Tuesday, 24 December 2019
The clarion call of Christmas rouses us from our long slumber to discuss some Dickens once again, this time with Richard Williams' take on A Christmas Carol!
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Some traditions are too special to let pass unmarked and thus we briefly surface to celebrate the legacy of the late Richard Williams, a giant of animation whose ouvre we touched upon earlier this year. Alongside the equally legendary Chuck Jones and Ken Harris they bring a more macabre adaptation of the classic festive fable in a fraction of the time and with twice the horror! Its message of goodwill even in the harshest of worlds rings all the truer for it, a sentiment we hope to carry forward upon the day of our dark renewal in the new year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one & all and you'll hear from us again in 2020!
Sunday, 22 December 2019
The final Let's Go of the year and we're rushing to get as much as we can crammed in before Christmas engulfs us in its cosy embrace. All our anime faves are getting into the spirit too; Senku takes a phone call from his relatives, Askeladd regails us with stories of the good old days, Super Shiro is thankful for our insect friends and the Precures save Santa! Merry Christmas one & all, and you can look forward to more of this business in the new year!
Sunday, 15 December 2019
An exercise in eluding expectations erupts in Gegege No Kitaro when a yokai immigrant arrives in search of a steady job and some naked truths about Japanese attitudes are exposed. Iruma shows off his Execution Cannonball skills to the class at and Canute flaunts his new entourage around Viking high society, but Suneater may have bitten off more than he can chew! Our eyes are up here by the way!
Sunday, 8 December 2019
An unlikely underground unit unites to unearth some unbelievably useful ores, but will they survive the perils of the pit or the threat of treachery in their midst? A daring surveillance operations gets underway in My Hero Academia, Iruma plumbs the depths of his athletic abilities in preparation for a game of deadly dodgeball and Instagram influencers cause an entire town to burn to the ground in Gegege No Kitaro. How low can you go!
Sunday, 1 December 2019
Love is in the air, even if some folks haven't entirely grasped the meaning of the concept! Not least of all Clara Valac, as she tries everything in the book to catch Iruma's eye come hell or high water! The residents of Ishigami Village become further enamoured with Senku and his modern conveniences, Canute unveils a bold new personality and a cute old yokai couple persist through thick and thin. What a looker!
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Kirishima makes his stunning debut and becomes the toast of old Osaka town while apprehending a super-powered perp run amok, but will the hard-headed hero fare so well against the shadowy criminal enterprise behind these villainous acts? Forbidden texts from another realm are revealed to Iruma-kun while another supernatural being crafts brand new volumes to the chagrin of Kitaro. Reading's for nerds, try this instead!
Sunday, 24 November 2019
Niall returns to the fold and his travels have brought on an air of culture and refinement to this delinquent anime podcast; A life-draining yokai preying on schoolkids inspires Kitaro and Neko-musume to indulge their artistic sensibilities to capture its likeness, Iruma-kun tries his hand at botany with predictably conspicuous results and Senku revamps the New Stone Age with cutting edge Japanese design. How avant garde!
Friday, 22 November 2019
A pared back podcast from the recent past as this one fell during the climactic final days of the Rugby World Cup so a bunch of regular anime had to give way. There's still plenty to fend off from multiple fronts, with a challenging chase through monster country with Iruma, an escalation of hostilities courtesy of Askeladd and Thorkell and Tsukasa strikes the first blow against Senku's kingdom of science as the Stone Wars begin. Take cover!
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Niall wasn't the only thing that went AWOL this month as some tardy podcast recordings show up late for class. This one even sounds a bit the worse for wear from its long journey, but persevere and you might just get to know some delinquent demons, the space-faring ancestors of modern humanity and the world's sexiest woman. Come on in and say hello why dontcha!
Sunday, 27 October 2019
Better hope you've got your nine lives, cuz you're gonna need every last one to get through all this Autumn anime! We'll try and play it safe though, so something among this slew is destined for the litter box : the supernatural samurai of Blade Of The Immortal, the eccentric investigators of Kabukicho Sherlock or the returning champion My Hero Academia, not to mention all the usual favourites which already claim pride of place. We'll be feline this one in the morning!
Sunday, 20 October 2019
While Niall was away on holiday he meant to put these up before he left! So listen in and you too can hear our travails as we start into the Autumn anime season: the urban jungle of Africa Salaryman; the white knuckle thrill ride of After School Dice Club; the prestige TV drama of Babylon; and the education in evilness of Welcome To Demon School Iruma-kun! It's all right here, lukewarm outta the microwave!
