In Case You Missed It 2019 #20

Another week and another round up of anime related blog posts. My apologies for my schedule going a little out. Between One Punch Man not airing for a week and visitors arriving mid-week at my house (earlier than expected) I ended up having to cannibalise posts I had scheduled for next week to keep this week going and now I’m looking at next week and knowing I have to travel for work and I’m wondering if I just accept that I’m going to have to cut down to two posts a day rather than three… Decisions are hard sometimes. Anyway, I’ve had a great week and while I haven’t managed to watch as much as I’d like or write as much (certainly haven’t spent as much time reading other blogs as I normally enjoy), there’s still heaps going on.

However, super important that you remember that voting for the best anime of the Spring 2019 season opened on Friday and will close June 29. Be sure to get in and vote for your favourite show of the season and spread the word because the more votes the more reflective of the community the results will be.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

Posts from the Community

Lynn Sheridan covered Fruits Basket Episode 10 and as usual for their episode coverage shares their favourite and least favourite moments as well as picks their favourite character of the episode. I like this structure to an episode review because it gives us the main points without providing too much in the way of recap or spoilers. Worth checking out if you are following the series.

A bit of non-anime fun, Thero159 shares their Bookish Life From A – Z and this one was a nice bit of fun. I think I might even take this one on because it just looks like a fun post to read. Anyway if you want to know what book they have 27th on their shelf, what they think the best sequel is, or anything else book related, be sure to check out the post.

Still in a list mood, Merlin’s Musings has 5 Action/Adventure anime worth watching and it is one fun list to read with some great anime being mentioned. Be sure to check this one out and leave some of your favourites in the comments.

Kurumi Shim gives us 5 Reasons to Watch Carole and Tuesday. Now this is an anime I’m not watching this season (no access) but I’ve been enjoying the coverage of it. While some viewers aren’t as thrilled by it, there’s a lot of positive buzz around what Carole and Tuesday has done this season and this post highlights some of the reasons people are enjoying it so much.

Never Argue With A Fish gives us a review of Cells at Work. If you missed this adorable edutainment anime about the directionally challenged Red Blood Cell this is a great post to give you the ups and downs of the series and it will probably give you a push to go check out the anime.

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Anime Rants posted some thoughts about Rem from Death Note and how as a death god they fell in love with a human. It is another interesting part of the Death Note narrative and has fairly large implications for the story. I won’t pretend I understand what could possibly motivate Rem in this instance, but it is interesting seeing how the story unfolds because of it. Anyway, this is a great post to check out, though clearly a few spoiler points if you still haven’t seen Death Note.

The Blue Hybrid reviewed season 2 of March Comes in Like a Lion. I guess if you are reading my blog you already know how much I love this series so reading a review of this and seeing the enthusiasm and love of another fan was just fantastic. Be sure to check out the review and watch the anime if you haven’t already given it a go.

Rogue Shogunate shares their thoughts on My Roommate is a Cat and the importance of character arcs. There are some spoilers in this post as it discusses Subaru’s character and the changes he underwent throughout the series and how that serves as a hook for viewers. A great post to read and for those still on the fence about My Roommate is a Cat this might just convince you to give it a go.

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Cactus Matt shares his list of ten anime that need a second series. There’s an interesting mix of anime on this list and all of them end somewhat inconclusively or leave the characters with more room to grow – which leaves the audience wanting to know what happens next. Be sure to check out the list and leave a comment sharing the anime you want to have a second season.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #19

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Wow, where did the Spring Anime season go? It has just flown by so quick. On that note, next weekend I’ll be setting up and starting the poll for the best of the season so start thinking through what you are going to vote for this time round. However, for now, be sure to check out some of the posts I came across this week.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

Posts from the Community

STARfisher has an interesting post on the first season of Code Geass. it is one of those anime that a lot of people love but then there are lots of people that it doesn’t quite grab. STARfisher looks at some of the issues with the writing that kept them from falling in love with the series and it a fun post to read breaking down some of the potential problems with the story.

David has a look at the escapist appeal of The Helpful Fox Senko-san in this fun post that describes the circumstances in the anime and how relaxing they find it to watch. I’m going to honestly say I didn’t get very far into the anime because it didn’t really appeal to me but this was a great post to read to see why someone else was enjoying it. If you haven’t checked out the anime be sure to give the post a read.

