I thought I knew what I was getting into when I saw the cover art for Free!, given that it features an assortment of scantily clad young men standing very close to one another, abs on display like muffins in a bakery. I soon discovered that was only the start of the fanservice, as I found myself on a wild emotional ride that convinced me that when it comes to creating … [Read more...] about [Discourse] Fanservice and the Female Viewer: Abs for Empowerment
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?
Another day, another display of questionable judgement from an anime or manga company's marketing department. Today's dubious decision comes from Funimation, which we've talked about before. … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] Is ‘waifu’ trash?
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
Tamotsu is looking for a rare figurine in Akihabara when a girl holding a baseball bat falls out of the sky. She begins fighting maids and monsters, which Tamotsu assumes is street theatre until the same girl shows up in the figurine store he is in and attacks a girl he is talking to. Could it have something to do with the Akihabara urban legend of the Bugged Ones, shadow … [Read more...] about [Review] Akiba’s Trip – episode 1
There’s a misconception that feminists believe any and all fan service is always bad. But in this feminist’s opinion, fan service goes wrong when it interrupts the mood of the show. Take Keijo!!!!!!!!, my guilty pleasure of this anime season, in which girls don skimpy swimsuits, study “asstronomy,” and use their ample buttocks to knock each other out. I love comedies and … [Read more...] about [Feature] How fan service can attract or repel an audience, and how to tell the difference
(I need to work on catchier titles.) Many of you are here because of an interview I had with Cecilia D'Anastasio, published on Kotaku earlier this week. Cecilia did an amazing job. I had expected a gentle, softball interview from a fellow feminist anime writer, really more of a cosy chat... but - while being perfectly lovely throughout - she showed up with challenging … [Read more...] about AniFem Kotaku interview follow-up
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