Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Let’s Go #82 – Let’s Get Physical

Time to get your sweat on and burn off some of that unsightly anime backlog! Goku and Jiren ignite the stadium in Dragon Ball Super, Pop Team Epic conquers America and Garo: Vanishing Line pounds down on Silicon Valley before it all gets strained in The Ancient Magus Bride. We work hard, we play hard!

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Let’s Go! #81 – Let’s Give Her A Big Hand

Chise gets in arm's way during a daring dragon rescue but will there be a handy quick fix for her ailments this time around? Big sisters go missing, composers craft comics and El Dorado is discovered. It's all within easy reach!

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Friday, 2 March 2018

Let's Go! Episode 80 - Let's Spread Misinformation About Coypus

Niall rejoins the fellas from his temporary London digs to discern truth from lies in our favourite streaming anime: composer caricatures, shirtless Saiyans, arcane auctions and suspicious shrubbery. We may not have all the answers but we've got a lotta heart!

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Let’s Go! Episode 79 – Let’s Subscribe

Niall may have been in the middle of moving countries for the past few weeks but Let's Go must continue apace in his absence! The battle rages on in Dragon Ball Super, the road trip nears its end in Garo: Vanishing Line, emotions are mismanaged in The Ancient Magus Bride and Shonen Ashibe Go Go Goma-chan ups the stakes with a multi-episode story! It may slip, slide and swerve but you can't keep a good podcast down. There's even more belated currently airing anime coverage here and here, so get on with that downloading!

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Show #164: The Iron Giant

A towering behemoth whose mighty powers can bring destruction or salvation! But enough about Brad Bird already, this one's about The Iron Giant!

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Having conquered the realm of prime time cartoon sitcoms the ambitions of Brad Bird turned to bigger things, and challenges don't get much greater than directing an animated feature during a period when such a thing was a hazardous undertaking if your name wasn't Disney. So how did they pull off this now well beloved tale of a boy and his bot? Failure is fomented, tears are shed and visitors from the stars are venerated. It's heavy stuff!


Aspirational figures

Very special agents

Sad robots

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Let’s Go! Episode 76 – Let’s Get A Haircut

Is Niall at the barbers? That may explain his absence on this instalment of Let's Go where Luke takes a detour from Garo's stylised version of America to bust ghosts at a Norwegian fishing village. We also get a look behind the scenes of Pop Team Epic's conquest of the idol industry, take a ride in the Karamatsu taxi and Frieza lends a totally-definitely-not-gonna-betray-you hand to Gohan again. If you come in with your hair already washed this podcast is half price!

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Let’s Go! Episode 75 – Let’s Get Fat

Bigger is better as the Classicaloid boys try to conquer the world of sumo and we follow suit with a metric fudge-ton of anime! Raunchy robots in Darling In The Franxx, a parade of puddycats in Mitchiri Neko, beautiful trauma in Violet Evergarden and of course all the usual ongoing mainstays. What a load!

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Show #163: Family Dog (1987/1993)

The Brad Bird bombardment continues as we check the pedigree of animated short and TV spinoff Family Dog!

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After a lot of hard graft in the 80s Brad Bird finally broke through and landed a life-changing job working on The Simpsons. Everybody wanted something from television's new golden boy, such that even his past projects were dusted off and ill-advisedly moulded into unwieldy forms with little to no input from their original creator! But does Family Dog the series deserve it's place in the boneyard of prime-time cartoon pretenders? Careers are catalogued, points are missed and yet more pondering is done on our podcast prospects!


Good dog

Bad dog

That pencil test for The Spirit really is somethin'.

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!


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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