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


If it’s not specified, the time period covered in this post is from the 23rd of September 2019 to the 21st of October 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…

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Second Cour: Gourmet Hamburger by Dewbond (Shallow Dives in Anime) – I’ll admit that subtitle acts as a clickbait title, but like some anime, it makes sense in context.
  • Astra: Lost in Space – Best of Season by Nate (Jon Spencer Reviews) – Now that Astra is over, it was a fun ride. Reminisce with this blogger in the comment section.
  • Rampo Kitan First Impressions: An Excellently Eccentric Tribute to Rampo Edogawa
    by Neha (Biblionyan) – Neha brings some new insight to a 2015 show being covered by #AniTwitWatches. Sometimes it’s Japan-as-a-state-centric, sometimes it’s temporally specific…and sometimes I just talk my butt off because. That is, there is no third point.
  • Caught in a Band Romance – Given Anime Review by Sam (A Nerdy Perspective) – Given was quite the nice surprise while it was airing and got quite the talk within my circles. So aside from the bad joke in the title (which I can’t pass up now, same with “yaoi K-On!” from the comments), it’s always great to see a review that’s both fair and full of love.
  • A review of Cop Craft, season 1 by AK (Everything is Bad For You/Sonatano1) – On the other hand, Cop Craft flew under the radar but it’s quite the wild ride…provided you can get around the janky animation.
  • Boku no Hero Academia Review by The Pantless Anime Blogger (TPAB) – To be honest, I picked this one out because TPAB started reviewing our stories from a good year or two ago and I kinda forgot about what I did to my character Tsubame (I wrote my story and put it out within the span of a few days, which isn’t always ideal), so I guess you can call this a plea for clemency as well as spotlighting some of his old content while he’s on semi-hiatus (although hopefully he knows Midoriya’s first name is “Izuku” now…).
  • Anime Review: Yuki Yuna is a Hero by the True Lystria – I watched Yuki Yuna in one go, to the point where I can’t really assign certain plot beats to the episodes they were in! So, I killed two birds with one stone and stumbled upon a musing on Yuki Yuna‘s heroism and how it connects the youthfulness of girls to flowers.

  • Details in Girls’ Last Tour: Kanazawa’s View on Life and Maturity by Oncasteve (Marshmellow Pastel) – One of the things that makes Girls’ Last Tour worth sticking with, for me, is the existential banter one can gain from it (although it does also give the series that characteristic sense of hopelessness). Likewise, I like to feature posts that change my way of thinking on things and I managed to get an intersection of those positives here.
  • Does Stain’s Ideology Fit A World Where Being a Hero is a Job? by Keiko – Keiko’s post interrogates the broken (?) ideals of Boku no Hero Academia‘s Stain. To be honest, the very same ideas she brings up are discussed to some degree in Vigilantes, so maybe check that out if you want some more food for thought on the topic.
  • Gaijin’s List: Top 5 Demons of Anime by Nicolas (Trust the Gaijin) – Normally I’d pass on lists for the round-up post but this one was a fun, light (and seasonal) read.

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Spellbook Offerings

(Note this month I was writing quite a bit in advance so I could get it out of the way – it’s just another way I added to my writing workload – so…if the links don’t work, let’s just call this a sneak preview of what you’re getting for the next few days.)

Kimetsu no Yaiba Collab (with Moya, AstralGemini and…very rarely…Ply)

Auri’s Animanga Festival

Fall 2019 First Impressions

Other Stuff 

  • Urashimasaka…wha? – There’s a bit of a story that connects Urashimasakatasen no Nichijou and Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy…
  • Ode to Anime Studios – Wit Studio – Wit Studio has quite the reputation, but to be honest, my relationship with it is marred by a certain anime about advancing giants.
  • The Merits of Astra: Lost in Space’s Mystery – Some interesting tidbits I found about Astra‘s conception and development as a series means I need to make some changes to my old comments. 
  • Relivin’ the Dream Again with Rokuhoudou – The rewatch project is underway with Rokuhoudou. There’s some interesting insights and changes between the anime and manga.
  • Looking Back on Summer 2019 – (I guess the title explains it all…)
  • “Seeing the Future”, Now – No, I’m not clairvoyant…I just like predicting how things will go and seeing how correct I am. Unfortunately, that has the habit of making me drop entire shows if I guess too much correctly. Exhibit A: Episode zero for the upcoming show, Zenonzard the Animation

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Coming up next…

  • Been doing nothing but churning out writing under pressure and watching seasonal premieres this month, so I’m all worn out…that’s been building for a few months, I think, but it culminated this month.
  • I’m thinking of shrinking the number of links in this segment permanently down to 10, now that I’ve been around enough to cover pretty much everyone in this part of the blogiverse and then some. Of course, I’ll try finding archives and new bloggers as usual, but now that I’ve vented my troubles, I think I should probably focus on fixing them up.
  • As usual, I can’t concentrate on one thing at one time. I’m currently planning a Fate/Stay in and Watch with Me Winter, but that’s…going to need more work first.

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7 thoughts on “Must-read Monthly Monday (Oct. ’19 ed.)

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  1. Thanks for the mention! If I could indulge on a question though, how did I change your way of thinking? I am starved for discussion of Girls’ Last Tour…

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      1. Cool, thanks! When I have no audience but myself and a few rare friends, I always wonder how internet strangers receive my writing…

        I really like that final image in the first volume too — Kanazawa’s postscript captures the anxiety that drives the whole series, starting with the first (or last) can of soup the girls open back in chapter one. Even if the series hadn’t continued on for more volumes, I think Kanazawa just standing there thinking ‘now what’ is such a powerful conclusion all on its own by providing a strong adult contrast to the girls’ childish obliviousness.

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  2. Thanks for the mention! Cop Craft is definitely worth checking out, even with the spotty animation and all.

    I can see how starting a series on Fate would be time-consuming. There’s a whole lot of material to deal with in the Type-Moon universe.

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