“Idols as hope” is an inspiring setup. That is, until it’s undercut by the notion of “idols as product.”
Hi everybody! My name’s Samantha. I’m a gawky, geeky trans girl who loves video games and anime, and secretly I’m a little bit of a metalhead. I’m 33 years old, and I spend my days working as a software engineer. I had a different name up until a few days ago, but it’s dead now. Please be kind and don’t bring that up, ‘kay? I’m just Samantha now. Thank you!
On top of my software engineering work, I also serve as the editor-in-chief at Anime Herald. I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing people at the Herald over the past eight years, and they’ve become like a dear family to me.
This week: the Kase-san OVA, the best couples, and Kyoto Sekai University elects the Mali-born Oussouby Sacko as its president.
Spring has sprung and premieres are officially over! What are you watching?
Part 2 of the 4-part watchalong of Michiko & Hatchin with Amelia, Vrai, and special guests Lizzie Visitante and Jacqueline-Elizabeth Cottrell! We talk about coding of desirability, particularly regarding thinness and whiteness; swoon over Atsuko, and discuss women in competition (or not).
Part 1 of the 4-part watchalong of Michiko & Hatchin with Amelia, Vrai, and special guests Lizzie Visitante and Jacqueline-Elizabeth Cottrell! They talk about the cultural context of the series, the fraught issue of on-screen portrayal without diverse casting, and whether the show accurately captures the culture of life in Brazil.