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Weekly Round-Up, 12-18 June 2024: Visual Kei Chat, Education on Trans Issues, and Columbus Music Video

AniFem Round-Up Powerful feelings, intimacy and sex in Joseimuke anime Rejecting a sole focus on climax and embracing the spectrum of erotica, we can learn a lot from…

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What anime moment makes you cry every time?

Saddest, ugliest cry? Happy cry? Do you often cry at media, or was this a particular example? What does it take to make something hit even if you…

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Not Just Roses and Sparkles: Unpacking assumptions about shoujo through Hagio Moto’s work

Manga artist Hagio Moto’s work in particular opened my eyes to how versatile the iconic shoujo style can be as a storytelling tool—not just for romance, but for…

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Powerful feelings, intimacy and sex in Joseimuke anime

Sex is a part of many people’s lives, yet the way that it’s depicted in media often offers a very narrow view of it—and often presumes a certain…

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Weekly Round-Up, 5-11 June 2024: Free Film Festival, Pride Month VNs, and Viz Originals

AniFem Round-Up Boys Run the Riot, Visual Kei, and Gender Euphoria Through Fashion Clothing can be an incredible way to feel like yourself, as both the author and…

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Who was the most influential queer-coded character from your childhood?

How did you discover them? What made them so important? How old were you when you saw a series with an explicitly LGBTQ+ character you connected with?

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Chatty AF 208: Monogatari Watchalong – Kizumonogatari

Toni, Vrai, and Peter return to their Monogatari watchalong with the ultra violent trilogy Kizumonogatari!

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Weekly Round-Up, 29 May – 4 June 2024: Trans Legislation, Silent Hill Redesigns, and a Portrait of Abuse

AniFem Round-Up The Villain Edit: Dissecting how Oshi no Ko evokes real-life tragedy in its depictions of harassment and reality TV culture Oshi no Ko evokes a real…

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What’s your most recent favorite BL manga?

How’d you discover it? What’s your all-time favorite series? Are there any titles you’re still hoping get licensed?

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Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede-Destruction – Episodes 0-1

It is hard to know where to start with this amazing, beautiful, labyrinthine, and disturbing premiere

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Nagata Kabi and the Mundane Pain of Sickness; or, That Time My Body Broke and I Had To Figure Out How to Keep Going

Nagata Kabi’s sixth autobiographical entry is a story about what happens when your life falls apart and you can no longer escape. And that's what this article is…

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Nagata Kabi and the Mundane Pain of Sickness or That Time My Body Broke And I Had To Figure out How to Keep Going

Nagata Kabi’s sixth autobiographical entry is a story about what happens when your life falls apart and you can no longer escape. And that's what this article is…

Anime Feminist

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The Villain Edit: Dissecting how Oshi no Ko evokes real-life tragedy in its depictions of harassment and reality TV culture

Oshi no Ko shines a light on a critical issue with reality TV editing. But what does the way it does so mean for its overall message?

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Weekly Round-Up, 22-28 May 2024: Indie Otome Spotlight, Ashihara Hinako Memorium, and Discrimination Bills

AniFem Round-Up “Queering” Heteronormativity: Biological essentialism in genderbending manga With the Hana Kimi anime announcement, it’s worth looking back at how cross-dressing rom-coms of its era handled gender…

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What’s your favorite moment of experimental animation in anime?

What makes it work? Do you pay much attention to animation style or experimental animators? Do you prefer more ambitious or more traditional animation?

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Chatty AF 207: 2024 Spring Mid-Season Check-In

Alex, Toni, and Peter check in on a number of eyebrow-raising romances and some science fiction series with big but as-of-yet unrealized potential.

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Weekly Round-Up, 15-21 May 2024: Gender Census, Auto-Generated Captions, and Copyright vs Art Preservation

AniFem Round-Up Evangelion, alienation, and Japan’s 1990s economic crisis In a time wracked by despair, paranoia, and economic devastation, Evangelion captured the nihilistic zeitgeist of a nation and…

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What bad anime do you love inflicting on friends?

What’s the line between so-bad-it’s-good and just agonizingly bad? What title is the best for rewatching? Do you actively seek out this kind of series or just stumble…

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Autonomy, aliens, and a study in female character agency with 16bit Sensation

16bit Sensation is (unfortunately) a useful case study for what we talk about when we talk about character autonomy, active versus reactive characters, and how a narrative suffers…

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Evangelion, alienation, and Japan’s 1990s economic crisis

In a time wracked by despair, paranoia, and economic devastation, Evangelion captured the nihilistic zeitgeist of a nation and its citizenry.

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Weekly Round-Up, 8-14 May 2024: Aggretsuko’s Commodified Rage, Medical GoFundMe, and 50 Years of Hana to Yume

AniFem Round-Up BanG Dream! It’s MyGo!!!!! and the value of letting female characters suck Soyo is a relative rarity for the music gacha subgenre: a sympathetic member of…

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What anime most epitomizes the 2000s to you?

