In Case You Missed It

Hey all. It’s June and I am now getting super excited because at the end of this month I am doing some travel (some personal, some family and some work all just kind of following one another). Originally it was going to be two weeks but pretty much, looking at my schedule, I’m not going to be reviewing seasonal anime from pretty much the end of June through to July 22nd. The blog is still going to have daily content though some of my weekly posts (like this one) will also take a break. Still, I’m working really hard to schedule some great posts and I will be checking in on the blog and replying to comments and I should (for most of the various trips) have sufficient internet access to visit everyone’s blogs so I won’t just be vanishing. I’m also going to run my responses to the 30 Day Anime Challenge while I’m away given I’ve put off that challenge more than long enough and it is a good chance to do it.

Outside of that, this week is business as usual and as always I found some really great posts out there. Below are links to some of the great posts I came across but as always feel free to add a link in the comments below to a post you feel needs some attention. I will admit, My Hero Academia kind of took out a lot of the posts this week because episode 22 (or season 2 episode 9 depending on how you are counting), kind of blew everyone away and some of the posts that have been written about it are fantastic.

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. After I get back from this bit of scheduled travel in July, my plan is to finish a video post by September that I’m not completely ashamed of and to put it up on the Patreon site for feedback so that I can continue to work towards maybe producing video content for the blog. I’ve been playing with a few things at the moment but nothing that will be finished before I go on this trip and to be honest, if I’m going to move to content in addition to written posts, I kind of want it to not suck. End shameless self-promotion.

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Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has a nice discussion about SukaSuka or World End or whatever you want to call it. Pretty much mixed feelings being experienced while watching it which I totally get given it seems like I love every second episode and then am kind of indifferent to the next one. It’s a strange viewing experience.

Something a bit fun from KurumiShim, 8 Handsome Anime Characters You Obsessed With Over 15 Years Ago. This was a great list and some of these characters were a real blast from the past. Worth checking out for a smile.

Not an anime post but a movie review from CSRadical on Colossal. I hadn’t heard of this movie but reading this I kind of want to check it out, though I’m not really expecting to enjoy it. Anyway, I really liked this post so if you are curious about the movie, check it out.

Keiko’s Anime Blog has a great write up about My Hero Academia episode 9, just in case my gushing entry last week wasn’t enough. It was really great reading posts about this episode last week given how much impact the episode had on me.

Following on from that Schizoidmouse Squeaks also has a post on My Hero Academia that focusses on that episode (though also looks at the lead up to it). It was another post that was very enjoyable to read after watching the episode.

And a slightly different take on the episode, Remy Fool looks at the inclusion of discriminatory notions in My Hero Academia and other anime. This post picks up on those comments by the crowd during the duel as well as issues of bullying in the series. Definitely a great read.

Continuing the My Hero Academia love is Anime & Anime who looks at the idea of heroic attitude.  I love how many different posts came out of this one episode and the different takes people took on it even while pretty much everyone agrees, it was an awesome episode. Anyway, this post is one to most definitely check out.

Alright, one more post on My Hero Academia from Snap Thirty. It’s a fun post to read and looks at how cool this episode was and the characters are and how even when the show is busy being cool it never forgets to progress its plot. Well worth the read.

D from D Talks Anime has started their watch of Another and gives their thoughts on episode 1. As a major fan of horror anime, I’m really looking forward to seeing how they go with this watch and to following their posts.

The Anime Accord this week shared their top 10 Anime clichés. We’ve seen all of these many times before and its fun reading lists like these because you remember all the anime that follow these particular trends and patterns.

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In Case You Missed It

Hey everyone. Well, my anniversary week is finally done and I had a great time. Hopefully you will all still be with me next year when I celebrate 2 years blogging. For now, check out some great posts that I’ve found on other blogs and as always, feel free to add a link to some great content in the comments below.

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. Thanks to my patrons who already support this site. End shameless self-promotion.

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I had to share this post from Kapodaco as they share their thoughts on NHK’s Top 100 Anime list. I’m not sure whether seeing the placement of some titles on the list or Kapodaco’s reaction to them was more entertaining but this was a great post to read. (Minor language warning for the post.)

