Nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award

First up a huge thank you to Fiddletwix from Anime Madhouse for the nomination. I really appreciate it. Now, given in the rules it asks me to give the history of my blog and I’ve kind of done that a couple of times now, most recently here, and then it asks for advice for new bloggers, and I’ve kind of done that a lot too, I’m actually not going to follow the rules but I did want to take a moment to recognise some other fantastic bloggers out there and their contributions to the great community on WordPress.

Unfortunately, I haven’t included everyone who deserves a mention, there are just too many people, so please feel free to add other bloggers who deserve some recognition in the comments below.

I have included the rules so if you would like to respond to this award, they are down the bottom of the post.

Recognition:

Irina (I Drink and Watch Anime): Running a fantastic blog and spreading positivity through the community. Also, putting up with my erratic schedule as we try to write another collaboration. She is definitely deserving of the god status that was bestowed upon her through the very official twitter channels.

Raistlin: Let’s be honest, you probably already know Raistlin. however, outside of being an excellent supporter of everyone in the community, he runs an amazing blog covering movies, board games, TV shows, and of course anime.

Keiko’s Anime Blog: Gives some great thoughts on the shows of the season. While our watch lists seldom have much in common, I enjoy following each season through with Keiko and I particularly enjoy their weekly round-ups.

Where-ever-I-Look: Want anime coverage but would also love to see TV and movies covered with depth and thought? This is the blog to check out with a huge number of posts coming out each week covering a variety of media.

Jon Spencer Reviews: Again, most of us probably know Jon Spencer as he runs his ABC polls, reviews anime, started the creator’s showcase, and is incredibly supportive of the community.

Never Argue With A Fish: Presents some series reviews with interesting observations and a clear opinion. Never afraid to say what they are thinking and well worth the read even when I don’t agree.

Floating Into Bliss: For something a little more thought provoking than episode reviews, this blog continues to put out some very interesting articles that are thought provoking.

The Visualist’s Veranda: You want a critical review with a clear and honest point of view supported by great reasons? This is the blog for you. Kapodaco isn’t one to play nice when something doesn’t work but their passion for anime (and other media) is on clear display.

Mechanical Anime Reviews: Consistently interesting posts on a range of anime and ideas. Scott puts in a lot of thoughts, even taking content down when he’s not happy with the result and reworking the post.

KawaiiPaperPandas: Some really thought provoking episode reviews as well as a range of other great anime content to check out on this blog.

Lethargic Ramblings: Not afraid of unpopular opinions, Lethargic Ramblings posts some personal and thought provoking content on a range of anime issues as well as their thoughts on shows and games.

Arthifis: They are a relative new-comer but they are fast making their presence felt in the aniblogging community and I really hope that they are here to stay.

Marth’s Anime Blog: Marthaurion was one of the earlier bloggers I came across and he continues to post some really interesting episode commentary. I love it when I happen to be watching the shows he is covering because it really adds something to the viewing experience to catch Marth’s take on the episode.

A Nerdy Perspective: Recently hit 100 followers and continues to put out some excellent content following some seasonal stuff and also writing some interesting articles.

The Rules:

1.Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that persons blog.
2.Give the story or history of your blog.
3.Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.


Thanks for reading.

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In Case You Missed It

Disaster of a week in the real world and only marginally better blogging this week as I spent most of the week playing catch up after a start to the week that exhausted me because of work related issues. And given Sunday is my usual watch anime and write a lot of my posts for the week day, and this time I didn’t get to do any of that, I really did spend the week behind and work was still super busy. Then of course, I got the flu.

Still, I am not here to whinge, I am here to introduce my post round up from last week with some really fun blog posts I came across while visiting everyone’s blogs. As always, please feel free to give a shout-out to someone in the comments below if they have a post that you feel deserves some attention.

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Not anime related, but Two Happy Cats had an interview with Moral Anxiety Studios (Visual Novel developers). If you want to know more about this Indie studio then you should definitely check out this post.

Nefarious Reviews reviewed Black Butler and while they aren’t exactly fan-girling over it, they do outline some of the positive and negatives of the series (as well as agreeing with me that season 2 is rubbish – please note Irina). Basically if you are looking for a fairly balanced review of the show, this is one to check out. If you want to know why Black Butler is amazing check out my review, and if you want to know about the differences between BB1 and BB2 check out Irina and my debate on the topic.

The Little Anime Blog shares a review of Pokemon The Movie and while this isn’t something I’m look to watch, I enjoyed seeing their thoughts on it. Pokemon and anime fans should check this post out.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews looks at the late Netflix release of Kakegurui and wonders why there was so much hype (a sentiment I’m sharing). Of course, the larger problem is that this show could have been released on Netflix back when it aired, or at the very least much sooner after.

