Sunday, 12 July 2020

Let's Go #156 - 160: Let's Put 'Em All Up At Once!


Yet more belated recordings have escaped from Brian's editing suite and rather than spam your RSS feed with multiple alerts you can get all the good stuff in one tastefully presented package right here!

Let's Go #156 was a no nonsense affair as the intellectual investigators of Woodpecker Detective's Office confronted their own mortality, Echo met the devil at the crossroads in Listeners and the Wacky TV Nanana crew were waylaid by pirates!

#157 had us questioning our own existences as the true identity of the Sohma family head was unmistakenly confirmed in Fruits Basket, while Mu may never have been a real person to begin with in Listeners. Much like Minare in Wave, Listen To Me we fervently wish to reincarnate as Scandinavians in our next life...

#158 was getting to the very back of the cupboard as both Wave, Listen To Me and Listeners played themselves out with aplomb but left us with a sizeable gap on our slate, with Tower Of God not far behind. Starvation seemed imminent, unless...

#159 came to the rescue with Extra Olympia Kyklos and One Piece returning to the air and back into our welcome embrace. Kamen Rider Zero One, Kiramager and Healin' Good Precure swept in alongside them to bring jump kicks back to your Sunday afternoon viewing.

and #160 gets us right up to date with the first new arrival for the Summer season in BNA: Brand New Animal, with which we shall exercise some restraint and savour week to week rather than cram it all in over a weekend in a vain attempt to get timely but half-baked reaction posts up on the web.

That's a lot of cartoons! And if you'd like to listen to us LIVE and without a safety net then be sure to stay subcribed to the Let's Go streaming channel, with all the gaffes and malapropisms that don't get edited out of the final cut anyways! There's even the possible threat of being to not only hear us but SEE us also. A bright and terrifying future awaits!



Sunday, 28 June 2020

Let’s Go #155 – Let’s Turn Garbage Into Art



A self-deprecating quip about our taste in anime? Hardly! We are seekers of quality in all things, much like Super Shiro's fine job upcycling the debris in a polluted pond into a civic cultural site. Mu rocks the house all the way down in Listeners, Minare takes in the sights with her ex in Wave, Listen To Me and the crew of Wacky TV Nanana show us the finer points of carrier pigeon communication. We belong in a museum!

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Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Let’s Go #154 – Let’s Get Action!


Who are you? A loyal follower of the show we pray! Especially as we soldier on with a reduced but still substantial slate of anime deserving of discussion. Mu discovers her true identity, or at least the role the dubiously charming Tommy has cast her for in Listeners, Minare learns the secret origins of her own name in Wave, Listen To Me!, and the cast of Super Shiro reveal hitherto unknown talents in the Show-Off Sing-Off. Always be yourself kids!

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Monday, 22 June 2020

Let’s Go #153 – Let’s Put On The Show Right Here!


Right here, right now, weeks after the fact! Brian's podcast proliferation PC is finally tuned up so we can liberate these recordings from a short while ago when not quite everything had been postponed. Think of it as a little reminder of what you've missed that's due to return soon, including but not limited to Gal & Dino demonstrating some parlour games, Extra Olympia Kyklos showcasing their alternative Olympics and Super Shiro illustrating which mushrooms are safe to eat. We'll be right back after these messages from our sponsors!

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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Show #191: Clerks - The Animated Series



Libby Cudmore and Joseph Wade of The OST Party drop by the shop to speak to the staff of SOTSM about some items on their receipt they feel short-changed by, such as this animated adaptation of Kevin Smith's debut feature given a new lease of life by Seinfeld scribe David Mandel and the talented folks at Disney TV Animation. That's correct! This is technically a Disney cartoon, and that's not the only surprising detail in a discussion loaded with corporate interference, jokes which aged like milk and tales of misspent youth in the company of Kevin Smith and Kevin Smith-adajacent media. Don't forget to pick up something off the hot food counter for your Post Podcast Repaste on the way out!

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Let’s Go! #152 – Let’s Get Some Exorcise


Minare's flair for the strange and macabre on the radio comes back to haunt her as a terrifying fax initiates an investigation into the supernatural that could make for ratings gold. Can she add "ghostbuster" to her array of surprising talents? Or should she just stick to the day job? Strange stories of the high tower, dinosaur DVDs and the ancient spirits of prog rock portend our most spine-chilling instalment yet! THE POWER OF ANIME COMPELS YOU!

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Sunday, 24 May 2020

Let’s Go! #151 – Let’s Go Crazy


An episode of Listeners that made even the most indifferent of observers stop and exclaim ''hold up: was that Prince?'' Not quite! But his legally distinct doppleganger is here to indulge in enough shameless musical references to put Hirohiko Araki to blushing. Nudity, 'nanas and New Year's Eve complete a fitting tribute to His Purple Highness. We're the kind you pick up in a secondhand store!

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Sunday, 17 May 2020

SOTSM x DITB: The Anime That Didn’t Make Us #16 – Pollyanna, Violinist of Hamelin & Moby Dick


Niall checked up on Brian and Antony over on Dynamite In The Brain to see how they're coping during all this, only to find them once again in a state of imagined reminiscence for cartoons they could have been enjoying in their youth were it not for those pesky geographic barriers. This edition is more highbrow than most with not one but two literary adaptations; a fairly straight World Masterpiece Theatre joint in 1986's The Story Of Pollyanna, Girl Of Love and Herman Melville making the logical progression to outer space in 1997's Hakugei: Legend Of The Moby Dick, while 1996's Violinist Of Hamelin provides a nice classical music accompaniment that sounds better than it looks. We got your tele-learning resources right here pal!

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Let’s Go! #150 – Let’s Go To The Olympics


One hundred and fifty recordings later and still discovering truly brilliant entries in our storied survey of weekly TV cartoons. One such competitor is Extra Olympia Kyklos, wherein an ancient Greek specimen of physical prowess is catapulted to the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games via the amazing power of claymation! It'll do in a pinch in place of the cancelled 2020 effort, alongside a gradually winnowing regular slate of DJs, dinosaurs, dogs and detectives. It's gonna be a record-breaker!

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Sunday, 10 May 2020

Show #190: Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist


Brian Smith of Dynamite In The Brain is on the couch to make sense of this melange of stand-up comedy and rudimentary animation, conceived of a meeting between educational software developer Tom Snyder and the comedian's comedian Jonathan Katz. Assembled in a charmingly rough & ready manner it gave an auspicious start to such comedy & cartoon greats as H. Jon Benjamin and Loren Bouchard, but are we still crazy about its unique style 25 years later? Recording studio secrets, the wonders of Squigglevision and the elegant parallels with modern comedy podcasting get the full diagnosis, for which we prescribe a hearty Post-Podcast Repaste!

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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Let’s Go! #149 – Let’s Ship Out


New series continue to debut under precarious circumstances, so we temper our enjoyment knowing it could be all washed away in an instant. That said is there anything to get us attached to a young woman's journey into the Renaissance workshop scene in Arte? Or to another batch of creatives changing jobs in Woodpecker Detective Agency? We can at least extend a warm welcome to returning champion Wacky TV Nanana along with our usual assortment of heroic dogs, dinosaur flatmates and brazen musical references. Anchors away!

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Sunday, 3 May 2020

Let’s Go #148 – Let’s Be Cops


It's a good week to listen to a podcast about new anime that have since been postponed to an indefinite later date for the remainder of their run! Nonetheless we'll enjoy whatever we can get of an obnoxious rich boy paying his way onto the police force in The Millionaire Detective and two inadvertent immigrants making their fortune in early 20th century America in Appare-Ranman, along with the usual more reliable titles on the slate. It's too good to be legal!

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Sunday, 26 April 2020

Let’s Go! #147 – Let’s Dino-solate


Good thing we have all this extra time on our hands to take in the offerings of a new season, just the distraction we needed! We've got the classic hits on the radio via Listeners, insterspersed with the amatuer DJ stylings of Wave, Listen To Me, while Gal & Dino demonstrate how to adapt to your new living arrangements. My Hero Academia and Pet venture out on their own and we wish them well in their future endeavours. Let's get along!

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Let’s Go! #143 – #146: Let's Get A Grip On This Already


You've read the newspapers so let's not go into it okay? Not mentioned in there though was the fact we recorded a bunch of weekly anime podcasts over the last month which for one reason or another were a bit waylaid coming out of the edit suite. So here's a round-up of what we got and why it may interest you!

Let's Go #143 featured the prompt departure of Welcome To Demon School Iruma-kun, wrapping up a wonderful surprise of a series and leaving us on a dramatic cliffhanger as Iruma's latent darkness manifests in a most terrifying form: A SARCASTIC TEENAGER.

Let's Go #144 played host to many happy returns; not just of Gegege No Kitaro and Detective Conan, but also our laid-back old pal ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Department, back for a one-off OVA instalment in the land of etiquette, espionage and delicious baked goods.

Let's Go #145 marked the climax of Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken, the anime about making anime but more importantly about the memories & friendships you make with it. Lucky it came out at the start of the year as it may have a clear run at Best Of 2020 at this rate.

Let's Go # 146 then had us sweeping out the remnants of Winter 2020, such as the pleasantly unexpected In/Spectre, while also bearing witness to the end of an era as Kitaro departs after two years on the air and leaves a yokai-sized hole in our weekly routine.

When next we meet it'll be a torrent of new arrivals that will swiftly reduce to a trickle as current events bite into animation production much as they have everything else on the planet. Til then hunker in your bunker and don't forget to listen up!


Monday, 13 April 2020

Show #189: Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water


Everybody knows Hideaki Anno from Neon Genesis Evangelion and how he used that show as an outlet for some of his personal problems, but what the hell happened to his mind that produced that vivid tableau of grief and depression? Enter Nadia, an outwardly bright and cheerful anime that may have since been unfairly mired in the issues surrounding it rather than appreciated for the contents themselves. A popular property in its heyday, does The Secret Of Blue Water and its Jules Verne-inspired adventures have anything to offer a modern audience 30 years later beyond behind-the-scenes gossip? Ancient civilisations, wondrous technology and obligatory Gainax bounce await alongside the usual tangents as well as our Post-Podcast Repaste. Prepare to surface!


Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Show #188: Atlantis: The Lost Empire


An entire civilisation hidden away from sight to ensure its survival in the face of oncoming calamity? Not to worry, we haven't turned into a current affairs show just yet; rather we're poring over the artifacts from this 2001 entry in Disney's oeuvre prior to the precipitous drop-off in support for their traditional animation wing, for which, in the eyes of more than a few folks, this shoulders some of the blame. Is that accusation warranted? Is there more to this film than some pretty stellar design work? Didn't we see that same nerdy linguist dude in Stargate? All of this will be expounded upon at greater than usual length, but looking at the news at time of posting it ain't like you got someplace else to be, so look forward to your new life with us under the sea!

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Monday, 16 March 2020

Let’s Go #142 – Let’s Sparkle


Who's that?! This new underworld idol Irumi-chan and her entourage look awful familiar... we're sure it has nothing to do with Iruma-kun and his pals being conspicuously absent at the same time. While we ponder that we'll relax with some Gold Tips Imperial tea in My Hero Academia, share some ghost stories with In/Spectre, field some meetings with prospective clients in Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken and indulge in some light psychic assassination in Pet before another encounter with the alluring CanCan in Super Shiro. This one goes out to all our fans!

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Sunday, 15 March 2020

Let’s Go! #141 – Let’s Smile


Things are tough out there, but let's turn that frown upside down with some anime analysis! You could be worse off like the denizens of Ebisu who can't help but laugh at their own misfortune in One Piece. Idol fever strikes in Iruma-kun, My Hero Academia puts on a rock concert, Super Shiro puts on the popcorn and the Eizouken premiere their latest work. It ain't half bad!

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Saturday, 14 March 2020

Let’s Go! #140 – Let’s Leap Through Time


International crises have stalled necessary podcast releases and we're all jammed up! If we had a time machine we'd go back and fix it dear listeners; maybe we can borrow Neko-musume's ticket on board the phantom train as she attempts to rewrite history and prevent a vampire apocalypse! Elsewhere the Mizusaki lays her feelings to the Eizouken, Iruma-kun receives an award for his efforts in the school festival and the slowcoaches in My Hero Academia are only just planning their own student events! Where does the time go?!

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Sunday, 23 February 2020

Let’s Go! #139 – Let’s Do Better Than Last Time!


Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken and its episode titles continue to try to hold us to better standards, and Kanamori's stern gaze leaves us little room for argument! The other shows got the memo too as My Hero Academia's remedial students pass their make-up exam with aplomb and the school festival finally gets underway in Iruma-kun (with muscial accompaniment courtesy of the Valac Family). Too bad Nezumi-otoko targets the lowest common denominator with his pitch for a hidden camera prank show with predictably horrifying results, but Healin' Good Precure saves the day with its medical magical girl manuveuring. It'll be on your desk first thing tomorrow boss!

