There’s a misconception that feminists believe any and all fan service is always bad. But in this feminist’s opinion, fan service goes wrong when it interrupts the mood of the show. Take Keijo!!!!!!!!, my guilty pleasure of this anime season, in which girls don skimpy swimsuits, study “asstronomy,” and use …

Four of the team held a roundtable discussion this week after watching Shin Godzilla, Toho’s third reboot of Godzilla and the 31st film in the franchise, directed by Gainax’s Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Read on for insights on the representation of female characters, politics in Japan and the US, the …

In 1964 Japan was the first Asian country to host the Olympics. With the world watching, Japan won the third most gold medals (behind the United States and the Soviet Union), including the gold in women’s volleyball. This sparked a boom in female athleticism and added volleyball girls’ gym class …

Characterization, sexuality, and objectification are extremely dense subjects and the source of a great deal of debate in modern media. This is especially true in regards to female characters designed and directed to appeal to the heterosexual male audience. There is a lot to unpack in these discussions, including whether …

“AniFem is such an important initiative to me, because as a woman and fervent anime lover (and captain of the Shinji Ikari defense squad), I don’t think being a feminist and being an anime fan should be at odds.” – Molly Brenan, Publishing Associate, Kodansha USA and co-manager of AniTAY …

Keijo is a sport where girls in bikinis stand on platforms floating in swimming pools and have to knock each other to the ground or into the water, using only their backsides or breasts. Fanservice is baked into the premise and is constant from the very start, but surprise! I don’t …