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Anime Feminist Recommendations of Spring 2021

Let's look back at spring, a season so full of good stuff that there wasn't space to recommend everything we liked!

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The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace – Episode 1

While it has great style, there are a few key things that block Idaten Deities from being truly enjoyable.

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2021 Summer Premiere Digest

This summer's a strange one, with a few particular standouts and several shows coming late to the party. Let's see what's happening!

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Weekly Round-Up, 14-20 July 2021: Nationalism in Code Geass, Hosoda on Sexism, and the True Story Behind Attack No. 1

AniFem Round-Up Night Head 2041 – Episode 1 Has potential but also feels piecemeal and easy to compare to others in the genre. Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory…

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Resources and Fundraisers: July 2021

Tenant Screening Algorithms Enable Racial and Disability Discrimination at Scale, and Contribute to Broader Patterns of Injustice (Center for Democracy and Technology, Lydia X. Z. Brown) Explanation of…

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Sonny Boy – Episode 1

A take on being “transported” that leans into Lord of the Flies-style horror? Yes, please.

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Site Update: Patreon boosts, transcript goals, and future plans

Some of you may have noticed that our monthly Patreon totals saw a, uh, rather sharp uptick the past few months. We try to be as transparent with…

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Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory – Episode 1

Twenty minutes of a group of college students molesting a 12-year-old.

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Night Head 2041 – Episode 1

Night Head 2041 was intersting, but the fact that I kept thinking of other sereis I'd rather be watching bodes ill for this cyberpunk-meets-psychics SFF premiere.

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Weekly Round-Up, 7-13 July 2021: Anime Tube Autopsy, Doki Doki Literature Club’s Content Warnings, and Ainu Folklore

AniFem Round-Up Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- — Episode 1 Mostly funny isekai if not for the frustrating slavery jokes. Drug Store in Another World: The Slow Life of a…

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Battle Game in 5 Seconds – Episode 1

Shiroyanagi Akira is a neglected and bored high school student that plays video games all the time until he meets a mysterious cat-girl named Mion who forces him…

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What was your favorite Spring 2021 anime?

What was your overall fave? Any titles surprise you in a good way? Anything you’d been enjoying end up fizzling out?

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D_Cide Traumerei The Animation – Episode 1

Oda Ryuhei tries to come to terms with his older brother's death, but strange monsters called "Desaria" are starting to attack him.

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The Dungeon of Black Company – Episode 1

The Dungeon of Black Compnay is a tedious premiere that makes me wish I could punt protagonist Ninomiya Kinji into the sun.

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The Aquatope on White Sand – Episode 1

The Aquatope on White Sand was my most-anticipated premiere this season, and it did not disappoint.

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Drug Store in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist – Episode 1

For a show with “slow life” in the title, I was expecting a premiere with much more chill.

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Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- — Episode 1

Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- plays around with tropes of the isekai genre well enough to wrangle a few laughs out of this low-stakes premiere about a boy who gets…

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Weekly Round-Up, 30 June – 6 July 2021: Women’s Sports, Exploitation at MAPPA, and Summer Anime

AniFem Round-Up Scarlet Nexus – Episode 1 Extremely “meh” video game adaptation. Peach Boy Riverside – Episode 1 Momotaro retelling that’s extremely confused about what it wants to…

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What Summer premiere are you most excited about?

What’s the best premiere you’ve seen so far? What upcoming show are you most interested in? Is there anything that surprised you or fell short of expectations?

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Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles – Episode 1

I definitely said “I’m bored” two minutes into the premiere of this show.

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Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan – Episode 1

Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan is one part ennui, one part millennial crisis, and has the potential to be utterly funny… though it’s important to remember that comedy…

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The Detective Is Already Dead – Episode 1

Kimizuka Kimihiko is an orphaned middle school student who is a magnet for trouble and mystery. One day he is kidnapped and forced to take a suitcase on…

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Chatty AF 142: Wonder Egg Priority Postmortem

No use crying over cracked eggs. Vrai, Mercedez, and Alex perform a postmortem on the most potentialful disasterpiece of 2021, Wonder Egg Priority!

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The Honor Student at Magic High School – Episode 1

The Honor Student at Magic High School comes with the stipulation that you're invest in the main franchise, Miyuki's desire for her literal brother, and the world itself.

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The Duke of Death and His Maid – Episode 1

There’s a world where this is a very good anime. But there’s a pervasive “not quite”ness that the episode can’t claw free from, and all of its elements…

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Kageki Shojo!! – Episode 1

While this first episode doesn’t make the most dazzling debut, it does have a few glints of what make this story special

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RE-MAIN – Episode 1

Kiyomizu Minato was a junior high school water polo national champion who unfortunately got into a car accident and can't remember his love for water polo.

