Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 35-40

Welcome to the badlands, folks.

A close up of four people and a cat looking exhausted and annoyed. The people are a man wearing two headbands around his head, a young man with fluffy hair and a jacket, a man with flyaway bangs, and a boy with a tall ponytail

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.)

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 28-34

Fushigi Yugi: You will have an emotion” has never been a truer tagline.

A close shot of a purple-haired androgynous person leaning their chin against their hands, eyes closed and expression calm. Behind them, a young man spits out his drink.

Part 5 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Caitlin, Vrai, and me. Emotions run high as the team grapples with the loss of a beloved character and the many, many problems with the story’s handling of gender and sexuality. Meanwhile, I struggle to balance my emotional reaction with my analytical one, and fail pretty spectacularly. But hey! it also features one of my favorite goofs, so it ain’t all gloom ‘n’ doom, eh?

Highlights include: Tamahome and Miaka slowly fusing into a single being, hilaribad (and sometimes just bad) gender essentialism, and Nuriko discourse. Lots and lots of Nuriko discourse. Content warning for phobia, erasure, and just generally terrible handling of trans issues.

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Review: Anime Supremacy!

Here it is, folks: the SHIROBAKO sequel you’ve been waiting for.

Three women in profile running in the same direction. The first is wearing casual clothes and carrying posterboard and a manila folder; the second is dressed in a sharp business suit and holding a phone; the third is in a nice dress and holding a pen

It didn’t matter if the work was difficult or stressful, or if she hardly earned enough to live on. She didn’t care if she had to live her days as a geek girl or female otaku, with no semblance of a “real” life.

She was never going to stand by and let anyone make fun of her job.

Anime Supremacy!, written by Mizuki Tsujimura and translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm, tells the interconnected stories of three women—a producer, a director, and an animator—working in the anime industry. Not quite a novel and not quite a short story collection, the book is divided into three main chapters, each following one of the protagonists through part of a single anime season.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 21-27

One last celebration before we hit the rocky trail.

Three people at a festival. In the foreground is a grinning redheaded man; slightly behind him, standing next to each other, are a girl holding a lollipop and a person extending one arm as if gesturing for the other two to follow them. All three are in period Chinese clothing and are smiling.

Part 4 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Caitlin, Vrai, and yours truly! In another strong week, the ensemble cast shines and even the romantic beats land… but there are storm clouds on the horizon, and we ain’t just talking about Soi’s lightning powers. Highlights include: Unintentional ace power fantasies, the fine line between emotional resonance and emotional manipulation, and Chichiri giving me a lot of feelings. Buckle up, homies. 

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 15-20

Two monster movies, a spy caper, and an action-packed throwdown? It’s fun for the whole family!

Three chibi figures are piled awkwardly atop each other in a tree: On top is a man with flyaway bangs and smiling eyes wearing a tunic; below him is a girl with her hair in two buns, teeth gritted and eyes squinted; and at the bottom of the pile is a redhead in a dark jacket, looking below him with a wide-mouthed look of shock

Part 3 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Caitlin, Vrai and me! We recorded this one late on a weekday evening, so if you listen closely you can hear the sleeplessness slowly consume us! It’s another fun batch episodes as Miaka wraps up her road trip and my favorite duo takes their comedy show on the road. Highlights include: Resurrected ‘shipping wars, a new tag line for the DVD box sets (you’re welcome, Discotek), and Tasuki being a very good boy.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 8-14

My boys are back in town!

A chibi man with flyaway bangs wearing a tunic and prayer beads smiles wide and pulls off a mask that looks identical to his current smiling face. Next to him, a girl in a modern school uniform watches with bugged-out eyes, sweatdropping.

It’s Part 2 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Caitlin, and yours truly! This week, the series hits its stride as an engaging fantasy adventure and tackles some difficult topics, with… mixed results. Highlights include: Questionable decisions from teenagers, the introduction of my favorite anime character in the history of anime characters, and a pair of trash banditz I wasted years of my life not ‘shipping together.

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Panning the Stream: Fall 2017 AniFem Premiere Review Digest

Crawling the dungeons for anime treasure.

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I picked up another batch of full-length premiere reviews at AniFem this season. You’ll still get the usual Premiere Review On All The Things post later this week (once I’ve had a chance to sleep a little), but as has become tradition, I wanted to make these available in a nice digest post.

As has also become tradition, they’re organized by how highly I’d recommend them, from “a whole lot” to “not at all”:

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride – A beautifully animated adaptation of one of my favorite ongoing manga series. That opening chapter sure is side-eye-tastic, though.
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie – I found it super cute and charming, but YMMV if you’re bothered by its somewhat shallow handling of gender and sexuality.
  • Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ A fun otome VN adaptation with smart pacing, a solid plot, strong aesthetics, and good boys? Folks, we found The Unicorn!
  • Black Clover – A paint-by-numbers shounen fantasy series, but harmless enough.
  • DYNAMIC CHORD – A poorly plotted, cheaply animated, angst-riddled mess. I kinda liked it.
  • KONOHANA KITAN – A neat premise hamstrung by assault “jokes” and fanservice. Sigh.
  • SENGOKU NIGHT BLOOD – The other otome VN adaptation. Almost hilaribad, but alas, not quite.
  • Inuyashiki – Better executed than a lot of the shows above it, but so viscerally unpleasant that I just don’t care.

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