Thursday, 24 March 2016

Show #118: Superman The Animated Series


Don't call it a retcon! We tread familiar territory and beyond, this time with the help of David J Majors for a sincere salute to Superman: The Animated Series!

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Remember when folks were excited about the prospect of Superman and Batman sharing the screen together? Well you can be again if you haven't sampled the delights of this 1996 series, which does a similar admirable job to the Dark Knight's celebrated TV outing in modernising and presenting an ideal version of the monolithic hero. Bright, bombastic and bittersweet, its praises can not be sung loud enough, especially considering the groundwork it laid for future DC animated universe installments to come.

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World's Finest

Super-goofin'

More like JERKseid

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Let’s Go! Spring Anime Preview 2016


We watch a whole lot of anime on Let's Go, even in an allegedly slim season. Heaven only knows what might happen now with the avalanche of awesome anime arriving in April. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure returns! Concrete Revolutio confounds! Trigger takes two! It's too much to list here so you'll just have to listen up!

Let’s Go! Episode 20 – Lovely Uuuuuuushico!


Against all odds we manage to assemble enough of the Let's Go Gang, and thank goodness otherwise we'd miss the start of our new favourite show! Powerful pooches, cursed cars, the slowest way to time travel and more crop up in such shows as:

  • Lupin the Third Part 4 #19 and 20
  • Ojisan and Marshmallow #11
  • Sekko Boys #11
  • Mr Osomatsu #23
  • Lovely Muuuuuuuco! #23
  • Erased #11

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Let’s Go! Episode 19 – Never Trust Friezas


Betrayal comes in many forms whether it be from a trusted teacher, boy band busts or even the hero of the galaxy! All this plus murderous mazes, humid hounds and the post-podcast One Piece manga chat infiltrates the show!

  • One Piece Chapter 818
  • Lupin the Third Part 4 #17 and 18
  • Ojisan and Marshmallow #10
  • Sekko Boys #10
  • Mr Osomatsu #22
  • Lovely Muuuuuuuco! #22
  • Erased #10
  • Dragon Ball Super #34

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Friday, 18 March 2016

Show #117: MTV's Downtown


If you can have a podcast about a podcast, why not a conversation about a show about people having conversations? Kristina helps us navigate the lackadaisical labyrinth of MTV's Downtown!

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We're no strangers to the more unique animated fare offered by MTV in the 90s, but Downtown is a lesser known work that deserves a lot more notice. Emotionally and socially resonant even now it is extraordinary how much effort has gone into expressing and capturing mere mundanity so perfectly. We talk about mistakes of youth, wayward life direction, pop culture attitudes then & now and the giddy thrill of Dinosaur Dentist.

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Mature, responsible adults

Everyday weirdness

NERDS

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Show #116: Kung Fu Panda


A cartoon combat contender that arrives once a generation, or a decent film that arrives at least once in a while for Dreamworks, it's Kung Fu Panda!

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Amidst their barrage of silly talking animal films ol' Dreamworks finally found one that stuck and has since expanded into a host of sequels and spin-offs. Who knew the secret was making a great movie with appeal beyond easy pop culture jokes? References still abound in Kung Fu Panda but of the more sincere variety, translating the archetypes of martial arts cinema for a family friendly audience and delivering punch, panache and a whole lot of pathos in equal measure

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Jackie Black's First Strike

Versatile villains

Food fighting

Monday, 7 March 2016

Let’s Go! Episode 18 – Lovely Running


Niall makes a return in this late night edition of Let's Go, and thank goodness he's here! Terrible teachers, Buddha-like brothers, statue scandals and perambulating pooches! It's all happening in such shows as:

  • Lupin the Third Part 4 #15 and 16
  • Ojisan and Marshmallow #9
  • Sekko Boys #9
  • Mr Osomatsu #21
  • Lovely Muuuuuuuco! #21
  • Erased #9
  • Dragon Ball Super #33


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Let’s Go! Episode 17 – Grand Ponta


Brian and Dwayne soldier on this time as a dynamic discussion duo and they can just about handle the bonanza of beards, bands, banchos and blooms in such shows as:

  • Lupin the Third Part 4 #13 and 14
  • Ojisan and Marshmallow #8
  • Sekko Boys #8
  • Mr Osomatsu #20
  • Lovely Muuuuuuuco! #20
  • Erased #8
  • Dragon Ball Super #32


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