Case Closed Reviews: Winter 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 Pop Team Epic from Kamikaze Douga. It is streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and HIDIVE. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of A Place Further Than the Universe from MADHOUSE. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Final impressions of The Ancient Magus’ Bride from Wit Studio. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

S.W.A.T. Reviews: Fall 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 GARO -Vanishing Line- from MAPPA. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of The Ancient Magus’ Bride from Wit Studio. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Kino’s Journey -The Beautiful World- from Lerche. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: On Parole

First impressions of Recovery of an MMO Junkie from Signal M.D. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Urahara from Shirogumi. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

First impressions of Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- from M.S.C. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Black Clover from Pierrot. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Dies Irae from A.C.G.T. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of King’s Game the Animation from Seven. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Twocar from Silver Link. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Oyankopon from Kyotoma. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Anime-Gataris from Wao World. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Manga of the Month: The Ancient Magus’ Bride

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (魔法使いの嫁) by Kore Yamazaki

hisui_icon_4040_round As someone who has been playing tabletop role-playing games for decades, I am always a fan of a good magic setting. I love exploring magic systems, learning about magical organizations, and thinking about spell possibilities. So fantasy series in anime and manga certainly scratch this itch. Kate and I usually give all but the most lecherous and/or despicable fantasy series a chance to see what they have to offer. While I love the standard sword and sorcery medieval setting my preferred setting is series where magic lies hidden beneath the world we know today. There is a strong appeal to the idea that magic is hiding just around the corner right outside of your vision. In my humble opinion, it is a reason Harry Potter is so popular. I know it is the reason I like Mage: The Ascension and Type-Moon material.

Therefore I was naturally inclined to see out The Ancient Magus’ Bride. It’s a rich magical world set in the shadowlands of England where a half fae mage takes in a young lady as his new apprentice and his wife. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is a stunning combination of fantastic art, rich world building, and subtle storytelling draw fans of fantasy into a beautifully melancholy dream of fairyland.

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