Girl Power and the Stories We Don’t Tell

If you’ve watched coming of age movies or teen comedies, you might have noticed how they claim to be relevant to “every teenager’s life.” Maybe, though, you had a life that involved actual goals, hobbies, and personal beliefs, in which case those movies were more like a parody of people around you who were drunk out of their minds and trying too hard.

Today’s podcast is for you. Maybe. I can’t claim to speak for everyone, but I can definitely call BS on the one-size-fits-all model of growing up. What western media calls “growing up” is an insult, really. Not to mention, it’s completely focused on the guy’s perspective and ignores girls. There are, however, genres within anime that pick up the slack.



Just in case we need some clarification:

This is growing up.

This is growing up.

This is not.

This is not.

This is independence.

This is independence.

This is not.

This is not.

This is girl power.

This is girl power.

This is not.

This is not.

Capiche?

Anime Hair Colours

It was a matter of time until we got to this topic. Newcomers to anime may be baffled, whereas the seasoned otaku doesn’t even notice it anymore… Why do anime characters have such weird hair colours?



One of these characters is not like the others.

One of these characters is not like the others.

Ha ha, I am special!

Ha ha, I am special!

Aww... not special.

Aww… not special.

Like, OMG, our hair is MAJOR blonde!

Like, OMG, our hair is MAJOR blonde!

Haruka's hair is just kinda sandy blonde.

Haruka’s hair is just kinda sandy blonde.

White breaks up the red.  That's how he became a scientist, right?

White breaks up the red. That’s how he became a scientist, right?

Tsukasa and Kagami.

Tsukasa and Kagami. Twins.