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#FreePalestine Resources

Please note that in addition to the contextual readings and fundraising sources below, activists have noted that keeping news of the attacks visible on social media is an…

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She’s Fighting for Him: Black Clover and battle shounen’s male-centrism

Women in shounen battle anime and manga have traditionally been sidelined, even as it became more and more common to include women as fellow fighters. When the guys…

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The Feminist Potential of the Lolita Fashion Subculture

While it may appear on the surface to be an overtly feminine, traditional fashion, Lolita’s history and present iteration are rooted in rejection of the male gaze and…

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Weekly Round-Up, 5-11 May 2021: Olympics Protests, Tokyo Revengers, and Anti-Muslim Discrimination

AniFem Round-Up The Spell of Self-Assurance: How Howl’s Moving Castle challenges myths about youth and beauty Nicci Attfield revisits the 2004 film and the ways its female cast…

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What’s your favorite series starring adult women?

Favorite title? Do you have a favorite for genre fiction vs slice-of-life? Bonus: best adult female character as part of an ensemble cast.

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Chatty AF 139: 2021 Spring Mid-season Check-in

Caitlin, Peter, and Mercedez check in on the 2021 Spring season!

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My Fave is Problematic: Yu Yu Hakusho

The lovable characters have kept me hooked on Yu Yu Hakusho for the past 18 years, in addition to the “fight your enemies head on and defeat them…

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The Spell of Self-Assurance: How Howl’s Moving Castle challenges myths about youth and beauty

By presenting a complex female lead with a beauty that is more than skin deep, Howl's Moving Castle shows that beauty does not die with age. Instead, it…

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Weekly Round-Up, 28 April – 4 May 2021: Yoko Taro Interview, Class S Yuri, and Yasuke

 AniFem Round-Up Yasuke – Episode 1 A compact, engaging historical title (with fantasy elements) about the first Black samurai. Anime Feminist Recommendations of Winter 2021 The team shares…

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Which series ended just about perfectly?

What show absolutely nailed its ending? What makes a conclusion satisfying? Have any of your faves hurt their stories by adding more on?

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Yasuke – Episode 1

Yasuke is the Black, SFF historical anime we all needed, but didn't expect to get in such a gorgeously animated package.

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Anime Feminist Recommendations of Winter 2021

The team shares their picks from a season characterized by ambitious originals and solid sequels.

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Weekly Round-Up, 21-27 April 2021: Free Otome Games, Yasuke, and Grown-Up Magical Girls

AniFem Round-Up The Mazinger Problem: On “different times,” “lost in translation,” and the role of translators Kara Dennison shares her approach to the ethical dilemmas translators face when…

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What’s your dream long-awaited sequel?

What announcement are you still waiting for? What are the odds of it coming true? Has the series aged in a way that would make it tough to…

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Chatty AF 138: Angelic Layer Watchalong – Episodes 8-13

Caitlin, Dee, and Mercedez continue their exploration of CLAMP's foray into battle shounen with the fighting robot series Angelic Layer!

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Weekly Round-Up, 14-20 April 2021: Studio MAPPA Analysis, Attack on Titan’s Ending, and Stars Align Update

AniFem Round-Up Osamake: Romcom Where the Childhood Friend Won’t Lose Glimmers of potential drowned out by the genre’s worst tropes. CESTVS -The Roman Fighter- – Episode 1 Bad…

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Resources and Fundraisers: April 2021

This post does not currently include a fundraiser post for the surviving family of Adam Toledo, as we do not yet have an official confirmed source. However, resources…

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2021 Spring Premiere Digest

The latest shower of premieres brought us a huge bouquet of new shows to watch!

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CESTVS -The Roman Fighter- – Episode 1

On paper, this premiere is heavy stuff. Fortunately, it’s all portrayed with such staggering incompetence that the brutality lands with the impact of a discarded tissue.

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Osamake: Romcom Where the Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

If you’re desperately craving a brand-new romance series, then this one will probably tide you over. If, however, you’re willing to expand your parameters to “a romance released…

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Weekly Round-Up, 7-13 April 2021: The Newest Jojo, Translated Historical Documents, and Writing BL Inclusively

Content Warning: Please note that several of this week’s articles discuss sexual assault, including CSA AniFem Round-Up Fairy Ranmaru – Episode 1 Glitzy, entrancingly baffling beefy magical boy…

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To Your Eternity – Episode 1

To Your Eternity manages to capture that slow, sad and gentle storytelling that I’m used to seeing in shows like Natsume’s Book of Friends and Mushishi

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What’s your favorite tearjerker anime?

