Weekly Round-Up, 29 January – 4 February, 2020: Hatori Bisco Interview, PokeMom Pam, and Stars Align Fan Movie

By: Anime Feminist February 4, 20200 Comments
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AniFem Round-Up

2020 Winter Three-Episode Check-In

The team checks in with what they’re watching now that the season is a quarter of the way over.

AniFem Fundraiser Update: January 2020

A rundown of the last month, from the new site design to transcript progress.

Chatty AF 108: Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Retrospective

Chiaki, Dee, and Vrai discuss the importance of an LGBTQ+ manga written by an X-gender asexual author and get a little personal about its impact.

Who are your favorite women leaders in anime?

That means any form of leadership, from combat roles to community leaders.

Beyond AniFem

“It is so surreal” – Chatting with PokéMom Pam, The Internet’s New Favourite TCG Player (Laura K Buzz, Laura Dale)

Pam began playing as a way to bond with her daughter, only to place in the finals of her first tournament.

“I am a competitive person. As a side note my mother is an extremely competitive card player and she whines a lot when she looses lol. It runs in the family. I love playing Bridge, Sequence, Rummikub, and Hand and Foot. I am always interested in learning new games”.

While Pam had spent years taking Caroline to tournaments, it was with a little helpful nudging from her daughter that she decided to dip her toe into playing, rather than just watching along from the sidelines. Where Pam had wanted to come along and show support of her daughter’s hobby, it was Caroline who took the initiative to suggest Pam try her hand at playing too.

“The only reason that I went to the tournament was to get a glimmer of my daughter’s world and spend time with her.”

Steady decrease in guide dogs poses problem in aging population (The Asahi Shimbun, Tsuchiya Makoto)

There are currently under 1000 trained guide dogs in Japan.

People with guide dogs are sometimes treated unfairly.
Although a law to eliminate discrimination against disabled people took effect in 2016, there is basically no punishment imposed on offenders.

An Eye Mate study revealed that 52.9 percent of visually impaired people were refused entry to shops and stores in 2018 and 2019 because they were with their guide dogs.

Still, Akihiro Arakawa, 53, president of Rabbit, a company that helps disabled people live on their own, said guide dogs cannot be replaced by caregivers or technology.

Stars Align to Produce ‘Special Collaboration Movie’, ‘Special Fan Movie (Anime News Network, Kim Morrissy)

Further details will be announced in future.

The Stars Align anime announced on Friday that it is producing a “special collaboration movie” and a “special fan movie.” The “special collaboration movie” will involve the ED theme “Kago no Naka no Bokura wa” (We Inside a Cage) artist AIKI from Bless4 teaming up with the dancer Melochin, who provided the choreography for the ED’s dance sequence. The “special fan movie” will be a “memorial” promotional video.

2 sterilized after scrapping of eugenics law seek investigation (The Asahi Shimbun, Sekiguchi Kayoko)

While the investigation is being reviewed, any warnings issuing from it would not be legally binding.

Katagata and Yoneda have yet to decide if they will sue the government for compensation because they have not obtained their medical records, Motoya Ogasawara, a lawyer representing the two, said at a news conference in Tokyo.

Forced sterilizations were permitted under the Eugenic Protection Law that took effect in 1948 to prevent births of “inferior” offspring.

The law was revised in 1996 and renamed the Maternal Health Law.

Ogasawara said it is rare for victims who were forcibly sterilized under the Maternal Health Law to step forward. He said the two cases show that dubious medical practices and misinformation continued even after the old law was abolished.

Funimation Removes Interspecies Reviewers Anime as it ‘Falls Outside’ Company’s Standards (Anime News Network, Crystalyn Hodgkins)

The series was partially dubbed at time of removal. Plunderer remains available on Funimation’s service.

Funimation confirmed with ANN on Friday that it has removed the Interspecies Reviewers anime from its streaming platform. The company provided ANN with the following statement from a spokesperson:

After careful consideration, we determined that this series falls outside of our standards. We have the utmost respect for our creators so rather than substantially alter the content, we felt taking it down was the most respectful choice.

Japan’s top court upholds fine on designer for child porn computer images (Kyodo News)

The photos were digital images based on pornographic photography of children.

Takahashi had argued the images were “works of art depicting an imaginary character” and would only be illegal if the girls were aged under 18 at the time the images were created.

But the top court rejected his argument as the images had been made from “photographs of actual girls.”

The defendant created the images based on a photo collection from the 1980s and sold them online in 2009, according to lower court rulings.

In March 2016, the Tokyo District Court sentenced him to one year in prison, suspended for three years, and imposed a fine of 300,000 yen after finding three of the 34 images created by Takahashi were based on actual girls.

VIDEO: Short interview with mangaka Hatori Bisco.

THREAD: Example translation from #HerVoiceJP, a hashtag of Japanese women discussing harassment.

THREAD: Links and photos to Black cosplayers and how to support their work.

TWEET: Link to a google doc directory of Black artists in various fields

AniFem Community

Sometimes it’s just nice to celebrate rad female characters.

I wrote this on a separate thread, but my leader du jour is Sayaka Kanamori from Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Here is a young woman who becomes a producer in a highly commercial field of business. Her first job is to wrangle her creative team into line, which is like herding cats. Without her the creatives would be off chasing butterflies, as is depicted quite literally in one scene.

On the one hand Kanamori is smart enough to give the creatives enough of a loose leash that they are engaged and excited by by the work. However, when she discovers they are indulging themselves by polishing work, rather than racing through the backlog, she puts her foot down. (Again, depicted literally.) Here is a real producer at work, prioritising resource when she threatens to move Asakusa from one job to another, or demanding that shortcuts be taken, and quality sacrificed, so as to hit deadlines. She calculates, negotiates and as in the case of the budget meeting knows when to bluff and to fold. She's a sharp cookie with good instincts who Gets Things Done.

I'm a videogame designer in a business that overlaps somewhat with traditional animation. (The studio I work for basically makes animated movies.) We have some great women producers in our studio performing in much the same way as Sayaka. If she wasn't a fiction I'd hire Kanamori in an instant.
Olivier Armstrong from FMA is my personal favorite. She's the epitome of the no-nonsense female leader character that I absolutely adore, and I think in the context of FMA she was a good foil to the Elric brothers' youthful idealism.

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