What a long time since I’ve updated. Also should have posted this earlier, but being majorly distracted due to Vindictus and studies. Mostly being lazy.
Our latest (and stupidly delayed back more than two weeks from recording date) brings topics like new Pokemon, Gintama, and various anime topics. As much as how general and vague that sounds, that’s honestly all you need to know what we’ll end up talking about. I recognize that you’d probably want a small list so we don’t waste your time.. but really, you’re listening to a podcast about 3 people talking about anime; I doubt it would sound any different from talking to your friends. Aside from us sounding more stupid.
My ears are already betraying me. When I thought I could recognize most voices past character molding, I lost again. Kanemoto Hisako voices the character Tomonori/Yuki in Kore wa Zombie desu ka? and I couldn’t tell. Perhaps it’s such a jarring distance from her voicing Kanata in Sora no Woto. (Her more recent role was in Shinryaku! Ika Musume as.. well, Ika Musume.) I’m fine with that though. It’s always good to see new talent, but lord knows if I could ever spot one on my own. That’s what talent agencies are for anyway.
As for episode 8 of Zombie, I’m completely digging it. The character expressions are varied, and the overall tone of the show still hasn’t lost its momentum. I’m already calling it my favorite of this season, even though there are other series currently airing that may have more substance and oomph. Exchanges between the characters might seem old hat & cliché, but they’ve changed so many of the nuances to fit the characters that it hardly seems copy pasta. There’s a small altercation between Haruna and Ayumu at the end of the episode. I think everyone will understand what part I’m talking about, and anyone’s instinct upon realizing that a trope is fast approaching is to groan. But fear not – because Ayumu’s reaction is silly and awesome.
As much as I love this series, I also lament that current info says it will be only 12+1 episodes. Here’s hoping that Zombie will eventually get a 2nd season.
Will you look at that? A week since the last podcast! It’s almost like we’re on schedule or something. Almost as awesome as a pumpkin slushie.. which I’ve never had. I’ve always wondered what a pumpkin slushie would taste like. Considering Cirno here in the top image is absolutely shining with happy, I think I’ll enjoy it. I also finally watched the Third Touhou M-1 Grand Prix to hear Yuyuko say Lily White’s name with an erotic voice. Dear god I nearly passed out. The podcast doesn’t reflect this, since I watched it afterward. The other topics: I cover a news bit, in which the two main character’s seiyuu in Toradora are now cast together in a Spring 2011 anime called Hidan no Aria; particularly interesting because of the staff and studio combo. Seitokai Yakuindomo‘s OAD release, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Tamayura, and Kore wa Zombie desu ka? make up the rest of the topics. I almost completely forgot we revisit Fractalé, which takes up a big portion of the beginning of the podcast.
And them Dyson Air Multipliers. I thank ye for new jokes. Almost willing to rename the podcast to the DAMcast. Because we love Dyson Air Multipliers.
It’s our first podcast of the new year. What else can you expect from an anime podcast? Obviously the forecast for some of the new series coming out, along with us rambling. It is also the podcast while we finally realize we’re essentially without a name. What good is a podcast without a name? Aside from that, we talked about that zombie anime that’s currently out (Kore wa zombie desu ka?), and somehow manage to stay on topic for a good amount of time.. but not without some off-topic commentary.
Fractale gets a rather serious discussion out of us, which we normally tend to veer away from doing. Our focal point on our Fractale discussion is the difference in culture and established norms as we know them today. With the evidence only in spoken lines I assume Fractale is definitely way past the 22nd century, but until dates are given to us, I’ll just have to use an ambiguous time frame. And since we fancy data hopping once we learn about A-1 Picture’s involvement with Fractale, we end up talking about Sora no Woto.
Oh, and I truncated the podcast and a huge section after the 1 hour and 25 minute mark was removed because I honestly think it was wasted podcast time. The first time I’ve ever listened to my own podcast and thought, “Wow. That was really drawn out and unnecessary.” Leave a comment if you’re interested in hearing the full recording.. which I doubt will happen. Nice musical intermission for that cutout was from the Death Smiles OST.
But if you’re wondering what it was, we end up rambling and finding an interesting conversation piece: think of a Japanese name, or surname, used several times over within anime. Then spit out the character you’re thinking of, off the top of your head. See how far your character knowledge reaches without being overwritten with recent & popular characters. We all know who Haruhi is. But is your Haruhi the same as someone else who’s definitely seen way more than you?
Decided to use more than one image, because this seriously needs the attention for no reason! And pardon the title. I can’t help but notice that zombies are a modern cultural phenomenon that is continuing to invade my animu. I’m fairly certain the largest reason I’m going to continue this show is that I haven’t skipped the opening and ending song sequences. I never thought I’d end up listening to the OP and ED more than once because my music taste rarely crosses paths with anime OP/ED songs. But I can’t help but appreciate the music of this series because it’s close to what sounds like something I already listen to, along with the eclectic mixture of music styles in the ED piquing my interest.
The soft music from the cold start and various parts of the episode certainly clash with the harder rock music of the OP. The samba and waltz of the ED are also interesting since they incorporated the new trend of synthesized 8-bit noises. But it was in the soft music that had a rather nice melodic progression that really clicked with me.
Anyone who’s been here before, or whoever knows me personally, knows how much I like looking up who’s working on the anime I watch. So first things is first: I was kind of worried this is Studio DEEN’s doing. I may give DEEN a lot of flak, along with a lot of others. But I urge those and anyone to give this one a shot, simply because of the music. Yes, for some reason it is the biggest reason I’ve become a sucker for this show. We can thank Shinji Kakijima and Keiichi Nozaki for the awesome musics.
Time to address the primary concern of most people: Studio DEEN. True, there’s now a couple of anime on DEEN’s record not exactly showing high quality. But I’m going to be optimistic here, since DEEN brought me three appealing characters in the first episode already. I’ll wait it out until episode 5, which is being rather generous.