Friday, 14 July 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 48 – Let’s Fight


The relentless tangents have all led to this moment as the tournament of power finally begins in Dragon Ball Super! Yet more awesome forces are unleashed in Rage of Bahamut, seal life expectancy is expounded upon in Shonen Ashibe Go Go Goma-Chan, Tiger Mask W gives us a possible glimpse of things to come and Bono Bono season 2 is broached.

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Show #150: Justice League (2001)


Martin Schneider shares in the festivities of our 150th episode, and what better way to celebrate an assemblage of all that is great & glorious about cartoons than with a rousing retrospective of Justice League!

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We've come a long way from our humble origins and have hopefully become something bigger & brighter than what we started as. Such is the case with Justice League, which took the baton from its DCAU forerunners and gave us a shining example of comics adaptation and excellent television, animated or otherwise. Have these merits withstood the test of time? After we get done talking about dream casting choices, indecent supervillains and sneaking filth into family friendly shows you may just find out!

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 Serious storytelling

Hirsute heroes

Motivation


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 47 – Let’s Get Wet


A podcast saved for a rainy day! Goma-chan puts some old wives' tales to the test, but while they stay indoors the rest of the roster is getting out of the house. The class of My Hero Academia prepare to head out into the big bad world of pro-superheroing, a cast of dozens assembles in Dragon Ball Super, Rage of Bahamut not only breaks out of jail but summarily crushes it, Tiger Mask W reaches the climax and The Laughing Salesman catches the next flight out of town. Don't forget your umbrella!

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 46 – Let’s Go To The Zoo


Anime animal antics abound on Let's Go as Pascal-sensei brings the class on a tour of the local zoo, Goma-chan wrangles a litter of kittens, a pack of tigers prowl the ring in Tiger Mask W and the chipmunks go for a walk in Bono Bono. Also Frieza slaughters some would-be assassins and it's adios to Attack On Titan (for now!)

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

SOTSM x DITB: The Big O Season 2


It's a Sure Promise as we join back with the Dynamite In The Brain boys (and Elliot Page of UK Anime Network) three whole years later to put to bed once and for all just what's what with The Big O Season 2. Does it hold up a decade later? Has the ending become any clearer? Why haven't more shows ripped off that piston punch? The answers to most of these questions can be found if you LISTEN UP!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 45 – Let’s Get Hurt


Niall is missing in action once again; could this be the work of the vicious villain at large in My Hero Academia? More evil is unleashed as Freeza makes like a bat out of hell in Dragon Ball Super, Jeanne D'Arc falls foul of the law in Rage of Bahamut and a host of technical problems and memory lapses threaten to derail the whole podcast!

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Show #149: Iria - Zeiram The Animation


Time to put on our thinking caps and get down to solving the mystery of the persistent popularity of Iria: Zeiram The Animation!

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Stop me if you've heard this one before: a lethal alien lifeform is unwittingly unleashed by an evil corporation and it's up to one woman with a bunch of taped-together guns to vanquish this menace for good. Iria treads familiar ground, already well trodden by anime OAVs preceding it, yet its charms are not immediately obvious at first glance. Tokusatsu tours, heinous haberdashery and more lie in wait!

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Gadget girls

Evil hats

Archaic aviation

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 44 – Let’s Make A Deal


Goku makes Freeza an offer he can't refuse on Dragon Ball Super, but will the vanquished villain play ball? More surprises lay in store as 100% Teacher Pascal ditches humour for horror, Ymir shows her age in Attack On Titan, some changes to the fight card in Tiger Mask W and a prison break is plotted in Rage of Bahamut. Who'da thunk it?

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 43 – Let’s Go To Prison


Lots of powerful feelings on Let's Go as Ochaco takes on Bakugo in My Hero Academia, the Saiyans of Universe 6 are all tingly in Dragon Ball Super, the cast of Goma-chan have their faces numbed at the dentist, Nina and Kaisar feel the long arm of the law in Rage of Bahamut and we may even go to a birthday party in 100% Teacher Pascal (if we feel like it).

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Show #148: Gandahar


Far-out French sci-fi is back in vogue as we take a fantastic voyage to Gandahar!

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 A strange journey but down a path we're actually quite familiar with, director Rene Laloux delivers another travelogue to a bizarre world filled with amazing scenery and incredible possibilities. There are enough ideas in this feature alone to float a half dozen films, but are they given short shrift in service of the story? Contemporary cinema is compared, the secrets of its animation production are revealed and we get bamboozled by time travel for the second time in as many months!

