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Welcome everyone to another week. As always I’ve come across some great posts that I’m really happy to share with you and hopefully you will find something great to read.

For those who haven’t yet voted, remember you’ve got a week left to vote for your best and worst for the Summer season. I’m really looking forward to the final result.

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Lethargic Ramblings has a great discussion piece where they share their view on Magical Girl Site and why some of the criticism of the show rubbed them the wrong way. Whether you like the show or not, this is an interesting post about different perspectives when watching anime and one that I feel there is a lot to be gained from reading.

CTRL + GEEKPOD has a fun review of Wotakoi – Love is Hard for Otaku, an anime I did not get to watch when it was airing and I am still very curious about. I thoroughly enjoyed this review and it definitely made me want to check this anime out at some point though when I’m still not sure. If you are curious about the anime be sure to check out this post.

Raistlin shares his new found love of Violet Evergarden and it is always great to read a post that is overflowing with so much enthusiasm for a work. I will admit, not being to watch this when it was airing due to Netflix not releasing it in my region until it was finished meant that by the time it was available I was more or less over it and just haven’t gotten around to watching it. This post makes me want to prioritise getting back to it at some point.

Ty from Watashi wa Buchou has a great character spotlight on Midoriya from My Hero Academia this week. There’s a lot of love for the growing hero in this post and it highlights some of the changes we’ve seen in Midoriya since season one. Really fun post to read for fans of the series or for people who are curious about whether they should try it.

Kapodaco writes a post about what it means to be tryhard in anime. It’s an interesting post that explains what he means when he states a series is tryhard or trying too hard and the post kind of offers a different view on the feature I wrote a few weeks ago about not mocking shows for trying. It’s an interesting read and offers some insight into how Kapodaco views shows that just don’t land where they think they want to be.

Spastic Surgeon wrote an article about why Gun Gale Online is hard to take seriously. Its a fairly interesting look at the game mechanics and strategies used by the players (or lack of them) and why that hurts the believability of the setting. It is an interesting post and one that takes a slightly different look at the anime.

Astral Gemini has a great post about music and hype in anime. This is a fairly indepth post about the structure of music used in particular scenes in anime. There’s plenty of great examples and some solid explanation of what is happening in these songs and why they work. A different but great post to read.

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Irina has an amazing post focusing on Hotaru, a one episode character from Natsume Yuujinchou, who demonstrates an amazing lesson about happiness. Admittedly, this being a Natsume post, it was always going to get my attention, however Irina has done an amazing job of capturing the feeling of watching this episode and has shared how she personally came to terms with the ideas within it. It is a beautifully written post and one well worth the read even if you’ve never seen the show.

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Welcome back to another week. We’re closing in on final episodes of the Summer Season and it has been another really busy week in the ani-blogging community. Hopefully you enjoy some of the posts below that I found while visiting some really fantastic blogs this week. Also remember that it is time to vote for your favourite show of the season as well as the show you wished you hadn’t watched in the Best and Worst of the Season Poll. The poll closes on the 30th of September with results announced soon after and the top 3 shows of the season will come back at the end of the year to battle it out for anime of the year.

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Astral Gemini over in the Zodiac Room has a great post this week about Gacha Games. They look at and compare a couple of different games as well as look at strategies for maximising your rewards. There’s also just some pretty sound advice for not ending up thoroughly disappointed by realising you’ve spent too much on something. It’s a great post and one well worth reading.

Dewbond from Shallow Dives in Anime has a very sweet review of Cardcaptor Sakura. They make quite the distinction between Cardcaptors (the original dubbed version) and Cardcaptor Sakura before they begin their review, and it is kind of needed given the substantial differences between the two. This review, much like the show, is just fun to read and very nostalgic.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers review Kakegurui, an anime I still haven’t gotten past the first episode of. This review actually made me wonder if it was time to go back and try it again, and then I realise with how tired I am right now that probably isn’t a good idea. Still, the review covers the overall plot nicely and makes it sound quite interesting so if you haven’t checked out this anime and you don’t mind a spoiler or two, this post might make you want to watch.

