Monday, 18 September 2017

Show #155: Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos


Because we're about due for a bad idea we try and ascertain an explanation for the persistent notoriety of Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos.

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Our foray into Ruby Spears-fronted celebrity tie-in cartoons was surprisingly fruitful last time with Mr T and his gang of mystery solving teens. Can the formula work again for Karate Kommandos, a show more often experienced solely via out-of-context video clips? Colourful ninjas, high henchman turnover, moral codes and not-so-secret agents get in the mix!

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Para-gators

Super ninjas

Sweaty wisdom

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 58 – Let’s Dress Up Like A Dog


Do you remember Goma-chan? He's back! In dog form! Meanwhile some ruff justice is about to be dished out in Rage of Bahamut, Vatican Miracle Examiners sniff out some leads, dogged determination in My Hero Academia and our heroes are hounded by an old foe in Magical Circle Guru Guru. We're best in show!

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 57 – Let’s Jump Into A Boiling Pot


Get ready for a scare at bedtime as the Vatican Miracle Examiners cash in on the renewed creepy clown craze with a case involving a horrifying harlequin. Nobody else is resting easy either as the Rage Of Bahamut crew have a traitor in their ranks, the students of My Hero Academia cram for exams, Dragon Ball Super is under fire and Welcome To The Ballroom works hard to get back in our good graces. Sweet dreams!

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Show #154: Concise Cartoon Combat Combo! Kizuna Ichigeki and Trava - Fist Planet


Niall has returned! To get him back into shape in short order though we'll need a special intensive workout session, so what better than the one two punch of Kizuna Ichigeki and Trava - Fist Planet!

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A brace of brief battle shows presented itself before us and believing them a tad short for a podcast by themselves we elected to roll them up into one outing. Kizuna Ichigeki gives us the tale of a crazy karate family defrauding a martial arts tournament and their efforts to deal with the repercussions that follow, while Trava is a little episode in the lives of two of Redline's favourite racers years before they competed on the big screen. A pair of strong contenders indeed, but who will win? Does it matter? To find out you'll just have to listen up!

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Pint-sized pugilists

Space aces

To Be Continued? (no)

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 56 – Let’s Throw A Frog Down A Waterfall


Dwayne and Brian continue to uphold order in Niall's absence even as it threatens to break down in the world of anime! Breaking & entering in Rage of Bahamut, attempted frog murder in Bono Bono and possible tournament rule violations in Dragon Ball Super to name a few. At least the Vatican Miracle Examiners get their man but not without uncovering a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top!

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 55 – Let’s Team Up


Goku offers assistance to an assassin when Hit gets ganged up on by the Pride Troopers, leading to a lapse of memory regarding continuity on the part of either the showmakers or your venerable podcast hosts. All that plus a thrilling two-parter in Bono Bono, secret origins in My Hero Academia, the welcome return of Rage of Bahamut and one of our regular series gets the chop!

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SOTSM x DITB: Famous Anime Podcast – Bats and Rackets


Before summer holidays are over Niall heads outside with the Dynamite In The Brain duo for a vigorous rundown of sports anime worthy of the hall of fame, and we find out just how much Mitsuru Adachi can get away with making a career out of telling the exact same story multiple times!

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 54 – Let’s Go To The Movies


Niall has no idea what happened on this installment as he wasn't there! But based on the above screenshot you can rest assured Brian and Dwayne will keep this thing on time and under budget to bring you all the usual priests, punch-ups and peculiarity this podcast is known for. It's a guarantee!

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

SOTSM x DITB: Ping Pong - The Animation


Just before Niall took his extended break he got a chance to drop in on Dynamite In The Brain for an intensive look at anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa's TV adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's titular manga. Balls, bats, boys, brotherhood and badassery all feature along with a few out-of-date plugs, but to find out more you'll have to listen up!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 53 – Let’s Go To Bed


Time to catch up with all the things released while Niall was away on holiday, starting with the nightmare-inducing anime of two weeks ago! Rage of Bahamut and Shonen Ashibe Go Go Goma-chan are nowhere to be found and Made In Abyss is summarily dismissed. Luckily late arrival Pikotaro's LULLABY LA LA BY plugs a hole in our schedule.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Show #153: Castlevania


Halloween in August! We make use of the service Niall questions continually paying for to take in the long awaited Castlevania!

