Through its raw, emotional, sometimes-frustrating narrative, Fushigi Yugi uses isekai trappings and the relationship between Miaka and Yui to explore common sources of desire and anxiety for teenage girls along with their potential consequences, both positive and negative. By tapping into the mentality of its audience and providing reassurance in its conclusion, Fushigi Yugi serves the function of a modern fable or fairy tale.
In my years consuming media, I’ve encountered certain beliefs and behaviours that never fail to frustrate me. One of them is women’s entertainment and their creators being diminished or regarded with contempt just for targeting women. There is a double standard at play: media targeted at or starring women is “for girls,” while media targeted at or starring men is “for everyone” (unless, of course, someone who isn’t a man is critical of it; then it wasn’t “for them”).
This week: visual novels with sexual content under fire, #WeToo, and spousal abuse (Content warning for sexual assault).
Now that AniFem’s broken even, our next priority is ensuring the site is accessible for everyone.
Amelia, Caitlin, and Peter check-in on the Spring 2018 season.
The 4th and final part of the 4-part watchalong of Michiko & Hatchin with Amelia, Vrai, and special guests Lizzie Visitante and Jacqueline-Elizabeth Cottrell! They look back on the series in light of its finale, dissect its portrayal of police brutality in the modern climate, and discuss the series’ importance to WOC.