Amiranda Reviews takes on Land of the Lustrous and gives readers who haven’t seen the show plenty of reasons why it is worth trying out. It was a show I really enjoyed last season and I really enjoyed this post as it reminded me of all the good things it did.

Takuto’s Anime Cafe has a look at the works of Makoto Shinkai and the themes built within each of them. Get ready for a fair read as this one is quite the post, but well worth the time.

For Valentine’s Day we have:

The Perfect Anime for Valentine’s Day from a Nerdy Perspective. Here’s a list of a range of romantic anime that you can enjoy during the week where romance is thrown in your face again and again.

The Lost Voice asks if Gosick is a Detective or Romance anime and they make a good case for it being more of a romance. So while this isn’t exactly a Valentine’s post, I felt it fit the theme.

Totally not a Valentine’s story, Nice Job Breaking it, Hero has a post looking at the problematic nature of Junjou Romantica (season 1). For a lot of people, this anime is an entry point to BL or Yaoi anime and yet there are definitely some issues with the series which this post neatly addresses. Warning, unhealthy relationships abound.

Thero had a very nice not anime related post on 5 Tragic Couples from Video Games. As the number one spot went to a couple that were very dear to me (and their ending broke my heart just a little bit) I really enjoyed this list and the couples on it.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers had a guide to Valentine’s chocolates and even a how to guide on how to make some very cute looking chocolates.

Kawaii Paper Pandas shares some of their favourite anime couples in honour of Valentine’s Day. There some great choices on the list and good fun to read.

Over on the Treasure Box we have some Romance Tropes being shared as well as some personal bits and pieces. This one has some great tropes and some great examples so if you just want to reminisce over some truly classic set ups in romances, this is a great post to read.

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Cain S Latrani took on Yuri on Ice in a review this week and the result is a post I read multiple times just for the sheer joy of it. Whether you are a Yuri on Ice fan or not, this is a post that really captured the anime in question and does so with personality and charm. Well worth your time for a read. Plus, it’s a Yuri on Ice post.

My Stuff

This week was a bit of a mixed bag in terms of my being able to get stuff done, but ultimately it all kind of came together. My first audio blog came out for patrons this week and while it is definitely a test the water and get some feedback affair, it is hopefully a sign of things to come for the blog in the future.

I continued my episodic reviews and you can check out what you missed in my season overview post.

This week I caught up with Kino’s Journey and Code Realize for series reviews and reviewed the next Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash light novel. Top 5 Tuesday was all about cherry blossoms in anime and my feature this week reflected on why I am not particularly worried about running low on passion for anime.

Finally, inquiring minds want to know was actually fairly timely this week because I was asked for my thoughts on Kakegurui. Which, given I haven’t finished it and probably won’t, which means I won’t ever get to do a series review, gave me a chance o voice my thoughts on the very small amount of it I did watch. If you missed it, or if you have a question you’d like to ask, be sure to check out the post.

That was my week in case you missed it.


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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Friday’s Feature: But What Happens When You Get Tired Of Anime?

Last week I was asked this question, quite innocently, by someone in real life who actually expressed an interest in my blog and what I spend so much of my time working on. And I have to admit, I did have that momentary pause as I thought it through. It isn’t as though I haven’t had weekends where I haven’t been in the mood for watching that next episode of whatever or even seasons where it feels like there are slim pickings on shows I am genuinely interested to watch. More importantly, it is something I have seen happen to quite a number of other bloggers. They take a break and put the blog on hold or change topics for awhile because they feel they’ve hit a rut or they’ve lost their passion for anime.

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For me though, that isn’t something I am overly worried about. While I have the off day or weekend where I am genuinely too tired or just over everything, for me stories have always been what have grounded me. Whether it is books, movies, TV, games, or any other form, I’ve always surrounded myself with stories. It is a feeling like no other for me; that moment of possibility and hope when I hit play on a new show or movie or crack open a novel for the first time.

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And specifically with anime, I think the reason I’m not concerned about ever getting too tired of it is because I don’t limit myself to a handful of genres. I’ll give pretty much anything a go (now that I’ve gotten over my snobbery about sports stories) and I’m regularly surprised by what shows end up grabbing me (Girls’ Last Tour is still a bit of a shock given just reading its description still makes me wonder how I watched it and yet I loved it). And my tastes change with the season and with circumstances. Basically, every season is a new beginning and while I might end up disappointed by the end the wonderful thing about seasonal anime is it is seasonal. In three months time a whole new round of shows will roll out. In the meantime, it isn’t as though my watch list has actually gotten any shorter. There are a plethora of shows I genuinely want to watch that I just never had the time for so a slow season might give me that opportunity.

