This essay was commissioned by @UncleAsriel. You can find out more about commissions here.
Watching a new group of artists set out together is a gamble: you look at the strengths they’re already beginning to display, the issues they’re working out how to overcome, and lay your bets as to where they’ll end up in a month, or a year, or ten. Zoom Doom Stories, who just completed their debut podcast Spines, has put an impressively strong foot forward with a mission statement to make “dark, creepy, queer, feminist podcasts.” Sign me up.
I got together with Caitlin and Dee to talk about one of my favorite anime of all time. You may remember it from the considerable number of essays I’ve dedicated to it over the years. And if you haven’t checked it out yet, I can’t recommend it enough (though be mindful of some pretty strong content warnings including torture, child abuse and sexual assault).
Yup, I watched it. And dug it…after a fashion. Woof, that first half is pretty rough, huh? Anyway, I had a chat about it with CR editor Peter and longtime Devilman fan/Anime Nostalgia Podcast host Dawn. I HAVE MANY FEELINGS ABOUT GAY SATAN AND SPIDER LESBIAN.
We didn’t intend to watch a movie that handles Native Americans terribly for Thanksgiving. It just kind of worked out that way. ….Sorry.
Despite this being the most famous lesbian vampire movie, it’s the least gay of the three vampire movies we watched (it’s also above using the word “vampire,” so…).
The author behind Flowers in the Attic wrote about more Southern Gothic-flavored things while handling a bunch of sensitive issues poorly. Seriously, mind the content warnings on this one.
Given the hardcore fandom phase I went through in high school over this series (I was in it to win it, people), it was inevitable that I’d wind up watching the terribly conceived, terribly executed Netflix movie.
Spoilers: it’s not that it’s stupid. It’s that it isn’t stupid enough.
Also, like, spoilers for the decade old anime.
Show notes over at Anime Feminist!