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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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Celebrate the end of another week and a new beginning as we move firmly into the Summer Anime season. As always, I’ve found so many really great posts over the last week and below are some links to a few that really caught my eye, however I’d love for you to share a link if there’s a post you want to give a shout out to.

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Mythos from the Backloggers shared a bit of a personal post about the importance of seeing our homes in media. He looked specifically at Fallout and its depiction of West Virginia and it was a really great post to read. Okay, not anime related, but I love the Fallout games and this was such a well written post that I just had to have it on the list this week.

Mistress of Yaoi tells us that Banana Fish isn’t Yaoi but it is still Awesome in a post that looks at the first episode, some of the reaction to it, and also recommends a manga for those who are looking for something similar to read. A great post to check out if you are curious at all about the anime.

AhNeeMeh looks at some anime titles that have been either mistranslated or changed when translated into English. I really enjoy reading posts where I also learn a little, or am pushed to actually use some of my Japanese and so I found this post interesting because usually I don’t try to translate Japanese titles but some of these it should have been obvious that the English wasn’t right if I’d thought about it.

Umai Yomu Anime Blog has a review of season 2 of Nanatsu no Taizai (or the Seven Deadly Sins). While I watched season 1, I wasn’t really feeling a return to these characters but I’ve enjoyed reading some of the reviews around the episodes and now that its done I’m enjoying reading how people feel about it overall. Maybe one day I’ll get around to watching it, but in the meantime if you want to know what it is all about and how this season is different from season 1, this is a great review to check out.

Yuri Nation looks at Ikuno from Darling in the Franxx and why she isn’t a tragedy but a hero. With all the controversy around Darling in the Franxx it is sometimes easy to overlook some of the things that went well in the series, and this post looks at Ikuno’s character in a fairly positive way, highlighting one of the reasonably successful character arcs in the story as well as how a gay character has been represented.

A Piece of Anime has a review of Darling in the Franxx that looks at the show’s early successes and then some of the ways it unravelled toward the end. Through this they look at the themes the anime initially seemed to be developing and the way these were handled, or not handled, as the show progresses. For those who have avoided Franxx drama this review might be a bit spoilery but it will give you an overall impression of what the show does and doesn’t do.

Jon Spencer does a retrospective on the WIXOSS franchise giving a brief overview of each of the four seasons. It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows Jon that he’s a fan of the series and now that Lostorage Conflated Wixoss has essentially wrapped up all plausible loose ends, it is a great time for reflection on the series as a whole.

Irina muses on what makes a good review and generated a lot of blogger discussion. This is something that all anime reviewers should have a read of and the comments and get involved in the discussion. A nice reflection post to generate community conversation that allows everyone to think about their practice. Thanks Irina.

Over on BlazTavern, Tanteikid wrote a response to a post I wrote awhile ago asking the question of what happens when you get tired of anime (or rather why I don’t think that will happen). I really enjoyed reading someone else’s perspective on this and it was a great post to come across this week.

Otaku, She Wrote has a really brilliant analysis of the second episode of Banana Fish out this week. Okay, spoiler heavy if you haven’t watched the episode but a really detailed breakdown of what happened in the episode and the symbolism used in each scene and sequence. A really great post to check out this week if you are watching Banana Fish.

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Frog-Kun gets into the inherent problem behind the conceit of one person coming in to a historical or fantasy setting and fixing it in their post ‘How a Not So Realit Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom on Privilege and Hubris‘. It is an interesting post to read as it clearly identifies an issue with the basic premise of all such stories, yet I think most of us were already aware that modern knowledge or not, we aren’t going to save a kingdom (just look at the world we live in the problems we’ve created as a society and do very little to fix to know that the average person is not exactly enlightened even if we understand a little bit more about the world). I really enjoyed this post as it is so clear in its explanation and arguments and it is something worth thinking about both in literature and in the real world.

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For those who missed it, I am now back from my short break and ready to get into the Summer Anime season. That said, I didn’t exactly get around to reading much last week so unfortunately, no links to share.

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I do want to thank everyone who sent me good wishes as the last couple of months have been a little bit rough health wise, and I am hopeful that the break has done me a world of good. I’m pretty fired up at the moment for the new anime season and am really looking forward to doing some catch-up anime viewing and checking out everyone’s blogs this week.

While I was away, I did some re-posted reviews so if you missed them the links are below. As always, feel free to give a shout out to a post you think deserves some attention from last week in the comments below. It would be great if you could let me know what I should try to catch up on.

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It’s a bit short compared to my normal week, but that’s all that happened for me. Looking forward to getting back into it this week.