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Let’s Go! #138 – Let’s Visit Pirate Fest


Trips to see anime at the cinema get belatedly covered as Brian and Niall share their experiences of One Piece: Stampede that will sound like absolute nonsense to the uninitiated. Luckily the rest of the anime slate offers us a chance to stay in the listener's good graces! Much like the remedial class in My Hero Academia and their efforts to win over some delinquent primary school kids, followed by Iruma racing against time to save the student festival, Kitaro holidaying in Angkor Wat and the Eizouken learning how to create the ideal giant robot for their first official client. You won't wanna leave!

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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Show #187: Treasure Planet


Our voyage through animated adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure continues in the company of Christmas Creeps' and The OST Party's own Joseph Wade, in search of the perhaps unfairly maligned Treasure Planet. A long-deferred labour of love for Disney stalwarts John Musker and Ron Clements that came about around the same time as the company's dwindling interest in traditional animation in the early 2000s, is its bad rep warranted or more a case of missing the boat in terms of contemporary film trends? Space pirates, depressed teenagers, obligatory fart noises and a maddening glimpse at alternate cartoon history await to be unearthed right under that big X!

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Let’s Go! #137 – Let’s Serve Kitaro As Sushi


Kitaro fever sweeps Japan as an idol lookalike cashes in on his image, much to the chagrin of the yokai trouble buster. What will happen when his newfound fans want a literal piece of him though? Iruma runs through an invisible maze to foil Kiriwo's schemes, Super Shiro bowls a perfect game, a serpent god gives evidence in an ongoing murder case and the Eizouken get to grips with the crushing realities of anime production. It's what's for dinner!

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Sunday, 2 February 2020

Let’s Go! #136 – Let’s Accomplish Something!


Time to perform a feat of great daring and import by watching a bunch of pretty good cartoons and talking about it excitedly for 90-plus minutes! The same thing we do every week? Well this time it's about -these- particular cartoons! Shed repair with the Eizouken crew; a prelude to a party with Iruma-kun; gruesome political intrigue with Babylon; and gruesome political intrigue BUT WITH YOKAI in Gegege No Kitaro! With a little grit and a lotta heart we can do this!

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Friday, 31 January 2020

Let’s Go! #135 – Let’s Smash Every Bone In Our Bodies


Dwayne's back in fighting form and ready to emulate the courageous kids of My Hero Academia by punching a villain so hard and so frequently so as to outrun being erased from existence. And returning with him are the thrills and intrigue of Babylon, with a similar vibe being evoked by the mind crimes of Pet, before getting his hands on some Eizouken and deciding which of the girls he relates to the most. Break a leg out there!

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

SOTSM x Christmas Creeps: Klaus


Christmas may have only just come and gone scarcely a month ago but cartoons are for the whole year round! Niall and Dwayne had a cosy get-together with Joseph Wade to melt all over Sergio Pablos' paean to traditional animation about the world's worst postman birthing the myth of Santa Claus and inadvertently spreading kindness, compassion and goodwill to a world sorely in need of it. The irony of altruism arising only as a result of nakedly materialistic motivations is not lost on us while discussing this Netflix-backed venture, but if it leads to more opportunities to uplift the medium of animation like this then it's a feat of mental gymnastics we're willing to perform!

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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Let’s Go! #134 – Let’s Rescue A Princess


While Dwayne's life hangs in the balance from a tenacious Winter bug the rest of the Let's Go Gang clear their plates of 2019's leftovers before broaching 2020's first batch of fresh cartoons. Brian tries out a new mixer, Niall preplexedly synopsizes Precure episodes he watched before Christmas and we get our hands all over Eizouken!

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Show #186: Treasure Island (1978/1987)


It's the advent of a newer, leaner and less meaner incarnation of Secret Of The Sailor Madness where we watch some great cartoons of past and present for the good of our collective sanity! And what better way to mark our latest voyage into the realms of animation that elevate the soul than this vibrant adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic of literature courtesy of ace director Osamu Dezaki and his crack creative crew. We talk pirate portrayals, drunken children, elusive ambition and the dangerously attractive Long John Silver. It's a strange tide of format experimentation, so come aboard and ride these waves with us why dontcha!

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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Let’s Go! #133 – Let’s Defeat Santa


The last vestiges of 2019's anime get a fond festive farewell before 2020's prospects make their way fully over the horizon. Santa sets out on a murder spree, Iruma joins a school club and lots of people get killed off at Christmas. New year, same old us!

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