Episode 58 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Look, we know what you're thinking. "Really, a meme that's half a decade old? I can't believe that's the best that came out of this episode." First off, yes, a meme that's half a decade old and still hilarious. Second, Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jeff have great conversations about perennial favorites Chihayafuru and Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, as well as a throwback to last year's Dragon Pilot, before shifting to their topic of cicadas and summertime in anime. Only one of them has firsthand experience with those loud-ass bugs—guess who it is!
Episode 57 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. It's so tricky sometimes, starting a new anime. Is it going to be a good crime, like Babylon or Kabukichou Sherlock, or is it going to be a bad crime, like Hataage! Kemono Michi? Well, worry no more, because Ben, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon are at hand to steer you through the fall 2019 anime season. Also, Ben watched another Mamoru Hosoda movie, just... because. No, not the anime Just Because.
Episode 56 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. In hindsight, it would have made more sense to bring up the atrocities committed by Unit 731 in Manchuria for this episode, wherein the depiction of Chinese people in anime is the topic. Oh well! After they discuss the career of Mamoru Hosoda and the earliest arrival of the fall 2019 season, Ben, Duncan, and Jeff do the best that they can anyway. If you're looking to hear about the decade-old Sword of the Stranger movie, you've come to the right place!
Episode 55 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. In some ways, this is a typical end to a season of anime. Jon has a long list of shows that he stuck with, albeit longer than usual, and Ben has one that he probably shouldn't have stuck with. Duncan and Jeff discuss matters of subtle emotionality, while Andy's always game to defend baser pleasures. And yet! We discuss the war crimes of Unit 731 during the Second World War, superhero movies as mythology, and terrible nineteenth-century houseguests. Don't miss out!
Episode 54 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jeff emerge from their bedrooms and basements to spook everyone with their opinions on anime. They heap disdain on Carole & Tuesday and the new Baki, no doubt driving many fans of those shows away, and then turn to this episode's topic, creepy loner girls. True, there aren't exactly a wealth of examples of the character archetype, but it gives them the opportunity to talk about WataMote and The Wallflower, so it's all good.
Episode 16 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. What, puppets? Don't worry, Jeff and Jon are here to guide you through the confusing world of Thunderbolt Fantasy, a Taiwanese show set in fantasy China with Japanese voice acting. What are everyone's names? Do they all die at the end? How is "wuxia" pronounced? All this and more may or may not be answered!
Episode 53 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. It's strange sometimes, the things that bring us together. We'd always planned to cover the works of Kyoto Animation as one of the topics for our podcast, but last month's arson attack on that anime studio, which has claimed the lives of almost three dozen people, was not how we expected it to come up. Still, Ben, Andy, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon put their sadness aside in order to celebrate the amazing work that KyoAni has done over the years, from Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu to Tsurune, and to share fond memories of watching it all.
Episode 52 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. It'd be so easy to make fun of the tropes of shounen battle anime in this description, but we're better than that. Ben, Duncan, and Jeff don't need to fight in order to reconcile their differences and become friends. Instead, they celebrate those differences as they discuss the beginning of the summer 2019 anime season and their topic for the month, shounen battle anime. Believe it! Sorry, couldn't resist.
Episode 51 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. And now, the time is near / And so we face the season's ending / As hosts, we'll say it clear / We'll give our thoughts, and hope they're trending / We've dropped some boring shows / We've read a few intriguing essays / But more, much more than this / we've watched anime!
Episode 50 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. In the end (or, in this case, in the beginning) it's family that counts. That's why Ben, Andy, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon have chosen the topic of "family" as their theme for this episode, in a reboot of their podcast format that's moving away from deep dives on individual works and towards wide-ranging discussions of tropes and themes that apply to all anime. What old standbys will come up as they talk about bad dads, toxic siblings, and powerful moms? Listen and find out!
Episode 14 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. As Von Clausewitz said, mahjong is the continuation of politics by other means. Join Jeff and Jon as Andy schools them on the centuries-old game of tiles and hands, learning a little bit about right-wing Japanese politics and Olympic skeet-shooting along the way. Is The Legend of Koizumi funny in spite of its extremely niche appeal? Is it funny because of it? Listen and find out!
Episode 48 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Life is pain, folks. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something. More importantly, however, anime isn't pain, but Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jeff still do their best to sell you on the highs and lows of the shows that they're watching. Enjoy thirty minutes of Sarazanmai, twenty minutes of Carole & Tuesday, and a comparison between the old and new versions of Fruits Basket. Once you're ready, you can close out the episode with the discussion of Kiznaiver, the 2016 series that's the spotlight, and begin the healing process all over again.
