Once again, a new anime season is upon us. It could not have come at a better time – I need some sweet new forms of escapism.
Honestly, it’s been a rough few months. I’m sure I’ve said that a million times by now. Things simply haven’t been going too great in the mental health department, and I’ve decided to actively avoid social media, as the online realm has been a bit…exhausting lately, to keep it vague.
Perhaps somewhat ironically, my complete and utter mental exhaustion has made me want to write like a mad(wo)man again. Writing is a sweet release, after all, even if I’m just writing a quick seasonal round-up. Hopefully, I can hop back into a semi-regular routine soon – I’m trying to dip my toes back into my hobbies so that I can actually ENJOY them again, instead of doing them out of necessity or a sense of forced productivity. Thankfully, all these new episodes have given me plenty of fodder to write about. Here’s my thoughts on what I’ve seen so far.
Continue reading “2018 Fall Anime Impressions: Uh, I’ve already seen two anime characters lick each other so far? HELL YEAH!”
Ah, Revolutionary Girl Utena. I’m incredibly happy to finally get my 20th Anniversary boxset, not only because I’ve been waiting for it forever, but because this show is so rich with content that it’s going to give me soooo much blogging fodder. I could talk about this series forever. I probably will talk about it forever, actually.
Sitting down to write about Utena is actually kind of a daunting task, because it’s so complex and deep that I feel pressured to write twenty giant, lofty essays about gender and art direction and the patriarchy and all that other Big Shit. Which, hey, I might write about all that. I want to. I hope my schedule lets me dedicate time to talking ad nauseum about the beautiful art direction and flex some of my film school vocabulary.
But today? Today I just want to talk about some dumb shit. The dumb shit that is – main characters in anime and the way that they’re allowed to wear whatever the hell they want at school.
Continue reading “On Utena’s uniform in Revolutionary Girl Utena: that doesn’t look like the dress code to me, young lady!”
It’s pride month, so for the whole month of June I’m writing about LGBTQ+ representation in anime and manga! Yay for gay anime!
Okay, so what if I told you there was an absolutely brilliant dystopian anime that featured not one, not two, but FOUR canon bisexuals? Drum roll pleeeeeeeease…
It’s Shinsekai Yori, or From the New World! Not only is this one of the best anime dystopian thrillers I’ve ever seen, but four out of five of its main characters are bi. Not just implied, either…there are same-sex kisses shared on-screen by both the male and female characters. They date each other. They explicitly say that they are attracted to one another. There is no denying their bi-ness.
Or maybe pan-ness? I’m biased, so I’m gonna go with bi-ness.
However, the way the characters’ sexuality is woven into the story is a little odd. They’re not just bi characters who happen to be bi – it’s actually a plot device that ties in with the dystopian setting. Continue reading “The Bisexual Dystopia of Shin Sekai Yori: or, how an evil anime government tried to make all the kids gay”
Remember how it was Revolutionary Girl Utena’s 20th anniversary back in December?
Well, to celebrate, Nozomi Entertainment, with the help of distributor/vendor Right Stuf, was going to release a gorgeous special edition Blu-Ray boxset that came with a special edition art book and two specially made Rose Crest rings. A super cool deal, right? The box set that had been released five years ago no longer seems to available as one set (instead, it’s split up by saga/arcs), so this set came as a huge relief to fans who were afraid they would have to resort to buying individual DVDs and Blu-Rays to complete their collection.
And, to make things even more exciting, the release was set to ship right before Christmas, so it would make the perfect gift for your favorite anime fan! (Or, you know, just the perfect gift for you!)
“Hey, wait, this sounds pretty awesome and not Christmas-ruining at all,” you’re saying to yourself. Ah, you sweet naïve reader, you. Unfortunately for everyone who rushed to bag those Amazon holiday special discounted pre-orders, things were not as rosy as they seemed. The reason things weren’t rosy? It was all because of those friggin’ special edition Rose Crest rings.
Continue reading “The Box-set That Ruined Christmas: Finally, I Ordered Revolutionary Girl Utena‘s 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray Set From Right Stuf”
If there’s one thing Amanchu does remarkably well, it’s realistically portray the pure bliss of adolescent friendship. Teko and Pikari are oblivious to any Real World Issues, and spend their days having spontaneous barbeques and diving, all while subtly teaching each other to be better versions of themselves. Pikari helps ease Teko’s anxiety, while Teko teaches Pikari to dial it back a bit. All is well in their idyllic, teenage world.
Continue reading “Remembering My Teko: Amanchu! and the bittersweet beauty of teenage friendships”
You ever get really nostalgic anime series you watched in your formative years? You know, your OG shows? The ones that got you into the medium in the first place? I’ve decided to take a look back at some of the earlier series I got into back when I was younger, and reflect on how they formed my anime tastes. They will be chronicled in this series, Anime Roots.
Continue reading “How Lucky Star made 12-year-old me feel like she belonged”