What’s your favorite title? What makes a sad series feel earned rather than cheap or manipulative? Do you find it harder to recommend a series with heavy themes…

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Pretty Boy Detective Club – Episode 1

I might not be a boy and I might not be a detective, but I'm pretty and I'm on the case, and I'm here to say that Pretty…

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BACKFLIP!! – Episode 1

Like a siren song, BACKFLIP!! called out to me from the veritable ocean of anime, begging me to watch what might be my favorite new sports anime for…

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Blue Reflection Ray – Episode 1

Blue Reflection Ray is a middle of the road magical girl show that's boring... until it isn't. Yet I'm not sure that's enough to make it worth watching…

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Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro! – Episode 1

Do I like Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro? No. Do I hate Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro? No. Do I secretly probably like Don't Toy With Me,…

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Chatty AF 137: 2021 Winter Wrap-up

Vrai, Peter, and Caitlin look back at the 2021 Winter season, from egg time to horse girls!

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Super Cub – Episode 1

Super Cub captures all the feelings of loneliness and yearning in a beautiful executed premier about a girl and her brand new motorbike.

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Tokyo Revengers – Episode 1

This premiere had a rough start for me. While I understand the point is to show that Takemichi is going through rough times during his adulthood, it’s difficult…

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SHADOWS HOUSE – Episode 1

Here we have a series that hits pretty much every one of my buttons: an anime steeped in gothic aesthetics, themes about identity and perception, visual design that…

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I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level – Episode 1

After literally working herself to death in an office, Azusa takes her new slow existence in stride, and is understandably distraught when challengers start appearing at her door…

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86 EIGHT-SIX – Episode 1

Oh neat, a complex and melancholy anti-war spec-fic series with a messy approach to social commentary and diversity metaphors. And here I was worried that all my reviews…

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Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! – Episode 1

ReSTART is a mostly newbie-friendly reboot of a 1990s series with good energy and strong yuri subtext... but my God, this show is obsessed with ass shots.

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Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life! – Episode 1

It’s not that the whole episode is a waste of time, although in some ways that’s more frustrating than if it was a complete ball of incompetence. It’s…

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The World Ends with You: The Animation — Episode 1

This is a stylish adaptation of an equally stylish game, but the narrative will need to slow down its breakneck pacing if it wants to garner an audience…

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Fairy Ranmaru – Episode 1

While there are some bumpy spots that keep this from being an inclusively horny ray of personified sunshine, I did spend most of the episode with a slightly…

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The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent – Episode 1

Saint’s Magic Power, with a listless twenty-something as its heroine, represents a different kind of power fantasy, but it’s a fantasy nonetheless: the power fantasy of getting a…

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Weekly Round-Up, 31 March – 6 April 2021: Ace Representation in Videogames, Dragon Maid Character Design, and Trans Manga

AniFem Round-Up MARS RED – Episode 1 Taisho-era vampires and stagey direction that’s going to click with a certain type of person. SSSS.DYNAZENON – Episode 1 Mash-up of…

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Let’s Make a Mug Too – Episode 1

Do I want to explore tree-lined old streets looking at antiques now? Maybe. Mostly, though, I want to talk about the unexpected emotional undercurrents that I think will…

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ODDTAXI – Episode 1

There are so many sociopolitical themes that can be explored through anthropomorphic animals, which can make it easier to have conversations about difficult topics that occurred either in…

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What Spring series are you most excited about?

What new premiere are you most excited about? Any returning series or sequels? Have any of the premieres so far unexpectedly caught your eye?

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SEVEN KNIGHTS REVOLUTION: Hero Successor – Episode 1

SEVEN KNIGHTS REVOLUTION: Hero Successor has all the good tidbits that make me want to engage, but after three unsuccessful successive watches, I'm not sure if I'm into…

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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! – Episode 1

Come for the evil organization, Stay for the… well, I guess for the entertainment, if this kind of show’s your thing. As you can tell, it’s… not mine,…

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Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway – Episode 1

Higehiro has the potential to be a story about an adult helping a teenage girl , but still has too much rom-com veneer for me to trust it.

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Dragon Goes House Hunting – Episode 1

In a market so saturated with Generic European Fantasy Adventures that it’s practically dripping, it’s nice to see new series that really try to go niche and plumb…

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Farewell, My Dear Cramer – Episode 1

One episode isn’t nearly enough time to call this shot, but I’m calling it anyway: Farewell, My Dear Cramer is going to be the lady-led sports anime I’ve…

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Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song- – Episode 1

If you were expecting this to be “A.I.dol,” you might be a bit disappointed by this premiere. Vivy barely sings at all. She’s way too busy saving politicians…

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Those Snow White Notes – Episode 1

Those Snow White Notes definitely captures those small sad quiet moments and I think that alone will make the series worth watching...but damn is this show overdramatic.

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