Spiral Radio Episode 1 – Monogatari Part 1: Kizu Genesis

What do you do when a highly acclaimed series that you should theoretically love doesn’t click with you? Is there some flaw in the series? Is the problem with you? And most importantly: if you try to approach the series again, this time with an open mind and determination to finally get the appeal, will you finally be able to love it? Andrew “Buggy” Koerner explores these questions and more in the debut episode of Spiral Radio. Read More

MeganeToast Episode 2: If Her Flag Breaks

Chris and Buggy break down as they attempt to break down Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara, AKA If Her Flag Breaks, AKA Gaworare in this episode of MeganeToast. They’ve seen this abomination 7 times between the two of them and they still haven’t figured out what the plot is or how the flag system works. Or even what to use as the title of the show. Also, Buggy’s a bit intoxicated throughout the entire episode, but, I mean…can you really blame him? Read More

A Year of Podcasting

It started simply enough. I was excited for the premiere of Digimon Adventure Tri and was reminiscing with my friend Chris about the first season. I made a pretty straightforward suggestion: “Hey, Chris…do you want to try a podcast?”

“Hell yeah, I do,” was his response. I then extended the invitation to some friends on Facebook to get another cohost or two, and got a few responses. We hastily through something together, and on October 26, 2015, after adrenaline pushed me through a weekend filled with recording and editing, I published the first episode of The Digicast on YouTube.

It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since then. In that time, we’ve put out 8 episodes of The Digicast, 7 episodes of Third Seat by the Window (5 as “The Bugcast,” with one of those being a special anniversary episode), 1 episode of MeganeToast (with the second one on the way soon), 2 experimental live episodes of Dropped!, and 2 guest spots on other podcasts. That’s 20 podcasts in the space of a year, which is way more than I thought we’d put out. And when I say “we” put out those episodes, I mean it, because, while I’m technically the guy running the ship for all these (except for the guest spots, obviously), I’ve done none of it alone. Read More

Special 1 – The Bugcast Episode 0

It’s been one year since Buggy and Chris started podcasting, so to commemorate it, Buggy has finally edited that one episode he should have put out before anything else and released it now, in all its amateur, low-quality, awkward glory. If you’ve ever wondered how they’d answer the “5 of your favorite anime/3 anime you hate” question they ask all their guests, this is the podcast for you. Read More

The Great Zelda Playthrough Part 2: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Welcome back to The Great Zelda Playthrough, in which I play through all the Zelda games in release order to prepare for Breath of the Wild. If you want to start from the beginning, check out the post I wrote about the first game. This one’s about Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

In my previous post, I said that the first Zelda game is the hardest for me to put into perspective. Putting Zelda II into perspective is relatively easy, but it’s easily the hardest one to evaluate objectively, just because it’s so different from every other entry in the series. Zelda II is the black sheep of the Zelda franchise. It was a game that took a drastically different approach to gameplay that really hasn’t been replicated in any other Zelda game. Read More

So Why Anime, Then?

In the anime Twitter sphere I’m a part of, there’s been a lot of discussion lately about animation. More specifically, about the role animation should play in the evaluation of anime. Some people whose opinions I respect have posited that, since it is the element that separates anime from other media, it is inherently the most valuable. And honestly, I don’t personally value it all that much. It’s not that I think it’s valueless. It’s just that how well something is animated isn’t often primary, secondary, or even tertiary to me. And yet anime is still my favorite medium, which forces me to confront an important question:

“So why anime, then?”

For me, what makes anime good isn’t the elements that are exclusive to it. It’s elements that aren’t exclusive to anime combined or executed in ways that are nearly exclusive to the medium. I don’t think “anime” as we define it can simply boiled down to one or two elements, so it’s not just one or two elements of anime that I love.

So why anime? I guess this is as good a time as any to break out listicle format. But don’t worry, it’s not like I’m going to call this post “The Top 5 Reasons I Love Anime (Number 4 Will Blow Your Mind)” or anything. Read More

Digicast Episode 7: Digimon Tamers, Part 1

Buggy, Tom, Chris, and Maduin return once again to cover the first part of one of their favorite seasons of Digimon. You probably shouldn’t listen to this episode, though. Like, seriously. It’s really horrible and depraved, even by our standards. Unless you want to hear us talk about pegging, fisting, and furry loli yuri as we discuss a show aimed at kids. But hey, momentai! Saying momentai means we’re off the hook, right? Read More