The Josei’s Top 10 Anime of 2017: Part 2 (#1-5)

One last hug to the year’s favorites.

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Did you miss out on Part 1? Fear not! You can click here for the bottom half of the Top 10, including honorable mentions. Or, if you’re ready to check out the cream of the crop, hit the jump and read on for more.

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The Josei’s Top 10 Anime of 2017: Part 1 (Honorable Mentions & #6-10)

Time to write some love letters to the shiny gems sitting atop this garbage year!

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Given that 2017 lasted about thirty normal years (I’m pretty sure I’m eligible for senior citizen discounts now), perhaps it’s no wonder that we were able to cram so many great anime into it. As with 2016, I’ve decided to throw even the veneer of objectivity out the window and just talk to you about some shows I really loved or think are worthy of highlighting.

This also means a metric ton of “Honorable Mentions” so I could give some love to the shows that just barely missed the cut. Top 10, Top 15… listen, time is clearly an illusion, so why can’t yearly rankings be?

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Glancing Upstream: Fall 2017 Retrospective and Review

Who doesn’t love a few surprise twists at the end?

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To say this season didn’t play out as I expected is a major understatement. Shows I was hyped about early on fizzled out at the end, series I wanted to love didn’t quite win me over, and a show that didn’t even get mentioned in my midseason review came out of nowhere to become one of my favorites of the year. And through it all, there were rocks and composers. Dear, reliable rocks and composers.

Hit the jump for fumbled passes, strong finishers, and dark horses alike.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 47-52

The grand finale(ish)!
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Part 8 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Caitlin, and me! As gods rise, characters fall, and the TV series comes to an explosive conclusion, the team discusses the highs and lows and argues for the show’s place in the anime canon. We’re not completely done (there’s still the OVAs to tackle), but I hope you’ll permit me a little sappy nostalgia even so.

Highlights include: Tasuki and Chichiri having their Helm’s Deep Moment, Nakago’s BackstoryFail, and Miaka and Tamahome getting by with a little help from their friends.

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: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 41-46

Hope you got your umbrella ready for this plot downpour.

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Part 7 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Caitlin, Vrai, and me! With the badlands safely behind us, we can return to the show’s usual mixed bag of big adventure and even bigger emotions as the series heads into its action-packed home stretch. It’s a wild ride, but a largely entertaining one, with a few dollops of emotional resonance and forced dramatic bullshit on the side. It just wouldn’t be Fushigi Yugi without both, would it?

Highlights include: Geriatric Celestial warriors, various folks meeting various makers (not necessarily their own), and Miaka continuing to be a delightfully thirsty protagonist.

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Podcast: Tokyo Godfathers Retrospective

A li’l present from us to you~

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Just in time for the holidays, Vrai,  Peter, and I take a look back at Satoshi Kon’s penultimate feature film, Tokyo Godfathers! Highlights include: Everyone missing the hell out of Kon, a deep-dive into the film’s humanizing (albeit imperfect) focus on marginalized groups, unfortunate translations, and Hana handily stealing the show.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 35-40

Welcome to the badlands, folks.

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Part 6 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Caitlin, and me! This week we find ourselves in a desert both literal and figurative, as the series subjects us to a repetitive, joyless hell where our only escapes are headcanon AUs, visual novel tangents, and Riff Raff impersonations. Grab some margaritas, ’cause you know we got the salt (…and some of the margaritas, too), and we’ll all get through this wasteland together.

Highlights(?) include: The episode that won’t end, the hole that keeps on giving, and the ensemble cast that time forgot. Content warning for depictions of attempted rape and sexual assault. (Like, a ludicrous amount of 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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