Panning the Stream: Spring 2019 Premiere Digest

Throwing back the curtains on a bright new season.

Two men stand silhouetted against a wall of windows. Outside, the sky is blue with a splash of clouds, an airplane shooting across the center of the frame.

I didn’t write any premiere reviews for AniFem this season, so I thought it’d be fun to pop in here real quick and offer folks some bite-sized first impressions. It’s a relatively light season, but its standouts sure do shine. So let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Lady Leads & Sidekick Lads: Flipping the script in Team Rocket’s “Training Daze”

The lovely, charming origin story.

The Team Rocket trio stand together, wearing red training uniforms. Jessie clenches a fist and looks at James, who looks back at her with a determined smile. Meowth stands between them, grinning wide.

The Team Rocket trio have never been your typical villains. With a tenacity only matched by their incompetence, an enduring love for one another, a closet full of exquisite crossplay, and enough puns to sink the St. Anne, they’re about as charming as “bad guys” can get.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that their special backstory episode defies as many conventions as they do, taking the classic team origin story and turning familiar gendered archetypes cleverly on their heads.

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Podcast: The Vision of Escaflowne Rewatchalong – Episodes 21-26 (Final)

The kids are (probably gonna be) all right.
Hitomi grips Van's arm between her hands, staring at him intently.

The Escaflowne Rewatchalong comes to its plot-packed conclusion! Revelations are had, families are reunited, and we can finally, finally, talk about Dilandau.

Click here to view the show notes and download the SoundCloud file, or find it on iTunes and Stitcher by searching for “Chatty AF.”


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Rule of Three Review: Winter 2019 Anime Digest

The weather outside may be frightful, but some of these winter anime are pretty darn delightful.

Two chibi figures in traditional Japanese clothing chew, looking uncomfortable. Behind them, a young man and woman smile pleasantly.

While I left the premiere reviews to my capable teammates this season, I did join for the three-episode check-in post. From time-traveling mediums to teen disasters to furocious kittens, it may be a messy season but it sure ain’t a boring one.

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Podcast: The Vision of Escaflowne Rewatchalong – Episodes 14-20

Everything happens so very, very much.

Folken and Naria hold hands in a darkened room, as if taking part in a dance

We’re back with more Escaflowne chatter! With dream ghosts, cat twins, and literal fanfic machines, it’s the show’s wildest stretch to date—and that is saying something.

Click here to view the show notes and download the SoundCloud file, or find it on iTunes and Stitcher by searching for “Chatty AF.”


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Podcast: Fall 2018 Wrap-up

Hang on to your hats, it’s an action-packed ride.

A girl hangs from the back of a train. Two people, a Spanish woman and a blonde boy, grab hold of her hands to keep her from falling.

Caitlin, Peter, and I look back on the Fall 2018 season! We touch on the licensed shows we watched this Fall, including sequels, shorts, and a few Netflix latecomers of note. A busy season calls for a busy podcast—and plenty of spirited debates.

Click here to view the show notes and download the SoundCloud file, or find it on iTunes and Stitcher by searching for “Chatty AF.”


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The Josei’s Top 10 Anime of 2018: Part 2 (#1-5)

Gather ’round for a flock of faves!

A teen girl with long black hair wearing goggles on her head and winter clothing sits in the middle of a flock of penguins. She's smiling wildly.Did you miss out on Part 1? Fear not! You can click here for the bottom half of the Top 10, including honorable mentions. Or, if you’re ready to check out the cream of the crop, hit the jump and read on for more.

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