Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 019 – SSSS.GRIDMAN, and DOUBLE DECKER! DOUG & KIRILL

Today, we’re all about heroes and wannabe-heroes as played out in DOUBLE DECKER! DOUG AND KIRILL, and SSSS.GRIDMAN. Both of these shows burst onto this season’s stage with styles wholly unique and memorable. If you have yet to give either series a try, then go remedy that right now (and come back to tell us what you thought).

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:49 DOUBLE DECKER! DOUG & KIRILL initial impressions
  • 05:02 Side characters
  • 07:05 ANTHEM
  • 07:54 SSSS.GRIDMAN history and impressions
  • 10:48 The faces behind the kaiju
  • 16:39 Art and animation
  • 16:55 This is fine. Everything is fine.
  • 20:13 Akane and Rikka
  • 21:57 The GRIDMAN Alliance
  • 24:30 Pacing and storytelling in DOUBLE DECKER and GRIDMAN
  • 25:40 GRIDMAN’s music
  • 26:42 Outro

You can find Kaiseki Anime Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Subscribe to us now! Please also take a moment to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts—these reviews increase our visibility to new viewers, as well as gives us the feedback we need to improve.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know by commenting below, through Twitter with #KaisekiAnimePodcast, or on our personal Twitter accounts.

Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • SSSS.GRIDMAN OP: “Union” by OxT
  • “Seasons” by roljui
Advertisements

Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 018 – Dipping into the Fall Season

My favorite season is back with a bang, so buckle up and join us on our start-of-the-season thoughts on the newest offerings. What shows are you excited about this fall?

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:18 Between the Sky and Sea
  • 04:23 Hinomaru Sumo
  • 07:19 A Certain Magical Index Season III
  • 11:48 Bloom into You
  • 14:24 Thunderbolt Fantasy 2
  • 17:15 Goblin Slayer
  • 20:15 That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  • 22:17 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
  • 25:27 Boarding School Juliet
  • 27:16 RELEASE THE SPYCE
  • 27:58 My Sister, My Writer
  • 28:29 Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight
  • 31:04 DOUBLE DECKER! DOUG & KIRILL
  • 34:57 Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
  • 38:08 SSSS.GRIDMAN
  • 42:14 Sword Art Online: Alicization
  • 45:08 ZOMBIE LAND SAGA
  • 48:52 Golden Kamuy 2
  • 50:14 Run with the Wind 
  • 53:29 IRODUKU: The World in Colors
  • 57:30 Final thoughts
  • 58:18 Outro

You can find Kaiseki Anime Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Subscribe to us now! Please also take a moment to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts—these reviews increase our visibility to new viewers, as well as gives us the feedback we need to improve.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know by commenting below, through Twitter with #KaisekiAnimePodcast, or on our personal Twitter accounts.

Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • ZOMBIE LAND SAGA OP: “Adabana Necormancy” (Fruitless Necromancy) by Asami Tano, Kaede Hondo, Maki Kawase, Minami Tanaka, Rika Kinugawa, & Risa Taneda
  • “Seasons” by roljui

Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 017 – Summer 2018 Season Review

While I may be behind on my personal end-of-season reviews, I hope you’ll join Draggle and I for our seasonal review podcast. We cover our biggest disappointments, individual favorites, and shared bests of the fall.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:33 Overall season impressions
  • 02:12 Draggle’s biggest disappointments: Grand Blue Dreaming, Chio’s School Road
  • 04:40 Marina’s so-so shows: Isekai Izakaya, Phantom in the Twilight
  • 08:27 Happy Sugar Life
  • 09:22 Revue Starlight
  • 12:37 Encouragement of Climb Season 3
  • 14:43 Steins;Gate 0
  • 16:29 Harukana Receive
  • 18:09 Free! -Dive to the Future-
  • 20:50 Major 2nd
  • 23:45 How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
  • 26:05 Asobi Asobase
  • 28:30 My Hero Academia Season 3
  • 32:00 Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion
  • 35:34 HANEBADO!
  • 41:45 Planet With (AOTY?)
  • 43:25 Outro

You can find Kaiseki Anime Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Subscribe to us now! Please also take a moment to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts—these reviews increase our visibility to new viewers, as well as gives us the feedback we need to improve.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know by commenting below, through Twitter with #KaisekiAnimePodcast, or on our personal Twitter accounts.

Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Planet With OP: “One Unit” by Minami
  • “Seasons” by roljui

Summer 2018 Season Wrap: Harukana Receive, Major 2nd, Holmes of Kyoto, & Encouragement of Climb S3

Never fear, Marina is here with the start of her summer reviews! I may have skipped out on my usual set menu at the start of the season, but there’s no way I was going to miss out on my final thoughts for the surviving shows on my list. As a whole, I found this summer season a bit lackluster in content, but there were still a few shining exceptions to keep me going until the fall. Included here are a couple of surprises, one disappointment, and a reliable win of a show. Let me know what you thought of these series!

