Podcast: Manga Variety Hour – Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight!

Bring on the lovers, liars, and clowns!

A two-panel comic of a man holding a cat. He says "Fukumaru" in the top panel and then presses his cheek to the cat's cheek. Sound effects read "Squeeze." They both look delighted.

Caitlin, Vrai, and I dust off some obscure musical references and recommend a slew of comedy series to help give you a little reprieve from the whole… well, Everything going on in the world nowadays. From the wacky to the sweet, the school life to the pet life, there’s something for everyone in this batch of feel-good comics.

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Podcast: Winter 2020 Wrap-up

A season so strong, it’s not just bueno.

A girl in a school uniform smiles and says "Es perfecto."

Vrai, Peter, and I team up again for the Winter 2020 retrospective. This season was chock full of good pets, great girls, and cheeky ghosts, so take notes and get ready to binge!

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Podcast: Toradora! Watchalong – Episodes 7-13

In which I finally, truly understand the concept of “Best Girl.”

Ryu and Minori cross a finish line at sunset, holding hands

After a somewhat rocky start, Toradora soars with a fantastic school festival arc that had us all blinking back more than a few happy tears.

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Podcast: Toradora! Watchalong – Episodes 1-6

Let’s get dorangerous.

Taiga holding a can of coffee and looking furious

I’ve reunited with Caitlin and Vrai on a watchalong, but there’s a twist: I actually haven’t seen this one before! Join me on this journey into early-decade YA rom-coms, won’t you?

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Podcast: Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Retrospective

I needed to lie down for a little while after this one.

The protagonist of Shimanami Tasogare looks pensively at a fishbowl that has two young people floating in it

For our very first manga retrospective, I join fellow AniFem staffers Vrai and Chiaki to chat about the LGBTQ+ manga Our Dreams at Dusk! We discuss the story’s sincere (and sometimes devastating) subject matter, its variety of messy but sympathetic characters, and the importance of it being written by an X-gender and asexual author. Also, blink and you’ll miss it: I actually talk seriously about myself for once.

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Podcast: Fall 2019 Wrap-Up

Dream a little dream of ani-me…

The two protagonists of Outburst Dreamer Boys stand back to back, Mizuki holding a sword and looking determined.

Vrai, Peter, and I look back at the Fall 2019 season. Join us as we sing the praises of surprise favorite Outburst Dreamer Boys, rejoice in finding some good isekai for once, and lament the tragic half-a-show that was Stars Align.

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Podcast: Neon Genesis Evangelion Watchalong – End of Evangelion

I regret to inform you that I did not care for Anno’s spite film.

The extended cast of Evangelion posing for the camera, looking happy and smiling

The 5th and final part of our Neon Genesis Evangelion watchalong with Vrai, myself, and special guests Isaac and Lizzie! It’s time for the Eva Endings Extravaganza as viewers new and old reflect on their feelings about the franchise.

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Podcast: Neon Genesis Evangelion Watchalong – Episodes 21-26

Things are so dire, I can’t even make a bad pun about it.

Eva Unit-01 holds Kaworu in its grasp

Part 4 of our Neon Genesis Evangelion watchalong with Vrai, Dee, and special guests Isaac Akers and Lizzie Visitante! Everything collapses and nobody is happy. The characters in the show ain’t doing so hot, either. (And don’t worry—we’ll discuss The End of Evangelion next time.)

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Podcast: Neon Genesis Evangelion Watchalong – Episodes 14-20

Neon Genesis Watermelion.

Shinji looks at some watermelons on a vine

It’s Part 3 of multi-part watchalong of Neon Genesis Evangelion with Vrai, myself, and special guests Isaac and Lizzie! As Shinji starts to break down, so too does the narrative—and the team has some concerns about how it’s all going to shake out.

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Podcast: Neon Genesis Evangelion Watchalong – Episodes 7-13

You guys. You guys. It’s an elEVAtor.

The Evangelion cast crowds into a elevator, smashed up against each other

Our multi-part watchalong of Neon Genesis Evangelion continues! Vrai, myself, and special guests Isaac and Lizzie discuss gender roles, sex and sexuality, and overall have a pretty good time with this “monster-of-the-week” stretch of episodes. But why does Vrai keep chortling in the background…?

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