense amount of character analysis in this post and any fan of Natsume will definitely love reading this and get something out of it. For people who still haven’t watched Natsume’s Book of Friends, I seriously recommend reading the post and then go check out the series because you are missing out.

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Lita Kino checked out Noragami and delivered an incredibly touching post focused on Yukine. I loved reading this post because I remembered just how much impact Yukine’s story had on me the first time I watched Noragami and just how well this show balanced real drama with the more comedic elements. Anyway, this was a fantastic post and one to definitely check out.

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And we reached the end of yet another intense week. I can’t even blame work given I barely got there last week. This time it was definitely health related chaos that threw me into disarray. Thanks everyone for your well wishes on Twitter and on the blog, and I am feeling mostly better. I have to get some more tests done in a few weeks but otherwise I should be business as usual for the time being.

However, let’s get onto anime related things. I’m going to blame the World Cup for a serious dive in anime related activity toward the end of last week (that might not be true, but its where I’m placing blame). Still, there were plenty of interesting posts that came out over the past week and here I’ve collected a few of them. Be sure to share a link in the comments below if there is a post you feel deserves a shout out.

Reminders:

  1. I’m hosting #JonsCreatorShowcase for June so remember to send your submission (favourite post from May) to me by June 25.
  2. It is time to vote for the best and worst of the season for Spring 2018, so be sure to hop on over to the post, cast your votes, and please help share the poll as the more the merrier. Poll closes June 30.

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Mei has a great write up on Soo Won from Akatuski no Yona. It’s quite a long post but if you are looking for a post focused on this character, it certainly has a lot of detail and love behind it. Well worth the read.

Lita Kino shares a great piece of advice about ensuring we explain why when recommending an anime, and she does it with the help of a classic like The Swan Princess. This post really made me smile this week and was a great read.

Irina gives us an amazing overview of Van Hohenheim’s character from Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood that really looks at the man and how his character was formed through the trial of immortality. He’s a character who doesn’t get a lot of deconstruction in FMA Brotherhood posts so this was kind of fun to read.

Two Happy Cats shares five anime blogging tips to keep you motivated. Again, a great example of someone reaching out to the community with some timely advice for other bloggers. Well worth checking out.

Yuu Sanctuary compares GGO with GGO Alt and reflects on what each brought to the story. Whether you like or hate SAO, have enjoyed or found Alternative mind-numbing, there is something in this post for anyone who has ever watched either part or both.

Bloom Reviews looks at Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card and how it managed to disappoint them as a fan. As I read this, it felt so incredibly familiar as while drafting my review of the series for next week I tried to deal with that sense of disappointment and put it in perspective and review what the show was rather than what I wanted it to be. Still, there’s no doubt that many a Cardcaptor fan has felt Clear Card missed its mark a little bit and this post definitely addresses that.

AhNeeMeh shares some anime character facial expressions. Long time anime watchers have probably figured most of these out, but will enjoy seeing some of their favourite characters. Newer viewers might suddenly get why characters faces suddenly change colour or shape. Fun read through.

Lethargic Ramblings looks at the importance of My Anime List. After all the uproar over MAL being down, there have been some interesting debates going on about whether MAL has outlived its usefulness. This post looks at why that might not be true and how some people use MAL.

Pick of the Week

The Bugblog has a fantastic post looking at Baccano and Pulp Fiction and some of the similarities in the way they construct narrative. If I’m honest though, any post featuring those two titles was going to get my attention, but it was a fantastic read as it looked at the way multiple narratives have been constructed and time has been manipulated within both texts. Really great post and I’m glad I came across it last week.

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Here we go again. Okay, my week sucked but anime as normal is good. For those who don’t follow me on Twitter, I’ve had some issues with headaches over the past week (well actually a series of minor migraines where one just starts fading when the next one slams into my skull) and so I’ve been up and down like a yo-yo in terms of mood and actually being awake for the latter half of last week. As a direct result I’m way behind on work and I’m pretty sure most of my posts over the weekend are riddled with even more typos than normal and I’m not holding a lot of hope out for anything I write this week. Sigh. My apologies for any issues with the content and hopefully I’ll get back up to speed ASAP.

In the meantime, I’ve gathered some great posts from around the internet, though not as many as I would have liked as I definitely didn’t visit as many blogs as I normally would. Please feel free to give a shout out to any posts you read during the week that you feel need more attention in the comments below.

