Chatty AF 147: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Rewatchalong – Rebellion — Anime Feminist

Homura reaching through a disintegrating shadow of herself

Vrai, Alex, and Mercedez return to their rewatchalong to watch the infamous movie, unpack that last 15 minutes, and discuss how it colors the franchise as a whole.

Chatty AF 147: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Rewatchalong – Rebellion — Anime Feminist

ICYMI: Feminism and Diversity in Anime (ft. Mercedez Clewis)

Ionatan and Ravi are joined by Mercedez Clewis, a contributing writer and journalist for sites like Anime News Network, Japanese to English translation and localization editor, and staff editor at Anime Feminist, to discuss feminism and diversity in anime. They talk about Mercedez’s time living in Fukushima and transition into anime journalism, and then break down how to think about anime through a feminist lens.

I am so, so honored that I got to spend time chatting with Ionatan & Ravi in late July (when we recorded) for this episode. It was a blast, and I really felt wonderful talking about my work as a Black Feminist and a proper Anime Feminist as well!

Listen to Feminism and Diversity in Anime (ft. Mercedez Clewis) here.

Chatty AF 146: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Rewatchalong – Episodes 7-12 — Anime Feminist

Madoka and Homura hugging in a shapeless sparkle void, both naked in that nondescript 90s shoujo way

Vrai, Mercedez, and Alex return for the 2nd half of Madoka to talk about Madoka’s character arc, the aggravating entropy twist, and how the TV finale still resonates.

Chatty AF 146: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Rewatchalong – Episodes 7-12 — Anime Feminist

How to Japanese Podcast – S02E13 – Mercedez Clewis – Intensive Japanese Study, JET Program, Writing/Localizing

Mercedez Clewis is a Japanese to English localization editor and proofreader as well as a pop culture writer and critic with websites like, Anime Feminist, But Why Tho, and the Anime News Network. She also has previous worked with Siliconera, which is where she got her start with Japanese to English translation. After earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s in History, she taught on the JET Program in Fukushima Prefecture for four years and is currently in the process of returning to Japan. See her website here.

Listen to How to Japanese Podcast – S02E13 – here.