Friday, 10 May 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #28 – Beneath a Sky on the Verge of Falling


Bruno's best boys are hot on the case of the boss's identity, a matter made even more precarious by his host Doppio laying bloody & bruised nearby and desperate to keep this secret hidden. While Abbacchio reviews the tapes the rest of the gang comb the area, but who will prevail in this game of cat and mouse? On the other side of the island Sarazanmai comes on too strong, Dororo needs to learn some new editing techniques and Anime Logan Paul strikes again in Gegege No Kitaro! We got a bad feelin' about this!

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Monday, 6 May 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #27 – King Crimson vs. Metallica


Doppio chows down on another portion of Risotto Nero even as the metal mastering mercenary continues to carve up the multiple-minded mobster. With a little foresight courtesy of the boss and King Crimson however can he live to fight another day? Bungou Stray Dogs labours through more of its languid light novel gang war, Sarazanmai resorts to catnapping and our search for more Bonobono turns up a body with Crunchyroll holding the smoking gun. You're killin' us here!

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Show #179: Toons 'N' Tunes - Robot Rock!


We can party longer, harder and faster; we have the technology! Toons 'N' Tunes once again explores the convergence of animation and music, this time with all the power and precision of a mighty robot!

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A surprisingly varied mixtape awaits our listening pleasure with the peculiar ubiquity of robots in music videos both past and present. The killer androids of the wasteland are on the hunt backed by Megadeth and Iron Maiden and inevitable synth-based dance tracks are forged by Equateur and Perturbator while the machines display their capacity to adapt and evolve with some singular singles by Bjork, Pete Miser and Caravan Palace. Why were we programmed to feel funky?

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #26 – A Little Story From the Past ~My Name Is Doppio~


While the main cast are no doubt extricating themselves from a recent aerial disaster other developments are afoot within Passione as we meet the mild-mannered Doppio, dispatched on a secret mission by the boss himself! What purpose brings him to Sardinia? And how did such a nervous young lad become such a close confidant of the gang's leader? More importantly will the answers be any more shocking than the dubious return of One Punch Man or the confounding kappa chaos contained within new Kunihiko Ikuhara joint Sarazanmai? Please leave a message!


Monday, 22 April 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #25 – Spice Girl


It's time for Trish to live up to her family name and face FULL LIFE CONSEQUENCES as she is forced to defend herself against the onslaught of the nigh-unstoppable Notorious B.I.G. New frontiers open up for us as well with the arrival of a new anime season that sees Fruits Basket and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba starting up but nary a hair of Bonobono to be seen! Is it gettin' hot in here or is it just me?

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Show #178: Love, Death & Robots


Brian Smith roves out with us upon the barren media landscape of the near future, sorting through the charred fragments of the amorous android anthology they called Love, Death & Robots!

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Noted directors and Netflix darlings David Fincher and Tim Miller present their latest outing on the ubiquitous streaming service, a collection of animated science fiction shorts for adult audiences of varying content and quality all ostensibly united under one or more of the themes mentioned in its title. Is it fertile ground for an interrogation of complex ideas relating to artificial intelligence, the purpose of existence and the nature of the soul? Or is it carte blanche to let animators' libidos run wild in the shallowest interpretation of "mature" possible? Famous authors, faithful renderings of genitalia and the recurring ratio problems with anthology works may just guide us to the answer!

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #24 – Notorious B.I.G.


Fresh from escaping a watery grave the gang ignore JoJo's Bizarre Adventure precedent by taking to the skies as they step up their search for clues to the identity of the boss. A Stand stowaway lies in wait however, and even the combined power of the lads may not be enough to vanquish it! Hopefully they won't meet their end, but Boogiepop and Ekodachan call it a day while Kitaro lowers the curtain on the Nanashi storyline. Give 'em a big hand folks!

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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

SOTSM x DITB: The Anime That Didn’t Make Us #2 – Ai Shite Knight, Yu Yu Hakusho, Detective Conan


Our own Dwayne has a life outside this podcast you know, and you'll get to hear about some of it on a whole other podcast as he joins the Dynamite In The Brain boys for a trip down the memory lane that could have been if certain anime titles were available to them in their youth. There's romantic misunderstandings in Ai Shite Knight, the main character's death in the first episode of Yu Yu Hakusho and Detective Conan kicking off a mystery that's lasted 22 years and counting. Everything old is new again, and you can hear these echoes from the past for yourself if you listen up!

