Episode 16 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. It’s the end of an era! Well, it’s the end of an anime season, at least. Everyone’s watched more than they thought and has more opinions than they expected. For the second half of the podcast, Ben picks Kino’s Journey for the next spotlight anime and then they all tackle the big question: what’s wrong with anime?

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Duncan
Jon

Discussed:
Sakura Quest (1:49)
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat (15:18)
Eromanga Sensei (25:17)
Little Witch Academia (29:48)
My Hero Academia (42:16)
KADO – The Right Answer (44:44)
Re:CREATORS (1:03:41)
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul (1:07:47)

Spotlight Pitches (1:10:25):
Kino’s Journey (Winner!)
Perfect Blue
The Eccentric Family
Honorable Dishonorable Mention: In This Corner of the World

Listener Questions (1:21:50):
What is the single biggest problem facing the anime industry?
What anime are we looking forward to next season?

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!

Starring:
Andy
Duncan

Spotlight:
Read or Die (OVA)

Episode 15 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. What happens if everyone likes everything? Jon likes intellectual sci-fi. Andy likes pandering garbage. Ben likes Gundam? Somehow, that last one’s the weirdest of all. After a break, they talk about Read or Die, which they also all liked!

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Jon

Spotlight:
Read or Die (OVA) (54:47)

Discussed:
KADO – The Right Answer (1:30)
Eromanga Sensei (14:40)
Turn A Gundam (34:30)

Episode 14 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben and Andy resign themselves to Little Witch Academia being more of a Saturday morning cartoon, Jon blasts Sakura Quest for resorting to gags, and everyone almost gets sold on fan service in an OVA a quarter century old. Next episode’s spotlight anime is another OVA, this one from 2001: Read or Die!

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Duncan
Jeff
Jon

Discussed:
Little Witch Academia (1:30)
Sakura Quest (12:00)
Mobile Suit Gundam (23:00)
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (34:00)
The Eccentric Family 2 (42:43)

Spotlight Pitches (52:30):
Read or Die (OVA) (Winner!)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Episodes 1-9) (2012)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (OVA) (1993)
The Eccentric Family

Episode 13 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Everyone’s making apologies: Andy is in love with anthropomorphic animal girls, Ben is in love with a harem anime that knows it’s a harem anime, and everyone’s in love with making apologies for the Monogatari series. The only thing for which they’re not making apologies is this episode’s spotlight anime, Bartender… except maybe for one of them.

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Jeff
Jon

Discussed:
Kemono Friends (2:40)
Sakura Quest (9:50)
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (16:10)
Owarimonogatari (29:50)
Gunbuster (34:40)
Hideaki Anno and his career (41:00)

Spotlight:
Bartender (55:00)

Episode 12 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben freaks out about disco-dancing mercenaries, Andy freaks out about a post-apocalyptic future full of idols, and Jon refuses to freak out about anything. After they all calm down, they agree on watching Bartender, an anime that’s possibly about a Glass of God, for the next episode.

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Jon

Discussed:
The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls
AKB0048
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
March comes in like a lion
Mirai Nikki
Eureka 7
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Macross
Senki Zesshō Symphogear
KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 2
Ranma 1/2
Urusei Yatsura
Gintama

Potential Spotlights:
Bartender (Winner!)
Ghost in the Shell
Perfect Blue

Episode 11 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, Duncan, Jon, and newcomer extraordinaire Jeff talk about bad Dungeons and Dragon campaigns. No, wait, come back, it’s still about anime!

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Duncan
Jeff
Jon

Discussed:
Gunbuster (1:37)
Occultic;Nine (7:24)
Nadia – The Secret of Blue Water (11:28)
NieA_7 (12:15)
Blue Exorcist (21:52)
Scum’s Wish (25:35)
Natsu no Arashi! (35:05)
Working!! (37:15)
KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! (42:18)

Spotlight:
Record of Lodoss War (44:16)

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 10 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, and Jon dig through the trash looking for treasure, and manage to find… some(?). It’s hard to say. Once again, this is a choose-the-spotlight episode. Come back next time for Record of Lodoss War! (The original 13 episode OVA, not the follow-up series. Just to be clear, eh?)

