The Speakeasy #088: Rudolf the Black Cat, Hayate the Combat Butler, MST3K, Your Name

Ongoing Investigations: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return from Netflix, Rudolf the Black Cat from OLM Digital and Sprite Animation Studios, Hayate the Combat Butler (finale) by Kenjiro Hata, Robot x Laserbeam (Ch. 1-3) by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, Your Name from Comix Wave Films.

Song: “Nandemonaiya” (movie version) from Your Name by RADWIMPS

Food for Thought: Which type of ending has the most emotional impact to you–happy, sad, or ambiguous? Why?

Topics: Leiji Matsumoto Writing Work that Connects His Universe, Japanese Digital Manga Market grows 27.5%, Rumiko Takahashi Has 200 Million Copies in Print, Blazing Transfer Student Live-action Netflix Series, New TV Anime Block.

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The Speakeasy #084: Fantastic Beasts, Princess Jellyfish, Ole Golazo, Streets of Rage

Ongoing Investigations: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Warner Bros. Pictures, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne (spoiler YT video review), Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura, Ole Golazo by Takamasa Moue, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master from TMS Entertainment.

Song: OP1 to Ninja Girl & Samurai Master, “Adazakura” by Renka

Food for Thought: Pick an anime character to give a present to.

Topics: Hayao Miyazuki working on new feature film, former Ghibli staff making Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Kenjiro Hata starting new manga, SEGA’s Altered Beast and Streets of Rage getting American film/TV adaptations, Kuroko’s Basketball cakes.

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The Speakeasy #075: My Little Monster, Fire Emblem, Spectre, Gravity Falls

Ongoing Investigations: 007: Spectre from Eon Productions, Firefight and Calamity by Brandon Sanderson, Fire Emblem Fates from Intelligent Systems, Gravity Falls from Disney, My Little Monster by Robico.

Food for Thought: What upcoming videogames are you looking forward to?

Topics: Crowdfunding round-up with Riding Bean, The Vision of Escaflowne, Kaze no Yo ni, Mayoiga. Amazon and Noitamina partnership, Netflix and Production I.G partnership, Production I.G’s FLCL, Anime Mirai Becomes Anime Tamago.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Vesper Martini

  • 3 measures of Gordon’s Gin
  • 1 measure of vodka
  • 1/2 measure Kina Lillet
  • Lemon peel for garnish

“Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?” Casino Royale, Chapter 7