Arthifis has an interesting post looking at the similarities in concept but differences in approach for Natsume Yuujinchou and Mushishi. Its an interesting post that compares two shows that on a very surface level seem fairly similar but are very different in how the audience experiences the story. Really loved reading this one.

Irina takes some time to look at the demographics that anime appeals to and those fun labels (shounen, shojo, seinen and josei) and what they actually mean. It’s an informative post and (because it’s Irina) it is also really fun to read with some great examples and asides. Well worth taking the time to check out if you haven’t already.

MoreXP shares their list of 5 anime characters who make bad decisions. Not just once, but throughout the course of their time on whatever show they are on. It is a great list with some fairly strong contenders on it and it just makes you realise how many more characters there are out there making bad decisions.

Reasons to Anime came up with 4 reasons to watch Made in Abyss. Other than the fact that Made in Abyss doesn’t end, it is a fairly great introduction and adventure and with the announcement that it will continue, there really is every reason to watch the first season if you’ve missed it. Be sure to check out this post if you are still undecided about trying it.

Artemis over on Otaku Lounge has a fantastic list of Top 5 Foreign Language OP’s. While he’s left out songs in English by native English speakers, there are still some fantastic OP’s on this list with some fairly memorable songs. Be sure to check out the list.

Jon Spencer looks at the difference between a critique and being critical in a discussion piece that is quite interesting this week and looks mainly at the focus we seem to put on posts that have a negative focus rather than ones that are positive toward something. It’s an interesting post with plenty for reviewers and analysts to consider.

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Never Argue with A Fish (sound advice) had the perfect review of Record of Grancrest War this week. The series had its moments, but ultimately it wasn’t well put together and this review identifies the main issues that the series faces. Not all the issues, just the main ones. However, why this is my pick of the week is because there are some genuine golden lines in this review that perfectly capture the experience of watching and make it a joy to read. Loved reading this review and I fully recommend it even to people who know they don’t intend to watch the show.

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It’s been an interesting week. Super busy as is normal for this time of year but there’s been a lot of fun as well. The main highlight for me though was Raistlin and I finally launched our super secret project and revealed our new tag that we created. If you missed it be sure to check it out because it was just great fun to do. Later today (or early tomorrow depending on your time zone) I’m also hosting Average Joe from Average Joe Reviews  as they have written a guest post about colour in anime. It’s a great post and I’m really excited to share it.

As always, I’ve found some great posts this week so be sure to check out some of the content below and leave me a comment if there is a post you feel deserves a shout out. Thanks and have a great week.

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Lethargic Ramblings has a great post about Made in Abyss and how they connected with its sense of adventure. Definitely a good post to catch up on if you are interested in either Made in Abyss or hearing about how Leth’s own adventure has been going.

Anime Sunday talks about whether anime should influence our life and looks at some of the positive things anime has influence them to do. It is a really inspiring post and full of some fantastic anime food images (so don’t read it while hungry).

KurumiShim looks at why Deku deserves the spotlight as she examine Midoriya’s character within My Hero Academia and how he brings inspiration to others. It’s a lovely post and one that I really enjoyed reading this week.

Irina explores the limits of emperor Il’s compassion looking at the events of Yona of the Dawn. There’s some spoilers for the anime in this post, but if you’ve watched it there’s a lot of fun to be had in reading this and considering the characters and their actions.

D&A Anime Blog have a great list this week with their top 5 anime girls who are nerds. There are some very familiar and interesting faces on this list. If you like lists, anime, and all things nerdy, this one is for you.

Biblionyan has a review of the full colour edition of Attack on Titan No Regrets and it sounds like a fairly amazing read. As much as I had no intent on reading anything to do with Attack on Titan this write up kind of made me want to check out this title.

