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Episode 18 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Pop quiz! What are the fifteen must-watch anime airing next season? Jon’s got his list. After he talks with Ben and Andy about short-running comedies, long-running dramas, and everything in between, he chooses Masaaki Yuasa’s movie Mind Game as the next spotlight. Watch it and join us next time!


Show by Rock!! (1:39)
Aggressive Retsuko (3:02)
Pikotaro’s Lullaby La La By (7:06)
Sakura Quest (13:40)
A Centaur’s Life (25:14)
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (29:55)
Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte Kara (53:10)
Black Clover (54:05)
Girls und Panzer das Final (55:07)
Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World (2017) (57:22)

Spotlight Pitches (40:19):
Porco Rosso
Mind Game

Related Links:
What is Sanrio?
A character by Sanrio gets a New York Times article about anti-capitalism
Who is Daimaou Kosaka, a.k.a. Pikotaro?
“PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)” by Pikotaro
Who is Koji Kumeta?
Hidetsugu Aneha, the disgraced architect whose glasses Koji Kumeta thinks are pretentious

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.


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

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!


Patlabor 2: the Movie (0:51)

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.


Mahoujin Guru Guru (2017) (33:55)

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.


One Piece (1:14)

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!

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?


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!


Read or Die (OVA) (1:28)

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 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!


Read or Die (OVA) (54:48)

KADO – The Right Answer (1:30)
Eromanga Sensei (15:43)
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (26:31)
Turn A Gundam (34:36)
Eureka 7 (44:04)

Related Links:
What are hikikomori?
What are chuunibyou?
Interview with Sagiri’s exclusive animator from Eromanga Sensei
Turn A Gundam may be the most ambitious and most bizarre Gundam ever made
List of historical figures in Read or Die

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!


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.


Bartender (55:42)

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 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.


The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls (1:05)
Turning Girls (4:04)
AKB0048 (6:00)
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department (9:29)
March Comes in Like a Lion (16:13)
Mirai Nikki (21:50)
Eureka 7 (25:43)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (38:16)
Macross (45:57)
Senki Zesshou Symphogear (47:48)
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!! 2 (50:27)
Urusei Yatsura (55:45)
Gintama (57:28)

Spotlight Pitches (1:01:20):
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Perfect Blue

Related Links:
Interview with Trigger staff about Turning Girls
AniDB’s arbitrary rules on what counts as “anime”
What does it mean for a character to be yandere?
Discussion of “Baby Got Backstory” as a trope
Who is Rumiko Takahashi?

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!


Record of Lodoss War (44:31)

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 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!


Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (1:16)
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!! (5:54)
Love Live! School Idol Project (13:53)
Starship Operators (22:39)
Mob Psycho 100 (32:46)
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (48:28)
Akira (58:52)

Spotlight Pitches (42:37):
Record of Lodoss War
Tatami Galaxy

Related Links:
How are Re:ZERO and KonoSuba part of the same genre of anime?
Ben repeats “fake news” about Kentaro Miura and iDOLM@STER
Ben confuses a review of Wake Me Up Asuna for one of an iDOLM@STER game
The origins of Record of Lodoss War as a Dungeons & Dragons campaign
Scans of the 1985 Japanese edition of Dungeons & Dragons

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 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…


Natsuyuki Rendezvous (1:05:23)

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 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.


Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu (2:25)
Show by Rock!! (21:22)
Simoun (26:53)
Osomatsu-san (39:38)
Hi Score Girl (manga) (43:24)
Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (49:31)
Mob Psycho 100 (1:15:19)

Spotlight Pitches (57:58):
X/1999 (movie)
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Mind Game
One-Punch Man

Related Links:
“Platinum Spice,” a mashup of Nisemonogatari and Terry Crews
Cuteness in Show by Rock!! is both silly and serious
Draft script for Alien 3 that took place on a planet made of wood
Ben browsed these wood stain markers while Andy and Jon talked about Osomatsu-san
What (or who) is (or are) Clamp?

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.


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

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 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?


