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.

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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

Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 012 – (Kind of) Laughing with Chio’s School Road and Grand Blue Dreaming

We’re back with episode twelve of Kaiseki Anime Podcast talking about two comedies from this summer season: Chio’s School Road, and Grand Blue Dreaming. We also returned to our shorter, 30-minute format for your listening convenience!

Come join us on our discussion comparing these anime adaptations to their manga counterparts, as well as to other more successful anime comedies.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:30 Chio’s School Road
  • 13:18 Grand Blue Dreaming
  • 26:25 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
  • Chio’s School Road OP: “Danger in my Tsūgakuro” (Danger in My School Commute) by Naomi Ōzora, Chiaki Omigawa, & Kaede Hondo
  • Grand Blue Dreaming OP: “Grand Blue” by Shōnan no Kaze
  • “Seasons” by roljui

Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 011 – Summer 2018 Season Preview

It’s back to the grind, with a whole slew of new shows to taste and review. Join us to find out which summer shows we’re most excited about, and which ones teeter on the edge. As a side note, I am in no way watching more trash shows than Draggle.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:57 BANANA FISH
  • 02:42 Cells at Work!
  • 05:08 Encouragement of Climb 3
  • 07:35 Free! -Dive to the Future-
  • 09:10 Holmes of Kyoto
  • 11:54 Overlord III
  • 15:07 Revue Starlight
  • 17:30 Tenrou: Sirius the Jaeger
  • 19:10 Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion
  • 23:27 Chio’s School Road
  • 27:05 Grand Blue Dreaming
  • 32:23 HANEBADO!
  • 34:47 Harukana Receive
  • 36:35 Phantom in the Twilight
  • 38:00 Planet With
  • 40:50 Seven Senses of the Re’Union
  • 44:23 Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
  • 46:30 How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
  • 48:30 Happy Sugar Life
  • 51:29 Island
  • 52:05 The Master of Ragnarök & Blesser of Einherjar
  • 53:35 Attack on Titan 3
  • 55:53 Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation
  • 56:17 Tsukumogami Kashimasu
  • 57:43 Asobi Asobase – workshop of fun –
  • 59:05 Final thoughts
  • 59:40 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
  • “First Day” by Huma-Huma
  • “Seasons” by roljui

[OWLS] Food Wars! When the Mentor becomes the Student

It’s been a long journey with Soma Yukihira through the gauntlet that is Totsuki Academy: three seasons and countless meals served up to our pleasure. Through it all, Soma’s experience growing up in Yukihira’s kitchen gives him the inspiration to improve. His father, Joichiro Saiba, is a constant figure in those memories, a man looked up to by many, while simultaneously viewed as a hurdle on Soma’s path to becoming the best chef. We also see Saiba in Erina’s childhood as one of her rare moments of happiness. When adults in the culinary world, academic as well as professional, speak of Saiba, it’s with a tone of awe and, often, fear. What happens when such a man falters, when the person you look up to most in the world vanishes?

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Spring 2018 Season Wrap: Yotsuiro Biyori, SAO Alternative: GGO Online, & Tada Never Falls in Love

The spring reviews continue on a slow, but steady, roll, and this time with three surprising finds of the season that one of my overall favorites. If there’s one take away I must impart, it’s to please, please try Yotsuiro Biyori if you have not already. If you do try the other two, well, that’s just extra yummy icing!

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 010 – Spring Season Review

We’ve made it alive to the end of the spring season just in time for the summer shows, so sit tight with us for an hour to hear our overall thoughts. I know what I said about trying to keep regular episodes short at around thirty minutes, but trust me when I say that’s pretty much impossible with full season reviews and previews. This season in particular had far too many gems to miss!

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Spring 2018 Season Wrap: Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card, Amanchu! Advance, & Hinamatsuri

Can anyone even think of another spring season in recent memory as strong as this one? Spring 2018 will likely be a season to remember for years to come as providing a strong line-up of originals and continuations, and that’s even after a winter season almost as golden in content.

Today, we start with three endearing anime with a knack for combining comedy and drama. Buckle up—this is only the beginning of a long run of reviews!

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