Web content continues to be the best place for the discovery of diverse voices — and audiences are turning up. Anna Akana has 1.5 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, where she makes scripted advice videos with a humorous appeal. Similar in vibe to Grace Helbig, reigning queen of the “awkward older sister” YouTube genre, Akana, an Asian-American woman, seems much more politically aware. She discusses candidly her struggle with mental health issues (Akana’s sister committed suicide in 2007) and delivers non-judgmental lessons on how to “Check Your Privilege.” Her video “Why Guys Like Asian Girls,” which lambasts so-called “yellow fever,” has 3.4 million views.
The quick-witted Akana writes all of her content, including great one-liners: “The more attractive you are, the more cats a potential partner will tolerate.” Much like her contemporaries Helbig and Hannah Hart (Electro Woman and Dynagirl), she has set her sights on longer narrative content, beginning with the sci-fi comedy “Miss 2059,” from New Form Digital.
The official synopsis reads: In the not-too-distant future, beauty queen Victoria Young (Anna Akana) is tired of living in her sister Arden’s (Nikki Soohoo) shadow. In any other family, Victoria would be a superstar, but it’s hard to stand out when your sister is a world famous hero embarking on an important mission into deep space. Arden, a hard- charging military woman with no personal life, treats Victoria like an embarrassment. But when Victoria is mistakenly (and mysteriously) beamed into space in place of her sister, she finds herself representing earth in the Galactic Protectorate tournament which decides which planets will be protected and which planets will be left out, facing certain destruction by a mysterious enemy known only as the Vortix. Arden, furious that Victoria has somehow taken her place, tries to coach Victoria throughout the tournament, but Victoria is no warrior.
Indiewire has an exclusive clip from “Miss 2059,” out June 21st exclusively on Verizon’s Go90 app.