Shokamoka’s Blog of Wonders has a write up on Tales of Zestiria the X specifically looking at episode 25. While they start off poking fun (as the title of the post suggests) at some of the sillier moments in the episode, they then focus in on what the episode did well. It is an interesting read and looks really at the strengths and weaknesses of the series as a whole as captured by that final episode. Worth checking out (though clearly spoilers given it is a final episode write up).

I know I’ve had quite a few from this blog lately, but here’s another post from Keiko’s Anime Blog this time sharing their thoughts on Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2. They are quite critical of this second season and a lot of their thoughts kind of echo my own frustrations with this second season.

Two Girls Gaming have a review of Persona 5. I haven’t played the game but I’ve seen a lot of write ups about it as well as various comments on twitter and now it seems people are finally giving full reviews. They do claim minor spoilers for the review.

Kimmie Kawaii shares some very cool cosplay photos from a convention that she attended. I love seeing the dedication of some fans, whether it is anime or superheroes, people who go all out on a costume are always impressive.

Bardic Impulses takes a look at Science in Mass Effect: Andromeda looking at both how it was used well and some moments where over simplifications occur. It’s a different take on the game from the usual reviews so worth checking out and raises some interesting points.

Railgunfan75 has a list of their Top 5 Movies based on anime series. While I’m terrible for not getting around to the films of many anime series, a few that I’ve seen and enjoyed made it on to this list and it was just reading the reasoning behind the choices. Great read.

The Anime Prince talks about Granblue Fantasy and the useless flying sidekick in the room in the form of Vyrn. Mostly in the way that he is contributing nothing to the show. I didn’t much like Vyrn but I hadn’t given him enough thought to realise you could literally erase him from every scene and lose nothing except a pink, floating creature. Interesting post.

Prattle offers us 6 White Lies Viewers Say About the Spring Season. It is a great list of lines you will hear in almost any forum for discussing anime and Prattle gives great reasons why, even if you like or dislike a show, the statement being made probably isn’t as accurate or definite as the person stating it might like it to be. Well worth reading and thinking about how people discuss anime.

Lastly, D Talks Anime shares their favourite scenes from Attack on Titan season 1. It’s a great list packed with some of the best moments from the show. As we’re all kind of glued to season 2 at the moment, it is a nice reminder as to why, even with some of the flaws, Attack on Titan is still kind of awesome.

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Tuesday’s Top 5: Anniversary Special – Top 5 Blog Posts

As part of the 1 year anniversary special posts, my Top 5 this week looks at my favourite 5 posts that I have written since starting the blog. By favourite I am looking at the posts I had fun writing or discussing and I’ll explain my reasons in the list below. This was an enormously hard list to narrow down but I had a great time revisiting old posts (and flinching a little at just how many typos I let slip through particularly when I’m tired).

I’d love to know which post you liked the most on my site or what you would like to see more (or less) of. Please feel free to comment below.

Please Note – There are no spoilers this week.

Honourable mentions this week go to:

Number 5: Natsume Yuujincho Series Review

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This one is actually a review of the first 4 seasons of Natsume after I did a rewatch in preparation for season 5’s release last year. I genuinely love Natsume as an anime and I really enjoy writing about it so this post was just really fun to write as it made me think about all those moments in the show that made me smile and the reasons I loved it so much. Admittedly, this isn’t the most critical of reviews and could probably use a do-over at some point, but that’s fine. I’ll take the excuse to revisit Natsume any day.

Number 4: Friday’s Feature – On Overpowered MC’s

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This post was kind of written in protest to the ongoing criticism of shows that the MC was overpowered. I happen to like strong and competent main characters so simply telling me that the main character is crazy strong is not actually going to deter me from watching or enjoying a show. While I respect the opinion that many people have that an overly strong main character does take some tension from certain parts of the narrative, I feel this feature kind of points out why a blanket declaration that overpowered MC’s are bad is probably not the best approach to take either. Anyway, it was fun to write simply because I just wanted to get that idea out there and feel I’d had my say on the issue.

