Summer 2018 Premieres (Part 1)

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It’s that time again! When my schedule completely blanks out except for an endless sea of anime and also some Steven Universe, because Cartoon Network keeps conspiring to align those premieres. The deluge is half over, so here’s what we’ve got so far: BANANA FISH and also some other stuff.

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Vrai Rewatches Michiko & Hatchin

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Over the past month I got together for maybe the best podcast series Anime Feminist has put out so far–certainly the one I’m proudest of, and I say that having been proud to stand behind all the podcasts I’ve been part of for the site. My cohosts had fantastic insight into the series as women and enbies of color–it’s well worth listening for the discussion of police brutality, Brazil’s favelas, colorism, and double-standards re: WOC and sexuality.

I got to geek out about Sayo Yamamoto and Atsuko the magnificent disaster lesbian in between listening to the great discussion.

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[Link] The People’s Hero (Some People Not Included): The exclusion of queer viewers in LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5

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When I reviewed the premiere for LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5, I said I was disappointed to see that the franchise looked like it was sinking back into the slurry of mediocrity that characterized the late ‘90s and 2000s, interested only in updating the aesthetic sheen without tackling any of the franchise’s extremely outdated ideas (the movies, meanwhile, took all of the grimdark edge and none of the feminist themes from The Woman Called Fujiko Mine). Episode 2 seems to confirm those fears, making a joke out of marginalized fans rather than trying to sincerely include them.

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