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December 22, 2014 / Bradley

The Anime Now! Podcast 03: Aldnoah.Zero Season 1

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Now is this a good episode, with lots of lively discussion between myself and Joe aka Scamp of the Cart Driver about the first half of Aldnoah.Zero. There’s lots to discuss here, including what went wrong after a promising start, if it went wrong enough to be worth ditching, and some in-depth theories on where the series will go next. The premier of the second half starts soon, so this is a great way to refresh yourself on what happened. Click the picture above or click here to download the episode. You can currently watch Aldnoah.Zero on Crunchyroll.

The podcast is on iTunes and Stitcher, or if you want to use a URL for your podcatcher, use this: http://theanimenowshow.libsyn.com/rss

December 8, 2014 / Bradley

The Anime Now! Podcast 02: Hanayamata

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It’s a day late, but a timely anime podcast isn’t a thing anywhere, is it? Click the picture above to download the episode. My guest this week is Michael of the Cart Driver. We review Hanayamata, which has been one of the year’s nicest surprises because, despite underwhelming and occasionally frustrating dramatic storylines, it is endearing and cute and even emotionally resonant. You can currently watch Hanayamata on Crunchyroll.

The podcast is on iTunes and Stitcher, or if you want to use a URL for your podcatcher, use this: http://theanimenowshow.libsyn.com/rss

November 24, 2014 / Bradley

The Anime Now! Podcast 01: Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun

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First episode of my new podcast, the Anime Now! Podcast, is live! Click the picture above to download the episode. It’s a dangerously cute start for me as I review Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun, one of my favorite romantic comedy anime. My guest this week is the very smart Carl of Oguie Maniax, a man of great taste who shares my appreciation of silly cartoon faces and cosplay involving boxes, plus drops a lot of knowledge about girl’s comics and Japanese names.

Feed is (hopefully) coming soon to iTunes and Stitcher, with other options only happening if you tell me you want them in the comments below. Let me know what you think!

December 24, 2013 / Bradley

Honey & I Are Doing Just Fine: Mysterious Girlfriend X (Secret Santa Review)

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I had a distracting physical reaction to early episodes of Mysterious Girlfriend X: I salivated a lot. This reaction didn’t come out of hunger or fetishistic pleasure, but because I was watching an anime about drool-swapping lovers, which made me conscious of how much saliva my own body was passively generating, like feeling the need to blink while watching a staring contest. This created a cycle where watching a new episode meant swigging down a lot of my own spit, and feeling increasingly nauseous each time more saliva welled up in mouth. This was novel, not only because I’ve never felt nausea in reaction to much of anything I’ve watched before, but also because it was the first time I could recall having a strong physical reaction to something onscreen separate from any emotional state. And that felt weird, and discomforting, and made me consider watching my Secret Santa’s other recommendation, a generic-looking harem comedy called Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi, but I kept going. Not only because I really don’t like harem anime comedies, but also because I was just interested in what I was watching, even as my body took four episodes to normalize.

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May 19, 2013 / Bradley

Revenge of the DEAD BLOG: What I’m Watching Spring 2013 Part Two

Just when you thought you were safe, and had time to rally your defenders to your walls, I return…

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May 7, 2013 / Bradley

Notes from a DEAD BLOG: What I’m Watching Spring 2013 Part One

I’m like the last three minutes of Valverave. Just when you thought I was done…

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March 25, 2013 / Bradley

Before We Can Fight the System We Have to Learn to Live Under It: Psycho-Pass

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It’s a cruel opinion, but I had assumed for a long time that Psycho-Pass wasn’t popular on its own merits. I had figured that folks were so starved for a third season of Ghost in the Shell that they’ll take something that only vaguely resembles it, like dating the sister of the girl you really had your eye on. There didn’t seem to be anything special about the early episodes of the series, the ones that focused on procedural investigations of bizarre murders. The world it inhabited was drab, the characters were broad strokes who didn’t feel very real or dynamic, and the actual procedural aspect was mundane. Folks sometimes joked about the series being CSI: Anime, but it lacked the rhythm of investigation that makes NCIS, Law and Order and CSI so compulsively watchable. So since there’s nothing special about this, I surmised, folks must just really want a new cyberpunk anime. I know how egotistical that line of thinking is, but it took me a long time to lose that feeling, so it seems worth mentioning. I eventually found my own reasons for liking the show, in part because it honestly got better, but also because it did a good job reconciling its earlier episodes into a cohesive narrative, and a good rumination on justice in an unjust world. The final result is a show that feels more true, perceptive and relevant to the real world than anything Ghost in the Shell or most other science-fiction anime have come up with so far, despite its flaws.

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