In this week's links: Evangelion, female AniTubers, Gabriel DropOut, and fandom diversity. … [Read more...] about [Links] 22-28 February 2017
Archives for February 2017
As we reach the end of Black History Month in the US and Canada, let's celebrate and signal-boost the contributions of black fans in English-speaking Japanese pop culture fandom. Which are your favorite images from #28DaysofBlackCosplay? Which black creators do you think everyone should be following on social media? Which black artists create fanart and/or … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] Black fan magic
I'm very pleased to announce that our trial podcast episode received such positive feedback that we've decided to make it a regular feature! Podcasts will be fortnightly to begin with, and will increase to weekly as soon as we can pay our editor, currently a volunteer, $15 an hour. Editing a podcast twice a month is already a big favour; doing it weekly becomes a job and … [Read more...] about [Podcast] Chatty AF 2: Revolutionary Girl Utena Retrospective
One of our objectives on launch was to become something of a hub for content of interest to feminist fans of Japanese pop culture. I think we're doing a decent job of this for recent content, not so much for the content that pre-dates us. So, starting today, we're taking part in Throwback Thursday to post some of the great feminist content on anime, manga and other Japanese … [Read more...] about [Throwback] Revolutionary Girl Utena
SPOILERS: for the Evangelion franchise Twenty-six episodes, two movies, a yet-to-be-completed remake/sequel(?) film tetralogy, and a whole lot of fan-wank later, Neon Genesis Evangelion continues to reign as one of anime’s most lucrative, most groundbreaking, and most perplexing works. There are a million-and-one ways we can interpret Evangelion, but as you’ve probably … [Read more...] about [Discourse] “I Am Not a Doll”: Rei Ayanami, Escapism, and Objectified Images of Desire
It’s been a quiet week here at AniFem, except behind the scenes - thanks to your positive feedback to our trial podcast episode, we have recorded two new episodes already! Each one is on a show that made a big impact on anime fandom, in very different ways, and both will be coming to your ears soon. In the meantime, let’s see what the internet’s been up to... … [Read more...] about [Links] 15-21 February 2017
This week Team AniFem is thinking a lot about how to give back to our readers, and particularly our patrons. Response to our trial podcast episode has been so positive we've already recorded two more. We've also been considering ideas for panels to host at anime conventions, and asking for your ideas. Whether our panel ideas go ahead or not, we are planning to have an AniFem … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] What exclusive content shall we give our patrons?
Happy Valentine's Day to anyone celebrating! Anyone not celebrating (or not enjoying it), maybe this 2014 account of Frog-kun's attempts to make Valentine's chocolate like an anime girl will help. Worth a click for the photographic evidence alone. … [Read more...] about [Links] 8-14 February 2017
It's Valentine's Day tomorrow! To celebrate, we want to hear about your favorite ships, including the most progressive and the most problematic romances Japanese pop culture has to offer. What is the most feminist-friendly ship you support? What is your guilty pleasure, the least feminist-friendly romance you can't help but love? Which ship most closely represents … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] Feminist-friendly – and unfriendly – ships
We are now four months old, the winter season is well underway, and it is time we got back into the swing of things! To keep these posts regular they will be under new management effective immediately, so you can expect them every Tuesday without fail... starting next Tuesday. To give the new owner a clean slate to start from, here are the links from the first week of … [Read more...] about [Links] 1-7 February 2017
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. If you want us to make more, let us know: … [Read more...] about Introducing the AniFem podcast: Chatty AF
Last week we talked about the erasure of lesbian romance in the dub of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. This week, let's look at lesbian representation in yuri anime/manga and other Japanese pop culture. … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] Yuri anime and manga
When the first episode dub of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid came out, fans were quick to notice a problem: lines which had been accurately translated for subtitles had been revised for the dub. This is not unusual; lines must be expanded or trimmed to synchronise with lip flap movements, and jokes in particular can fall flat if not overhauled. But that’s not what happened … [Read more...] about [Discourse] Why aren’t problematic translations fixed?
SPOILERS: General discussion of Trigun and Trigun Maximum Yasuhiro Nightow's manga Trigun is most assuredly defined by its tagline: Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action! Even so, those words also make the series damn near impossible to truly fit into a genre. It has a heavy science fiction origin, a Spaghetti Western backdrop, themes and symbolism from Christianity, and is … [Read more...] about [Feature] The Powerful Women of Trigun