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Otakusphere Weekly #13: Sword Art Online

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In our first “Let’s look back and talk about an anime we all think was significant” episode, we discuss Sword Art Online, warts and all. We also bid farewell to a bunch of shows including And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online, High School Fleet, Cerberus (sniff), Anne-Happy (sniff), and Pan de Peace (no sniff.)

…and that’s all I’ve got this week. Normally I try to tease a bunch of stuff we talked about to get you to listen to the episode, but it’s been a rough day and I just want to take a nap. Do I come to your house and say mean things about your podcast? No, I don’t, so what are you doing here? What do you mean you’re not in my house? If it’s not you, then who’s in my house? Do they have cake?

On second thought, screw this anime nonsense, I’m starting a podcast all about cake. The answer was right in front of me all along.

00:00:25 Sword Art Online discussion: what makes the show interesting, where does it falter, and why is it so hated by anime bloggers in particular?

SENPAI LEAGUE
00:43:38 Shonen Maid 11
00:49:19 Kiznaiver 12 (END)
00:59:25 Re:Zero 13
01:04:14 Macross Delta 13
01:08:41 And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online 12 (END)

KOHAI LEAGUE
01:19:30 High School Fleet 12 (END)
01:23:38 Anne-Happy 12 (END)
01:26:47 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 11
01:34:09 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 12 (END)
01:36:45 Cerberus 12 (END)

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01:41:37 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou (END)
01:45:11 Space Patrol Luluco 13 (END)
01:51:34 Pan de Peace (END)

Notes:

  1. I wrote a piece a few years back picking apart the various fan complaints with SAO, so if you want to see some things addressed that we only touched on in the podcast, give it a whirl. I had no idea until just now, but people are still leaving comments on it.
  2. We recorded this just before AX, thus before the announcement that the SAO TV series was continuing in Spring 2017. So if you’re wondering why we seem confused about when/if SAO was coming back, it’s because we didn’t know until a day or two later.

Otakusphere Weekly #12: The Ultimate Date

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LB: I’m going to try not to be too harsh on the ending of Kuma Miko….
Karen: I’m going to stop you RIGHT THERE.

We bid fond and not-so-fond farewells to several Spring shows, but all is very nearly overshadowed by the 23-car-pileup that was Kuma Miko 12. Fortunately, I’m prepared with an uplifting (and exceptionally expensive) Sakamoto date to lift our spirits after a certain bear-themed anime did it’s best to bring us down; birds are involved.

Otherwise, we’re not sure if we want Joker Game to come back with a second season (“Now with actual World War II”), Flying Witch has always been about produce and will always be about produce, Hane gets assaulted by Jesus and we’re happy about it, and don’t you dare give shade to Shonen Maid online or LB will end you and everything you hold dear.

00:02:06 General Otaku Chat: Sailor Moon Drops, Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

SENPAI LEAGUE
00:07:51 Big Order 9 & 10 (END)
00:14:44 Kiznaiver 10 &11
00:22:38 The Lost Village 11 & 12
00:29:27 ReZero 11 &12
00:33:41 Joker Game 11 &12
00:40:56 Flying Witch 10
00:42:39 Twin Star Exorcists 10 & 11 (DROPPED)
00:43:55 Macross Delta 11 & 12
00:49:29 Kuma Miko 12 (END) (WTF) (SERIOUSLY) (HELP ME I AM IN HELL)
00:59:10 Bakuon!! 11 & 12 (END)
01:03:47 And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online 10 & 11
KOHAI LEAGUE
01:07:09 Shonen Maid 9 &10
01:10:45 High School Fleet 10 & 11
01:13:27 Anne Happy 10 &11
01:14:20 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 9 & 10
01:22:06 Super Lovers 10
chibi league
01:29:27 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 10 & 11
01:31:49 Space Patrol Luluco 11 &12
01:36:15 Pan de Peace 11 & 12

Show Notes:

  1. The Kizumonogatari audiobook, from Vertical Inc. features performances by Keith Silverstein, Eric Kimerer, and Cristina Vee. It’s also an audiobook for an LN, and we should probably all go out and buy it to celebrate the fact that it exists.
  2. Here is some more info on the giant jellyfish that now haunt my nightmares. What this has to do with anything else, I could not even begin to tell you; apparently it’s related to Macross, somehow.
  3. This is the figure I gave my husband to get him to agree to let me go on a date with Sakamoto:Galkofigure
  4. This is the dress I wore on my date with Sakamoto, helpfully modeled by Icelandic singer Bjork:Bjork_swan
  5. I mistakenly said that Super Lovers ended at episode 11; it actually ended with 10. I don’t know why, but for some reason I was convinced there were an odd number of episodes.
  6. The first Shonen Ai show that Lifesong watched was Love Stage.
  7. Cerberus is another show that we haven’t dropped, but I wasn’t caught up, so we just skipped it this week. We’re going to make an effort to be more consistent next season (probably by virtue of following fewer shows in the first place….)

