Once again, Anthony, Brian and Greg headed to Leeds Film’s Fanomenom Anime Day and saw 6 animated films in 10 hours. Garden of Words, HAL, Patema Inverted, Steins;Gate, Evangelion 3.0 and Akira were on the bill and you will hear what we thought about them on this podcast.
PLUS: Anthony and Greg went to the Day of the Dead so they will also tell you about a whole pile of horror movies too. Brian kills off a regular feature and Licensed by Royalty is the Weekly Retro Recap.
Gary Hedges and Aaron Long join us to discuss the Dirty Pair OAV/Movie Affair on Nolandia. It all gets a bit out of control on the looking up Dirty Pair statues/figures front so please check out the images on the website.
Plus we discuss the greatest anime henchman ever in our Weekly Retro Recap.
Dirty Pair, Chris Claremont-style
The figures Gary has.
The nicest figures.
Are those orange tails?
Early Adam Warren-style
The modern day Dirty Pair
It’s taken over two years and 103 episodes, but we have finally recorded the second half of our RPG episode with Jon Anning. You can listen to the first half here, which is more than we did before recording this episode, so forgive us any repetition, we only have so many orc related anecdotes.
We talk anime based on RPGs, anime influenced by RPGs and RPGs in general. Plus Licensed by Royalty is our Weekly Retro Recap and we play a Sword & Sorcery Box Office game.
Dynamite In The Brain, the Natural 20 of podcasting!
Our Halloween episode emerges from the crypt for a rare Thursday podcast!
Niall Flanagan joins us to talk Blood the Last Vampire, and play some vampire themed games because frankly there’s only so much you can say about a 45 minute action movie.
Plus, the new releases and Full Metal Panic Fumoffu!
Grace Chan joins us today to talk about Satoshi Kon’s film Perfect Blue. This inevitably leads to talk of stalking, poisoning boy bands and cinema’s most famous St Bernard, BEETHOVEN.
Plus Full Metal Panic Fumoffu, the week’s anime releases and a game of BLUE IS THE COLOUR. It’s another fun packed outing for DITB!
Replacing our scheduled episode this week is a guest appearance from Brian on Secret of the Sailor Madness from this time last year. All about the DiC cartoon based on the then popular rap artist, MC HAMMER.
There is singing.
An under the weather Brian and Anthony are joined by a car alarm and a ringing telephone to talk about anime haircuts in an episode that was originally planned to be something entirely different. Thanks Oxford telephone exchanges for that.
We also talk Samurai Flamenco, Pokemon X & Y and Kamen Rider Gaim amongst other things. But mainly we talk about hair.
Kill la Kill Episode 1 and Kyousougiga Episode 00 are great, but I don’t have much to say about them other than that. A middling adaptation of a serialised e-book about MMOs though, that I can get a couple of hundred words out of.
It’s going to get compared, fairly or unfairly to Sword Art Online. Unlike that show, there was nothing in the first episode that made me go “This is so stupid I am not watching any more”. While it has that “trapped in a deadly video game with just one man” element, it owes a lot to .hack too.
Like .hack, the game in the show, Elder Tale, is long established rather than a new launch. Likewise the characters are experienced players of the game. Unlike .hack it does feel like the characters actually play the game rather than use it as a fancy chat room. In one of many nods to real life MMO game mechanics, all the characters we meet are 90th level, having already hit the game’s level cap.
That element makes it feel like it’s written for people familiar with MMOs. I’m not sure how much that would tell you if you weren’t aware of them. The character who hasn’t played for two years, but decided to come back for the new expansion pack (that seems to be the cause of the game’s entrapment), also felt true to real life MMOs.
There were some nice gags too about being stuck in a videogame. People whose avatars diverged from their own body shape had difficulty controlling their new bodies. There’s a nice gag about what videogame food would taste like (and which may also be some foreshadowing). Other gaming gags included one about how tricky navigating menus would be if you had to do them in a real fight and another about the illogical nature of in-game architecture. And there’s a legendary raid party with the sort of dumb almost-a-joke name that real world game groups would give themselves.
The reason it’s only middling, despite these touches that make it feel fairly smart, is that it plods along with a lot of exposition that it’s humour and self-awareness can’t hide. In a week that gave us one great show with a simple revenge mystery and another that foregoes talky world building for hitting things with giant hammer, the literary origins of Log Horizon stick out like a sore thumb.
Still, there’s Jouji Nakata as a Puss n Boots type swashbuckler next episode to look forward to.
Well this is a chaotic episode. An episode idea that turned out to trickier than it seemed when we thought of it. The intended guest stranded in the countryside. Then a last minute run in from a mystery guest. I think it all works out in the end. The obligatory game has a pretty solid concept behind it for sure.
Needless to say, given the topic, SPOILERS abound.
And Full Metal Panic Fumoffu episode 2 is the Weekly Retro Recap.
Bradley C Meek joins us again to look ahead to the forthcoming anime season and look back over the previous one. What shows did we watch and what did Bradley not watch? What are we hoping will be good over the next three months? Find out on a packed DITB.
Plus, Full Metal Panic Fumoffu episode 1 is our Weekly Retro Recap.