FLCL (44:25)

GATE (2:06)
SaeKano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (11:54)
The Case of Hana & Alice (16:57)
Btooom! (19:34)
Mouryou no Hako (26:27)
The Secret World of Arrietty (29:19)
Non Non Biyori (34:48)
Sound of the Sky (39:54)
Excel Saga (57:00)
tsuritama (1:04:37)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (1:26:56)
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (1:29:02)
Revolutionary Girl Utena (1:30:14)
Cowboy Bebop (1:31:09)
Bleach (1:32:45)
Yu-Gi-Oh! (1:36:00)
One Piece (1:37:09)

Listener Questions (1:26:34):
– What anime have we grown out of, and what anime have we grown into?
– What is the best anime and why is it Yu-Gi-Oh!?

Related Links:
What is anime? Anime is…
What is 4Kids Entertainment and why do people hate them?

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.

Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Duncan (sometimes Codicier)
Jon (sometimes Twig)

Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal (48:28)

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?

4Episode 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…

Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Jon (sometimes Twig)
Seth (sometimes Zeus)

Garden of Words (1:00:38)

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (1:58)
Monster Musume (6:13)
Prison School (13:23)
Dragon Ball Super (19:54)
Rokka no Yuusha (25:25)
Kill la Kill (30:11)
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (31:57)
Clannad (40:20)
Golden Time (51:43)
anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (54:32)
His and Her Circumstances (56:42)
Ore Monogatari!! (58:10)
5 Centimeters per Second (1:26:38)

Listener Questions (1:29:53):
– How long did it take for original video animation to catch on as a release format for anime?

Related Links:
What is Key/VisualArt’s?
The josei demographic is where you find mature relationships in anime and manga
Who is Makoto Shinkai?
Tanka 2513 and 2514 from the Man’yoshu
The Man’yoshu, the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry
History of OVAs as a release format in anime

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.

Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Duncan (sometimes Codicier)
Jon (sometimes Twig)

Dallos (1:21:32)

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 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!

Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Jon (sometimes Twig)

Time of Eve (47:55)

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (1:30)
Blood-C (13:30)
Dragon Ball Z Movie 4: Lord Slug (25:05)
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan (29:05)
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (30:29)
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (32:20)
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (light novel) (36:42)
Nichijou (45:58)
Pale Cocoon (1:05:33)
Ergo Proxy (1:16:49)
Record of Lodoss War (1:19:30)

Related Links:
Watch AMV Hell 5: Dedicated to Dio
Who is Razor Ramon Hard Gay?
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure gets censored for smoking
Who is Shokotan?
Shokotan interviews Hirohiko Araki, creator of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
History of the “regent” hairstyle in Japan
Cross-promotion between Gucci and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Hatsune Miku reenvisioned by Louis Vuitton (and not Vivian Westwood)
Ben’s live blog of The Disappearance of Yuki Nagato-chan premiere
Why do people hate the “Endless Eight” arc of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya?
Who is Yuko Goto?
Kyoto Animation celebrates itself with the KyoAni Festival
Explaining Sad Puppies, Rabid Puppies, and the Hugo Awards

Episode 01 of the Key Frames podcast, a podcast about anime. Ben, Andrew, and Jon 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.

Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andrew (sometimes Delerat)
Jon (sometimes Twig)

Trigun: Badlands Rumble (29:50)

Dragon Ball Z (0:57)
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (6:31)
Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront) (8:09)
Kuroko’s Basketball (11:24)
Chihayafuru (13:25)
Cross Game (14:25)
Patlabor on TV (21:01)
Patlabor: the Movie (25:09)
Crest of the Stars (27:55)
Trigun (38:38)
Rurouni Kenshin (57:40)

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Who is Mitsuru Adachi?
Karuta: a competitive card-slapping game about poetry
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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!

Ben (sometimes Gormongous)
Andy (sometimes NinjaSquirrel)
Duncan (sometimes Codicier)
Jon (sometimes Twig)
Ray (sometimes Blambo)

Little Witch Academia
 (OVA) (1:07:55)

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)

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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)?