Thanks to this week's Wizard Barristers, Tim and I have learned that Boston is actually in California; I bet all those people who signed up for PAX East are in for a rude awakening in the spring. However, due to the show's bl... | subscribe
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...
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.
If you've ever wanted to know exactly how to pronounce "Salvador G-Rodiles," boy is this the podcast for you. We spend some time discussing the latest Phoenix Right game, the strange puzzle of Becky Cruel's internet existence, and the fact that we might be excited for upcoming Anime Mirai shows if we had any idea what any of them were. Meanwhile, as the guys argue over whether or not a dip in animation quality is even possible for Kill La Kill, I continue to watch shows no one else is watching like Galilei Donna, Golden Time, Valvrave: The Space Vampire, and That One With No Underwater Physics.
We start off this episode without Ben (since he was apparently too busy conducting a ritual burning of all of his Bakemonogatari merchandise to participate), but he joins us by the time we get to Samurai Flamenco, which is all that really matters. This week we tackle the important questions of our time: is dubbing making a triumphant return to relevance? Did Kill La Kill cross a line? Why does anime have to be so anime all the time? Couldn't it maybe be a little less anime, just sometimes? And is anyone, anywhere, as enthusiastic about anything as Sal is about Kamen Rider Gaim?
It's not even a week after our first episode, and here's another installment of Jtor AM! I would say that this is a reward for being good boys and girls, but I'll bet that some of you have been watching bad dating sim adaptations, so maybe not. I guess we just throw podcasts at you regardless of your conduct? Sounds like a plan.
This week, Tim is appalled by the animation (or lack thereof) in Kill La Kill and in denial about Walkure Romanze being a harem show, Ben has had it UP TO HERE with your lolis and your imoutos and your siscon and all of your other crap, and Sal is left wondering about his place at our lunch table, where you will never find melon soda. And me? I continue to shame myself as a child of the '80s who somehow never encountered like half of the things people remember from the '80s. I'm so embarrassed right now.
What else can I say: the Japanator podcast is back. Myself, Tim, Ben and Sal sat down to talk about anime and video game news, the fall anime roster, and whether or not koala bears are deserving of love and adoration or complete and total scorn. Tim and Ben also argue about Attack on Titan for what feels like about thirty hours, even though the show is barely an hour long. It's magic!
I don't know about you guys, but I know I've really missed hosting this show, so I hope you enjoy listening to us talk anime.