Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) find themselves trapped amongst a variety of fates as we talk about Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, the crossover fighting game from Arc System Works and Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk, the latest otome release for the Vita! There's a lot of otome to discuss which AL weaves us through it's wild story while we both discuss our journey fighting with a variety of anime fighters and against each other.
Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) and Jared go through the various versions of Persona 3 and figure out which is the best version to play. After recently playing Persona 3 FES, we discuss how that version holds up, some of the strange gameplay limitations that aren't often talked about, whether or not the party AI is as bad as it's made out to be, and how each version of the game differs. We also talk about some things this game does that we wish the series would bring back and other things we are glad the series got away from.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) discuss the recently finished anime adaptation of Caligula a.k.a. The Caligula Effect! We discuss our brief experiences with the Vita release of the game and how our opinions changed when it came to the anime version. There is also talk of how the adaptation of Caligula switches the formula of how most game adaptations usually are and how that benefits this show.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) discuss Aqours's efforts to attempt to make their first Promotional Video and the trouble they have trying to figure out what makes their town good.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) welcome Yoshiko...ahem I mean Yohane into the fold as the Fallen Angel returns to school and encounters Aqours who attempt to change their style briefly.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) watch as the second years attempt to bolster the roster of Aqours by trying to add two first years in Ruby and Hanamaru. Will they do their rubesty to get them?
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) get excited as the second years have their first live show! Will they be able to pack the gym and also who is this strange new director of the school?
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) watch as Chika tries and tries to convince Riko to join the school idol club and learn that μ's is not pronounced moose.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) welcome you back to a brand new season of Jared and AL Watch and this time we have brought along a bunch of school idols. We discuss the season premiere of Love Live! Sunshine!!, give a brief overview of the original Love Live! series, and AL talks about her first experience with the show.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) have finally reached the current end of Sailor Moon Crystal. We discuss the Season 3 finale, overall thoughts on the season and the series as a whole, and what we think the forthcoming movies that will depict the fourth arc will be.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) reach the current penultimate episode of Sailor Moon Crystal. We learn how weird alien sex works between Mistress 9 and Pharaoh 90, see Pharaoh 90 join the fray, and get introduced to the God of Death, Sailor Saturn.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) witness Hotaru becoming a ghost to save Chibi-Usa from the clutches of death, some of the guardians briefly dying for a few minutes, and Mamoru returning to being the king of extra.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) say goodbye to two villains as we make way for two other villains to get the spotlight.
It's the eighteenth 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.
Shows discussed in this episode: Caligula, MEGALOBOX, My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia), Persona 5 The Animation, Steins;Gate 0
It's the seventeenth episode of your favorite quarterly podcast, the Seasonal Anime Checkup! We look back at what was happening in the Winter season and look ahead to the Spring season.
Shows discussed in this episode: A Place Further Than The Universe (Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho), Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card, Skilled Teaser Takagi-San (Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San), Laid Back Camp (Yuru Camp), March Comes in like A Lion Season 2 (3 gatsu no lion), Pop Team Epic
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)
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.