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 #087: Zelda, Dragon Maid, Classic Anime, Crunchyroll Slowdown

Ongoing Investigations: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid from Kyoto Animation, Zelda: Breath of the Wild from Nintendo, Black Clover vol. 1-3 by Yuki Tabata, Yamada and the Seven Witches (finale) by Miki Yoshikawa.

Song: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid OP “Aozora no Rhapsody” by Fhána

Food for Thought: What game franchise would you like to get the “Breath of the Wild”-treatment?

Topics: Anime Tamago 2017 projects, Classic anime streaming for industry’s 100th Anniversary, ERASED live-action series announced for Netflix, Crunchyroll sponsors movie night and its own convention, and Crunchyroll responds to their slowdown.

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The Speakeasy #086: Fire Emblem Heroes, Voltron S2, Comiket, Wrestle Kingdom

Ongoing Investigations: Fire Emblem Heroes from Intelligent Systems, Granblue Fantasy the Animation ep. 1 from A-1 Pictures, Voltron: Legendary Defender S2.

Song: “Rainmaker” by Yonosuke Kitamura (Kazuchika Okada’s theme)

Food for Thought: What Japanese event would you plan a trip around?

Topics: We talk with Patz Prime about his recent trip to Japan.

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