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The Anime Now! Podcast
49 minutes | 5 years ago
Food Wars/Monster Musume
NOTE: While most episodes are safe for work, this one is not. It's about as lewd as its subject matter. Bradley is back with Bamboo for a double helping of reviews! This time, we discuss two ecchi cartoons: Food Wars and Monster Musume. We talk about cartoon boobs, the pleasure of watching food being cooked, cartoon boobs, the boring anatomical details of sexy monsters, cartoon boobs, and the dynamic of so-bad-it's-good.
39 minutes | 6 years ago
Love Live! School Idol Movie
Just out of the theaters and fresh into your feed, it's The Anime Now! Podcast with Bradley, Bamboo and Carl. They're here to share their thoughts on the movie that caps off the first part of the franchise. They talk about the rare joy of a group experience at the movies, accurate representations of New York City, why Bradley is off the Love Live hype train, and watching Japanese tourists stumble their way through America's complicated racial politics.
41 minutes | 6 years ago
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
Veteran podcaster Brian joins the podcast again to review the comedic magical boys series Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, the series whose name is forgettable but whose premise is not. We discuss the series' self-aware cynicism, the surprising ways the series is similar to more traditional magical girl shows, and that crazy, crazy ending.
47 minutes | 6 years ago
Bradley, Bamboo and Ink have gathered together to pass judgment on the dark drama Death Parade, and can't even hide how excited they are about it. We discuss emotions and empathy, how to handle dark subject matter correctly, and how hard we cried when a doll died. This is an excellent episode for an excellent series.
64 minutes | 6 years ago
Yuri Kuma Arashi
In this episode, Carl and Bradley try to wrap their mind around the yuri drama Yuri Kuma Arashi. We break down what some of the symbolism might mean and find meaning in some obtuse story developments, while delving into "fan service" before appreciating the art in phallic lasers powered by lesbian bears. Yes, it's that kind of cartoon.
54 minutes | 6 years ago
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Michael and Bradley dug the adventure series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and here to tell you all about men fighting other men while standing in vogue-inpsired poses. We talk about what makes for effective fight scenes, why we didn't mind the many weaknesses of the show, and rank our top five JoJo's fights. ORAORAORA!
51 minutes | 6 years ago
Parasyte: the maxim
Scamp is back as we review the surprise adaptation of Parasyte: the maxim! We offer a thorough review of a series with a great core idea bogged down by substandard production and story choices. We also discuss comparisons between the manga and the anime, the series' toxic attitude towards women, and how cute a killer parasite with an appetite for human flesh can be. D'awwww.
62 minutes | 6 years ago
If you've ever wanted to know how anime is made have we got a cartoon for you! Bradley, Bamboo and Michael have been vicariously living the life of anime producers, animators and directors through the power of Shirobako, and are here to tell you all about it. We discuss the miracle of anime, transparency and how fans feel connected to the process of making some of their favorite hobbies, why nobody ever looks thirty in anime and how moe character designs are just like a fine wine. Also: you're probably Tarou too. Especially if you think you're not Tarou.
67 minutes | 6 years ago
Aldnoah.Zero Part 2
Here's your review of the second half of the series Aldnoah.Zero, this time with Evan of AniGamers, Otaku USA and CrunchyCast! While still not without its flaws, we find plenty to like in the second half, with a more focused story renewing our opinions for the better. We discuss Slaine's story arc, make suggestions for how to visually cue up some of the story's more understated elements, and struggle to pronounce Asselyum's name correctly. Ass-see-lee-um? Ass-elee-um? Oy.
38 minutes | 6 years ago
Bradley and Ink are back to review Barakamon, a charming series about finding yourself and your art in rural Japan. While that might sound like something to scoff at, the series is so darn funny and wise that it all works anyway. We talk about transcending cliches, yearning for the simple life and why Bradley thought Nasu was going to die at the end. If you listen closely, you can hear him contract a minor case of amnesia midway through the episode.
48 minutes | 6 years ago
Gundam Build Fighters Try
Michael is back to yell with me about robots fighting as we review Gundam Build Fighters Try. More robots and more robot variety may not make for a better series as we discuss this sequel to Gundam Build Fighters and compare it to its predecessor. We also talk about teamfight dynamics, cuddly bear robots and how brawn isn't actually what matters in cartoon fights.
42 minutes | 6 years ago
Tom is back to discuss Yatterman Night in a long-delayed review! This is a series based on a popular children's series that most Americans haven't heard of, so we give you the basics of what makes Yatterman special. We also discuss yet more dead anime mothers, great uses of foreshadowing and other recent remakes of classic children's anime.
48 minutes | 6 years ago
Your Lie in April
Ink joins Bradley to discuss the critical darling Your Lie in April. This series is a bit of a mixed bag, making for interesting as we dissect what worked about the series and what didn't. We also talk about manic pixie dream girls, how much good production can cover for a weak story, and ~FEELINGS~. NOTE: The second half of the Golden Week special will be released next weekend. Sorry for the delay!
55 minutes | 6 years ago
Fixed the interlude music issues. Please contact me if you hear any problems with an episode on Twitter @BradleyCMeek Scamp of The Cart Driver returns to the podcast to discuss a series that has been over a decade in the making: Mushishi! We both agree that it is a great series, but can't agree on why or what it means, making for a lot of back and forth discussion. We also dive into some of our favorite, discuss how the series makes one of the biggest limitations of anime its strength, and why Ginko is the only one wearing pants.
36 minutes | 6 years ago
Gather round kids (and teens. And adults) and let Bradley and Brian tell you all about Joker, a charming phantom thief kids series. We dig into why this overlooked series is worth watching just before the second part starts, so this is a good time to find out why you should catch up before the premier on April 6th. We also discuss the long history of children's anime hidden in plain sight, who is killing off all the parents in anime, and why you should just get over yourself and watch more kids cartoons already.
49 minutes | 6 years ago
Bradley is joined by Tom of The Hungry Bug Diner to dissect the dark drama of Selector. This series written by Mari Okada is a mixed bag, and we take apart when and how it works and discuss such salacious topics as using misery as entertainment, the line between inspiration and being derivative of your inspiration, and if Mari Okada is hung up on writing the same ending over and over again.
40 minutes | 6 years ago
Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
Bradley is back with Michael and a new anime series for review. This time they're discussing the fantasy series Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, a fun series with energy and style to burn.
46 minutes | 6 years ago
Brian Smith of Dynamite in the Brain joins the podcast for a special episode of the Anime Now! Podcast, where we DON'T review an anime, but a live-action series about anime in 1980's Japan. Blue Blazes is a fantastic series about fans, creators and the people who want to make the transition from the former to the latter, featuring comedic portrayals of future titans of anime like Hideaki Anno. A note for new fans: this episode is steeped in 30+ years of anime references and we never explain most of them. I'm sorry about that!
42 minutes | 6 years ago
Michael is back for the second half of idol as we discuss The Idolmaster. This is our favorite series, built on strong characters and made by a staff who clearly cares about them and aren't afraid to make distinctive and unique episodes, making for a great combination that is still the best example of the genre.
56 minutes | 6 years ago
Love Live! School Idol Project
It's the first half of idol month on the Anime Now! Podcast. Joining Bradley to examine to the popular Love Live franchise is Carl of Oguie Maniax and Bamboo of Anime News Network. We discuss how the series makes cherry picking aspects of the appeal of a skeezy pop industry a strength, how a larger franchise can enhance or detract from enjoyment, and who is best girl.
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