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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Welcome everyone to another fine week in aniblogging. We’ve finally hit December which means a few things. Firstly, I haven’t made good on the whole get a video out this year thing due to work blowing up in my face for two months before finally finding my feet again (amazing that severe stress can really hinder work on new projects). I’m hoping to still get it out this year, but realise it may not happen. Next week will tell, I guess. Secondly, readers are getting closer to finding out what the count down on my blog has been for, but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer yet for that one.

However, you aren’t here for me to babble at you. You are here to get some links to some great blog posts to read and so the list of posts that caught my eye this week are below. As always, you are welcome to give a shout out to an anime related blog post in the comments below.

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Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews shares their thoughts on the 2017 Kino’s Journey and why it hasn’t really worked for them. I hadn’t watched the original and I didn’t mind the first couple of episodes of the 2017 season, though the mid-season episodes have left me decidedly not caring about the show which is probably an issue. Anyway, this was an interesting post that looked at the changes made from the original to this series and why it might be so different.

Seasonal Prattle comes through once again with some solid advice for bloggers. If you don’t follow Prattle, you really should as almost every week you get a solid bit of advice or a reminder about what you should be focussed on as you continue your journey as a blogger. Also, some great posts with links to other great blogs.

From two amazing bloggers (Remy Fool and Irina), there is a discussion on blogger decorum split into two parts. Definitely worth checking out as the questions are probably ones you’ve considered as a blogger and you are getting responses from two bloggers who are both fairly active in the community and amusing to read. Give it a read.

Mel in Anime Land had their most recent post for OWLS on Diplomacy where they focused on Chain Chronicle and what happens when two characters don’t even really try to be diplomatic. I really enjoyed Chain Chronicle when it came out earlier this year so I was happy to see someone writing about it and it was an interesting take on the theme for the month. If you missed this one it is worth checking out.

Otaku Lounge gives us another discussion between Artemis and Watson about whether an anime is really that bad and the anime this time is Diabolik Lovers. If you happen to be a fan of the show, you should probably give this post a miss. If you haven’t watched it, or you have put yourself through a viewing experience, you might get a great laugh from this post.

English Light Novels has a holiday buying guide so if you are looking for something for yourself for Christmas, or have a friend who might like to try a light novel, there’s probably something on this list they’ll enjoy.

Moe Sucks has a write up of Juni Taisen episode 9 and at least I’m not the only person fed up with the predictable and boring nature of this show. It is a point only made worse by the fact that the advertising around this show keeps trying to act like it is thrilling and that somehow there’s some sort of surprise to be had while watching. The only thing surprising me is that I’m still watching. Anyway, I wouldn’t recommend this post if you actually really like the show, but if you want to share some frustration with how little the story has done, great post to check out.

Astral Gemini from The Zodiac Room has a fantastic write up about Heaven’s Memo Pad. I’m not one to usually throw around the term underrated because people enjoy what they like and is something isn’t popular that’s fine, but I do think this is one anime that flies well under the radar and really should get a bit more discussion (so possibly I should get around to writing my review of it sooner rather than later). If you haven’t heard of this anime, go read this post and then track down the anime and give it a go.

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 Okay Little Anime Blog is back and already has a feature out that I just loved reading on anime’s amnesia problem. If you are a newer blogger you may not have come across this blog before because they’ve been on hiatus for a bit but Dominic and Elizabeth are fantastic and they run a great blog so I was really happy when I saw their return notice. The very next day they starting putting out content and this post really grabbed my attention. Definitely go check out the post and if you haven’t visited their blog before, check out some of their older posts. It will be worth it.


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Another week passes and another great week of reading some very cool blogs. As always, I’ve shared some links to posts that caught my eye this week, but you are welcome to give a shout out to an anime related blog post in the comments below. Hope you find something fun to read.

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Lethargic Ramblings shared a great post about sticking to the source material. I kind of touched on this issue in my response to the fall out over the Netflix Death Note adaptation when I wrote a feature about not messing with the source material but it was interesting to see another blogger take a look at this issue. Definitely a post worth checking out.

Galvanic has a catch up review of Blood Blockade Battlefront and Beyond that I quite enjoyed reading. I kind of liked season one of this but alas can’t currently watch the second season so I’ve been enjoying finding out how other people have taken to it. Eventually I’ll have to find a way to watch it but in the meantime I’ll continue to amuse myself with reading posts like this one. The first season was far from perfect but a lot of fun, and it seems like season two hasn’t exactly overcome some of the issues, but again, I haven’t actually seen the show.

Seasonal Prattle has a great list worth reading for all content creators where they outline 7 Bad Habits of Successful Ani-Creatives. The title more or less speaks for itself but each point is illustrated with either an example of a thought provoking question to really make creators reflect. Definitely worth checking out.

