Latest Update: 3/17/18: Seasonal Anime Checkup OVA Episode #66 - Tokyo Xanadu eX+
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) take a long look at a game that was kept somewhat under the radar last year in Tokyo Xanadu eX+. We discuss the multitude of ways the game impressed us, the ways it compares to games in the Persona series, where it would rank in our top ten lists for game of the year retroactively, and how much fun we had in general.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) lament the fact that this episode was split up into two episodes, the lack of aggressive violin playing, and riding roller coasters with hats.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) have found two games to talk about that are strange in different ways. Jared got an extended look at the Yakuza 6 demo due to strange circumstances that made the full game become unlocked. AL played through the Secret of Mana Remake and we discuss whether or not it was worth remaking the game at all with how Square did it.
It's the sixteenth episode of your favorite quarterly podcast, the Seasonal Anime Checkup! We look back at what was happening in the Fall season 2017 and look ahead to the Winter 2018 season. Plus, the best anime of 2017!
Shows discussed in this episode: Code Realize, Love Live Sunshine Season 2, Just Because, March Comes in like A Lion Season 2 (3 gatsu no lion)
It's the fifteenth episode of your favorite quarterly podcast, the Seasonal Anime Checkup! We look back at what was happening in the Summer season and look ahead to the Fall season.
Shows discussed in this episode: My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia), Convenience Store Boyfriends (Konbini Kareshi), Sakura Quest
It's the fourteenth episode of your favorite quarterly podcast, the Seasonal Anime Checkup! We look back at what was happening in the Spring season and look ahead to the Summer season. Remember we are on twitter now, @animecheckup!
Shows discussed in this episode: Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise), My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia), Sakura Quest, Tiger Mask W, Tsukigakirei
The debate between subs and dubs will rage on until we are long gone. In reality, it is an absolutely silly fight as you should watch which version you are more comfortable with and will enjoy better. When I decided to get back into anime in 2013, one show I constantly saw gifs of on Tumblr was of the 2009-2010 series, K-ON!. For whatever reason, I decided upon the Sentai Filmworks English dub of the series (not to be confused with the other English dub that preceded Sentai) and breezed through both seasons and the movie. The performances of the cast are good on their own and accentuated the show for me in many ways. Looking at the cast of the dub today, it is clear that the K-ON! dub should be viewed as an all-star cast and perhaps one of the best dubs of the 2010s.
Today we have announced that the Seasonal Anime Checkup OVA podcast is now becoming a Patreon-supported podcast. As I am sure there are questions involved with such an announcement, I am writing this to try and clear the air and be as transparent as possible in regards to what is happening. First and foremost, nothing about the podcast will change in regards to how it is edited, recorded, worked on, released, or distributed.
Professional wrestling is at times bad, amazing, fun, ridiculous, or intense. Within this year alone, there have been all time classic matches in multiple organizations, an empty arena match inside the Tokyo Dome, and the tragic loss of Daryl the cat. Yet, with everything that has happened in wrestling over the past year, my favorite thing has been a wrestling anime of all things. Tiger Mask W hit the airwaves in October of 2016 as a sequel to the original Tiger Mask series.
Boy, 2017 sure was bad. Video games were one of the few bright spots of the year. As per previous years, there will be supplemental awards first before we dive into the Top 10. There will be spoilers so please beware as you read.
It’s no secret there is a divide within the entirety of the Persona franchise. A large and vocal majority came with the releases of Persona 3 and Persona 4, with even more coming in after the recent release of Persona 5. Of course, as the names of those games suggest, they are not the beginning of the series. For that, you have to go back all the way to September and November of 1996 to the release of Revelations: Persona in different regions. Both versions of Persona 2 would come even later with Innocent Sin coming in June 1999 for Japan and Eternal Punishment in June and December 2000 for Japan and America. One of the big reasons that people have a hard time going back to the first three games is that they are different than the games that would come later. The battles, demon negotiating, dungeons, and lack of social links make the split in the series a large divide. If you were like me and somewhat disappointed with Persona 5, perhaps now is the time to take a look back and see exactly what makes up the earlier games and in particular, Persona 2 Eternal Punishment.
Back on the Seasonal Anime Checkup OVA Episode #18, I mentioned how Persona 5 was currently my least favorite game in the series. That statement might lessen when I decide to attempt a second English (third overall if we’re counting the Japanese version) playthrough, but as of now, and with other facets surrounding the game, it remains that I am disappointed with the game. The game does have good aspects, like revamping the battle mechanics and a good majority of the cooperation/confidant social link characters are great and some of the best in the series. However, Persona 5 is by no means perfect or the greatest game ever made. It may in fact be your game of the year for 2017 and I cannot dispute that as opinions are subjective, but the game is not infallible to criticism like some people might think it is.