Latest Update: 11/9/19: Seasonal Anime Checkup OVA Episode #152 - Luigi's Mansion 3
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) find themselves stranded in a hotel that’s become very spooky! Luckily, Luigi and Gooigi are here to make sure that any ghosts that are here get taken care of. We discuss the latest entry in the Luigi’s Mansion series as it makes its way to the Switch. Is this one of the best looking games on Switch? Does the charm carry its way through the entirety of the game? How good is Gooigi? These questions and more are answered!
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) decided to see what was up with that KFC dating sim, so we played it. It may have only taken us two hours, but it was two hours where we were pretty unimpressed with everything that the game had to offer. So, what went wrong? Is this truly as wacky as people thought it was going to be or a game that falls flat?
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) return to the world of Resident Evil CG movies as we watched the second film they made. Before all of that though, Jared walks us through the very strange NBA 2K20 career mode. After that we dive headfirst into the film where Leon continues to have BDE and we come up with what really happened during “that night” between Leon and Ada.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) take a trip back into the archives of Square to talk about a movie they’d probably want you to forget. We discuss Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and how the film is deserving of its criticism, the very mediocre score it has, and some behind the scenes aspects. There’s also a deep analysis into one of the later scenes in the film and how it relates to Sakaguchi and we theorize on alternate realities where this film was a success.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) get prepped for spooks as we talk about the sequel to Resident Evil: Revelations. We breakdown some literature, spooky children that point, Claire being the dumbest protagonist, and some less than stellar co-op.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) breakdown two games they’ve been patiently waiting for. First, Jared talks about the recently released in Japan, Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars and how much it differs from the original School Idol Festival. After that, we discuss Kotaro Uchikoshi’s latest game, AI: The Somnium Files and how it might be his best game to date.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) honk a lot as we discuss the new hit game where you get to be a goose. We talk about the fun and calming nature behind Untitled Goose Game and afterward AL got scared a lot as we check out what’s up with Resident Evil: Revelations.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) decided to play through two games that aren’t completely out yet. We first breakdown the Trails of Cold Steel III demo which gives a brief glimpse into what that game is going to be like. Following that, we talk about the four episodes that are out currently for Life is Strange 2 and discuss our choices and the ways that game just goes for it politically.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) got very excited about the recent Nintendo Direct so we talk about all the ridiculous announcements from it. We also talked about some of the new endings in Catherine: Full Body and our time fighting physics and puzzles in Human: Fall Flat.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) dive into a spooky mystery in World End Syndrome. We breakdown the story as a whole, all of the different routes you go through to get there, and how it’s very similar to 7’Scarlet. We also briefly talk about Final Fantasy VIII Remastered and give our incredibly accurate predictions for the latest Nintendo Direct.
Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow concludes the story of Aqours, but falters in its first half. When the film attempts to create a villain for Aqours to overcome, this subplot is brushed away before it ever can get started. Why is that? What does the movie fail to do when trying to create this villain? What could it have done better? Click through to learn more about one of the film’s biggest missteps.
Kyoto Animation are known for their brilliant work in animation, but the way they are able to utilize the original soundtrack of a production is also one of their strong points. Case in point, a less than three minute scene from Tsurune that captures the feeling of relief and adulation, but quickly becomes one of heartbreak and dread. How are they able to pull off that quick and sudden change so swiftly? Click through to learn more!
A simple trip to Tokyo is at first seen as a big opportunity for Aqours, but becomes the biggest turning point of Love Live! Sunshine!!. How are Aqours able to come back from the brink of failure and how were they set up to fail from the beginning? Clickthrough to see why this arc is where the series really kicks off.
Ayano Hanesaki has been through the ringer during her journey in HANEBADO!, but how does her journey end? Does the match with Nagisa end up helping or hurting her in the long run? Will she finally break free of her mother’s chains or does the show fumble that encounter? Clickthrough to see exactly what I thought about how HANEBADO! wraps up.
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.
Back in 2015, I wrote about how Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team has aged well and still holds up today. With the recent release of a new Bluray of the series, there isn’t really much to discuss regarding the series again, but rather another piece that is included in that package, the compilation film, Miller’s Report. The movie, which was released on August 1, 1998 as a double feature that included a Christmas favorite, Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, serves as a way to bridge missing story elements from the end of episode 6 to the beginning of episode 9.
When I booted up Yakuza 5 for the first time earlier this week, I expected features that were already widely known. Being able to go into a Club Sega and play Virtua Fighter 2 was one that the game features unlike most other open-world games in the genre. It is also a sad commentary that this might be the last time we see a Virtua Fighter game in a Sega release ever, but that’s a different story for another time. One fact of Yakuza 5 that I certainly wasn’t expecting was it for to have the licenses for numerous popular magazines in Japan. Immediately I was drawn to seeing Weekly Famitsu, the popular video game magazine that was once notorious for the strict reviews it gave games. Another magazine that caught my eye, especially its cover, was of Weekly Shonen Magazine. On the in-game cover is a big feature on Fairy Tail, but in the corner I spied what looked like Baby Steps’ Eiichiro and Natsu.
Two shorter ideas for a column combined into one where I talk about different variations of production and why they can be frustrating to viewers.