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I think I might feel differently if I was just an anime fan. However, it isn’t actually anime I’m in love with. I’m in love with stories. Well crafted stories with great characters, trashy and predictable stories, stories that fall apart under the weight of too much ambition, characters that I can love, hate, feel something for, just experiencing stories. For me, anime is the medium that allows me to experience an incredible range of stories in a way that is fun and engaging. Some of them have great depth and others are completely shallow and cliché filled dribble and yet there’s always something out there and the next great story that will blow me away could be just a click away.

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So to answer the question of what happens when I get tired of anime, I would have to say that I don’t anticipate that happening. I anticipate the kinds of anime I like and what I look for in an anime to change over time as it has already, and I anticipate that there will be seasons where I get a bit stuck as nothing really grabs my interest, but given the wide variety of shows out there if I ever can’t find any anime that I want to watch it would have to be because I lost my love of stories. And that would be a very sad day indeed.

A question then to all the ani-bloggers out there: Do you ever worry you will get tired of anime?


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In Case You Missed It

And we are already in February and this week we have Valentine’s Day coming up so I’m guessing next week my round up post will be full of love themed posts. I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what comes out this year. However, right now I’m supposed to be looking back on last week and it was a pretty busy week again. Below are links to some really great posts I read from other bloggers and then a quick recap of what came out on my blog. As always, feel free to give a shout out to someone in the comments below and share a link to an anime related blog post.

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Takuto’s Anime Cafe has a very positive review of Netflix’s Devilman and why it is a modern tragedy worth watching. If you caught my review you’ll know I wasn’t so thrilled about the show, but this review provides some solid reasoning and explanation behind why the show might work for you and is certainly worth the read if you are still considering whether to watch or not.

Standing on my Neck has a fairly critical but fair review of Land of the Lustrous. I was a big fan of this show while it was airing but I can’t exactly disagree with most of the criticisms in this review. While I liked what the show presented more, there are some ongoing issues and the lack of resolution to the story that just seems to have started by the end of season 1, is probably a reasonable concern.

Tiny Ugly Animal has a review of Natsuyuki Rendezvous that looks at it being a story about love rather than a love story. And I just realised that even though I own this one on DVD I’ve never reviewed it and I really should correct that sooner rather than later. In the meantime, this is a great review and one worth checking out.

Anime Girls NYC brings on the old big 3 and the new big 3 and asks what the readers think. Plenty of lively discussion around these titles so if you want to see what people thought or want to weigh in on the discussion, be sure to catch the post.

Cain S Latrani has a great review of ACCA that they have kept remarkably spoiler free (which is a hard feat given ACCA is one of those anime hard to talk about without giving things away). So, if you haven’t watched ACCA yet and you want to know more about what you are in for if you try it, this is a great review to catch.

Kapodaco on The Visualist’s Veranda shared their thoughts on Fairy Tail and why they dropped it quite a while ago at twelve episodes in. Though, if you follow their blog you probably could have guessed why, it is still an interesting reflection piece on why shounen anime just don’t work for everyone.

Reasons to Anime gives us 5 Reasons To Watch Erased. You probably don’t need 5 reasons given you really should just go check it out. Despite its flaws, it is a really enjoyable watch (and I already kind of gushed in my review), but I enjoyed this post as it reminded me of some of the show’s stronger elements. Having just watched the live action version of this I’ve been tempted to rewatch the anime and this post may have given me a bit more incentive to do so.

KurumiShim has 5 Inspiring Lessons From My Hero Academia to share in this post that brings us some great advice about being a hero from the show. If you’ve been missing My Hero Academia this is a great post to check out.

For another dose of Yuri on Ice, because who doesn’t want one of those, Tommy Phillips has done a review of it focusing mostly on the sports aspect of it though he brought in an interesting comparison with Hetalia. Anyway, well worth the read and Yuri on ice continues to be the anime that makes me smile every single time I come across anything related to it. My review can be found here.

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There Goes My Kokoro has an interesting post about Darling in The Franxx and why viewers might want to not let the basic sex-symbolism be the basis of a snap judgement about the show. And there have certainly been a lot of people who have commented on the use of fan-service in the show. So, if you would like to check out an intriguing take on a show that has generated a lot of discussion, this post is one to check out in case you missed it.

My Stuff

Reminder about the big news from the end of January. I released an ebook of my reviews from 2017. If you missed it you can check out the post here or there is a direct link to the book just below.

Outside of that, this week I continued to review the Winter season anime and links to all of my episode reviews are in the weekly overview post.

The last top 5 list counting down 2017 shows came out and I finished with visually interesting anime from the year. This week I have a flower themed post planned in recognition of Valentine’s Day so be sure to look out for it. The feature this week looked at the idea of wasted premises. And inquiring minds want to know looks straight at sports anime this week. If you missed them, be sure to check out these posts.

Lastly, this week I reviewed UQ Holder and King’s Game, I also caught up on the Natsume Yuujinchou Roku OVA’s. And I reviewed the third Death March to the Parallel World light novel.

