The cozy winter season has come to a close, so now it's time to take a look back at the shows the team most enjoyed snuggling up with. Grab your penguins, your mummies, and your Pompompurins and gather 'round the campfire, AniFam! … [Read more...] about Feminist anime recommendations of Winter 2018
Archives for March 2018
In mid-March, the Flying Colors Foundation (FCF), a non-profit organization based in California, released their “Anime Census” survey. The organization and its stated mission to “provide the anime community new opportunities to let their voice be heard” and “create a better future for anime” were quickly greeted with understandable skepticism and legitimate criticism regarding … [Read more...] about [Feature] Dangerous Precedents: What the Flying Colors Foundation got wrong about anime and mental health
Okay... I've spent a good three weeks trying to figure out how to say this. I've chewed my nails down to nothing, and I've rewritten this a few dozen times over... so I'm just going to go on ahead and do it. … [Read more...] about [Perspectives] Nerdy Talk and New Frontiers: My wandering ramble on coming out in the anime fandom
This week: Lezhin's abuse of web artists, reading Sephiroth as trans, and a response from Flying Colors Foundation. … [Read more...] about [Links] 21-27 March 2018: Lezhin Abuses, Trans Sephiroth, and Flying Colors Foundation
The Winter season is coming to a close (with Spring already on its heels—yikes!). The AniFem team will be sharing their recommendations this weekend, but before that, we want to hear about the shows that kept you warm and toasty on those long, chilly nights. … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] What’s your Winter 2018 favorite?
On Saturday, I wrote a post to raise funds for Anime Feminist. In summary: to cover spring premiere reviews, we needed $880. For premiere reviews to be sustainable, we needed our Patreon to reach $1675 and stay above that point from now on. We knew our community would step up... but response to this post has blown us away. … [Read more...] about [Update] Funding for premiere reviews
What’s it about? Saki is a (failing) teen idol who wants to get closer to her crush, the airhead Mohiro. She gets the chance when a yakuza claiming to be a magical girl mascot shows up at her house to scout her. Her transformation not only gives her magical powers—it also transforms her into a totally ripped AMAB dude. … [Read more...] about [Review] Magical Girl Ore – Episodes 1-2
Part 4 and final part of the 4-part Kill la Kill watchalong with Amelia, Vrai, and special guest Miranda Sanchez! Amelia reassesses Mako, Vrai plants their flag on The Discourse (you know the one), and the group hashes out what a remake might bring to the table. All our thanks to Miranda for being a wonderful guest and model fan. … [Read more...] about [Podcast] Chatty AF 47: Kill la Kill Watchalong – Episodes 19-24
I'll cut to the chase: in just one week, we're facing up to $880 worth of premiere reviews with only $500 in the bank. We need your help, or we’re going to have to reconsider whether we even do premiere reviews in the future. In this post, I'll give you details on what we need money for, what we currently spend it on, and what we will spend it on once we're no longer … [Read more...] about [Editorial] The future of Anime Feminist starts this week… with $880
Pop Team Epic blasted onto our screens at the start of the winter 2018 season and has been confusing and amusing viewers ever since. It’s fast-paced, surreal, absurd, a little crude, entrenched in pop culture, and just plain ridiculous. It stars Popuko and Pipimi, a pair of schoolgirls who, in taking this wild and wacky spotlight, step into a role not often given to girls in … [Read more...] about [Feature] Pop Team Epic and the value of letting girls be absurd
Kino’s Journey (2003) is one of the great classics of anime: directed by the late Ryutaro Nakamura (Serial Experiments Lain) with his characteristic eye for negative space and eerie, melancholy sound design, the series is a quiet but purposeful sequence of short stories ranging from the fantastical to the mundane. All of them are about human nature, and as Kino meets various … [Read more...] about [Feature] Kino is the non-binary protagonist we deserve
This week: elderly women in prison, fandom demographics, and realism in School Babysitters. … [Read more...] about [Links] 14-20 March 2018: Elderly Women in Prison, Fandom Demographics, and School Babysitters
Part 3 of the 4-part watchalong of Kill la Kill with Amelia, Vrai, and special guest Miranda Sanchez! This week, the crew discusses why it can be hard to talk critically about shows you loved as a teenager, why Deep Metaphors only work if you remember intersectionality, and why Satsuki deserves way better than That One Scene. … [Read more...] about [Podcast] Chatty AF 46: Kill la Kill Watchalong – Episodes 13-18
This season, Atsuko Ishizuka is working on her first anime-original series with A Place Further than the Universe. Both Free!'s Hiroko Utsumi and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun's Mitsue Yamazaki have projects within the next two seasons. And the AniFem team just relived their love for Sayo Yamamoto in podcast form. Now we want to know: who's your fave? … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] Who’s your favorite female anime director?
CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of sexism, sexual harassment, and NSFW screenshots. SPOILERS for Darling in the FRANXX Episode 8. Studio A-1’s teenage mecha show, Darling in the FRANXX, was one of the most anticipated series of the winter 2018 season. With a post-apocalyptic setting, thick psychosexual symbolism, and mecha action scenes directed by Studio TRIGGER’s Hiroyuki … [Read more...] about [Discourse] FranXX vs. FranXY: The outdated gender politics of DARLING in the FRANXX
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] Ohtori Revisited: My 18 Years with Revolutionary Girl Utena
This week: women in construction work, Liz and the Blue Bird, and Ikuhara anime. … [Read more...] about [Links] 7-13 March 2018: Women in construction, Liz and the Blue Bird, and Ikuhara anime
Sometimes life is tough, and all you want to watch is something gentle and soothing, like a cat video in show form. Anime has a whole genre for that—iyashikei, or "healing" shows. This season in particular has a lot of iyashikei, from Laid-Back Camp to How to Keep a Mummy. Winter's starting to draw to a close, so let's offer suggestions for folks looking for more gentle … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] What’s your favorite healing anime?
Vrai, Caitlin, and Dee take a look back at Sayo Yamamoto and Mari Okada’s Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine! The team discusses the show's unique place as the only Lupin property with a woman in the director or head writer's chair, Fujiko's uneven portrayals across time, and how the series pulls no punches in discussing sexuality, identity, and who controls women's … [Read more...] about Chatty AF 45: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Retrospective
CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of adults preying on minors. SPOILERS for the first three episodes of After the Rain and Ristorante Paradiso. At first glance, Ristorante Paradiso and After the Rain bear remarkable similarities. Both are anime adaptations of manga series written by women that center around a May-September romance. Both star a young woman and a middle-aged … [Read more...] about [Versus] After the Rain, Ristorante Paradiso, and the delicate art of the age-gap romance