Our Thoughts on The Best Chunnibyou School Idol, Tsushima Yoshiko (and Her Friends!) – A Collab with Remy from the Lily Garden! [part 2]

Welcome, folks, to part 2 of the lovely Remy and I’s collab about LoveLive! Sunshine best girl, Yoshiko! Click here for part one so you’re not totally lost

Caught up? Good, good. Let’s dive back in!

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On Utena’s uniform in Revolutionary Girl Utena: that doesn’t look like the dress code to me, young lady!

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.

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The Bisexual Dystopia of Shin Sekai Yori: or, how an evil anime government tried to make all the kids gay

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”

Happy Pride Month from the Hell Zone! Here’s what’s in store for June!

Happy pride month, folks! It’s the best time of year – a whole month to bask in my bisexuality. Usually, me and my friends all get together and watch a bunch of gay movies together, and then buy some random rainbow shit that appears at every big chain trying to cash in on the holiday. It’s a good time.

This year, I’m trying to celebrate EVERY DAY this month. Because, hey, not everyone gets a whole month of identity pride, so like, if you got one, might as well celebrate the whole time! I’m going to watch all my favorite gay movies and TV shows, and of course, watch some gay anime.

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It hit me a few days ago – “duh, you should do some pride month themed stuff on the blog!” And so, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing for the month of June. I’m going to specifically talk about LGBTQ characters, specific shows (probably mostly yuri), and of course, tell some stories about what certain gay anime mean to me. Every post will be about something gay-ish, which I guess actually isn’t that much different from the content I normally write…heh.

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How Lucky Star made 12-year-old me feel like she belonged

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.

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[Citrus Finale Review] Okay, okay, maybe Citrus is just bad

Citrus is like, half good. When it’s fun, it’s fun, and sometimes it’s even close to being touching and poignant, but gets drowned out by trashy lesbian drama before it can ever reach the point of being, well, fully good. The finale perfectly encapsulates this issue of being so close, yet so far.

Since I run the risk of repeating everything I’ve said in all my other Citrus posts, I’m going to try to keep this mostly to the last episode.

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Very subtle.

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The sweets & the sours of Citrus’s portrayal of girls in love

Citrus, I don’t know how you do it, but you manage to both exceed my expectations and fail to meet them at the same time with each passing week. While watching just about every episode, my thoughts have been equal parts, “wow, this is surprisingly poignant for a show about stepsisters in love” and, “wow, this is surprisingly trashy, even for a show about stepsisters in love.”

[Warning: spoilers up for everything up to episode 10]
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