The Josei’s Top 10 Anime of 2018: Part 1 (Honorable Mentions & #6-10)

Bringing a little color to the end of the year.

A group of teens in school uniforms standing under an abstract rainbow with a golden fish flying across it.

Is it just me, or was 2018 kind of a down year for anime? Maybe I’ve just been spoiled by the avalanche of quality we’ve gotten over the past 2-3 years, but while I’m usually agonizing over what I’ll have to drop from a list, this year I was agonizing over what I was going to put on it at all. I’d worry that my sense of whimsy was fading, but I’ve spent literal months rolling around in the Twitch Pokemon marathon, so that can’t be it…

Whatever the case, the weird year resulted in me having two Top 10 lists with relatively little overlap: one was of shows that I knew in my head were good but had left me cold, and one of shows that I knew weren’t as technically sharp but I sure did care about them.  I wrote up the first list… and then threw it in a fire and published the second one instead. So, please enjoy the Top 10 Shows That Made Your Stressed-Out Blogger Feel Things.

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Glancing Upstream: Fall 2019 Retrospective Digest

Leave it to the last season of 2018 to keep us on our toes.

Four members of Franchouchou smash their faces up against a window, peering in

The Fall went and dropped a variety of colorful anime into our laps, with plenty of surprises along the way! I recommend a show nobody even knew I was watching, eat delicious crow over Bloom Into You, and find another excuse to shout about puppets.

 

Click here for the AniFem recommendations for Fall 2018! 


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Podcast: AniFem Team Q&A – 2018 Edition

The lovely, charming podcasters!

Team Rocket sitting behind microphones. Jessie and James are wearing brightly colored suits, bow ties, and sunglasses. Meowth sits between them. All three are smiling cheerfully.

Amelia, Caitlin, Peter, Vrai, and I got together to answering questions from readers and talk about our recent fundraising efforts. Please enjoy our grumbles about how inaccessible academic writing is, our excitement about returning contributors, and our recent decision to make Team Rocket the site ambassadors. Oh yes. I have that in writing, folks.

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All Folks Bright and Beautiful: The casual gender diversity of Heaven’s Design Team

How to succeed at inclusivity without really trying.

A group of people sitting around a meeting room table. A man and woman face each other in the foreground.

The Heaven’s Design Team manga follows God’s R&D Department as they take requests from on high (literally) to populate the earth with new animals. Similar to Cells at Work!, it’s an edutainment series that balances comical interactions between coworkers with mini-lessons about some of the world’s most unique, clever, or just plain terrifying critters.

As the kid who devoured Zoobooks and the adult who’d rather visit a new city’s aquarium than its art museum, the series sounded like my jam, but it wasn’t exactly waving its arms and shouting “I’ll make great AniFem content!” either. Which was part of what made it such a pleasant surprise. I may have come for the neat animal facts, but I stayed for the charming cast breezily ignoring gender norms.

Click here for the full article on Anime Feminist!


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Podcast: The Vision of Escaflowne Rewatchalong – Episodes 7-13

Your one-stop shop for good girls and disaster boys!

Merle waggles her hands at Hitomi and looks disgusted. Hitomi flushes and looks annoyed. Van stands between them, head tilted, puzzled.

The rewatchalong continues!  Join us for a lively discussion on whether Allen is a trashbag (spoiler: he is), how the show depicts romance and female friendship, and the Power of Positive Thinking.

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Podcast: The Vision of Escaflowne Rewatchalong – Episodes 1-6

Combining our powers to summon ’90s isekai to the Chatty AF airwaves.

Hitomi, Allen, and Merle join hands over Hitomi's pendant, all three looking serious

After almost a full year, Caitlin, Vrai, and I have teamed up for another (re)watchalong, this time shifting our focus from mysterious plays to mystic moons.

To kick things off, we talk production history, why Hitomi is great, and why the shounen manga version is super not. Oh, and no need for newcomers to worry about spoilers—none of us can remember a damn thing about the plot, either.

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Podcast: Fall 2018 Mid-Season Check-in

Peekin’ in on the fall faves.

Three teens poke their head around the corner of a hallway. Behind them, a man in a suit slouches, following their gazes.

Caitlin, Peter, and I share our thoughts on how the Fall 2018 anime season is shaping up. Detectives stumble, zombies take center stage, and a few otherwise excellent shows could really stand to cool it with the distracting T&A.

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