I got some good news this week. After bemoaning that normally the anime films only come to Spokane or Seattle, I learned Weathering with You is actually playing right here, in the town I live in. So I don’t need to travel for five hours.
Granted, I waited a bit too long before making this realization, so I have to make it to a 2 p.m. matinee.
All of that is a long way to say that we will be pushing the engine to 11 as we speed through this cruise of the Otakusphere. Here’s some speeding music to take us on our way.
Continuing in my pattern of picking posts that Crow already picked, I really want to highlight this post from A Fan of a Certain Age. I love that storytelling can bring us together in strange and unexpected ways, and I also love that blogging can help me understand different perspectives.
This post about Kemono Michi: Rise Up did both of those things. It’s a show I haven’t watched, but I enjoy the idea of an asexual hero, who suplexes a princess to save the dragon. I mean it’s not really a dragon, but you get the point.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with this corner of the Otakuspere, Jon Spencer Reviews runs an anime watching book club on Twitter called #anitwitwatches. I jumped in on this season as we watched School Days because it looked fun, and it was.
Well completely independent of my rant, he posted a well thought out review on his blog. It has a lot of history I wasn’t aware of. We disagree on some of the finer points of the show, but, hey, that’s what makes this great.
And K at the Movies compiled his witty Tweets over here and InfiniteMirai wrote his review here. Both of them are worth checking out. I also hear tell that Scott over at Mechanical Anime Reviews will have something out soon as well.
Just to double down on the posts that Crow is sharing, Karandi put together a post about Bofuri. (Yet another show that I’m not watching.) and asks the all-important question. Do we just enjoy the show because it’s cute?
One of the things that I find enjoyable is when a show’s enthusiasm can carry a show. Her final question is interesting though. Would it workif the character wasn’t cute? I think it would be a different show. It might be something like “The Tower of Druaga” or “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.” Something where we are caught up in the enthusiasm of the show.
Voyager put together an interesting post about how people tend to talk past each other when they’re talking about anime. I mean this happens with everything, just try listening to any political discussion nowadays. I find that Twitter’s 240 character-limit tends to exacerbate that problem. It’s hard to get a full thought in there and then present examples of why it’s true.
All of that said, I have a rule of thumb that once I start digging in my heels, I let it go. Because I’m sure the other person is also digging in their heels. Because then it’s just arguing for the sake of arguing and no one gains anything.
But either way, go check out Voyager’s thoughts over here.