Podcast: Toradora! Watchalong – Episodes 7-13

In which I finally, truly understand the concept of “Best Girl.”

Ryu and Minori cross a finish line at sunset, holding hands

After a somewhat rocky start, Toradora soars with a fantastic school festival arc that had us all blinking back more than a few happy tears.

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Podcast: Toradora! Watchalong – Episodes 1-6

Let’s get dorangerous.

Taiga holding a can of coffee and looking furious

I’ve reunited with Caitlin and Vrai on a watchalong, but there’s a twist: I actually haven’t seen this one before! Join me on this journey into early-decade YA rom-coms, won’t you?

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Podcast: Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Retrospective

I needed to lie down for a little while after this one.

The protagonist of Shimanami Tasogare looks pensively at a fishbowl that has two young people floating in it

For our very first manga retrospective, I join fellow AniFem staffers Vrai and Chiaki to chat about the LGBTQ+ manga Our Dreams at Dusk! We discuss the story’s sincere (and sometimes devastating) subject matter, its variety of messy but sympathetic characters, and the importance of it being written by an X-gender and asexual author. Also, blink and you’ll miss it: I actually talk seriously about myself for once.

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Rule of Three Review: Winter 2020 Anime Digest

2020 hits the ground running.

Maple gleefully gets a piggyback ride from Sally as she dashes through a sunny field

The AniFem team got together to check in with a whole parade of new shows, many quite charming and a few, er… not so much. I chimed in as well, mostly to gush about some sweet, chill comedies that are just what the doctor ordered.

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Podcast: Fall 2019 Wrap-Up

Dream a little dream of ani-me…

The two protagonists of Outburst Dreamer Boys stand back to back, Mizuki holding a sword and looking determined.

Vrai, Peter, and I look back at the Winter 2019 season. Join us as we sing the praises of surprise favorite Outburst Dreamer Boys, rejoice in finding some good isekai for once, and lament the tragic half-a-show that was Stars Align.

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AniFem’s Top Picks of 2019

The end of a decade and the end(?) of a JND tradition.

The three protagonists of Sarazanmai look off into the distance, smiling slightly

For the first time in the blog’s history, I didn’t write a Top 10 list for the year. Compiling and editing all those AniFem recommendations lists took all my time and energy, and there was just nothing left in the tank by the time I was done.

That said, I did join the rest of the AniFem staff in compiling our “Best of 2019” list, so you can see all the shows I enjoyed over there! I even managed to sneak Pokemon: Sun & Moon onto the list! So while I’m a bit sad I wasn’t able to make my own list, you should absolutely click here to check out the AniFem Recommendations for 2019!


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