12 Days of Anime 2016

After a slapdash “why not?” carefully considered decision we’re going to give 12 Days of Anime a try! Popularised by Scamp and this year hijacked by appropriant, the rules are: Starting on 14th December, write about a moment of anime from this year each day until Christmas day. It doesn’t have to be …

[Roundtable] Trash characters

Inspired by currently airing Girlish Number, some of the team decided to take a feminist look at “trash characters” like Chitose. What makes a trash character? What’s the connection between trash characters and other anime archetypes, like moe or chuunibyou? How are male and female trash characters portrayed differently? Read our …

[Roundtable] Shin Godzilla

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 …

Why we need you to become an AniFem patron

“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 …