[AniFemTalk] Adapting classic manga

Over the weekend it was announced that Banana Fish—a crime manga from the 1980s that was one of the few to feature prominent gay characters (albeit in some problematic ways)—will be getting an anime adaptation in 2018. Let’s open the doors a little wider.

[AniFemTalk] Anime-inspired cartoons

Neo Yokio is the latest western work to be inspired by anime, but it’s far from the only one. As kids who got into anime during the ’90s boom grow up and make their own shows, more and more anime influences are being reflected in western media. What are the …

[AniFemTalk] Rewriting problematic stories

Over the weekend we released a podcast about the Netflix Death Note movie and lamented the wasted opportunity to tell a story about the harmfulness of white privilege (and to have less misogyny than the original instead of just a different kind of misogyny). The world is rife with stories …

[AniFemTalk] Favorite Miyazaki Heroines

Fathom Events is replaying several of Hayao Miyazaki’s films on the big screen this fall, which seems like a great time to take a stroll down memory lane. Who’s your favorite Miyazaki heroine? Which movies spoke to you as a kid? As an adult? How well have Miyazaki’s films held …

[AniFemTalk] Your favorite conventions

Con season is winding to a close: Crunchyroll Expo had its inaugural outing, Otakon moved to a more spacious venue, and AnimeFest failed to account for the dedication of Yuri!!! On ICE fans. Now’s as good a time as any to step back and ask: what’s your favorite con and why?

[AniFemTalk] Women behind the scenes

As Sayo Yamamoto, Mitsuru Kubo, and a host of other talented folks graced AnimeFest’s 2017 lineup, it became clearer than ever that this level of celebrity status is pretty uncommon for women in the anime industry (particularly in western fandom). The reasoning is twofold: the contributions of behind-the-scenes folks tend …

[AniFemTalk] Learning from historical fiction

This past weekend, Otakon and theaters around the US held screenings of In This Corner of the World, a historical slice-of-life film about characters who lived in or near Hiroshima before it was devastated by nuclear attack. During the introduction for the Otakon screening, Animation Director Hidenori Matsubara expressed “anxiety” at …

[AniFemTalk] Manga readalong candidates

We started our second watchalong podcast yesterday, on long-running seinen powerhouse Berserk. A watchalong is when two people who haven’t seen an anime watch six episodes of it at a time, then record a podcast with one superfan to discuss those episodes from a feminist perspective before moving on to the next …

[AniFemTalk] Summer 2017 so far

The Summer 2017 premieres are almost all out – what do you think so far? Which shows do you intend to keep up with? Which were you surprised by, for better or worse? Which do you think will be of particular interest to AniFem readers? Which do you suspect you …