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Merry mutants

Fantastic fauna

Innuendo island

Monday, 29 May 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 42 – Let’s Sing!


Shake off that sleepy Summer evening lethargy with some vigorous anime exercise! Get a hobby with Bono Bono, go out and meet friends from other universes in Dragon Ball Super, grab a partner in Tiger Mask W and don't lose your head with Ninja Girl & Samurai Master! It's a workout for the body and soul!

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Show #147: ULTRAFORCE


Pouches? Ponytails? Shredded jeans? SLIME? The Nineties called and they want ULTRAFORCE back!

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Recent pop cultural trends have shown there exists a need out there amongst some audiences for their comic book media to be stern, mature and taken seriously. However history has proven that this is not a new occurrence and just like the early to mid 1990s this approach more often than not left them ripe for ridicule. Ultraforce is an exemplar of this heady period where common sense feared to tread and naturally we fall down a rabbit hole of questionable business practices, even more questionable fashion choices and a whole lot of weird ooze.

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Slimy supermen

Misunderstood monsters

Stealth saxophone

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 41 – Let’s Beat Up Our Dads


Dwayne and Brian recount their experiences of stuff Niall barely had the time to watch. They make small talk in Bono Bono, take a pop quiz in 100% Teacher Pascal, deal with a yeti infestation in Shonen Ashibe Go Go Goma-chan, strut their stuff at the fair in Rage of Bahamut and witness a father/son fight to the finish in Dragon Ball Super. These things just fly by!

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 40 – Let’s Go Outside!


... Or let's stay inside and watch some cartoons. Don't you know it's dangerous out there? Invading aliens in the shops, rogue wrestlers bent on exacting retribution, strange plants and flesh eating giants hidden among us are waiting to pounce! But if you stay indoors your house could be burnt down or, even worse, decluttered! Huddle somewhere safe and follow our life-saving tips.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Show #146: Mission Hill


We just about found the time to prise ourselves off the couch and reappraise our misspent youth on a little trip to Mission Hill!

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Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were some of the hottest TV comedy writers going in the 90s. Fresh off what are widely viewed as the best seasons of The Simpsons, surely their own original show about folks their age with all the material they weren't allowed to use on their other gigs would be a huge success right? I'm gonna bet you are unlikely to have heard of Mission Hill until this very podcast so naturally there's a bit of a story behind why that is, not to mention how similarly styled programmes met a similar fate and just what ARE the 18 to 25 age bracket watching these days?

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Bright lights, big city

Cutting wit

Great representations

Monday, 8 May 2017

SOTSM x DITB: Japan Animator Expo Part 3


Again?! Yes again! Once more Niall and the DITB boys dive in to take on the final fusillade of shorts from Japan Animator Expo. This one has it all; savage superheroes, robots both giant and perverted, the prototype Yuri On ice and a hefty dose of nostalgia for older franchises and video formats. And when all's said and done we may get around to deciding which are the best of the whole bunch!

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 39 – Let’s Unleash Our Full Potential


Don't let the episode title mislead you as Dwayne and a sleep-deprived Niall attempt to get out from under the crushing weight of the massive amount of new anime they watched in the last week! The cavalry battle concludes in My Hero Academia, Gohan gets back in shape in Dragon Ball Super, indecent proposals are made in Rage of Bahamut and the flight is now boarding in Shonen Ashibe Go Go Goma-chan, and that's just for starters!

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Show #145: Bounty Hunter THE HARD



It's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it as we get a bit tough on Bounty Hunter THE HARD!


Courtesy of Tetsuya Saruwatari, purveyor of such hilariously brutal comics as Violence Hero Riki-Oh, comes this obscure anime adaptation of one of his lesser known works, which thus makes it something of a niche within a niche! That being said all the ingredients are here for a Hollywood-style shoot 'em up spectacular but does this OAV do justice to even a fraction of the insanity of its manga forbear? Drugs are discussed, dramatic readings are delivered and the boundaries of good taste are explored!


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Hapless hunters

-This- effect

Spittin' on guns

Monday, 1 May 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 38 – Let’s Get Drunk On Trains!


