Gather round kids (and teens. And adults) and let Bradley and Brian tell you all about Joker, a charming phantom thief kids series. Click HERE to download the episode or on the keyart above. We dig into why this overlooked series is worth watching just before the second part starts, so this is a good time to find out why you should catch up before the premier on April 6th. We also discuss the long history of children’s anime hidden in plain sight, who is killing off all the parents in anime, and why you should just get over yourself and watch more kids cartoons already. You can watch Joker on Crunchyroll.
And now, THE HYPERACTIVE GLORY OF A COROCORO COVER
Bradley is joined by Tom of The Hungry Bug Diner to dissect the dark drama of Selector. Click HERE to download the episode or on the keyart above. This series written by Mari Okada is a mixed bag, and we take apart when and how it works and discuss such salacious topics as using misery as entertainment, the line between inspiration and being derivative of your inspiration, and if Mari Okada is hung up on writing the same ending over and over again. You can watch Selector on Hulu and Funimation.
PS: I also guested on an episode of Secret of the Sailor Madness. We reviewed Chaika, which is relevant to listeners of this podcast since it is a good new anime that I never got around to reviewing on the podcast. Consider this episode my take on that series. I had a great time, and look forward to podcasting with SotSM again!
Bradley is back with Michael of the Cart Driver and a new anime series for review. Click the picture above or right HERE to download the episode. This time we’re discussing the fantasy series Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, a fun series with energy and style to burn. You can currently watch Rage of Bahamut: Genesis on Funimation or Hulu.
CORRECTION: Rio: Rainbow Gate is not based on a mobile card game, but a series of pachinko games. I knew I was wrong the moment I heard myself say it while editing the show. Additionally, while I had the episode published on the feed on Sunday, I didn’t put the post up for the website until Tuesday because… I don’t know, or at least, I know why I did that about as well as I know why I thought Rio: Rainbow Gate was a mobile game. Geez Bradley, get it together.
On the upside, I’m gradually figuring out how audio editing is supposed to work. I think. Let me know if I’m making any progress on that front.
Brian Smith of Dynamite in the Brain joins the podcast for a special episode of the Anime Now! Podcast, where we DON’T review an anime, but a live-action series about anime in 1980’s Japan. Click the picture above or right here to download the episode. Blue Blazes is a fantastic series about fans, creators and the people who want to make the transition from the former to the latter, featuring comedic portrayals of future titans of anime like Hideaki Anno. A note for new fans: this episode is steeped in 30+ years of anime references and we never explain most of them. I’m sorry about that!
And now, Mad Holy:
Michael is back for the second half of idol as we discuss The Idolmaster. Click the above picture or here to download the episode. This is our favorite idol series, built on strong characters and made by a staff who clearly cares about them and aren’t afraid to make distinctive and unique episodes, making for a great combination that is still the best example of the genre. You can currently watch The Idolmaster on Crunchyroll.
CORRECTION: The robot trailer in episode 15 was animated by Hiroyuki Imaishi, not Masaaki Yuasa. Thanks to DiGiKerot for catching that.
It’s the first half of idol month on the Anime Now! Podcast. Joining Bradley to examine the popular Love Live franchise is Carl of Oguie Maniax and Bamboo of Anime News Network. We discuss how the series makes cherry picking aspects of the appeal of a skeezy pop industry a strength, how a larger franchise can enhance or detract from enjoyment, and who is best girl. Click here or the picture above to download the episode. You can currently watch Love Live on Crunchyroll.
It’s time for our first New Year’s celebration, with double the episodes! Click here or the picture to the left to download a review of Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro with Ink of Ani-Gamers. We talk about why an initially intimidating series is worth getting into, and how terrible people can still make for compelling characters.
For the second half, it’s a review of Tamako Market with Ed Sizemore! Click here or the picture on the right to download it. We make the case for why this series- a charming mix of the sensibilities of Aria the Animation, Kiki’s Delivery Service and K-On- is the best yet from studio Kyoto Animation.