Marriage equality, Alita’s big eyes, and the apparent horror of women doing things alone.
Anime translation and localization has had something of a learning curve over the years. Sometimes that meant changing character names in an attempt to appeal to a young English-speaking audience, and sometimes it meant more problematic translation choices that misconstrued meaning (see our recent Tokyo Godfathers podcast).
Translation is an art form in and of itself, and we certainly don’t mean to belittle the hard work translators put into a job that can oftentimes seem thankless; however, like all art forms, it’s also worth discussing with a critical eye. So this week, let’s talk about the pitfalls of translation and localization—and don’t worry, we’ll talk about positive examples next week.
Just in time for the holidays, Vrai, Dee, and Peter take a look back at Satoshi Kon’s penultimate feature film, Tokyo Godfathers! Highlights include: Everyone missing the hell out of Kon, a deep-dive into the film’s humanizing (albeit imperfect) focus on marginalized groups, unfortunate translations, and Hana handily stealing the show.
Women leading the industry, gift guides, and trans rights violations.
It’s that time of year again: bloggers all over the internet are signing up to write a dozen posts on the anime of 2017. AniFem isn’t participating this year, but we wanted to open the discussion up to our readers: what were your standouts of 2017?
Part 6 of our Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Dee, Vrai, and Caitlin! The team enters the show’s infamous badlands, and only headcanon AUs, visual novel tangents, and copious amounts of alcohol can get them through it. Nakago levels up to Literal Worst. Tamahome boyfriends good. Miaka stabs her way to freedom.
Nostalgic retrospectives, sexual harassment, and possibly unscrupulous trademarks.
All media shapes our sense of the world and how we understand and empathize with each other, but some creators are more conscious in their attempts to address serious issues: ones where the main themes are about inequality in media or society, or are dedicated to focusing on lives and identities not found in most popular media. And because they aim so high, they can wind up being very hit or miss.
Part 5 of our Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Caitlin, Dee, and Vrai! Emotions run high as the team grapples with the loss of a beloved character and the many, many problems with the story’s handling of gender and sexuality. Miaka applies for dual citizenship. Tamahome invents a stereotype. Nuriko opens up.
History lessons on queer comics, troll culture, and Black men’s connection to Dragon Ball Z.
Sex isn’t a four letter word, and all forms of sexuality (including asexuality and romantic interest) are part of the human experience. It’s only natural that those things will be part of our media. The conversation about when and how to talk about sex, or to have sexy characters (especially female characters) in an ethical and non-exploitative way, gets way more complicated.
Vrai, Caitlin, and Peter check in with 18 anime of our Fall 2017 premiere digest. Listen to find out our biggest surprises, disappointments, and guilty pleasures of the season along with our top recommended sequels!
14-year-old inventors, compensation for panel presenters, and the politics of subtitles.
Last week we talked about female friendship, and it was awesome. Some of the examples sprinkled between those good, good friendships, though, were out-and-out love stories. So today’s the day to celebrate yuri!
Part 4 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Dee, and Caitlin! The ensemble cast shines in another strong stretch, but there’s a storm on the horizon, and we ain’t just talking about Soi’s lightning powers. Chiriko gets real. Miaka straps on her chastity belt. Tamahome has a very bad week.
Depressing news about the fight for gender equality, academic studies of BL, and hobby manga.
The world needs more stories about relationships between women, both romantic and platonic. Today we want to highlight the latter: tell us about your favorite female friendships in anime!
A good but heavy week for links. Discussion of sexual assault, harassment, and (poor handling of) mental illness.
Chatty AF is getting deep into its third long-form watchalong, and we want to check in: what series would you like to watch along with us in the future?
Part 3 of the multi-part Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Dee, and Caitlin! Amidst another fun stretch of episodes, the sleep-deprived trio talks Dubtales, ‘shipping wars, and isekai appeal. Mitsukake is 1000% done. Chiriko is unappreciated in his time. Tasuki is a very good boy.