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Immaturity and Impunity: Performative Masculinity in Baki the Grappler

Despite its enthusiastic embrace of playful exaggeration and dramatic pageantry, Baki the Grappler shouldn’t be written off as mind-numbing entertainment for the masses. A critical analysis of Baki…

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Weekly Round-Up, 21-27 February 2024: Your Name Producer Arrested, Japan’s Stand-Up Comedy Scene, and AI Subtitles

AniFem Round-Up Unlovely Complex: Social Justice, Misogyny, and the Lovely Complex Dub A recent post by Brendan Blaber about “fixing” Lovely Complex through the dubbing process underlined a…

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What’s your favorite bit of rare or unusual merch?

Do you have a particular sort of merchandise you collect? Favorite thing you own? Something you really want but haven’t been able to find?

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Roland Kelts on Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the influence of shoujo, and 18 years of Japanamerica

Writer Roland Kelts opened up about his early childhood relationship with anime and manga, the status that Japanamerica holds today, cross cultural influence in media, female characters in…

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Unlovely Complex: Social Justice, Misogyny, and the Lovely Complex Dub

The way this writer, a member of the dubbing team, talked about the show and his inability or refusal to unpack even its most basic themes spoke to…

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Weekly Round-Up, 14-20 February 2024: Vampire Dating Sim, Injustice in Ace Attorney, and Fushigi Yugi Love

AniFem Round-Up Rainbows and Rollerblades: The queer evolution of the Scott Pilgrim series The franchise has a complex history with queer characters, from the well-meaning if very 2000s…

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Who’s your favorite villainess?

Favorite from a “villainess” title? Favorite general or classic gal? Do you feel burned out by the villainess subgenre? What elements are in the best examples?

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Chatty AF 201: 2024 Winter Mid-Season Check-In

Vrai, Alex, and Peter check-in on the 2024 Winter season, where quite a few titles with a lot of potential have a lot riding on their second halves!

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Cyborgs and Identity in Cyberpunk, from Ghost in the Shell to Cyberpunk Edgerunners

Identity is a complicated subject; the ways we can reflect, parse, and better try to know ourselves are nearly infinite, while the ways we can convey that to…

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Rainbows and Rollerblades: The queer evolution of the Scott Pilgrim series

This series has always been queer, it’s just been handled in different ways, with earnest character writing that nonetheless reflected the stereotypes and assumptions of the early 2000s,…

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What shojosei series still needs to be licensed/rescued?

What pre-2000s shojosei is still waiting to be licensed? Is there a series with a lapsed license that needs brought back? What pivotal series have English-language audiences still…

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Weekly Round-Up, 31 January – 6 February 2024: Magical Girl Roller Derby, Persona 3 Reload, and IGN Union

AniFem Round-Up Anime Feminist’s Favorite Films of 2023 We’re taking a run at some new coverage this year. 2024 Winter Three-Episode Check-In Lot of shows taking unexpected pivots…

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What’s your favorite magical girl series?

Favorite classic (pre-2000) series? Favorite team vs solo series? Series that hasn’t been licensed that you’re still waiting for?

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Chatty AF 200: Revolutionary Girl Utena Watchalong – Part 1

We're celebrating 200 episodes! And what better way than for mega Utena fan Vrai to talk Cy and Chiaki through their very first viewing of the series?

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2024 Winter Three-Episode Check-In

This has been a season of reversals so far, with strong premieres stumbling and wobbly starts finding their stride. Check out the shows in need of a second…

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Anime Feminist’s Favorite Films of 2023

We're trying something new this year! Folks have requested more coverage of films, and we aim to please. Welcome to our first year-end film recommendation round-up!

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Weekly Round-Up, 24-30 January 2024: Racial Profiling Lawsuit, KyoAni Arson Trial, and Blogging Burnout

Content Warning: This week’s round-up includes a number of heavy topics including sexual abuse, racial profiling, suicide, and hate crimes AniFem Round-Up Anime Feminist Recommendations of Fall 2023…

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What was your favorite anime film of 2023?

Favorite theatrical film? Favorite OVA/direct-to-streaming? Movie from any year that you saw in 2023?

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Anime Feminist’s Top Picks for 2023

2023 saw some massive franchises retire, others make history, and old favorites return. Settle in and check out or favorites from the year that was!

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Anime Feminist Recommendations of Fall 2023

We close out another Fall with something for just about everyone, from superheroes to work rom-coms to conspiracy thrillers.

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Weekly Round-Up, 17-23 January 2024: Call for Papers, Documentary on Single Mothers, and Ohayocon Boycott

AniFem Round-Up Brave Bang Bravern! – Episode 1 Takes quite a turn in the last few minutes. 2024 Winter Premiere Digest All the reviews in one place with…

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What was your favorite anime of 2023?

Your top five for the year? Favorite series you feel got overlooked? Favorite series you personally watched for the first time in 2023?

