What happens to shounen action heroes when they grow up? How should a hero and his friends live after getting everything they ever wanted? Boruto: Naruto Next Generations looks at the lives of its heroes as adults raising families, depicting them as falling along traditional gender lines. … [Read more...] about [Feature] How Boruto: Naruto Next Generations demonstrates real-world problems with gender roles and work culture
Over one intense weekend, we met our $19,900 crowdfunding goal just 38 hrs after launching the campaign. We met our first stretch goal just two hours later. … [Read more...] about [Editorial] We did it! On crowdfunding success and stretch goals
SPOILERS for both the Howl's Moving Castle film and novel. Released in Japan in 2004, Howl’s Moving Castle remains one of Studio Ghibli’s classic films. But to anyone who was inspired to read the book it’s based on (written by Diana Wynne Jones), the film reads less like an adaptation than a complete reimagining. While the main cast remains essentially the same, much of its … [Read more...] about [Versus] Cursed with Insecurity: Howl’s Moving Castle in print and film
The countdown is over - our crowdfunding campaign just went live on Indiegogo! You can finally read our campaign, see our list of perks, watch our video, and contribute at https://www.animefeminist.com/crowdfunding/ … [Read more...] about [Editorial] Crowdfunding campaign live update post
CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of gaslighting, racism, and emotional abuse. SPOILERS for some relationship-related events in Case Closed. I was only a kid when I started watching Case Closed religiously on French TV. It was exciting watching the little detective see right through deception to catch dangerous criminals case after case. He had smarts that I wished I could equal … [Read more...] about [Feature] Love & Lies: Case Closed and the normalization of gaslighting in fiction
Numbers, in business terms, are all about storytelling. “We made $800 by our third month on Patreon” isn’t as meaningful or powerful as “By our third month, we could afford to pay contributing writers $50 per feature for two features a week.” I’ve written three posts setting the scene. Now, it’s finally time to give you hard numbers, and walk you through the story they’ll … [Read more...] about [Editorial] How much money are we aiming to crowdfund?
Boys’ love comics. To some, they’re gay romance and gay representation. To others, they’re an exploitation of gay male love for the pleasure of women. In that way, they’re synonymous to lesbian porn for straight men. That said, BL really exists somewhere in the middle. BL stories depict gay romance as a way to celebrate female sexuality, and that’s okay. In addition, there … [Read more...] about [Feature] The Queer Fudanshi’s Starter Guide to BL Manga
I’ve talked about why we’re crowdfunding and what will happen if we don’t reach our goal. Now it’s time to get into some detail: who will your money actually go to? And how will we make sure we pay them properly? … [Read more...] about [Editorial] Who will get the money we crowdfund?
CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault and the use of disturbing images. The past few years have been a golden age of accessibility for previously hard-to-see anime films. Two such classics are Eiichi Yamamoto's 1973 Belladonna of Sadness and Satoshi Kon's 1997 debut, Perfect Blue. Belladonna's 4K restoration hit theaters in spring 2016, and Perfect Blue got two … [Read more...] about [Versus] Trauma or Titillation? Perspective and assault in Belladonna of Sadness and Perfect Blue
On 1st December, we’ll be asking for a large amount of money through our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. “Five-figure sum” large. Given our following, and our track record in raising funds and support, this is actually an achievable amount. This campaign is a risk, but one that should pay off. If it doesn’t though, there will be some fallout for AniFem - not all of … [Read more...] about [Editorial] What happens if we don’t meet our crowdfunding goal?
CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of abuse and BDSM. SPOILERS: General discussion of the main relationship in the Horimiya manga. “It’s just fiction!” my mother told me when I spelled out all the abusive relationship dynamics present in the Twilight series and, later, 50 Shades of Grey. “It’s just fiction!” detractors of my series on abusive relationships in shoujo manga say. … [Read more...] about [Feature] Horimiya and experimenting with kink through fiction
AniFem CEO Amelia here, with an exciting announcement... … [Read more...] about [Editorial] The future of Anime Feminist
CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of homophobia and transphobia. SPOILERS for Sailor Moon Season One and romances in Please Save My Earth. Sailor Moon turned twenty-five last year and, despite a few rough edges, it’s aged remarkably well. The series has garnered deserved accolades for its strong female friendships, memorable visuals, and forward-looking representation. But … [Read more...] about [History] Flowers for Zoisite: How Sailor Moon’s iconic queer villains raised the bar
CONTENT WARNING for discussion of sexism and sexual harassment; NSFW screenshots. SPOILERS for the first three chapters and episodes of the Soul Eater manga and anime. Soul Eater was a breakout success for manga artist Ohkubo Atsushi. Beginning initially as a series of one-shot chapters set in the same universe, the manga (which ran in Monthly Shonen Gangan) eventually … [Read more...] about [Versus] Dissonant at its Soul: Sexual objectification in Soul Eater
CONTENT WARNING for discussion of racism and sexual abuse; replication of slurs; and human experimentation. SPOILERS for the entire Banana Fish manga. Banana Fish is a classic 1980s shoujo crime drama created by Akimi Yoshida and filled with gritty historical realities that are still relevant today. While the series’ positive queer themes have been discussed on Anime … [Read more...] about [History] Banana Fish and the real-world racial politics of 1980s America
March comes in like a lion is not always an easy show to watch. I’ve lost count of all the times it’s brought me to tears. The protagonist, Rei Kiriyama, is probably the most relatable and moving representation of anxiety and depression I’ve ever seen. He’s the one thing that brought me to this show, but he’s not the only reason I stayed. … [Read more...] about [Feature] On Your Side: Support networks in March comes in like a lion
Mamoru Hosoda is best known as the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and Wolf Children. It was during the production of Wolf Children that he set up his animation headquarters, Studio Chizu, which went on to release The Boy and the Beast in 2015. You may also know Hosoda as the director of the first Digimon films, or even as the original director slated … [Read more...] about [Interview] Film director Mamoru Hosoda talks gender roles, parenthood, and identity in Japan
CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of sexual abuse, slavery, and BDSM; NSFW screenshots. SPOILERS for the entire How Not to Summon A Demon Lord anime series. Is it okay to own another person? Frankly, the answer is no. Notwithstanding the historical foundations of slavery the United States is built upon, there’s still modern-day slavery perpetuated by the prison-industrial … [Read more...] about [Feature] How NOT to Enter a BDSM Relationship: Consent and abuse in Demon Lord
The fall shows have had some time to show their colors, so let's see how they look a few weeks in! … [Read more...] about [Review] Fall 2018 three-episode check-in