Railgunfan75 asks whether you should watch Full Metal Panic and then explains all the reasons why yes you definitely should in this post. For fans of the franchise it is a great read and for people who skipped Invisible Victory because they had never seen the original seasons, it may be the catalyst you need to go and watch the original seasons.

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I had to put this top 10 list as my pick of the week. GeekOut South-West bring us an amazing list each and every week with picks from all over geek fandom (games, movies, books, anime, and anywhere else you can imagine). There’s always a great reason for their picks and the dig up some really interesting choices as well as some fan-favourites. This week they gave us the top 10 artifacts and there are some very cool choices on this list. Definitely go check it out, vote on what you want the next list to be and remember they bring you a new list every week.

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A lot has happened in the last week, other than my catching the flu yet again (although that was fun). Most notably, I hit one of my goals for my blog and that was 10,000 views in a single month. Thanks to everyone who helped me reach the target and helped me celebrate the occasion. In fact, the celebration managed to draw more viewers to my blog than ever so the day after reaching the highest number of views in a month ever I set a new target for most number of views in a day. So a huge thank you again.

However, that is enough about me, because I like to make this post about the other amazing bloggers out there who continue to inspire me and give me plenty of great posts to read each week. Below are some of the posts that caught my eye but as always you are welcome to give a shout out to a post in the comments. If you know a blogger who wrote something awesome last week, why not give them a shout out?

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Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews had a fantastic post last week featuring a discussion around anime humanising the non-human and it was an absolutely fantastic read. Not just because it contained both Platelets (Cells at Work) and the Fox Boy (Natsume Yuujinchou), but because it touched on an idea that has been a fundamental of story telling since forever and I absolutely loved the post.

Eumiiboo has a bit of a break down of the OP for Inu X Boku. It does contains some plot spoilers but for fans of the show it is a great read and a great look at how the characters are presented during the opening.

Arthifis uses The Lost Village to talk about a fairly personal and serious topic: Accepting Our Emotional Scars. If you happened to miss this one, or skip over it because you weren’t into The Lost Village, I definitely recommend going back and having a read because this is a fairly great post.

The Random Editor lists their favourite 5 OP’s of the Summer Season and gives some great reasons for their choices. As always, I do enjoy reading a good list and this one made me think about what OP’s I really have enjoyed this season. They then followed up with 5 anime endings from Summer and this was yet another fantastic list.

Another great list comes from Biblionyan with 5 black haired anime boys. If you want some great characters with some great reasons to like them, this list of 5 is a must read so be sure to check it out.

Kawaii Paper Pandas discusses the use of CG in anime and why Orange Animation Studios is leading the way. It’s a thoughtful post that gives a bit of background about the studio and examples of CG in anime that have both worked and not worked so well. Well worth the read.

Heyitszel continues to try to educate us all by sharing some fun facts about the city in Attack on Titan and its real world influences. As this is something I hadn’t really thought about at all, reading this post was really fun and I love how they explain and provide images to help get their point across. Great read.

Xenodude has a fantastic episode write up for Banana Fish Episode 9. Now if you don’t exist on Twitter you may have managed to avoid episode spoilers, in which case, don’t read this post. Otherwise, if you want to continue processing everything that went down, this is a great read that looks at what works well in this episode and which aspects of the show could still be improved upon.

Moe Sucks had a post on the latest My Hero Academia episode titled Childish, Petty Heroes and to be honest that kind of summed up my thoughts on the latest episode beautifully. If you want a summary of the episode that is pretty critical of the goings on, then this one will fit nicely.

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Aria from the Animanga Spellbook has a great post about Phantom in the Twilight and how it is the Epitome of ‘Absurd, but Fun’. Phantom in the Twilight has been one of those odd anime that I only added to my watch list because it was supernaturally themed and I had a really small watch list for the season. The first few episodes weren’t great though there was some potential. And yet we’re now at the point where it is among my favourites for the season and it has become something I look forward to. Aria’s post does a great job explaining the flaws of the show but capturing the fun of this anime. Be sure to check it out and maybe give Phantom in the Twilight a go.

