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Winter 2023 Three-Episode Check-In

It’s proving to be a fantastic season for girls in fantasy stories, whether they’re falling in love (with each other) or just trying to survive. Come on down and check how some of the recent anime offerings are progressing!

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Anime Feminist’s Recommendations of Fall 2022

From hobby shows to historical fantasy, check out the team’s faves from last year’s stacked final season!

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Premiere Review | Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill

What’s it about? Twenty-seven-year-old Mukoda finds himself summoned to a fantasy world, but quickly discarded when his special skill is revealed to be “online grocery” (not very good for saving the kingdom, you see). However, as Mukoda discovers, this absurd ability comes in handy: it allows him to access an online shop from back home in Japan where he can order food and cooking equipment. Mukoda wants to keep this under wraps, but soon attracts the attention of a legendary magical wolf with an insatiable hunger for ginger pork.

While this isn’t the first foodie fantasy—Restaurant to Another World and Delicious in Dungeon spring readily to mind—Campfire Cooking puts in the work to make this concept feel fresh and fun. While it has its share of familiar isekai plot beats, this premiere manages to exude a certain charm that kept me interested. Maybe even hungry for more!

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Premiere Review | Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World For My Retirement

What’s it about? After falling off a bridge, recently-orphaned Mitsuha wakes up in a strange place and realizes she’s developed the ability to jump back and forth between worlds. Thinking about what her deceased older brother would do in the situation, Mitsuha plans to use this “cheat code” to earn money and ensure herself a comfortable life both on Earth and in the fantasy realm.

Since yesterday’s female-led fantasy adventure was such an absolute minefield, I’m pleased to announce that this one is more straightforwardly stupid.

To be fair to Saving 80,000 Gold, it’s not like there’s nothing to like here. It has, as we say in Australia, a red hot go at executing its ideas. But mostly it falls flat and suffers from the inability to pick a consistent tone, making it a bit of a baffling watch—as well as one with some unsettling ethical implications.

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Premiere Review | Sugar Apple Fairy Tale

What’s it about? Five-hundred years ago, humans defeated fairies and forced the magical folk into servitude. Now, fifteen-year-old Anne aspires to be a magic sugar artisan like her deceased mother, and sets off towards the capital to try and prove her skills in a kingdom-wide contest. But the road there is treacherous. Needing a bodyguard, Anne turns reluctantly to the fairy markets, where she buys a dark and mysterious warrior fairy named Shall to protect her.

This is a compelling premiere perhaps… er… undercut by one key, fraught aspect of its premise. Let’s address that elephant in the room first, shall we?

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Girls Doing Stuff: Agency and Motivation in Girls’ Hobby Shows

I like to think I have a fairly varied palette when it comes to my anime tastes: a genre charcuterie board with some fantasy here, some meaningful coming-of-age stories there, and a peppering of rom-coms seasoned just right. There’s one category, though, that I always find myself savoring and looking forward to each season. If there’s a cast of funny teen girls trying out a new hobby, be it animation, camping, playing guitar, or building a treehouse, I’m there.

But why does this genre have such a gravitational pull? I could answer, simply and truthfully, that we live in stressful times and these shows are often very relaxing. But upon deeper consideration, there’s something else about these girls’ hobby shows that makes my heart happy, and it’s happening more on the level of character construction and development.  

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Podcast | Sex Ed 120% (Part 1)

Dee, Vrai, and Alex talk about the comedy edutainment manga Sex Ed 120% and how it compares to real-world sex education.

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Fall 2022 Three-Episode Check-in

From princesses with books to maids with guns, let’s check in with this season’s crop of new shows and see how they’re doing!

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Anime Feminist Recommendations of Summer 2022

Come in out of that brutal summer heat and enjoy the anime crop we harvested.

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Premiere Review | Love Flops

What’s it about? Asahi’s fortune for the day says that he will have numerous exciting, fateful encounters. Sure enough, on the journey to school he ends up in compromising situations with five different strangers, all of whom then turn up in his classroom.

There’s an easy pun to be made here about how Love Flops is a flop. But it’s not enough. If Love Flops had just been a bad, stupid comedy we might all have been able to move on with our lives. As well as being a bad, stupid comedy, however, it’s a bad, stupid comedy with a disgusting concept at the heart of its “humor”.

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