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Video game adaptations of any sort are a shaky proposition and this held true for Castlevania, so imagine our surprise when it came out fairly okay! However does it stand out for its own merits or merely look favourable in comparison to the more notorious game shows that preceded it? Fluffy capes, bad accents and a lightheaded podcast host await!

THE SHORT VERSION

Boozy Belmonts

Sad Dracula

Vandalism

Monday, 7 August 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 52 – Let’s Cast Out The Devil!


Vatican Miracle Examiners pulls out all the stops a third of the way through the series, but has it peaked too early? Who can say, but in the meantime we can still enjoy the showdown with Stain in My Hero Academia, the Saiyans taking supremacy in Dragon Ball Super, love blossoming in Rage Of Bahamut and Welcome To The Ballroom takes pains to remind us it's a sports anime. Repent and be saved!

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Show #152: The Road To El Dorado


Martin Schneider arrives by divine providence to share in our judgement of the godly grifters of The Road To El Dorado!

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Dreamworks' next animated feature after The Prince of Egypt had a lot of expectation riding on it and what emerged was not exactly the second coming, but does it deserve such a bad reputation? We delve into it and much like the film our discussion skews all over the map from old ass jokes that kids won't get to matters of church vs state to equal opportunity fan service. It's a wild ride!

THE SHORT VERSION

A pair of chancers

NSFW

Obligatory GIF

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 51 – Let’s Go Berserk


You won't like Kale when she's angry, or maybe you will anyway much like how we strive to overlook an uncomfortable episode of Magical Circle Guru Guru. Stain is out for blood in My Hero Academia, a flimsy disguise somehow holds up in Rage of Bahamut, something terrible will happen in Bono Bono and we reflect upon The Reflection. Take a deep breath and count to ten!

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SOTSM x DITB: Famous Anime Podcast – Famous Anime Witches


We reconvened with the Dynamite In The Brain boys to figure out which witch is which and worthy of the Famous Anime Hall of Fame. Whether they hail from magical dimensions unknown, got their powers from fairies or are just out looking for a job they all must fall under scrutiny, and to find out who gets in you'll just have to listen up!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 50 – Let’s Buy Equipment


Our previous audio problems have been resolved, and just in time because we need to be halfway intelligible to discuss all these fresh new shows! Magical Circle Guru Guru sets out on a quest, the Vatican Miracle Examiners keep turning up bodies, Made In Abyss makes us squirm uncomfortably, plus the usual superhero slayers, scheming angels and people shouting 'KRILLIN!' for exactly the reasons you're thinking of!

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Show #151: Pilot Pot Luck - Second Helpings!


We're back and we've been toiling away in the kitchen all this time to bring you another three course meal of Pilot Pot Luck!

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Our continuing journey through the morass of cartoon pitches and pilots both old and new has turned up a few more disparate delicacies this time around. We start up with feisty spirited newcomer Obituary: A Grave Beginning before tackling the crowdfunded conundrum that is Urbance. Lastly we tuck into Plastic Man in Puddle Trouble, a rich and satisfying snack that is sure to repeat on us later!

THE SHORT VERSION

Gaggles of ghosts

Unsafe sex

Slapstick superheroes

Monday, 24 July 2017

SOTSM x DITB: Little Witch Academia Season 1


The original Let's Go Gang convene again for belated yet exhaustive coverage of the long awaited Little Witch Academia TV series, or at least the first half that Netflix feels like giving us right now. Magical artifacts, celebrity cameos, flimsy disguises; it's all in here if you listen up!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Let’s Go! Episode 49 – Let’s Forget This Episode Existed


It was, but then it wasn't, but now it still is! In spite of the universe's best efforts to suppress this podcast it breaks free, albeit in a diminished form this go around. Against impossible odds we fight on to bring you all the candid commentary on your usual favourites plus some new arrivals in police priest-cedural Vatican Miracle Examiners, suspiciously cute Made In Abyss and dancing drama Welcome To The Ballroom. Oh the humanity!

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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