To help compensate for missing a few episodes, I’ve got a double update for you today.
First up is the half of the Golden Week special. Tom is back to discuss Yatterman Night in a long-delayed review! Click HERE or on the poster to the left to download the episode. This is a series based on a popular children’s series that most Americans haven’t heard of, so we give you the basics of what makes Yatterman special. We also discuss yet more dead anime mothers, great uses of foreshadowing and other recent remakes of classic children’s anime.
And then, Michael is back to yell with me about robots fighting as we review Gundam Build Fighters Try. Click HERE or on the poster to the right to download the episode. More robots and more robot variety may not make for a better series as we discuss this sequel to Gundam Build Fighters and compare it to its predecessor. We also talk about teamfight dynamics, cuddly bear robots and how brawn isn’t actually what matters in cartoon fights.
While I had originally planned to release our review of Yatterman Night two weeks ago with Your Lie in April, real life issues ended up snowballing to the point where I had to delay it to this week. Last night I recorded a new episode with Tom, where we experienced an almost comical number of issues while recording, including Internet outages, my recording software losing our first take on the episode, another bug distorting the second take and making the file unusable, all while I was sick with a spring cold. These things happen. Sometimes a recording will have so many issues that it almost seems cursed. The best thing you can do is to keep trying.
We’ve rescheduled the recording for Tuesday, and will release the new episode as soon as it’s ready. Tom has been magnanimous and patient throughout, so many thanks to him.
I’m sorry for the delay. I work hard to keep the podcast consistent and professional, and constant delays do not fit my own high standard. I’ll try and do another double episode in the near future to compensate for the delays. Since I’m on vacation for the next week, that should be imminently doable.
Ink of AniGamers joins Bradley to discuss the critical darling Your Lie in April. Click HERE or on the keyart above to download the episode. This series is a bit of a mixed bag, making for interesting discussion as we dissect what worked about the series and what didn’t. We also talk about manic pixie dream girls, how much good production can cover for a weak story, and ~FEELINGS~. You can currently watch Your Lie in April on Crunchyroll.
NOTE: The second half of the Golden Week special will be released next weekend. Sorry for the delay!
ALSO: Ani-Gamer’s Your Lie in April review, and Nathan Rabin’s article on manic pixie dream girls and what they are and aren’t. I also recommend reading Rose Bridge’s episodic reviews on ANN.
AND NOW, more classical music:
Scamp of The Cart Driver returns to the podcast to discuss a series that has been over a decade in the making: Mushishi! Click HERE to download the episode or on the keyart above. We both agree that it is a great series, but can’t agree on why or what it means, making for a lot of back and forth discussion. We also dive into some of our favorite episodes, discuss how the series makes one of the biggest limitations of anime its strength, and why Ginko is the only one wearing pants. You can watch season one of Mushishi on YouTube or Funimation or Hulu, and the second season on Crunchyroll.
UPDATE: Fixed the issue with the interlude music. Sorry about that!
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.