Number 3: Assassination Classroom Episode 46

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Okay, don’t click on the link if you are worried about spoilers for Assassination Classroom. This is the second last episode and there’s a clear spoiler warning on the post for a reason. This was a post I had to write. No filter, no rewrite, just get the words down. The episode hit me that hard emotionally I just had to get it out and writing the post really helped in stepping back from the events and thinking about the show a little bit more objectively.

Number 2: Friday’s Feature – Beneath the Squeals What is Driving Yuri on Ice Fans

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While I could easily have filled this list with my Top 5 Yuri on Ice posts I decided to limit myself to just one and of all the episode reviews, lists, discussions and features that have focussed on Yuri on Ice, this is my favourite. The show hadn’t ended but it gave me a chance to reflect on what was actually drawing me into this show (amazingly enough good looking anime guys isn’t actually enough of a reason for me to keep watching a show – not that it hurts). Anyway, mostly I just loved writing about this anime and there are probably more Yuri On Ice themed posts in my future.

Number 1: Tuesday’s Top 5: Totally Narcissistic Characters

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Okay, this list was never intended to be taken seriously but it list my favourite narcissists from anime. It was great fun to write and some of these characters are hilarious. This may not be the best post I’ve written, but as I said at the start this list was about posts I had fun writing. I must admit, the more odd my list topic is, the more fun I have writing it.

Over to you: Which posts or topics do you like on 100 Word Anime? What don’t you like so much?


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In Case You Missed It

Another super busy week (even with a public holiday in Australia). Still, I managed to get to everything, including checking out some great blogs. Below I’ve linked to some great posts that I found during the week. As always, feel free to share a link in the comments below.

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. Thanks to my patrons who already support this site. End shameless self-promotion.

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Mechanical Anime Reviews has a fairly insightful post about Kado: The Right Answer and some of the issues with its approach to narrative, as well as why it is kind of great. Well worth reading.

Weekend Otaku has finished viewing and reviewing Your Lie in April so if you missed any of these beautifully written posts that will break your heart nearly as much as the anime you can check out all 22 of them. This was a great project and I know a lot of us enjoyed following along with this viewing.

From Keiko’s Anime Blog we have an episode review of Attack on Titan Season 2 Episode 4. This episode was what tipped this show into a must watch for me, and it seems like I am not alone in having really enjoyed the episode. This is a nice review to check out if you don’t want spoilers from the manga but just want to know why the episode was great. There’s also a great write up on episode 4 of Akashic Records of a Bastard Magical Instructor that I found summed up the episode and the series so far pretty well.

The same episode of Attack on Ttian is covered by D, a little more spoilery though attempts to keep it spoiler free. There’s definitely a lot packed into this episode and it got a lot of people talking.

Mechanical Anime Reviews has a write up of some of the anime of Spring 2017 and on leaving the Light Novel Stigma behind. Its a great post and addresses an issue a lot of anime fans have which is the number of terrible light novel adaptations leaving us with little tolerance for new titles, but we also need to remember some are worth trying.

All Andrealinia asks Does the Opening Sequence Matter in a post that gets us all to think about whether we are watching all those openings or not and why or why not. A great post to check out if you missed it during the week.

Schizoidmouse Squeaks shares their favourite Bleach Openings (the nostalgia hit hard while reading this post). If you are a Bleach fan of any sort you should check out this post. Great fun to read.

Evil Geek Cult discusses the use of horror in video games and looks at how easy it would be for the Elder Scrolls to become a horror game. Interesting thought, and I’d really like to play that. Well worth the read if you are into either gaming or horror or just like speculating about what could be.

Anime Corps had an interesting editorial called Obligated Entertainment. They were thinking about the number of anime references they use within articles and whether that made it too difficult for newcomers to really get the points coming across and why so many references were even being used. It’s an interesting discussion and a fun read.

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Welcome to the Anniversary: 100 Word Anime Turns 1

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We’re finally here. May 1st 2017, which means I have officially kept this blog going for 12 months which is about 11 months more than I expected when I first started, and I’m really not seeing any end in sight. I’m hooked on blogging and I love the online anime community. Which is why I decided to take an entire week to celebrate my blog and to reflect on how the year has gone. If you would like the full post schedule for the week of anniversary posts, check it out here.