Otakusphere Weekly #11: James Bond is a Stupid War-College Graduate

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In this episode we commiserate that Joker Game has completely ruined James Bond for us, to the extent that we ever liked James Bond in the first place (we didn’t.) Meanwhile, Kiznaiver is busy climaxing all over the place, Super Lovers gets downright scandalous (or so the internet says), Saraato might be made from Dagan Zot’s evil gallbladder, and we come this close to having another Melon Bread Incident. Fortunately, Cod Roe Bread is an honestly-named bread, therefore Sal avoided the catastrophic meltdown that could have destroyed us all.

00:00:29 General Otaku Chat: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, Fate//Extra, Odin Sphere Lefthrasir, Rainy Cocoa
SENPAI LEAGUE
00:20:54 Big Order 8
00:25:29 Kiznaiver 9
00:31:26 The Lost Village 10
00:41:46 Re:Zero 10
00:45:30 Flying Witch 9
00:47:57 Joker Game 10
00:50:44 Twin Star Exorcists 9
00:58:20 Macross Delta 10
01:00:34 Kuma Miko 10
01:03:58 Bakuon!! 10
01:05:25 And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online 9
KOHAI LEAGUE
01:10:14 Shonen Maid 8
01:12:12 High School Fleet 9
01:16:35 Anne Happy 9
01:18:25 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 9 (also we hate McDonalds)
01:22:06 Super Lovers 9
01:26:38 Cerberus 10
chibi league
01:30:45 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 9
01:32:43 Space Patrol Luluco 10
01:38:45 Pan de Peace 10

Show Notes:

  1. We speculated during our gaming chat that you needed to beat the game in Heroic mode in order to get the platinum trophy for Odin Sphere Leifthrasir; strangely, this is not true.
  2. The Re:Zero novels are not available in English as of this writing, but the first volume is being published by Yen Press in July.
  3. Softenni has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks. Alas, there is no OVA episode:(
  4. Despite appearances, we have not all dropped Sakamoto; since LB was absent this week and Lifesong has dropped it for the time being, we just skipped it this episode. Stay tuned next episode for the Sakamoto date to end Sakamoto dates.

Otakusphere Weekly #10: Cat Catapults and Ladybug Money

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In this episode, we are joined by Neontaster, the guy who is responsible for maybe 50% of the content of what is known in the wider world as “Anitwitter.” Actually, it isn’t known to the wider world since the only people who even know what Anitwitter is are already a part of it, but perhaps it should be? Just like we here at Otakusphere Weekly are ambassadors for Shonen Maid, the underrated show of the season, perhaps YOU should become an ambassador for Anitwitter?

Anyway, Neontaster reminds me yet again that Kabaneri is a great show and I was dumb for not picking it up, Lifesong and I are confounded about the fact that we still enjoy Super Lovers despite the show’s best efforts to make us throw up our hands and walk away, LB has a date with Sakamoto that puts me to shame (and that will be avenged, make no mistake), and Sal is apparently some kind of Trigger historian who must secretly be involved in the production of Space Patrol Luluco, and probably Kiznaiver too while we’re at it.

00:00:00 Introductions
00:00:28 General Otaku Chat: Funimation Broadcast Dubs, Neon gets his first dolly, MegaCon 2016, Sailor Moon Drops
SENPAI LEAGUE
00:26:33 Big Order 7
00:34:23 Kiznaiver 8
00:47:56 The Lost Village 9
00:53:25 ReZero 9
01:01:20 Flying Witch 8
01:04:05 Joker Game 9
01:08:35 Twin Star Exorcists 8
01:13:23 Macross Delta…something?
01:17:16 Kuma Miko 9
01:19:05 Bakuon!! 9
01:23:47 And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online 8
01:27:47 Special Neontaster bonus segment!