Were you watching anime in the 00s? What’s the snapshot of the era to you? If you’re younger/started anime later, what does 00s anime look like to you?…

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Chatty AF 206: Bakemonogatari Watchalong – Episodes 9-15

Toni, Vrai, and Peter return for Nadeko Snake and Tsubasa Cat and anguish over the now-unfinished streaming status of the series.

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Designer, DJ, and model Senanan’s latest fashion brand wants to make kawaii for everyone

Senanan has worked in the worlds of fashion design, music, and modeling; she talked with us about returning to work after becoming a mother and her latest project.

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Designer, DJ, and model Senanan’s latest fashion brand wants to make kawaii for everyone

Senanan has worked in the worlds of fashion design, music, and modeling; she talked with us about returning to work after becoming a mother and her latest project.

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BanG Dream! It’s MyGo!!!!! and the value of letting female characters suck

This show ended up being a standout, not just in the BanG Dream! universe but in the realm of idol/music anime more broadly.

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Weekly Round-Up, 1-7 May 2024: Black BL, Mental Health Chat, and KOSA Updates

AniFem Round-Up From Takarazuka to Terayama: The influence of queer theater on Revolutionary Girl Utena Looking into the queer outsider theatre that Ikuhara drew inspiration sheds fascinating new…

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What’s your favorite romance trope?

Is it different for comedy vs drama? Is it different for LGBTQ+ romance vs het? Has a specific series ever pulled off a trope you otherwise loathe?

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2024 Spring Three-Episode Check-In

A quarter done already? This is one oddball spring, though there are still some standouts worth investing your time in.

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From Takarazuka to Terayama: The Influence of Queer Theater on Revolutionary Girl Utena

While the influence of theater on Utena isn’t subtle, uncovering those histories can be like finding little Rosetta Stones to help you parse a show that prides itself…

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Weekly Round-Up, 24-30 April 2024: Skateboarding Josei, pixiv TOS Changes, and They Were Eleven

AniFem Round-Up Queerness and the Power of “Subtext” in Sound! Euphonium & Liz and the Blue Bird Why sapphic audiences were drawn to Eupho, what makes it frustrating…

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What series that you love only became great in the second half?

Was the first half messy or just underwhelming? Do you have an example within a single cour? Multiple seasons? Does it make it difficult to recommend/how do you…

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Chatty AF 205: 2024 Winter Season Wrap-Up

Vrai, Peter, and Alex take a much delayed look back on the 2024 Winter anime season, where some of our bottom titles managed to pull out some good…

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Weekly Round-Up, 17-23 April 2024: North Korean Animators, Ice Adolescence Cancelled, and 30 Years of Tokyo Pride

AniFem Round-Up 2024 Spring Premiere Digest All our spring premiere reviews in one place, plus some updated content warnings for shows with multiple episodes out. Anime Feminist Recommendations…

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Which anime girl deserved better?

Best girl from a good show, but she could’ve been used better? Best girl who’s great, but the show was a trainwreck? Show that’s worth watching just for…

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2024 Spring Premiere Digest

Licensing frustrations aside, there are a number of titles to look forward to this season.

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Weekly Round-Up, 10-16 April 2024: Supporting Animators, Simulcasting Woes, and Controller Layout Presets

AniFem Round-Up Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young Again – Episode 1 Sometimes, it’s good to remember that humor is cultural….but boy, was this still a dull slog. Mysterious…

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What was your favorite Winter 2024 anime?

Favorite new series? Favorites sequel/continuation? Series that surprised you, for better or worse?

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Whisper Me a Love Song – Episode 1

I had a wonderful time, but your experience will likely depend on how willing you are to stretch your disbelief over the premise.

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THE NEW GATE – Episode 1

I love a series that presents an interesting premise and then does absolutely nothing with it, don’t you?

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KAIJU No.8 – Episode 1

It’s worth following a few more episodes just to see what the hype is about.

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YATAGARASU: The Raven Does Not Choose Its Master – Episode 1

Yatagarasu’s focus on the women themselves grants them a little narrative autonomy even if the system itself reduces them to political pawns.

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Oblivion Battery – Episode 1

If I had a nickel for every anime MAPPA made about a promising middle school athlete starting high school with amnesia, I’d have two nickels. That’s not a…

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Chillin’ in Another World with My Level 2 Super Powers – Episode 1

An isekai protagonist who's actively anti-slavery! We've cleared the lowest bar!

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The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio – Episode 1

It's okay, but so far the leads' chemistry isn't terribly convincing.

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Viral Hit – Episode 1

Viral Hit is a show about frustrations with the medical system and exploitation when working online—something that’s sadly relatable across cultures.

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Unnamed Memory – Episode 1

But I’m not sure from this first episode whether the show has the writing chops to sell its romance convincingly.

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Mysterious Disappearances – Episode 1

Sumireko is fantastic, but the show is being strangled by obtrusive fanservice.

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