Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Let’s Go! Episode 74 – Let’s Destroy The Anime Industry


A whole new season of anime opens up before us and there's a definite trend of "cute girls doing stuff" re-emerging to ease us into a turbulent 2018. So what could be more fitting than for Pop Team Epic to arrive and sweep all that aside with their ruthless non-sequitur humour, or for Devilman Crybaby to douse us in blood, sex and drugs. All these and more new titles along with our continuing old favourites get the Let's Go treatment. It's the beginning of the end of the beginning!

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Show #162: Animalympics


It's the first proper show of the new year with a semi-different format that we're still working out! The obvious starting point for this approach? The TV movie Animalympics of course!

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We're always looking to do better here at SOTSM so 2018 seems as good a time as any after putting this out for so long to freshen up our methods a little bit. What we're hoping to try here is to divert our tendency to overthink & tangentialise to the purpose of highlighting those hidden links and pathways lying just under the surface of the animation world. To that end while we figure out where to begin with this we thought we'd look at a more auspicious start in the bright career of cartoon creative Brad Bird, with his first professional credit on this 1980 TV special from the director of Tron, and follow his route from there. What other surprising staff will we discover? Is this format really going to inspire any substantial change? Will Niall's voice hold out until the end of the recording? The answers to these questions may only be found on the almost new, almost improved Secret Of The Sailor Madness!

THE SHORT VERSION

Athletic animals

Spaced-out sports

Formative experiences

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Let’s Go! Episode 73 – Let’s End 2017


A new year of anime has begun but we'd be remiss if we didn't tie up a few loose ends from 2017. Inuyashiki goes out with a bang, Magical Circle Guru Guru looks for a continue, Blood Blockade Battlefront closes the office for now and Land Of The Lustrous leaves a few mysteries still buried. All our favourite dumb idiots in Mr Osomatsu, Classicaloid and Dragon Ball Super will keep us warm though until the inevitable avalanche of winter season series that we'll struggle to stay on top of. New year, same podcast!

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

SOTSM x DITB: Anime Quiz of 2017


Hope you studied up because it's time for Dynamite In The Brain's annual quiz of the anime year that was! Dwayne steps in to challenge Anthony, Lewis Smith and Elliot Page for the coveted quizzing crown, but will a mysterious challenger arrive to spoil the party? To find out you'll just have to LISTEN UP!

Let’s Go! Episode 72 – Let’s Look At Some Elves


Keep your eyes peeled or you might just miss the last Let's Go of the year! Leo is seeing something strange about his sister in Blood Blockade Battlefront, we coo at Bono Bono's baby pictures, Clasky Klasky have a brand new look in Classicaloid and Chise has her worldview expanded in The Ancient Magus Bride. What a sight!

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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Show #161: The Stingiest Man In Town


It's the most wonderful time of the year when we delve into yet another animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol, 2017's entry being The Stingiest Man In Town!

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We've had a lot of good memories around Christmas courtesy of Rankin Bass and Studio Topcraft, and this elusive number based on an even more obscure 1950 TV musical looks set to deliver as well. However will the gauntlet of jaunty seasonal songs detract from the atmosphere of Charles Dickens' spooky parable? Awkward Christian messages, revenge fantasies and cross-dimensional Scrooges are waiting under the tree! Merry Christmas to you & yours everybody!

THE SHORT VERSION

Shared universes

Festive flourishes

The first diminutive Tom Bosley

Let’s Go! Episode 71 – Let’s Stare At Old Men


The hot new anime trend of shirtless old men is in full flow as G Fantasy return for one last adventure in Magical Circle Guru Guru and Ichiro races to prevent disaster in Inuyashiki. Elsewhere Lindel tells a story in The Ancient Magus' Bride, KK goes to school in Blood Blockade Battlefront and Bono Bono has a lot to worry about. Respect your elders!

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