Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Show #139: Romie-0 & Julie-8


While you may not agree with the tenets of a corporate holiday just remember that even robots have the capacity to love, as demonstrated in Romie-0 and Julie-8!


Nelvana are probably best known for their oddball seasonal specials, so jumping off from that this adaptation of Shakespeare's ubiquitous play is a good fit for the supposed most romantic day in the calendar, right? The sweeping tale of young love, family feuds and tragic ends is compressed down into a family friendly half hour, workmanlike but nonetheless energetic, though it does raise some alarming questions about the far future society it depicts. Robot rights, sleazy spacemen and other animated versions of the Bard's work are just some of the topics of discussion we expend more thought on than expected!


THE SHORT VERSION

Robot romance

Odd couples

Android admirers

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 27 – Goku is THE WORST


But he's already pretty bad at lots of things, like being a stable husband and father, so what's he done now? These questions and more will be answered, including: what lies at the end of the path? Where are all the sweets gone? Are fried mandarins actually good for you? And is this is a grim portent of things to come?

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Show #138: Avatar The Last Airbender Season 2


Sure hope y'all like earth puns because they're coming down like a ton of bricks in Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 2!

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While discussion in recent times has shifted to this show's more uneven successor (which we ourselves are guilty of AT LENGTH) it's worth revisiting the roots of the Avatar franchise and discovering anew what carved out its special place in our hearts. The second chapter builds upon an already impressively strong foundation and expands the scope greatly in terms of character, action and wit but without sacrificing the intimate relationships we've come to cherish. Tears are shed, villains are victorious, and it'll be a desperate struggle to restrain ourselves from diving into the last season again too soon!

THE SHORT VERSION

Pint-sized powerhouses

Credible threats

A man without a country


Monday, 6 February 2017

Let's Go! Episode 26 – Cigarettes & Cake


Time to grow up and be more serious about our frivolous Japanese cartoons! I'm talking about going out and finding a job, moving out of your family's castle, putting on a suit to attend a conspiracy-laden royal function and overcoming your mid-life crisis. It's all happening so fast!

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Let’s Go! Episode 25 – Educate & Annihilate



Class is in session as we get thoroughly schooled on the real Galileo, test the boundaries of student/teacher interaction and try to get popular by starting a band. And I hope you were paying attention to ACCA as it'll feature heavily on the end of term exams!

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Show #137: Twilight Q


Tales of mystery and imagination await in the bizarre hinterland between dreams and reality that is Twilight Q!

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Originally conceived as an anthology showcase for young anime creatives, Twilight Q possesses all the experimental qualities of such a venture but also the hit-and-miss factor inherent to that style. The first section is a time travel mystery much in keeping with the OAVs namesakes that falls frustratingly short of clarity, while the second part delivers an otherworldly mood piece with depth, atmosphere and great philosophical weight. Does this mean we break even? Are we all just the fever dreams of some great fish in the sky? This podcast may have the answer!

THE SHORT VERSION

Time Knot - Reflection

Mystery Article File 538

"So I had this dream last night..."





Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 24 – Mediocre Son


Alliances are put to the test in this installment as Gohan finds himself the victim of scandal, Ashibe & Goma-chan have a falling out and Klaskey Claskey experience artistic differences. Will these rifts be mended? And will we have as close a relationship with our new arrivals including ACCA 13, Interviews With Monster Girls and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid?

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