It’s the final Stream of Thought and what a ride it’s been across all these years! Join Doc and Shads for one last time as they round out their discussion of Sonny Boy by talking about emotional connections, wibbly wobbly timey wimey, man’s proclivity towards creating our own hell, cults of personality and more!
Join Shadon and Doc as they tackle the final four episodes of the show and handle topics such as the purpose of Chiyuki as an ice skater for the narrative, the implementation of fairy tales in works of fiction, ASBOs, the appendixes of anime, spicy takes on the fate of Mayu and Harada, Playstation Move controllers and more!
Join the duo on this podcast outing as they conclude their coverage of the series with discussions on the revelation of why Odokawa sees people as animals and it’s purpose in the story, Kabasawa’s comeuppance, Kakihana and his own One Ring moment, rampant fakery and more!
Join Shadon and Doc as they tackle the next block of four episodes and have some strong disagreements over the show, particularly focused around Episode 6! There’s also discussion of the celestial pool game as visual metaphor, Death Note, the Muppets, the choice of which games to use in the text of the show, missed storytelling opportunities and more!
Join the duo on this podcast outing as they tackle episodes 5 through 8 and discuss topics like how chasing social media metrics demands the erasure of nuance, Joe Pesci, the very real consequences of vigilante justice, our thoughts on Yano’s introduction, the use of music to inform mood, and more!
Join Doc and Shads as they dive further into the show with analysis and discussion of Episodes 4 through 6, covering topics such as Doc’s personification of the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ emote, an extended look at the teens reverting to known power structures and being unable to escape them, the way authority can be exerted through maternal instinct, potential parallels to racist exploitation of athletes and artists, Radjhani as a not shit Elon Musk, why God sucks, and more!
CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of suicide and spousal/familial abuse.
When you visit the bar in this show, the hangover lasts beyond a lifetime.
Deshou The Third is back and we’re covering the 2015 anime Death Parade, which combines bar games with existential examination and judgment of one’s eternal soul!
Join Shadon and Doc as they cover the first four episodes and also discuss the 2012 pilot Death Billiards and discuss a ton of topics including fighting games as metaphor, the show’s metatextual criticism of omnipotent divine judgment, creepy stalkers, Clockwork Orange ultraviolence, slow business hours, misogyny and more!
We’re late to the party on this one, but it’s fine, we ordered a (Odd) Taxi!
Doc and Shads call for transport on a journey that has already been near universally lauded by anime critics and find themselves in agreement! What starts as an intriguing mystery story quickly turns into parasocial relationship commentary and examinations of how we place value on ourselves and others, and it’s like, really bloody good!
Join the duo on this podcast outing as they tackle episodes 1 through 4 and discuss topics like the predatory nature of gacha games, Hellboy memes, Brazilian martial arts, the history of parasocial relationships and the formalization of the term, idol groups, authenticity from chaos, Doc being replaced by a clone and more!
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No, this is not the first anime to star washed up cartoon rooster Foghorn Leghorn, this is the pan-dimensional survival series Sonny Boy from Madhouse! And this is Stream of Thought, where we will try and make sense out of this puzzle of a show for your amusement and edutainment!
Join Doc and a very sunburnt Shads as they tackle the first three episodes of this intriguing work and discuss topics such as it’s against the grain approach towards the typical execution of isolated group survival stories, can we prevent falling back into old, flawed societal structures, the presence of an evil Joestar, how silence can be as powerful as an actual score, how order is not necessarily better than chaos, a kid inventing his own cryptocurrency and more!
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.