Sunday, 6 October 2019
Rei Isurugi's saga of revenge comes to a close along with the Four Treasonous Generals arc of Gegege No Kitaro, or is his real journey just beginning in a script yet to be written? Who knows! But we can say for sure that Vikings make for the most impolite guests, cheating is permitted in the name of science and we have much to learn from our cactus friends beyond the stars. If all that makes next to no sense then you better catch up before next season!
Sunday, 29 September 2019
What cures can also kill! The search for ingredients needed for antibiotics finds Senku and the crew braving a lake of sulphuric acid, where one wrong step could spell doom for restoring the light of science to the world! Warring factions vie for custody of a Danish prince amidst a forest fire in Vinland Saga, Fruits Basket packs up until Summer and the stalwart crew at Wacky TV Nanana receive their debriefing. Stay safe out there!
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Come on in and let's have a serious discussion about some anime, much like the various Viking factions plotting treachery and turmoil in Vinland Saga. Arts & crafts begins shortly after as Kaseki is lured in by the marvels of science in Dr. Stone before we give a friendly visitor a very warm welcome in Fruits Basket. Some folks just can't be satisfied though as Kitaro attempts to steer a wayward soul from a monkey paw/Wishmaster-style scenario. Make yourself comfortable why dontcha!
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
We've got all the best moves when it comes to currently streaming anime, and so does Tatsuki Fujinami as he battles a giant cyclops on Wacky TV Nanana. Shinra ducks and dives his way around a rogue officer in Fire Force, murderers maneuver in the dark on Detective Conan and Kitaro tries his best pickup lines on any warm body within range. They're playin' our song!
Sunday, 15 September 2019
Powerful opponents await on Let's Go as the way to London is barred to the invading Danes by the fearsome Thorkell The Tall, AKA Murder Goku. Senku matches wits against mischievous mentalist Gen Asagiri on Dr. Stone, Shinra personally disciplines a bad lieutenant on Fire Force and even your favourite magical girls get into a nasty scrap with the number two villain on Star Twinkle Pretty Cure! Give your earholes a good ass kickin'!
Sunday, 8 September 2019
A podcast thirty one accumulated hours in the making, SOTSM broaches the subject of the animation albatross known as The Thief And The Cobbler!
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With the recent passing of the esteemed Richard Williams and the tributes that followed a pair of titles repeatedly stood out: his undeniably popular work Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and another convoluted and perhaps notorious production called The Thief And The Cobbler. Delayed, waylaid and recut into various releases in its unfinished state, many had given up Williams' grand artistic statement as folly. But is this being uncharitable to what he strove to achieve not just in the film itself but animation as a whole? Crime, corporate skullduggery and a years long quest for perfection almost distract us from savouring a cartoon spectacle the likes of which may never be seen again!
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure departs the stage for now but Let's Go continues apace with all the other things you could be watching. Or perhaps not, as Cop Craft and BEM are unceremoniously dumped to make room for The Demon Girl Next Door, alongside the usual blaze battling in Fire Force, dastardly Danes in Vinland Saga and caveman cookery in Dr. Stone. Hope you brought your appetite!
Sunday, 1 September 2019
SOTSM x DITB: The Anime That Didn’t Make Us #7 – Lupin III Part 3, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Nadesico
Dwayne Moloney, podcast man-about-town, took a trip back in time with Dynamite In The Brain to pore over anime titles of days past that could have been formative experiences in their youth were it not for pesky things like geographical barriers or their absence from terrestrial television. Getting the hypothetical nostalgia treatment this time around are the unfairly maligned Lupin The Third Part 3, the Giant Robo casting department that is Mitsuteru Yokayama's adaptation of Romance Of The Three Kingdoms and the dense mecha satire/homage Martian Successor Nadesico. Those were the good old days! (maybe)
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
To back up his claims in the next/previous instalment of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan that Japan's best-selling manga creator could somehow be bankrupt, Rohan relates the terrifying tale of the bizarre beings who dwell upon Mutsu-kabe Hill whose existence can defy even death itself. Will the atypical artist find this research trip worth the danger? Stick around to the end to find out, as well as what's been happening in the non-Jojo anime world! See you up top!
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Our JoJo's Bizarre Adventure addiction torments us still, so to help wean ourselves off it we delve into the spin-off Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan stories of which some have been helpfully adapted for animation. Rohan's editor requests his help in a lucrative real estate deal, but are the strange rumours surrounding the property linked to a supernatural entity beyond human comprehension? It's up to our favourite curmudgeonly cartoonist to solve the case, while we also take the brunt of the weekly anime slate. That's rich!
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Parting is such dolce dispiacere as Let's Go Jojo must once again return to a state of dormancy until our powers are needed again. While Passione looks forward to a brighter future our own outfit still has its eyes set on the present: Dr. Stone reaffirms its resolve to rebuild civilisation, Vinland Saga finds itself a stranger in a strange land, Fruits Basket makes new friends while Fire Force faces new foes and Gegege No Kitaro has nothing but scorn for modern society. Arrivederci GioGio!
Sunday, 11 August 2019
We learn a whole new definition of Le Chat Noir as we delve into the moggy murder mystery they call Felidae!
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Adapted from a best-belling book series by controversial German author Akif Pirincci, Felidae's matinee-friendly looking characters belie a pretty graphic thriller steeped in the murky atmosphere of a pulp novella. Does it have anything else going for it besides gruesome spectacle though? Frisky felines, misleading IMDB information and other pulp pussycats might help us pull it out of the bag!
Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Look out behind you, it's the end of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind! Much like Diavolo we elect to rail against our inevitable fate and parcel out this denouement a little further, and the only way to understand this is to return to the beginning of the story for a strange encounter that may have had a hand in shaping the destinies of our heroes. The sun may be setting on Jojo but our fresh crop of anime is coming along nicely with Dr. Stone, Vinland Saga, Cop Craft and company providing all the crazy we need in here. This ain't over!
Sunday, 4 August 2019
Our catch-up continues with the slate getting whittled down a little bit further after some sudden left turns by our new entrants. Do You Love Your Mom...? Etc reveals it may love it's maternal main star a little -too- much, while Fire Force sputters slightly but still remains bright. Dr Stone and Vinland Saga are busy discovering new worlds as one seeks to rebuild while the other stoops to conquer (and reveal a storied history of cartoon Viking barrel concealment). We'll be in here if you need us!
Wednesday, 31 July 2019
It's a Summer season blowout as we comfort eat a whole host of new anime to assuage our melancholy at the absence of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Cops & robbers & magic (oh my!), an embarrassing young man is further humiliated by his mother, some literal fire fighters come to our rescue while science will save the entire world! It may be lukewarm but it's what's for dinner!
Sunday, 28 July 2019
We've finally got the Let's Go Gang together for their most important case yet! Brian Smith joins us for another new format wherein we examine the transformative nature of live-action titles into animation or vice-versa and discover what is gained, lost or irrevocably changed in the process. To start with we look at one of the more notorious examples of a cartoon "homaging"a popular live sitcom, as Hanna Barbera was often wont to do, when Phil Silvers and his famous Sergeant Bilko persona are pitted against his hand-drawn doppleganger Top Cat. Plots, punchlines and even players are shared between the two but only one will make it out, DRAWN OR ALIVE!
Sunday, 21 July 2019
This stone arrow is turning out to be more of a hot potato as nobody from Giorno to Mista to Diavolo-possessing-Trish-in-Mista's-body can keep a hold of the darn thing long enough to unleash it's hidden powers. Will the gang get to the point before they get it right between the eyes from King Crimson? You'll find out on July 28th! In the meantime we'll have our fill of the freshest anime offerings of the Summer season!
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Diavolo's perisistence pays off at last, choosing the most opportune of moments as escried by King Crimson to catch Giorno and the gang in quite the bind. It'll all be for naught unless Chariot Requiem's rampage can be stopped though and Diavolo reckons he might have all this figured out. Is it curtains for our heroes? Much like a sizeable chunk of the rest of our viewing slate? The fates of many hang in the balance!
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Diavolo makes his move and strikes from the shadows with devestating results, but just where the hell does the diabolical don's soul currently reside? One mystery would be enough, however Chariot Requiem retains a firm grip on the stone arrow with seemingly no way to surmount the sentient Stand's abilities. The requiem plays all the while, but for whom?!
