Last time, we compiled our staff's "best of" votes into a Very Democratic Top 25 list. But just because a show didn't get multiple votes doesn't mean it isn't worth praising! So, to give everyone on staff a chance to highlight some personal darlings, we proudly present Part Two of our 2010s Retrospective, affectionately titled: "I can't believe my teammates have such bad … [Read more...] about Anime Feminist’s Bonus Picks of the Decade
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 [Feature] Abs for Empowerment: Fanservice and the female viewer
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
In 1964 Japan was the first Asian country to host the Olympics. With the world watching, Japan won the third most gold medals (behind the United States and the Soviet Union), including the gold in women’s volleyball. This sparked a boom in female athleticism and added volleyball girls’ gym class curriculums across the country in addition to inspiring an anime called Attack on … [Read more...] about [Feature] Could the Tokyo 2020 Olympics lead to more women’s sports anime?