[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 …

[Links] 8-14 February 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day to anyone celebrating! Anyone not celebrating (or not enjoying it), maybe this 2014 account of Frog-kun’s attempts to make Valentine’s chocolate like an anime girl will help. Worth a click for the photographic evidence alone.

[Links] 1-7 February 2017

We are now four months old, the winter season is well underway, and it is time we got back into the swing of things! To keep these posts regular they will be under new management effective immediately, so you can expect them every Tuesday without fail… starting next Tuesday. To give the …

Introducing the AniFem podcast: Chatty AF

We finally managed to co-ordinate across three timezones and record a podcast! This is very much a trial episode, and we need your feedback to know if/how we should continue. If you want us to make more, let us know: If you would prefer episodes to come out weekly, monthly, …

[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 …

[Feature] The Powerful Women of Trigun

SPOILERS: General discussion of Trigun and Trigun Maximum Yasuhiro Nightow‘s manga Trigun is most assuredly defined by its tagline: Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action! Even so, those words also make the series damn near impossible to truly fit into a genre. It has a heavy science fiction origin, a Spaghetti …

[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, …

What’s feminism got to do with Nazis?

“What’s feminism got to do with Nazis?” Since we posted our first news article, which detailed how major site MyAnimeList edited a Jewish contributor’s explicitly anti-Nazi feature weeks after publication to make it more sympathetic to Nazis, a handful of people have asked this question. This is not a real …

Feminist anime recommendations of 2016

Now that the winter premieres have aired and most people have figured out what they’re watching this season, we’re starting to look back at which shows from 2016 deserve a second glance. We had been talking internally about our feminist recommendations of 2016, and some of the team wanted to …