A mysterious man approaches you with the power to fulfil you heart's desire. What would you spend that wish on? On something you could probably do anyway with a six-pack and a railway timetable of course! More questionable decisions occur as Tiger Mask spirals further downward into villainy, Goku hands the reins to Android 17, Raccoon's dad gets real with the kids and people jump out of buildings. How reckless!

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Friday, 28 April 2017

SOTSM x DITB: Japan Animator Expo Part 2


The exploration of the weird and wonderful auteur anime showcase continues apace as Niall and the boys immerse themselves in the everyday lives of ghosts, robot girls and mascot characters, solve a murder, indulge in a vague yet also somehow heavy-handed political allegory and even throw in a bit of good ol' fashioned SEX and VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED. What does that even mean? You'll just have to listen up!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 37 – Let’s Invade The Earth


Some new arrivals barge into our roster with 100% Teacher Pascal, PriPri Chi-chan and Makeruna! Aku no Gundan making their debut. More new meetings are had between Goku and his terminator-turned park ranger Android 17 in Dragon Ball Super, the Miracles multiply in Tiger Mask W and it's all about the little victories in Attack On Titan. Prepare to be boarded!

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Show #144: Dexter's Laboratory - Ego Trip


A podcast as short and to the point as the small man himself as we take a brief journey with Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip!

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An ego trip by name and by nature as this TV movie served to cap off the run of the successful TV series with an all guns blazing bonanza that maybe goes a little too all-in on the action and a little too light on the beloved weirdo humour. And that's without going into the time travel aspect, which neither IMDB or Niall have grasped fully, and the secret childhood wishes of your hosts revealed live on air!

THE SHORT VERSION

Dexter, Dexter, Dexter and Dexter

A cool robot nonetheless

BUTTS

Thursday, 20 April 2017

SOTSM x DITB: Japan Animator Expo Part 1

Niall got a little bit high-falutin' over on Dynamite In The Brain as we sampled some of the cutting edge animated shorts brought to life by the talented folks who contributed to Japan Animator Expo. The first batch of twelve are consumed, covering such diverse topics as dragon dentistry, apartment life, the career of Koichi Yamadera and all the tenuous Neon Genesis Evangelion tie-ins you can handle! Which are cream of the crop and which are the slops? To find out you'll have to listen up!

Let’s Go! Episode 36 – A week late and a dollar short


A bonanza of banter belated by Brian's back pain! A fond farewell is bidden to Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid but luckily the dragon girl-shaped hole in our hearts is conveniently filled by Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul. No dragons in Dragon Ball Super at the moment but we do have a host of other supernatural entities gearing up for a fight, plus all the usual forest friends, super students and rowdy wrestlers.

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 35 – An Orderly Coup


The slow-boiling political intrigue of ACCA draws to a close, but who will come out on top in the most civil and well mannered conspiracy to grace anime? Meanwhile some familiar faces return as My Hero Academia goes back to school, Attack On Titan breaks back in and most importantly Goma-chan falls off the back of a lorry. Everything old is new again!

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

SOTSM x DITB! Famous Anime Podcast – Shonen Jump: Kochikame Onwards


Niall joined those good old boys over at Dynamite In The Brain for rousing session of rating anime classics to be installed in their hall of fame. Series are covered adapted from manga that began between 1976 and 1984, such as Kochikame and Fist of the North Star, but what will make the final cut? To find out you'll just have to listen up!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 34 – Baby Summoning I


Unexpected body horror appears in Dragon Ball Super as Bulma's pregnancy receives divine intervention. Meanwhile Nobunaga adds another castle to the collection, tigers face off on the pyramid of pain and Bono Bono learns how to make his own way in this crazy world.

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Show #143: Pilot Pot Luck - The First Course!



We're trying something a little different this time, or it'll seem somewhat familiar depending on how long you've been listening, as we sit down to our first serving of Pilot Pot Luck!

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The animation world is a swirling maelstrom of media, some of which is bound for glory and others that never venture any further. For this hopefully recurring format we'll be picking out some of those promising pilot episodes and demos and evaluating just how far they might go, or if history has shown the contrary then why that wasn't the case. On the inaugural menu we take in the Cartoon Network-ready randomness of Infinity Train, take a journey to discover The Reward and struggle in vain against Constant Payne! Grab some earphones and dig in!

THE SHORT VERSION

Maths mysteries

Gallant adventurers

Action scientists