Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 14 – Anime Banzai 2016

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 14 – Anime Banzai 2016

Podcasters: John Fragglepuss Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Evans-Starke

Join us as we talk about one of our favorite conventions, Anime Banzai, which is an annual three-day con held in Layton, Utah. We’ve been attending Banzai for several years and have so much to say!

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Review of Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2017

Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah

Friday March 17 – Saturday March 18, 2017

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Salt Lake Comic Con (SLCC) FanX 2017 was held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Guests included: Stan Lee, Jason Momoa, Weird Al Yankovic, Zachary Levi, Bonnie Wright, John Rhys-Davies, Cary Elwes, Dule Hill, James Roday, Emilie de Ravin, Holly Marie Combs, Danielle Panabaker, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christopher Lambert, Judge Reinhold, Sean Maguire, Wallace Shawn, Chris Sarandon, Greg Grunberg, Verne Troyer, Tara Strong, Khary Payton, Adrienne Wilkinson, Brian Krause, Adrian Paul, Jennifer Hale, Jess Harnell, Amy Gumenick, Jeff Bennett, Sam J. Jones, and RJ Mitte.

FanX was more intimate this year than in years past. The convention space was limited, resulting in less room for panels and vendors. Even with the small space the panels that made it into the lineup were top notch and the vendor space had a variety of wares for purchase. Maybe I just paid more attention this con, but I found a wider variety than usual. There was a booth that specialized in vintage anime, including cels from Studio Ghibli films. If I had an extra $2,000 lying around I would have bought one to take home and cherish forever. Alas I do not, so the beautiful Nausicaä cel remains in someone else’s possession.

Thanks to Salt Lake Comic Con for having us again this year and thanks to everyone that attended our “Studio Ghibli: Anime that Appeals to Everyone” panel. Thanks to Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Starke, and Alec Unsicker for all the panel preparation to ensure it ran smooth. We had a blast presenting and hope you all had a fun time rekindling your Ghibli love.

I was also glad they brought back the TARDIS, Han Solo in Carbonite, Iron Throne, Rocket Raccoon, Silver Surfer, orcs, Gandalf, and other photo opportunities. I spent some time at the “Salt Lake Gaming Con Lounge” that had video games and board games free to play. That was good times.

I’m a sucker for cosplay and it was impressive at FanX. Pokemon was out in full force, the multiple Deadpool variations that always make me laugh, MARVEL in all its forms, Studio Ghibli… People are just so imaginative and talented with their creations. I absolutely love all the Overwatch cosplay that has come onto the scene.

Photos courtesy of Breanne Evans. Feel free to use, but please give credit to Fragglepuss.com for taking the photo.

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 164: All Out!!

All Out!!

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: School, Sports, Seinen, Rugby

First Aired: Fall 2016, 25 episodes

Summary: It’s the beginning of the school year at Kanagawa High School. Kenji Gion is a fresh-faced first year student with a chip on his shoulder. Gion has always been smaller than his classmates and been teased, causing the anger and frustration to build over the years. It the start of the school year as Gion meets Iwashimizu, a fellow first year that played rugby at a younger age. The two chat about the sport which immediately appeals to Gion to be able to express himself as being strong despite his small stature. Chance has it that their school has a ragtag rugby club full of colorful characters. The team is full of unique personalities but it’s up to everyone to join as one to be the best squad they can.

I was surprised and intrigued to see a rugby anime being produced, but if Japan can create an entertaining anime of American football, they can surely go all out on this. The classic sports anime elements are present, such as the naïve spectators and new players that need to have the basics of the game explained. Luckily there are always teammates and coaches available to teach the intricacies of the sport. I enjoy it because I’m not overly familiar with rugby so I welcome an explanation to the field positions and strategy. Did you know that traditional rugby is played with 15 players on each team, separated into “forwards” and “backs”?

The story is decent for a sports anime and the art is nothing spectacular. My enjoyment of the series came largely from the team, how the players had to learn to work together and the adventure they went on. After all, rugby is not an individual sport, it’s up to the entire team to work together toward their goal of victory!

You might enjoy this if: You’re a sports anime type of person. All Out isn’t as over-the-top as Kuroko’s Basketball, it provides a more realistic take on sports…Besides the extreme amount of muscle on every player’s body of course.

You might not like it if: The idea of a Knock-on and getting into a scrum with a rugby anime is something you’d rather avoid.

Similar Series: Free, Kuroko no Basket, Haikyuu, Baby Steps

Note to the Viewer: The All Out anime series is written by Masahiro Yokotani. Some of his works include: The Devil is a Part-Timer, both seasons of Free, Shimoneta, and Re: Zero.