That was my week in case you missed it.


Thanks for reading.

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In Case You Missed It

My it has been busy lately and there’s been so much going on. The usual blog stuff has been happening but the big announcement finally came out this week with the release of an ebook compilation of my reviews from last year. If you missed the post, be sure to check it out.

As usual, I have gathered a collection of blog posts that caught my eye over the last week and linked to them below. And you are always welcome to give a shout out to another post in the comments below, particularly this week because I got a little busy and didn’t link as many as usual so there are plenty of great posts out there. Hope everyone has had an excellent week with anime.

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Sakura Sunrise shares their first impressions of Darling in the Franxx and looks at what has worked so far for the show and what questions remain for the audience. There’s been a lot said about studio Trigger’s involvement in this project and this post also looks at Trigger’s previous works and similarities to this latest project.

Aldael’s Attic shares their thoughts on Scrapped Princess. I’ve seen this title around a lot recently and it is on my watch list and I’m starting to get tempted to actually try and track it down and watch it. In the meantime, this was a great post to read.

Astral and Polona discuss Made in Abyss over on Unime. It is a fun post that looks at what works in Made in Abyss and how the two felt while watching particular moments in the show. So, while not the standard review definitely an entertaining read and reasonably free of major spoilers.

Chizurue has a great post about the nostalgia from watching Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card. This is a feeling a lot of us have had while watching this show so this post just kind of captures what it has been like revisiting Sakura, Syaron, Tomoyo and all the others in a show that so many of us grew up with or were introduced to early in our anime watching days.

Elizabeth from Little Anime Blog posts about anime faeries and shares a few examples of how they have been portrayed in a range of anime, including of course, The Ancient Magus’ Bride. An interesting piece if you are looking for something to read this week.  And from Dominic we had a short review of Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions (Grimagar of Fantasy and Ash etc) that just reminded me how much I loved watching it.

Anime Corps has an editorial explaining why they dislike Trigger. As someone who has never particularly liked any of Trigger’s work I found this an interesting read as it kind of did point out the obvious problem that most of Trigger’s works have despite looking fantastic and like they should appeal.

Pick of the Week

Irina decided to inspire the entire blogging community with a letter explaining that we’re all in this together that kind of captures exactly how most bloggers feel some days. And while I’m sure most of you have seen it already given how many of you also follow Irina, plus this post has been shared and reblogged a lot already, I kind of had to make this the pick of the week because it was fantastic.

My Stuff

While I’ve dropped a few shows I’ve still got quite a number of currently streaming anime on my review list. For the full list and links to individual episode posts be sure to check out the season overview for week 4.

Following on from last week’s list, this week I had my Top 5 Male Characters from 2017 and then in my feature reflects on the first three weeks of Darling in the Franxx and the role of Zero Two in the narrative. Also, Inquiring Minds Want to Know has become kind of a regular feature with its third post out this week and at the moment I’ve got quite a few questions to answer so this should continue for awhile. Be sure to use the survey link in the post to ask me a question and I will get to it).

In reviews this week I covered Recovery of an MMO Junkie and Juni Taisen. Also, not a light novel this week but a manga, looking at the first volume for Of The Red, The Light, and The Ayakashi.

That was my week in case you missed it.


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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In Case You Missed It

Another week and another round up of anime related blog posts. These are posts I’ve come across over the last week that I found interesting and wanted to share, but as I can’t read or link to everything if you feel there’s a post out there that deserves some love please feel free to give it a shout out in the comments below. Particularly this week as I really haven’t had as much time for the blog as I would have liked.

Only a couple more days until the countdown reaches its conclusion. I wish I could say it was worth the wait but it probably wasn’t, however there will be a post out later this week with a special announcement.

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Remy comes through with some excellent advice for anibloggers about being themselves and having opinions. It is definitely something to remember when writing content and when interacting with others and discussing their content. Great post to read.

Keiko’s Anime Blog discusses episode 3 of Kokkoku. I really enjoy episode reviews from Keiko as they are on point and make it clear what is working and what isn’t in a particular show and usually look at what is needed for the next episodes. Worth checking out if you are following the show or if you were thinking about checking the show out.

The Backloggers look at the first 2 episodes of Violet Evergarden and look at what has worked very well so far and what some of their worries might be for the future of the series. While this show isn’t available in Australia (or for a number of other regions) just yet, it has been fun seeing the community reaction to these early episodes. Looking forward to seeing what people think in a few more weeks.

Kapodaco also gives their early impressions of Violet Evergarden on the Visualist’s Veranda. This is one of the more level first impressions I’ve seen where it gives praise to some elements of the show but has some concerns about the plot going forward. A nice read about a series where a lot has already been said.

Lethargic Ramblings looks at the fun in grinding in JRPGs. So not an anime post but still a fun read and it reminded me of just how much fun some of those games were where I sank hours of my life looking for encounters and enemies to fight just to get a little bit more experience and maybe level up.

