Episode 03 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. The current state of anime podcasts is unsustainable. On the one hand are podcasts that cater to the fandom by obsessing over references, moe, and fan service without truly engaging in the artistic and thematic content of the medium. On the other are podcasts that cater to the industry with production figures and pedigree, informative to other insiders but inaccessible to the average listener. What is necessary, now more than ever in this new age of internet content, is a podcast that provides a disruptive median that realigns the praxis of anime discourse online into an uncompromised synthesis of critical superego and enthusiast id. That podcast will be our discussion of Patlabor 2: the Movie. Join the revolution with Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jeff!
Patlabor 2: the Movie (0:51)
Patlabor: the Movie (9:38)
Patlabor on TV (12:39)
Ghost in the Shell (1995) (24:37)
WXIII – Patlabor 3: the Movie (49:15)
Mobile Police Patlabor (OVA) (1:11:03)
Who is Mamoru Oshii?
1976 defection of Viktor Belenko and his MiG-25P to the United States via Japan
United Nations peacekeeping forces in Cambodia in the early nineties
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, forbidding the offensive use of military force
Who is Kazunori Ito?
The February 26 Incident that inspired the events of the movie
What is a yamato nadeshiko?
Major features of Oshii’s narrative and visual style
Aum Shinrikyo and the 1995 sarin attacks
Who is Adam Curtis?
That’s it! We’ll be back to our old routine the Monday after next. Tune in for our long-awaited discussion of Kino’s Journey, just in time for the remake that’s coming in the fall anime season!
Episode 02 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. A show about girls working at a software company. Is that Non Non Biyori? A show about the discrimination that monster girls face. Is that Non Non Biyori? A show about a high school gaming club. Is THAT Non Non Biyori? Andy and Mids roam far and wide before arriving at their destination: the remake of Mahoujin Guru Guru, an anime from Mids’ childhood. It’s not Non Non Biyori, but it’s close.
Mahoujin Guru Guru (2017) (33:55)
New Game! (4:39)
Kujibiki Unbalance (TV) (13:18)
One Piece (manga) (14:26)
A Centaur’s Life (16:22)
Hi Score Girl (manga) (30:56)
A Dog of Flanders (46:09)
Fullmetal Alchemist (55:15)
Critique of MyAnimeList‘s rating system (among many other things)
Square Enix is investigated by police for copyright violations against SNK
Why does Japan love A Dog of Flanders?
What is a teru teru bozu?
Play your own version of Mids’ “Guess the anime music” game
Thank you to everyone for sticking with us during our semi-hiatus. Jon’s on his way to recovery, so there will only be one or two more of these mini-episodes before we get back to Kino’s Journey and our regularly scheduled… er, schedule!
Episode 01 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. Distressed by our missing editor, we wander the library of podcast future and podcast past. Dusty volumes left, dusty volumes right… but what’s this? An ancient episode, lost to the ages, about an anime that’s been running for ages? Why, brush it off and throw it onto the feed, we say! Join Andy and Jon for a surprisingly joyous discussion of anime and manga phenomenon One Piece.
One Piece (1:14)
One Piece 3D2Y: Overcome Ace’s Death! Luffy’s Vow to His Friends (14:44)
One Piece Film Z (32:45)
Fairy Tail (35:03)
One Piece comes in first for readers lost due to length
Eiichiro Oda is as intense about One Piece as his fans are
Apologies for missing last week, everyone! Jon’s in the hospital with a busted leg, so we’re going to have a series of shorter one-on-one (or one-on-two) discussions of long-running anime series while he heals up. Don’t worry, we’ll be getting back to Kino’s Journey and our regular schedule soon enough!
Episode 15.5 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Have you ever wanted to start over? Andy gets that chance with Duncan, who has some very interesting things to say about last week’s spotlight anime, Read or Die. Does Duncan have a point? Will Andy emerge intact? Listen to find out!
Read or Die (OVA) (1:28)
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (7:59)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (9:02)
My Hero Academia 2 (42:46)
The several meanings of i-jin
Harrison Ford’s infamous critique of George Lucas’ writing
Hey all, we’re making an effort to put out episodes more regularly while varying the balance and format of the Key Frames podcast. The end goal is to have better content and a better release schedule, so stick with us! There’s a lot of great anime coming out lately, and we’re going to break it down like no one else.