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Jon

Honorable Mention:
Duncan, who was with us until his computer crashed. His track was lost. ;_; Thanks to my exquisite editing skills, you’d never know without me saying so!

Discussed:
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (1:22)
Love Live! School idol project (13:40)
Starship Operators (22:42)
Mob Psycho 100 (32:35)

Pitched for the next Spotlight:
Record of Lodoss War (42:45)
Tatami Galaxy (51:36)

(And that’s the last one in the backlog! Get yer ears ready for some brand new AND TIMELY content comin’ soon.)

Episode 9 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jon can’t agree on whether ghosts are jerks or justifiable jerks. Before that, a combination of things we like and things we dislike. Well, mostly things we like…

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Duncan
Jon

Discussed:
Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (1:15)
Oshiete! Galko-chan (14:45)
Bubblegum Crisis (16:35)
Konosuba (21:38)
Ghost in the Shell: Arise (31:25)
Space Patrol Luluco (52:30)
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (53:10)
Kiznaiver (59:10)

Spotlight:
Natsuyuki Rendezvous (1:05:10)

(I told you we’d have a new-old episode up soon! Okay maybe this wasn’t as soon as I’d like. But almost! Just one more to catch up…)

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.

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Jon

Discussed:
Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu (1:51)
Show by Rock!! (21:25)
Simoun (26:55)
Osomatsu-san (39:42)
Please tell me! Galko-chan (49:33)

Pitched for the next Spotlight:
X (58:17)
Natsuyuki Rendezvous (1:07:45)
Mind Game (1:11:27)

(One of these days, we’re going to start editing in a timely fashion so that we can also record in a timely fashion. Get ready for another two ancient episodes coming very soon after this… And then hopefully a third but brand new one!)

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.

Starring:
Ben
Duncan
Jon

Discussed:
Owarimonogatari (1:51)
Natsume’s Book of Friends (14:06)
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (19:36)

Pitched for the next Spotlight:
Owarimonogatari (1:51)
Natsume’s Book of Friends (14:06)
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (19:36)

(This podcast brought to you from like five months ago…)

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?

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Jon (or Twig, ’cause some people just can’t use real names)
Peterz
Reuben

Spotlight:
FLCL (44:02)

Discussed:
GATE (2:06)
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (11:14)
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (12:00)
The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat. (14:45)
Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie (16:26)
The Case of Hana & Alice (16:58)
Miss Hokusai (18:48)
Btooom! (19:37)
Mōryō no Hako (26:30)
The Secret World of Arrietty (and a few other Ghibli movies!) (29:35)
Non Non Biyori (34:53)
Tamayura (38:14)
Sound of the Sky (39:56)
tsuritama (43:26, and again at 1:05:15)
Excel Saga (57:05)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (1:27:20)
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (1:29:30)
Revolutionary Girl Utena (1:30:35)
Naruto (1:32:08)
Bleach (1:32:55)
Yu-Hi-Oh! (1:36:05)
One Piece (1:37:50)

What is anime?!

Episode 05 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jon talk about children who are too wise and adults who are too dense, then dig into the meaning of flowers in Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal.

