Latest Update: 5/19/18: Seasonal Anime Checkup OVA Episode #75 - Mass Effect: Andromeda & Final Fantasy XV
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) bring forth two games which can be seen to them as disappointing to infuriating. Jared talks about Mass Effect: Andromeda, the controversial latest entry in the Mass Effect franchise and how it maybe doesn't deserve all the flack it gets, but is disappointing. AL discusses Final Fantasy XV and how the game does not do anything to our notion that it is a bad game and left her feeling frustrated after finally getting through the entirety of the game.
Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) and Jared discuss yet another title in The Legend of Zelda series. We discuss how we feel about Majora's Mask, what we like and dislike about the game, whether it deserves the controversial stance it gets, and dunk hard on the Zelda timeline.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) finally have a chance to take a break so we dive into two games we played through recently. AL discusses the latest otome release and how ridiculous the story gets, which is in line with otome games. Jared talks about the rest of Yakuza 6 which has twists, turns, and beating people up. Both games sure get sad. Spoilers are abound for both so be careful!
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.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) see Chibi-Usa kind of sort of die before Mamoru magically keeps her alive, Usagi get riddled with bad imagery, Mistress 9 gulps down a crystal, and the labyrinth is indeed infinite.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) get a bit of a recap from last week before finally diving into a brand new transformation sequence and upgrades for the rest of the guardians. Meanwhile, Hotaru gets her own upgrade.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) get some more backstory on the outer guardians and see Hotaru's living enhancements.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) see Chibi-Usa receive a gift, Chibi-Usa give a gift, Makoto cut up a plant, and an old friend makes their triumphant return.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) learn the worst kept secret of the season in who are Uranus and Neptune! Ami takes on some nanomachines and jumps out a window.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) get a double dose of concerts this week, see Chibi-Usa ride on a helicopter with Haruka and Michiru, and just as the title of the episode suggests we get two new soldiers.
Jared and Anne Ladyem (anneladyem.com) make some jojokes before diving into to an episode full of Makoto being ride or die, Mamoru and Rei having premonitions, birthdays on a mountain, and remembering that consent is extremely important and oh god why does this series keep doing this.
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.
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)
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
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.