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Firstly, I want to thank all of my followers, particularly those who take the time to like and comment on my posts. It really is kind of daunting when you first start a blog and you are putting your thoughts out there. There’s this question of whether or not anybody is going to read what you write, whether they’ll like it, whether they’ll hate it, whether it is exactly the same as everything else already out there, and if you think about it for too long you can paralyse yourself and end up never hitting the publish button. However, since starting the blog I’ve met some incredible people, mostly other bloggers, who share a passion for anime and are incredibly supportive. Even when there are disagreements about opinions, the conversation is usually lively and entertaining rather than negative (there’s always a few exceptions though). Basically, blogging over the past 12 months has been an incredibly rewarding experience because of my amazing followers and so I cannot say thank-you enough.

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There are however six followers I’d like to give an extra-special thank-you to. A while back I asked for volunteers to participate in my anniversary with the condition that they take time out of their busy schedules to write 100 words about anime or my blog. Over the next week, each of these fantastic people are getting their own featured post but in the meantime, if you aren’t following them already, you should definitely check out their blogs because they are all well worth reading and following. The other thing they all have in common is that they are all highly active participants in the online anime community so if your reason for blogging is to connect with other fans, this is a good place to start.

Additionally, I have to thank my patrons. I started on patreon in January and I am really thankful for the support these guys have offered. My current goal is $500 a month, which I’m a long way off, however that goal exists because at that point I will be able to shift roles in my real world job which will give me more time to develop content for my blog. Long term I want to look at some video and audio based blogs but at the moment I’m not happy with what I can produce in the time I have available to me and I’d rather not put out substandard content so am sticking with text based posts (which mostly aren’t substandard although there are a few exceptions). Still, I am continuing to work toward this goal and I greatly appreciate the people who are getting behind 100 Word Anime. Hopefully I can produce something video related that I don’t hate later this year.

So, some basic facts about 100 Word Anime and how it has gone over the last year. I know that May 2016 disappeared off the timeline this morning, but I have posted every single day for the entire 12 months that 100 Word Anime has existed. Mostly 3 posts a day, but since the spring season started, some days I have 4 posts scheduled due to my large watch list. Just as an update though, in July I am taking 2 weeks off from episodic reviews. There will still be daily posts during that period but I won’t be reviewing currently streaming anime and will catch up on any new shows and episodes at the end of those 2 weeks (everyone needs some down time occasionally).Posting Frequency.JPGDuring the 12 months I have posted 1,158 posts apparently and overall views and visitors are as seen below.

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Lastly, April was my best month with the blog getting 7000 views.

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All of that brings me to goals for the next 12 months.

  1. Actually post some sort of video content that isn’t dribble on the blog (hopefully I can achieve this goal though this is the one I am most iffy about).
  2. I’d like to hit 10,000 views in a single month. I think that is a reasonable growth expectation in the next 12 months.
  3. Continue to post daily.
  4. Find more ways to engage the anime community in conversation and to interact with my followers (working on this though suggestions are welcome).
  5. Most important – continue to have a lot of fun with anime and with the blog.

Thanks for joining me for the anniversary of 100 Word Anime and hopefully you check out the other anniversary posts as they come out this week. I’ve really had a fantastically rewarding 12 months since starting the blog and I’m looking forward to another year. Hopefully, you will all still be with me when I’m celebrating my 2nd anniversary.


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In Case You Missed It

Not a lot happened this week, other than most people now have a consolidated watch list for the season. A brief reminder that next Monday is 100 Word Anime’s 1 year anniversary (though I have anniversary posts scheduled all week because why not). Hopefully you will all join me in celebration.

Below I’ve linked to some great posts I found this week. As always, feel free to add a link in the comments to any posts you feel deserve a bit more attention (preferably anime related).

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. Thanks to my patrons who already support this site. End shameless self-promotion.

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Seasonal Prattle continues to give us some very fun quizzes and this week we got to find out which My Hero Academia character we are. While I’m not exactly convinced of the result on this one, I love taking Prattle’s quizzes and the results are always entertaining to discuss in the comments. If you haven’t checked out any of these quizzes, or Prattle’s other excellent posts, you should definitely make some time to visit the site.

