Latest Update: 8/15/18: Jared and AL Watch Love Live! Sunshine!! #11 - Episode #11: Aye-aye, My Friend
Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) and Jared finally discuss one of AL's favorite games in The Legend of Zelda series in Skyward Sword. We talk about breaking Wii Nunchuks, the wild anime-esque story, the betrayal of making people swol, potential changes that could be made to the game, and this game being the tipping point for the way the series uses Zelda for Jared.
Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) and Jared get cooperative as we talk about our experience playing through Resident Evil 6 in co-op. We discuss all the campaigns, the very ridiculous and wacky campaign, rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy being dumb, and the best Resident Evil character, Agent.
CONTENT WARNING: Lots of talk about suicide in this episode.
Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) and Jared discuss a series from 2016 since AL has just recently watched. We discuss each episode and the ways those were constantly full of angst and sadness, the unfortunate animation issues that hurt the show, and if things have changed for Jared since he reviewed the series two years ago.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) say YOUSORO as we watch You have to go through some issues of confidence and friendship as Aqours prepares to perform for the first time without Riko.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) take a break from all the drama and chill out with a somewhat filler episode where Aqours works at a beachside food stall and Chika learns of a piano recital that Riko has been invited to.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) are ready to finally have the third years get together and settle their intense beef to move on with the series and potentially get a full group.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) get to see Saint Snow's first performance and how Aqours handles hitting rock bottom by getting zero votes from the event.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) see Aqours take their first trip to Tokyo for a big performance and run into the talented duo known as Saint Snow.
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.
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.