Ty-chama has a fun episode review of Fruits Basket episode 9. I really enjoyed this episode with its nice mix of lighter comedic moments that hit the spot as well as its warm emotional ending and this was a really fun post to read as it covered a range of ideas that came up in the episode. If you are watching Fruits Basket this season check out this episode review.

Irina had a wonderful character piece this week on Kyouya from Ouran High School Host Club so if you missed it be sure to hop on over to her blog and check it out. Kyouya is an interesting character and there’s plenty to look at particularly regarding his family situation and his motives and Irina certainly has stepped back and taken a good look at this character.

Otaku Central takes on Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance) and whether it is worth watching. I really enjoyed reading their take on this anime as it is one I found to be interesting watching. If you’ve yet to watch the anime and are curious as to what it is about this is a nice spoiler free post to check out.

Rocco B over on Secluded Observation wrote their own post offering advice for new bloggers linking back to my inquiring minds post last week. It is great advice from someone who has been blogging a fair bit longer than I have and worth checking out for new bloggers and bloggers who are still learning new things (which would be most of us).

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Data Error has a fantastic post on Run With The Wind and the source of conflict within the story. Okay, I just love Run With The Wind but this post really does the anime justice in looking at why it works so well and has such a wide appeal to viewers who give it the time. The post begins with an overview of the focus of sports anime in general before narrowing its focus to what Run With The Wind accomplished and it is a pleasure to read from start to finish and definitely worth the time.

Run With The Wind Episode 22 King hands the sash to Kakeru

While we’re at it, Jessi had a great review of Run With The Wind as well so be sure to check that post out also.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #18

Another massive week in anime and another massive week for bloggers with so many fun posts coming out to read. I’m still thinking through the whole 24 hours worth of Evangelion posts and once I figure out what exactly I’m doing I’ll write a post about it and those who wish to be involved can give drop me a comment then. In the meantime check out some of the great posts this week from the community.

And if you missed it, be sure to check out the discussion Scott and I had regarding Attack on Titan (part one here, part two here). We had a lot of fun writing it and doing some mad speculation about the future of the characters. Be nice though and don’t spoil it for us, we’re both looking forward to being surprised.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

Posts from the Community

Fan Of A Certain Age shares a discussion about their love of side-lined and background characters. This one gets quite personal looking at the absence of lead characters that they can relate to as well as looking at trends in fan-fiction. It’s an interesting read so if you missed it be sure to check it out. And while you are there check out the great post they wrote asking “is there hope for BL“.

Ayano shares ten anime worlds they’d like to restart/be reborn into and there are some great picks on this list particularly if you like cute or sparkly. Be sure to check out this fun anime list and leave a comment with the worlds you’d love to be in.

Richard Wood summarises and discusses episode 8 of Demon Slayer. Yes there are spoilers here given it does recount the events of the episode but it also looks at Nezuko’s role within the story and how he currently feels about the villain. If you are watching Demon Slayer and missed this episode review it is an interesting read.

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Merlin’s Musings looks at 5 anime voice actors (English dubs) and their many roles. There’s some great names on the list and some nice videos and clips to watch so a post well worth checking out. I don’t tend to listen to all that many English dubs so I can’t really weigh in on my favourites but if you have a favourite voice actor be sure to throw a comment over on this post.

Kiritonarukami has a post this week reviewing Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale. It is a brief look at the movie broken down by story, animation, etc and will give you an idea of what to expect should you check the movie out. If you are an SAO fan and haven’t seen the movie yet, this post may be for you.

Reasons to Anime gives us 5 Reasons To Watch Cutie Honey. It is a fun list and makes the anime sound really quite fun. This is one that has been on my watch list for a very long time and I still haven’t gotten to it but this post reminded me that it exists. Will probably need to get to it at some point.

Yomu has a review of xxxHolic which is one of those anime that I wonder why it doesn’t get talked about more often. It was great fun coming across this review this week and if you haven’t given xxxHolic a go then be sure to check it out.

