Podcast: Miss Hokusai Retrospective

The portrait of the artist as young woman.

A young woman in traditional Japanese dress and hair style sits at a table, pen in hand, looking at a blank piece of paper. Her desk is lit only by two small candles.

Caitlin, Amelia, and I chatted about Miss Hokusai, the 2015 feature film from Production I.G. Set in the early 1800s, this historical fiction follows real-life artist O-Ei as she navigates her relationships with her famous father, her young sister, and her own developing art in a society and profession dominated by men.

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My Fave is Problematic: Fushigi Yugi

A little battered, but still beloved.

A dirty, scuffed photo of a group of eight people in two rows. The top row features four people in China-inspired fantasy clothing: A feminine person, a tall man, a grinning redhead, and a smiling monk. The bottom row features another four people: Two young men, a boy, and a teen girl flashing a "victory" sign. Everyone but the girl is wearing China-inspired fantasy clothes, while the girl is wearing a school uniform. The photo is held in someone's hands.

As a companion piece to the recent Chatty AF Fushigi Yugi watchalong podcasts, I spent some time (and lots of words) sorting through fifteen years’ worth of feelings on the messy, sincere, flawed, emotional shoujo fantasy that’s been a part of my life since middle school.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – OVAs (Part 2 of 2)

The grand finale, Part Deux!

A close-up of a teen girl in a school uniform smiling at the camera. To her right and behind her some distance, a monk with flyaway bangs wearing a robe and prayer beads presses a finger frantically to his lips as if to say "shhh"

The 10th and final (sniffle) installment of our Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Caitlin, and yours truly! We finished up the OVAs in trademark rollercoaster fashion by both basking in one of the series’ highest highs and suffering through one of its lowest lows. And yet, when all was said and done, we still came out the other side fighting for this flawed but earnest franchise.

Highlights include: A whole lot of gushing about Chichiri, a fair bit of griping about Eikoden, and Mayo doing damn near everything wrong.

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Rule of Three Review: Winter 2018 Anime Digest

Warm yourself on these cold winter nights with some quality comedies and healing series.

A girl with fluffy hair wearing a cloak stands in front of an apple cart, smiling and holding a round pink animal with cat ears and fairy wings. The animal says "I'll have three, please!"

Just like last season, I participated in a three-episode check-in roundtable with my AniFem teammates, so I’ll send you over there for all the discussion points. More shows, more voices, and more recommendations for you dear readers!

Oh–and we don’t discuss sequels in these, but I’m also keeping up with The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, and ClassicaLoid. And yes, I am enjoying all three. It’s been a surprisingly pleasant season thus far, so here’s hoping it can keep it up!

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – OVAs (Part 1 of 2)

We discoursed so hard it couldn’t be contained by a single podcast!

A shouting redhead holds a comically wide-eyed child upside down by its feet. To one side, a monk with flyaway bangs holds his staff like a baseball bat, and to the other a young man in modern-day clothes sits on a chair, one hand raised to his mouth in shock. Everyone else is wearing traditional Chinese clothing.

The multi-part Fushigi Yugi watchalong continues with a pair of bonus episodes covering the OVAs! Here in Part 1, we talked about Oni 1 and half of Oni 2. There’s a lot about these episodes that I really like, but woof, is there a lot that I hate, too.

Highlights include: Studio Pierrot’s drunken fanfic, Hotohori’s absurd-yet-emotional homecoming, and a Tasuki episode so unpleasant even I got angry about it.

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Panning the Stream: Winter 2018 Premiere Digest

Heavy emphasis on “digest” this time around…

A boy in front of a blue "doom" background looks back at his two friends with puppy-dog eyes. All three are wearing the same school uniform.

Sorry, team, but the hefty task of both writing  and editing for Premiere Hell over at AniFem has taken its toll, and your humble blogger is burned out. So instead of the usual mini-reviews for Every Single Premiere (and yeah, I watched ’em all again), below is just a super-quick rundown of what’s caught my eye and what hasn’t.

To help you decide if you should try out a new series,  I’ve included links to all the AniFem premiere reviews (some of which I did write, so it’s not like I’ve been sittin’ on my laurels the past couple weeks!). I don’t have exactly the same tastes as the other AniFem reviewers, but I respect and largely agree with their analyses, so I’m totally fine just pointing to them and saying “Yeah, what they said.” Hit the jump for links and a rundown!

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Podcast: Fall 2017 wrap-up

Dancing our way to the New Year!

Two girls in winter coats and army helmets dab in front of a white background

Vrai, Peter, and I look back on the Fall 2017 season. With thoughtful blobs, lovable rocks, and flaming murder-sheep, it’s fun for the whole family!

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