This week, some staff members who shall remain nameless would rather have a Game of Thrones podcast then talk about silly Japanese cartoons all day. But alas, we are Japanator, not DaenerysTargaryenator, so we must perse... | subscribe
Tim took over hosting duties while I was away, but don't listen to the shameless lie he feeds you at the beginning of this episode: I was NOT snowboarding. I was skiing, which is completely different! Skiers are graceful athletes who deftly traverse a sparkling winter wonderland with style and aplomb; snowboarders are slackers who are always sitting on their butts in packs at the top of the trail, blocking everyone else from getting down the mountain. Please don't confuse these two things.
In my absence new Japanator editor L.B. makes his podcast debut, and the crew discusses the usual slate of anime (plus some new stuff) while Tim tries to constrain his massive mountain of hate for everything that has ever existed since the beginning of time. Fortunately, the otherwise-friendly L.B. seems to hate (or at least dislike) a few of the same things that Tim does, so it looks like his prospects around here are pretty solid. Also on the plus side: Ryuko Matoi's new outfit, which has been known to cover her entire butt.
Brittany couldn't be with us this week, so we had to up the horror quotient of the podcast by talking about the Lovecraftian abomination that is Super Sonico's default outfit. In other news, we're skeptical of any and all Sailor Moon announcements; I make up lurid fanfiction about manga publisher Vertical Inc. in a cheap attempt to disguise the fact that we have very little real news this week; and Tim's antipathy towards Kill La Kill has reached the point where he can no longer even remember if he's seen any given episode or not, and needs his memory repeatedly jogged with pantomime and hand signals. Fortunately, with Wizard Barristers fresh on the scene, at least one show finally has animation high-quality enough to impress our Editor In Chief...for now.
After a refreshing holiday break, the Jtor AM podcast is back for a new cour-- and you can tell it's all-new, since Tim and Ben are arguing about the animation quality in Space Dandy instead of Kill La Kill. This week's slate of important topics includes the looming specter of a new season of Sword Art Online, the definition of God in Kyousogiga (and how neither Sal nor Karen are either individually smart enough to understand that show, nor can they understand it together), and the baffling mystery of how Nobunaga the Fool can be so ridiculous yet so ungodly boring at the same time. We also indulge in our weekly "Just how *&#$-in' crazy is that Kaga Koko?" debate, but come on-- you knew that already.
Since this will be Sal's last episode with us (at least for a while), we considered just berating him about leaving for the full hour or so, but after about five minutes of screaming, rending our garments and begging him to stay through our tears, we all just felt really tired and sad and talked about Japanese cartoons all night instead. We'll miss you, Sal
Somehow, we managed to have both Ben and Brittany on the podcast at the same time without the universe spontaneously exploding...unless of course the universe did explode, and I'm talking to you all from some kind of mystical afterlife right now? Nah; I want to eat birthday cake really badly, and if this was the afterlife, a cake would have magically appeared in front of me by now. Behold: the power of logic.
In any case, to make up for a fairly short news segment, the five of us tackle some fun listener questions, and of course discuss the week that was in anime. By popular demand, Brittany even spends some time discussing Coppelion, but mostly just to say that it's dumb and that makes her sad. On the plus side, I think this week may feature my best-ever Valvrave Report, and Jem and the Holograms still exists. I think the world is a better place when I remember that Jem happened.
How did we get all the way to Jtor AM Episode 12 without asking for listener questions? I have no idea; I'm going to have to tag everyone involved, myself included, with critical narcissism failure.
Seriously, since the news ...
This week, Ben's too busy being someone else's Valvrave therapist to join us (traitor!), so Brittany Vincent jumps into to the fray. Then the two of us have fun discussing everything that's wrong with the conclusion of Diabolik Lovers...and considering, it's kind of a miracle this podcast isn't four hours long. In other news, as per usual, the podcast addresses the most important questions of our era: If Myoue watches over Mirror Kyoto, who watches Myoue? How badly does a knight need a begleiter, and how badly does a pregnant horse need moral support? And is the fake Madoka movie featured in Outbreak Company legitimately more entertaining than the final Madoka film?
