We’ll be taking a look back at our favorite shows of the entire year in a couple days, but before that, we wanted to pop in and give some accolades to the fall shows that really (ah-hem) rocked.
Conversations like #MeToo are emphasizing an important point: we need to believe survivors. That doesn’t mean we throw away due process, but it does mean that society needs to stop treating sexual assault and harassment victims with doubt and suspicion. It also means challenging victim-blaming, the attitude that victims “asked for it” because of what they did or wore, their past sexual history, and so on. It’s worthwhile to take stock of whether the fiction we consume promotes trust and respect for survivors. This article examines three narratives from recent anime about real or alleged sexual harassment and assault.
There have been many adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Some have tried to simplify the story to make it easier to fit into a constrained time limit, while others were so faithful to the plot that the spirit is entirely lost. Gankutsuou, by contrast, is arguably the best adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo while also being its own original story.
It’s evident that the creative team behind this series had a lot of love for the source material that they were able to capture the nuances of what made the book a compelling drama to read. Unlike the previous adaptations of the book, which overwhelmingly cast white actors for all the roles, the anime makes a point of depicting the main characters as people of color, specifically brown characters.
Women in politics, ATLUS’s bad track record, and your anime faves.
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. In October 2017, AniFem turned one year old! And I celebrated by… spending 10 days raising money.
Happy holidays, readers! Hopefully you’re all warm and safe this holiday season, and with people you care about. We here at AniFem are beyond grateful for all of you–we couldn’t do what we love without your enthusiasm and support. In honor of that enthusiasm, here’s a post to tell us about what you love: specifically, your fave anime.
Part 8 of the multi-part watchalong of Fushigi Yugi with Caitlin, Vrai, and Dee! As gods rise, characters fall, and the TV series comes to an explosive conclusion, the team discusses the highs and lows and argues for the show’s place in the anime canon. Tasuki and Chichiri have their Helm’s Deep Moment. Nakago woobies out. Miaka and Tamahome get by with a little help from their friends.
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. September 2017 was the first month AniFem worked properly: a full house of features, discussion posts, link round-ups and our most varied month of podcasts to date – including the podcast I’m proudest of so far.
Recovery of an MMO Junkie is a bit of a misleading title. Looking at this romantic comedy by name and genre alone, it seems at first to be about its geeky protagonist, Morioka Moriko, getting pried away from her addiction to online games and finding happiness (and perhaps some good ol’ romance) in the real world. Instead, MMO Junkie gives us a story about finding happiness and fulfillment through online games, using their safe zone of community and anonymity as a foothold to regain emotional confidence. More importantly, it gives us Moriko herself, a complex, flawed, and likable female protagonist who provides valuable representation for adult women with geeky interests, as well as a moving personal story about anxiety and recovery.
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. August 2017 is when I finally met all eight members of Team AniFem, plus some of our writers, patrons and industry supporters for the first time.
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. This was the season that finally broke me – and made AniFem stronger.
The healing power of MMO Junkie, gender-variant characters, and looking back on 2017.
June 2017 was a quieter month as I struggled once again to keep on top of everything I’d committed to. I made one good decision though: starting the watchalong podcasts with SHIROBAKO and special guest Miles.
In May, we put out five features, including the post I personally have probably linked to the most this year.
Translating can be a thankless job–one where doing it well means that most people won’t notice your hard work at all. Last week we talked about failures in translation, so it’s only right that we take time to acknowledge how good that work is when it goes right.
Part 7 of the multi-part Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Dee, Vrai, and Caitlin! With the badlands safely behind them, the team returns to the show’s usual mixed bag of big adventure and even bigger emotions as the series heads into its action-packed home stretch. Yui phones home. Keisuke makes the Best Boy shortlist. Miaka’s thirst intensifies.
Another season, another round of premiere reviews—and this time I accepted help. After falling four days behind.
In March 2017 we covered moe, fanservice, and magical girls—and survived.
Land of the Lustrous has proven to be a sleeper hit of the Fall 2017 season, with its beautiful melding of CG and traditional art, creative direction, likable characters, and penchant for cliffhangers. It also made minor waves by deciding to refer to almost the entire cast with neutral “they/them” pronouns. In an industry that has historically elected to choose binary pronouns for characters who aren’t gendered or are gendered ambiguously in the original text, this marks a small but important—and most crucially, conscious—shift.