AMV – Champion by Full AMV

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 12 – Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2016, The Latest and Greatest in Anime

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 12 – Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2016, The Latest and Greatest in Anime

Podcasters: John Fragglepuss Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Evans-Starke

We had a blast running our Latest and Greatest in Anime panel at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2016. This episode of Anime Happy Hour covers the anime we discussed during the panel. A lot of great anime mentioned in that panel!

For a full list of anime covered, here’s my panel summary on Fragglepuss.com

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 11 – AMV (Anime Music Videos)

AMV Competition at Anime Banzai 2016

AMV Competition at Anime Banzai 2016

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 11 – AMV (Anime Music Videos)

Podcasters: John Fragglepuss Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Evans-Starke

An AMV is an Anime Music Video. AMVs are fan-made music videos of one or more anime set to some sort of audio track. They are not official music videos released by musicians.If you attend any anime convention in the U.S. you will see the AMV Competition is likely one of the most popular events. In this episode of the Anime Happy Hour podcast we chat about why we love AMVs as well as some of our favorites.

If you want to learn more about Anime Music Videos, check out the in-depth piece I posted here.

The line waiting to enter the AMV Competition, Anime Expo 2015

 

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 9 – Studio Ghibli

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 9 – Studio Ghibli

Podcasters: John Fragglepuss Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Evans-Starke

An entire episode dedicated to Studio Ghibli? Yes please. We have a lot of fun as we cover as much Ghibli as possible, from the history of the studio to fun facts you may not have known.

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 8 – The Latest and Greatest in Anime, September 2015

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 8 – The Latest and Greatest in Anime, September 2015

Podcasters: John Fragglepuss Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Evans-Starke

We presented “The Latest and Greatest in Anime” panel at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015. In this episode we discuss the anime we presented during that panel, some of our favorites of the year.

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 7 – Epic Battles

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 7 – Epic Battles

Podcasters: John Fragglepuss Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Evans-Starke

Epic battles are all over the place in anime. Dragon Ball Z first comes to mind with the length and intensity of their fights. Our podcast crew chats epic battles in this episode, including but not limited to: Attack on Titan, Parasyte, Tokyo Ghoul, Kill La Kill, and Akame ga Kill.

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 6 – Romance

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 6 – Romance

Podcasters: John Fragglepuss Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Evans-Starke

Romance is the name of the game in this episode of Anime Happy Hour. Lindsay adores the romance genre, so we gave her full reign to gush about some of her favorite shows.

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 163: 5 Centimeters per Second / Byousoku 5 Centimeter

Fragglepuss Anime Review 163: 5 Centimeters per Second / Byousoku 5 Centimeter

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Movement Rates

First Released: February – March 2007, 3 episodes combined into a 63-minute film

Summary: The story is set in Japan, beginning in the 1990s and continuing to 2008. Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara are classmates and close friends, but their friendship is put to the test when Akari is forced to move with her family to the country, on the other side of Japan. They remain in contact via mail until Takaki discovers his family is about to move, placing the two of them even further apart. Takaki decides to make a trip to the country to meet Akari one last time. The years pass and even though the two grow further apart, they are reminded of the past they shared and hope to meet again someday.

5 Centimeters Per Second is directed by Makoto Shinkai, who has continued to direct such films as: Children Who Chase Lost Voices, The Garden of Words, and Your Name. Shinkai has been hailed as “The next Miyazaki”. I agree with the statement in the way his films are high quality, intricate, thought out, and memorable. However, I disagree because the two directors make entirely different styles of film. Shinkai’s style shows in several aspects of this film. The scenery in the background shows attention to detail and the realism of the animation pulls you in. The emotional attachment to the characters is something else I’ve gotten used to with Shinkai. The raw human emotion he portrays through his characters is captivating. That ending! I’ll leave it at that.

You might enjoy this if: You are like Alfred Lord Tennyson and believe it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

You might not like it if: You are not keen on Shinkai’s work. 5 Centimeters differs from many of his films due to the lack of a fantasy or science fiction aspect, but the general feeling throughout is the same. You can tell he’s the one steering the ship.

Similar Series: Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Your Name, The Garden of Words, The Wind Rises

Note to the Viewer: The 5 Centimeters Per Second novel was the first written by Shinkai. It contains photographs taken by him as well.

Music Video – One More Time, One More Chance by Yamazaki Masayoshi

(Just in case the film wasn’t emotional enough for you)

 

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