Must-read Monthly Monday (Jul. 2019 ed.)


If it’s not specified, the time period covered in this post is from the 24th of June 2019 to the 22nd of July 2019.

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Other People’s Reads

It wouldn’t be a round-up post without them. However, since I scour people’s archives on a regular basis, these may not even be from the right time period…

  • OWLS June Vulnerable Tour: Inspiring Hope and Strength in Others – Making a Case for the Vulnerability of Otome Heroines by BeckNaja (Blerdy Otome) – Although I don’t own a Playstation Vita – the only console Collar x Malice exists on – I still have a soft spot for it…for the eye candy (c’mon, you know me – it couldn’t be any other reason!). So reading this about protagonist Ichika gives me hope for the upcoming anime adaption – now let’s just hope the love interests aren’t actually jerks…
  • Being Wronged by Others and Their Perceptions of You by Yuu (Yuu’s Sanctuary) – As more people get around to finishing their spring 2019 anime, I expect to see more angry hot takes on Shield Hero, but this was only the second one that seemed to treat the topic rationally (the first was by someone featured in the previous round-up).
  • Midoriya Izuku: The Heroic Fanboy (The Mind of a Character) by Jonah (Jonah’s Rants) – A simple post, but full of analysis. Jonah’s chosen a particularly apt choice for starting a blogging series with the just as simple yet ubiquitous Midoriya.
  • Confessions of a Former Scan Junkie by Melinda (Manga Bookshelf) – If you thought 2012 was “old” for bloggers, wait until you’ve seen the archive on this blog. Now, I’m no professional (though I try, to the best of my ability, to be) and the post I’m highlighting is a bit ranty so feel free to skip it if it pisses you off, but in this day and age – when I was able to get physical volumes of Dr Stone from the library before the anime properly arrived – the arguments towards scanlation lose a lot more traction. 
  • Monday Anime: ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Division by Cain S. Latrani – Cain, to me, is like one of those friends-of-friends you don’t interact much with, but that just makes encountering a friend-of-a-friend even more special in this day and age, especially when your interests don’t align 100%. So I’m glad to show you where our interests do align.
  • A Few Thoughts on Kyoto Animation by jelx (The Glorio Blog) – Just between Thursday and Friday (my time), quite a few people have had their say on the scenario at Kyoto Animation’s studio 1. (You can see below for what I have planned on the matter.) However, this one is not only the shortest post I’ve read on the matter (so it won’t put you in a bad mood for long), but from a blog I’ve followed for a while and don’t think I’ve put a spotlight on yet.
  • The Pros and Cons of $20 Anime Figures by sdshamsel from Ogiue Maniax – Now here’s something you don’t hear about being complained about all too often – anime figures. The only figure I’ve ever had my eye was almost $100 in the local currency and is rare enough that I can’t find it at my local source as of typing this, but that’s neither here nor there…so hearing that there is a compromise for other series’ figures is definitely something that makes me sigh a sigh of relief. 
  • Death Parade | Madhouse ELITE by OOCentral – No talk on Death Parade is complete without discussing the OP, so I think I’ll quote this post as a teaser: “[The OP is] more like a false advertisement.”
  • Character: Haruhiro by Lost (English Light Novels) – I’m not particularly great at character studies, probably because I don’t write too many of them (because I prefer to focus on big-picture stuff more than the small details). That said, I can identify a good post when I see one…hey wait, that’s the second character study in this post alone…
  • Review: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? from I Watched An Anime – When in doubt about who to feature, always trust your handy WordPress Reader. My Reader came through for me just in time for season 2 to begin with this blogger’s take on season 1. 
  • Sarazanmai and the Price of Connection | OWLS “Vulnerable” by Takuto – Sarazanmai ended up being one of my favourite shows of the spring season, even if it was consistent with some things and not so consistent with others. Luckily, Taku spares us the terrible puns that come with the territory as he examines Enta’s vulnerability for the June OWLS tour.
  • An Interesting Take on Character Development by Per (Purposefully Lackluster) – Does anyone remember Per? Anyways, I was checking for what blogs I could stop following (sorry, but it gets annoying to wade through people’s content after you follow too many blogs) and stumbled across this post, which I don’t recall reading when Per was around…
  • Adventures in Mobile Connectivity [OWLS July Blog Tour: Technology] by Carla (Pop Culture Literary) – It’s been a while since I’ve seen a post from Carla and I don’t think I’ve seen an OWLS post from her either. Luckily, this post is on YuruCamp, which we’ve both seen. I definitely have enjoyed the spins people have taken on the “technology” prompt, but camping gear as a technology was not an idea I was expecting (which makes my prompt choice all the better!). 
  • My Roommate is a Cat and The Importance of Character Arcs by The Artist Without a Name (Rogue Shogunate) – My Roommate is a Cat was a cute and cozy series, but what drew me to this post was the fact the blogger wasn’t liking this show at first.
  • Fitting Your Blogging Voice to the Crowd: Good or Bad? by Cam (Camillea Reads) – Book bloggers are at it again with the prime blogging discussions. This post in particular makes you think about whether being yourself or conforming to a variation on your personality your audience would like is better for blog performance. Noting the anibloggers’ responses to posts like this, most of us would probably fall on the “be yourself” side of the argument, but there’s no harm in experimenting, like Cam says.     

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Spellbook Offerings

Kimetsu no Yaiba Collab (with Moya and AstralGemini…and sometimes Ply)

Summer 2019 First Impressions 

Other Stuff 

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Coming up next…

  • Due to the KyoAni fire, I’m switching my upcoming Ode to Anime Studios to KyoAni (a studio I was previously afraid to write about, due to their immense fanbase). The post I had planned for this month will be moved to August.
  • Also, due to the same thing I’m going to try getting a certain KyoAni anime watched before posting day, which is August 15th. If you’re in OWLS or look at my list, you can guess/check which one it is, but if you want the surprise (and if I can watch it fast enough to make a post from it!), then by all means look forward to it. (The only hint I can give those who don’t want the show revealed is that it’s not Amagi Brilliant Park…due to a lack of forethought on my part.) 
  • After almost 2 months of semi-aimlessness, it’s back to the daily grind for me. 

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