Podcast: Spring 2018 wrap-up

Get comfy. We’ve got a long list of shows to appraise.

Four young men wearing yukata blush and smile at something off screen.

Lauren, Peter, and I run down the many, many Spring shows we watched (at least to the halfway point). HINAMATSURI and Golden Kamuy prove to be everyone’s problematic faves, Lauren and I bask in Yotsuiro Biyori‘s chill vibes, and Peter tries his damnedest to sell us both on Last Period. There’s a good chance he succeeded.

Fair warning: I was about half-conscious for this one and I haven’t had the guts to listen to it yet, so there’s like a 50% chance I just rambled incoherently for an hour and a half.  And I think I ranted about My Hero Academia for a couple minutes? It’s all a sleepy blur. But I’m sure Lauren and Peter are great, so check it out for them, for sure!

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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Glancing Upstream: Spring 2018 Retrospective Digest

Plucking our favorite shows for the season’s bouquet!

An image from Golden Kamuy. Sugimoto and Shiraishi lie on their stomachs, admiring a golden flower poking out of the snow. They are smiling cutely.

While this season was a bit disappointing for me—a lot of shows with potential either never achieved it or actively shot themselves in the foot (‘sup, Amanchu)—I still made friends with a few series, as did the rest of the AniFem staff.

Click here for the AniFem recommendations for Spring 2018! From ragin’ red pandas to laid-back cafe boiz, there’s a show for just about every mood in this batch.


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Rule of Three Review: Spring 2018 Anime Digest

We’ve got all kinds of purr-spectives on the latest season.

A blonde teen girl holds a fat gray cat's paws in her hands. They're both smiling.

As has become the new routine, I took part in AniFem’s three-episode check-in post, so I’ll send you over there for all the discussion points. More shows, more voices, and more recommendations for you dear readers!

Oh–and we don’t discuss sequels in these, but I’m also keeping up with Amanchu!, My Hero Academia, and Steins;Gate 0. For how long, though, may be another story.

Click here for the full post on AniFem!


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Panning the Stream: Spring 2018 Premiere Digest

The good, the bad, and the kitties.

A teen boy in a school uniform holds an umbrella, looking unphased. Behind him, a teen girl holding a cat looks at him in admiration, sparkling light bursting around her.

It’s that time of quarter-year again! I got together with fellow AniFem staffers Caitlin and Vrai to review all the premieres for Anime Feminist and help readers find some diamonds in the rough. This was the first season in… gosh, three years?… where I didn’t watch every single premiere, as I trusted my fellow reviewers to help me avoid the real stinkers.

I’ve listed my own reviews below in order of “fave” to “least fave” (somehow I didn’t get assigned any of the really heinous ones this time around) for your perusal. And can also click here for the full digest on AniFem, which includes links to every review!

  • HINAMATSURI: A silly and surprisingly sweet take on the “supernatural girl adopted by unlikely father-figure” subgenre, this one came out of nowhere to be my favorite premiere of the season.
  • Yotsuiro Biyori: a.k.a. Laid-Back Cafe, this is the season’s cozy blanket series. I loved it.
  • Tada Never Falls in Love: Yamazaki Mitsue’s directorial debut is a bit of a mixed bag tonally, but there are good gags, good cats, and the potential for a solid school story, so I’m still hyped.
  • Cute High Earth Defense Club HAPPY KISS!: If you’ve been following me these past few years, you know how much I enjoy this goofball magical boy parody show. Happy Kiss is more of the same, and I’m A-OK with that.
  • Libra of Nil Admirari: An otome VN adaptation with a rad premise and a protagonist who wants to focus on taking more control of her life, but it’s bit, er, lacking in the charm department.
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro: A family-friendly remake of an old classic that’s pretty darn clever with its social commentary. There wasn’t quite enough here to get me to come back, but I still enjoyed it well enough.
  • MAJOR 2nd: This baseball series writes its female characters so well I wound up disappointed that they weren’t the stars of the series.
  • Gurazeni: Money Pitch: The Other Baseball Show, this one focusing on a professional player’s financial concerns and future goals. Refreshing in its uniqueness, but nothing I’m dying to watch again.

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