Sakura Sunrise has an interesting post (part 1) asking Is Bones The Best Animation Studio In The World. While I’m not big on following particular studios, I really do enjoy a lot of Bones’ anime releases (with a few exceptions) so I enjoyed reading through their reasoning. If you didn’t come across this post during the week you should check it out.

Shoujo Princess shares a list of 10 Anime You Can Watch With Your Boyfriend. I really enjoyed reading this because their reasoning for each inclusion on the list is well thought out. Not to mention, while I have a handful of people who watch anime with me, they’ve all got different tastes and preferences so finding a range of anime and ways of selling them to different viewers is always helpful.

Psychime has an interesting post about Why Bakugo is My Hero. It’s an interesting look at the somewhat brash and regularly confrontational Bakugo in My Hero Academia. Well worth reading if you watched season 1 or are thinking about it.

The Alfredeo Blog has a list of their top 15 songs from Love Live. As I haven’t watched the show and have no familiarity with any of the music, I have no opinion on the placement of things on this list, however, it is a fun list to read and I loved reading the reasons for each song being on the list. So fans of the show should check out this post.

From Anime Reviewer Girl there is a 3 Life Lessons Reinforced by Anime. If you haven’t visited Anime Reviewer Girl before she mostly posts videos on a single topic where she discusses her thoughts. Very fun to listen to.

Archi-Anime had a great post this week on Townsperson B: Hitoka Yachi from Haikyuu. While I’m not finished watching Haikyuu yet, Hitoka was quite a welcome addition to the cast during season 2 and this post neatly highlights some of what she brings to the show.

For those who enjoy Prattle’s quizzes, or haven’t tried them yet, last week they had a quiz that let you find out if you could make a hit anime this season. It was pretty fun to play with and got you thinking about the shows that are doing well or might do well this season.

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In Case You Missed It

So Spring started (or at least the Spring anime season did given I’m getting ready for Winter). How was that for a first week? Yeah, I’m still figuring out my opinion on the new season as well. There’s a lot of hype around some of the shows coming out so I guess the question becomes whether it is worth it. In the meanwhile, I found some great posts from some great bloggers and I’ve shared the links below. Feel free to give a shout out to a post you liked (or wrote) in the comments.

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. Thanks to my patrons who already support this site. End shameless self-promotion.

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Cauthan Reviews takes on March Comes in Like a Lion in this review. If you missed sangatsu over the last two seasons, I really recommend checking out this post.

Atelier Emily has a look at the first episode of Alice & Zoroku and looks at some of the visual issues as well as the references. I’m still on the fence with this anime, and I am enjoying reading other people’s takes on the first episode.

Artemis from Otaku Lounge gives their anime awards from 2016 (I really love some of their category names). This was a great read through, particularly their reasons for each award.

All Adrealinia has a great post about ACCA and why it is fun to watch even while acknowledging that it isn’t for everyone. If you haven’t checked out ACCA this is a short review and really highlights the strength of the show’s choices in story telling.

Contrasting this, Criticism and Thoughts has an equally interesting post about ACCA but is a little bit more critical. At this point I kind of feel ACCA is this seasons replacement for Yuri on Ice in terms of an anime I’ve loved reading posts about. Somehow I don’t think ACCA posts will hang around as long which is a shame because there’s some really good discussion happening about this anime.

The Only Shinyuu Site has a review of Red Data Girl. This is a series I don’t see much on (not that it is an amazing series but it is kind of interesting) so I was pleasantly surprised to come across this review. It’s also fairly fair in calling the show out on some of its weaker elements.

Neetaku Rants has a rant about Ash and Misty but it offers some compelling evidence that these two kids should have gotten together. Actually, quite a bit of compelling evidence. It’s an interesting read at any rate and worth checking out.

The Anime Prince checked out Hand Shakers and gave their quite informative and detailed view on the issues with the visuals on the series. Definitely a better post than the usual rant against Hand Shakers and worth checking out.

I had to add this post from D Talks Anime on Yuri from Yuri on Ice. It’s an awesome post on a topic I love hearing about and talking about. If you haven’t had your fill of Yuri on Ice posts, here is one to check out that focusses on character.

