An otaku podcast

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In this episode, we are joined by Neontaster, the guy who is responsible for maybe 50% of the content of what is known in the wider world as “Anitwitter.” Actually, it isn’t known to the wider world since the only people who even know what Anitwitter is are already a part of it, but perhaps it should be? Just like we here at Otakusphere Weekly are ambassadors for Shonen Maid, the underrated show of the season, perhaps YOU should become an ambassador for Anitwitter?

Anyway, Neontaster reminds me yet again that Kabaneri is a great show and I was dumb for not picking it up, Lifesong and I are confounded about the fact that we still enjoy Super Lovers despite the show’s best efforts to make us throw up our hands and walk away, LB has a date with Sakamoto that puts me to shame (and that will be avenged, make no mistake), and Sal is apparently some kind of Trigger historian who must secretly be involved in the production ofSpace Patrol Luluco, and probably Kiznaiver too while we’re at it.

00:00:00 Introductions
00:00:28 General Otaku Chat: Funimation Broadcast Dubs, Neon gets his first dolly, MegaCon 2016, Sailor Moon Drops
SENPAI LEAGUE
00:26:33 Big Order 7
00:34:23 Kiznaiver 8
00:47:56 The Lost Village 9
00:53:25 ReZero 9
01:01:20 Flying Witch 8
01:04:05 Joker Game 9
01:08:35 Twin Star Exorcists 8
01:13:23 Macross Delta…something?
01:17:16 Kuma Miko 9
01:19:05 Bakuon!! 9
01:23:47 And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online 8
01:27:47 Special Neontaster bonus segment!

KOHAI LEAGUE
01:35:02 Shonen Maid 7
01:38:32 High School Fleet 8
01:42:46 Anne Happy 8
01:46:23 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 7 & 8
01:49:12 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 7
01:54:40 Super Lovers 8 & 9
02:00:33 Cerberus 8

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02:04:10 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 8
02:06:25 Space Patrol Luluco 9
02:11:13 Pan de Peace 9

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This was an atypical show here at Otakusphere Weekly; in addition to welcoming Zeke Freek from the Baka Gaijin podcast, we changed up the order a bunch. Since our whole Sempai/Kohai system wouldn’t really match what Zeke is watching this season, we spent more time on our general otaku rambling (in which we investigate the offerings coming up next season), and talked about some shows we don’t normally talk about. Conversely, since this was a punishing week for both LB and Lifesong in particular, we also skipped a few shows that we normally cover– expect us to double-up on those next time.

In other news, LB informs me of the existence of Sailor Moon Drops, an SM-themed Match-3 game; this was likely a mistake on his part.

00:00:00 General Otaku Chat (plus upcoming Summer Anime Season speculation): ReWriteBig Order (the manga– you know, the good version), Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!Final Fantasy XV, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

00:58:22 COMMERCIAL BREAK

00:58:49 Kiznaiver 7
01:08:15 Twin Star Exorcists 7
01:11:51 Kabaneri of The Iron Fortress 7
01:19:16 My Hero Academia 8
01:21:35 And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online 7
01:28:32 Big Order 6
01:33:59 The Lost Village 8
01:41:25 Re:Zero 8
01:48:13 Flying Witch 7
01:50:20 Joker Game 8
01:53:38 Kuma Miko 8
01:57:24 Bakuon!! 8
02:02:36 Shonen Maid 6
02:05:14 High School Fleet 7
02:10:59 Anne Happy 7
02:12:45 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 6
02:14:40 Cerberus 8
02:19:03 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 7
02:20:19 Space Patrol Luluco 8
02:23:04 Pan de Peace 8

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I had a cup of half-caff coffee before recording this show, which didn’t seem to have the effect on my brain that I was hoping for. Fortunately, no amount of any psychoactive drug would have madeBig Order 5 go down smoothly anyway, so it ended up not mattering much one way or the other. Lifesong and I spent quite a while trying to figure out just what was going on in the wake of that episode, like two beaten, shipwrecked survivors clinging to a rock together after a hurricane.

In other news this week, we continue to be haunted by Re:Zero and the shadow of the Jealous Witch, the charm of Anne-Happy is intoxicating, The Lost Village is less of a train wreck and more of a slow, deliberate collision between two vehicles that happen to be trains, and Shonen Maid, of all things, makes us cry. Also, Space Patrol Luluco makes us wonder the eternal question, “Why did no one try setting them on fire before?”

