When I was six years old, my mother had a heart attack, thrusting me onto a new path in my life that I didn’t understand the importance of until I was older. In fact, it never really bothered me to care for my mother. I made her drinks, helped her walk again, helped cook and clean, did the washing, and walked the dogs because she couldn’t. My sister and I never complained, nor did my father—it was just a thing that was understood. I didn’t know any different.
In the world of video games, anything is possible. You can be a hero, a villain, the mayor of a town of animals. You could, in fact, be a cavegirl dating pigeons in a post-apocalyptic romantic dramedy, or someone helping humanized swords fight against historical revisionism, or you could even be a gender-nonconforming barista at a cat cafe. In other words, you could be playing an otome game.
This week: a refresher on how art is political, problems with the already small amount of transmasculine representation, and a history of gyaru/gal fashion.
OVAs (Original Video Animations) were a big part of the early English-speaking anime scene, but they’re generally less prevalent today for a variety of reasons. Do you still seek them out?
The first of our 4-part watchalong of the fantasy epic Yona of the Dawn with Caitlin, Peter, and special guest Gabriella!
Dee, Peter, and Vrai check-in on the Winter 2019 season!