Third Seat by the Window Episode 6: Magi Mari Magical Memories

Buggy and Chris are joined by Mari, AKA OtapleOneHalf, to learn about the comprehensive history of the magical girl genre, from majoko to Madoka Madoka and beyond, in the process discussing a variety of things including Super Sentai, vagina glomps, Miraculous Ladybug, and a surprising amount of Gainax and Trigger. Continue reading “Third Seat by the Window Episode 6: Magi Mari Magical Memories”

MeganeToast Episode 3: Ping Pong the Animation

Hero kenzan! Hero kenzan! Hero kenzan! The hero appears, bringing you a new episode of MeganeToast straight from Planet Ping Pong! In this episode, Chris and Buggy break down one of their favorite anime: Ping Pong the Animation Continue reading “MeganeToast Episode 3: Ping Pong the Animation”

Bugshrugs: My Thoughts on Piracy

Boy, piracy sure has been a hot topic in the anime community lately, hasn’t it? Hulu has removed their free subscription option and removed much of the anime from their back catalogue. Anime Strike’s double paywall and inaccessibility in regions outside of America causes controversy. Many people were forced to actually confront Netflix’s model of only releasing airing anime after the series has finished when they got the rights to the highly anticipated Little Witch Academia. Crunchyroll came under fire for quietly lowering the video quality on much of their back catalogue.  And most recently, the most well-known and popular anime torrent site has shut down. So the conversation has become incredibly relevant again. Which of course means it’s time for me to weigh in.

Short answer? I’m not anti-piracy. Continue reading “Bugshrugs: My Thoughts on Piracy”

Digicast 10: Just One George (Tamers Part 2)

Buggy, Tom, Chris, and Maddy finish up Tamers by asking the hard-hitting questions, like “how does one get drunk on milkshakes?” and “why does Ryo even exist?” Tom finally reveals the theory he’s been teasing since episode 1, and Chris reads a very NSFW creepypasta. Continue reading “Digicast 10: Just One George (Tamers Part 2)”

Third Seat by the Window Episode 5: Everyone’s A Critic (And So Can You!)

The Subtle Doctor joins Buggy and Chris to talk about critical analysis in the anime fandom, how to get into it, and where it’s succeeding and failing. Continue reading “Third Seat by the Window Episode 5: Everyone’s A Critic (And So Can You!)”

Digicast 9: Sora Gets Shafted (Tri Part 4)

Buggy passes the goggles. Maddy is hospitalized. Tom complains about animation. Chris does an old-timey radio voice. And everyone complains about how badly Sora seems to get shafted. Continue reading “Digicast 9: Sora Gets Shafted (Tri Part 4)”

Third Seat Special 2 – 2016 Retrospective

Buggy and Chris reflect on what they both consider to be a fantastic year in anime, talking through all the big anime (as well as others they enjoyed) and various events that happened throughout the year. Continue reading “Third Seat Special 2 – 2016 Retrospective”

Scum’s Wish: The Treason of the Artist

When rereading Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” for my first Philosophy and Psycho-Pass post, I rediscovered a quote from it that stuck with me the first time I read it and that stuck with me again: “The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”

Why do I bring this up? Well, because it’s basically impacted the way I’ve viewed Kuzu no Honkai, AKA Scum’s Wish, which as of this writing, is five episodes into its anime run. This Le Guin quote is basically the antithesis of Scum’s Wish, a show whose thesis is basically “Pain and suffering are tragically beautiful.” While most people have been praising Scum’s Wish (and rightfully so, as it’s a very well-produced show), I’ve been hesitant to do so. Continue reading “Scum’s Wish: The Treason of the Artist”

In Which Buggy Writes A “Best Anime of 2016” Clickbait Article

Sometimes you write things because you have something insightful or meaningful to say. But sometimes you write something that you know everyone else always writes and that you know people are still going to click on for the sole purpose of hoping you reinforce their own opinions. And you feel a little shame at selling out so. But you write it anyway because it’s fun to write and sometimes you just have to write something for you, goddammit.

This one’s a post about my favorite (and least favorite) anime of 2016 and you can bet your ass I’m writing it to satisfy me and me alone. Continue reading “In Which Buggy Writes A “Best Anime of 2016” Clickbait Article”

Philosophy and Psycho-Pass Part 1: Sibyl’s Republic

Perhaps the most common misconception about Psycho-Pass is that it depicts a dystopia. A dystopia, by definition, is an unpleasant or undesirable society. Perhaps a select few lead good lives, but in a dystopia, the majority of society is in ruin. It is easy to mistake Psycho-Pass as depicting a dystopia, as it focuses on the negative aspects of the world and the series explicitly references a large number of dystopian works, such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Phillip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.” What it portrays is actually a utopia, just one that unfortunately comes at the expense of a few. However, viewed from a purely utilitarian standpoint, the Sibyl System has provided the ideal society. In fact, the chief of the bureau herself quotes Jeremy Bentham almost directly when she says in episode 13 that the Sibyl System has “achieved the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.” Continue reading “Philosophy and Psycho-Pass Part 1: Sibyl’s Republic”