S.W.A.T. Reviews: Summer 2017

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 Little Witch Academia TV from Studio Trigger. It is streaming on Netflix. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of MAGICAL CIRCLE GURU-GURU from Production I.G. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Tsuredure Children from Studio Gokumi. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: On Parole

First impressions of Restaurant to Another World from Silver Link. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Elegant Yokai Apartment Life from Shin-Ei Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of The Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor from Studio Seven. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

First impressions of Fastest Finger First from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Chronos Ruler from Project No 9. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of 18if from Gonzo. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

The Speakeasy #067: Witchy Woman—Little Witch Academia 2, Fangirl, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Anime Expo

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Drink #067: Witchy Woman
Little Witch Academia 2, Fangirl, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Anime Expo

Ongoing Investigations: Aquarion EVOL vol. 2 by Shoji Kawamori and Aogiri, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers TV from Sunrise, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, On Basilisk Station by David Weber, Little Witch Academai 2 from Studio Trigger.

Topics: Anime Expo License Madness

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Witchy Woman

  • 1½ ounces Campari
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce Flor de Caña 4-year-old, extra-dry white rum
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce Orgeat syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange slice and mint sprig.

Every Witch Way but Loose

hisui_icon_4040 I am hardly a person unfamiliar with pessimism. As I always joke that some people see the glass half filled, some people see it half empty, but I see it close to empty and probably filled with poison. But at times I have to wonder what dark pool of empty dread like the stare of the Great Old Ones must people be drawing their fears from to get so fatalistically morbid. There is a world of difference between being slightly cynically cautious and unhealthly fatalistic.

Oddly enough Masaaki Yuasa’s “Kick-Heart” Kickstarter seemed to draw out a lot of this negative aura. What should have been a moment of triumph had the feeling of a Pyrrhic victory. It invoked a scene were in the village was technically saved but as the heroes survey the ruins of their home they wonder if they paid a higher price than it was worth. But in many ways the recent smashing success of Time of Eve and Little Witch Academia proves that maybe people were worried over nothing.

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