[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 …

[AniFemTalk] Yuri anime and manga

Last week we talked about the erasure of lesbian romance in the dub of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. This week, let’s look at lesbian representation in yuri anime/manga and other Japanese pop culture. What is your favourite lesbian relationship in anime/manga? What is your favourite kind of yuri story or …

[AniFemTalk] Characters of color

In last week’s post on the themes and motifs of Yuri!!! on ICE director Sayo Yamamoto, a commenter rightly pointed out: I feel like it might be more clear to emphasize that Michiko & Hatchin‘s cast is composed of Black, Latino, and diasporic people, rather than just people of color …

[AniFemTalk] Manga in 2017

Last week we talked about our first impressions of anime in 2017 so far, but what about manga? Which ongoing manga will you continue to read in 2017? (Through legal means only, please) Which new manga licences are you excited about? Which (legal) online manga readers do you recommend, in English, …

[AniFemTalk] Your 2016 recommendations

We’re changing the format slightly for these, asking a specific question each week as well as inviting general discussion. For the first post of 2017, the question has to be: what do you recommend from 2016?  Which anime or manga from 2016 would you recommend to other feminist viewers, and …

[AniFemTalk] 21-28 November 2016

It’s Monday, time to ask again what’s been on your mind over this past week! What did you think of the way Kiss Him, Not Me handled consent and sexuality in their last episode? How do you feel about Yuri!!! on ICE‘s portrayal of Yuri and Victor’s relationship in a notoriously …

[AniFemTalk] 14-21 November 2016

It’s Monday, time to ask again what’s been on your mind over this past week! What feminist observations do you want to share on an anime or manga you’re enjoying right now? Did something happen in a legal simulcast that you think AniFem readers should be aware of? Is there a legally …