Episode 08 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Jon, and Andy tackle the anxieties of being an anime fan who has to go outside on occasion. It’s just so scary! This time around, we have no spotlight anime, but walk through the process of how we choose what it will be. Spoilers: we pick Natsuyuki Rendezvous, so watch that before you listen to the next episode.
Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu (2:25)
Show by Rock!! (21:22)
Hi Score Girl (manga) (43:24)
Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (49:31)
Mob Psycho 100 (1:15:19)
Spotlight Pitches (57:58):
“Platinum Spice,” a mashup of Nisemonogatari and Terry Crews
Cuteness in Show by Rock!! is both silly and serious
Draft script for Alien 3 that took place on a planet made of wood
Ben browsed these wood stain markers while Andy and Jon talked about Osomatsu-san
What (or who) is (or are) Clamp?
Episodes from our backlog keep coming out. Get ready for two more, and then a new one after that!
Episode 07 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Jon, and Duncan take on three whole movies and it shows. Get ready for a long runtime this episode, folks! Don’t miss out on painfully sincere conversations about the place of sexual violence in fiction and what it means to have a life’s work — and a just plain painful conversation about medieval history in anime.
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc movie trilogy (31:11)
– Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King
– Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II – The Battle for Doldrey
– Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III – The Advent
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (4:13)
Natsume’s Book of Friends (14:03)
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (19:36)
The Working!!!: Lord of the Takanashi PV that had Ben fooled
Watch some rakugo by Katsura Sunshine
Who is Götz von Berlichingen (and not Katzenelnbogen)?
Who is John Hawkwood?
Kentaro Miura on working on a manga since high school
Apologies for the five-month delay in releasing this! We talked a long, long time about Berserk to make up for it.
Episode 06 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, and Jon are joined by Reuben and Peterz and the podcast gets violent! Guns, tanks, and bombs are everywhere, before talk finally turns to the ultimate weapon: the kiss of a space alien masquerading as a twenty-something housekeeper. Or would it be a Rickenbacker bass?
SaeKano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (11:54)
The Case of Hana & Alice (16:57)
Mouryou no Hako (26:27)
The Secret World of Arrietty (29:19)
Non Non Biyori (34:48)
Sound of the Sky (39:54)
Excel Saga (57:00)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (1:26:56)
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (1:29:02)
Revolutionary Girl Utena (1:30:14)
Cowboy Bebop (1:31:09)
One Piece (1:37:09)
Listener Questions (1:26:34):
– What anime have we grown out of, and what anime have we grown into?
– What is the best anime and why is it Yu-Gi-Oh!?
What is anime? Anime is…
What is 4Kids Entertainment and why do people hate them?
Episode 03 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jon complain about criteria on fan-made wikis, struggle to recommend a comedic anime, and discover that historically significant anime are not necessarily good anime… except when it comes to their sweet eighties soundtracks.
Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Duncan (sometimes Codicier)
Jon (sometimes Twig)
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman (1:33)
Dragon Ball Super (3:44)
Punch Line (11:05)
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (14:09)
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (27:32)
Turning Girls (30:03)
I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying (33:48)
Space Dandy (50:29)
Ninja Slayer (1:04:36)
Kill la Kill (1:08:41)
Gag Manga Biyori (1:57:45)
WataMote: No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Unpopular! (2:00:28)
Excel Saga (2:03:12)
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (2:06:19)
Tonari no Seki-kun (2:08:59)
Daily Lives of High School Boys (2:12:23)
Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends (2:21:36)
Listener Questions (1:56:05):
– Is humor in anime an acquired taste, and what are some funny anime that we’ve seen?
What was the bakumatsu era of Japanese history?
Vegeta shaves his mustache in Dragon Ball GT
A brief explanation of anime and manga demographics
All about late-night anime (that is to say, almost all anime)
Nichijou was Kyoto Animation’s first commercial failure
Look up DVD and Blu-ray sales for anime and be an expert just like Ben!
The non-animated anime list on AniDB
Robert A. Heinlein’s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, the principal inspiration for Dallos
Other terrible releases from the eighties OVA boom
Boke and tsukkomi characters in manzai comedy
Kishoutenketsu: the four-act structure in East Asian storytelling