[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, …

[Podcast] Chatty AF 3: The Re:ZERO Triangle

Two weeks ago we brought you a retrospective on Revolutionary Girl Utena with some of the most dedicated Utena analysts out there. This week we’re talking about a show very dear to my heart: my problematic favourite of 2016 and the reason I became friends with Peter and Frog-kun, Re:ZERO. As I say …

[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 …

[Throwback] Cosplaying while black

Earlier this week we invited you to showcase the contributions of black fans, and initial response was disheartening. It looks like our community just isn’t too aware of the work black fans and creators are doing in anime and manga fandom. To begin addressing that, let’s take a look at a 2013 …

[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 …

[Throwback] Revolutionary Girl Utena

One of our objectives on launch was to become something of a hub for content of interest to feminist fans of Japanese pop culture. I think we’re doing a decent job of this for recent content, not so much for the content that pre-dates us. So, starting today, we’re taking …

[Discourse] “I Am Not a Doll”: Rei Ayanami, Escapism, and Objectified Images of Desire

SPOILERS: for the Evangelion franchise Twenty-six episodes, two movies, a yet-to-be-completed remake/sequel(?) film tetralogy, and a whole lot of fan-wank later, Neon Genesis Evangelion continues to reign as one of anime’s most lucrative, most groundbreaking, and most perplexing works. There are a million-and-one ways we can interpret Evangelion, but as you’ve …

[Links] 15-21 February 2017

It’s been a quiet week here at AniFem, except behind the scenes – thanks to your positive feedback to our trial podcast episode, we have recorded two new episodes already! Each one is on a show that made a big impact on anime fandom, in very different ways, and both …