[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 …

[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 …

[AniFemTalk] Winter 2017 wrap-up

The winter 2017 season is coming to an end, and we want to know what you thought! In the end, which were your favorite anime of the season? Which was your biggest disappointment? Which was the biggest surprise, either for better or worse? Which has inspired you to seek out its …

[AniFemTalk] Disability in anime and manga

As Naoko Yamada‘s film adaptation of Yoshitoki Oima’s manga A Silent Voice receives consistently glowing reviews, we started thinking about other representations of disability. Which representations of disability in Japanese pop culture are particularly realistic? Which representations are particularly poor? Who is your favorite disabled character in Japanese pop culture? Are you …

[AniFemTalk] Funimation and #FujoshiLife

Last week Funimation started a new marketing campaign for yaoi anime Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi by asking BL fans in their staff to talk about their “#FujoshiLife mishaps”: “After my senior year of college, I binged all of Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi and Junjou Romantica in three days. I lived on fruit cups, popcorn, …

[AniFemTalk] Women behind the scenes

This Wednesday is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange. This theme covers pledges in several categories including “I’ll celebrate women’s achievement” – so that’s exactly what we’ll do. Who are your favorite female manga artists/anime directors/animators/writers and why? Which women creators are best known for one piece …

[AniFemTalk] Black fan magic

As we reach the end of Black History Month in the US and Canada, let’s celebrate and signal-boost the contributions of black fans in English-speaking Japanese pop culture fandom. Which are your favorite images from #28DaysofBlackCosplay? Which black creators do you think everyone should be following on social media? Which …