In early 2011, ATLUS released Catherine. Months before the release of this unique puzzler, advertisements showed the series would revolve around the complicated topics of commitment, marriage, love, sex, and the relationship between men and women. In late 2017, ATLUS announced they would be re-releasing Catherine with a new addition to the cast. Her name is Rin. She’s a new … [Read more...] about [Discourse] Catherine, Trans Identities, and Representation in Japan
Archives for February 2018
This week: Banana Fish, the final days of this year's #28DaysofBlackCosplay, and first-hand accounts from Japanese-American internment camps. … [Read more...] about [Links] 21-27 February: Banana Fish, Internment Camp History, and Celebrating Black Cosplayers
Following up on last week's discussion of shoujo, this week we're spotlighting series marketed toward adult women: josei. By far the genre that gets localized the least frequently, it houses some of anime and manga's greatest stories. … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] What’s your favorite josei series?
Part 1 of the four-part watchalong of Kill la Kill with Amelia, Vrai, and special guest Miranda Sanchez! In this first episode, the team talks about the polarizing fandom reactions to the series—and has some polarizing reactions of their own. TRIGGER slaps the audience with a bucketful of aesthetic. Ryuko is Good Actually. Too bad the series keeps embarrassing her for … [Read more...] about [Podcast] Chatty AF 43: Kill la Kill Watchalong – Episodes 1-6
My Hero Academia is one of my favorite series in recent years. Thanks to its compelling, lovable cast and exciting world-building, it’s some of the most fun I’ve ever had with shounen and superheroes. Regrettably, though, it’s not entirely free of some of the most frustrating (and typical) shounen stereotypes that frequently undermine its strong female cast. … [Read more...] about [Feature] Gender Inequity in My Hero Academia
CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of pedophilia and child pornography. In November 2017, Nobuhiro Watsuki was arrested for the possession of child pornography. Shueisha responded by suspending publication of his Rurouni Kenshin sequel. This isn’t the first time a Shonen JUMP author has been arrested for crimes involving underage girls. In 2002, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro was arrested … [Read more...] about [Discourse] Shonen JUMP and the cycle of letting it slide
This week: the charms of Laid-Back Camp, academic feminism, and Japanese feminist vloggers to follow. … [Read more...] about [Links] 14-20 February 2018: Laid-Back Camp, Academic Feminism, and Japanese Feminist Vloggers
Spring 2018 will be bringing us a bounty of shoujo and josei-oriented series telling women's stories. Often, though, these series can be drowned out by their shounen and seinen counterparts. So this week and next, we want to highlight content marketed toward women. … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] What’s your favorite shoujo series?
Amelia, Dee, and Peter check in on the Winter 2018 season. … [Read more...] about [Podcast] Chatty AF 42: Winter 2018 Mid-Season Check-in
What are otaku? In the west, we have our own general impressions and ideas of what that word means: antisocial men who watch anime, and girls who identify as fujoshi. However, Japanese people tend to have a different concept of the term. “Otaku” can define anyone (male or female) who is obsessed with a single interest, though the stereotypical image swings more towards anime … [Read more...] about [History] The diversification of otaku in Japanese media
Sayo Yamamoto became a household name in anime fandom in 2017 after Yuri!!! on ICE became an international phenomenon. However, even before that, she had an impressive career with series such as Michiko and Hatchin and The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, earning her a cult following for their stories about complicated, sexy women and feminist themes. She has also directed numerous … [Read more...] about [Interview] Sayo Yamamoto, director and storyboard artist
This week: Colorism, Yami Kawaii, and Olympic Yuri!!! on ICE Fans. … [Read more...] about [Links] 7-13 February 2018: Colorism, Yami Kawaii, and Olympic Yuri!!! on ICE Fans
In the late 2000s, the anime boom came to an end and the market crashed, hard. A lot of anime and manga distributors went under, meaning that everything they had the rights to went out of print. Funimation, Viz, and others scooped up a lot of those titles, but there's still plenty of stuff that's fallen through the cracks. … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] What anime and manga licenses would you like to see rescued?
Caitlin, Amelia, and Dee discuss Miss Hokusai, the 2015 feature film from Production I.G. Set in the early 1800s, this historical fiction follows real-life artist O-Ei as she navigates her relationships with her famous father, her young sister, and her own developing art in a society and profession dominated by men. … [Read more...] about [Podcast] Chatty AF 41: Miss Hokusai Retrospective
CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault and transphobia. SPOILERS for the entire Fushigi Yugi series. I first watched Fushigi Yugi when I was 14 years old, and it has been a consistent, even integral part of my life ever since. … [Read more...] about [My Fave is Problematic] Fushigi Yugi
Perspectives articles focus on the feminist-relevant impact particular stories or characters have had on the writer. These are personal essays meant to highlight a variety of marginalized voices and experiences, and as such may contain views that challenge or contradict the experiences of other readers. As always, we encourage you to share your own stories in the … [Read more...] about [Perspectives] The problem with problematic creators
This week: NHK and LGBTQ+ representation, Netflix and piracy, and #BlackGirlMagic... … [Read more...] about [Links] 31 January – 6 February 2018: NHK and LGBTQ+ representation, Netflix and piracy, and #BlackGirlMagic
Voting continues in the Crunchyroll Anime Awards, and we want to know where you stand! … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] What would get your vote in the Anime Awards?
The 10th and final installment of our Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Dee, Vrai, and Caitlin! The team finishes out the OVAs in trademark rollercoaster fashion as they bask in one of the series' highest highs, suffer through one of its lowest lows, and still come out the other side fighting for this messy, sincere franchise. Taka finds himself. Chichiri needs a hug. Mayo does … [Read more...] about [Podcast] Chatty AF 40: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – OVAs (Part 2 of 2)
DEVILMAN crybaby has been tearing up the internet since it dropped a few weeks ago, sparking conversation about its use of sex, violence, horror, and taboo to tell a story about love and the end of the world. Not an inconsiderable amount of that discussion was centered around the series’ queer representation. What do you do with a series that features sympathetic representation … [Read more...] about [Feature] DEVILMAN crybaby, legacies of queerness, and diversifying remakes