[Review] Phantom of the Idol

The first of the summer shows to wrap up the season is 10-episode long Phantom of the Idol. This light hearted series follows Yuuya Niyodo, one half of two-man idol group ZINGS. There’s just a couple of twists: Niyodo doesn’t actually want to be an idol, and makes that abundantly clear every time he opens his mouth. He’s also haunted by the spirit of a former idol named Asahi Mogami, renown for her open hearted approach to life. Together, they strike a deal to give them each what they want, a goal that follows through to the end of the story with consistent, yet forgettable, charm.

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 107 – Classroom of the Elite Season 2

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:02 Classroom of the Elite Season 2
  • 24:15 Outro

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Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Classroom of the Elite Season 2 OP: “Dance in the Game” by ZAQ
  • “Seasons” by roljui

Love Live! Superstar!! and the Rise of Natsumi Onitsuka

She even has pseudo-drill hair!

School girls, idols, and another season of Love Live! I made the error at the start of the season of misaligning this sequel with the wrong series within the Love Live! franchise, and missed out on the first month of new episodes. While I loved the original series, subsequent groups have been hit or miss and I never felt that same level of excitement until recently with the Superstar!! storyline, the first season of which aired last summer in 2021. The current sequel at Yuigaoka gives us new students and prospective members for Liella!, as well as another chance at climbing to the top. While I still mostly have eyes for Keke and Kanon, lately my attention has been unwillingly wrested away by Natsumi Onitsuka, a first-year, streamer, and aspiring influencer.

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 106 – Call of the Night & Lycoris Recoil

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:42 Call of the Night
  • 15:12 Lycoris Recoil
  • 32:15 Outro

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Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Lycoris Recoil OP: “Alive” by ClariS
  • “Seasons” by roljui

What Would Mogami Asahi Do?

From season to season we’re showered with idol shows: students in idol clubs, aspiring idols, idols who do sports, and idols trying to balance work and school. This time around in Phantom of the Idol, it’s an idol who doesn’t want to be an idol and is haunted by another idol. It sounds kind of silly, I know, but it somehow works well in this case in large part because of the contrasting personalities involved. Niyodo Yuuya is the perfect representation of the reluctant participant with his tired approach to life, while his co-idol Kazuki Yoshino is the picture of positive, if a bit oblivious, energy. The ghost who enters into Yuuya’s life is Mogami Asahi, a beloved singer who passed away at the height of her fame. Together, they navigate ZINGS’ rise in popularity and their own questions about what it means to be an idol while staying true to themselves.

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 105 – SHADOWS House and Summer Time Rendering

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 02:14 SHADOWS HOUSE
  • 14:31 Summer Time Rendering
  • 28:36 Outro

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Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Summer Time Rendering OP 2: “Natsuyume Noisy” by Asaka
  • “Seasons” by roljui

Parallel World Pharmacy and Conscious Beauty

“…going forward, I want to make medicine available to those who need it.”

Falma de Médicis. “Master and Apprentice.” Parallel World Pharmacy.

With the past couple years of COVID lockdown, makeup has been one of the furthest things from my mind. When all you do is stay at home or go in public wearing a mask, what then is the point of putting on a pretty face? Some might do it for self-satisfaction or work-from-home video conferences, but I personally only bother these days out of a sense of obligation towards a presentable front…and Insta pics, of course. Now that many of us are venturing back out into public spaces, I realize that much of my makeup has expired and will need replacing.

Seeing the most recent episode of isekai series Parallel World Pharmacy reminded me that my priorities have changed since pre-pandemic–I no longer care as much about long-lasting, photo-ready finishes, but more about sun protection, moisture, and evenness of tone. Protagonist Falma de Médicis’ wariness of popular makeup, most especially whitening foundations, isn’t particularly new to anime–take for instance another recent show, 2021’s The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World, where they highlight a related issue. However, Falma’s profession as a pharmacologist rather than an undercover assassin allows for a more expansive view on the world of cosmetics and how it relates to one’s health.

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 104 – Summer 2022 Season Preview

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:12 League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous Witches
  • 02:15 Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer
  • 04:35 The Maid I Hired Recently is Mysterious
  • 05:27 My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World!
  • 07:32 Prima Doll
  • 08:35 Shoot! Goal to the Future
  • 09:12 Smile of the Arsnotoria the Animation
  • 11:33 TOKYO MEW MEW NEW
  • 12:16 Black Summoner
  • 14:15 Classroom of the Elite Season 2
  • 15:45 Engage Kiss
  • 16:55 Extreme Hearts
  • 18:12 Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World
  • 19:26 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV
  • 20:20 My Stepmom’s Daughter is My Ex
  • 21:30 Parallel World Pharmacy
  • 23:26 Phantom of the Idol
  • 25:30 Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2
  • 27:35 RWBY: Ice Queendom
  • 30:26 Shine on! Bakumatsu Bad Boys
  • 32:22 SHINEPOST
  • 33:30 The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2
  • 35:10 TEPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing ’til You Cry
  • 36:54 The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting
  • 38:40 Overlord IV
  • 40:08 Uncle From Another World
  • 42:35 Utawarerumono Mask of Truth
  • 44:06 Vermeil in Gold
  • 45:02 When Will Ayumu Make His Move?
  • 46:30 Call of the Night
  • 47:36 Lycoris Recoil
  • 49:24 Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun
  • 51:45 SHADOWS HOUSE 2nd Season
  • 52:47 YUREI DECO
  • 54:31 Ongoing shows
  • 56:49 Outro

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Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Call of the Night OP: “Datenshi” (堕天, “Fallen Angel”) by Creepy Nuts
  • “Seasons” by roljui

Marina Eats: Gapao Rice

“You can taste the realness! Wow, it’s love-y!”

Berry. “The Yurei Detective Club.” YUREI DECO.

It’s been quite a long time since my last anime meal inspiration, but I just couldn’t help myself this time around with YUREI DECO. Watching Berry and the others chow down on some gapao rice on her first day outside of Tom Sawyer felt more real than anything else we had experienced in the show so far. The deco system, while fantastic in its Love-funded colors, adaptability, and quality of life, never truly felt tangible in that authentic, permanent way. I imagine living and growing up in this kind of environment can numb you to the oddness of it all. You might forget what your surroundings actually look like without deco plastered all over them.

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Summer 2022 Bite-Size Menu

Sitting inside in the protection of the AC in avoidance of a record heatwave, it feels like summer is definitely here attempting to cook me alive. There are far too many new series this season to try, as well as a handful of sequels both expected and unexpected. I’ll be outlining in full my thoughts on all the shows in our upcoming preview podcast; what’s included here in this particular blog post are the newly debuting shows that excite me this summer.

Sequels: Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun; SHADOWS HOUSE 2nd Season; The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2.

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