[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 …

[AniFemTalk] Feminism in shonen

In last week’s piece on sexism in shonen, we discussed how My Hero Academia seems aware of the problems female characters usually suffer from in shonen tournament arcs. My Hero Academia is doing some things well, others less well (ugh, Mineta), but shonen stories have such a history of treating female …

[AniFemTalk] Dads of anime and manga

If you’re on Twitter, you couldn’t help but notice it was Father’s Day in a few countries yesterday. Our timelines were full of good anime dads and some great discussion, so let’s gather some of that here! Who are your favorite biological fathers of anime or manga? How about your …

[AniFemTalk] Gender non-conforming characters

Last week Dee wrote a piece on how Chihayafuru handles main character Chihaya’s experience of femininity. We are here taking ‘gender non-conforming’ in the broadest sense possible to allow us to discuss a spectrum of presentations, from simply appearing as a ‘tomboy’ as Chihaya is in her childhood, to switching …

[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 …

[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 …