The Only Shinyuu Site shared their thoughts on Kimi Ni Todoke. I really love that anime and reading this reminding me of all the reasons why. If you haven’t yet seen the anime, this might convince you it is worth you time. My review is here, but you should definitely check out the post.

Zero Drama Anime has an analysis of Made in Abyss. I’m almost finished watching the series now having missed it when it was airing, so I really enjoyed finding this post as it made me think about what I was watching a little bit more than I might have been.

Ramblings n’ Scribbles posted their first impressions of Land of the Lustrous and does an excellent job of looking at the visuals and scenes. If you are still on the fence about checking out the show you should check out this post. Only discussed episode 1 and some stuff from the manga.

The Xenodude has a write up on episode 6 of Just Because. It looks at the pacing of the show and the characters and their choices and generally just does a great job of explaining what is great about watching the show as well as looks to where these characters are going. There are some spoilers in here if you haven’t started the show but is a great post to read.

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Cain S Latrani has a fantastic write up on Noragami Aragoto. If you’ve never seen the first season of Noragami (you really should) most of this won’t make sense, and if you are worried about spoilers possibly avoid, however for people who have watched it or people who are curious and unconcerned about spoilers, this post will fire you up and make you want to watch or rewatch the show right now. And all this reminded me I’ve never reviewed either the first or second season of this show so I really should rewatch and get to that ASAP. Fantastic read.


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Another incredibly tough week in the real world but a great week watching anime – other than the issues I’ve been having with playing videos on Crunchyroll. Also some interesting posts from bloggers and as usual I’ve collected some of my favourites below. If you want to give a shout out to a post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments.

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If you haven’t tried it yet Kapodaco has a great write up of the first three episodes of Girls’ Last Tour that really nails why you should check it out (assuming you have access). I must admit, I’ve been continually surprised by how compelling they manage to make a story about two girls driving around on a tank and this post really highlights why it has worked so far.

Mr Flawfinder asks do anime fans care whether an anime has long lasting appeal which they follow with an interesting discussion about seasonal viewing and how discussion dies quickly and there are very few anime that regularly get discussed after the fact, though merchandise and cosplay are slghtly longer lasting. It is an interesting point and one to think about. Small warning about the language in the final paragraph of the post (it isn’t that bad but warning anyway) but this is a great post to read.

Anime Girls NYC asks us which character we’d like to give their own series to. They suggest a couple of characters they’d like to see get their own spin-off or prequel series before opening the question to the readers and some of the suggestions are pretty interesting. So head on over and leave a comment with your own suggestion of a character who deserves their own series.

Moe Sucks has a fairly blunt review of episode three of Land of the Lustrous. While many people, including myself, have really enjoyed it so far, this review points out some of the issues with the characterisation so far and why it might be less than thrilling for some viewers. They do reveal the end of the episode so if you haven’t seen it, maybe hold off on reading this one, but it is a great post for a different perspective on the show.

Literary Stardust discusses Clever Protagonists using examples from My Hero Academia. Just in case you needed another reason to jump on board with My Hero Academia this is a great post that looks into one aspect of the characters of the show that does feel a bit different. The characters here aren’t just wishing for more power, they are actively learning to use their powers in more effective and diverse ways. It is a very interesting read.

Merlin’s Musings has a review of Shiki that I found thoroughly enjoyable to read as it reminded me how much I enjoy that series. There are some spoilers in the review but it does an excellent job of selling the show.

Anime and Fandom Life share their thoughts on a character they adore, Youko Nakiajima. They do an excellent job explaining why they like this character so much and it was just a joy to read because you could really feel the enthusiasm.

Just a Whole Lot Of Weird looks at the meaning of Deku’s name in My Hero Academia. It is an interesting post looking at how Midoriya has evolved as a character and how the once derisive nickname became a name he chose. For those feeling the absence of My Hero Academia now that the second season has ended, check out the post.

From Lethargic Ramblings a post about why they love the isekai genre.  The title pretty much says it all so be sure to check out this post if you missed it.

Moe Sucks shares their thoughts on Just Because episode 4 and does an excellent job deconstructing the characters and their motives in the final part of the episode. Clearly spoilers abound for people who have not watched the episode, but it is an excellent post to check out and read if you are watching the anime.

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I reblogged this post earlier in the week, but for those who missed it Irina over at I Drink and Watch Anime is working to promote new aniblogs to try to welcome new bloggers into the community and just make the whole starting blogging a little less scary. Every month Irina is hoping to promote a new ani-blogger through their Blogwarming Party and I think it is a great idea. Please spread the word or if you come across a new blog that would benefit from a little extra attention, direct them Irina’s way.


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