It’s finally here! After many long months of delays (this was originally recorded on September 23rd, 2017), the Robot Carnival podcast has arrived. CLICK HERE or on the DVD cover above to listen to Dawn, Tom, and myself talk about this eclectic animated anthology from 1987 about sad robots, robot sadness, and the general inability for teenager girls to hold onto their lockets.
July is coming to a close, and it’s time for some more Anime Fun. Join Tom and I as we reminisce about Ninja Scroll (known in Japan as Jūbē Ninpūchō), 1993 animated film that recalls the dark and nihilistic samurai exploitation films of the Seventies. CLICK HERE or on the Bluray cover of the film, which features discussion on Ninja’s Scroll‘s place in American fandom as well as many a paean to the lonely death of Bee Guy.
ERRATA: When talking about samurai movies involving hidden gold mines, I accidentally conflated two different films: Goyokin (1969) and Sword of the Beast (1965), both of which are directed by Hideo Gosha. I also mispronounced Gemma’s name as “Genma” throughout the entire podcast without realizing it. My bad.
Due to various circumstances, we missed the entire month of June, but now we’re back and it’s Time to have some Anime Fun. In this episode, Tom, Andrew Collie, Dylan Kielman, and I discuss Kemono Friends, an unlikely 3DCG TV anime from 2017 whose moe cuteness belies a surprisingly rich and somber story-line. CLICK HERE or on the image above to tune in for discussion that includes digressions on classic mecha anime, love-sick penguins, Toei’s tokusatsu assassin Redman, and various slanders aimed out our fellow Anitwitter friends.
It’s time for another installment of GME! Anime Fun Time, and this time Tom and I are taking a look at a short form fantasy comedy TV anime known as Bikini Warriors. The show has about as much depth as you would expect for being based on a series of ecchi figurines, so topics include the influence of Dragon Quest and discussions of similar fantasy properties. CLICK HERE or on the Bluray cover above to check out our review of the show.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and what could be more in the spirit of friendly athletic competition than a muddled Sunrise mecha anime with a weak narrative focus and disturbingly xenophobic undertones? CLICK HERE or on the banner above to download our review of Gasaraki, a 1998 science fiction TV anime with direction by mecha master Ryosuke Takahashi. In it, we talk about the price of wheat, clunky robots with sand in their joints, and HOLY CRAP! ALIENS!.
Our spooky Halloween episode of GME! Anime Fun Time is a bit late this year, as Evan Minto of Ani-Gamers, Thomas Pandich, and I take a gander at Little Witch Academia, a pair of fantasy-themed works of original net animation directed by Yoh Yoshinari and animated by Studio TRIGGER. Topics of discussion include our expectations for the upcoming Little Witch Academia TV series, our current slate of anime assignments, and Evan being transformed into a Pokémon butt. CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review.
In the August entry of GME! Anime Fun Time, Tom and I take an impromptu look at Kiki’s Delivery Service, a 1989 theatrical anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli. CLICK HERE or on the Bluray cover about to download our review of the film. Discussion includes topics such as depression, adolescence, and sentimentality. There’s also some bonus talk about Flying Witch, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, and why Yamcha is the worst character in Dragon Ball Z.
It’s demihuman fan-service galore as Tom, Andrew, and I explore Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, a 2015 TV anime based on the manga of the same name by Okayada.
We discuss our favorite visual puns, the mixed reactions that the show inspires among anime fans, and a brief but surprisingly serious critical interpretation for a sex comedy starring harpies, lamia, and centaurs.
CLICK HERE or on the key art above to download our review of the show.
I do not recommend using Google image search for “Monster Musume” with your Safe settings turned off.
The latest GME! Anime Fun Time is a double-feature in which Tom, Violence Jill, and I explore the 2012 TV series Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (directed by Sayo Yamamoto) and the 2014 short theatrical film Lupin the Third: Jigen’s Gravestone (directed by Takeshi Koike).
Topics of discussion include feminism, the influence of Gothic Romantic literature, how Lupin means different things to different people, and Tom and Jill’s inherent revulsion to moe anime involving school idols and alpaca. CLICK HERE or on the Bluray covers above to download the show.
It’s a new year, and what better way to celebrate than with a comprehensive review that barely scratches the surface of the wonders of One Punch Man?
CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review of the 2015 anime TV series (with bonus manga discussion), featuring Daryl Surat of Anime World Order, regular co-host Tom Pandich, and special guest host Ruth Gwaltney.
We talk about humor, narrative structure, and what it takes to be a hero in this modern world.