Must-read Monthly Monday (Aug. ’20 ed.)

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…

  • WordPress Reader — The Double-Edged Sword by Renard Moreau – A rookie mistake on blogging platforms is tag spamming. Blogging is an endeavour that requires patience, so tag spamming won’t automatically get you an audience – it might even cause people to find you intrusive! So here’s a guide on how to avoid tag spam on WordPress.

  • Why Blog About Anime Anyway? by Jane-Michelle (The Magic Planet) – One of my fellow #AniTwitWatches people put out this post several years ago. To be honest, my reason is that I grew up with anime and stuck with blogging after having it as an on/off hobby, but it’s always insightful to see what brought people to blogging and what drives them as a blogger through their genesis story.
  • Gendering Fandom: why women are expected to put their toys away while the men keep playing by A Fan of a Certain Age – It’s said that girls mature faster than boys, but that’s all baked into our social norms, marketing and expectations.
  • The Casual Anime Fan: How My Anime Viewing Habits Changed Over The Years by simpleek – It’s okay to admit you’re a casual anime fan, so long as you don’t stop watching it in the end.
  • Review for Blue Flag Vol. 1 by Mehsi (Twirling Book Princess) – This post is how I heard about Twitter user Manga Mogura who reports manga-based news and does giveaways. I’ve mentioned several times within round-up posts how manga-centric internet denizens, as opposed to anime and manga or anime-only ones, are much harder to find so I needed something like that. As for the post itself, it’s interesting seeing a take on manga from a person who is mainly a book blogger but also reviews manga and graphic novels on the regular, too.
  • Arte by Ashley (The Review Heap) – I don’t think I saw any regularly-occurring reviews for this anime outside of the Anime News Network reviewer…so to hear about people’s positive responses only after its season has ended means it flew under the radar.
  • Monster #8 First Impression by Geeknabe – I dissected this manga via its two translations this month (see below). I didn’t think Viz would jump on to it so early, as I’d only seen it on the Shonen Jump + app (in Japanese) before they did, but I’m really glad they did – it’s a great series!
  • The God of High School: An Instant Hit by Jiraiyan – As simulcasting continues to be the dominant form of anime consumption, it gets harder and harder to meet expectations, especially in action anime where spectacle is everything. Jiraiyan breaks down how God of High School makes it work.
  • Ponyo! by maica007 – I’ve been seeing this blogger wander around the blogosphere lately, so I figured if they had a blog I’d stop by. This seems to be one of their only anime posts, but it pulls from various sources, both formal and informal, to make a thorough dissection of the movie.
  • What We Buy When We Declare a Show a Favorite: An Image to Sell or, How Anime Fans Create Themselves As Brands in a Social Market; a Theoretical Speculation by ghostlightning; Told in the First of Possibly More than One Blog-Post by…well, ghostlightning (We Remember Love) – This round-up ends on this kinda old (hailing from 2009), but nonetheless insightful, post about what your top 5 anime (if you can pick 5…) says about you, while touching on what the merchandise you possess says about you. Be mindful of an instance of NSFW language, though.

Spellbook Offerings

#AniTwitWatches (Rolling Girls)

The final Rolling Girls post goes up the day this round-up goes out.

Summer 2020 First Impressions

Other Stuff

Current Obsessions

(Had to write this section from scratch since WordPress kicked me on to the block editor and the conversion made this section – which was complete pre-conversion – disappear. Luckily, I did remember the contents of a link I threw in there, so I was able to bring the gist of one point back.)

  • Oct. 2: Normally I don’t worry about anime debut dates because I only have one anime I care about for each of the debut dates I think are significant enough. However, it was announced HypMic Rhyme Anima and Haikyuu to the Top 2 debut on the same day, which is Oct. 2. Haikyuu is popular enough that it stomps its competition flat (if you count fans of both as well as fans of one series only), as proven by Bungou Stray Dogs s2 airing when Karasuno vs. Shiratorizawa did (I think “Karasuno vs. Shiratorizawa” is an s3, but I’m not a Haikyuu fan, so I’m saying the season name just to be sure) back in 2016…so this presents HypMic as the underdog, to put it in nice terms.
  • Sept. 5: Speaking of important dates, Sept. 5 is coming up. I’m in lockdown for it (thanks, COVID!), but considering the most significant stuff I’ve done for Sept. 5 in the past few years is have takeout bento and binge Sailor Moon (excluding that one year I watched I Want To Eat Your Pancreas and had pizza instead…I think those hints may have given away what the significance of the day is), I don’t think it changes too much about my celebrations. The special content I put out for that date is already scheduled for 2020, so hopefully the block editor doesn’t mess with it…
  • Spotify: Between AMQ, finding anime soundtracks and Japanese song recommendations I encounter in my language classes (hey, writing haiku in its native language is hard! You need some kind of inspiration!), I got a bunch of new additions to my Liked Songs, so much that my Daily Mixes are two thirds Japanese, even though my Liked Songs are overwhelmingly in English otherwise. Who knew I’d encounter a song I previously only ever heard as an orchestral version at the charity store (Sakura-iro Mau Koro by Mika Nakashima) again, this time with vocals…?

