Podcast: Miss Hokusai Retrospective

The portrait of the artist as young woman.

A young woman in traditional Japanese dress and hair style sits at a table, pen in hand, looking at a blank piece of paper. Her desk is lit only by two small candles.

Caitlin, Amelia, and I chatted about Miss Hokusai, the 2015 feature film from Production I.G. Set in the early 1800s, this historical fiction follows real-life artist O-Ei as she navigates her relationships with her famous father, her young sister, and her own developing art in a society and profession dominated by men.

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My Fave is Problematic: Fushigi Yugi

A little battered, but still beloved.

A dirty, scuffed photo of a group of eight people in two rows. The top row features four people in China-inspired fantasy clothing: A feminine person, a tall man, a grinning redhead, and a smiling monk. The bottom row features another four people: Two young men, a boy, and a teen girl flashing a "victory" sign. Everyone but the girl is wearing China-inspired fantasy clothes, while the girl is wearing a school uniform. The photo is held in someone's hands.

As a companion piece to the recent Chatty AF Fushigi Yugi watchalong podcasts, I spent some time (and lots of words) sorting through fifteen years’ worth of feelings on the messy, sincere, flawed, emotional shoujo fantasy that’s been a part of my life since middle school.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – OVAs (Part 2 of 2)

The grand finale, Part Deux!

A close-up of a teen girl in a school uniform smiling at the camera. To her right and behind her some distance, a monk with flyaway bangs wearing a robe and prayer beads presses a finger frantically to his lips as if to say "shhh"

The 10th and final (sniffle) installment of our Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Caitlin, and yours truly! We finished up the OVAs in trademark rollercoaster fashion by both basking in one of the series’ highest highs and suffering through one of its lowest lows. And yet, when all was said and done, we still came out the other side fighting for this flawed but earnest franchise.

Highlights include: A whole lot of gushing about Chichiri, a fair bit of griping about Eikoden, and Mayo doing damn near everything wrong.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – OVAs (Part 1 of 2)

We discoursed so hard it couldn’t be contained by a single podcast!

A shouting redhead holds a comically wide-eyed child upside down by its feet. To one side, a monk with flyaway bangs holds his staff like a baseball bat, and to the other a young man in modern-day clothes sits on a chair, one hand raised to his mouth in shock. Everyone else is wearing traditional Chinese clothing.

The multi-part Fushigi Yugi watchalong continues with a pair of bonus episodes covering the OVAs! Here in Part 1, we talked about Oni 1 and half of Oni 2. There’s a lot about these episodes that I really like, but woof, is there a lot that I hate, too.

Highlights include: Studio Pierrot’s drunken fanfic, Hotohori’s absurd-yet-emotional homecoming, and a Tasuki episode so unpleasant even I got angry about it.

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Podcast: Fall 2017 wrap-up

Dancing our way to the New Year!

Two girls in winter coats and army helmets dab in front of a white background

Vrai, Peter, and I look back on the Fall 2017 season. With thoughtful blobs, lovable rocks, and flaming murder-sheep, it’s fun for the whole family!

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 47-52

The grand finale(ish)!
A close-up of a teenage girl in a battered school uniform, looking determined, her hair flaring out around her. She glows with a red light.

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.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 41-46

Hope you got your umbrella ready for this plot downpour.

A short-haired girl in a school uniform, looking exasperated, points over her shoulder at a girl with medium-length hair wearing the same uniform. This girl is kneeling on one knee, a mirror clutched to her chest and a rose held out in one hand as if she's trying to woo someone. In the foreground is the back of a man's head.

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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