And, I’m allowed to have 2 picks of the week, because it’s my blog and all that. Besides, I had to pick this one but didn’t want to move Aria’s wonderful post. Here we have a Yuri on Ice Review from The Fullmetal Narcissist himself, @Fullmetal_Naru if you want to follow him on Twitter. This review is a lovely balance of genuine critique and praise for the fantastic Yuri on Ice and is well worth the read by fans of the anime and by newcomers alike. Be sure to check it out.

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Welcome back to another week and as we near the end of August and are about to plunge into the final month of the season for some shows, I have to say that there are a lot of people with short watch lists meaning the number of episode reviews being published has cut right back. That said, everyone seems to have found something to watch and enjoy this season (even if it is just adorable platelets – and at the end of the season can someone please cut the show so that we just get a montage of every platelet scene because I would be forever grateful for your efforts).

As usual, I’ve found some great posts though this week seems to be very big on lists. Looking forward to seeing what people write next week and as always you are welcome to give a shout out to a post that you think needs some more attention in the comments below. I will unspam it if it gets caught by the filter.

A reminder that if you would like to write a guest post for 100 word anime you can contact me via the contact page or via a DM on Twitter and we can discuss. Looking for someone interested in posting during September so if you have an idea, let me know.

Also (and I know this introduction is getting long), August has been a great month for views on my blog and while normally I’m not all that concerned and just happy people are reading my posts, this month I’ve gotten really close to finally tipping the 10,000 views in a single month but I’m probably going to fall just short. I’d really appreciate if you could share one of my posts and help me get those few extra views I need because reaching that milestone has been a goal for quite awhile and I would be over the moon if I could reach it.

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Amelia from A Girl and Her Anime shares their thoughts on Scum’s Wish in a detailed review that attempts to counter some of the more negative impressions of the anime. Given the limited accessibility of Scum’s Wish I never got to see it, but I did read the manga while the anime was airing (more because I could) and I found it interesting enough though a little melodramatic. Anyway, if you want to know what the anime does do right, this review will probably point it out for you.

Jiraiyan on Otaku Orbit did an episode review on Attack on Titan episode 5 and looks at how Eren’s character has been portrayed, as well as examining the coup and the representations of the King and other characters. It’s a short post but packs in a lot as it looks at some of the highlights from the episode.

Over on the Weeabros there is a great list this week of dynamic anime duos. I love lists and duos are always great to look at because the play between the characters is so important that it isn’t just about how the character sits individually, but how they work with the other character. Anyway, its a really fun post and well worth the read.

My Brain is Completely Empty also shared a fantastic list this week with 7 flawed characters on display. Do you have a favourite character that’s a little bit broken or emotionally scarred? It’s a great list with some great reasons for the picks.

Arthifis has a top 15 Final Fantasy list (so gaming rather than anime – close enough). As with all good lists this one comes with some insight into why particular titles have been put above or below others giving some insight into Arthifis as well as allowing us all to reminisce over Final Fantasy. Very fun post.

Biblionyan has a look at Calamity of Zombie Girl in a review and their impression was about as good as mine was after watching that train wreck of a movie. Seriously, the best thing about Calamity of a Zombie Girl has been reading blog posts about it. There are a few that try to justify it as a satire but for the most part, people will be pointing out the fairly terrible effort at anything. If you want to save yourself some time and read something fun rather than watching a terrible movie, check out Biblionyan’s review.

Amelia from A Girl and Her Anime has a review of How to Raise a Mummy. It is short and to the point, but there isn’t a great deal to say about the show. If you were on the fence about whether this is something you would enjoy or not, you should get a good understanding of what to expect from this review.