Also:

  1. I’m hosting #JonsCreatorShowcase for June so remember to send your submission (favourite post from May) to me by June 25. Thanks to the 23 people who have already sent a link my way via Twitter.
  2. It is time to vote for the best and worst of the season for Spring 2018, so be sure to hop on over to the post, cast your votes, and please help share the poll as the more the merrier. You do have until the end of June to get your vote in, but I’m pretty sure most of us know what we liked and hated this season by now.

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In case anyone missed this: Raistlin is back. And yes, I am excited to see him return to his blog after his hiatus.

Reasons to Anime hits us with 5 reasons to watch Higurashi. Okay, they also gave us three reasons not to in a related post, but given I love Higurashi – When They Cry, I was definitely drawn to this post that looks at some of the great reasons to watch the series.

The Spooky Redhead, who shares some amazing lists, gives us four fantastic moments from Victor (from Yuri on Ice), when he was just truly savage. While there are so many sweet moments between Yuri and Victor, it is great sometimes to see Victor’s more snarky side come out and the final one on this list is a classic moment that I don’t think anyone watching the show ever forgot.

Cactus Matt from Anime Q&A shares a list of 10 Western Songs used as Anime OP’s. It’s a great list with some great songs so be sure to hop on over and have a read and a listen. Okay, I really love lists and this week has had some great ones, clearly.

Biblionyan continues the list trend giving us 5 futuristic anime dystopians. Again, another great list with some fantastic anime on it, particularly if you are into sci-fi or really just like to see how bad things could get in the future.

Animangaspellbook spells out some definitions of terminology that get tossed around by anime and manga fans regarding series and seasons. It is interesting to look at how these terms and others can and have been described given they are used to often but may not always have the same meaning.

Mechanical Anime Reviews reviews Lost Universe. This is an anime I wasn’t at all acquainted with and I enjoyed reading about it and there is some real opinion coming out in this review that makes it quite interesting to read. I’m not sure I want to watch the anime after reading this review, but I definitely enjoyed the review.

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Cain S Latrani bravely takes on and reviews The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. While this anime is infamous for its Endless Eight, there is so much more to the series than that and this review beautifully high lights the highs, the lows, and all the stuff in between that makes watching this anime so worth your time. Be sure to check it out. Then later we have the follow up review of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. All and all it was a great week for Haruhi over there and these two posts are both well worth the read.

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Another crazy week but I’m not even going to think about how crazy busy things are at the moment because there are blogs to visit and posts to share. Now, some of you may have missed it, but at the end of this month I am hosting June’s Jon’s Creator Showcase so please be sure to send me a link to your favourite post from May via Twitter and remember to use #JonsCreatorShowcase. I’m really looking forward to reading all the submissions to keep sending them my way. Now for the posts I found last week.

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Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews celebrates reaching 500 followers with a Q&A special post. If you missed out on this, go check it out as it is a chance to leave more about Scott and just to congratulate him on the milestone.

Bloom Reviews compares the anime and the manga for Snow White with the Red Hair. I love this anime but hadn’t read the manga, now I kind of want to. That said, this post is a little bit spoilery for those who haven’t been exposed to the story yet. Still, a great read.

The Only Shinyuu Site has a review of Hitorijime My Hero. This is a must read if you are looking for a boys love focused anime to watch and you haven’t checked out this particular anime yet. You may just find something you want to watch.

The Anime Tank shares their story of how they fell in love with anime. Obviously a personal post but probably one a lot of anime fans will relate to. Certainly it will get you thinking about your own journey into anime.

BiblioNyan shares what they learned after completing the 30 Day Anime Challenge. The lessons here are fairly solid and it is a great reflection of what can be gained by taking part in some of these challenges. Some sound advice for all bloggers.

KimchiSama looks at tasty food and sunshine turning her attention to Zeno (the yellow dragon) in Yona of the Dawn. This post looks a little at the anime but more at the manga, given Zeno barely appears in the anime, and it is an interesting look at what Zeno brings to the group. A fun read.

Cain S Latrani reviewed Kokoro Connect which is an anime that doesn’t really seem to get that much attention despite being interesting. I really enjoyed reading this review because it isn’t blind to the slow beginning and the slow set up for the characters but appreciates the journey the audience gets taken on. If you haven’t heard of this anime or are curious about it, be sure to check out this review.

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AniB Productions has a fantastic post about Nagisa from Assassination Classroom. It is fairly riddled with spoilers but it does take a great look at his character and how he developed over the course of the series. If you missed this post last week, I seriously recommend giving it a read.

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Busy week indeed in the blogosphere and so many great posts to choose from. Here are a few links I found interesting over the past week but there were certainly many more great posts out there. As always, feel free to share a link to an anime related blog post in the comments below if you would like to give a shout out to someone.

