CONTENT WARNING for discussions of sexual assault and violence. SPOILERS for the Danganronpa video games and TV anime. Throughout visual culture all over the world, sex and violence against women are constantly intermingled. Not just in terms of rape and sexual assault, but as two components of media that privilege hypermasculinity. Such stories, even the ones with a veneer … [Read more...] about [Versus] Commentary vs. Snuff: Sex, violence, and despair in Danganronpa
CONTENT WARNING for discussion of child abuse, assault, bullying, attempted suicide, and NSFW images. SPOILERS for The Future Diary and A Silent Voice. Mental illness is a part of life for many people. According to a 2017 report in The Guardian, depression is considered to be one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. There are over 300 million people who live with … [Read more...] about [Versus] From Yandere Girlfriends to Social Anxiety: Handling mental illness in The Future Diary and A Silent Voice
SPOILERS: Discussion of character relationships in Cardcaptor Sakura and Clear Card. The classic magical girl anime and manga series, Cardcaptor Sakura, is beloved by many people for its fun, adorable aesthetic, endearing characters, and LGBTQ-inclusiveness. The currently airing sequel, Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card, takes place about a year later and attempts to recapture … [Read more...] about [Versus] Cardcaptor Sakura and the stagnant LGBTQ representation
On paper, Laid-Back Camp and Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles sound quite similar. They’re both slice-of-life shows about girls with niche interests or hobbies, portrayed in loving detail—camping and ramen noodles, respectively. Each series also has a small ensemble cast headed by two standout main characters: a quiet, withdrawn girl with the greatest dedication to the special … [Read more...] about [Versus] Cozy Campfires, Bitter Broth: Female Relationships in Laid-Back Camp vs Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles
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
Here at AniFem we talk a lot about fanservice—no surprise, given how predominant and normalized the sexualization of (mostly female) characters is in the industry. But it’s far from a cut-and-dried issue: a boobs ‘n’ butts show about adults isn’t the same as panty shots of a 13-year-old which, in turn, isn’t the same as fetishizing helplessness. And all of that can make it … [Read more...] about [Versus] Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid vs… Itself?
When I learned that this season’s new anime, WorldEnd (or SukaSuka), was based on a light novel about an adult man becoming a caretaker for a group of under-18 girls, I was understandably wary given anime’s less-than-glowing track record when handling age gaps and power dynamics. Fortunately, WorldEnd’s leading man, Willem, is (so far) completely uninterested in romancing the … [Read more...] about [Versus] WorldEnd vs Hajime no Ippo: When bad frames happen to good people
Characterization, sexuality, and objectification are extremely dense subjects and the source of a great deal of debate in modern media. This is especially true in regards to female characters designed and directed to appeal to the heterosexual male audience. There is a lot to unpack in these discussions, including whether a character is being sexualized or owning their … [Read more...] about [Versus] Black Lagoon vs Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann