Case Closed Reviews: Summer 2016

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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.

Final impressions of 91 Days from Shuka. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of Thunderbolt Fantasy from Pili International Multimedia. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of Orange from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of Macross Delta from Satelite. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of Mob Psycho 100 from BONES. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of The Highschool Life of a Fudanshi from EMT Squared. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of Maho Shojo? Naria Girls from Studio Bouncy. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of Battery from Zero G. It is streaming on Amazon. DOWNLOAD

S.W.A.T. Reviews: Summer 2016

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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 Thunderbolt Fantasy from Pili International Multimedia. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Mob Psycho 100 from BONES. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Battery from Zero G. It is streaming on Amazon. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of The Highschool Life of a Fudanshi from EMT Squared. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of 91 Days from Shuka. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

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

First impressions of Cheer Boys! from Brain’s Base. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Sweetness and Lightning from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of DAYS from MAPPA. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of The Morose Mononokean from Pierrot Plus. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: On Parole

First impressions of Maho Shojo? Naria Girls from Studio Bouncy. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Alderamin on the Sky from MADHOUSE. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Time Travel Girl from Wao World. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Taboo-Tattoo from J. C. Staff. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

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

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

First impressions of Berserk (2016) from Millepensee. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Qualidea Code from A-1 Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars from Actas. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of This Art Club Has a Problem! from Feel. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of hitorinoshita The Outcast from Emon Animation Company. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of New Game! from Doga Kobo. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Handa-kun from diomedea. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K from J. C. Staff. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Bananya from Gathering. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Manga of the Month: Orange

Orange (オレンジ) by Ichigo Takano

narutaki_icon_4040 This was the first title on the Crunchyroll Manga subscription that was on my “most wanted” list. It takes off from a common idea: what if you could tell your high school self some important information and change the future. In this case, Naho receives a mysterious letter in the mail from her future self which quickly proves itself to be real by predicting the events of that day perfectly. A new student arrives, Kakeru, who instantly becomes a part of Naho’s group of friends. But the letter warns Naho that Kakeru will not make it to his 18th birthday and begs her to prevent this from happening.

“From here on in, please make Kakeru happy
as often as you can.

I’m sure that’s what will save him.”

There is a darkness, a sadness, in Kakeru after his mother’s suicide, which we learn happened on his first day of transferring to the new school. He hints at his pain and his smile is always melancholy but he never opens up. That is he doesn’t in the past that Naho is reading about, but slowly she starts to gain the confidence to ask Kakeru about his life and his feelings. Along with her friends she might just be able to pull him back from the brink.

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