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Ideas Without End gives us reasons to watch Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory, other than getting to see Tessa with a gun, and I loved reading this. There’s so much enthusiasm for the franchise and how it has handled its return. Of all the returning series this season, this is the one that kind of hit fans hard with a really great opening. Well worth a read and if you haven’t checked out the previous seasons of FMP well worth the watch.

The Bugblog looks at the moral dilemma at the heart of Steins;Gate and breaks it down into a nice simple explanation of the choice facing Okabe. So, nice simple explanation of a morally complex issue and a lot of fun thinking about Steins;Gate and the choices that might have been made. Great post to read, though spoiler heavy if you haven’t watched the original Steins;Gate.

Cain S Latrani has an absolutely amazing write up of World End. While it is a little spoiler filled, if you wanted to get a feel for what this anime is about and whether you would enjoy it or not, this review is a must read. Having watched the anime and been a little on the fence about the mid-section of it, reading this review kind of made me want to go and rewtach it because when it is good, this anime is very good. Anyway, definitely a post to check out this week.

The Luminous Mongoose looks at edginess in My Hero Academia by examining three of the characters and their roles in a bit more detail. I’m kind of a sucker for any My Hero Academia post, and this one is another interesting read offering a commentary on the characters and themes of the show.

Lethargic Ramblings shared a post about separating the artist from the art. I love these posts by Lethargic where they share their view on an issue and calmly explain their reasoning. These sorts of posts invite conversation and the sharing of views rather than forcefully proclaiming one stance to be true and they are interesting to read.

Jon Spencer reviewed The Lost Village and looks at its more amusing side. I was not the biggest fan of this anime as was made pretty obvious in my review of it. But this was a fun read as it got me thinking about an anime I kind of reviewed and moved on from. Anyway, if you missed The Lost Village when it aired, this review might make you want to check it out.

Cactus Matt from Anime Q and A shared their 10 Favourite Manga Cover Art designs. While I’m not much of a manga reader, I loved this list and looking at the different styles as well as seeing Matt’s reasons for including the different titles. Be sure to give it a look.

When Sirius Writes has a review of Acchi Kocchi. This is an anime I don’t see anywhere near enough about. Given I’m not a fan of comedy, slice of life, or anime set in highschools and this one ticks all three of those boxes and yet I still pretty much loved it, I really enjoyed revisiting the show through this review. Well worth the read if you are looking for something to watch.

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Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime turned her attention to one of my favourite horror anime and focuses in on a character who is regularly overlooked in discussions of the cast. Yuuki – Dead Man Walking is a post that looks at Shiki from the perspective of the outsider and why they didn’t just leave and why, despite behaving in a rational and fairly logical manner, the plot burned them so very badly. Clearly there are spoiler in this post, but at the same time it is a great character study. I definitely recommend this one as a read.

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It has been another great week in ani-blogging with many great posts coming out. Below are links to some of the posts that caught my eye as well as my posts for the week. As always, I invite you to give a shout out to any anime related posts that you feel deserve a bit more attention in the comments below.

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Over on Galvanic, EvilBob and CVoyage discuss episode 18 of Cardcaptor though their discussion highlights some of the underlying problems with the series that is keeping it from being a real must watch. I think most viewers agree that it is cute and there’s a lot of nostalgia, but in the absence of that it’s a very average kind of show and this episode review really brings into focus some of the things the show has consistently missed the mark on.

Saturn the Hero has a review of D Gray Man. Now as a huge fan of the series myself and knowing I still haven’t written a review of it because I’m saving that for a very special occasion, I was really happy to come across this post in the last week. If you haven’t watched the original D Gray Man series, hop on over and check out the review.

The Treasure Box this week has a list of favourite anime mums and there’s some great picks on there. A fantastic list to celebrate mother’s day and great fun to read. There were plenty of mother’s day themed lists this week, so be sure to check this one out and let me know which list you liked last week.

Shaddowcat99 does a fantastic job explaining the feeling of watching the first season of Natsume’s Book of Friends. This one isn’t so much a review as it is a poem to how a series can bring you warmth and for those who have watched the series, this post will have you smiling and feeling that warmth all over again. For those who haven’t watched the series, read the post, then go watch Natsume.

And for yet more Natsume related loveliness, Irina delivers over on I Drink and Watch Anime with a post dedicated to Tsuyukami, a one episode character that left quite the impression on her. Again, check out this beautiful post and then go check out Natsume if you haven’t.

