Happy new year, readers! Did you miss me? Regular posts resume Monday.
- Here are the people whose combined vision became the Land of the Lustrous finale. I love how SakugaBlog is able to get behind the scenes of our favorite shows.
- Buddhist Iconography in Land of the Lustrous. A comprehensive account absolutely worth the long read. This would make a great anime convention panel.
- Wanted to highlight Gabriella Ekens’ review of Kino’s Journey episode 11 in particular, which was among the most interesting of this inconsistent show, because it addresses Kino’s gender.
- Crunchyroll’s 2017 co-productions. Did you know Crunchyroll didn’t just stream, but produce shows like Recovery of an MMO Junkie? I was surprised not only by the titles, but the quantity.
- Anime Feminist’s top picks of 2017. With feminist reviews and trigger warnings to keep you from accidentally watching something you’ll hate. Definitely read my Kemono Friends love letter.
- MangaDou is a service that helps you learn Japanese with manga. I read manga at home and try that way, but it doesn’t come with homework or extras like this service does.
- Forget Bitcoin—These Guys Invest In Magic Cards. The wallet I used to keep my bitcoin in was hacked; at least with physical cards you don’t have to worry about that.
- The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens. I’ve been spending more time on Tumblr because it feels like it’s less about status (follower counts are private). I liked this story about its very young, very female userbase and what draws them to the service.
- Logan Paul’s fans are reacting to news the only way they know how — vlogging. Polygon has the only take on this scandal worth reading. It’s about the psychology of parasocial relationships, or why Paul’s young fans are inclined to support him no matter what.