[AniFemTalk] Idols, boy bands, and girl groups

In honour of the little song contest Europeans put on last weekend, this week we’re looking at idols, boy bands and girl groups in Japanese pop culture! Idols and idol groups in Japan are big business in all demographics, and idol anime and games are no exception (idol manga I’m less clear …

[Podcast] Chatty AF 6: Team Q&A part 1

It took seven months, but we’ve made it to over $900 in Patreon funding! This secures us weekly podcasts, paying our editor at a rate of $15 an hour. Thank you to every one of our patrons for making this possible! We hope you will subscribe to Chatty AF on …

[AniFemTalk] Representations of abuse

In the most recent episode of My Hero Academia, a character opened up to protagonist Deku about abuse they experienced at the hands of their parents. This treatment has resonated with some fans, who appreciate the way this character has coped with and responded to the abuse, providing a good opportunity …

[Podcast] Chatty AF 5: Winter 2017 anime wrap-up

I’m very pleased to announce that Chatty AF is now available on iTunes and Stitcher! Unfortunately, Google has regional restrictions getting in the way of us getting on Google Play, but we are available through Player.FM, which offers a free app Android users can access. If there is another service …

[AniFemTalk] What’s on your josei wishlist?

Last week we looked at the English language renaissance of josei manga. On Twitter, some commenters reminded us that increased availability in English doesn’t necessarily mean increased availability in other European languages – an excellent point. As a result, this week we thought we’d ask about your josei manga and …

[AniFemTalk] Your questions, your answers

AniFem turned six months old on April 11th! To celebrate, Dee, Peter, Vrai and I recorded the first ever Q&A episode of our podcast, Chatty AF. Well, episodeS – we asked on Twitter for your questions, and got such a great response we had to record two episodes to answer them …

Feminist anime recommendations of Winter 2017

Now we’ve reviewed all the Spring 2017 premieres, we thought we’d round up some of our favourites from shows that ended last season. We talked about three kinds of recommendation: Feminist-friendly favourite (you would recommend it to a feminist friend with no caveats) Problematic favourite (you would only recommend it …

[Review] Kabukibu! – episode 1

Kurogo Kurusu, a high school student who loves kabuki so much that it’s annoying. Kurogo yearns to perform kabuki as part of a club at his school, but currently his school doesn’t have a kabuki club. So Kurogo sets out to create a kabuki club, and his first order of …

[Review] Clockwork Planet – episode 1

The planet Earth died, got replaced by all gears by some genius named Y. 1000 years later, a kid named Naoto struggles to fix a clock but loves gears so much that the universe rewards him with his very own robot-woman, RyuZU, who vows eternal servitude to him by way …

[Review] Tsuki ga Kirei – episode 1

Akane Mizuno and Kotaro Azumi are two third-year middle school students who become classmates for the first time. Akane is a member of the school track team and Kotaro is the literary club president who loves books and wants to become a writer. The two seem an unlikely romantic pair, …

[Review] Sakura Quest – episode 1

Five girls work in the tourism bureau of their small provincial town. The town revives its “micro-nation” tourism program, which originated from a nationwide movement during Japan’s bubble economy period, and hires the five girls as “monarchs” (tourism ambassadors). Source: Anime News Network I’ve talked in this season about how …