Steven Universe – My Thoughts on the Show and Battle of Heart and Mind

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 *Warning this review contains spoilers*

The season 5 finale was the conclusion for the entire series as far as I’m concerned.

Despite the fact that both season 6 and a movie have been confirmed, the entire hour special felt like a disappointing conclusion to the complex themes Steven Universe has built up over the years. Continue reading “Steven Universe – My Thoughts on the Show and Battle of Heart and Mind”

Coco: A Somewhat Touching, but Problematic View on Dia de los Muertos [BlackGirlNerds]

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This review was published on Black Girl Nerds on December 29, 2017.  While there were a few enjoyable moments in the movie, the erasure of Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous people and the Land of the Dead reflecting the real world white supremacist racial hierarchies in Latin America, ultimately created a very empty movie that is invested in mestizaje.  Please read the review on Black Girl Nerds.

BGN Film Review: “Hey Arnold! The Jungle Book Movie” [BlackGirlNerds]

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This article was originally published on Black Girl Nerds on February 13, 2018.  This movie review was a follow up to the article I wrote about the problematic representation of the Indigenous Green-Eyed People.  Sadly, the movie reaffirmed its shitty portrayal of the Green-Eyed People and overall perpetuated the White Saviors Complex.  My name and bio were once again published at the bottom so no one cannot argue with me about who wrote these articles.  Please read the movie review on Black Girl Nerds.

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Book Movie – The Problem with the Green-Eyed People [BlackGirlNerds]

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This was originally published on Black Girl Nerds on August 21, 2017.  This article examined the problematic representation of the Indigenous Green-Eyed People and how the Journal two-part special perpetuated the White Saviors Complex.  This time I made sure my name and bio were published at the bottom of the article.  Please read the article on Black Girl Nerds.

The Melancholy Adventures of Michiko and Hatchin: Series Review [ShojoPower]

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This article was originally published on AnimeComplexiumon June 13, 2016, but I loved this piece so much that I decided to republish an updated version on the ShojoPower website on June 2, 2017, after AnimeComplexium was shut down.

This review focused on the mini history on how Sayo Yamamoto got inspired to make Michiko to Hatchin and how the series was able to discuss the complex racial hierarchies in Latin America and the Carribean through fictional Brazil.  Please check out this article on ShojoPower.

“Zootopia”: A Fascinating Insight to Systemic Social Injustice with Humor [AnimeComplexium]

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This article was originally published on AnimeComplexium on March 28, 2016. Unfortunately, the website no longer exists and the original creator created a backup website to save the articles for contributors.

This review focused on the how well the movie was able to discuss several socio-political issues in an anthropomorphic world.  While this review is dated, please check out the original review on the backup website for AnimeComplexium.

“Otona Joshi no Anime Time”: Stories For Adult Womxn [AnimeComplexium]

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This article was originally published on AnimeComplexium on February 28, 2016. Unfortunately, the website no longer exists and the original creator created a backup website to save the articles for contributors.

It’s rare for josei stories to get any kind of adaptation so when NHK dedicated to animate a few one-shot episodes written by famous Japanese womxn authors, I had to write about it.  While this review is dated, please check out the original review on the backup website for AnimeComplexium.

One Punch Man Review: Its Fun, But We Need To Talk About the Homophobic and Transphobic Caricatures [AnimeComplexium]

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This article was originally published on AnimeComplexium on January 10, 2016. Unfortunately, the website no longer exists and the original creator created a backup website to save the articles for contributors.

This review examined the highlights of One Punch Man and the unfortunate predatory gay character that was Puri Puri Prisoner.  While this review is dated, please check out the original review on the backup website for AnimeComplexium.

Akatsuki no Yona Series Review: Women in Anime and Manga [AnimeComplexium]

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This article was originally published on AnimeComplexium on January 5, 2016. Unfortunately, the website no longer exists and the original creator created a backup website to save the articles for contributors.

This series review was about why Yona is such a great and empowering character and how overall the characters in the series are well written.  While this review is dated, please check out the original review on the backup website for AnimeComplexium.