Episode 13 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. The boys (that is, Ben and Jeff) are back in town, and that means that it's time for another round of navel-gazing about the Monogatari Series franchise! This time, it's the long-delayed movie trilogy that tells the story of Araragi's first encounter with a hot girl... and with a vampire! There's so much to cover that they miss a bunch, though. For instance, there's not a word about Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade jogging her memory by digging through her literal brains, or about the recurring motif of a vampire hunter's head laughing in front of bad CGI flames. Still, they talk a lot! Maybe too much. Listen, if you dare...
Episode 46 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. The science is clear: the human body is fueled by liquid and, therefore, its greatest enemy is thirst. There are many ways to protect your body and prevent thirst, like spit and slime, but the final imperative is not to drool too much over video games and anime girls. Join Ben, Andy, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon as they wander through this desert of content searching for the refreshment of a good spotlight, which ends up being the 2012 series tsuritama, and then listen to them play Andy's game about a superhero with a bean bun for a head. Nothing thirsty there, no sir.
Episode 44 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Have you ever thought about the wonderful diversity of life on this planet, our Spaceship Earth? Ben, Andy, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon have. Consider the elegance of the airplane girl or the fish man. Marvel at the wisdom of the thousand-year-old loli! There's even room in our hearts for the new serval girl, who's admittedly not as good as the old serval girl. Once you've recovered your senses, look to the second half of the podcast, where we pick the 2016 anime Bungo Stray Dogs as our next spotlight and play a game of "Idoln't Believe It!"
Episode 43 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Surely there's been a misunderstanding! A normal, natural conversation about sex comedies in anime has transformed into a meditation about our self-made dystopia of technological isolation. What will Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jeff do? It's a gamble, but their only option is to talk through the plot and themes of their spotlight anime, the 1998 series Serial Experiments Lain, in hopes of finding some kind of salvation.
Episode 41 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. I'm not moving or speaking, but you can understand me perfectly from my body language, as if you're hearing my voice in your head. The set of my shoulders says, "Ben, Andy, Jeff, and Jon go over some highs and lows of the fall season of anime." The tilt of my head says, "They also discuss the 2010 series And Yet the Town Moves for their spotlight." Most of all, the line of my jaw says, "Believe in yourself. If you do your best and don't forget your friends, you have it in you to be the greatest hero who ever lived!"
Episode 39 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Join Ben, ○○○, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon as they take a closer look at the fall season's breakout hits, including SSSS.Gridman, Run with the Wind, and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Then they... Wait, are there more hosts in this episode than when we started? Where are these opinions about Another coming from? This spotlight of the 2012 horror anime must be cursed! We have to listen to the entire podcast to see if there's a way to beat it and send the dead back to death.
Episode 11 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. What is the relationship between words and reality? Do words describe a reality that exists independently of their use and meaning, or are words actually the medium through which reality is perceived and understood? For instance, if Aniplex decides to brand Hanamonogatari as a finale movie for Monogatari Series Second Season instead of an OVA epilogue for the entire franchise, does that make it so? If Ben and Jeff discuss it alongside Koyomimonogatari and Tsukimonogatari, does that make the podcast a work of media criticism? Listen to find out!
Episode 38 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Who can look into the mind of Ben and know what anime he's watching this season? Not Andy, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon, that's for sure! Come on, guys, we've been doing this for over three years now. Join us for a rundown of what to watch (and, more important, what not to watch) in the 2018 fall anime season, then check out the 2012 horror anime Another that we picked for our next spotlight!
Episode 37 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Emerging like an advanced hunter-killer android from the mouth of a cute-looking cat, the hosts are burning holes through walls with our hot takes on anime! Actually, there aren't that many surprises among the anime discussed, but who could pass up a chance to evoke that disturbing moment from this episode's spotlight, 2003's Parasite Dolls? Tune in after the break to get the skinny on everything.
Episode 10 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. What happens when an unstoppable spear meets an unbreakable shield? No, we're not talking about your favorite sports anime, we're talking about Jeff and Jon talking about the controversial Hanebado! that aired this summer. One hates it, but loves it a little, and the other loves it, but hates it a little! Who will triumph?
Episode 36 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Doesn't Hanebado! make you feel magnifico? Aren't Grand Blue and Lupin the Third just suteki? Will Ben ever say nein, nyet, or ohi to long-running series that he's not enjoying? Come discover the multicultural and multilingual inspirations of Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jeff as they decide on the 2003 OVA Parasite Dolls for their next spotlight!
