The second part of our Q&A responding to questions from our Twitter followers! (You can find the first part here.) This time the questions are all about anime. Listen to us talk about our favourites, disappointments and guilty pleasures from the Fall 2016, Winter and Spring 2017 seasons and beyond.
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.
Now we’ve reviewed all the Spring 2017 premieres, we thought we’d round up some of our favourites from shows that ended last season. We talked about three kinds of recommendation: Feminist-friendly favourite (you would recommend it to a feminist friend with no caveats) Problematic favourite (you would only recommend it to a feminist friend with caveats) Surprise favourite (you expected it to have caveats, but actually would recommend it without) Just so you know, every one of us would have picked Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju for the feminist-friendly favourite. (For those who loved it as much as we do, we highly recommend our own Dee’s insightful episode recaps for both seasons.) To give you a more diverse selection, I asked that only one person cover Rakugo and that the rest come up with other options – easily done, since we all had other anime from the season that we had loved. Here’s what a few of the team thought – let us know your picks in the comments!
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 source material? What are your favorite blog posts, tweet threads, or videos about shows from this season? Comments are open! Please read our comments policy before joining the conversation and contact us if you have any problems. Thanks to our generous patrons we are now able to pay all writers! Next we need to be able to pay members of the team for their work behind the scenes, especially their time spent editing the work of paid contributors. If you appreciate our work, believe in paying people fairly and can spare just $1 a month please become a patron today!
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.
We reviewed, ranked and categorized most of the premieres of the the season for feminist viewers – now have your say. Which anime from the season do you expect to keep up with to the end? Which new anime have you been most surprised to enjoy? Which new anime did you expect to like but found disappointing? How do you think the sequels compare so far to their previous seasons? What do you think of the shorts you’ve seen? Self-promotion on these posts is permitted and even encouraged, especially if you are analyzing anime, manga, Japanese pop culture or fandom from a marginalized perspective! Please only include one link per post, but you can put up a different link every Monday if you like. If you’ve already done a blog post on 2017 premieres, by all means include it below! Comments are open! Please read our comments policy before joining the conversation and contact us if you have any problems. Thanks to our generous patrons we are now able to pay all writers! Next we need to be able to pay members of the team for their work behind the scenes, especially their time spent editing the work of paid contributors. If you appreciate our work, believe in paying people fairly and can spare just $1 a month please become a patron today!
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.
In Edo Japan, Heizo Hasegawa heads up the Arson Theft Control, meting out justice at work then going home to a family sheltered from the torture, imprisonment and death he has become used to.
After a group of four 17-year-old idols debuts successfully, the members have to adjust to life as normal high schoolers by day, performers by night.
When she starts high school popular Hana is delighted to discover that her longtime crush is her homeroom teacher. She considers herself lucky until realising he has feelings for someone else, the beautiful and elegant music teacher. Hana finds solace in another student, attractive Mugi, who has been in love with the music teacher since she was his home tutor. Together, each can pretend that the other is the person they really wish they were with. They look like enviable high school sweethearts to the outside world, while they hide their true motivations from all but each other. SPOILERS: General discussion of the episode
Miss Kobayashi, a developer, wakes up one morning to discover she invited a dragon to come and live with her as a maid while blind drunk the night before. The dragon, Tohru, can either appear as full dragon or mostly human with just a hefty dragon tail behind her, and must adapt to such human customs as “washing laundry without using your own saliva” or “cooking something other than your own tail”.
Tazuna understands machines and can fix anything from cars to electronics. Visiting a university professor to fix something as a favour, he finds the professor’s room empty with a mysterious hospital room adjoining his office. Drawn to the hospital room, he finds a girl lying in a bed who wakes up and takes his hand. Her name is Koyori, and if he doesn’t keep hold of her hand she will die – easier said than done when they’re being chased by people attacking them with magical, destructive powers.
Jean Otus and his younger sister live in an apartment building she manages as part of their family’s business, while Jean goes out to work as a federal inspector. On hearing the announcement that his department will soon close down, he goes on one last business trip to check the records in a branch office of ACCA, the organisation running essential services for the 13 districts it covers in the Dowa Kingdom.
Gabriel is the highest achieving angel in her graduating class, who are descending to earth to learn more about humanity by attending schools as regular students. Gabriel sets up her own apartment and begins school and volunteer work with the best of intentions… until she discovers online gaming, which transforms her into a fully fledged trash character.
Chuta Kokonose is a middle school boy who has always had a voice in his head. It talks over the voices around him, and he inadvertently replies to it, meaning he often appears to be distracted or talking to himself. He lives in a muffin shop with his aunt since his parents died and tries not to interact too much with other people – not difficult as he has a reputation for being a bit weird. One day he’s helping out at the shop when he’s surrounded by a beam of light. The light transports him to a spaceship housing the space police elDLIVE, where they ask him to join the force and help capture bad aliens.
Schoolgirl Natsuki Hoshina is singing in her village when the leader of the Heroine Party invites her to join the party and run for office – via auditioning for the Idol Dietwomen, a group of women who enter politics as idols. While training for the election, she practises with the well-respected Idol Dietwoman Shizuka Onimaru and deals with mudslinging from her opposition in the election.
Tetsuo Takahashi is a biology teacher with a professional interest and personal fascination with demi-humans, like vampires, succubi or head-carrying dullahan. Having never met a single one, he ends up meeting four at once as three demi-human freshman students and one new teacher show up at the high school he works in.
On turning 15, selected girls are invited to train to become fortune tellers under an ‘urara’. There is strong competition for apprenticeships, but one girl, Chiya, has come in from the mountains with no idea what an urara is or even how to behave around other people.
Keika You’s ancestors were apparently famous exorcists, acknowledged by the emperor. Their status has fallen over the centuries and now Keika works part time in fortune telling, part time in computer repair. Broke with no family, partner, house or car, he dreams of being reincarnated when he is killed by a truck. However, rather than being reincarnated or accepting his death, exorcist Ki Tanmoku tries to convince him to become his ghost partner and help him rid the world of evil spirits.
Shoichi Kamita is a second year high school student trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. While he considers career options and starts studying harder to prepare for university entrance exams, he tries to rise above the teasing of one of his classmates, Hikari.