Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family serves up monthly episodes about the characters bonding emotionally, having fun, and cooking for each other. However, as enjoyable as the show has been, “Bamboo Shoot Gratin” drew criticism from fans and reviewers alike over the way it depicted two characters, Sakura and Shinji Matou.
Posts by Jessica Engelbrecht
The pairing of a meek young woman with a self-assured and wealthy man is common in shoujo manga, sometimes leading to depictions of abusive or unhealthy relationships that are tacitly treated as acceptable by the story and audience. It’s worth examining how The Ancient Magus’ Bride does (or doesn’t) fall into these patterns.