KOHAI LEAGUE
01:35:02 Shonen Maid 7
01:38:32 High School Fleet 8
01:42:46 Anne Happy 8
01:46:23 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 7 & 8
01:49:12 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 7
01:54:40 Super Lovers 8 & 9
02:00:33 Cerberus 8
chibi league
02:04:10 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 8
02:06:25 Space Patrol Luluco 9
02:11:13 Pan de Peace 9

Otakusphere Weekly #9: The War On Semicolons

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This was an atypical show here at Otakusphere Weekly; in addition to welcoming Zeke Freek from the Baka Gaijin podcast, we changed up the order a bunch. Since our whole Sempai/Kohai system wouldn’t really match what Zeke is watching this season, we spent more time on our general otaku rambling (in which we investigate the offerings coming up next season), and talked about some shows we don’t normally talk about. Conversely, since this was a punishing week for both LB and Lifesong in particular, we also skipped a few shows that we normally cover– expect us to double-up on those next time.

In other news, LB informs me of the existence of Sailor Moon Drops, an SM-themed Match-3 game; this was likely a mistake on his part.

00:00:00 General Otaku Chat (plus upcoming Summer Anime Season speculation): ReWrite, Big Order (the manga– you know, the good version), Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!Final Fantasy XV, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

00:58:22 COMMERCIAL BREAK

00:58:49 Kiznaiver 7
01:08:15 Twin Star Exorcists 7
01:11:51 Kabaneri of The Iron Fortress 7
01:19:16 My Hero Academia 8
01:21:35 And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online 7
01:28:32 Big Order 6
01:33:59 The Lost Village 8
01:41:25 Re:Zero 8
01:48:13 Flying Witch 7
01:50:20 Joker Game 8
01:53:38 Kuma Miko 8
01:57:24 Bakuon!! 8
02:02:36 Shonen Maid 6
02:05:14 High School Fleet 7
02:10:59 Anne Happy 7
02:12:45 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 6
02:14:40 Cerberus 8
02:19:03 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 7
02:20:19 Space Patrol Luluco 8
02:23:04 Pan de Peace 8

 

Otakusphere Weekly #8: How Dextrous

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I had a cup of half-caff coffee before recording this show, which didn’t seem to have the effect on my brain that I was hoping for. Fortunately, no amount of any psychoactive drug would have made Big Order 5 go down smoothly anyway, so it ended up not mattering much one way or the other. Lifesong and I spent quite a while trying to figure out just what was going on in the wake of that episode, like two beaten, shipwrecked survivors clinging to a rock together after a hurricane.

In other news this week, we continue to be haunted by Re:Zero and the shadow of the Jealous Witch, the charm of Anne-Happy is intoxicating, The Lost Village is less of a train wreck and more of a slow, deliberate collision between two vehicles that happen to be trains, and Shonen Maid, of all things, makes us cry. Also, Space Patrol Luluco makes us wonder the eternal question, “Why did no one try setting them on fire before?”

00:00:00 General Otaku Chat: Muramasa Rebirth (again), Chi’s Sweet Home, Sword Art OnlineD.Gray Man, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

SENPAI LEAGUE
00:12:50 Big Order 5
00:21:20 Kiznaiver 6
00:25:53 The Lost Village 7
00:30:58 Re:Zero 7
00:36:37 Flying Witch 6
00:39:50 Joker Game 7
00:48:00 Twin Star Exorcists 6
00:50:20 Macross Delta 7
00:54:29 Kuma Miko 7
00:58:58 Bakuon!! 7
01:04:35 And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online 6

01:10:24 COMMERCIAL BREAK

KOHAI LEAGUE
01:11:30 Shonen Maid 5
01:14:50 High School Fleet 6
01:22:58 Anne-Happy 6
01:27:45 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 6 
01:30:23 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 5
01:31:55 Super Lovers 7
01:36:18 Cerebrus 7
CHIBI LEAGUE
01:40:50 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 6
01:43:46 Space Patrol Luluco 7
00:49:31 Pan De Peace 7

NOTES:
1. Reki Kawahara’s third light novel series is called The Isolater; it’s been licensed by Yen Press.
2. During the Macross Delta discussion, Sal meant to refer to Walkure’s lead singer as Mikumo.