Let’s Go JoJo! #23 Clash & Talking Head


In spite of getting his neck chewed off by a slippery Stand shark Giorno still finds time to bring the clutch plays that'll guide Narancia towards victory. Outnumbered and outmaneuvered, can the pint-sized powderkeg exercise discretion for once? Things are also blowing up in Mob Psycho 100 as the scattered esper teams take on the forces of Claw, we reach the top of the tower in Boogiepop & Others, human/yokai relations descend into crisis in Gegege No Kitaro and an anime director gets drunk on air in Rinshi! Ekoda-chan. That's too much man!

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Saturday, 30 March 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #22 – The G In Guts


I don't remember ordering this! Not that Narancia can offer much protest as both his lunch and his tongue are hijacked by a brace of Stand users from the boss's super secret hit squad who seem a lot closer than just work colleagues. Psychic battles are also on the menu in Mob Psycho 100 as Seasoning City bears the brunt of an esper assault and Dororo serves up supernatural shellfish before we wash it all down with the bitter black tea of Gegege No Kitaro. Buon appetito!

Monday, 25 March 2019

Show #177: Pilot Pot Luck - Coulda Been A Contender!


Unsatisfied with enjoying just the raw brutality contained within the next podcast topic we wildly speculate upon the action-packed vistas of violence that could've, should've or never will be!

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Not everybody can be champ, but as media production and distribution methods advance over time we're seeing a reasonable amount of weird new content that might never have had a shot otherwise. Taking Netflix's Grappler Baki as a starting point we wax lyrical about the future fighting chances of some conceptual cartoons that never took it all the way: Genndy Tartakovsky's cursed Popeye movie, Yoshiaki Kawajiri's similarly stymied sequel to Ninja Scroll, the hack & slash hero homage that was Korgoth Of Barbaria and the brief glimmer of greatness that were the Marvel Anime teaser trailers. Is this an exercise in futility? We ask ourselves that every day, but let's have fun finding out together!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

SOTSM x DITB: Porco Rosso


Who are those magnificent men in their flying machines? Why it's Brian and Anthony from Dynamite In The Brain, forming up on the wing with our own Dwayne to jaw about Studio Ghibli's paean to the pig-headed pilot Porco Rosso. Well, it's more of a dogfight really as two of the hosts make a vain attempt to dissuade the other from his wayward thoughts. It might take a game of HOG OR MOG to separate the pigs from the cats and settle the issue for good! To find out you'll just have to listen up!

Let’s Go! #113 – Let’s Show You What We’ve Got


Jojo's Bizarre Adventure may have taken a break for a recap but we sure didn't, as this intermission edition of Let's Go picks up the slack with all the other currently streaming anime other podcasts are too chicken to talk about! Marital strife in Bonobono! A terrifying day in the office for Ekoda-chan! Whatever the hell is going on in Karakuri Circus! All rolled up alongside the comparatively more sensible offerings in Mob Psycho 100, Boogiepop And Others and Dororo. No rest for the totally wicked!

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #21 – The Mystery of King Crimson


The moment Jojo fans have been alternatingly dreading/eagerly awaiting has arrived as we find out along with Bruno just how the boss's Stand King Crimson actually works. The answer: pretty straightforward when committed to a moving medium over a static manga image! Luckily Gold Experience is on hand to provide all the Stand related bafflement this arc is notorious for. If you aren't confused yet then Karakuri Circus hops back on the crazy train after weeks of relative stability, Boogiepop And Others invades our dreams and one mystery may finally be solved with the return of Raccoon's mother in Bonobono. We'll crack this case yet!

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #20 – The Final Mission From The Boss


Bruno's beautiful boys have finally reached the end of their journey but now the up and coming capo must proceed on the last step alone as he delivers Trish to the elusive boss. What are the mysterious mobster's true intentions? And can Bruno get any closer to realising his own secret goals? All the usual anime lurks in the corner also, overshadowed as it may be the mighty impact of five episodes of Boogiepop And Others dropping at once! The tension is killing us!

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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Show #176: Battle Angel Alita (1993)


Us? Jump on a bandwagon? Perish the thought! We're merely embracing our new cyberpunk present and getting into the spirit of things with the Battle Angel Alita OVA!

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James Cameron's long gestating adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's classic cyborg manga is tearing up cinemas around the world at last, so we thought we'd look back at the last time Battle Angel Alita, aka Gunnm, appeared on screens in this two part OVA that gives you the broad strokes of the story in fairly short order. Considering it served as a design influence for the live action how well does it capture the essence of the original manga? Comic comparisons, real world dystopias and fashionable director photos are taken apart!