Starring:
Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Duncan (sometimes Codicier)
Jon (sometimes Twig)

Spotlight:
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal (48:08)

Discussed:
Your Lie in April (2:07)
Kokoro Connect (4:58)
Golden Time (6:06)
Space Cobra (12:07)
Food Wars (13:31)
Working!! (22:36)
One Punch Man (43:27)
Le Chevalier D’Eon (1:31:58)

If you want to see the nightmarish translator’s note war, well, here it is…

code-geass-chess

Episode 04 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, Jon, and Sean are plagued by nightmares of success as they discuss Shinkai Makoto, a writer and director whose works might just happen to always be better on second viewing…

Starring:
Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Jon (sometimes Twig)
Seth (sometimes Zeus)

Spotlight:
The Garden of Words (1:00:22)

Discussed:
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma (2:05)
Monster Musume (6:14)
Prison School (13:40)
Dragon Ball Super (19:55)
Rokka no Yuusha (25:25)
Kill la Kill (30:38)
Gurren Lagann (31:55)
Clannad (40:42)
anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (54:35)
His and Her Circumstances (56:46)

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.

Starring:
Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Duncan (sometimes Codicier)
Jon (sometimes Twig)

Spotlight:
Dallos (1:12:02)

Discussed:
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman (0:01:35)
Dragon Ball Super (0:03:46)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (0:06:26)
Punch Line (0:11:08)
Ore no Imouto (0:14:14)
Nisemonogatari (0:17:25)
Katanagatari (0:23:42)
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (0:27:42)
Turning Girls (not found on ANN!) (0:30:05)
I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying (0:33:51)
Bakuman. (Manga) (0:39:38)
Space Dandy (0:50:30)
Ninja Slayer (1:04:42)
Working!! (1:12:30)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (1:56:35)
Gag Manga Biyori (1:57:55)
Gintama (1:58:35)
WataMote (2:00:40)
FLCL (2:02:55)
Excel Saga (2:03:20)
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (2:06:25)
Hunter x Hunter (2:08:22)
Tonari no Seki-kun (2:09:10)
Teekyuu (2:10:50)
Plastic Nee-san (2:12:15)
Daily Lives of High School Boys (2:12:32)
Barakamon (2:14:55)
Detroit Metal City (live-action movie) (2:15:05)
Prison School (2:20:00)

Episode 02 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, and Jon spend way too long talking about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Only robots, coffee, and complex sci-fi allegories can save them now!

Starring:
Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Jon (sometimes Twig)

Spotlight:
Time of Eve

Discussed:
Jojo’s Bizzarre Adventure: Stardust Crusade
Dragonball Z Movie 4: Lord Slug
The Disapperance of Nagito Yuki-Chan

Other junk:
Mr. Hard Gay (ya-HOOO)
Shoko-Tan (Why She’s Crazy and The Best) (Her Interview with Araki Hirohiko: Part 1, 2, 3)
Hatsune Miku x Vivian Westwood Louis Vuitton (Whoops!)
Another weird Hatsune Miku crossover – Pharrell Williams
Yuko Goto
Kyoani Festival

Episode 01 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Jon, and Delerat discuss how to add mecha to the Scooby Doo formula, why sports anime are even worth watching, and what it must be like to live on a desert planet where everyone wants to kill everyone.

Starring:
Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andrew (sometimes Delerat)
Jon (sometimes Twig)

Spotlight:
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (29:50)

Discussed:
Dragon Ball Z, and other Dragon Ball related paraphernalia (1:00)
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX aka Yu-Gi-Oh! on motorcycles (6:37)
Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront) (8:12)
Kuroko’s Basketball (11:24)
Chihayafuru (karuta!) (12:22)
Cross Game (baseball!) (14:28)
Patlabor (21:06)
Crest of the Stars (27:59)

Episode 00 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Join Andy, Ben, Duncan, Jon, and Ray as they complain about moe, explain the differences between bears and little girls, and give some advice to the idol industry!

Starring:
Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Duncan (sometimes Codicier)
Jon (sometimes Twig)
Ray (sometimes Blambo)

Spotlight:
Little Witch Academia
(1:07:57)

Discussed:
Rurouni Kenshin (manga) (5:47)
Kuroko’s Basketball (11:02)
Shirobako (20:19)
Ore Monogatari (25:33)
Gintama (29:15)
Yuri Kuma Arashi (36:55)
Death Parade (52:43)