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Episode 19 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. As the podcast records its twentieth full-length episode, old grudges resurface. Ben talks about an anime by Sanrio… again. Jon and Andy gush about Osomatsu-san… again. Everyone fights about Kino’s Journey… again. After the break, listen to them all agree about the spotlight anime, Mind Games… for the first time!

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Duncan
Jon

Spotlight:
Mind Game (1:24:25)

Discussed:
Show by Rock!! # (1:24)
Jinzou Konchuu Kabutoborg VxV (10:29)
My Girlfriend Is Shobitch (14:57)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (24:44)
Food Wars!: The Third Plate (28:25)
Ousama Game: The Animation (30:14)
Eden of the East (30:49)
Osomatsu-san 2 (32:23)
The Ancient Magus’ Bride (35:32)
Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World (2017) (38:41)
Black Clover (51:07)
Kekkai Sensen & Beyond (51:11)
Inuyashiki (55:39)
Land of the Lustrous (57:48)
Girls’ Last Tour (1:00:04)
Made in Abyss (1:10:48)
Fullmetal Alchemist (1:17:02)
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (1:32:57)
Belladonna of Sadness (1:36:34)
Kaiba (1:52:09)
The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (1:54:12)
Yotsuba&! (manga) (2:03:22)
Dungeon Meshi (manga) (2:05:07)
Boys on the Run (manga) (2:09:07)
Vinland Saga (manga) (2:11:27)

Listener Questions (2:02:59):
– Is there any manga or novel that we’d like to see adapted into anime, and would there be any challenges with such an adaptation?

Related Links:
The life and death of Grape-kun
What is visual kei?
Watch YuGiOh! The Abridged Series
Why do girls in anime say, “Now I can’t get married”?
Anime-original endings: some case studies
What is HIDIVE?
The real reason Jon doesn’t want to get excited about HIDIVE
What is BONES?
Official statement on the gender of Nanachi from Made in Abyss
What is Denki Bran?

Episode 17 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Better late than never, right? Ben, Andy, Jeff, and Jon try to make their conversation timeless by covering both mecha anime from the eighties and this season’s newest anime. Does it work? Who cares! Unfazed, they’re joined by Duncan for an introspective look at Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World.

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Duncan
Jeff
Jon

Spotlight:
Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World (2003) (49:30)

Discussed:
Macross (1:41)
Space Runaway Ideon (13:18)
Macross: Do You Remember Love? (16:51)
Made in Abyss (18:11)
A Centaur’s Life (31:00)
Welcome to the Ballroom (35:53)
Ping Pong (43:09)
K-ON! (44:59)
Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World – Life Goes On (1:27:05)
Humanity Has Declined (1:39:54)
Aoi Honoo (live-action) (1:48:55)

Listener Questions (1:42:51):
– Why do anime characters get nosebleeds when they’re aroused?

Related Links:
No one should hate Minmei
Macross, Robotech, and the differences between them
The Welcome to the Ballroom PV that’s started several fights
Boobs-and-butt sumo from Keijo!!!!!!!! is being turned into a real sport
Gender identity in Kino’s Journey
List of Japanese pronouns and their use cases
Theory that arousal-based nosebleeds in anime and manga come from pro wrestling

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!

Starring:
Ben
Andy
Duncan
Jeff

Spotlight:
Patlabor 2: the Movie (0:51)

Discussed:
MiniPato (7:22)
Patlabor: the Movie (9:38)
Patlabor on TV (12:39)
Ghost in the Shell (1995) (24:37)
Baccano! (43:55)
WXIII – Patlabor 3: the Movie (49:15)
Mobile Police Patlabor (OVA) (1:11:03)

Related Links:
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 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 (28:17)
Little Witch Academia (TV) (29:50)
My Hero Academia 2 (42:25)
KADO – The Right Answer (44:49)
Mushishi (54:24)
Re:CREATORS (1:03:38)
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul (1:07:47)
The Reflection (1:34:54)
Restaurant to Another World (1:36:42)

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

Listener Questions (1:21:51):
– What is the single biggest problem facing the anime industry?
– What anime are we looking forward to next season?

