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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Glancing Upstream: Fall 2019 Retrospective Digest

Ascendance of a Very Short Rec List.

Main tosses confetti on the Head Priest

2019 finishes out the year by continuing its trend of “quality over quantity.” There were precious few shows we wanted to gush about this time around, but the ones we liked, we really liked. Join us for bookworms, dreamer boys, and tennis lads, won’t you?

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AniFem’s Top Picks of the 2010s

Should auld anime be forgot and never brought to mind~

Shin leans over Bon's shoulder, grinning, and says "We're so popular."

To celebrate the end of the 2010s, I got together with my fellow AniFem staffers to pick our favorites from the last 10 years. In a process that involved surprisingly little arguing thanks to my teammates having (mostly) great taste, we put together two lists:

  • Top 25 of the Decade: Participating staffers wrote up a list of 20 shows, then we tallied the votes and organized the series based on total number of picks and whether they made anybody’s Top Five. The end result is a mighty fine list of anime, if I do say so myself.
  • Bonus Picks of the Decade: Participating staffers picked five bonus series to highlight, that way we could each give a little love to our under-the-radar darlings and guilty pleasures. (Did I suggest this bonus list because I was sad that Snow White with the Red Hair didn’t make the Top 25? Why yes. Yes, I did.)

Happy reading, and I hope these lists can help you find some hidden gems you may have missed, too!


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Podcast: Neon Genesis Evangelion Watchalong – End of Evangelion

I regret to inform you that I did not care for Anno’s spite film.

The extended cast of Evangelion posing for the camera, looking happy and smiling

The 5th and final part of our Neon Genesis Evangelion watchalong with Vrai, myself, and special guests Isaac and Lizzie! It’s time for the Eva Endings Extravaganza as viewers new and old reflect on their feelings about the franchise.

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: Neon Genesis Evangelion Watchalong – Episodes 21-26

Things are so dire, I can’t even make a bad pun about it.

Eva Unit-01 holds Kaworu in its grasp

Part 4 of our Neon Genesis Evangelion watchalong with Vrai, Dee, and special guests Isaac Akers and Lizzie Visitante! Everything collapses and nobody is happy. The characters in the show ain’t doing so hot, either. (And don’t worry—we’ll discuss The End of Evangelion next time.)

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: Neon Genesis Evangelion Watchalong – Episodes 14-20

Neon Genesis Watermelion.

Shinji looks at some watermelons on a vine

It’s Part 3 of multi-part watchalong of Neon Genesis Evangelion with Vrai, myself, and special guests Isaac and Lizzie! As Shinji starts to break down, so too does the narrative—and the team has some concerns about how it’s all going to shake out.

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Nonconforming in the ‘90s: How Pokemon’s gender variance caught the hearts of generation

Smashing gender norms at the speed of light.

Jessie and James in Rose of Versailles cosplay. James is Marie Antoinette and Jessie is Oscar.

Twenty years ago, I watched my very first episode of Pokemon and began my lifelong journey into the world of anime, manga, and JRPGs. I couldn’t tell you the exact date, but I can tell you the episode was “The Flame Pokemon-athon!” and that I was both confused and delighted by this weird show with electric mice and flaming horses. I can also tell you I swiftly fell in love with it, bringing my best friends along for the ride.

And now, two decades later, after diving back into the anime after years away from it, I think I can finally tell you why: why this strange, silly, sincere show mattered, not just to me but to the turn-of-the-century Western kids’ media landscape as a whole. How it filled the space between “boy stuff” and “girl stuff,” treated both as having value, and—through its world, characters, and story—challenged why there was a division in the first place.

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Podcast: Neon Genesis Evangelion Watchalong – Episodes 7-13

You guys. You guys. It’s an elEVAtor.

The Evangelion cast crowds into a elevator, smashed up against each other

Our multi-part watchalong of Neon Genesis Evangelion continues! Vrai, myself, and special guests Isaac and Lizzie discuss gender roles, sex and sexuality, and overall have a pretty good time with this “monster-of-the-week” stretch of episodes. But why does Vrai keep chortling in the background…?

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Rule of Three Review: Fall 2019 Anime Digest

2019 has been a high-on-quality, low-on-quantity sort of year, but don’t worry: Fall’s extensive array of titles shows is well on its way to making up for lost time.

Juuzo and Mary stand in a doorway. Juuzo is smoking; Mary looks annoyed.

The AniFem gang got together to take a second look at the parade of new fall shows! I joined in the discussion to lay out my affection for the pulpy NO GUNS LIFE, my lukewarm feelings on Special 7, and my wholehearted enthusiasm for Outburst Dreamer Boys.

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Glancing Upstream: Summer 2019 Retrospective Digest

It’s a given what I chose to gush about this season.

Hana hugs Tohru while Uotani watches Tohru proudly

I got together with the rest of the AniFem staff to highlight our favorites of the season. Like the Spring before it, Summer was a bit light on shows that wowed us, but the ones that shone were pretty darn bright.

Click here for the AniFem recommendations for Summer 2019! 


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