Read More »

Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 016 – Attack on Titan Season 3

My favorite part about this podcast is when we speculate on a cross between Attack on Titan and Kemono Friends continuations: Kemono Titans. Believe me, it’s a great idea. Joining us on this episode is KWoo (my spouse) for a one-of-a-kind, in-person recording.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:42 Introducing special guest KWoo
  • 02:38 Attack on Titan Season 3 feelings and impressions
  • 05:11 Favorite characters
  • 06:54 Attack on Titan’s OG protagonists
  • 08:53 The Ackermann family
  • 10:56 Historia/Krista
  • 15:12 Duration of Season 3, and expectations
  • 17:25 Technology within the Walls
  • 21:36 Military Police Brigade
  • 25:38 Lack of deaths
  • 27:09 Eren and the Founding Family
  • 30:36 Storytelling craft
  • 32:42 Outro

Spoiler warning: Discussion up to episode 9 (or 46)


You can find Kaiseki Anime Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Subscribe to us now! Please also take a moment to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts—these reviews increase our visibility to new viewers, as well as gives us the feedback we need to improve.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know by commenting below, through Twitter with #KaisekiAnimePodcast, or on our personal Twitter accounts.

Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Attack on Titan Season 3 OP: “Red Swan” by YOSHIKI feat. HYDE
  • “Hookah Bar” by Silent Partner
  • “Seasons” by roljui

Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 015 – Planet With’s Masterful Storytelling

What happens when you combine aliens, mecha, and a whole lot of love? Only one of the best shows of the year! Jump into Planet With with Draggle and I as we consider what it is about this anime that works so well. Don’t miss out!

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:33 Planet With summary
  • 01:47 First episode impresssions
  • 03:15 Pacing and storytelling
  • 04:35 Spirit Circle
  • 05:37 Characters and factions in Planet With
  • 12:11 Our favorite characters
  • 18:23 Souya’s unwillingness to fight
  • 20:14 What or who is the dragon? F THE MOON
  • 24:45 Art and animation
  • 27:12 Anime community reception
  • 28:20 Outro

You can find Kaiseki Anime Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Subscribe to us now! Please also take a moment to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts—these reviews increase our visibility to new viewers, as well as gives us the feedback we need to improve.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know by commenting below, through Twitter with #KaisekiAnimePodcast, or on our personal Twitter accounts.

Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Planet With OP: “One Unit” by Minami
  • “Seasons” by roljui

Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 014 – Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

This week, Draggle and I discuss Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion, a historical fiction based on the very real Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274, beginning with Tsushima Island. Reality and fantasy mix in this surprising find of the season, making for a fascinating interpretation of this overlooked period of time.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:35 Summary of Angolmois, location and time period
  • 01:56 Locating Tsushima Island
  • 05:00 Participating parties and notable characters
  • 12:23 Battle scenes, art, and animation
  • 15:52 Best romance of the season
  • 19:34 Female characters and Teruhi’s lineage
  • 23:32 Minato no Yoshitsune theories
  • 26:23 Early impressions of anime
  • 27:28 Related shows we recommend
  • 28:56 Outro

You can find Kaiseki Anime Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Subscribe to us now! Please also take a moment to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts—these reviews increase our visibility to new viewers, as well as gives us the feedback we need to improve.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know by commenting below, through Twitter with #KaisekiAnimePodcast, or on our personal Twitter accounts.

Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion OP: “Braver” by Straightener
  • “Seasons” by roljui

Spring 2018 Season Wrap: Hisone and Maso-tan, Umamusume, Food Wars! The Third Plate, & DARLING in the FRANXX

Don’t judge me; this has been a very busy year so far! I finished these shows quite a while go, but never got around to reviewing them thanks to the bulk of new summer shows and a whole lot of real life stuff. But here I am now, and only one series short of my expected spring season wrap. Tokyo Ghoul:re will have to wait for a rainy day.

As much as I enjoyed all of these shows to varying degrees—they were all interesting, never boring—I felt only one of them truly pushed past mediocrity into leaving a lasting impression.

Read More »

Aoi and Hinata’s Journey: A Retrospective on Encouragement of Climb Seasons 1-3

As busy as life has been for me these past several months, I’ve come to cherish even more the interludes of calm between all the little storms. One oasis that soothes me time and time again is this season’s continuation of Encouragement of Climb, the third in its series.

As the title implies, this is a journey along the trails and mountains of Japan as presented by a group of girls of varying skills and styles. We began with Aoi, but have since met with many others over the course of their adventures. Encouragement of Climb has always been about more than just the physical climb; it encompasses our characters’ personalities and their relationships not just within their immediate circles, but also with the people around them.

Read More »

Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 013 – On the Court with Hanebado!

It takes a special kind of sports show to bring together a sports anime hater and lover to a single table. Call it success, or helium-bloated drama, Hanebado! promises to not bore you, nor let you walk away without a strong opinion* one way or another.

*On a second watch of the available episodes, I realized I had forgotten some notable scenes like bath time with Frederica Girls, so my observation of this show lacking an overt male gaze stands a bit corrected.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:29 Feelings on sports anime in general
  • 03:15 Marina’s favorite sports anime
  • 03:25 Draggle’s favorite sports anime
  • 05:00 Sports IRL versus anime
  • 06:20 Familiarity with badminton
  • 07:10 Hanebado!
  • 29:40 Outro

You can find Kaiseki Anime Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Subscribe to us now! Please also take a moment to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts—these reviews increase our visibility to new viewers, as well as gives us the feedback we need to improve.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know by commenting below, through Twitter with #KaisekiAnimePodcast, or on our personal Twitter accounts.

Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Hanebado OP: “Futari no Hane” by YURiKA
  • “Seasons” by roljui