Random Curiosity

Podcast – “Is this mic on?”

Many of you probably remember and greatly enjoyed the old Monthly Retrospectives, but unfortunately, they became too much work to put together because they were almost as time consuming as the season previews, except every month instead of every three. Then, I had a brilliant idea! What if Random Curiosity turned the written retrospectives into podcasts instead?

And so I set off to learn about podcasting. One of my friends introduced me to her friends at METANORN, another excellent anime blog who have graciously allowed me to be a guest on their METAVERSE podcasts. The fine people there were a lot of fun, and I learned a great deal about podcasting too – so please support me, RandomC, and METANORN by listening to their 15th podcast and let me know what you think!

The facepalm is because now you all know what I sound like, haha!
Podcast Link

March 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm
  • March 27, 2012 at 10:38 pmcow

    lol Verdant you sound awesome. I like this podcast idea! I would love to hear from the other writers as well! Especially the newly joined female writers :s

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:34 pmverdant

      Especially huh, not sure if they want to hear that, haha

  • March 27, 2012 at 10:40 pmJustinnnnnn

    I haven’t heard the podcast yet, but I will! I think it’s a brilliant idea! Hope it’s good :P , nice one there Verdant!!

    • March 28, 2012 at 12:16 amJustinnnnnn

      Well, I stopped hearing after an hour and five minutes…Lost some interest once you guys started talking about particular scenes of X show, but great podcast from you all :) !

      I dunno, I’ll say what’s in my mind after hearing this and thinking about possible future RC:

      -You have a good voice Verdant. Having a good mic + clear English was all I asked for; glad you to them.
      -As part of the audience, I’m not that interested in hearing what the members of the podcasts thought about X character or Y scene –that’s what in your blog posts after all, and I think podcasts could open up other topics of dicussion. Personally, I’d be all for hearing more analysis/deeper views on a show’s structure, rather than get stuck on the surface. In other words, I’d be more willing to hear from you writers why you thought the scene (or better yet, the whole show) was so powerful/disastrous, how did it come to that result. There was actually some of this in this podcast: Nisemonogatari’s talk about the 8th episode and why the toothbrush scene was so unique and powerful. If this replaces the Monthly retrospectives, thn I guess you’d have plenty of material to work with, so no problem there.
      -Keep it brief and straight to the point! Often, one can just keep talking and talking about X topic, and the audience quickly loses interest.

      As an individual, there are million of things I could ask for in this possible RC podcast, since the idea is very exciting indeed, but I think I said the important stuff I wanted to say. Surely Verdant you/the other writers must listen to your own podcasts of interest, so you can learn from their program.

      I could keep on and on with this, but I fear I’ll come off as annoying…So cheers, and hopefully we’ll be hearing again from this project’s status!

      • March 28, 2012 at 8:31 pmverdant

        Hey, thanks for the suggestions, hopefully when we make our own podcast, we’ll be able to shape it into something you’ll like listening to after a couple episodes, with your help.

  • March 27, 2012 at 10:44 pmCroos

    voice still the same as ever verdant.
    how i wish to do podcast but the fact the my voice has…… nevermind.
    ill give you my support any time

  • March 27, 2012 at 10:45 pmYuu-tan

    At last! I can hear Verdant talking~ Wow! And as for bringing up the podcast, I think it’ll be a great addition to RandomC since this site is most likely to be evolving from time to time~ But it would be great if all of the writers could participate in it as well. Let their voices be heard! :3

    //Yay! it’s my first time to comment! XD

    • March 28, 2012 at 8:56 pmverdant

      Haha, thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it!

  • March 27, 2012 at 10:47 pmTrakand

    That’s a really cool idea! You did great on the podcast.

  • March 27, 2012 at 10:48 pmoliviaven

    Are you kidding me, the day I decide to take a break off internet and go shopping……
    Must have been fun in irc, without me (-。-;

  • March 27, 2012 at 10:51 pmskyreno4

    Podcast for this site will be Great, to hear every writers opinions into one podcast the animes they watch, talk about likes, hates and more, the podcast adding new ones everyweek.

  • March 27, 2012 at 10:54 pmZanibas

    Verdant, I want to thank you personally here for giving me that subtle shout-out. I was really flattered when the commentator noticed both my alt-texts and my gender ambiguity ^___^.


    • March 28, 2012 at 6:46 amCherrie

      I clearly wasn’t listening intently enough… I’ll have to go back and find it later =P

    • March 28, 2012 at 6:20 pmjrow

      lol, it would appear I made the right call on gender. I’ll be sure to give you a more proper shout-out on our next episode, and I liked reading your Sae & Haruka posts for SS+.

  • March 27, 2012 at 10:55 pmCroos

    RC will die if do a podcast in here.

    • March 27, 2012 at 11:15 pmJustinnnnnn

      Why? It would only give its users a wider variety of things to enjoy.

      • March 27, 2012 at 11:23 pmCroos

        Ask the people in Rc irc.