Anime Corps takes a look at Pop Team Epic and whether anime can be so bad they are good or whether bad anime is just bad anime in this editorial. An interesting read whether you like Pop Team Epic or think it is awful.

The Glorio Blog knew just what to do this season with so many cute shows: Hold a cute anime Battle Royale. This is round 2 where they briefly describe each of the shows and then select the one that is going to be dropped. This is quite a fun feature they’ve added and I am looking forward to seeing more.

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Geek Out South West do a top 10 list each week (not always anime related – but always fun) that I love checking out and this week they counted down their top 10 shounen anime. These lists are great because they tell you a little bit of the reason for each placement, usually have a mini-poll midway through the list to get reader’s impressions and at the end let you vote for a future list topic. Well worth checking out if you haven’t.

My Stuff

If you are looking for my episode reviews from last week they are all linked in the season overview so be sure to check it out if you missed it.

This week I posted my Top 5 female characters of 2017 and the feature last week was all about how characters making wishes can help or hurt a narrative depending on how they are used (inspired of course by the end of Juni Taisen).

For reviews, this week I looked at Psycho Pass, the Netflix Godzilla movie, and I also took on the first volume of The Isolator and found it oddly compelling.

Also this week was the second post in the inquiring minds want to know series. If you missed it, be sure to check it out and if you have a question, be sure to let me know by answering the survey linked in the post.

That was my week in case you missed it.


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In Case You Missed It

Welcome back to another week and I must admit that while at first I was worried that there wasn’t much I was interested in watching this season, some of the later releases have kind of appealed. Whether my current watch list lasts the season or whether I do some shuffling mid-season is yet to be seen, but it certainly has a range of shows on it.

As always, there are many spectacular bloggers out there sharing their thoughts on the current anime and all sorts of other things that are anime related and here I’ve gathered a collection of posts that caught my eye this week. Feel free to give a shout out to another post in the comments below.

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Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers gave us a nice post discussing love and romance as they shared their thoughts on Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimetres Apart. There are some minor plot spoilers in the post but it is nicely done and clearly they enjoyed the overall story more than I did (I liked the set up but then felt it dragged a little). However, if you are looking for a sweet romantic story, check out this post as it may give you your next title to watch.

Patdes looks at Sanrio Boys and how for a show that is essentially product placement it has actually managed some decent depth. I think this show surprised a lot of us by actually having characters and a story that weren’t dreadful even though the core goal of the anime is still blatantly obvious. But it has actually managed to be pretty good so far, for what it is.

As part of this months OWLS blog tour, Archie Anime looks at the theme of revival in Barakamon. I’ve read a lot about this anime and many reviews of it, but I felt this post kind of perfectly captured what the anime was really getting at. It was a great read and well worth checking out.

And while we’re looking at the OWLS blog tour, Nice Job Breaking It, Hero took a look at Samurai Flamenco and the hero’s journey or rather finding a way to walk your own truth. I must say, this month the OWLS have gone all out with some of their posts and the theme has been really great. Looking forward to finding out what the next theme is.

Over on the Treasure Box the 30 Day Anime Challenge is ongoing and I really liked their explanation for their pick of Best Supporting Male Character. Okay, I really liked their choice of character and their reasoning just kind of fit with what I liked about the character but Haikyuu fans should have fun reading this.

Purposefully Lackluster looks at the A-1 Protagonist with a focus on Hiro from Darling in the Franxx. While the post admits there is heavy speculation about the character given he’s only had one episode, there are some interesting comparisons made between Hiro and other A-1 protagonists. Worth a read and a think even if you disagree.

Frog-Kun shares some information about Haoliners and where their shows are actually animated. Now Haoliners is a name I kind of flinch when I see it come up at the start of a show as so far there’s been one show that they’ve made that I actually ended up enjoying and it was still objectively not very good. Still, given they’ve only been around since 2015 and everyone needs to start somewhere, it is interesting to learn more about them and some of the stories they’ve animated could have been very good. So, all and all, this was a fairly interesting post to read.

Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime has reviewed/discussed Terror In Resonance. If you want a review of this show that is critical of the plot, you will find it here even as Irina praises other aspects of the production. I enjoyed reading this despite having a slightly different view of the show.

Kurumi Shim has a post about understanding the role of the deuteragonist in anime. There are some great character examples to illustrate the points made and it really does get you thinking about some of your favourite characters particularly in shounen anime.

The Writing Waifu compares Tokyo Ghoul with Devilman Crybaby and how they approach similar themes in different ways leading to very different outcomes. I wasn’t the biggest fan while watching Devilman Crybaby and the second season of Tokyo Ghoul kind of killed off any affection I had for that series, but thematically both shows are interesting so this was kind of a fun read.