00:00:00 General Otaku Chat: Muramasa Rebirth (again), Chi’s Sweet HomeSword Art OnlineD.Gray ManGrimgar of Fantasy and Ash

SENPAI LEAGUE
00:12:50 Big Order 5
00:21:20 Kiznaiver 6
00:25:53 The Lost Village 7
00:30:58 Re:Zero 7
00:36:37 Flying Witch 6
00:39:50 Joker Game 7
00:48:00 Twin Star Exorcists 6
00:50:20 Macross Delta 7
00:54:29 Kuma Miko 7
00:58:58 Bakuon!! 7
01:04:35 And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online 6

01:10:24 COMMERCIAL BREAK

KOHAI LEAGUE
01:11:30 Shonen Maid 5
01:14:50 High School Fleet 6
01:22:58 Anne-Happy 6
01:27:45 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 6 
01:30:23 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 5
01:31:55 Super Lovers 7
01:36:18 Cerebrus 7
CHIBI LEAGUE
01:40:50 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 6
01:43:46 Space Patrol Luluco 7
00:49:31 Pan De Peace 7

NOTES:
1. Reki Kawahara’s third light novel series is called The Isolater; it’s been licensed by Yen Press.
2. During the Macross Delta discussion, Sal meant to refer to Walkure’s lead singer as Mikumo.

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This week, Lifesong and I finally put our collective foot down and drop Bungo Stray Dogs for basically giving us a bad Sherlock episode, and without even that Cumberbatch fellow to save it by chewing up some scenery. At the same time, we struggle to understand just what the hell could even conceivably be going on in Big Order, lament the lack of proper world-building in Twin Star Exorcists, and get slightly mad at our favorite spy drama for giving us Murder On The Joker Game Express instead of a proper storyline. Also, LB now lives in fear of evil ocean hamsters unhinging their tiny jaws and decapitating Blue Mermaids, but I think the same can be said of all right-thinking people.

Now, even if you normally just stay for the heavy-hitter shows at the beginning, I recommend sticking it out all the way to Pan de Peacethis week: you’ll get to hear Sal completely lose it over the fact that Melon Bread is a lying asshole of a bread, and it is a moment to savor.

SENPAI LEAGUE
00:00:00 Hi we like the animus
00:00:29 Big Order 4
00:04:16 Kiznaiver 5
00:08:08 The Lost Village 6
00:14:34 Re:Zero 6
00:21:28 Flying Witch 5
00:24:19 Joker Game 6
00:29:53 Twin Star Exorcists 5
00:34:57 Macross Delta 6
00:38:21 Kuma Miko 6
00:45:27 Bakuon!! 6
00:50:15 And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online 5

00:57:04 COMMERCIAL BREAK

KOHAI LEAGUE
00:58:18 Anne-Happy 5
00:59:20 Bungo Stray Dogs 5 (DROPPED FOR REAL)
01:03:09 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 5
01:04:04 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 4
01:07:18 Super Lovers 6
01:10:03 Shonen Maid 3-4
01:13:20 High School Fleet 5
01:17:49 Cerebrus 6
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01:20:52 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 5
01:23:35 Space Patrol Luluco 6
01:26:24 Pan De Peace 6

01:29:17 Otaku Chat: Tenchi Muyo!, Bladedance of the Elementalers, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Muramasa: Rebirth

NOTES:
This is the essay I was referring to during our The Lost Village conversation, by Isaac Akers.
-I sometimes say “Maki” during this episode when I really mean Misaki.
-The show Yakitate! Japan features melon bread made with actual melon, among other delicacies.

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This week’s discussion is dominated by a certain Big Order plot-twist that will forever live in infamy…or at least until the summer anime season. Meanwhile, I seem to have some kind of mental block where I can’t remember which shows LB is watching, despite the fact that he’s been entirely consistent and his watchlist isn’t even that long. Fortunately, my ineptitude at podcast hosting is far outclassed by the ineptitude of the writing in both Super Lovers and Bungo Stray Dogs, meaning I can still feel more or less okay about myself. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the writing in High School Fleet is inept just because the show is dumb; achieving THAT level of stupid has to be deliberate, and requires a certain level of raw talent.

In other news, we discover Lifesong’s primary talent in life, Joker Game is awesome just for acknowledging that Morse Code is cool, we worry about food sanitation in regard to Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou, and this is perhaps the third week in a row where Pan de Peace has not featured even one joke. Why are we still watching it? Why are we still watching half of this stuff? Why won’t Sakamoto marry me*? Listen and find out!

SENPAI LEAGUE
00:00:00 General Otaku Chat: Black Butler, Blade and Soul, Corpse Party
00:08:37 Big Order 3
00:15:02 Kiznaiver 4
00:19:56 The Lost Village 5
00:24:54 Re:Zero 5
00:30:24 Flying Witch 4
00:32:54 Joker Game 5
00:39:25 Twin Star Exorcists 4
00:43:40 Macross Delta 5
00:46:36 Kuma Miko 5
00:51:16 Bakuon!! 5
00:56:30 And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online 4

01:00:19 BREAK

KOHAI LEAGUE
01:00:54 Anne-Happy 4
01:02:26 Bungo Stray Dogs 4 (DROPPED…err, probably.)
01:05:00 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 4
01:08:29 Super Lovers 5
01:11:06 High School Fleet 4
01:15:35 Cerebrus 5
01:20:51 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto 3
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01:24:30 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou 4
01:28:39 Space Patrol Luluco 5
01:32:00 Pan De Peace 5

*The reason why Sakamoto won’t marry me is, of course, because I am already married, and bigamy is illegal. Surely, that is the only reason why he’s holding back from that proposal….

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