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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 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 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 (55:42)

Discussed:
Kemono Friends (2:32)
Sakura Quest (9:51)
Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow (12:18)
SaeKano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (16:05)
Love Lab (23:33)
Owarimonogatari (26:51)
Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu (28:24)
Bakemonogatari (29:35)
Gunbuster (34:43)
Diebuster (48:50)
Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo (52:31)
Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (live-action) (1:11:28)
Wakako-zake (1:35:03)

Related Links:
Kemono Friends and environmentalism as fandom
Kemono Friends is the future of anime
What is a chupacabra?
Don Draper is not an aspirational character
Who is Hideaki Anno?
The Rebuild of Evangelion movies are Anno trying to critique otaku culture one last time
Anno calls Japan “a country of children” in a 2007 interview with The Atlantic
Who is Ted Haigh?
Who is David Wondrich?
The disputed origins of the margarita

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