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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


00:58:49 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

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


01:11:30 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
01:40:50 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 6
01:43:46 Space Patrol Luluco 7
00:49:31 Pan De Peace 7

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.

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


00:58:18 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

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!

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

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.

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

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


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
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:).