This week: elderly women in prison, fandom demographics, and realism in 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.
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?
“Once upon a time…” Those first words of the opening monologue of Revolutionary Girl Utena captivated me. It spoke of a place far away in the familiar language of fairy tales and archetypes, but with a princess who wanted to be a prince. Whoever this girl had been, here was a story about her trying to shape her future. “So impressed was she that she vowed to become a prince herself one day. But was that really such a good idea?” In the series, the monologue gets revisited again and again as it gets interpreted and reinterpreted, and every time it repeated itself, I learned more about how stories have power.
This week: women in construction work, 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 content.
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 stories. Caitlin extols a straight relationship based on mutual respect, Vrai has a lot of feelings about their (really awful, really tragic) son, and Dee brings the thoughtful questions.
This week: Kaceytron, backlash against #MeToo in Japan, and workplace sexism.
Gatekeeping stinks. So let’s turn it around and talk about how we can welcome folks into our own AniFem community, whether that means helping new feminist-minded fans find anime and manga they’ll enjoy, or helping more established fans look at anime through a feminist lens.
Part 2 of the 4-part watchalong of Kill la Kill with Amelia, Vrai, and special guest Miranda Sanchez! Fashion gets an unfair shake. The StuCo is Good, but Satsuki is Best. As for Nui… maybe you don’t want to hear out thoughts on Nui.
This week: Banana Fish, the final days of this year’s #28DaysofBlackCosplay, and first-hand accounts from Japanese-American internment camps.
Following up on last week’s discussion of shoujo, this week we’re spotlighting series marketed toward adult women: josei. By far the genre that gets localized the least frequently, it houses some of anime and manga’s greatest stories.
Part 1 of the four-part watchalong of Kill la Kill with Amelia, Vrai, and special guest Miranda Sanchez! In this first episode, the team talks about the polarizing fandom reactions to the series—and has some polarizing reactions of their own. TRIGGER slaps the audience with a bucketful of aesthetic. Ryuko is Good Actually. Too bad the series keeps embarrassing her for titillation.
This week: the charms of Laid-Back Camp, academic feminism, and Japanese feminist vloggers to follow.
Spring 2018 will be bringing us a bounty of shoujo and josei-oriented series telling women’s stories. Often, though, these series can be drowned out by their shounen and seinen counterparts. So this week and next, we want to highlight content marketed toward women.
Amelia, Dee, and Peter check in on the Winter 2018 season.
This week: Colorism, Yami Kawaii, and Olympic Yuri!!! on ICE Fans.
In the late 2000s, the anime boom came to an end and the market crashed, hard. A lot of anime and manga distributors went under, meaning that everything they had the rights to went out of print. Funimation, Viz, and others scooped up a lot of those titles, but there’s still plenty of stuff that’s fallen through the cracks.
Caitlin, Amelia, and Dee discuss Miss Hokusai, the 2015 feature film from Production I.G. Set in the early 1800s, this historical fiction follows real-life artist O-Ei as she navigates her relationships with her famous father, her young sister, and her own developing art in a society and profession dominated by men.
How do you react when you find out one of the main creative forces behind something you love is, to not mince words, a completely shit person?