Luna gives us a reminder that it isn’t all doom and gloom this season with a list of their best bois and girls from the Spring Anime. Your sure to find someone on this list that is worth smiling over and can throw your own picks of the season in the comments so be sure to give it a read.

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Animated Andy gives us an AMV for Kaguya-Sama Love is War. One thing I did really enjoy about that anime was some of the visuals throughout and this AMV takes full advantage. It’s also just really nicely put together. Well worth checking out.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #17

Welcome to another week. Things have been busy, busy, busy this week and there’s a lot of anime to watch and a lot of posts to read. If you missed Irina’s great posts this week be sure to check them out (linked below) but there are plenty of great posts from the community to check out.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

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Amelia from A Girl and Her Anime reviews Kizu, a short 4 chapter manga that looks like it has a really interesting concept. As much as I am not hugely into reading manga, the description of the characters and story here has got me wanting to read this. If you are looking for something to read, and don’t mind reading scanlations, you might enjoy finding out about this one.

Crow and Irina share their thoughts on Demon Slayer episode 7. This one has spoilers in it so if you are a week behind you may want to hold off but for everyone else, this is a great post discussing the episode and everything that happened – and there was a lot going on in episode 7.

Naja B on BlerdyOtomoe has a review of the Changeling VN. I am not hugely into visual novels but I’ll admit this one with its supernatural focus and apparently some lore about the various supernatural creatures in the story has got me a little bit curious about this one. Also the art. It looks gorgeous. Anyway, if you want the full run-down on it, check out the post.

Annie from annieme has a really cute review of My Love Story. It looks at what it accomplishes and how it focuses more on the relationship after it has started rather than teasing the audience with the question of whether the characters will end up together. I really enjoyed the anime and I had fun reading this review of it so if you are curious it is probably worth checking out.

The Gaijin shared their 5 most heartfelt anime and when you see what they placed as number one you’ll know exactly why I had to share this post. Whichever way, there are some great anime on this list that have had some big emotional impacts on a lot of viewers so be sure to check it out and throw in a comment about your favourite heartfelt anime.

Ty gives us 5 Reasons To Watch Demon Slayer in this great list with some very nice pictures from the anime. Lists are always fun and when they are so positive about a show like this they are just great to read. If you haven’t checked out Demon Slayer yet then this post might be your tipping point.

Anime Rants has a fantastic post on Tamura Reiko from Parasyte looking at her evolution as a character. Needless to say there are spoilers for the story here but if you’ve watched Parasyte it is a great read. Tamura was a really interesting character and it was nice to have a bit of a closer look at her.

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Cho from English Light Novels shares a review of the Katanagatari omnibus. Now I sang the praises of this one a while ago and honestly haven’t seen a lot of chatter around it so was thrilled to see it turn up on another blog. If you weren’t convinced by my review be sure to check out this one because the book is well worth the time.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #16

Here we are and another week in the blogoverse is done. Another week in the real world is also done with elections running in Australia and as usual my work week being one bit of urgency slamming straight into the next. While some bloggers I’ve been following for a fair while are closing up shop or taking a break the community as a whole is still going strong and there were plenty of great posts during the week.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter. Also, if you’d like to ask me a question for the inquiring minds series of posts, be sure to complete the simple survey.

Posts from the Community

Jessi Silver has an excellent post about the complexities of motherhood and how mothers have been represented in a range of media, but particularly focusing on anime mothers. While there are some spoilers in the post for The Promised Neverland, the focus isn’t about the plot of any particular anime so much as how the anime shows the role of mothers. A fun post to read and one worth checking out.

Not what the post is about but an interesting anime mother-daughter relationship nonetheless.

Roger Pocock on The View From The Junkyard gives a lovely review of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. This one avoids going too heavily into spoilers but does address some of the key themes and conflicts that arise in the series. If you have never seen Anohana this may be a great review to read as it will probably prompt you to give it a go.

Tessa gives us a review of 07 Ghost which is an anime that isn’t often talked about, probably because the story is incomplete at the end of season one and there is no season two. Still, the season that exists is pretty good and this review certainly reminded me that this anime was a fun experience.

