Author: Alenka Figa

Celebrate Bisexual Visibility Month with Bisexual Anime!

September 23rd is Bisexual Visibility Day, a day that exists because bisexuality is often considered to be invalid. Just in case you’ve been living in a world where bisexuals are so stealth, you’ve never met an out one–hey ho! We’re real, and sometimes we even see ourselves represented on screen. Also, because bisexuals are greedy (that’s a joke) many are celebrating the whole month of September. In fact, I’m pretty sure September itself is bisexual! Henceforth it shall be known as Bitember. As someone who once suffered from not seeing myself represented in media, I actively seek out characters...

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Life, Death and Motherhood: The Legacy of Orphan Black

Three women meet the man who claims to be their creator. The first worships him, accepts him as a father, and becomes his right hand–at least for the moment. The second questions him, searches through his motivations, actions and assertions until she unearths the lies he has told, and the truth of who he is. The third deceives him and then flips out a switchblade and goes for an artery, attempting to take his life. The introduction of P. T. Westmoreland, the supposed father of Neolution, raised many questions at the end of season four. Why would a show...

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What Heroes these White Men Are: A Look Back at M.A.S.H.

In 1970, director Robert Altman released a film that, despite its blatant anti-war rhetoric and heavy criticism of Cold War attitudes, would win several awards including five Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for it’s screenplay, and a designation of “culturally significant” from the Library of Congress. M.A.S.H — and the TV show that followed – took place during the Korean War, and depicted the lives of several members of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital close enough to the front to see the bloodiest of wounds. The film does little to mask the fact that the commentary offered is...

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Seek Higher Things: 4 Takes On The 100 Season Finale

After a controversial season that saw the deaths of major lesbian and black male characters, season three of the CW’s apocateen drama, The 100, ended with torture, sacrifice, and the start of another nuclear apocalypse. Surprisingly low on mass murder, though! The 100 is a regular subject of complaints—and sometimes compliments!—in WWAC’s Slack, so I thought I’d check in with three of my colleagues, now that the latest season has wrapped. Spoiler Warning: This discussion will be full of spoilers for the whole season, but especially for the finale. So after numerous deaths, torture, rape, and mass murder, the people...

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Classic Anime that Aren’t For Me: What IS the Anime Canon?

What comes to mind when I mention “classic anime” or “anime canon”? What kinds of films are included in the “anime canon”? Paige Sammartino: In terms of films, Studio Ghibli is the first thing that comes to mind, particularly Princess Mononoke. Films like Akira and Ghost in the Shell are not only great on their own but have made a huge impact on movies that came after them, even outside of animation. Though plot points or animation style may be dated, viewers now and in the future will still be able to trace elements of direction or storytelling in...

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