9 Underrated Female Characters – Anime Edition! [Tag]

If I had more free time (and maybe a bigger brain), I would write multiple giant essays about women in anime. Female characters in anime can be such a mixed bag – compared to other media, anime has more female main characters, but those characters are also more likely to be ridiculously titty-licious. Of course, showing female sexuality onscreen isn’t always a bad thing, but it is problematic if she only exists to be gawked at, lacks any real personality, or gets trapped in a harem plotline where they’re reduced to nothing more than “potential girlfriend #3.”

At the same time, there are also some insanely great female characters who subvert those aforementioned expectations. I could write a whole series of blog posts on that but…well, like I said – no time, small brain.

LUCKILY THOUGH! Moyatori tagged me in this 9 underrated female characters tag many moons ago, thus giving me the perfect chance to attempt to gather my thoughts on anime ladies. She brings up some really excellent characters in her post – I was super excited to see she had Ilena from Claymore listed – so make sure you check it out.


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  • Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, Webtoons, etc.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but at least one person.
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Cardcaptors: A Trash Dub Nightmare

EDIT: This blog post previously mentioned Yu-Gi-Oh! and alleged that WB Kids picked up Cardcaptor Sakura because they wanted something as popular as Yu-Gi-Oh!, but actually Cardcaptors was released a few months BEFORE Yu-Gi-Oh! Those sections have been removed. Remember, I’m just an amateur writer, not a Paid Journalist, so bear with me here! (6/25/2018)

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card is coming this month, and it’s one of the most-anticipated anime this winter. Therefore, I feel that it’s a good time to look back at the horror that was…Cardcaptors, the Nelvana dub of the original Cardcaptor Sakura. Gather ’round, children, for I have for you a bone-chilling tale of redubbed music, horrid mispronunciations of Japanese names, and LGBT erasure…

The year was 2000. WB Kids was high off of the Pokemon craze, and wanted to run another hot-blooded anime series that would rile up the young boys of America. And so they chose…shoujo classic Cardcaptor Sakura(?). Presumably, the thinking was that the cards aspect of the anime would make a great merch tie-in, but they weren’t interested in a magical girl show. Because, you know, a magical girl show could never work in America…

So they took some many liberties to make Cardcaptor Sakura as un-Cardcaptor Sakura as they could to market it to US audiences.

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[Winter 2018] What I’ll be watching

A new anime season is coming, and I’ve barely finished the series I liked from the fall, but I’m still ready to tackle the task of twenty new series. Or, at least, I’m ready to watch at least the first few episodes of twenty new shows before giving up and rewatching Revolutionary Girl Utena again.
This season looks like it’ll be an interesting one. On one hand, we have a lot of highly anticipated new seasons of shows (that I’ve never watched the first seasons of), an anime adaptation for horror king Junji Ito, the return of a magical girl classic, and new shows from the likes of Studio Trigger and Kyoto Animation. On the other hand, we’ve got a lot of meh, with a few ecchi titles popping up and at least three generic looking slice-of-life anime that feature high school girls jumping up into the air. The season does look comfortingly devoid of incest, sisterf*cker anime, though, so that’s one definite plus it has going for it.
Anyways, here’s what’s on my radar for the season for now.

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The ever-changing tone of magical girl anime: the dark, the violent, and beyond

The upcoming return of Cardcaptor Sakura has got me thinking about my experience with the magical girl genre growing up. I watched a bit of Sailor Moon on TV when I was a kid, but the first magical girl series I ever really got super into was Cardcaptor Sakura. And I wasn’t watching that awful Cardcaptors dub on Fox, either, which I wrote about here. I watched the whole series in Japanese online in terrible quality on YouTube about ten years ago, and I absolutely adored it.

Funnily enough, though, Cardcaptor Sakura was the only magical girl anime played straight that I ever really got into. I’ve seen other magical girl shows that I enjoyed, but they were mostly darker takes on the genre, like Mai-Hime or the classic deconstruction Puella Magi Madoka MagicaMadoka Magica specifically brought the magical girl deconstruction to a more mainstream audience, and seems to have inspired a resurgence in dark magical girl concepts. Not long after it aired in 2011, we were given the similarly dark (but more optimistic) Yuki Yuna is a Hero, the magical girl battle royale Magical Girl Raising Project, and the lackluster Day Break Illusion. The dark magical girl concept wasn’t invented with Madoka Magica and its ilk, though – there were some earlier examples that I remember watching. Let us dive into the realm of weird magical girl shows I watched in the 2000s.

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