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

Madoka Magica

If Yuki Yuna is an attempt at introducing cosmic horror, agency, and the personal consequences of power usage, then Madoka is the end all be all of magical girl deconstruction. It’s pastel, adorable, friendship centered, and absolutely horrifying, in the best way. Whether you watch the original series or the two recap films, the series is both beautiful and fascinating to watch unfold. Both series … Continue reading Madoka Magica

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

I was recommended this series on the grounds of both body horror and magical girls – which I love individually, but combined? Even better. With this specific combo in mind, I was a little disappointed. The magical girl aspect isn’t lacking: with flower themed battle suits and sparkling transformation sequences, Yuki Yuna more than delivered the pastel cuteness requisite of the genre. The cosmic horror … Continue reading Yuki Yuna is a Hero

Tsuritama

Fishing Ball, usually just called Tsuritama, is a beautifully animated slice of life series that follows the adventures of a young boy with social anxiety and chronicles him learning to fish. It sounds simple and slightly boring on the surface, but the visual presentation of the main character being overwhelmed in social situations by drowning while no one notices is an incredible enough detail for … Continue reading Tsuritama