Thursday, March 12, 2015

Episode 112 - The Second Time Around

Turns out there are still a bunch of robot shows we haven't talked about on this show. That's fine. We are are here to fix that. I, Doctor, am joined by Mecha anime enthusiasts Fred, aka Fredrex00, and Eric, aka Guy With Too Many Nicknames, to suggest to you a grab-bag of shows that you should check out if you want to understand why the genre is...well...just plain cool.

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(0:00 - 16:00) Intro

How is the weather where you live?

(16:01 - 35:39) Review (Mazinkaiser)

Mazinger Z is an important figure in not only mecha anime but anime in general. It really helped start the genre all the way in the 70s. It is common to think that a giant robot is piloted from inside the actual robot. This thing started that. It is a legacy that I am clearly not smart enough to go in detail on these notes. Trust me, you are better off just watch Mazinkaizer to get the CliffNotes version.

(35:40 - 52:04) Review (Aim for the Top! Gunbuster)

If you happen to be a terrible human being and don't feel like checking out the original Gunbuster because it's too old, you could still check out the newer sequel and still enjoy it for what it's worth. If you are, you are dead to me and here is the opening to it.

Trust me, it is worth watching the original before taking on Diebuster.

(52:04 - 1:10:13) Review (Macross: Do You Remember Love?)

I was not kidding when I said I didn't decide what I was going to talk about until five minutes before recording. I didn't delve too deep into what the actual plot is in this movie because really the franchise has been around for a while. Yeah, I know this is meant more for people who never checked any kind of mecha show before but I felt like this can be an exception. Just trust me on this, go look it up and watch it. I don't care how. YouTube. Secret Netflix. Whatever. It is worth your time.

(1:10:14 - 1:31:39) Discussion (Rapid Fire Suggestions)

We didn't go into that much detail into these ones. These are not that big on the priority but worth checking out.

(1:31:40 - 1:35:27) Closing

Trust me.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Episode 111 - Lost In Time

Hope you guys enjoyed that last episode. Since we happened to record this not long after we released the last episode, we wanted to get this one out to you as soon as possible. We celebrate the love of children's card games as we go over the franchise, Cardfight!! Vanguard.

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(0:00 - 5:37) Intro

Since this is a primarily audio show, we did our best to cover as much as we could about the actual card game itself. Unfortunately, there is only so much we could say without a proper visual medium.

(5:38 - 3:21:01) Review (Cardfight!! Vanguard)

We are not kidding about the entire show being on YouTube. If you just want to skip most of the episode, you can just check out this playlist of the first season. Free. Legal.

(3:21:02 - 3:22:58) Closing

We will eventually cover more on Vanguard in the future.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bonus - Shootin' The Hit(?) With One Piece

Hey everyone. Still getting episode 110 ready for you to consume. Until then, you can listen to us our good friends Jammer and Dominic's podcast, The AniManga Podcast. Well, it's technically their Shootin' The *hit variant. We kind of had a bunch of different talk throughout the episode but towards the end we ended a good discussion on One Piece and the ongoing claims of sexism within it. You can consider this a part two to what we had during our 100th episode.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

#WeLoveDrama's Next Streaming Series

We've streamed a lot of dramas in the past year and change, and now that we've accomplished the goal of exposing more people to the entertaining mess that is Keizoku 2: SPEC, we're giving you the option of choosing the next show from the following:

Ikebukuro West Gate Park - Based on a manga, a young man in an area known for gangs runs around helping people, often against his will.  I haven't finished this show but I've always heard good things.  Older show.
Relevant stars to your interests: A young YamaPi, Watanabe Ken, that Japanese guy from every American movie that involves a Japanese guy, Kubozuka Yusuke from GTO (Kikuchi) and Battle Royale.

Last Friends - A young woman in an abusive relationship moves in with her best friend from middle school that she hasn't seen since and three complete strangers.  The red string of fate ties them together or something.  High points: Dat theme song.  Low points: Your emotions in tangles.  Relevant stars to your interests: Ueno Juri from Nodame Cantabile.

Saru Lock - Based on a manga, a perverted locksmith, his perverted best friend, and the other best friend that probably isn't a perverted somehow get themselves involved in dangerous cases revolving around lockpicking.  High points: Pretty funny show.  Low points: Movie stayed unsubbed for years.  Relevant Stars to your interests: Ichihara Hayato from ROOKIES (Aniya), Ashina Sei from Stand Up!! (tall bully of the four girls) and Bloody Monday (Minami).

Team Batista No Eiko (The Glory of Team Batista) - The death of three patients in a row during a surgery following 27 straight successes is being investigated as a potential medical mistake by a doctor in over his head.  Before he completely blows it, a badass Ministry of Health official shows up to take over the investgation.  High point: You will say what the fuck a lot.  Low points: You will say what the fuck a lot.  Also Densha Otoko dude grates on me.  Relevant stars to your interests: Shaku Yumiko from Stand Up!! (Sexy English Teacher), Shirota Yuu from ROOKIES and Keizoku 2: SPEC (crazy stalker not boyfriend) and Ito Atsushi from Densha Otoko.

Unfair - A take no prisoners, I make no mistakes kind of cop, she has created many grudges against herself over her career.  In this show, those grudges come back in full force along with a serial killer.  Also the lead is apparently a nudist of some sort.  High points:  Pretty good cast with lots of familiar faces, mystery is also pretty good.  Low points: The translation is pretty confusing and head-scratching.  High point or low point: It uses Destiny's Child "Survivor" as an insert song that makes NO SENSE.  Relevant Stars to your interests: None that we've seen in previous streams.

Almost all of these shows are in youtube in full strangely enough.  The poll will run until the final week of streaming the SPEC movies/specials.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Episode 109 - December 30, 2014

Unless something gets recorded within the next couple of hours of this episode getting posted, this will be our last episode of 2014. A lot has happened this year. Some pretty sad stuff came with it. Let's see if we can find a way to tie anime to some of it. Or not. Here is us being as real as we can as we talk about our lives as anime fans and how our background has shaped how we experience it.

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(0:00 - 12:00) Intro

(12:01 - 2:01:59) Discussion (Lots of rambling)

Let's try to be serious for a moment.

(2:02:00 - 2:03:26) Earcatch

Something old and something new???

(2:03:27 - 3:38:44) Discussion (Lots more rambling)

We were doing so well.

(3:38:45 - 3:40:54) Closing

See you next year.

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