Anime and manga are beloved worldwide and enjoyed by passionate fans of all walks of life. However, marginalized voices are often not represented or visible in community events, conversations, or the media we enjoy itself. But POC fans and creatives have done so much great and essential work for this fandom, Black fans in particular. Recently there’s been a long-overdue movement in creative and professional circles to amplify and spotlight the voices of Black creatives in fandoms and industries, and I want to use Manga Mavericks to amplify more Black voices in the community and have a critical conversation about representation and inclusivity.
In this spirit, we invited on a group of Black creatives who’ve long advocated for these critical conversations and championed spaces to highlight diverse perspectives to discuss their experiences as Black anime fans. Our guests are the Black Manga Critic, an anime/manga Youtuber who does live-stream read-throughs of series he loves while also doing vlogs discussing broader problems plaguing discourse and the mistreatment of marginalized groups in the community. Eunice Ibama, the founder of BlackGirlsAnime, an organization that promotes the visibility and perspectives of black women through social media, and website publishing reviews and editorials written by black fans – BGA news. Naja Beck, who runs the Otome and BL-focused blog Blerdy Otome, who has also written extensively about the representation of Black characters in media through her Melanin Monday features. And Ash, also known as TheMacabreChap, who runs the mecha-focused podcast Build Casters and is the creator of the Black Anime Podcast directory, which is a resource dedicated to being compiling the extensive list of podcasts hosted by Black Anime fans and promoting their work!
BMC, Eunice, Naja, and Ash share their experiences enjoying anime as kids, close-calls hiding salacious anime from nosy parents, being judged for liking anime or anime of certain kinds, and the various forms of gatekeeping and discrimination they’ve witnessed or experienced themselves as black anime fans, and what we can do to foster better communities and representation for people of color.
Much thanks to BMC, Eunice, Naja, and Ash for their time and perspectives. I’m proud of how this conversation turned out, and I hope our listeners enjoy and learn from it!
00:00 – Introducing the Podcast
06:15 – Introducing our Panelists
10:54 – Anime Origin Stories
11:13 – Ash’s Experiences
13:06 – Eunice’s Experiences
18:48 – Naja’s Experiences
24:48 – Horror Stories of Hiding Anime from Your Parents
31:26 – BMC’s Experiences
37:56 – Gatekeeping in the Community
59:58 – Black & PoC Representation in Anime
1:23:33 – Importance of Authentic Representation
1:37:23 – Why Black Creators Need to Tell Their Stories
1:52:20 – Do. The. Work.
1:57:30 – Creating More Inclusive Spaces in Fandom
2:06:45 – Guest-Plugs
2:13:42 – Community Shout-Outs:
- MommaLuvs Manga & The Yaoi Shelf
- “What Anime Expo & All Conventions Really Need to Do” by Jax Cottrell
- Akai chapter 0 by Anfernee Robinson
- “[Black] Girls Can’t Like Anime?” by Jeniel Townsend on BGA
- Blerdy Otaku
- Jeniel’s piece on “Black-Washing”
- CRX Cosplaying While Black Panel
- CRX Black Girl Magic: Anime Panel
- CRX Anime and Race Panel
- Arthell Isom interview on GQ
- Anime Feminist’s Weekly Round Up
- Anime in America Podcast
- Racism in DBZ/Anime video from Get in the Robot
- Sloan the Female Otaku’s “How Anime Can Support BLK Lives Matter” Video
- Bougie Fujoshi
- ANN video on “Promare, BNA, and the Outrage of the Oppressed”
- Revolutionary Politics of Gurren Lagann on AniFem
- Jackson’s Casca character analysis on AniFem
- Lizzie Visitante’s Carole & Tuesday editorial
- Mercedez’s Blog
- The Anime Tea
- Did You Have To? Podcast
- Destiny’s Getting Animated Podcast
- Melanin Animated Podcast
- John Boyega Interview on GQ
- Check out great Black artists on Twitter through the #drawingwhileblack hastag
- Find more Black Creatives to check out in our previous Community Shout-Outs post!
2:32:25 – Wrap-Up
Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks, on tumblr at mangamavericks.tumblr.com, and on Youtube! You can also follow Lum on Twitter at @lumranmayasha. If you’d like to help support the show financially you can pledge to our Patreon and receive some awesome rewards like our Patreon-exclusive Bonus pods! If one-time donations are more your speed you can donate to LumRanmaYasha’s Ko-fi here, and if you want to support LumRanmaYasha’s art and other projects you can follow them @siddartworks on Instagram and Twitter and donate to their personal Patreon. Don’t forget to also like and subscribe to us on Youtube and iTunes and leave us reviews to help us curate the show and create better content!
- Support us on Patreon!
- Find us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts!
- Follow Ash, BMC, Eunice, & Naja on Twitter!
- Black Anime Podcasts Directory
- Black Girls Anime & BGA News
- Blerdy Otome
- BMC’s Youtube Channel
- Build Casters
Black Lives Matter Organizations, Charities, Petitions, & Fundraisers:
- Black Lives Matter Resources
- Donate to Local Bail Funds through Act-Blue
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Black Lives Matter
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- Reclaim the Block
- Know Your Rights Camp
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Breonna Taylor Petition
- Homeless Black Trans Women Fund
- Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund
- Donations to Help Rebuild Minneapolis Northside Businesses
- Other Bail Bond Resources
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