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Premiere Review | The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent

What’s it about? 20-year-old office worker Sei finds herself suddenly transported to a fantasy world, summoned as the “holy maiden” who will save the world. Except the mages accidentally doubled their order, and summoned two young women from Earth… leaving Sei declared as the spare who must now make her own life in this new, magical world.

Isekai series have become associated with power fantasies, usually of the teen, cis, masculine variety. Saint’s Magic Power, with a listless twenty-something as its heroine, represents a different kind of fantasy, but it is one nonetheless: the power fantasy of getting a job without qualifications or a complicated interview process, of having a “knack” for a new skill and picking it up quickly, and not having to tie your hair back when you do lab work.

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Premiere Review | Let’s Make a Mug Too

What’s it about? Himeno and her father move to Tajima City, Gifu prefecture, to start a new business and a new life. Himeno soon learns that her new home is famous for its pottery—and that her mother was a renowned ceramic artist when she was alive. Inspired by her new classmates and eager to get in touch with the art form her mother loved, Himeno resolves to join the school pottery club and learn the secrets of clay.

Let’s Make a Mug Too is a slightly odd duck: the animated portion of the “episode” only goes for about 15 minutes, but the short is accompanied by a live-action travel show segment that brings the runtime to a traditional anime length. The series is a tourism tie-in for Gifu, and both the fictional and non-fictional halves of the show take care to paint the locale in the most lovely, calming, historically-intriguing light possible.

Do I want to explore tree-lined old streets looking at antiques now? Maybe. Mostly, though, I want to talk about the unexpected emotional undercurrents that I think will really elevate this cute little hobby show.

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Premiere Review | Dragon Goes House Hunting

What’s it about? When a young dragon fails in his dragonly duties and does not live up to the fearsome expectations of dragonkind, his family kicks him out. Left all alone in a world full of people that want to slay him and harvest his horns and tail, our protagonist is lost and defenceless… until he seeks out the elf Dearia, who specialises in fantasy real estate. Can they team up to find the perfect nest?

Content considerations: parents kicking their children out of home

In a market so saturated with Generic European Fantasy Adventures that it’s practically dripping, it’s nice to see new series that really try to go niche and plumb the depths of more mundane, less-explored aspects of these settings. In this case, I’m very much looking forward to seeing the ins and outs of the fantasy real estate market. We get a glimpse of it in the premiere as Dearia tours a pair of slimes through a nice, cosy cave, complete with a snazzy little brochure and conversations about the magic energy of the place (the “vibe” of a property is always important, after all).

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Premiere Review | Tropical Rouge! Precure

What’s it about? The wicked Witch of Delays and her minions have laid waste to the mermaid kingdom beneath the sea, and now have their sights set on conquering the human world. Laura is sent to the surface by the mermaid queen, on a mission to find the legendary Pretty Cures—magical warriors with the strength and shining spirit needed to defeat evil! When she meets an energetic girl named Manatsu, she’s initially not impressed… but Manatsu might just be the motivated, big-hearted hero she’s looking for.

Usually, we don’t cover children’s programming here at AniFem, but the euphoria of Precure being legally available—and simulcast no less!—and the sheer vibrant joy of this premiere is just too great to ignore.

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Premiere Review | High-Rise Invasion

Content Warning: threats of sexual violence, fanservice, suicide imagery

What’s it about? High schooler Yuri finds herself suddenly in a strange world of skyscrapers, connected by rope bridges and with any access to the ground levels blocked off. With murderous beings wearing full-face masks stalking the rooftops, Yuri must gather her courage and her wits and find a way to survive this place long enough to find her older brother.

High-Rise Invasion starts with a bang. Or, more accurately, it starts with [foreboding music] [man grunts, screams] according to Netflix’s captions. This ominous, blurry scene of bloody murder quickly snaps into an upbeat, electronic opening theme, after which the show slows back down to molasses pace for a scene of Yuri crying as she tries unsuccessfully to contact her family on the phone. This clunky opening sequence sets the tone for the rest of the episode: schlocky carnage, high-octane action, and our protagonist whimpering.

This episode was dreadful—read the full review on Anime Feminist!

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Podcast | Yuri Manga Variety Hour

I’m a true Millennial Content Creator now—I’ve co-hosted a podcast! Listen in to my debut on Chatty AF, the Anime Feminist podcast, where I chat about manga where ladies fall in love with each other. We go through some recent series and recommend our favourite titles from the ever-growing catalogue of English licenses.

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Winter 2021 Three Episode Check-in

As we march ever onwards into the first anime season of 2021, it’s time to give the new shows the old Three Episode Try. After a trio, how are these series faring? Well, head to AniFem to find out!

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2020 Fall Three-Episode Check-In

There’s too darn many anime this season. Some of them are even really good! The team did their best, resulting in our longest check-in post ever.

Check out the check-in, in which I offer my thoughts on Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, and Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls three episodes in.

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Premiere Review | D4DJ First Mix

What’s it about? Before Aimoto Rinku moved away for her parents’ zoological work, she had the chance to attend an open-air concert where she heard a song that captured her heart. On her first day at a new school in Japan, she’s startled to hear that very song from her childhood playing over the PA system. Chasing the sound, Rinku finds herself in the exciting world of performance DJing.

I’ll be honest with you, AniFam: at this stage of the premiere review season, at this stage of the work week, at this stage of the year, I’m feeling pretty tired. But lucky for me (and lucky for you) D4DJ is like a swig of energy drink. It’s fun, colorful, high-octane, and I can already tell I’m going to have Rinku’s beloved dance track stuck in my head for the whole weekend.

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Premiere Review | Dropout Idol Fruit Tart

What’s it about? Fifteen-year-old Sakura Ino moves to Tokyo to pursue her dream of becoming a pop idol… but when she gets there, it’s not quite what she expected. She finds herself in the Mouse House, a dormitory of washed-up child stars, unpopular models, and failed musicians. With the production company threatening to kick them all out and demolish the building, these misfits are forced to form an idol group in order to try and save their home.

Dropout Idol Fruit Tart, like the sweet treat in its name, is bright and sugary, but probably does not contain much nutritional value… and in fact might make you feel a bit off if you consume too much of it too quickly.

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