Case Closed Reviews: Winter 2015 (Some Fantastic)

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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 will be mini-podcasts and completely off the cuff.

Here are the shows we finished which ended this winter:

Listen – Final impressions of GARO the Animation from MAPPA. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – Final impressions of Death Parade from MADHOUSE. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – Final impressions of Yurikuma Arashi from Silver Link. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – Final impressions of SHIROBAKO from P.A. Works. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road from TMS/8PAN. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Your Lie in April from A-1 Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Durarara!!x2 Shou from Shuka. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Aldnoah.Zero S2 from A-1 Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Gundam Build Fighters Try from Sunrise. It is streaming on Gundam.info.

Listen – Final impressions of Gundam Reconguista in G from Sunrise. It is streaming on Gundam.info.

Listen – Final impressions of Magic Kaito 1412 from A-1 Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Rolling Girls from Wit Studio. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Gundam Build Fighters Try: She’s My Hero!

narutaki_icon_4040 I loved the first season of Gundam Build Fighters so I thought it would be hard to top it with a new cast in another season. But then Fumina Hoshino appeared.

During a Gunpla World Championship, young Hoshino observed a magnificent player and decided then and there to aspire to the same greatness. Hoshino is now 14-years-old, building Gunpla, and the head of the Gunpla Battle school club with a goal of putting together a team to take all the way to their own championship.

Hoshino is a young woman and her inspiration is also a woman. And Hoshino is the protagonist of Gundam Build Fighters Try.

hisui_icon_4040 As someone who has listened to Gundamn for several years I have noticed a few recurring questions that pop up in their mailbag from time to time. (Apparently podcasts can regularly receive questions. Shocking but true. I have no experience with that phenomenon so this is all apocryphal.) One such question usually involves some variation of, “When do you think a Gundam series will have a female protagonist and what will she be like?” The general answer is that the closest they have come so far is Haruhiko Mikimoto’s Gundam École du Ciel manga and that is currently on indefinite hiatus and Tiel’s Impulse which I did not even know existed until I checked just to make sure there were not any other notable female Gundam heroines.

It would be foolish to discount École du Ciel and Tiel’s Impulse as unimportant steps towards a female protagonist in Gundam but I think the real victory for the fans who want a little more gender equality in Gundam would be a woman in the driver’s seat of a Gundam TV series. While Gundam is not totally married to the idea of a persistent canon the parts of the franchise that have the strongest claim to canon tend to be the TV series. That means that a Gundam TV series with a woman at the helm would set a powerful precedent.

As surprising as it is Fumina Hoshino might actually be the leading lady Gundam fans have been waiting for. Gundam Build Fighters Try might not be the expected route for the first female Gundam heroine but a slightly obscure path might be exactly what was needed for it to happen.

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Case Closed Reviews: Fall 2013 / Winter 2014

A new short podcast series! 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 will be mini-podcasts and completely off the cuff.

Here are the 8 shows we finished from the fall and winter seasons:

Listen – Final impressions of Kuroko’s Basketball S2 from Production I.G with ending “Hengen Jizai no Magical Star” by GRANRODEO. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha from Production IMS with ending “Saved” by Maaya Sakamoto. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – Final impressions of Buddy Complex from Sunrise with ending “Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de” by ChouCho. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – Final impressions of Kill la Kill from Studio Trigger with the opening “ambiguous” by GRANiDELiA. It is streaming on CrunchyrollHuluDaisuke, and Aniplex Channel.

Listen – Final impressions of Gundam Build Fighters from Sunrise with the ending “Han Pan Spirit” by Hyadain. It is streaming on Gundam.info.

Listen – Final impressions of Space Dandy from Studio BONES with ending “Welcome to the X Dimension” by Etsuko Yakushimaru. It is streaming on HuluFunimation, and Adult Swim; plus it is being broadcast on Toonami.

Listen – Final impressions of Hamatora the Animation from NAZ with ending “Hikari” by Wataru Hatano. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Final impressions of Silver Spoon S2 from A-1 Pictures with ending “Oto no Naru Hoe” by Goose House. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.