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Chatty AF 199: 2023 Fall Wrap-Up

Caitlin, Toni, and Peter wrap-up another Fall season with a few hidden gems, a few series that failed to stick the landing, and a bunch of sequels!

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Brave Bang Bravern! – Episode 1

Take to the skies and fight for humanity with Bang Brave Bravern, a premiere that's got a lot of potential and spunk.

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Weekly Round-Up, 10-16 January 2024: Ninja Shoujo, Blackness in Anime, and Hakuoki Ports

AniFem Round-Up Hokkaido Gals Are Super Adorable – Episode 1 Another sweet m/f romance that’s occasionally derailed by intrusive fanservice. ‘Tis Time for “Torture,” Princess – Episode 1…

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Meiji Gekken: 1874 – Episode 1

Meiji Gekken: 1874 transports viewers to the Meiji Era where plots abound, schemers are scheming and...historical fiction really leans into the fictional aspect at times.

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What was your favorite Fall 2023 anime?

Favorite new series? Favorite sequel or continuation? Series that surprised you, positively or negatively?

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BUCCHIGIRI!?! – Episode 1

BUCCHIGIRI!?! has so much going on that it’s hard to really nail down anything except that I had a ton of fun watching the first episode, and I…

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The Weakest Tamer Begins a Journey to Pick Up Trash – Episode 1

Tame your expectations in this premiere that has promise but might split your opinion on weather it's iskeai trash or truly treasure.

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Delusional Monthly Magazine – Episode 1

The ghost of an '80s American cartoon has appeared in the seasonal lineup.

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The Witch and the Beast – Episode 1

There’s already a lot to unpack from just the first episode of this gritty and stylish fantasy. Witch burnings! Ritual sacrifice! Complicated questions of gender! A shark kaiju!

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Metallic Rouge – Episode 1

Is this a good show? Or am I being dazzled by Our Lord and Savior Studio BONES and the joy of seeing adult women being extremely cool in…

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Sengoku Youko – Episode 1

It's somewhat hard to judge the show right now, the author's previous works suggest that the binary morality of this premiere is likely a facade.

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Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp – Episode 1

This is honestly a pretty interesting premiere; I just wonder if it’s actually going to keep the elements that made it interesting as it goes forward.

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Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss But I’m Not the Demon Lord – Episode 1

Villainess Level 99 isn’t a terrible show, but it sits firmly in the same uncreative slog that broader wish-fulfillment isekai have been stuck in for years.

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‘Tis Time for “Torture,” Princess – Episode 1

This is absolutely Miyazaki-grade culinary voyeurism.

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Hokkaido Gals Are Super Adorable – Episode 1

Hokkaido girls get their time to shine in this genuinely sweet premiere that'll have viewers looking for a high school romance yearning for more.

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Weekly Round-Up, 3-9 January 2024: New Animation Studio, Netflix Viewing Numbers, and “Grown-Up” Magical Girls

AniFem Round-Up Fluffy Paradise – Episode 1 The cute animals and soft vibe mesh awkwardly with the protagonist’s God-given mission to discern whether humanity is irredeemably racist. Ishura…

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The Foolish Angel Dances with the Devil – Episode 1

Foolish Angel mixes extremely weird comedic decisions with an exceptionally fun lead—though the final scene leaves a significant stain on the proceedings.

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What’s your most anticipated Winter 2024 anime?

New title you’re most excited about? Any continuing shows, sequels, or backlog plans? Have any of the shows that are already out surprised you, positively or negatively?

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Mr. Villain’s Day Off – Episode 1

for all the reservations I can throw, it still achieved the ultimate iyashikei goal: ending the episode with the feeling of a warm, fuzzy blanket after a long…

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Chatty AF 198: The Boy and the Heron Retrospective

Vrai, Cy, and Toni discuss Miyazaki Hayao’s latest (last?) movie, its callbacks to his career and themes, and Robert Pattinson.

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Tales of Wedding Rings – Episode 1

Tales of Wedding Rings has genuine potential, if it can avoid tripping over its tendency to toss in fan service any time the plot can get away with…

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The Strongest Tank’s Labyrinth Raids -A Tank with a Rare 9999 Resistance Skill Got Kicked from the Hero’s Party- – Episode 1

It lacks a lot of the underlying bitterness or petty meanness of most “kicked out of the hero’s party” series. This made it a considerably more pleasant watch…

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The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic – Episode 1

Follow Usato's adventures in a solid isekai premiere that shows a lot of promise and avoids some of the genre's most sexist pifalls.

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The Unwanted Undead Adventurer – Episode 1

Much like how the dragon turned Rentt into a skeleton, this turned me into the Joker.

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Solo Leveling – Episode 1

Cool concepts aside, a series like this ultimately rides or dies on its cast, and so far these fictional people aren’t bringing much energy or doing much to…

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