Case Closed Reviews: Summer 2018

First impressions are great but what about our thoughts after we’ve watched an entire series week to week? We figured our listeners might want to hear our final impressions as well so we’ve created the Case Closed Review podcast. Just like the S.W.A.T. Reviews, these are mini-podcasts and completely off the cuff.

Final impressions of Cells at Work! from David Productions. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of Hanebado! from Toho Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of Revue Starlight from Kinema Citrus. It is streaming on HIDIVE. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of Working Buddies! S2 from Tomovies. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

S.W.A.T. Reviews: Summer 2018

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The premise of these reviews is simple: watch the first episode of a series and then immediately sit down to record a review mini-podcast. The reviews are five- to ten-minutes long and entirely off the cuff. As always we only review new shows (so no sequels or continuations) and try to avoid anything that just looks outright awful.

Sentence: Free to Go

First impressions of Anglomois: Record of the Mongol Invasion from NAZ. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Cells at Work! from David Productions. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Hanebado! from Toho Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Banana Fish from MAPPA. It is streaming on Amazon Prime. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: On Parole

First impressions of Holmes of Kyoto from Seven. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Angels of Death from J.C. Staff. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Planet With from J.C. Staff. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of We Rent Tsukumogami from Telecom Animation Film. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Starlight Revue from Kinema Citrus. It is streaming on HIDIVE. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

First impressions of Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King from asread and Tear Studio. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Phantom in the Twilight from LIDENFILMS. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Chio’s School Road from Diomedea. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Manga of the Month: Cells at Work!

Cells at Work! by Akane Shimizu

narutaki_icon_4040_round If someone told me that my new favorite manga would be about the internal workings of the cells in the human body, I wouldn’t have believed it. But here we are!

In Cells at Work!, Akane Shimizu takes the many cells that keep our bodies running and imagines them as humanoid characters working in complex company systems. For example, the red blood cells are depicted as a shipping company ala Fedex with hundreds of workers running here and there with carts of packages to be delivered.

Our leads are Red Blood Cell  (RBC from here on) and White Blood Cell (WBC from here on), you have to know them by sight since there are hundreds of other red and white cells running around the series. WBC is a no-nonsense, precise, doer who goes to any length to protect and eradicate any threat to the body. RBC a hard-working, bright newbie to the delivery company and often runs into WBC on her errands around the body. RBC is often the point-of-view character to what all is happening.

The stories are episodic with a chapter, sometimes two, taking on various illnesses or other happenings in the human body. I’ve thus far learned about allergies, the creation of cancer cells, what happens when the body gets a scrape, and more! Each chapter has some asides which are no intrusive to explain terminology or give more information about a given subject.

Learning is great! But the thing that makes Cells at Work!, well . . . work, is the comedy. Each character has an over-the-top personality and everyone takes their jobs very seriously. Bickering, side comments, rivalries, mishaps, and everything in between pepper this series with a big dose of humor.

Cells at Work! is a delightful, laugh-out-loud way to learn about the mysterious inner workings of the human body.

~ kate