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.

Some of Our Favorite Anime and Manga About Anime and Manga

narutaki_icon_4040 I love animation and comics. Period. The artforms that is. And the more I learn about the process, the more appreciation I have for them. I feel like there isn’t a year that goes by where I don’t see something so incredible that it makes me revere the mediums all over again.

There is a lot to learn and having better access to Japanese news and culture has given us lots of insight: from the first time I learned about the assistants a manga-ka has to crowdfunding for animator dorms (!). But non-fiction accounts aren’t the only way to learn about an industry. In fact, creating a fictional world set within the very real parameters of manga creation or animation studios may illuminate the true struggles and triumphs even more.

hisui_icon_4040 If you are an animation fan for any amount of time there is a tendency to wonder what is the precise magic that transforms still pictures into moving images. (It is not actually sorcery that creates animation unless that animation is stop motion.) Some people are interested for academic reasons, others as it is a potential career path, while most just want a deeper understanding of their hobby. But like any attempt to see how the sausage is made it can be anything from an eye-opening moment of wonder to harsh bucket of cold water depending on how the lesson is presented.

Anime and manga have done several stories that look at how they are made with various degrees of love. In some titles it is the heart and soul of the premise and others it merely a set piece for comedy or romance. Those anime and manga range in its opinion of itself as everything from seeing the industry as havens of marvelous artistic self-expression to soul grinding commercial product factories with most portrayals being some sort of mix between those two extremes. No matter which of the two ends of the spectrum the title falls on they are usually an eye-opening insight into how the stories otaku love are created.

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S.W.A.T. Reviews: Autumn 2014 Pt. 2

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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. These are the first batch from the new season and now we’ve broken them into (helpful?) categories:

Sentence: Free to Go

Listen – First impressions of Rage of Bahamut: Genesis from MAPPA. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Akatsuki no Yona from Pierrot. It is streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of GARO: The Animation from MAPPA. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Hi-sCool Seha Girls from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

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

Listen – First impressions of Parasyte -the maxim- from Madhouse. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Sentence: On Parole

Listen – First impressions of Lord Marksman and Vanadis from Satelight. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Shirobako from P.A.Works. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

Listen – First impressions of Laughing Under the Clouds from Dogakobo. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.