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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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 5 – Tropes and Cliché in Anime

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 5 – Tropes and Cliché in Anime

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

In this episode we discuss tropes and cliché in anime. From the comedy classics of nose bleeds and tear drops to the necessity of the hot springs episode, we try to cover it all.

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 4 – Strong Females

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 4 – Strong Females

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

In this episode we talk about some of the women we admire in anime, due to their various forms of toughness. Whether they are physically or mentally strong, anime has portrayed some awesome female characters!

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 3 – Sports

Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 3 – Sports

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

In this episode we chat sports, a genre capable of making you love something you never cared about. Whether it’s tennis, swimming, volleyball, or even rugby, there’s an anime for it!

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 2 – Favorites

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 2 – Favorites

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

In this episode of Anime Happy Hour we chat about our favorites. From Haikyuu to Berserk, we discuss multiple genres as well as what makes them memorable to us. We talk about shows we’ve watched multiple times and provide our recommendations based on what you’re into.

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 1 – Horror Anime and Intro to Anime Happy Hour

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Anime Happy Hour Podcast – Episode 1 – Horror Anime and Intro to Anime Happy Hour

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

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I’ve been part of this podcast since the beginning and figure I should be sharing them. As such I’ll be posting each of the episodes until we’re caught up and then I’ll keep posting as we record more episodes!

We are a family of anime enthusiasts: John Fragglepuss Evans, Lindsay Evans-Starke, Breanne Evans, and Brittany Evans. We spent so much time sitting around the table drinking and talking about anime we figured, why not record it? So grab a drink and give us a listen.

In our inaugural episode we introduce ourselves and talk about why we decided to start an anime podcast. We also dive into the horror genre of anime, including why we love it and some of our favorites.

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 162: New Game!

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New Game!

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Game, Fish Out of Water, Office Life

First Aired: Summer 2016, 12 episodes

Summary: Suzukaze Aoba graduates from high school and joins the game development company she’s been aspiring to work at since she was a little girl. The company, Eagle Jump, created a game that has been her favorite since grade school. From her first day on the job she realizes life in the real world is significantly different than high school.

New Game is a seemingly normal anime on the surface by the way it follows a few employees in their day to day life around the office. The majority of the show takes place within cubicle city in the Eagle Jump office. Diving beneath the surface reveals the importance of the characters. The anime focuses on not only the employees but the relationships between one another. It’s interesting to watch how Aoba works with Ko, Rin, Hifumi, and Yun because they all interact in different ways with each other. I could relate with the office atmosphere and the daily problems that come up, even if it’s something as insignificant as the temperature of the thermostat in the office.

You might enjoy this if: You are an office worker or otherwise have to deal with several coworkers on a daily basis. It’s also worth a watch if you are curious about the basic process of video game development. The show does not go into deep detail but does skim the surface.

You might not like it if: You want to watch something more “anime”. As for as anime goes, New Game is fairly tame. The character design is outlandish for a few characters, but most of the office workers adhere to a business casual attire anyways.

Similar Series: Shirobako, Is the Order a Rabbit, Aggressive Retsuko, The Devil is a Part-Timer, Rail Wars, WWW.Wagnaria

Note to the Viewer: New Game is produced by Doga Kobo, the same studio that brought us Himouto! Umaru Chan.

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 161: Laputa: Castle in the Sky / Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa

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Laputa: Castle in the Sky / Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Studio Ghibli

First Released: August 1986, 125-minute film

Summary: It is rumored that humanity built great flying cities until a catastrophe destroyed everything, forcing the human race to live on the ground. Our story begins when a girl named Sheeta escapes from an airship and is found by a boy named Pazu. Sheeta’s escape is miraculous for several reasons and it’s up to the two of them to discover the secret behind the glowing amulet that appears to have saved her life. The amulet may be the key to finding Laputa, the greatest of the fabled flying cities. It’s not going to be easy for the young ones, not only is the military on their tail but pirates are also tracking their every move. They’re going to have to get some help from an unlikely source and use all their cunning to figure out the secret of the amulet.

Castle in the Sky is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki so you know it’s quality work. The film contains the Miyazaki standards, such as a strong female protagonist in Sheeta, who is told to step aside several times and refuses to do so. She proves herself time and time again. The use of flight, another standard Miyazaki aspect, is portrayed beautifully through airships, gliders, and even floating land masses. The artwork on the airships is stunning, showing dilapidation in the outdated machinery. The artwork of the entire film is spectacular, from the characters to the backgrounds. The characters are enjoyable, especially in the way you constantly change your mind about who the “bad guy” is. The Disney translation into English uses a mixture of voice talent, from Anna Paquin to Mark Hamill. The soundtrack is composed by Studio Ghibli staple Joe Hisaishi, so you know it’s memorable.

You might enjoy this if: You want a starter anime. You’ll also enjoy it if you’ve seen hundreds of anime. I would recommend Castle in the Sky for almost anyone in the way it’s appropriate for all ages. It also has a good message that you can teach your kids, so that’s a plus.

You might not like it if: You can’t get past the 1980s animation. I’ll admit there is some unusual coloring at times. Pink pirate pants…I’ll leave it at that.

Similar Series: Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away

Note to the Viewer: Castle in the Sky was the first official Studio Ghibli film. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which was released before Castle, is often considered a Ghibli film but was created prior to the founding of the studio.

AMV – Awake to the Sky by Rider4Z

(This AMV shows how much Miyazaki uses flight in his films. It uses clips from Castle in the Sky, Nausicaä, Porco Rosso, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Tales from Earthsea, and The Wind Rises)

 

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 160: WWW.Wagnaria!! / WWW.Working!!

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 160: WWW.Wagnaria!! / WWW.Working!!

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Quirky Restaurant

First Aired: Fall 2016, 13 episodes

Summary: Daisuke Higashida is a responsible high school student with an irresponsible family. He arrives home on an otherwise normal day to the news that his father has gone bankrupt and no one in the family has the means to provide support. Even worse is that Daisuke is the only family member that cares about this predicament. Daisuke is pressured to find a job and does so at the Wagnaria restaurant. Daisuke cannot catch a break as he discovers each of his coworkers is stranger than the last.

WWW.Wagnaria is a fun and easy watch, not too serious or heavy. The show mainly takes place in the restaurant and focuses and the various quirky personalities that come and go, whether they are employees, customers, or Daisuke’s family. There’s even the most adorable baby that makes an appearance every once in a while. The animation is nothing special but I expected as much from this type of anime. Chibi-transformations occur fairly often at appropriate times, which I find enjoyable. The exaggerated emotion of anime is something I never get tired of. If you’re looking for a representation of WWW.Wagnaria, check out the opening. The song is “Eyecatch! Too Much!” but you have to watch to fully appreciate it. It has all the elements that remind me of a classic anime opening, from the J-Pop song to the unusual animation that somewhat relates to the anime but in an over-the-top kind of way. It’s a fitting opening for the series.

You might enjoy this if: You deal with a variety of personalities in everyday life, whether at school, work, or home. WWW.Wagnaria shows how individuals from all backgrounds can come together and make the best of life, accepting each other’s individuality.

You might not like it if: You’re looking for outlandish knee-slapping comedy as opposed to subtle laughs.

Similar Series: The Devil is a Part-Timer, New Game, Aggressive Retsuko, Bakuman, The Master of Killing Time

Note to the Viewer: WWW.Wagnaria is a spin-off of the original series, “Working!!”, which is set in another Wagnaria restaurant following an entirely different group of characters. The original series had three seasons, beginning in 2010.

WWW.Wagnaria Opening – Eyecatch! Too Much!

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