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
01:14:39 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 2
01:16:49 Space Patrol Luluco 3
01:18:46 Pan de Peace 3

Otakusphere Weekly #3: Sakamoto V. Tanaka-kun, Dawn of Justice

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This week, we reveal the huge existential question of the Spring 2016 Anime season: could (Haven’t You Heard? I’m)Sakumoto-kun be awesome enough to keep Tanaka-kun (is always Listless) from falling asleep? Now, as anime podcasters, it is beyond our ken to answer questions of this magnitude; only to provoke them, and hope that far greater minds will have the courage and intellectual fortitude to pick up the gauntlet.

In other news, Lifesong and I share the same embarrassing confession, LB is disappointed by the suspiciously low murder rate in Nanaki Village, Ace Attorney and HaiFuri do just enough to make us continue watching them almost despite ourselves, Space Patrol Luluco tries to seduce Sal with its Trigger-isms and fails hard, and we ponder the lack of good tonkatsu restaurants in the greater New York area.

Oh, and one more thing: in Cerebrus, the protagonist’s mother is named Kissmeteetee– Kissmeteetee— and I completely forgot to mention that on the show. I should probably be shot.


00:00:00 Intro, explanation of the first shows we’re dropping and why

00:03:03 Kiznaiver 1

00:09:01 Kabaneri 1

00:12:56 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto! 1

00:16:43 Twin Star Exorcists 1

00:21:02 Super Lovers 1

00:24:12 Bungo Stray Dogs

00:28:50 Anne-Happy 1

00:37:48 High School Fleet 1

00:40:43 Flying Witch 1

00:44:38  Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

00:46:54 And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online 1 

00:51:33 Three Leaves, Three Colors 1

00:53:39 Shonen Maid 1

00:55:32 The Lost Village 2

01:04:48 Re:Zero 2

01:09:37 Joker Game 2

01:11:51 Kuma Miko 2

01:16:36 Cerebrus 2

01:18:03 Ace Attorney 2

01:19:14 Bakuon! 2

01:23:13 Anime Shorts: Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 1, Space Patrol Luluco 2, Pan de Peace 2


Otakusphere Weekly #2: Yuri Bread and Naughty Bears

We get underway with the Spring 2016 season, which has plenty of yummy bread, salacious bears, and a surprising amount of forboding references to the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere thus far. Lifesong has watched everything and enjoyed a lot of it, LB has watched many shows and is on the fence about a few, while Sal didn’t have time to watch practically anything and keeps distracting me from this fact by throwing shiny things in my face; sadly, this works, and we can only assume it will continue to work for the forseeable future.


00:00:00–Winter 2016 Wrap-up: Dagashi Kashi, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Lovely Muco!, and JK Meshi.

00:11:04– Spring 2016 Shows: The Lost Village

00:19:11– Re-Zero

00:22:47– Joker Game

00:29:52–Macross Delta

00:34:40– Kuma Miko

00:38:52– Cerebrus

00:42:33– My Hero Academia

00:46:45– Endride

00:51:54– Ace Attorney

00:56:48– Hundred

00:58:22– Bakuon!!

01:01:49– Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

Anime Shorts

01:06:34– Final Fantasy XV Blah Blah Blah

01:10:39– Space Patrol Luluco

01:14:11– Pan de Peace

01:15:24– Shonen Ashibe Go! Go! Goma-chan

Pretty big show, and it looks like next week’s going to be even bigger. Questions and comments welcome, especially if you have suggestions for our Phoenix Wright: Now in Kansas spin-off.

Otakusphere Weekly #1: Spring 2016 and Candy

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Remember how I kept threatening to do another anime podcast? Well, I make good on my threats– at least, my podcast-related threats. This week, Lifesong of Spiced Seven and Salvador of Japanator join me to discuss Dagashi Kashi, ERASED, and our hopes/fears for the Spring 2016 season. Warning: spoilers for the movie The Butterfly Effect in our ERASED discussion.

Since we kept it pretty simple for this first episode, I didn’t go nuts and make an incredibly detailed outline. However, for those of you that cannot function without an outline (I understand), here you are:

0:00 Intro and Dagashi Kashi: do we even want any of this candy?

7:33 ERASED: did we need more mystery in this mystery?


16:59 Spring 2016 anime chat, plus we solve the mystery of Mari Okada’s variable quality, once and for all.

44:20 SPECIAL BONUS SECTION: Why does everyone hate KyoAni?

Comments welcome, but if you just comment to point out that I kept pronouncing Mari Okada’s name as “Marie” like a dumb gaijin, don’t bother because I am a dumb gaijin and these things happen. Seriously, I hope some anime fans enjoy our little show, and I’m excited to be podcasting again:).