A Pitfall We Sink Into All Too Often
May 21st, 2017
You know, I think “should” is a dirty word. For some reason, the things you should do never seem to be the things you want to do.
Over the course of this season, I often found myself using anime to “take breaks” from my work and responsibilities even if it was just for an hour.
In hindsight, I shouldn’t have done that (and you likely shouldn’t either) but unfortunately that’s hindsight.
My anime breaks started taking their toll on my productivity pretty quickly as I became more comfortable with allowing them into my life.
And when I wasn’t directly watching anime, I was in MAL’s threads discussing, on social media responding, checking Reddit or somehow finding myself in the comment section of an Ani-YouTuber quickly burning more time away.
That said, for the first issue of Clarity – our new series of posts where we sort through the quicksand of current seasonal content and bring you the gems – we’re going to start off with something a little different, yet something that a decent amount seasonal anime watchers fumble with:
Now this is no fluffy listicle — we’re talking a list of clean, actionable points that you can use right now to get more done and transitively – have a healthier balance between your seasonal watching and your other priorities in life.
Check it out here:
4 Productivity Tips That Changed My Life This Year
Go Further Clearer-
Steadily Picking Up Love
Tsuki ga Kirei has been an interesting series in the community, first slipping under the general public’s radar for its opening three weeks and then slowly solidifying itself as a praiseworthy work in the eyes of many bloggers and bigger known critics alike. From the small character exchanges to the larger dramatic beats, nearly every element studio Feel puts forth in this series is tightly calibrated to articulate the lived poignancy of its cast. This week, Tsuki ga Kirei opted for a recap episode which allows us the perfect time to refresh ourselves to why this Spring original is so special and highly regarded:
Head Space – The Steady March of “Tsukigakirei”
A Quick Pulse On The Season
While we don’t read too much into scores here at Seasonal Prattle, it’s still interesting to see how a sizable sample of viewers are rating the airing titles on a week to week basis. But what makes this article especially interesting is the manner in which its tracked and graphed that offers more value than typical scoring charts:
The Best and Worst of the Season So Far
Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the heart of a series. We take for granted what the hardworking staffing units and production teams offer on a week to week basis to fulfill our seasonal needs. Thankfully Sakuga Blog is here to thrust these good folks into the spotlight – delivering a well timed piece that preps its readers for potentially well crafted episodes heading into week eight. From Eromanga Sensei to Boku no Hero Academia, there’s plenty of episodes to keep an eye out for here based on their future staff:
Anime Staff Rundown May/June 2017
It’s More Than Just The Right Answer, It’s Good
Kado: The Right Answer has continuously been trapped in a void of mild recognition since its launch. And that’s a shame since the series has shaped up to be such a sturdy and intriguing piece of work for its genre space. If you put Kado down earlier this season, or are currently on the fence about watching it – we completely recommend that you give this a read:
Mid-Season Thoughts On ‘KADO: The Right Answer
Accuracy In A Single Sentence
This piece really speaks for itself. No clickbait, no games, no tricks. “Boruto Is Basically What Naruto Would’ve Looked Like if the World Had Been at Peace.” The content here is very straightforward, really diving at the rather tame and plain laced narrative that Boruto has offered thus far, while still hitting home that this work rides heavily on its predecessors coattails:
Boruto Is Basically What Naruto Would’ve Looked Like if the World Had Been at Peace.
Power In The Finish
SukaSuka had a rather solid outing this week, offering an episode that showed off directorial flair while reviving a competent dynamic between Willem and his old companion. This series still shows plenty of emotional intelligence and for the second week in a row – demonstrated that it’s more than capable of closing out its weekly twenty minutes in strong fashion:
Let’s Talk SukaSuka (ep 6)
A Great Response To The New York Times’ Anime Article
Early this week, and for those who aren’t aware, The New York Times published a fairly controversial article using Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor as its prop. Well just the other day a very competent response article surfaced on the subject:
What The New York Times’ Anime Article Gets Wrong
Consistency, Consistency, Consistency
At this rate it feels like Sakura Quest will never drop the ball. This series has just been a steady delight, pumping out another well founded episodes full of great character work and incidental conversations.
Sakura Quest – Ep. 7 Review
It Only Gets Better
Virgin Soul is an absolute pleasure – full of fun action setpieces and a real sense of both fantasy invention and narrative momentum from start to finish. This week’s episode encapsulated what makes this show so special just like this well crafted piece on it:
Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul – 07
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