Let’s Talk Anime shares their thoughts on Haikyuu Season 2. In addition to giving thoughts on what works in the anime, this post also looks at the fan base around Haikyuu. Quite a fun read (though spoiler for the end of season 1 if you hadn’t watched.

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Ideas Without End has a post that essentially looks at why Record of Grancrest War might be a pretty bad show and this isn’t a rant post but a careful look at the characters and plot as presented in episodes 1 and 2. While I personally disagree with their conclusions given I’m finding Theo and Siluca fairly entertaining so far, I really appreciate it when people put this much thought into explaining why something doesn’t work for them and present a reasonably good argument in support of their view. It did give me a moment of reflection about the show. An interesting post to read whether you like the show or not.

My Stuff

If you are looking for my episode reviews from last week they are all linked in the season overview so be sure to check it out if you missed it.

This week I counted down my Top 5 opening themes from 2017 and then my feature kind of rambled about the various anime streaming services I use in Australia.

This week I reviewed the Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun and Devilman Crybaby series and I also reviewed the first volume of the Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon light novel series.

I also added a feature over the last week where I answer questions from my followers so if inquiring minds would like to know hop on over and check out the first question and answer. There is also a link to the survey so feel free to leave me a question to answer in future weeks.

That was my week in case you missed it.


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In Case You Missed It

And we’re back for another week. The winter anime season is rolling along, I’m back at work, and it is all business as usual. There’s just over two weeks left before we reach the end of the count down so those who have been curious don’t have much longer to wait.

As always, I’ve read some great blog posts over the last week and have collected some of them here. Clearly there are plenty of posts I have read that don’t make the list and there are plenty of posts I miss so please feel free to add a link to an anime related blog post in the comments below. Hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying the winter season so far.

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Little Anime Blog brings us a fantastic post about Devilman Crybaby giving some perspective and context for the story. I will admit, I haven’t finished watching it yet and I wasn’t sure I was going to but reading this made me very much want to finish the story. A very good read and a different kind of post on an anime that has been talked about a lot.

Continuing on with Devilman Crybaby, Thoughts That Move also discusses the anime and Made in Abyss looking at how the two shows have differing approaches to using brutality within the narrative. Another thought provoking post and worth the read.

Lina from Anime, Manga and Life (sorry, name changed to Tiny, Ugly Animal) has taken on the 30 Day Challenge and their response to day 3, favourite male character, was fantastic to read (and brings attention to a very cool anime in the process). Great read.

The writers over on The Glorio Blog shared their first impressions of Citrus. Four writers, four different impressions. If you want to get an idea of what it is like, this post is well worth checking out.

Little Anime Blog looks at a classic with Afro Samurai. This is another one of those shows that has forever been on my watch list but I still haven’t gotten to it so this was a nice reminder that this exists.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers shares a review of Anime-Gataris. They clearly got a bit more enjoyment out of the season’s ending than I did, but the show was odd and I think most people will have to really watch it to get a feel for it and whether they like it or not. Anyway, this review may give you a bit more of an idea of what you are in for if you start it.

Kapodaco gives us some food for thought in a post called “Sex Should Be More Prominent in Anime“. This is actually a really well thought out article looking at the use of sex in stories or its absence and some of the reasons for its absence (not looking at ecchi). Definitely thought provoking and worth the read if you missed it.

Medieval Otaku shares their line up of shows from the Autumn season (2017) and their ratings, and more importantly their thoughts on each of the shows they watched. While there have been lots of these sorts of posts they are always a fun way to look back on the previous season and to consider shows that were either missed or dropped, as well as get a different view on shows you watched.

Atma and Funomena have an analysis of the first episode of Violet Evergarden that I found an interesting read. As I haven’t been able to watch the episode I have no personal opinion on the anime but I’ve enjoyed reading what others thought of this much anticipated release and I particularly found posts like this one to be an interesting read as they didn’t really require me to have watched the episode to appreciate the point of the post.

Remy Fool shared a guide for writing about seasonal anime with the caveat that they struggle writing about seasonal anime. They look at different approaches and types of content and it is a nice guide for someone thinking about starting to cover seasonal anime but not sure where to start.

Jon Spencer Reviews has his thoughts on The Ancient Magus Bride and why it was his favourite anime from 2017 even though it isn’t finished yet. Despite some gushing praise, he does also address the main criticism people have had of the show in regards to its pacing. A good read and it might convince you to pick up the show if you hadn’t last season.

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Hinode Reviews gives us some incredible detail in their post “Species spotlight on Houseki no Kuni: Gems“. The gems were fascinating while watching the anime but seeing all these small details that were revealed or implied during the run time in one place really made me think how incredible they were as characters and how much there is still to learn about the gems and the world they inhabit. It is a post well worth reading if you’ve watched the show and if you don’t mind some spoilers it may just be the thing to get you interested in watching the show if you haven’t. A great read and one I fully recommend.