Related Links:
“Mio-chan, selamat pagi!”
History of the concept of furusato in Japanese culture
SaeKano flirts with disaster as a harem comedy
The “First Girl” rule in harem comedies (and in anime, generally)
What is anisotropy?
Re:CREATORS knows how to make a recap episode worth watching
Live-action sequences as a higher plane of reality in End of Evangelion
In This Corner of the World coming to US theaters in August 2017
Hulu’s recommendations if you liked Kino’s Journey
Miyazaki and Moebius in conversation

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) (1:28)

Discussed:
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (7:59)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (9:02)
My Hero Academia 2 (42:46)

Related Links:
The several meanings of i-jin
Harrison Ford’s infamous critique of George Lucas’ writing

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) (1:31)
Sakura Quest (12:02)
March Comes in Like a Lion (18:35)
Mobile Suit Gundam (TV) (23:12)
Gundam Reconguista in G (28:59)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack (30:02)
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (OVA) (34:05)
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (37:37)
The Eccentric Family 2 (42:33)

Spotlight Pitches (52:35):
Read or Die (OVA)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (OVA)
The Eccentric Family

Related Links:
The many continuities of the Gundam multiverse
Japanese government report on the history of mecha anime
Excerpts from Hideaki Anno’s 1993 interview with Yoshiyuki Tomino about Char’s Counterattack
The Eccentric Family, magical realism, and coming-of-age stories

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 (44:31)

Discussed:
Gunbuster (1:29)
Occultic;Nine (7:15)
NieA_7 (12:15)
Blue Exorcist (21:39)
Scum’s Wish (25:29)
Working!! (37:08)
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!! 2 (42:11)

Related Links:
Yasuhiro Takeda’s memoirs of the early history of GAINAX (and Japanese sci-fi conventions)
Who is Fumiko Orikasa?
Who is Ryo Mizuno?
Record of Lodoss War is boring because no one cares about your RPG campaign
Notes on the 1972-75 Japanese translation of Lord of the Rings
Translator’s overwrought reasoning for translating Shingeki no Kyojin as “The Eotena Onslaught”
Example of an Anglophone blog dedicated to sakuga

Episode 09 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 (1:05:23)

Discussed:
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (1:03)
Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (14:44)
Bubblegum Crisis (16:35)
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!! (21:29)
Ghost in the Shell: New Movie (30:38)
Tiger & Bunny (47:15)
Space Patrol Luluco (51:21)
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (53:03)
Kiznaiver (58:59)

Related Links:
The political and technological setting of Ghost in the Shell
American filmmakers inspired by Satoshi Kon
Imaishi and Space Patrol Luluco vs. Kobayashi and Kiznaiver
Who is Mayumi Shintani?
Listen to Mayumi Shintani’s “real” voice
Japanese idol stabbed by enraged fan
“Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas

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

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 (31:11)
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

Discussed:
Owarimonogatari (1:55)
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (4:13)
Working!!! (12:32)
Natsume’s Book of Friends (14:03)
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (19:36)
Joshiraku (27:00)
Berserk (31:50)

Related Links:
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 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 (48:28)

Discussed:
Your Lie in April (2:05)
Kokoro Connect (4:56)
Golden Time (6:05)
Space Cobra (12:06)
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (13:29)
Working!! (22:33)
One Punch Man (43:26)
Rurouni Kenshin (1:13:48)

Related Links:
Failsubs: when fansubs break bad
Shinsen Subs’ famously detailed translator notes for Ergo Proxy
Translators go to war over an illegal move in chess from Code Geass
Plum blossoms in Japanese culture
Hanakotoba, the Japanese language of flowers
Fujiwara no Teika, who popularized “white on white” as a motif in Japanese poetry
Who were the Shinsengumi?
Who was the Chevalier d’Éon?

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 (1:21:32)

Discussed:
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)
Nisemonogatari (17:19)
Bakemonogatari (21:21)
Katanagatari (23:26)
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (27:32)
Turning Girls (30:03)
I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying (33:48)
Bakuman. (38:31)
Space Dandy (50:29)
Ninja Slayer (1:04:36)
Kill la Kill (1:08:41)
Working!! (1:12:30)
K-ON! (1:17:09)
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)
Teekyuu (2:10:46)
Daily Lives of High School Boys (2:12:23)
FLCL (2:16:35)
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?

Related Links:
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

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
 (OVA) (1:07:55)

Discussed:
Rurouni Kenshin (manga) (6:45)
Kuroko’s Basketball (10:59)
Genshiken (16:12)
Shirobako (20:17)
Ore Monogatari!! (25:31)
Gintama (29:12)
Oh! Edo Rocket (31:20)
Yurikuma Arashi (36:52)
Mawaru Penguindrum (42:14)
School Days (45:11)
Tokyo Ghoul √A (47:15)
Fullmetal Alchemist (49:16)
The Tatami Galaxy (52:00)
Death Parade (52:40)
Time of Eve (1:31:47)
Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade (1:33:00)
When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace (1:36:21)

Related Links:
Why midichlorians in Star Wars don’t work as an explanation of the Force
Assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura cries hysterically during a press conference
Who is Kunihiko Ikuhara?
Explaining the “Nice Boat” meme
What is moe?
What is the Young Animator Training Project?
Aya Hirano upsets fans by having a love life
What are Japanese idols (and not idylls or idles)?