Happy Sunday, everyone.
I’m sure that many of you are aware of the scandal that rocked the greater AniTwitter community over the past week. On January 15, allegations of sexual abuse and worse befell Dylan Keilman, a prominent member of the AniTwitter community who goes by the handle “Hazukari.”
In the wake of these reports, fans began sharing their own stories of abuse and harassment that have arisen in the North American anime community.
(Before I go further, I want to state publicly that I, and the rest of the Anime Herald staff, support the victims, and thank the brave people who have stepped up and spoken out.)
This led to the creation of a spreadsheet, has been collecting allegations of suspected harassers from the public. Whether you’ve been reading about it on Twitter, or the events that occurred in the aftermath on Kotaku, it’s been a topic that has begun to reverberate within the anime community at large. People began to discuss their experiences with other users in the anime fan sphere, as well as specific voice actors, prominent industry figures, and many other individuals.
Meanwhile, major players in the media, including Anime News Network’s Bamboo Dong and Lynzee Loveridge have begun collecting stories for an article that aims to shed light on the bad actors working within the greater anime world.
As Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio put it, this is our community’s #MeToo moment.
Things have died down in the days that have followed, but it’s clear that we’re on the brink of great changes within the greater anime subculture. In the days, weeks, and months to come, we can expect a greater light to be shone on figures within the anime community, as untold stories and allegations are finally unearthed.
Right now, though, we have no idea about what will happen next. All we know is that we’re seeing the very first sparks of something that will lead to major changes in the greater anime community.
Still, I can’t help but wonder: will we welcome this change, and take the steps to prevent further disasters? Or will things die on the vine, as people bitterly fight back to defend their favorite personalities?
The Latest From the AniBlogging Community
Anime fans’ #MeToo moment: In the wake of the events that occurre on January 15, an anonymous user started a spreadsheet, which compiles allegations of suspected harassers. Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio investigated the spreadsheet and the events leading up to its creation, which are being called our #MeToo moment by many.
Lily Hoshikawa: zombie, idol, icon: Rai from Rai’s Anime Blog takes a look at Zombie Land Saga‘s Lily Hoshikawa: the undead idol turned trans icon. They give a deep dive into Lily’s gender dysphoria, before diving into a detailed analysis of the general opinions of trans people in Japan, and the treatment of those undergoing transition in the nation.
Flipping the Script: Anime Feminist writer Alex Henderson dives into Revue Starlight. They take a look at the show’s bold critique of the Takarazuka Revue, from its “Star” system and its love of tragic endings. Moreover, they examine the way that the series uses its framework to not only challenge but outright defy the now-tired “bury your gays” trope that exists in fiction.
Never running from a game fight / She is the one called Sailor Moon: Ashley took a trip to Toronto’s The Hive to check out a growing scene in the fighting game community. In recent years, the game has seen some serious play: partly due to the game’s tight mechanics, and partly from its Arc System Works pedigree.
This Week's Fun Stuff
With Chihayafuru‘s third season on the way, what better way is there to celebrate than with some karuta action? With cats?
This quirky video by au recreates the tension of Yuki Suetsugu’s manga, albeit with an adorable feline bent. So, by all means, come for the kitties and stay for the dramatic tension.
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