My Stuff

My episode reviews aren’t being linked here so if you missed those be sure to check out the most recent season overview that links to everything I’ve been following this season.

However, this week I tackled the top 5 shows that disappointed me the most in 2017. Much like the surprisingly good list from the week before, these aren’t the worst shows, but they are the ones I expected more from than I got.

On that note, the poll for best anime of the season closed and the results as well as my best and worst anime of the year were announced on Friday so if you missed that post be sure to check it out.

For reviews I took on Netflix’s live action Erased and then a lesser known anime called Maoyu Maou Yuusha. I also hit the final volume of Tale of the Waning Moon manga (not suitable for younger readers) and wrote up my final thoughts on the story there.

And, if you are super bored you can check out my Facebook page where I am very slowly creating an album of photographs I have taken in my visits to Japan, adding one a day when I remember. This gives me an excuse to go back through the thousands of photos and find the actual decent ones and do something with them rather than just using them as a screen saver (and the thousands is not an exaggeration – digital cameras have a lot to answer for).

That was my week in case you missed it.


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In Case You Missed It

After a short break for Christmas, In Case You Missed It is back. For new followers, this post just highlights some posts that I have read usually over the previous week and invites readers to share any anime related post that they would like to give a shout out to in the comments.

The list is a little longer than usual but there’s been some great content recently. I’ve also added a short section at the bottom where I will link to my posts for the week (not the episode posts as these are already linked in the weekly overview, but my Top 5, feature, and any full reviews I’ve done). I hope everyone had a great holiday season and as we all start getting back into work (or school or whatever) I hope that the winter season brings us all great anime to enjoy. And as always, feel free to give a shout out to a post you liked in the comments below.

A reminder to vote in the reader’s poll for best anime of 2017 and that results of my favourite shows of the year and the reader’s poll will be out on Friday.

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The Moyatorium shared their first impressions of A Place Further Than The Universe (as did many other wonderful bloggers). A well organised post that covers a range of criteria when looking at he first episode, this was an interesting read after watching episode 1.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers discusses the ending of Just Because, specifically pointing out that an ending that didn’t meet expectations didn’t take away from what the show had already done. Clearly there are spoilers in the post given it is discussing how the show ends, but definitely one to give a go to.

Wherever I Look also has a review of Just Because with links to their episodic thoughts. Like all of Amari’s posts this one is highly organised and it is easy to see what they liked and didn’t like about the show and why.

Marth’s Anime Blog takes a look at his favourite theme songs from the fall season. Whether you like the shows or not, you have to admit, the Autumn 2017 season gave us some great music. However, they also took a second look at the Virtue Point System which came up in one episode during Kino’s Journey. The post is probably more thought provoking than the episode was and it kind of gave me something to think about after reading it.

Tim Rattray on Thoughts That Move discussed how Spirited Away reminded him of his love anime. It’s a fairly personal post but is something I think a lot of anime fans will relate to.

The Xenodude gives a fairly mixed review of Anime Gataris which given the mixed nature of the show seems fair. If you didn’t check it out while it was airing, check out this review to get an idea of what you have in store for you.

KimchiSama discusses how the plot organisation ruined Juni Taisen. This show has definitely got people talking, mostly about all the ways it went wrong (when not trying to convince people it is a deliberate satire). I enjoyed this post because it had a clear argument to make and didn’t get distracted by looking at other issues.

Though as a counter-point Curiously Dead Cat looks at what makes a good story using Juni Taisen and some of the criticisms around it as their example. There’s been quite a few great posts around this anime both criticising and praising the anime so clearly this one divided its audience, but when it generates so many interesting conversations that really isn’t an issue.

Kapodaco on the Visualist’s Veranda looks back at the top 10 worst anime they viewed in 2017 (not to be confused with the worst anime of 2017). It is an interesting list, but as usual it is the reasoning for the placement of titles on the list that intrigues and offers some insight into what the show may be able to offer even if it is more to your liking than not.

Nefarious Reviews has shared their thoughts on Humanity Has Declined. This one is such a weird series and everyone who watches it is going to end up with a slightly different take on what happened and whetehr it was good or not. I kind of enjoyed the series though found it wore thin after awhile but I have really enjoyed reading the thoughts of others about this off beat series.

Irina over at I drink and Watch Anime discusses post titles and their struggle with coming up with good ones (I feel that pain). So while not strictly an anime post, this one is certainly a useful post for all of us who are faced with un-titled posts and no inspiration.

News by Joel Garcia looks at why a live action Sailor Moon adaptation would be a bad idea (though I’m pretty sure most of us realise why a lot of what works in Sailor Moon as an anime wouldn’t work in live action form). Still, it brings up the question yet again of why so many shows are getting adaptations and whether any of them are needed at all or whether we should just let classic shows be classics.

