Our Next Rewatch is . . . Slayers S1!

The people have spoken! With nearly 50% of the vote, our next re-watch podcast is the first season of Slayers!

When the polls first opened, there was an overwhelming push for Magic User’s Club. After that, almost all the enthusiasm about the OVA dried up allowing steady support for Slayers and Tenchi Muyo to turn the game into a two-horse race. But in the end people’s good (or bad) feelings about Slayers won out! Intriguingly enough Ranma ½ never took the top spot despite its former popularity.

Slayers is a very different show than Cowboy Bebop (obviously) therefore we will be tackling the rewatch podcast for it differently, too. There was a lot to unpack in every episode of Cowboy Bebop (even Boogie Woogie Feng Shui). While we both love Slayers, and as much as we enjoy Megumi Hayashibara’s songs, every episode of the series does not warrant a deep level of examination. So we will be watching two episodes at a time and discussing them with all new sections on the podcast. Those sections will be . . .

  • Darkness beyond twilight: A summary of what happened in the episodes
  • Crimson beyond blood that flows: What was the comedy VS. serious business ratio?
  • Buried in the stream of time is where your power grows: How did the party do as a D&D group?
  • I pledge myself to conquer all the foes who stand before the mighty gift bestowed in my unworthy hand: What food was devoured?
  • Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess: The Justice Check
  • DRAGON SLAAAAVE!: Favorite parts and final thoughts

However, we are open to suggestions! We’ll take requests! Let us know in the comments what you’d like in the rewatch podcast.

Look for our first podcast about Slayers S1 in May!



Decide Our Fate: What Should We Rewatch Next?

Despite that there are several more weeks of Cowboy Bebop Rewatch Podcasts to post, we are wrapping up recording the last episode quite soon. We could think of no better series for our inaugural Rewatch Podcast. However, the next step is not as set in stone. We have really enjoyed our trip down memory lane and are therefore curious to see how other shows might hold up after a decent chunk of time has passed. We have a slew of titles ripe for a Rewatch Podcast but what do we pick?

We could easily choose one but why not have our loyal listeners decide for us. We narrowed it down to four titles that each have a different appeal to our audience. These titles hold many memories for both of us. All of them would be tackled slightly differently from how we structured the Cowboy Bebop ones.

Your choices are:

  • Magic User’s Club (OVA) 
    While this show was wildly popular when it first came out it has faded into obscurity more than the other three shows on the list. It would be interesting to see how much this show’s popularity was a product of its time and perhaps speculate as to why the show has disappeared from the popular consciousness. Plus, Rightstuf recently license rescued it!
  • Ranma 1/2 (Season 1)
    One of us remembers this very fondly and the other remembers it with mixed feelings. It would be interesting to see if our opinions have changed since both of us had very different take aways from the series when we originally watched it. And this is a title that recently had a re-release.
  • Slayers (Season 1)
    The show both of us probably love the most of the four here. But unlike Cowboy Bebop this show is much more a product of the 90s. Also Kate has started playing D&D since she watched Slayers so it will be interesting if that has any effect on how she watches the show.
  • Tenchi Muyo (OVA 1) 
    This is the show that had the biggest shift in fandom’s opinion over the years. When it first came out it was an “it show” and introduced a lot of people to the harem concept. Since then it has become emblematic of the problems with the genre. We are both curious how much of that reputation is warranted.

If you have a little extra time leave a comment below about why you picked the title that you picked. The reason you picked the show is probably as interesting as the selection itself.


Choose the Titles for Ongoing Investigations: Case #200

Just as with Case #100, we are letting the readers choose which anime we’ll sample for our next milestone, Ongoing Investigations: Case #200.

This time around we thought we’d add titles from our own “To Watch” list for you to vote on, but don’t worry you can still choose to write in 1 answer. You can leave a comment if you really want to convince us to watch the show you suggest.

Be sure to check out our My Anime Lists (Hisui) (Narutaki) to help you decide on your picks. And do be gentle with us, dear readers.