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #19 – White Album


Giorno and Mista better get their skates on before Ghiaccio puts them both on ice for good! Against a foe who can freeze solid the very air around them though do they have a snowball's chance in Hell? Big Sister Dai's new boyfriend gets a frosty reception in Bonobono and a childhood yokai chum gets the cold shoulder in Gegege No Kitaro, but Hyakkimaru's explosion of anger oughta keep us warm in Dororo. Chill out!

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Monday, 25 February 2019

SOTSM x DITB: The Anime That Didn’t Make Us #1 – Captain Tsubasa, Fushigi Yugi, Bonobono


Niall recently took a wander down a hypothetical memory lane with Brian and Anthony over on Dynamite In The Brain as they sampled some anime series that could have been formative experiences in their youth had they ever been released in their parts of the world. Captain Tsubasa cashed in on 80s World Cup fever, Fushigi Yugi whisked us to another world before it was cool and Bonobono innovated children's television with the addition of existential dread. Find out how this experiment in manufactured nostalgia unfolded when you listen up!

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #18 – Head to Venice


While Niall makes a desperate last stand against sudden technical difficulties Brian and Dwayne bear the brunt of a relentless onslaught, where one enemy Stand user has barely been dispatched before another is in cold pursuit of Giorno and Mista on the road to Venice. Boss Bear laments his wasted life in Bonobono, children are pawns in a cruel inscrutable game in Boogiepop & Others and Gegege No Kitaro considers the ethics of assisted suicide in this fun-filled podcast instalment. What a frosty reception!

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #17 – Babyface


They're starting these hardened criminals younger every year! Melone plays midwife to an unsettling assailant as Babyface is dispatched to take down Bruno's outfit. Will they be able to keep it all together against this disturbing foe? Madness prevails as a lunatic takes over the asylum (and an innocent girl's body) in Mob Psycho 100, Raccoon becomes an unstoppable pranking machine in Bonobono, Karakuri Circus flies in the face of common sense with a coherent episode and Kitaro doesn't even think to plead insanity when he's put on trial. It's crazy man!

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #16 – The Grateful Dead Part 2


Bruno steps in to pick up the slack as he contends with the double trouble provided by Prosciutto and Pesci. With nothing but a spare bullet from the Sex Pistols as backup will he be able to defeat this deadly duo? It's not looking too good in other anime as a cute flashback episode takes a poignant turn in Bonobono, an old man's possessions are cruelly discarded in GeGeGe No Kitaro and an unrequited love is trampled by a mysterious corporate conspiracy in Boogiepop And Others. What a bummer!

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #15 – The Grateful Dead Part 1


The gang watch their lives flash before their eyes as Prosciutto's Stand ability envelops the train and rapidly starts aging the passengers into decrepit husks! With Pesci and Beach Boy lying in wait also can Mista and Sex Pistols shoot down their plans? It's all kicking off in the rest of the anime world too: Chipmunk VS Bono! Boogiepop VS Imaginator! Mob VS a very fast granny! It's here and it's live between your own two ears!

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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Show #175: Ballmastrz 9009


It's high time to resume our workout plan so we're up and atom with the most popular pastime of the post-apocalypse in Ballmastrz 9009!

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Christy Karacas of Superjail fame let his passions run amok on Adult Swim last year with this grungy love letter to the anime, comics and sci-fi movies of his youth delivered in speedy ten minute chunks. It plays fast and loose with the rules but can this ragtag bunch of misfits put in the hard yards where it counts? Cinematic bloodsports, adorable aliens and our own anime leanings are fit to play in your earholes!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #14 – Express Train To Florence


The lads have booked themselves on an extra special transport to get Trish to safety, but they're serving surf 'n turf on board as Prosciutto and Peace are the latest members of the hitman team to pick up their trail. Is everything about to go off the rails for the gang? Some other new Winter anime have also pulled into the station, ready for a thorough vetting by the Let's Go customs officers. It's a first class experience!

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Let’s Go JoJo! #13 – Man in the Mirror and Purple Haze


Giorno, Abbacchio and Fugo are under attack from Illuso and Man In The Mirror, and there's no point asking this hardened killer to change his ways! Can they escape through the looking glass? Much like this website did from a recent hosting outage? The answers to these mysteries, piled high with the help of Detective Conan and Boogiepop & Others, may await on this very recording!

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Sunday, 6 January 2019

Let’s Go JoJo! #12 – The Second Order from the Boss


It's a new year! An optimal time for some meaningful self-reflection, but don't look too close or you might fall prey to a dastardly Stand using mafioso lurking behind the glass as the boys soon discover. Will they meet their end this early in their gangster career? A whole host of other anime are ready to call it a day though with SSSS Gridman, Gurazeni, Zombieland Saga and Double Decker reaching the finish line. Make Let's Go your new habit for 2019!

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