Clear Card: When Beloved Series Rely Too Much On Nostalgia

With the re-watch I did not too long, the original Cardcaptor Sakura (and my love for it) are still pretty fresh in my mind. Its amazing characters and magical, welcoming world stole my heart to the point that I would watch anything just to get more of it. Well, its long-awaited sequel Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card just finished airing, and it feels like that’s exactly what this series was counting on: nostalgia, undying love for the original to keep watching it… while rarely offering you more.

Acknowledging love for the original it’s not a bad thing by itself, after all, Cardcaptor Sakura is an important childhood favorite for many, and it’s still remembered very fondly. Heck, I would argue that it’s still a very important show nowadays, and it has plenty of reasons to be especially meaningful for girls and queer folks. Continue reading “Clear Card: When Beloved Series Rely Too Much On Nostalgia”

The women of Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a space opera –considered a masterpiece by many– which exclusively follows the legends of a few men as they attempt to conquest (or fight against it) the galaxy. Or so I thought. LOGH is quite a unique ride, but I have to admit that one of my biggest surprises was the strength of its female cast. It can stumble when it comes to doing them justice, and there’s no denying that they’re still way too few women on the show. But the women we get have plenty of remarkable qualities (or faults!), which they use either to survive, take control of their lives or pursue their own destinies. As a consequence, some even left their own mark on history.

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My Fave is Problematic: Ranma 1/2 [AniFem]

When I read Ranma ½ during my first year of high school, I fell in love with Rumiko Takahashi’s signature expressive art. I loved her colorful cast just as much, always getting caught up in over-the-top situations. Like many people, I remember it fondly. Yet the older I get, the harder it is to ignore some of the most problematic aspects of the series, especially how it deals with femininity.

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What My Hero Academia ignores with the absence of female mentors

One of my favorite series My Hero Academia just wrapped its second season today. Over this past few months, I definitely enjoyed watching new episodes each week, and it saddens me to see it end. As a lover of both shonen and the superheroes genre, it almost seems like MHA and I were meant to be. It’s not perfect, of course, not even close. In fact, even though I’ve been a big fan of both genres since forever, as a woman, they aren’t always easy to love.

Like its name says, the target demographic for shonen are boys, and the two biggest companies –DC and Marvel– making superheroes comics today still prioritize its male audience. Most of their creators are also men, and one of the downsides of that is that sexism is far too common in a lot of the stories they tell.

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Brainiacs need useless girls – Analysis of the popular romantic trope

She’s one of the worse students in her class. Every time she tries to cook/bake for her special someone it’s a catastrophe. To walk like all human beings without tripping with the air it’s a challenge. Naturally, she sucks at athletics. In fact, she lacks almost every skill needed to function in society.

Ah, the struggles of being a romantic female lead.

But fear not. For every useless girl in a leading role there is a flawless male hero, always ready to save her.

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