In this episode, we’ve implemented multiple new ways to drive away listeners as this episode is primarily about sports anime. We also give our convention report of Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015 and Gerald reviews the bicycle racing anime Yowamushi Pedal (“Weakling Pedal”).
Introduction (0:00 – 21:55)
Since we’re already reviewing a sports anime this episode and everybody’s refused to download or press Play over that alone, we go for broke and give some sports anime recommendations of things we’ve by and large not already reviewed on the podcast. It takes about 22 minutes because we’ve decided that from this point on, we should all start actually saying “The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays” instead of “Kuroko’s Basketball” or Kuroko no Basuke/Basket.
Con Report: Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015 (21:55 – 1:00:55)
Although anime conventions remain in full swing for the duration of the year, AWA is what typically closes out the “convention season” for us each year. With a record-breaking attendance of approximately 25,000 they’re definitely doing something right, but in some ways it was a bit of a strange year for us. Some of these pertained to gradual shifts in the convention focus, but the majority of it is personal to our situation. Daryl wrote up a report for his Stupid Video Panel OF DOOM! over at the Anime Hell blog.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (1:00:55 – 1:02:25)
So here’s the deal: Right Stuf offered us a sponsorship in exchange for us mentioning they exist. This is pretty easy, since all of us already buy things from them anyway, so we provide an example where we would purchase from them as opposed to Amazon.
Review: Yowamushi Pedal (1:02:55 – 1:35:25)
Gerald reviews the first two seasons of this recent bicycle racing anime series, which is currently all that’s available to watch streaming. The final thirty minutes or so of the original recorded has been excised for your sanity, as it ended up becoming a…cyclical…argument. Regrettably, the part where Daryl starts tying things into the shonen narrative requirements combined with the modern audience expectations for heel suitability by way of Loki from the Marvel movies, plus the suitability of compilation films (which there are two of, but we’ve not seen them) ended up on the digital cutting room floor. We’ll leave those to your imagination.
Ending (1:35:25 – 1:42:27)
Aw, if we’d edited out 2 seconds, every segment duration could’ve ended on a multiple of 5! We’re not entirely sure about the timetables for these things, but at some point in the future Gerald will review Ai City, Clarissa will review THE BASKETBALL WHICH KUROKO PLAYS, and thanks to Twitch donations Daryl is on the hook for not only Initial D: Fourth Stage (just that, nothing prior) but also Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Oh, and our next episode is kind of sort of our ten year anniversary of podcasting. Shouldn’t we do something to mark the occasion? Watch something noteworthy? We have no ideas, so send us feedback via comments, Twitter, or email with yours.