All this, and Tim and I also have a surprisingly heated discussion about Golden Time, because we take Koko's dysfunctional relationships just that seriously.
Actually it isn't, it's time for the latest episode of Jtor AM, but Golden Time is involved, so it's kind of true. This week: the Toonami people try to get us hyped about a new anime from the creators of "KOWBOI BEEBAP!!", Samurai Flamenco is still thoroughly in WTFBBQ country, a swimsuit episode for Kill La Kill is effectively impossible since no mere bathing suit could be more revealing than Ryuko's battle outfit, Linda-sempai is bad at dealing with moral dilemmas, Celia-sempai wins everything just for existing, and Sal and I fight over who gets to propose to Pierre from Kamen Rider Gaim first. Considering the fact that I'm already married, I guess Sal has the edge there, but maybe we can work something out? I really do dig that Durian Rider.
In return for Ben kindly volunteering to be my official Valvrave: The Liberator therapist, this week I decide to pay him back by becoming his official Samurai Flamenco therapist. Unfortunately for Ben, he's a much better therapist than I am, so while I'm basically okay with my friendly neighborhood space vampires and their exploits, Ben is still terribly distraught over the whole Guillotine Gorilla situation. Can you blame him?
In other news, Kyousougiga decides to make a surprising amount of sense, Golden Time's Linda is full of it as far as Tim's concerned, and Lafayette from True Blood becomes a giant Durian-themed Roman gladiator because Kamen Rider Gaim is quickly becoming the world's best television program.
The most important thing you need to know about this week's Jtor AM is that Ben has become my official Valvrave therapist; if you want your own Valvrave therapist, you're just going to have to find someone else, because I've got him booked solid through the end of the year. Remember, Jtor AM does not recommend watching Valvrave without the assistance of a licensed professional like Counselor Huber. Jtor AM also doesn't recommend using staplers to gently disable neighborhood thugs unless you are either a masked hero, or other law-enforcement professional. We do however recommend Outbreak Company.
This week, my dreams come true as Brittany joins the podcast and I finally get to talk about Diabolik Lovers. Ben apparently decided to have some kind of a life and couldn't join us this time, but it's probably just as well, since hearing us talk about that show might drive him to heinous acts of violence.
Anyway, not only do we learn all sorts of cool stuff about our community manager-- like the fact that she once picked up the entire series of Record of the Lodoss War for 25 cents-- but we're also joined by a special guest for the Anime Talk segment! I swear, it's like Podcast Christmas. The only thing that could possibly make me happier now is a copy of Sorcery Saga: The Curse of the Curry God (hint hint hint).
As per usual, this week we discuss all the exciting news in the world of anime: Viz continues to expand, Crunchyroll is dominating the market One Piece at a time, something clearly financial in nature happened at some point, and the Girls Und Panzer dub cast could totally beat up any other English dub cast, with or without tanks. We also discuss the pertinent questions provoked by some of this season's most popular shows: is Nudist Beach the best secret anime organization ever? Is Flamenco Girl actually Bruce Wayne, or does she just have a Scrooge McDuck-style money pit in her basement? Is discussing the questionable horse physics of Walkure Romanze the new discussing the questionable water physics in Nagi No Asukara?
All that, and we finally properly discuss Kamen Rider Gaim! Tim isn't actually watching Gaim, but apparently he's giggled over all the transformation sequences on Youtube, which is effectively the same thing as watching it.
This week, Tim is too hung over to even care about dubbed Space Dandy, which makes him pretty darn hung over. In fact, in this listless state, he's like the natural enemy of Sal "OMG I'm so psyched I'm so psyched!" G-Rodiles, but unfortunately, the two of them do not have an epic tokusatsu-style battle on the podcast. Of course, if they did, Sal would try to fight with a sword made out of juicy orange slices while Tim just threw half-empty vodka bottles, so it would be less of a battle and more of a mixed drink. Meanwhile, I continue to watch Valvrave because I was a bad person in a past life and must repent, and Ben has to hear about me watching Valvrave because sometimes life just isn't fair.
So, in other words, a typical week at our virtual Jtor office. Also, mechs.