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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The Speakeasy #085: Looking Back on 2016

Part 1: Favorite licenses from 2016, Favorite anime and manga moments from 2016, Most disappointing anime from 2016, how has streaming changed the way we watch?

Song: “Kimi dake no Boku de Iru kara by GACKT (OP1 to Trickster)

Food for Thought: What were some of your favorite non-anime or manga things from 2016?

Part 2: Award nominations, top-selling anime and manga in Japan, the growth of the U.S. manga industry, the Crunchyroll Anime Awards.

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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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