I’m in the middle of watching Mawaru Penguindrum, which is shaping up to be my kind of show—fantastically weird, formalist and borderline nonsensical. It centers on three orphaned siblings: Kanba, Shoma and Himari. Himari is, unfortunately, suffering from some some sort of unspecified terminal illness, which takes her life during an outing to an aquarium.… Read More Penguindrum: Destiny, or…?
Every few months, we like to take a couple weeks to play some interactive games. This time around, JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) play a game of JP’s own creation called “Kantoku-san.” What if you were the kantoku of all anime studios in Japan? Listen in and post your own opinions in the comments below! As always,… Read More TangleCast 32: Game – Kantoku-san 1/2
After a serious two-week series on homosexuality, JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) decided to take it easy by re-introducing one of our favorite features from our old podcast: Otaku Diet. Every one or two months, when we cover what otaku materials we’re consuming, we’ll be talking about the manga, anime, visual novel, light novel, or Japanese video game… Read More TangleCast 31: Otaku Diet
Orange started off with quite a bit of subtle symbolism, most notably when Naho’s description of orange juice paralleled the overall atmosphere of the story. Symbolism can reveal things about a story that aren’t very noticeable, and I feel like it’s been a little lacking in the past few episodes. Fortunately, this episode brings it… Read More Orange Episode 10: Let Go
The Mawaru Penguindrum front this week is headlined by Kylaran’s post on how fate is symbolized through the “visual landscape of the show.” The analysis of all sorts of items related to the fate within the show, including extended talk about the fruit and it’s relation to sin and other ideas, is deep and well-thought-out.… Read More Duel of the Fates (and Penguins), Jesus Anime = Bad, and Anime and Religion for Buckeyes