Greetings, listeners! This was a fine week to be watching Kill La Kill if you know what I mean, and I think you do. Or maybe you don't, and you're like, "What is this Kill La Kill thing they keep talking about on my favorite podcast?", in which case I'm not quite sure what your deal is, but you have great taste in podcasts.
On this episode: In the wake of Wonderfest we talk about some toys we probably don't have the money for but will buy anyway, the prospect of an Imocho live-action movie fills LB with a strange curiosity (as opposed to the pure, existential terror you might expect), and the cast of Golden Time is replaced by a group of well-adjusted people we no longer recognize, but probably in a good way. Then, in the most robust installment of our mysterious "Stuff" segment yet, I catch up on Persona 4: The Golden, Ben talks about videogames that are strangely not Japanese, and Tim...shares...something. It was definitely something. That it was a thing, cannot be denied.
Having missed the last two episodes of the podcast, I have plenty to say this time around, and Tim does his part by always disagreeing with me on general principle. However, I'm going to call out his reluctance to refer to that one male cop on Wizard Barristers as "Stabler," as a lack of team spirit. Tim! How will we bond, if not over making up fake names for characters when the show can't be bothered to tell us the real name?
Obviously the hot issue of the week is whether or not Super Sonico is actually worth watching, but as per usual, we have plenty more questions to answer: Is Hayao Miyazaki just a grump, or do animators need to get outside more? How did Sentai Filmworks stay awake long enough to license both Magical Warfare and Nobunaga the Fool, both of which could put a hypochondriac revved up on three cases of Monster Energy Drink to sleep with their boring-ass pacing? Why is Space Dandy so much funnier when you're talking about it than when you're actually watching it? And why does no one own a cell phone in Nisekoi? All that, and more, on this jam-packed episode of Jtor AM!
What do you think? I'm trying to sell this thing a little harder; Momma needs new boots.
I was still nursing a cold and sore throat while this was recorded, while Brittany was apparently off sacrificing small children to the horror gods (it needs to be done before next Walpurgisnacht, don't ask), so Tim, Ben and L.B. handled this episode by their manly selves. The Y-chromosome crew discusses the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell that probably isn't happening unless the actress playing the Major is prepared to take one for the team, the fact that FREE! and Fate Stay/Night are both coming back for new seasons (although not together, which would be amazing), and FFXIII: Lightning Returns apparently has the kind of gameplay where your hands actually do something from time to time. Meanwhile, Ben is relieved that he doesn't have to hear about Imocho even one little bit this week, but the very idea of Koko from Golden Time getting behind the wheel of a vehicle scares the hell out of everyone.
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.