There Goes My Kokoro discusses My Hero Academia’s Shounen Problems. It’s a fairly rational look at some of the narrative pitfalls the show (and many other long running shounen shows) step into.

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Arthifis’ Place has a review of Library Wars which is an anime I’ve never seen and I’m not sure I want to after reading this but I certainly had fun reading the post. Great fun to be had and it might introduce you to an anime you hadn’t considered. However, another post by Arthifis that is definitely worth checking out is their post on Yuri on Ice from a performer’s perspective. So, not another Yuri on Ice review but a look at how Yuri on Ice deals with the pressure of performance. Very nicely written and quite a personal post as well. If you missed it, be sure to catch it.

My Stuff

Last week started with the Worst and Best of Autumn based on my picks and the reader’s poll. Immediately after these I opened the poll for best anime of the year with results to be announced on Friday so be sure to vote if you haven’t, keeping in mind only the top 3 shows as voted by readers after each season have been included on the poll.

I then started with my first top 5 of 2017 posts with Top 5 Surprisingly Good Shows. This week I’ll cover disappointments though I’ll be keeping up 2017 top 5 lists until the first week in February so there’s a few to go yet.

Also, last week I reached my 200th anime series review and what better anime to review than Noragami Aragoto. This was followed up by Baccano on Saturday. And outside of anime reviews, my light novel review of Rising of the Shield Hero book 2 came out on Thursday.

Finally, my feature for the week looked at Duo’s in Anime inspired by the recent adorable duo in Girls’ Last Tour.

That was my week in case you missed it.


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In Case You Missed It

Here we go again, though I am going to announce that this will be my last blog round up post for the year. These will return for the 8th of January. It isn’t that I’m not going to be online or posting, but I know that when I’m distracted I forget to save links during the week and then these posts take a lot of time to put together finding all the posts again. So with Christmas travel and family stuff coming up (as well as a desire to finish a couple of other things I’ve been working on) and some minor work things (though that has finally settled) I decided to put these on hold for a few weeks and get back to them in the new year.

In the meantime, here are some excellent anime relate blog posts that I came across during the week, and if you have a great post (or find one) over the next few weeks that you would like featured when I return to these posts, send me the link via my contact or twitter.

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Shokamoka’s Blog of Wonders has a great post about technology in anime, specifically how phones and phone use has changed to reflect the times and what that has done to characters and stories. I’m fairly interested in this topic having previously looked at a top 5 uses of phones in anime and I find it fascinating how character interactions change to incorporate new technologies and reflect new realities. Anyway, it is an interesting post and definitely worth checking out.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has some thoughts about Girls’ Last Tour. This show has been a surprising hit for a lot of viewers despite its slow pace and episodic nature and Scott does a good job of explaining just why it has worked so well this season. If you haven’t checked out Girls’ Last Tour this is a great post to have a look at (there’s a minor episode spoiler in the post but the show isn’t exactly plot driven so this shouldn’t be a major concern).

Moe Sucks brings us a fairly blunt review of episode 9 of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. If you are tired of seeing pieces praising this anime, this might be what you are looking for. While I actually really love the series and the atmosphere the show is creating, I can kind of see where this blogger is coming from because if you take some of Chise’s inner thoughts literally they make practically no sense. By the way, if you love the show and don’t want to see an opposing view, don’t read this post. For everyone else, a nice counter point.

Ka-Chan Anime Reviews asks whether anime is better with or without source material? It is a pretty unanswerable question but they raise points for and against both and it makes you think about some adaptations as well as some original anime and how they both sometimes end up brilliant and other times just fall flat.

Arthifis on Arthifis’ Place discusses why as a gay guy he doesn’t like shounen ai or at least how relationships are depicted in a large number of shounen ai. For those who have watched any number of anime in this genre, you’ll already be familiar with the tropes and some of the less than wonderful depictions of romance that show up but this is a great post for pointing out why we need a little more variety in this genre.

Hinode Reviews has a great write up of Episode 9 of Land of the Lustrous (Houseki no Kuni). There’s certainly some spoilers in the post but if you’ve been following the show and want to look at the episode in more detail, this post is definitely one to read. It highlights Phos’ transformation but looks at the reactions of the other characters in quite some depth. Well worth the read.

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Floating into Bliss has a fantastic video (and the script in case you’d rather just read it) that breaks down one of March Comes in Like a Lion‘s episodes from season 2 and explains why it is the best episode of anime this year. It is no secret that I love this anime, but this post and video give such an excellent explanation of what makes this story so good to watch that even if you aren’t a fan of the series you should really check it out because it really looks at how execution can really make or break an idea. Many anime deal with bullying but few manage to emotionally connect the way this are of March Comes in Like a Lion has. Definitely a post to check out this week.


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