Anime Rants discusses Midnight Occult Civil Servants episodes 4 – 6 and looks at what works in the anime and what its weaknesses are. I’ve quite enjoyed it so far and it is nice to see a few other bloggers are keeping going with the series even if it isn’t going to be for everyone. If you haven’t check the anime out yet and want to know how it is going now that it has hit the mid-season, this post might be a good one to check out.

Reasons to Anime gives us 5 Reasons to Watch Shugo Chara and this is such a great post about an anime that doesn’t get anywhere near enough attention. If you’ve never heard of it, or if you are looking for a magical girl show that is a little bit different, then check out this post as it may convince you to give Shugo Chara a shot.

Aria shares their thoughts on Sarazanmai and how it is basically a magical boy show. Okay, the article is actually a lot more interesting than that and it raises some interesting points. Enough that it made me want to go and give this anime another look (I tried the first episode but it really didn’t grab me). Still, posts like this one make me curious about what might be.

The Fan of a Certain Age blog had a great post this week giving us ten anime about adults. While I will admit, I don’t mind the teenage focus a lot of anime have, it is actually always kind of refreshing to come across an anime with older characters. After reading this post I really think I’ll have to do a list of my own of anime I enjoy with adult characters. Anyway, this post is a great read and you should definitely check it out.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews shares his thoughts on the Code Geass movie and they are a bit more positive than the review I shared last week. That said, reading the plot description I’m still not sure the movie is for me and I’m going to happily just let it go, but if you wanted to know what the movie did right or what might appeal to you as a fan of the franchise, this post will point you in the right direction.

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Kapodaco reviews Katangatari and as a series I love that never gets discussed enough I urge you to check out this post before taking the plunge and watching the anime if you haven’t already. This review isn’t a straight rave without any acknowledgement of the series short-comings as it will outline the barriers to enjoyment clearly and early in the piece before coming back to explaining why you should watch it anyway. It’s a great post and one that should definitely be read.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #15

Another week in ani-blogging and this one has been fun, fun, fun. The give-away finished and a huge thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate my blog anniversary. I do want to give a big congratulations to Matt Doyle who was drawn first and Lethargic Ramblings as the runner up. Just as soon as I manage to align my work schedule with post office opening hours their prize will be in the mail. I do hope in the future I can run a better give-away but the figures are cute even in their unboxed state and I hope they enjoy them.

Also big news this week, Irina has come on board 100 Word Anime as a contributing author. At this stage we’re trying a few things and seeing how things work but I’m thrilled to have her along. As I mentioned in my goals for the future of the blog, for my fourth year of blogging I was looking to maybe expand the team beyond just me, but right before that post went out, Irina sent me a message with a proposal. So while it has happened sooner than expected, I am really happy and I’m so excited to be working with Irina and I’m hoping it all works out. If you missed her first post for 100 Word Anime be sure to check out the links below.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

Posts from the Community

  • Reasons To Anime gives us 3 reasons to skip Kaguya-Sama Love is War. While I will find a positive post to offset this given a large chunk of the community loved it, I personally really struggled watching it so I found it nice to find another blogger who equally had issues with the anime. Admittedly, our reasons for not getting into it don’t really align but I these three reasons interesting ones as they made me reconsider some of my thoughts on the anime. If you haven’t watched the anime and you are considering Kaguya-Sama, this is a nice post that offsets a lot of the praise and rave reviews and might offer a different perspective for you to consider.
Kaguya-Sama Episode 12 - Shinomiya crying
  • Alright, I know I said I would find a positive post but it seems most the people celebrating this show have already posted thoughts and now we’re getting reviews from people who were a little less thrilled by Kaguya-Sama Love is War. Anime Rants actually has a nice middle ground review sharing reasons for personally disliking while acknowledging some of the strengths of the season. If I come across a really positive review in the next week or so I’ll throw it in the next list because I know there are plenty out there (or you could throw a link in the comments if you have a positive review you think people should check out).
  • Jeko on UEM has an article questioning why people seem to think Shield Hero is supporting slavery. The post looks at the events surrounding Naofumi’s purchase and use of Raphtalia as a slave, the Kingdom’s attempt to ‘free’ Raphtalia, her choice to have the slave mark returned, and the most recent episodes where they freed other slaves from Raphtalia’s former owner. Obviously there are spoilers for the series so far but it is interesting looking at these scenes in detail as they really do get to the core of the relationship between Naofumi and Raphtalia.
  • Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has a post about reviews and he shares the thoughts of many ani-bloggers on twitter and what they think about reviews. It is a great post and a great insight into the community and their thoughts. Also just fun to reflect on your own thoughts about what should and shouldn’t be in a review and whether episode reviews are worth reading/writing or not. Definitely one to check out.
  • Crow’s World of Anime does its usual fantastic job as it looks at episode 5 of Fruits Basket. If you want to know exactly what is awesome about the episode then you definitely want to check out this review of it, however if you want to be surprised, and never saw the original or read the manga, watch the episode first and then go and celebrate by reading Crow’s post about it.
  • Mel in Anime Land shares some of their favourite manga and anime that have a western inspiration. Expect Alice in Wonderland (with a twist), Sherlock, Fairy Tales and all manner of other influences in this interesting list of titles.
  • Biblionyan shares 5 mediocre manga that they like to re-read. I’m going to be honest, I love re-reading fairly average books as well. There’s something relaxing and undemanding about them as long as they either have an interesting character or a plot that keeps moving. I do love reading good books, but mediocre is sometimes exactly what you are looking for.
  • Cosmosis has a write up about Towards the Terra and how it is space opera done right. Having not watched the anime I have no personal opinion about it, but I do know that reading this post made me very curious about it and I certainly will look out for this anime at some point in the future.

