Paul Kemner in anime Database Admin • Liebherr Aerospace Oct 17, 2016 · 2 min read · ~100

Introducing the Anime Feminist

Introducing the Anime Feminist"Anime Feminist is a new website for reviews, interviews and discussion on anime and manga through a feminist lens, run by a team of writers from academia, the industry and grassroots fandom." They are starting out with a good group of writers, and are well worth a look.

One of the issues they focus on is the excessive sexual "fan service", especially in shonen anime (aimed at boys). [Fan vs Service] Black Lagoon vs Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a standout so far. 

Introducing the Anime Feminist

They've also got short reviews of new series, with mentions of any gratuitous content.

They have a patreon page, if you'd like to help them with their mission. 

  • “I’d watch more anime if I didn’t have to sift through all 40+ premieres to figure out whether the protagonist falls face-first into a girl’s breasts.”
  • You want anime reviews to reliably warn you when a show contains sexual assault, fanservice, homophobia etc., and also when it contains potentially great representations of women, queer or non-binary characters in particular. You want full series reviews to give you a heads up about problematic elements so you can choose for yourself whether it’s worth your time.
  • “I loved this post, but really wish they write in-depth about the feminist points they raise.”
  • You want established anime writers to regularly produce quality features from a feminist angle, and understand that busy people can’t justify the extra time unless we pay them. Alternatively, you are an established writer who would love to be paid to write about feminist topics which may not be possible on your other writing outlets.
  • “I wish I could read about what a person from that community feels about their representation in this anime.”
  • You want more marginalized people to have the support to talk publicly about anime from their perspective as a lesbian/person of color/on the spectrum etc. Alternatively, you are a marginalized person who wants to write about anime through your lens and want to be appropriately compensated for it!
  • “I value paying people fairly for their time, energy and expertise.”
  • You see how poorly writers and artists are treated and paid, and want to support projects like AniFem which has built paying contributors fairly into the business model. 'Exposure' doesn't pay rent, and feminist exposure comes with a particularly high price.
  • “I see the abuse writers get when they criticise anime from a feminist perspective, and I’m appalled.”
  • You understand that any publication on a site with ‘feminist’ in the title will have an amount of backlash to deal with and want us to be able to pay our writers generously to offset the impact of this.
  • “I hate clickbait titles, paywalls and pages full of ads.”
  • You accept that a website will always be held accountable to whoever pays its bills, and you want Anime Feminist to be able to direct its content, editorial direction and layout according to what its readers want, not what will artificially drive most traffic to each page.
  • “I wish I could see…”
  • a feminist discussion forum on anime and manga
  • video interviews with women, queer and POC creators
  • translations of articles from Japan
  • podcasts about anime, manga, and feminism with guests from industry
  • convention panels with feminist panellists
  • [exciting project no-one has even thought of yet] - imagination and funding are our only limits! 
  • The more money we raise and the quicker we raise it, the stronger a message we send.
  • A certain subsection of anime fandom will say that anime is 'for' straight male otaku, that anyone criticizing anime should kill themselves, that feminists aren't welcome here. Help us smash our funding goals and prove the trolls wrong, whether you are a trans person of color who wants to feel more welcome in this corner of the internet to a straight male otaku who is frustrated by the hostility perpetuated by people who claim to represent you. 

These early days will be the steepest part of our journey, and many will take low funding numbers as a sign of low support for feminist views in our community of anime fans. If you believe in the work we are doing and can spare a dollar a month, please become a patron today!
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Paul Kemner Oct 17, 2016 · #2

It's not about censorship, because as you say, it isn't possible.
But when series run to many (sometimes hundreds) of episodes, it's worthwhile to know if it abandons the storyline for a running gag of insipid soft-core 'jokes' before making a significant investment in time or money.

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Brian McKenzie Oct 17, 2016 · #1

Somebody has not done an appropriate market evaluation of the core fan base and reasons behind anime. Heribivore men and boys are not interested in women bdyond the fantasy of the genre, bring politics to it znd hour bottom line will quickly show how much they care for the Feminist Agenda - hint: NONE. Japan is the leading country of development of FemBots - WHY? Because the prefer the female form with a volume control, mute and off button functions. Robots have already entered into the oldest profession on the planet. This will have the track record of New Coke or Pepsi Clear, for exactly the same reasons.