Beyond the Panty Shot: Feminist Representations in Anime

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  1. Alexander B. says:

    I always have lots of problems finding anime I like due to the over saturation of “fan service”. I will definitely be checking these animes out. :) Some of my favorites are Full Metal Alchemist, Trigun and Mushi-shi(my favorite) and some of the different Gundams. I just finished watching Fairy Tale, which was good but had quite a bit too much “fan service” that just pissed me off.

  2. Damien says:

    My list:

    Steins;Gate -> The stereotypical sex-obsessed geek boy can get annoying, but the female lead is excellent, and the core romantic relationship is far from hetero-normative. Hilarious at times, as well.

    Mushishi -> Not many female characters but a brilliant, beautiful, heart-wrenching anime that doesn’t have any problematic elements that I can think of (nice to have sometimes :) ).

    Slayers -> Strong female lead, who usually ends up saving everyone. Lina kicks ass and should be on more T-shirts IMHO. :)

    Cowboy Bebop -> Despite Faye wearing very little, she is a strong, independent, kick-ass primary character. This series has some of the most beautiful moments, and one of the two-part episodes has a wonderful reveal of a marginalised person you rarely ever see (I won’t spoil it for you).

    Wolf’s Rain -> Prepare to cry. And then cry. And then cry some more. The lead characters are 4 boys, but it has some excellent female characters.

    Bleach -> Definitely has some problems, but also has some strong female characters.

    Tri-Gun -> The movie is very problematic, but the TV series was wonderful. The 2 major female characters are excellently written.

    That is all I can think of off the top of my head.

  1. October 2, 2013

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