Must-read Monthly Monday (Sep. ’19 ed.)


If it’s not specified, the time period covered in this post is from the 26th of August 2019 to the 23rd of September 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…

  • Angsty Aizawa [My Hero Academia Vigilantes 59] by Redgeek (Mammoth Base Opra Castle) – Vigilantes is good, y’all, and before this blogger, I don’t think I ever saw anyone covering it on a regular basis (if you know of any bloggers that do, feel free to shout them out in the comments!). This post contains spoilers for the main series and, naturally, Vigilantes (although I didn’t know it was a spoiler for the main series until I read this post), but if you’re all caught up, then this post’s wit and passion will surely win you over.
  • Lettuce Wrap: Summer 2019 Anime by Inskime – Just when you think every format under the sun’s been done for a certain type of post, along comes another one! Such is the way of the internet. This is a blogger I found courtesy of Irina’s blog discovery and it. Is. Hilarious. (Especially the Given = delicious thing, which I do believe Irina commented on as well.) Now, if only that title weren’t so deceiving (since “that’s a wrap” or “wrap-up” would be better for end-of-season posts, see: mine)…
  • My Notes for “The Current State of Shounen Jump 2018”: Part I – What is a ToC? by Ruggia – If you ever wanted to know some real in-depth stuff about Shonen Jump, look no further than a person who understands Japanese (enough to read their manga in the language). When you get to pt. 2, you can basically see the eventual demise or rise of series like Hungry Marie and Demon Slayer respectively…

  • Review/discussion about: Mahoutsukai no Yome by BanjoTheBear (The Chuuni Corner) – When watching Mahoutsukai no Yome, I thought it was bad but not terribly bad. Here’s a review that criticises it (although, as with most reviews, the reviewer explains why they hold such an opinion).
  • Appreciating an Aesthetic: The Aura of Shonen (Updated and Adapted Vers.) by Eleven x Heaven – Just when you think anime blogging couldn’t get any crazier, a blogger proves you wrong. I mean, whoever thought of pairing shonen analysis with ancient Greek philosophy or Michel Foucault? This piece may be as dense as a philosophy essay and may require a certain type of mindset, but pieces like this require their own kind of care – you can tell by the number of references at the end – and thus their own kind of praise (yes, even if they have a few typoes).  
  • The Tragedy of Justin Law by LiteratureFuckBoi (FuckBoiOpinions(I wanted to properly cite the author but had no choice but to drop an F-bomb in doing so, so the white text is a compromise.) It’s been a while since I finished the manga of Soul Eater, but not long enough to forget everything (and I’m still a long way off from finishing the anime, but knowing there’s an anime-original ending, you can’t expect much from endgame characters). There’s spoilers everywhere, but provided you know all the necessary details, this blogger puts supporting character Law into a new light (…and yes, that stealth Death Note pun I just pulled off was intentional, thanks for asking).
  • Cleaning Up My Queue: Why So Many Series are Left Unwatched by Dominic (Little Anime Blog) – It can sometimes feel like you can’t watch everything you set out to in a season. That’s okay, but maybe it suggests a deeper problem…
  • EVERYTHING WRONG WITH SAKURA-CON 2009 COMMERICAL IN 2000 WORDS OR LESS (SPOILERS…DUH) by the Cajun Samurai – I’d never heard of this commercial until Anime Feminist brought it to my attention, but if you’re willing to go down Memory Lane, check out this Cinema Sins-style post.
  • Dr. Stone – The Trouble with writing a show around a smart character by Richard Wood (Wooderon) – Senku is meant to be smart, but smart characters don’t always act smart. Richard Wood looks at why this is.
  • Shows We Hate To Love by Fan of a Certain Age – There’s more than enough probleatic anime out there, so even if you don’t specifically relate to the author’s story about Red Dwarf, there’s certainly something about this post that will resonate with you.
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Kimetsu no Yaiba Collab (with Moya, AstralGemini and, sometimes, Ply)
We’re finally closing the gap between where we’re at and where the anime is at.

Other Stuff 

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  • You might’ve noticed a rainbow banner, made out of images from various anime and manga. I made that to celebrate September 5th, but used it early (i.e. July) so that people had a chance to randomly generate and look at it. From red to pink, we have Bungou Stray Dogs (manga), Countdown by Mimori Ayano (a series I discovered in my scanlation days, but never got to tackle since the aggregators got on my case), Rendai Utena, Netjuu no Susume, Boueibu, Kimetsu no Yaiba and Planet With.
  • I now have an account. I’ve made it with the express intention to eventually release Ren’py-based otome games on it (I’ve made a few so far, but mostly kept them to myself), although I dunno if I’ll ever get to the point where I’ll release Ice Crystal Iridescence (an isekai parody/otome game I started last year and then forgot about) or Aquaria (a different otome game that’s closer to completion, but I’m worried about how it will be received if I release it due to a major twist at the beginning that I won’t spoil). Mostly this is because Jon keeps talking about game jams and other related stuff, which gives me guilt about my own projects.
  • You might’ve noticed I scaled the main set of links down to 10. Well, the unimaginable happened – namely, I completely forgot about this post until an hour before it was meant to go out. I’ll be more honest than ever with you – the last few months haven’t been great. I’ve been job hunting for a few years now (on top of the other things I’ve been complaining about as of late) and every time I keep failing or narrowly missing (that’s a lot of what I’ve been hinting at when I say “something important is going to happen” and it doesn’t). I honestly don’t know how I’ve stayed positive about my lack of income for so long, especially since I could monetise the Spellbook (which I’ve come close to doing, but then had to wrestle with my conscience). This past week in particular was hard on me because I was waiting for a call back for a job where it looked like I was close to being on probation and it ate on my nerves so much at times I couldn’t really focus on much else. See, my choices next year are 1) volunteer even more to get the number of hours the government wants from me and keep trying for jobs in between (but obviously with no income at stake) or 2) register to a job-hunting agency next year (meaning I’d have to hunt for jobs more than I used to, meaning even less time than I already have, considering I now volunteer 4 days a week). Even the sheer thought of having to chase up the call scares me half to death…

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