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom – Episode 1

After his grandfather’s death, Kazuya was suddenly transported to another world to become a hero and save the Elfrieden Kingdom from financial ruin.

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Remake Our Life! – Episode 1

The simple premise of “a man gets a second chance by traveling back in time” isn’t enough to carry a fifty-minute episode, even if you can sympathize and…

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Girlfriend, Girlfriend – Episode 1

The fact that Girlfriend, Girlfriend’s premise hinges on open communication rather than noncommittal waffling or outright cheating definitely caught my eye, but did it pull it off? Well…

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The Case Study of Vanitas – Episode 1

Look, let’s be honest about how this will go. It's an exquisite-looking BONES anime with vampires, homoeroticism, and liberal use of paper cutout-style aesthetics. Also, I read the…

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Peach Boy Riverside – Episode 1

Among the many different retellings of the Momotaro legend, it’s nothing new to argue: “what if Momotaro was a douchebag for massacring a bunch of ogres?” But Peach…

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2021 Summer Premiere Reviews

All the summer premiere reviews (and a few streaming stragglers) in one easy-to-find place. We’ll update the chart as more series become available, so be sure to check…

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Scarlet Nexus – Episode 1

When Sumeragi Yuito was a child the Other Suppression Force (OSF) saved him from being killed and later joins the OSF to save people from the "Others".

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Weekly Round-Up, 23-29 June 2021: Utada Hikaru’s Coming Out, Cosplay in 2020, and Translator Interviews

AniFem Round-Up Love, Sex, and Power in Fruits Basket Sara Connor analyzes Akito’s character arc and the complicated interplay of abuse and trauma. A Dress Isn’t Just A…

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What LGBTQIA+ manga would you like to see localized?

What newer/ongoing title would you like to see localize? What older/classic series? What makes it great? Is there something that makes the title a tougher sell? As a…

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Godzilla Singular Point – Episode 1

Godzilla, the legendary cinematic kaiju, has stomped his way onto Netflix in a brand new incarnation co-produced by studios Bones and Orange.

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Weekly Round-Up, 16-22 June 2021: Olympics Protests, Gundam Wing, and Digital Shoujo Manga

AniFem Round-Up “Serves You Right”: The abolitionist condemnation of retributive justice in Akudama Drive Inkie remembers the cult hit of 2020 and its powerful critiques of criminalization and…

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What’s your favorite BL series?

What’s your favorite overall title? Single volume vs series? What unadapted manga would you like to see as an anime?

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My Fave is Problematic: Samurai Flamenco

No one has ever asked whether Samurai Flamenco is good, because the question is a loud and simultaneous "no" and "yes." But the question of whether it "counts"…

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“Serves You Right”: The abolitionist condemnation of retributive justice in Akudama Drive

With a cast mostly of "dangerous criminals” identified by the crimes they’ve committed instead of their names, I assumed Akudama Drive's dystopian setting would act as little more…

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Weekly Round-Up, 9-15 June 2021: Anime Outsourcing, BL Games in English, and History of Japan

AniFem Round-Up How No More Heroes tackles otaku toxicity Lucas DeRuyter spotlights the sad life of Travis Touchdown and the game’s satire of toxic masculinity in fandom. Race,…

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2021 Pride Month Resources

Anti-Trans Laws Are Making Trans Youth Feel Unsafe (Teen Vogue, Mary Retta) Summary of the recent wave of anti-trans bills specifically aimed at blocking access to medical care…

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Race, power dynamics, and the missed opportunities of Great Pretender

The initial premise promised colorful heists alongside an interesting story, but it ultimately failed its characters of color.

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How No More Heroes tackles otaku toxicity

No More Heroes is able to distill my biggest issues with the anime scene, mocks those who defend and perpetuate its shittiest elements, and makes me hopeful that…

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Weekly Round-Up, 2-8 June 2021: Immigration in MEGALOBOX 2, LGBTQ+ Visual Novels, and the Best Sailor Moon

AniFem Round-Up My Fave is Problematic: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Bella Lara Blondeau revisits the 00s megahit to celebrate its highs and grapple with its casual attitude…

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What’s your favorite yuri series?

What’s your favorite (single or multi-volume)? What do you love about it? What series would you most like to see as an anime?

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Chatty AF 141: Angelic Layer Watchalong – Episodes 20-26

Caitlin, Dee, and Mercedez fight their final battle and look back on Angelic Layer as a too-rare example of women-led sports anime.

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Kyubey’s Multi-Level Marketing Scheme: The capitalist metaphor of Madoka Magica

Looking at this series through an economic lens reveals yet another layer of interpretation: a story about the cruelty of business models that profit off the worker's suffering.

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