And while we’re on Yuri on Ice, I also have to share Arria’s post from Fujinsei which gives us 10 Signs That You’ve Watch Too Much Yuri on Ice. The worst part about this mock list is that I’m probably guilty of 5 of them, but whichever way, it was great to read and also reminded me once again about all the fun things in Yuri on Ice.

Lastly, Weekend Otaku is rewatching Your Lie in April for April and is posting episodic thoughts. If you haven’t been on board already you can check out the posts so far here.

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In Case You Missed It

And the week has finally come to a close and I’m very thankful for that. It has been busy. I’m expecting some internet interruptions over the next couple of weeks so if I suddenly disappear for a day that’s why (most of my posts should still go out as scheduled). Below is the round up of posts that caught my eye this week. Admittedly, I’ve been pretty slack about saving links this week (as I said, busy). As always, if you’ve got a great post or know of one that deserves a shout out, feel free to add a link in the comments below.

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. Thanks to my patrons who already support this site. End shameless self-promotion.

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Wave Motion Canon takes on Scum’s Wish episode 11 and they do take it on. After so many positive reviews from so many people early in the season, a lot of viewers seem to have hit a tipping point in the last couple of weeks. I really wish I’d been able to watch this one as the conversation around where it is going has been quite entertaining to watch play out.

Lethargic Ramblings takes a look at why Yuri on Ice is not a romance. It’s an opinion shared by quite a few people who’ve seen the show and it is regularly shouted down by Victuri fans, though it is certainly a valid way to view the show. I love the ongoing discussions around Yuri on Ice and the different ways people have taken it.

While not anime related, Cain S Latrani takes a look at Marvel’s Iron Fist. I’m still on the fence about whether to give this a shot so I’ve been enjoying reading the various views around the show.

A final episode review from Kevin Pennyfeather on ACCA. Spoilers abound but you would expect that from a review of a final episode, and he does a great job of bringing everything together in this review.

And on the note of final episode reviews, I have to share Seasonal Prattle’s review of the final episode of Hand Shakers. Prattle nicely explains everything I hated about this episode but does it so much better than I did (I was in too much of a foul mood to be particularly articulate in my review). Again, its a review of a final episode so spoilers, but as I wouldn’t recommend this to my worst enemy you may as well enjoy a fun review of it.

Playing With Thoughts asks why game developers don’t try harder with stories. It’s a question that is raised regularly as people discuss the merits, or lack of them, in regards to the stories of some of the big title games. Worth a look.

Psychime has a really interesting post that looks at who the bad guy of Madoka Magica actually is. Given I recently looked at this anime series from the point of view of why it isn’t really a magical girl series, this post really got me thinking again about the anime and all the ways it manages to distinguish itself from shows that have a similar feel but somehow miss the point. Anyway, its an interesting post that makes you really think about the characters and what they achieve in the series (and the movies) and is certainly worth a read.

Lastly, a post from D Talks Anime on Natsume Yuujinchou. This post takes a look at the central character, Natsume, and the many relationships he has formed throughout the 5 seasons to date. It’s a well written post that reminded me once again just why I love this anime so much and why I’m excited its getting a 6th season. If you haven’t watched the show, you really should read this post and then go check it out (start at season 1).

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Reflections on March

March has been a crazy, crazy month with both some very good things happening and some things I’d rather forget. As always, I’m going to look back on the month that was before thinking about what’s coming in April.

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Firstly, the highlights for March which included both my 1000th post and my 1000th follower. I was definitely very excited hitting both of those land marks this month and they really helped me keep things together on the blog even when the real world decided to try to knock me down (a lot).

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Secondly, quite a few people have offered to help me out with my 1 year blog anniversary which comes up on May 1st. If you are still interested in being a part of that check out my post and the comments on the 1000th follower post and a reminder that if you are participating please try to send me your write up by April 22 to give me time to put the posts together. I know we’re all busy, but that’s why I’ve tried to give people plenty of notice and I am really happy that people are wanting to be involved.

