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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 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.

Starring:
Andy
Midori

Spotlight:
Mahoujin Guru Guru (2017) (33:55)

Discussed:
New Game! (4:39)
Kujibiki Unbalance (TV) (13:18)
One Piece (manga) (14:26)
A Centaur’s Life (16:22)
Gamers (25:09)
Hi Score Girl (manga) (30:56)
A Dog of Flanders (46:09)
Fullmetal Alchemist (55:15)

Related Links:
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.

Starring:
Andy
Jon

Spotlight:
One Piece (1:14)

Discussed:
One Piece 3D2Y: Overcome Ace’s Death! Luffy’s Vow to His Friends (14:44)
Bleach (27:33)
One Piece Film Z (32:45)
Fairy Tail (35:03)

Related Links:
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!