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Polnareff has fallen yet his spirit lingers on someplace else, or should that be SOMEONE else? Silver Chariot's latent powers run amok across Rome changing peoples places and faces and our gang are no exception. Amongst this confusion can they figure out which soul is which, especially the current host for the villainous Diavolo? More importantly will Mista ever get his balls back? We do our best to unravel the mess right here!
Monday, 8 July 2019
School might be out but we're back to work and getting a bit wistful for our salad days while catching up with the feature filming outing of Recess!
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An old friend returns to our midst for one last caper, and for an essentially made-for-TV movie that was lucky enough to get a cinema run School's Out strikes a surpisingly effective note of nostalgia that resonates with us sensitive podcast personalities as Niall expounds upon at length. Baby's First 60s Mixtape and the depraved actions one takes to maintain a disguise also find room in a refreshing radio release!
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
He's finally backed into a corner, or is he? Passione's elusive boss attempts one final gambit before the one & only Jean Pierre Polnareff spills the beans about his most valuable secrets. Desperate measures are the name of the game as the Armed Detective Agency rallies to defuse a gang war in Bungou Stray Dogs, Tahomaru takes matters into his own hands to save his people in Dororo, cops and robbers go rogue in Sarazanmai and a lovelorn yokai resorts to home invasion in Gegege No Kitaro. Snitches get stitches!
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
A rapidly deteriorating Bruno races against time to defeat Secco before he closes in on the mysterious informant, while Niall squares off against London's equally decaying transport infrastructure to take part in the show! Cowardly samurai, cocky kung fu fighters, bipolar bovines and conniving kappas battle for supremacy over the weekly TV anime slate! Give us your best shot!
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Brian finds himself MIA at a board game convention, leaving Niall and Dwayne to take a more laissez faire attitude to podcasting recording by taking literal days to get this one in the can. Not that Giorno has the luxury of time as he seeks to defeat Cioccolata before the population of Rome is dissolvd into green slime! The cast of Fruits Basket continues to expand and a familiar face returns to plot his return to the top of the criminal underworld in Bungou Stray Dogs before Sarazanmai brings us crashing back down with an outrageous cliffhanger. Let's take this one slow!
Sunday, 2 June 2019
Those jolly japesters Joseph and Bradford over at Christmas Creeps recently bestowed upon us the honour of coming on their venerable podcast about festive films all year round to talk up some Satoshi Kon and his heartwarming homeless holiday classic Tokyo Godfathers. Haikus are composed, records (and hearts) are broken and our hosts receive a crash course in the last twenty years of Japanese socio-political issues via the medium of anime! It's a grand old time that's not just for Christmas, so go ahead and listen up!
Wednesday, 29 May 2019
The doctor is in! Saving the worst til last Diavolo unleases his most terrible assassins in the deranged duo of Cioccolata and Secco. With the whole of Rome under threat from a flesh-eating mold will this be a sticky end for the gang-stars? Unlikely partnerships abound as Lucy Maude Montgomery vows revenge on Atsushi Nakajima in Bungou Stray Dogs while some unconventional families bury the hatchet as Hyakkimaru and Dororo reunite, Tohru meets some more Soma cousins in Fruits Basket and Kazuki rescues his adoptive brother in Sarazanmai. It's good for what ails ya!
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
This must be the work of an enemy Stand! A woozy Brian tries his best to keep up as we follow Bucciarati's Boys all the way to Rome on the advice of a mysterious computer informant. Will this leg of the journey be just as fraught with peril as the rest? Probably! Elsewhere on the podcast Niall is uniquely touched by developments in Sarazanmai, Bungou Stray Dogs grants us a long-awaited reunion and Hyakkimaru visits is dad in Dororo. These family holidays can be murder!
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure takes another detour into recap territory so it's time for another Let's Go instalment devoted to the best of the rest and everything in between. A new criminal mastermind makes port in Yokohama and with him Bungou Stray Dogs returns to form, so he can't be all bad! Kitaro questions his own morals as a green energy project disturbs the yokai, Dororo reluctantly assists an old adversary on the hunt for buried treasure and Toi confronts past misdeeds in Sarazanmai. We're doing some hard time!
Friday, 10 May 2019
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!
Monday, 6 May 2019
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!
Monday, 29 April 2019
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
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
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?
Sunday, 14 April 2019
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
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!
Tuesday, 2 April 2019
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!
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!
Saturday, 30 March 2019
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
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
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!
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!