On the blog anniversary, my plans at this stage include featuring various followers over the course of the week and the great work they do, because the ani-blogging community on WordPress is awesome and there are so many great bloggers who have supported me as I’ve attempted to figure out what I’m doing. I’m also going to post some reflections about what I’ve learned during my first year of blogging during that week and I’m also looking back at some of my earlier posts and why I probably need to rewrite them. So May is going to start out really fun because May last year when I set up the blog I kind of thought it was a fun exercise and all but nothing much would come of it. I honestly did not expect to find so many people to talk to and I certainly never expected to reach 1000 followers.

Other than the upcoming blog anniversary, I don’t really have a lot of plans at this stage. Obviously we’re about to hit the Spring anime season and I am really keen to see some of the new shows (and to see which ones I can actually watch).

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I’m also writing up my reviews on the full series that I’ve just finished in Winter. Though from the number of shows I dropped, I don’t have that many shows to review in full this time.

I’m continuing my flow watch of Haikyuu and Hunter x Hunter. I’ve really enjoyed these and I’m glad I finally took the plunge and gave them a go. I have just realised I’ll have to switch from AnimeLab to Crunchyroll when I get to the end of season 2 of Haikyuu because the short 3rd season isn’t currently on AnimeLab. The reason I’m sad about that is AnimeLab definitely streams better when my internet is dropping out than Crunchyroll.

As for posts in March, tragically, my short first impressions of OneRoom was among my most viewed. admittedly, the 1000 posts and followers were actually the most viewed this month, but OneRoom was pretty close. I did get a lot of positive feedback about my series of features this month on conflict  which has made me start thinking about possible other themes for features in later months. I’m not going to rush into another series so April will just be some fairly random topics or things that catch my interest and with the anniversary in May I’m not really looking for anything else there, but maybe June. I’ll see if I think of something I want to write about over a series of weeks. No point otherwise.

Anyway, as always, I want to thank everyone who has been coming along on this journey with me over the last 11 months (even if you’ve only recently joined). It’s continued to be a very positive and fun experience blogging about anime (and all the other stuff that’s started to creep in recently).


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In Case You Missed It

Another week, another round up of anime related posts. Seriously, other than work (and finishing off the winter season of anime) I haven’t been up to much so nothing really to share this week. As always, if you have a post that you think needs a shout out (or know of one) feel free to add the link in the comments below.

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. Thanks to my patrons who already support this site. End shameless self-promotion.

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Caffeineted Telescopes gives us a brilliant post about the world building of ACCA and the small (and more obvious) details that have helped to craft a rich viewing experience. Okay, I’ll probably read anything about ACCA at this point, but this post really stood out to me because it really does zero in on one of the things that has made viewing the show so much fun. Definitely a post to check out this week if you didn’t come across it already.

The Mind of the Hybrid One gives us a review of  [C] Control which is not an anime I see reviewed very often, or even hear much about which is a shame because it is kind of unique in its own (not terribly good) way. Still, if you are looking for an anime with a slightly different take on the battle genre than you might want to check out the review as the anime has a pretty cool premise even if the execution is questionable.

Weekly Motion Canon takes a closer look at episode 10 of Scum’s Wish and the ramifications of nebulous character motivation. I’m not watching this series as I don’t have access, but I’ve loved following along as others have watched it and shared their thoughts. I really like this post though because it made me think about how I would feel watching the show after the reveals of the episode. Anyway, for those watching, and those just interested, its an interesting post to read.

D Talks Anime is currently doing episodic reviews of Knights of Sidonia. It’s kind of been fun reliving the series as he watches, though I really don’t have any desire to rewatch this myself.

Cain S Latrani shares their thoughts on Bakuman. They highlight the positives and some of the problems with the series so if you’ve been thinking of checking it out, or never heard of it, this is a post well worth reading.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers share their thoughts on Kuromukuro. I’ve been trying to decide whether to give this one a look or not on Netflix for awhile so I really enjoyed reading their summary of it and their thoughts.

Lethargic Ramblings gives us a great post about what makes a villain interesting to them. As I also love well crafted (or at least slightly more dynamic) villains, I really enjoyed this post.

Sebastian’s Blog has a great post on Hachiman from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and his cynicism. I’m a big fan of this character and his cynical nature and the way it is presented and played off against the other characters, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post.

That’s all from me.


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