Episode 09 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. When does an error become a mistake? When you watch another installment of the Monogatari Series franchise. That's how the saying goes, right? As they discuss Monogatari Series Second Season, Ben and Jeff even develop a lot of affection for the characters that other fans hate to love, like Tsubasa Hanekawa and Nadeko Sengoku. Listen and maybe you will, too!
Episode 34 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. It's happening... again! Jon's excited for the new anime season... again! Andy and Duncan settle some confusion about Banana Fish... again! Ben and Jeff talk about Darling in the FranXX... hopefully for the last time. After the break and more than a little arguing, they settle on the 2016 movie In This Corner of the World for next episode's spotlight!
Episode 33 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. What would it be like to experience a new season of anime through the eyes of Andy? Ben, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon get to find out. Afterwards, they wander off to clear their palate with a deep draught of this episode's spotlight, the 2017 film The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl!
Episode 32 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. The summer heat's gotten under everyone's skin. Megalobox looks good on an HDTV? Rubbish! Deku is a different kind of shounen protagonist? Nonsense! Rin: ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ is more than just softcore porn? Hogwash! After the smoke clears, Ben, Andy, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon fight about what anime to spotlight next and settle on The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl!
Episode 08 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. Ben and Jeff compound their error by discussing the next two installments in the Monogatari Series franchise, Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari Black. Can they extract something profound from a conversation about thousand-year-old lolis, abusive families, and erotic tooth-brushing sequences? Where there's a will, there's a way.
Episode 31 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Jeff has opinions about anime romances. Duncan rewatches a Miyazaki classic. Ben charts a confusingly narrow path in his reaction to the new FLCL series. Jon has nothing to add. Eventually they come together to talk about the 2002 OVA Trava: Fist Planet for the spotlight.
Episode 30 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. In a saucepan, melt Wotakoi over medium-high heat. Add Golden Kamuy and Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online to form a paste. Whisking constantly, add March Comes in Like a Lion in a thin, steady stream. Season with Space Brothers and add Legend of Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These to taste. After the break, Ben, Duncan, and Jeff pick Trava: Fist Planet as their next recipe!
Episode 28 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Anime is the reason for this new season. Jon's epic list of shows to watch makes a return. The Shaft conversation from the latest Inbetweens mini-episode infects Ben, Duncan, and Jeff. After they get that out of their system, they choose The Tale of Princess Kaguya as the spotlight anime for the next recording!
Episode 07 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. It is fitting that Bakemonogatari, an anime that is about the self-conscious construction of identity, gets almost an hour of discussion out of Ben and Jeff. Come for the philosophy, stay for the fan service! Be prepared to stay awhile, there's a lot of fan service...
Episode 25 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Do you ever feel like your interests aren't healthy for you? Are you watching your anime in a flu-like fog? Are you gobbling up episodes like candy? Does everything just turn out to be crap? Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jeff wrestle with these questions before taking on their spotlight, Flowers of Evil, a challenging and experimental anime that almost proves to be beyond their ken!
Episode 24 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. A new year means new anime! Ben, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon take the time to say goodbye to the series of 2017 and hello to those of 2018. Once they're finished, they pick Flowers of Evil as the spotlight for the next podcast.
Episode 05 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. Ben and Jeff are rockin' the suburbs! This one's the mecha podcast to end all mecha podcasts. Okay, that's probably not true: Jeff is going to watch Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and Ben may even talk himself into watching Reconguista in G. But hey, there's some good stuff here about the breakout hits of Yoshiyuki Tomino's early career.
Episode 23 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andy, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon are transformed by power ballads! They fight their way through teenagers investigating mysteries, delicate conversations about bullying, and rational explanations of why Princess Principal is titled what it is. Their final strike is the deepest: a spotlight of the original 1986 Fist of the North Star movie! You are already listening to this podcast.
Episode 22 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Anime about human beings is over. It's all anime about inhuman beings now: genderfluid geological formations, demonic-looking fairy mages, bad characters in a sex comedy... Ben, Andy, Duncan, Jeff, and Jon cover all the bases! After the break, they settle on the eighties classic Fist of the North Star: The Movie for their next spotlight.
Episode 21 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. There comes a time in the life of a podcast when the hosts will spend half an hour in one episode talking about Gundam. Maybe not about the original Mobile Suit Gundam, but about some show in the Gundam franchise. This is that episode for Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jeff. Join them after the break for a rollicking discussion of the spotlight anime, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!