Just out of the theaters and fresh into your feed, it’s The Anime Now! Podcast with Bradley, Bamboo and Carl. They’re here to share their thoughts on the movie that caps off the first part of the franchise. Click HERE to download the episode, or on the poster above. They talk about the rare joy of a group experience at the movies, accurate representations of New York City, why Bradley is off the Love Live hype train, and watching Japanese tourists stumble their way through America’s complicated racial politics.
ALSO: Be sure to read Carl’s review of the movie.
Veteran podcaster Brian joins the podcast again to review the comedic magical boys series Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, the series whose name is forgettable but whose premise is not. Click HERE to download the episode, or on the key art above. We discuss the series’ self-aware cynicism, the surprising ways the series is similar to more traditional magical girl shows, and that crazy, crazy ending. You can watch all of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! on Crunchyroll.
Bradley, Bamboo and Ink have gathered together to pass judgment on the dark drama Death Parade, and can’t even hide how excited they are about it. Click HERE to download the episode or on the keyart above. We discuss emotions and empathy, how to handle dark subject matter correctly, and how hard we cried when a doll died. This is an excellent episode for an excellent series. You can watch all of Death Parade on Hulu or Funimation Elite.
ALSO: Read illgene’s write-up on the influence of Buddhism and Shintoism on Death Parade, and read Zac’s write-ups on the series over at ANN.
AND FINALLY: This post is about an hour later than it should be because I got distracted listening to Bradio. The opening for this series is fantastic, and band behind it is pretty legit as well. Check them out!
In this episode, Carl and Bradley try to wrap their mind around the yuri drama Yuri Kuma Arashi. Click HERE to download the episode or on the keyart above. We break down what some of the symbolism might mean and find meaning in some obtuse story developments, while delving into “fan service” before appreciating the art in phallic lasers powered by lesbian cyborg bears. Yes, it’s that kind of cartoon. You can watch all of Yuri Kuma Arashi on Funimation Elite or on Hulu.
Michael and Bradley dug the adventure series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and here to tell you all about men fighting other men while standing in vogue-inpsired poses. Click HERE to download the episode or click the keyart above. We talk about what makes for effective fight scenes, why we didn’t mind the many weaknesses of the show, and rank our top five JoJo’s fights. ORAORAORA! You can watch all of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure on Crunchyroll.
Scamp is back as we review the surprise adaptation of Parasyte: the maxim! Click HERE to download the episode or on the key art above. We offer a thorough review of a series with a great core idea bogged down by substandard production and story choices. We also discuss comparisons between the manga and the anime, the series’ toxic attitude towards women, and how cute a killer parasite with an appetite for human flesh can be. D’awwww. You can watch the entirety of Parasyte: the maxim on Crunchyroll.
If you’ve ever wanted to know how anime is made have we got a cartoon for you! Bradley, Bamboo and Michael have been vicariously living the life of anime producers, animators and directors through the power of Shirobako, and are here to tell you all about it. Click HERE to download the episode or on the keyart above. We discuss the miracle of anime, transparency and how fans feel connected to the process of making some of their favorite hobbies, why nobody ever looks thirty in anime and how moe character designs are just like a fine wine. Also: you’re probably Tarou too. Especially if you think you’re not Tarou. You can watch the entirety of Shirobako on Crunchyroll.