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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
For most franchises, going back to the origin can have dire consequences. Usually, this can be seen as a cash grab or an attempt to catch fan nostalgia. When Gundam decided to go back to the events of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, it might have seemed like an odd choice especially coming off of Gundam Wing.Read More
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It’s the sixth episode of your favorite quarterly podcast, the Seasonal Anime Checkup! We look back at what was happening in the Spring season, look ahead to the Summer season, look at anime movies, and take an even further step back to see what was happening in the backlog!
Shows discussed in this episode: Assassination Classroom, Baby Steps, Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation, Hibike! Euphonium (Sound! Euphonium), Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi), Ore Monogatari (My Love Story), Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End), Plastic Memories, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin No Majo), When Marnie Was There, Love Live School Idol Festival, Cardcaptor Sakura, Gundam Wing.
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