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 Fall 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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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.

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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.)

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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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