Glancing Upstream: Summer 2018 Retrospective Digest

Summer series, happened so fast…

A young woman in a red jacket spreads her arms, smiling, and says "We're in a new world!"

Another quiet season marked by unevenness, but pleasant surprises and problematic faves emerged even so. Click here for the AniFem recommendations for Spring 2018!  And thank your lucky stars for shows with “light” in the name.


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Panning the Stream: Fall 2018 Premiere Digest

‘Round and ’round the seasons go, what we’ll watch, nobody knows…

A group of young men sit around a low table in a messy, Japanese-style living space, drinking and eating. One says "Let's aim for the top together!"

My early October was packed with travel, which lightened my premiere load significantly. You can click here for the full digest on AniFem, which includes links to every review. The handful of reviews I wrote are listed below for ease of access:

  • Boarding School Juliet (Episode 1): Awesome lead, cute couple, potential for a progressive story about smashing sexist systems… and it’s hamstrung by anime bullshit. Le sigh.
  • Hinomaru Sumo (Episode 1): Straightforward shounen about high school sumo wrestlers. Not my bag, but totally fine.
  • Karakuri Circus (Episode 1): I can’t believe they made puppet fights boring. HOW.
  • Radiant (Episode 1): Pretty by-the-book European-style fantasy series, but it looks pretty and  Alma is awesome.

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Emma’s Choice: The gender-norm nightmare at the heart of The Promised Neverland

Some monsters aren’t just under our beds.

A sketch of two girls, Emma and Isabella. Emma is crouched and facing the left, looking determined. Isabella is standing and facing the right, looking sorrowful.

Since it began serialization in Viz’s Shonen JUMP, The Promised Neverland has garnered well-deserved praise for its twisting narrative, tense story beats, and compelling characters. But this series is more than a page-turning thriller. What begins as a sharply crafted horror story soon reveals itself to be a sophisticated critique on restrictive social practices—including the hellishly limited roles expected of girls.

CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of sexism and violence against children; disturbing imagery. SPOILERS for The Promised Neverland, Volumes 1-5 (Chapters 1-38).

Click here for the full article on Anime Feminist!


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Podcast: Yamada’s First Time Retrospective

As demanded by my inner 12-year-old…

A teen girl is on her hands and knees dejectedly by the side of a road. Another teen girl watches her, unimpressed, drinking from a juice box. Along the road is a sign that says "Route 69."

Caitlin, Vrai, and I celebrated the 69th episode of Chatty AF with Yamada’s First Time: B Gata H Kei! Can an ecchi comedy treat its female characters with respect? We’re gonna find out—and hopefully have a (ah-hem) nice time doing it.

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: Summer 2018 Mid-Season Check-in

Bravely battling to stay atop our lengthy watchlists!

A screenshot from Planet With. A young woman in a maid outfit and a boy in a silver mask hold out their hands and scream, with lightning crackling across the screen.

Caitlin, Peter, and I checked in on the spring shows to talk about the good (shows with “light” in the title), the bad (isekai slave fantasies), and the ugly (those transphobic bits in Asobi Asobase, OOF).

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: Summer 2018 Anime Digest

Some of these characters might be trash, but that doesn’t mean their shows are.

A teen girl in pigtails says happily "It doesn't smell!"

I took part in AniFem’s three-episode summer check-in post, so I’ll send you over there for all the discussion points. More shows, more voices, and more recommendations for you dear readers!

And as far as sequels go, I’m also keeping up with Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. Y’know, me ‘n’ 90% of the anime fans out there. Truly, I am a trailblazer.

Click here for the full post on AniFem!


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Panning the Stream: Summer 2018 Premiere Digest

Some cool new anime to chill you out on these blazing summer days.

A teen girl in a bikini claps her hands together happily. Above her head, in thought bubbles, are images of her surfing, swimming, and scuba diving.

As is the new tradition, I got together with fellow AniFem staffers Caitlin and Vrai to review all the premieres for Anime Feminist and help readers find their new faves.

You can click here for the full digest on AniFem, which includes links to every review. Or you can hit the jump for a quick rundown of the series I reviewed and what’s caught my attention this season!

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