Panning the Stream: Summer 2019 Premiere Digest

It’s a manga adaptation wonderland out here.

Despite spending my last month bouncing from city-to-city and house-to-house like a hyperactive jackalope, I managed to find a little time to watch some summer premieres and chat about them.  Like I did last season, I’ve also linked to the full premiere reviews over at AniFem if you’d like to hear more in-depth thoughts from my teammates.

Here are my first impressions on what I’ve caught so far—let me know if I’m missing out on anything!

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A Girl Worth Fighting For: Kingdom Hearts III and the mystery of the missing heroines

Curses! Damseled again! Aqua stands in front of a young Kairi, her keyblade drawn protectively

The first Kingdom Hearts game launched just over seventeen years ago, and I’ve been an avid fan and sometimes-apologist of the series ever since. Despite its (in)famously convoluted storyline, the character relationships and emotional blend of melancholy, hope, and heart-on-sleeve sincerity has kept me captivated into adulthood. Because, really, who cares about plot holes when you’re watching a cutscene through a veil of tears?

Needless to say, I was elated when the mythical Kingdom Hearts III finally dropped this year. I couldn’t wait to see the many stories come to a dramatic close and all the tragedy children get the endings they deserved. I wanted so badly to adore it.

And while there was a lot to enjoy (the gameplay, the graphics, most of the worlds, everything involving Axel), there was just as much that left me frustrated—and all of it linked back to the way the game treated its most prominent female characters. Kingdom Hearts’s cast and audience may have grown up, but its tired “boy saves girl” gender politics remain just as outdated as they were when the franchise first launched.

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Podcast: Spring 2019 Mid-season Check-in

There aren’t a ton of shows in bloom, but a few of those blossoms sure are colorful.

Chiaki joins Peter and I for her first seasonal check-in! 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: Spring 2019 Anime Digest

So far, this season has been all about quality over quantity.

My teammates and I got together to take a look at the new series. Join me as I take a stab at reviewing Sarazanmai after three episodes (hah!), kindly asked Demon Slayer for more Nezuko, and definitely fail to explain Fairy Gone‘s early, messy appeal.

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Podcast: Winter 2019 Wrap-up

It’s a season of surprises, and we don’t just mean the Promised Neverland plot twists.

Vrai, Peter, and I return to wrap up the Winter 2019 season!

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