And Remy Fool is back asking the difficult questions. This week they look at whether explicitness defines Yuri as a genre. If you want a great post full of examples and then some interesting comments on the topic to read, this is one to definitely check out.

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Cactus Matt from Anime Q&A has a fairly interesting take on episode 7 of Cells at Work. Now the cancer episode was interesting for a number of reasons, but this write up looks at the broader social implications of the messaging (that and adorable platelets so not a lot to complain about). If you are watching the show or interested in it, this is a great review to read.

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I’m going to apologise to most of my picks this week given I’ve had one of those really stressful and tiring weeks so even though I loved some of the posts below, they haven’t been given much of a write up or sales pitch for people to go read them because I just lacked the energy. That said, there are some amazing posts in the links below that have been written by our fellow ani-bloggers and they are all worth the read, so if you’ve got some time be sure to check them out.

Just a reminder though that if you want to ask me a question for the Inquiring Minds series I’ve set up a new survey (issues with the old one). Hopefully this one will allow you to take it more than once so if you have a second question you should be able to take the survey again, or if you make a mistake.

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If you want to check out a massive collaboration effort about a massive anime, Scott, Shoujo and Leth joined forces to take on Dragon Ball. Here are the links to part 1, part 2, and part 3 in case you somehow missed this one coming out this week.

Meanwhile Aria shares their top 5 potions to season your posts with magic, or just some good solid advice for your blog posts that it is always helpful to be reminded about. Bloggers helping bloggers, always love to see it.

Zainou has a post about Touch and the Perfect Portrayal of Death. I haven’t seen the story in question but I really liked reading this post and the description of how the story dealt with this subject matter. Clearly some spoilers to be found in the post, but an interesting read.

Thero shares a top 5 list of Daedric Princes from the Elder Scrolls (so no anime here but gaming and a great list). As a very big fan of the Elder Scrolls and having enjoyed quite a few moments with these characters, it was great to see this list and the reasons for their inclusion.

AniB Productions shares a review of Erased. While this one was talked about a lot while airing it is one of those shows that seemed to go quiet fairly quickly after it was done, so it is great to catch a new review of it and hear people talking about the show. If you missed Erased when it was out, you might want to check out this review and it might convince you to try the show.

Grimm Girl shares another husband reacts post, this time to Ouran High School Host Club. If you want to read the reaction of someone who hasn’t watched a huge amount of anime being exposed to some of the insanity that is Ouran, you will be highly entertained.

Beneath the Tangles has an interesting look at the characters and their choices in episode 41 of Attack on Titan. As I said in my own review of the episode, this is probably one of the more interesting episodes from a narrative point of view that this series has given us for awhile. Beneath the Tangles looks at how the characters are responding to the situation presented and the choices they are making and it was a great post to read.

Keiko shares three things they like about Natsume Yuujinchou. Okay, its a Natsume post so I was probably going to share it regardless, but this one really does hit three great reasons to watch it. Plus, it is a great reason to remember all the great characters that Natsume has offered us over the seasons.

Yuu’s Sanctuary has a review of 5 Centimeters Per Second which is a film I still haven’t actually seen but probably should at some point. Anyway, this is a great write up focusing on the characters, themes and structure of the film and it made me want to move this up on my future watch list.

Finally, The Nerd Book shared their thoughts on the most recent episode (episode 7) of How Not To Summon a Demon Lord. This write up doesn’t shy way from the content of the series but looks at what is working and what isn’t in a fairly matter of fact way and I probably like this write up because it comes to the same conclusion I have. Even when the show does things I don’t like, there’s still plenty of reasons to come back and watch more of it.

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Mel in Anime Land discusses ships and shipping culture as part of fandom. This is something that probably needs more discussion as people taking ships too seriously does lead to some less than pleasant encounters online sometimes and certainly when it leads to death threats and other things someone needs to call this behaviour out. Definitely a post worth visiting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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