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And we’re finally starting the new week. I’m going to be honest, this post was scheduled before I left and I am now on break. I will be back on the 8th of July but I obviously won’t have an In Case You Missed It post next week as I won’t have read anything to share. I hope everyone has a great week and I hope you enjoy the posts I found last week that I’ve shared below.

Reminders:

  1. Thanks to people who have sent me some more questions for my Inquiring Minds series. This will pick up again once I’m back from my break. If you want to be a part of the series or have a question for me complete the two question survey here. The second question is optional, but if you answer it I will provide the name of the person who asked the question and link back to your blog when I respond. Questions can be about anything though I may not answer it if it is too personal. So far I’ve answered every question so we’ll see how we go.

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Kawaii Paper Pandas shares their favourite openings and endings from the Spring anime season this week counting them down and explaining their reasons. Lists are always fun and when they include the music clip and good explanations they make for a great read. Be sure to check it out and share your favourite OP’s and ED’s of the season.

The Anime Glutton shares their rankings for the Spring 2018 season and they weren’t exactly impressed by what was on offer (a feeling shared fairly largely by a number of viewers this season). That said, if you want to check out what they recommended and what they didn’t and why, be sure to see the post.

The Luminous Mongoose discusses Anzu from Hinamatsuri and her journey as a character and why that made her the best girl. While I still haven’t seen this series it has been heavily recommended to me and I’m going to get to it soonish. This post was great fun to read, though people who aren’t fans of spoilers may find it a bit too detailed. I quite enjoyed reading it.

Cactus Matt takes on a twenty question review of Citrus and looks at some of the problems with the romance but also some of the good things about the series. This is another anime I haven’t watched so don’t really have a comment on (given I dropped it at the second episode) but I quite enjoyed reading this review.

Arthifis shares another lesson for bloggers, this time on how to get Google to pay attention to your blog. Be sure to check out this post if you are a blogger and read the information as for a lot of bloggers, getting found is one of the hardest hurdles to overcome.

Anime Madhouse takes on Amnesia the anime and reviews it, and the end result is pretty amusing providing you didn’t much like the anime or the heroine. I will put a spoiler warning on the post though because he does detail each route the anime covers and more or less how it concludes. Still, if you put yourself through watching Amnesia and found yourself asking why the heroine had no personality, this post will probably give you a few laughs. Clearly I didn’t think much of Amnesia either and my thoughts can be found here.

Marshmellow Pastel looks at A Certain Scientific Railgun and competent mediocrity in storytelling. It looks at the fact that while something may not be great that doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy it. Anyway, it ends up being a kind of fun review and one I’m glad I stumbled across this week.

Juju over on Soul Chain blog looks at the idea of community in Tari Tari and presents a passionate and interesting post that is relevant to all whether you’ve watched the anime or not, though knowledge of the anime would probably be an advantage here. Be sure to check this one out.

Kat Stark continues to share some interesting make-overs and this week she has one inspired by Midoriya from My Hero Academia. It is a fantastic step by step guide with a great final photo (she looks amazing). Be sure to check it out, and if you are interested she’s shared some fantastic Harry Potter inspired make-overs as well.

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Jenn from Welcome to Hell Zone is doing a rewatch of Revolutionary Girl Utena and at episode one decided to ask the question of what on earth Utena is wearing and why. It leads into quite an interesting post that then points fingers at other anime protagonists who seemingly just wear whatever they want to. I was reading this post just expected a usual recap of the first episode and ended up very much drawn into the discussion around the characters. Well worth a read if you missed it this week.

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

Reminders:

  1. It is time to vote for the best and worst of the season for Spring 2018, so be sure to hop on over to the post, cast your votes, and please help share the poll as the more the merrier. Poll closes June 30.
  2. Also, my Inquiring Minds series of posts has gone for 23 weeks now and I’m finally starting to run low on questions from readers, so just reminding you that if you have a question for me to answer, please complete the two question survey here. The second question is optional, but if you answer it I will provide the name of the person who asked the question and link back to your blog when I respond. Questions can be about anything though I may not answer it if it is too personal. So far I’ve answered every question so we’ll see how we go.

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But Why Tho? looks at Geek Romance in Wotakoi. Now, I don’t have access to that anime, but some of the reviews have been very positive and in the poll for best of the season it is going quite well, so I enjoyed reading this and finding out more about the appeal of the anime. Great read.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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In Case You Missed It

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

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

Reminders:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thanks for reading.

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In Case You Missed It

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

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

Also:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pick of the Week

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

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


Thanks for reading.

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