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  • Standing on my Neck gives us a run-down of the Code Geass Lelouch of the Resurrection movie and while the post is full of spoilers I say thank-you. Reading this has absolutely clarified for me that I do not want to watch any more of this franchise and I’ll just stick with the original two seasons that provided beautiful closure at the end of their run. The post likens this to what Disney is doing to Star Wars and really I can only agree. Just leave finished stories finished and audiences need to stop paying for substandard films just because they have a franchise name on them.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #14

Welcome back to business as mostly usual. Okay, it was my third blog anniversary week and I’m just getting back into daily blogging after going on vacation through most of April. That said, it was a great week and I found some great posts. We’re back with another round up of anime related blog posts as well as a summary of the week that was. Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

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  • Dave D’Alessio has an interesting read about Girls’ Last Tour and how it functions and its appeal. While it isn’t an overly long post, it does a great job identifying the strengths of the series and the type of story it is telling. If you haven’t checked out Girls’ Last Tour and if you are interested, this is a great post to check out.
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  • Artemis shares a bit of the history of the kancho, and while I thought it was weird before learning about its origins just makes me think it is even more weird that this is still a thing. Anyway, if you are looking to learn a little bit and are wanting a break from reviews and analysis of specific anime shows, this is a great post as it provides some context for something you’ve probably seen in anime and wondered just why that happened.
  • Biblionyan has a review of My Roommate is a Cat and it is just a delight to read. While I really enjoyed the anime, reading someone else’s thoughts on it and why they connected with it was fantastic and it does a great job of looking at the strengths of the series. The post is well worth reading so be sure to hop on over if you haven’t had the chance to yet.
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  • Jon Spencer Reviews gives us a look at Beautiful Bones and some of its visual and narrative similarities to Hyoka as well as what makes it distinct. It’s a fun post to read and does a great job highlighting some of the strengths and weaknesses of the series as well as identifying some of the points that may appeal to or put off an audience. Be sure to give it a read.
  • Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews shares his thoughts on Love Chunibyou and Other Delusions: Take on Me and it just made me remember that I still need to see it. While he points out some of the problems with the movie, there are a lot of positives identified and it is just a nice discussion about the movie and what works, what doesn’t, and gives an overall impression. If you are thinking about the movie, this will be a good post to check out.
  • Lynn Sheridan has a review of Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in A Dungeon that is well worth the read whether you love the series or are totally new to it and are just interested in what an anime with a title that long has to offer. I definitely recommend this anime and Lynn’s review will probably give you some great reasons to go and check it out so be sure to read the post.

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  • Takuto has a beautiful post dedicated to the amazing cast of Run With the Wind and what each of them brings to the story and the team. It was a fantastic anime to watch and here each of the character’s is given their moment to shine through the sharing of their contribution to the amazing viewing experience. Great post.

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