Otakusphere Weekly #7: Natsu Cannot Go Shopping (because he is a bear)

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This week, Lifesong and I finally put our collective foot down and drop Bungo Stray Dogs for basically giving us a bad Sherlock episode, and without even that Cumberbatch fellow to save it by chewing up some scenery. At the same time, we struggle to understand just what the hell could even conceivably be going on in Big Order, lament the lack of proper world-building in Twin Star Exorcists, and get slightly mad at our favorite spy drama for giving us Murder On The Joker Game Express instead of a proper storyline. Also, LB now lives in fear of evil ocean hamsters unhinging their tiny jaws and decapitating Blue Mermaids, but I think the same can be said of all right-thinking people.

Now, even if you normally just stay for the heavy-hitter shows at the beginning, I recommend sticking it out all the way to Pan de Peace this week: you’ll get to hear Sal completely lose it over the fact that Melon Bread is a lying asshole of a bread, and it is a moment to savor.

SENPAI LEAGUE
00:00:00 Hi we like the animus
00:00:29 Big Order 4
00:04:16 Kiznaiver 5
00:08:08 The Lost Village 6
00:14:34 Re:Zero 6
00:21:28 Flying Witch 5
00:24:19 Joker Game 6
00:29:53 Twin Star Exorcists 5
00:34:57 Macross Delta 6
00:38:21 Kuma Miko 6
00:45:27 Bakuon!! 6
00:50:15 And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online 5

00:57:04 COMMERCIAL BREAK

KOHAI LEAGUE
00:58:18 Anne-Happy 5
00:59:20 Bungo Stray Dogs 5 (DROPPED FOR REAL)
01:03:09 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 5
01:04:04 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 4
01:07:18 Super Lovers 6
01:10:03 Shonen Maid 3-4
01:13:20 High School Fleet 5
01:17:49 Cerebrus 6
chibi league
01:20:52 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 5
01:23:35 Space Patrol Luluco 6
01:26:24 Pan De Peace 6

01:29:17 Otaku Chat: Tenchi Muyo!, Bladedance of the Elementalers, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Muramasa: Rebirth

NOTES:
This is the essay I was referring to during our The Lost Village conversation, by Isaac Akers.
-I sometimes say “Maki” during this episode when I really mean Misaki.
-The show Yakitate! Japan features melon bread made with actual melon, among other delicacies.

Otakusphere Weekly #6: That’s Not Where Babies Come From

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This week’s discussion is dominated by a certain Big Order plot-twist that will forever live in infamy…or at least until the summer anime season. Meanwhile, I seem to have some kind of mental block where I can’t remember which shows LB is watching, despite the fact that he’s been entirely consistent and his watchlist isn’t even that long. Fortunately, my ineptitude at podcast hosting is far outclassed by the ineptitude of the writing in both Super Lovers and Bungo Stray Dogs, meaning I can still feel more or less okay about myself. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the writing in High School Fleet is inept just because the show is dumb; achieving THAT level of stupid has to be deliberate, and requires a certain level of raw talent.

In other news, we discover Lifesong’s primary talent in life, Joker Game is awesome just for acknowledging that Morse Code is cool, we worry about food sanitation in regard to Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou, and this is perhaps the third week in a row where Pan de Peace has not featured even one joke. Why are we still watching it? Why are we still watching half of this stuff? Why won’t Sakamoto marry me*? Listen and find out!

SENPAI LEAGUE
00:00:00 General Otaku Chat: Black Butler, Blade and Soul, Corpse Party
00:08:37 Big Order 3
00:15:02 Kiznaiver 4
00:19:56 The Lost Village 5
00:24:54 Re:Zero 5
00:30:24 Flying Witch 4
00:32:54 Joker Game 5
00:39:25 Twin Star Exorcists 4
00:43:40 Macross Delta 5
00:46:36 Kuma Miko 5
00:51:16 Bakuon!! 5
00:56:30 And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online 4

01:00:19 BREAK

KOHAI LEAGUE
01:00:54 Anne-Happy 4
01:02:26 Bungo Stray Dogs 4 (DROPPED…err, probably.)
01:05:00 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 4
01:08:29 Super Lovers 5
01:11:06 High School Fleet 4
01:15:35 Cerebrus 5
01:20:51 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 3
chibi league
01:24:30 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 4
01:28:39 Space Patrol Luluco 5
01:32:00 Pan De Peace 5

*The reason why Sakamoto won’t marry me is, of course, because I am already married, and bigamy is illegal. Surely, that is the only reason why he’s holding back from that proposal….