Arthifis shares some knowledge about google searches for bloggers in a new series called Arthifis’ Classroom. Quite a pleasant read and a nice simple explanation of things you can do to help your anime blog along. It is always great when someone takes the time to try and share some of their knowledge with the community.

Irina shares a post in defense of the unreliable narrator that looks at how this particular plot device can work very well providing some great examples from anime. It is a great read that has generated some fairly positive discussion so if you missed it be sure to check this post out.

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Bloom Reviews takes a fairly detailed look at the changing role of father’s in Japan and how that is reflected in anime and manga. It is a wonderful reflection on social change and how art and stories mirror the changing attitudes and values within a society. A lovely read this week and for once some positive anime father’s being highlighted rather than the missing or absentee dad that so many of us are used to seeing when we talk about father’s in anime.

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


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In Case You Missed It

This week I was definitely playing catch up after being off the internet the week before and I will admit, there’s still a lot of stuff I’ve just missed, but this week was great for anime posts and I’ve tried to link to quite a few to make up for last weeks absent post. As always, if there’s some great anime related content that you would like to give a shout out to, feel free to do so in the comments below. In the meantime, hopefully you will find a great post to read from one of the awesome bloggers I’ve managed to include this week.

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Wherever-I-Look covers episode 5 of Sword Art Online Alternative and is pretty much on the fence about the whole thing at this point. Given I dropped the series at episode 4, I’m following reviews now to see if it is worth binging once it is done, but to be honest, reviews like this one just make me glad I dropped it from my line-up.

Lita Kino responded to a post  I wrote about getting tired of anime (or not) and firmly declares she’ll be loving anime until she’s in a rocking chair. It is interesting to see how people consider this topic and whether or not they will ever get tired of the medium.

Umai Yomu Anime Blog discusses 7 Anime Cliches they could do without. There probably won’t be many surprises on the list but it is fun to think about all the over-used tropes and cliches in anime that the rest of us wold like to see put to bed and left there. Rather like an anime character with a cold after getting caught in the rain really.

Crows World of Anime has a review of episode 17 of Record of Grancrest War. By itself, episode 17 is reasonably solid and yet when I think about the series as a whole the inconsistencies in plot, character and world building are just really hurting it. Still, this was a fun review to read of the episode and how it played out.

Anime Parlay looks at world building in Gundam 00. The Gundam franchise has always done some interesting things in terms of looking at conflicts that can be related to current issues, even if they simplify things to a handful of factions, and Gundam 00 is no exception with some very specific players and goals. Yet, it is quite an interesting setting for a story.

KimchiSama looks at the events of episode 5 of SAO Alternative and why they are not interested in it. I’ve seen a lot of love for this spin-off of SAO but for me it was pretty much a miss and I felt this post pretty clearly explained why I wasn’t enjoying it, even if I never got as far as this episode.

Watashi wa bucho has a discussion about why 2018 is a great time to be an anime fan. So nice to see a positive post about being a fan in the current era. This actually got me thinking about all the positive things that are happening for anime fans and just made me pretty happy to read.

Fragglepuss has a short review of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens and as a series I really enjoyed last season that didn’t seem to get a lot of attention, it is fun to read the few reviews that are around of this show. This one is short and relatively spoiler free so if you are kind of interested in the anime, this might get you interested without giving anything away.

Nefarious Reviews gets critical of Hunter X Hunter in a review and as I’m nearly finished watching it (still, I never seem to actually get to finished) I kind of appreciated some of the points they made here. It’s an anime that gets a lot of praise and while I’ve enjoyed it, there are definitely a few things that just don’t sit quite right. For a slightly different perspective on a show that normally gets nothing but praise (mind you, the review isn’t scathing), this one is worth checking out.

Moetology shares a review of Dame x Prince Anime Caravan. This silly anime was kind of overlooked last season but I kind of enjoyed it and I enjoyed reading this review of it. If you want a closer look at some of the characters of the show, this is a post to check out.

Cactus Matt from Anime Q and A has a review of Lostorage Incited Wixoss which is amusingly written as well as reasonably informative, as are most of his reviews if you haven’t checked them out. The twenty question format works in this review’s favour though as it allows him to ask the questions most of us have about this show. Most notably, what is with that title?

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The Luminous Mongoose delivers a fantastic review of March Comes in Like a Lion season 1. For those still fence sitting about whether to give the anime a go or not, you need to check out this review and then go and give the anime a shot. I loved reading this as I love the anime a lot and this review kind of covers the highlights and reasons to watch without going into too much depth that it would be considered spoilers. Anyway, definitely one to check out this week and I look forward to their review of season 2.

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


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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