CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains discussion of children in peril, violence and abuse against children, torture, miscarriage, and stillbirth. Listener discretion advised.
Doc and returning pod fave James Beckett discuss one of their favorite anime to come along in recent years, Made in Abyss! They talk about world-building and characterization, themes and motifs, aesthetics and music, whether or not the series “goes a step too far” in terms of its violence, and much much more.
CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of suicide, bullying, rape, false rape accusations, depression, isolation, etc.
A lot can happen in 3 months. Or perhaps very little at all.
Join Shadon and Doc as they cover the much maligned special finale of Wonder Egg Priority and plunge head first into topics such as the continual blight of poor, exploitative production practices, Sawaki’s revelation about Koito that does to the show what the Hindenburg did to the viability of hydrogen blimps, Neiru apparently being an AI now(?) and other terrible, terrible moments. If you’ve watched the actual episode itself, I’m so, so sorry. Patron questions are also answered and brain cells die en masse trying to figure out the why and how of this twenty car pile up of a bonus episode.
Join Shads (and not The Subtle Doctor) as he rounds out the Vivy discussion with Episodes 12 & 13 and begs to know why sci-fi anime refuse to stick the landing. Covered in this 45 minute rant include topics such as the post credits scene with Short Hair Vivy, the weak textual support for the Archive’s motivation, Elizabeth’s perfunctory inclusion in the closing episodes, technological conservatism and the one good bit where Vivy gets to sing to conclude her journey.
Join Shads and returning special guest Marc of Oh No, Anime! and returning returning special guest Alexander Smit as they cover the final three episodes of Dynazenon and dive head first into topics like Godzilla references, Kai Ikarashi’s contributions to Episode 10, the power of friendship, Gauma’s fate, Koyomi’s backstory, the power of memories and more!
METHIONINE – 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim OST by Basiscape & Hitoshi Sakimoto Yume no Hero – Denkou Choujin Gridman OST by Akira Ōtsu, Kisaburo Suzuki, Masaki Iwamoto and Norio Sakai CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown – VA-11 HALL-A OST by Michael Kelly
Join Shadon as he discusses the show’s final four episodes and the ascending quality curve they complete for Tomozaki’s improvement into a work of substance, how the show reveals other ways of viewing and interpreting life experiences, the battle between authenticity and being hands off, DICKS, criticisms of gamification, tier lists, rum and more!
Join Shads (and not The Subtle Doctor because he had the audacity to be a loving father and family man seriously dude wtf) as he talks shop about Episodes 9 thru. 11 and why we tell stories about AI. He also covers the fight between Matsumoto and Antonio and why it finally delivers on a more inventive form of AI vs AI combat, dignity and the lack thereof when it comes to AI, why Episode 11 is deeply worrisome and may be a sign the show is falling apart, and also the fact that Vivy got shot in the boob. Yes. That happened.
Join Shads and returning special guest Marc of Oh No, Anime! as they discuss the follow up to SSSS.Gridman and talk about the arrival of GRIDKNIGHT on the scene and what it means for the show, how to handle team ups across shared entries in a franchise, Koyomi’s flaws, the power of friendship, sweet bowling victories and more!
Join TheSubtleDoctor and Shadon as they discuss the show’s surprising uptick in quality and substance, tackling issues such as how life cannot be compared to a game, the pressures of an arbitrary system of competition, jarring edits, LEARNING AN INFINITE, queer readings, who Tomozaki is destined to end up with and more!
Join Shads and The Subtle Doctor as they cover Episodes 6, 7 & 8 and dive head first into topics such as Saeki’s thoughtless and reckless sacrifice of K-5, the conflict between spectacle and substance when it comes to action, sly digs at playwright John Marston, the difficulty of putting a fresh spin on stories about AI and more!
Join Doc, Shads and returning special guest Marc of Oh No, Anime! as they discuss the follow up to SSSS.Gridman and talk about the show’s wonderfully strong and consistent comedic streak, the repeated visual cues and motifs from SSSS.Gridman, water park hijinks, churros, what the agenda of the Kaiju Eugenicists might be, piecing together a narrative of a person through second hand accounts, and more!