Otakusphere Weekly #5: Let’s Just Get Drunk, Draw Pictures and See What Happens

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On the plus side, we are now at the point of the season where we remember maybe 10% of the characters’ names, which is an achievement to be proud of. On the minus, this was kind of a sucky week for anime, with a lot of shows treading water after their introductory arcs. Fortunately, Bakuon!! is here to save us with its tales of Jesus’ favorite motorcycle, and I discover that a cartoon I saw when I was practically a toddler was an anime, meaning I’ve been an anime fan for even longer than I thought.

In other news, someone on the show is investigating the massive, nubile world of cosplay boobs (not telling you who), we learn that rampaging school girls in ankle-length pleated skirts were once a real matter of public concern, High School Fleet fails to garner the Official Navy Seal of Approval,  and Sal has a friend of a friend who may be a Tonkatsu DJ…or maybe just a regular DJ? I’m just going to assume all DJ-ing involves fried delicacies now.

SENPAI LEAGUE
00:00:00 Explanation of Senpai/Kohai system
00:00:53 Big Order 2
00:06:28 Kiznaiver 3
00:09:21 The Lost Village 4
00:12:06 Re:Zero 4
00:17:40 Flying Witch 3
00:20:08 Joker Game 4
00:22:29 Twin Star Exorcists 3
00:27:14 Macross Delta 4
00:29:12 Kuma Miko 4
00:32:01 Bakuon!! 4
00:38:32 And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online 3

00:40:05 BREAK

KOHAI LEAGUE
00:40:33 Anne-Happy 3
00:43:37 Bungo Stray Dogs 3
00:47:18 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 3
00:50:45 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 2
00:53:42 High School Fleet 3
01:00:03 Super Lovers 4
01:03:23 Ace Attorney 4 (DROPPED)
01:06:17 Cerebrus 4
(chibi league)
01:08:50 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 3
01:11:33 Space Patrol Luluco 4
01:15:54 Pan De Peace 4

01:17:45 BONUS UNICO DISCUSSION!

Questions and comments welcome…unless you want to defend the idea of three episodes constituting a “season” of anything, then you can just go to hell quite frankly.

Otakusphere Weekly #4: The Ghost In The Clubroom

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This time around, Lifesong and I prove that we are terrible at dropping shows, because we like pretty much everything even when we should definitely know better. LB and Sal prove more disciplined, meaning they will actually have time for proper meals and acts of personal hygiene this season. Meanwhile, Big Order premieres and joins our massive list of shows, and uh…is it just me, or does that title not fit the show at all? Big Order sounds like it should be the subtitle for Season 4 of Wagnaria!!, not the title of the show that will undoubtedly launch a dozen feminist thinkpieces with titles like “Big Order and Japan’s Troubling Consent Dynamics.”

I mean, can’t you just see the Spring 2017 Anichart? “When an American Football team makes Wagnaria Family Restaurant its to-go stop after games, will Sota, Popura and Inami be able to keep up with the tremendous demand for chocolate milkshakes, bottomless bowls of curry udon and metric tons of hamburger steak ? Find out in Wagnaria!!: Big Order in Little Restaurant!”

…C’mon, you would watch that. We all would.

00:00:00 Hi y’all!
00:00:44 Big Order 1
00:04:53 Macross Delta 3
00:09:29 Kiznaiver 2
00:14:40 Twin Star Exorcists 2
00:18:02 Super Lovers 2
00:21:12 Bungo Stray Dogs 2
00:25:00 Anne-Happy 2
00:27:44 High School Fleet 2
00:31:07 Flying Witch 2
00:34:46 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 2
00:35:52 And You Thought There was Never a Girl Online 2
00:41:45 Three Leaves, Three Colors 2 (DROPPED…err, probably.)
00:44:44 Shonen Maid 2
00:47:43 The Lost Village 3
00:53:48 Re:Zero 3
00:56:47 Joker Game 3
01:01:22 Kuma Miko 3
01:06:51 Cerebrus 3
01:09:34 Ace Attorney 3
01:12:12 Bakuon 3
>shorts<
01:14:39 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 2
01:16:49 Space Patrol Luluco 3
01:18:46 Pan de Peace 3