Kakegurui: Twin – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist

Kakegurui: Twin gives a standalone prequel story to Saotome Mary that welcomes newcomers and old fans alike with a story that feels just as fresh and fun as the main series, as well as some of its same problems.

Kakegurui: Twin – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist

SPRIGGAN – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist

SPRIGGAN offers a blast from the past with all its foibles, ranging from toeing the line with anti-semetism to engaging in some of the Cold War’s stereotypes and its source material’s plot weakness, with some degree of style and a lot of gore.

SPRIGGAN – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist

Smile of the Arsnotoria the Animation – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist

A magical girl slice of life that seems to be potentially positioning itself to step into the mary jane’s of many a dark magical girl series before it… after a chat about tea and snacks and being a proper lady.

Smile of the Arsnotoria the Animation – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist

My Stepmom’s Daughter is My Ex – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist

A just okay premiere that plays weird sex chicken at times with its “it’s complicated” stepsibling relationship, but seems to be aware of the line it definitely shouldn’t cross.

My Stepmom’s Daughter is My Ex – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist

RWBY: Ice Queendom – Episodes 1-3 — Anime Feminist

A stunning, action packed three-episode premiere that welcomes fans int he know with welcome arms, but risks isolating newcomers with no prior knowledge of the series.

RWBY: Ice Queendom – Episodes 1-3 — Anime Feminist

A Couple of Cuckoos – Episode 7-8 (ANN)

Fate is a major theme that runs across these two episodes, which are best taken together as a miniature arc of sorts. The focus is on Hiro Segawa, a girl trapped by her own fate to marry someone and take over the family shrine. Much like Nagi and Erika, the adults in her life have decided how her life will be shaped, and as a “good” daughter, ascendant, and future wife, she’s not supposed to complain. It’s a familiar story that any kid who’s ever been expected to be capital-m More understands. And while my parents never expected me to marry, I felt the same pressures Hiro did to excel and represent my family, which is why I’ve really taken a shine to her.

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