TangleCast 55: Spring 2019 Anime First Impressions

The new anime season is off to quite a start, with old friends returning (One Punch Man, Bungou Stray Dogs, Fruits Basket), great directors leading new series (Sarazanmai, Carole & Tuesday), mashups, surprises, and everything else you can imagine. Peter, David, and Holly of Team FtK lead us through the new offerings for spring and give a quick wrap-up for winter anime as well. Plus, Holly takes the boys through a tourney to determine which anime girl is truly best!

0:00 Introduction
1:12 Last week’s Cast Question
4:10 New Cast Question
9:26 Holly’s Best Girl Tournament!
19:20 Winter 2019 Anime Review
22:02 Spring 2019 Anime PreviewIntro
22:36 Discussion—One Punch Man 2 and Attack on Titan 3
24:41 Discussion—Demon Slayer
26:54 Discussion—Sarazanmai
30:03 Discussion—Fruits Basket
33:11 Discussion—Bungou Stray Dogs
34:48 Discussion—Isekai Quartet
37:03 Discussion—Fairy Gone
39:57 Discussion—Carole and Tuesday
43:18 Discussion—We Never Learn, Midnight Occult Civil Servants, MIX, and all the rest
49:44 Closing

And we want your feedback as well! Each week we’ll ask a question on the podcast and feature your answers the next time that team rolls around. Here’s this week’s CQ (Cast Question): News of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop revealed the starring cast. What are your thoughts on the casting for the show?

Podcast Links:

  • We wrote a ton of first impression posts for the new season—a written accompaniment for this episode.
  • MDMRN and TWWK came down on very different sides regarding John Cho’s casting as Spike.
  • Peter and Holly kept referring to Kaori’s lie without giving too much away to David. And what a lie it was
  • In case you’re intrigued by kappa, Crunchyroll did a neat little article on the mythical creature a couple years back.
  • Speaking of kappa, we recommend you follow Atelier Emily for episodic posts on Sarazanmai.
  • David mentioned that MIX is from the mangaka behind Touch and Cross Game—we’ve written about both of those classic series.
  • Featured illustration by empew (reprinted w/permission)

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Peter is a software engineer living in Texas. His love for anime started with shows from WB and Toonami and was fully realized in high school where he was introduced to One Piece. He is a diehard fan of the Dallas Cowboys and hopes his dreams for the team will stop being crushed in his lifetime. He also enjoys following the NBA (Dallas Mavericks), playing sports, bass guitar, and reading witty comments on Reddit.

2 thoughts on “TangleCast 55: Spring 2019 Anime First Impressions

  1. I’m actually glad y’all brought up Spike being Asian, because I was too chicken to mention about that. I totally didn’t expect that, so I find it kinda cool. Everyone else I wanna give a shot. However, I don’t know any of these actors, so performance wise I can’t really put my two cents on it. After seeing the link about the cast call for the Bebop crew, hearing Cho made me kinda ‘ehhh’ on him as Spike. Steve Blum has such a deep and buttery voice that’s so iconic that I’m wary how Cho can take on the suave of Spike like Blum did so well.

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    Leaf (@scalpelfactory), MUTUAL: I think it’s a really cool cast! I have to admit, hearing rumors about Keanu Reeves for years without any actual film materializing was getting kinda weird. I’m not a big fan of live action remakes, but Alita was cool, so I have hope.

    @myles.netherton: All I know is the music better be mind-blowing!

    @lyle_the_crocodile: Ein better be a corgi
    Lea (@liliphantastic), MUTUAL, also answered above: Oh shoot. I said idk about Cho being Spike, but seeing this……….this might work!! 😍 Great artwork!

    Corinne (@cgcornett), MUTUAL: I’m keeping an open mind and hoping it doesn’t go the Death Note route.🤞

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