[Feature] Disability Rights with Monster Girls: Why Machi doesn’t need a “cure”

At age five, I was diagnosed with Becker Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscular condition that mainly impacts my legs. The process was slow, providing me the opportunity to confront my identity as a person with a disability. While my family fretted over my diagnosis, I felt confused. My parents emphasized that I had to respect my physical limitations, to avoid overexertion, or my condition would worsen. “Did my body not work like everyone else’s?” I wondered, piquing both my curiosity and my concern. Drawn by these feelings, I became compelled to study Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a condition similar to my own, and pursue a PhD in biomedical science.

[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.

Winter 2017 premiere rankings

Another season of premieres reviewed! I have never found a season as disheartening as this one. It was five painful days before I finally found something to enthusiastically recommend, and I credit Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju for reminding me in that time of the heights anime can reach. It felt like a constant process of my bar for quality being lowered and lowered again, then occasionally spiked back up to where I had forgotten it could be.