Coming up next…

  • WordPress may cause me some block editor havoc, so please tell me if you see anything of the sort on the Spellbook.
  • After thinking about how unloved Muhyo and Roji’s BSI is and how many of my anime are at their core battle shonen (or very similar), I cut my lineup to that, Deca-Dence, God of High School, Fruits Basket s2, Healin’ Good PreCure and Koi to Producer, alongside the returning anime Appare-Ranman and Fugou Keiji. If Deca-Dence becomes too much, I can switch, while Idolish7 is set to return with ep. 3 on October 3rd (so new eps. don’t show up until Oct. 24 for me).
  • Haven’t forgotten the spring 2020 wrap-up…it’s just massively delayed, as noted in the 1st summer post (above). I’ve only finished Arte as I type this (including not being caught up to Fruits Basket), which is why I haven’t put it out yet.
  • It’s Trigger this month and NAZ next month re: studio posts.

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6 thoughts on “Must-read Monthly Monday (Aug. ’20 ed.)

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  1. Oh wow….. thank you so much for including that bit about Sakura Mau Koro by Mika Nakashima. Such a lovely song! アリアーさん、本当にありがとうございました!

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  2. OK, I am in shock…. Hah!
    I am so flattered that you took the time to read anything on my blog, let alone to recommend something ON it. That was a blog I worked on for one of my classes…. Annnd, that’s pretty much my life right there: work, schoolwork and more work. That’s about it.

    Actually, I stumbled upon this awesome anime community when I was trying to research the meaning behind the odori (that bamboo well thing that goes “dongk!” that they seem to zoom in on just before a fight scene begins) for a class. I found Irina’s blog regarding water and anime, and loved the community so much, I have been been exploring and commenting here ever since.

    Speaking of which, I loved your comments about “What About Korea and China?”
    I think it is so awesome that you took Cantonese as well as Japanese!
    I never studied Cantonese or Mandarin, but I would think those would be some of the most difficult languages to learn since the tones are so subtle (to me at least).

    Alright, I won’t comment about anymore of that over here- I will make those comments in the right spot for once.
    Thanks again for your kindness. And my apologies and gratitude that you even checked it out! ❤

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    1. Oh, a shishiodoshi. I got confused for a bit because odori can mean “dance” (noun) or “large bird”…but that’s just me doing weird wordplay, as per usual.

      You got part of that wrong – I took lessons in simplified Chinese (which is also known to some as “Mandarin”). I was brought up speaking Cantonese (also known to some as “traditional Chinese”) and when I say “Chinese”, I normally mean the former. The two are considered dialects of the same language and at one point in linguistic history, they converge, but in their current forms, they do differ quite a bit.

      You wouldn’t be alone in saying that – Chinese and its dialects, as a language driven by tones, consistently comes up on lists of “languages that are difficult for English speakers to learn”. Japanese comes up on some too, but there’s romaji and katakana to compensate for some of the difficulty.

      You’re welcome. Don’t apologise – your content is great and don’t you forget it.

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      1. Ahh! Shishiodoshi. ☺️
        As for Cantonese and Mandarin, what little I have heard does sound so different. My brother practices a little of both every week.
        Ah, so simplified Chinese is Mandarin. Traditional is Cantonese, but they are both dialects of the same language. So, (doing some weird romaji thing here:) xie xie would be Mandarin? And douje (I know I am massacring this imagined spelling…) would be Cantonese?

        Pronouncing Japanese is easy, but I am terrible with the grammar still. 😩

        I love the song you included in this post. Thanks so much for your kind words and the introduction to this music.
        Good luck on your studies!

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