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.

Starring:
Andy
Jon

Discussed:
One Piece

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 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 ♭ (15:18)
Eromanga Sensei (25:17)
Little Witch Academia (TV) (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):
In This Corner of the World
Kino’s Journey
Perfect Blue
The Eccentric Family

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

Spotlight Pitches (52:30):
Read or Die (OVA)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (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

Spotlight:
Bartender (55:00)

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)

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 (1:05)
Turning Girls (4:04)
AKB0048 (5:48)
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department (9:30)
March Comes in Like a Lion (16:13)
Mirai Nikki (21:46)
Eureka 7 (25:43)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (38:06)
Macross (45:57)
Senki Zesshou Symphogear (47:48)
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!! 2 (50:27)
Urusei Yatsura (55:46)
Gintama (57:28)

Spotlight Pitches (1:01:18):
Bartender
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
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 & Dragons campaigns. No, wait, come back, it’s still about anime!

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Duncan
Jeff
Jon

Spotlight:
Record of Lodoss War (44:16)

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!! 2 (42:18)

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!

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Jon

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)

Spotlight Pitches (42:36):
Record of Lodoss War
Tatami Galaxy

Pour one out for Duncan, whose computer crashed after a few minutes of recording. Jon managed to edit the track so you don’t even notice. Also, that’s the end of the backlog! Get ready for some new content.

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

Spotlight:
Natsuyuki Rendezvous (1:05:10)

Discussed:
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (1:15)
Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (14:45)
Bubblegum Crisis (16:35)
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!! (21:38)
Ghost in the Shell: Arise (31:25)
Space Patrol Luluco (52:30)
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (53:10)
Kiznaiver (59:10)

This release wasn’t timely, but we’re almost there. Just one more episode and then we’re caught 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)

Spotlight Pitches (57:56):
X/1999
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Mind Game

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.

Starring:
Ben
Duncan
Jon

Spotlight:
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc movie trilogy (31:10)
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

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

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?

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Jon
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)
Mouryou no Hako (26:30)
The Secret World of Arrietty and the Ghibli filmography (29:35)
Non Non Biyori (34:53)
Tamayura (38:14)
Sound of the Sky (39:56)
tsuritama (43:26 and 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-Gi-Oh! (1:36:05)
One Piece (1:37:50)

Also… 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)

Also, if you want to see the nightmarish translator’s note war, 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:
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)
Tengen Toppa 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 (1:35)
Dragon Ball Super (3:46)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (6:26)
Punch Line (11:08)
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (14:14)
Nisemonogatari (17:25)
Katanagatari (23:42)
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (27:42)
Turning Girls (30:05)
I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying (33:51)
Insufficient Direction (35:02)
Bakuman. (38:32)
Space Dandy (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: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Unpopular! (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 (47:54)

Discussed:
Jojo’s Bizzarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (1:30)
Blood-C (13:30)
Dragonball Z Movie 4: Lord Slug (25:05)
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan (29:05)
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (30:26)
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (32:20)
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (light novel) (36:42)
Lucky Star (41:00)
Nichijou (46:00)

Related Links:
Mr. Hard Gay (ya-hooo!)
Shoko-Tan (why she’s the best, plus her interview with Araki Hirohiko, parts 1, 2, and 3)
Hatsune Miku x Louis Vuitton (and not Vivian Westwood)
Hatsune Miku x Pharrell Williams
Ben’s liveblog of the first episode of The Disappearance of Yuki Nagato-chan
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 (1:00)
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (6:37)
Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront) (8:12)
Kuroko’s Basketball (11:24)
Chihayafuru (12:22)
Cross Game (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)