[Podcast] Chatty AF 5: Winter 2017 anime wrap-up

I’m very pleased to announce that Chatty AF is now available on iTunes and Stitcher! Unfortunately, Google has regional restrictions getting in the way of us getting on Google Play, but we are available through Player.FM, which offers a free app Android users can access. If there is another service you would like us to apply to, let us know in comments! We want all of you to be able to go back and catch up on the shows you’ve missed.

Speaking of going back… This podcast is a little late, entirely my fault. It was recorded a month ago, when the winter 2017 season of anime was just finishing, but season premieres took over my life for a fortnight and I’ve been playing catch-up ever since. However, this is unlikely to happen ever again because – drum roll, please – you wonderful people have raised over $900 in pledges for us! This means we can offer weekly podcasts, starting today, and outsource all of the work I’ve been bottlenecking.

Fafnir holds an umbrella and says "You're a hit" as he walks past a bemused Takiya.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to all our patrons for showing us this support. We say often that every dollar counts, so here is specifically what that extra $120 means for us.

In general, I do AniFem activities by myself as much as I can and ask as little as possible of our fantastic team of volunteers until I can afford to pay someone to take over completely. Peter has been very kindly editing these podcasts for free, but I have been in charge of uploading them to Soundcloud, listening through to mark chapter divisions, sourcing an appropriate image, etc.

$800 a month is our writing fund, to cover up to four posts a week with any unused money giving us a financial buffer which can go towards other ad hoc projects (e.g. paying Dee and Vrai to write some of the spring 2017 premiere reviews). With an extra $120 a month, we can afford to pay Peter for an average of two hours of his time each week to take over this entire piece of work and make sure it gets done on time.

As this job is paid by the hour, we really do need a little more money in the bank to ensure we can always pay him for 100% of his time. There will inevitably be times he is handed audio tracks with nightmare technical difficulties requiring more than two hours – as already experienced with our Ghost in the Shell episode. If you enjoy the show and value people being paid fairly for their work as much as we do, please do consider becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. As you can see in this very update, every dollar adds up to allow us to improve AniFem for everyone.

Chatty AF 5: Winter 2017 Anime Wrap-Up

Amelia, Caitlin, and Peter look back on the winter 2017 season. Listen out for discussion on whether Interviews with Monster Girls counts as good representation, how ACCA changed the way we assess storytelling, and Amelia’s U-turn on Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.

Winter 2017 premiere rankings

Winter 2017 Anime Check-In

Caitlin talks towards the end about panels she hosted at Sakuracon in April 2017, but she will do these panels at more conventions this year. For updates, follow her on Twitter @alltsun_nodere or through her fantastic website Heroine Problem.

SPOILERS to some extent for all of the shows mentioned

00:00 Intro
01:19 Interviews with Monster Girls
08:40 ACCA
14:17 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
20:54 Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
27:39 Would we recommend Interviews with Monster Girls?
36:21 Would we recommend ACCA?
37:40 Would we recommend Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju?
43:20 Would we recommend Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid?
46:48 Scum’s Wish
52:02 Saga of Tanya the Evil
58:21 Outro

Recorded Sunday 2nd April 2017

Music: Open Those Bright Eyes by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Now we’re able to podcast weekly and pay our audio editor a fair wage for regular work, we need to start paying the writing editors who have been working hard since on a purely volunteer basis. Help us pay them by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month! 

  • lmd84

    I’ve enjoyed reading the articles on this site, so I should look into your podcast at some point.

    Though perhaps not *this* episode considering I’ve only watched part of some of the series you talk about. Heck, I’m only five episodes into Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (which seems to be very good indeed).

    • Ah, this might not be the one for you then, it definitely relies on having seen the shows in question! However, our next podcast due out this weekend requires nothing of the sort. 🙂 We’ll always try to make it obvious when something is spoilery or relies on previous knowledge, so please do keep an eye out for episodes that might interest you!

      • lmd84

        I certainly shall, thank you!

  • alecksis

    So glad you’re now on iTunes. I have the soundcloud app but there are only 2 podcasts that I try to listen to that aren’t already on iTunes so sometimes I forget to check there. Now I can listen as soon as they go up!

    Anyways, great episode! I really need to get on Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju.

  • rugose-appendage

    I’m glad Caitlin gave her opinion of Kanna and Riko’s relationship in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. I don’t see small children enough to know they can get attracted to each other like that.