Beautiful Fighting Girl

By Saito Tamaki To sum this book up: interesting, but unfortunately Freudian. Very focused on phallus centered interpretation and suffered besides from a bad case of male-gaze-as-only-gaze logical fallacy. Complete willing silence on female creators of manga, anime, and female characters, as well ignoring female consumers of such. Truly, some good insight is posed, it’s more of what’s unsaid – any and all female agency … Continue reading Beautiful Fighting Girl

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill is a high estrogen thrill ride with plot twists, raunchy humor, and a feminist agenda. The title, which sounds a little odd in English, is the phonetic pronunciation of the Japanese title, which was the only way to preserve the clever pun: “kiru” when spoken can mean one of three things, either “to cut,” “to wear,” or “to kill.” A literal translation … Continue reading Kill la Kill

Natsume Yuujinchou

I don’t know why this wasn’t my first review – Natsume’s Book of Friends is probably one of my all time favorite series. If you’re interested in Japanese mythology, monster hunter stories, or spirit friendship, the Book of Friends is the show for you. Consisting of vignettes and short story arcs, this slice of life, bittersweet, feel good anime is the perfect watch for rainy … Continue reading Natsume Yuujinchou

Mahou Shoujo

Adams, Natalie, Alison Schmitke, and Amy Franklin. “Tomboys, Dykes, and Girly Girls: Interrogating the Subjectivities of Adolescent Female Athletes.” In Women’s Studies Quarterly 33, no. 1/2 (2005): 17-34. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40005499. Allison, Anne. “Cyborg Violence: Bursting Borders and Bodies with Queer Machines.” In Cultural Anthropology 16, no. 2 (2001): 237-65. http://www.jstor.org/stable/656538. – “The Japan Fad in Global Youth Culture and Millennial Capitalism.” In Mechademia 1, no. 1 … Continue reading Mahou Shoujo

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman The was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife. Without having read the book in several years, I can still recall the iconic opening line perfectly. Gaiman is a talented writer, and this book shows it well; from the masterful opening line to the clever and effective illustrations interspersed throughout. Even with such a violent opening and with death as … Continue reading The Graveyard Book

Over the Garden Wall

From fairy tale tropes to singing frogs, to witches and heroic quests, this quaint, animated miniseries captures the feeling of a perfectly whimsical eternal autumn. At ten episodes, each only twelve minutes long, OTGW is a quick, extremely satisfying watch. The animation is simple, with bright, autumnal colors and unique character designs; it is used to the fullest to inject a heavy dose of fantastic … Continue reading Over the Garden Wall