    • March 27, 2012 at 11:28 pmXumbra

      Do you mean RC will die if it does a podcast? Or if you do a podcast? I have no reason to see the former causing RC’s death — on the contrary, it would be an interesting to hear them speak.

      • March 27, 2012 at 11:34 pmxRichard

        I think he threw a personal pronoun into the v0id

    • March 27, 2012 at 11:45 pmZoom

      Yes, my same thoughts…

    • March 28, 2012 at 12:26 amCroos

      Correction : ****RC will die if I* do a podcast in here.

      • March 28, 2012 at 11:04 amXumbra

        RC seriously needs to allow users to edit their own comments.

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:05 pmBNV

    That was cool. Keep it up!

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:05 pmPachikun

    I like the idea, but I think there are many people who come to this place to see and have adapted to English as text only, I think someone other than a native speaker will understand what they say never, I just finished listening to the podcast and sounds great but I can say that only 90% understood because my language is Spanish and I have limited knowledge of English

    • March 28, 2012 at 11:06 amXumbra

      I think it would help if a transcript were provided along with the podcast. That way, those who are unfamiliar with spoken English can refer to the text.

      • March 28, 2012 at 5:07 pmPachikun

        Sure hope it’s not much to ask, lest we miss this new section that has very good prospects

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:13 pmgcsasuke

    I think its a good idea, but you shouldn’t do it just yet. With alot happening right now, you should let the RC community settle down first. Maybe start it next season. Afterall, too much change at once might be bad

    • March 28, 2012 at 8:57 pmverdant

      Yeah, in all likelihood, it’ll be at least a month or two before we take a look at it, so we let all the new writers settle and stuff.

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:16 pmxRichard

    How dare you call yourself a RandomC writer if you haven’t seen Evangelion yet? I say heresy!

    Jokes aside, I think the idea is fantastic. Had a very enjoyable time hearing the METAVERSE and not just the talk and opinions, the music was great too. The folks from METANORN gave lots of props to Divine at the end of the podcast.

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:22 pmfoshizzel

    Glad you had a great time Verdant! And good luck if you plan on doing a RC podcast ;D

    • March 28, 2012 at 9:04 pmverdant

      Thanks man, you all were fun to chat with, hopefully we’ll be able to make ours just as good someday!

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:22 pmXumbra

    ‘Bout damn time.

    By the way, that picture. Excellent choice, sir.

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:28 pmLuxor

    Good idea, I think I saw this being thrown around IRC for quite a while now.

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:44 pmZoom

    Bad idea. Why be a RC writer then?

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:49 pmLightnDark

    So as to quote someone on IRC: (sorry I couldn’t remember who you are off the top of my head)


    As for how to interpret that statement, I’ll leave it up you guys :)

    Thoughts/suggestions on podcasting: It might be an interesting idea but my main concern is whether transcribed text would be available, and that the length of podcasts (if any) should not be tl;dl (ie keep it not-too-lengthy yet concise)

    No harm giving this a shot though I’m sure readers are keen to hear the voices behind each writer.

    *Random thoughts*
    Would there be a trap-like voice for our trap-likesque writers?!

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:50 pmMrRei

    Now try to podcast those Skype conversations in the not-so-secret RC room as a bonus (jk. bad idea, i know).. :p

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:51 pmJhacks

    A podcast for the “Retrospective Look” will be a fun idea. A fun discussion or a lil debate on the ongoing series will be nice.

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:55 pmD-LaN

    Hmm… looks interesting but I found myself having a hard time catching voices in video w/out the subtitles…. but stil….

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:56 pmLordip

    Not sure podcast suit RC. For me, my anime watching time is quite limited, and I really depends on RC’s writers to to base which anime to watch. With text, I can skim through to get the gist of the series. If it’s to taste I’ll go watch the series and then come back to read the RC post later. I don’t think I’ll have the patience to sit through minutes upon minutes of audio in a podcast to decide whether to watch the series or not. Just my humble two cents.

    • March 28, 2012 at 12:20 pmzzeroparticle

      May I suggest listening to podcasts while you’re doing homework? It’s actually not all that difficult to do and you end up catching most of what they’re saying anyway. It’s like listening to talk radio while doing work, which is something I tend to do pretty frequently.

  • March 28, 2012 at 1:28 amSlushiZ

    Facepalm? You have a smexy voice Verdant don’t be so shy :P

    • March 28, 2012 at 9:05 pmverdant

      I’m just trying to hide my blushing, yeah, that’s it, haha

  • March 28, 2012 at 2:42 amSeven

    This site should set up a ventrilo/mumble/skype server so we can all yell at each other in person. Seems like it would be a lot of fun to me.

    • March 28, 2012 at 1:01 pmXumbra

      I’m tempted to start one, but I’m not sure how interested people would be. And besides, we already have Skype.

    • March 28, 2012 at 1:19 pmSeven

      Not sure why I said skype, you can’t have “servers” for it. But this is a popular site I’m sure people would like to go a nerd it up with each other in person.

  • March 28, 2012 at 3:03 amKTNO

    hmmm that’s too bad, I can read english but when it come to podcast I’ve a hard time doing the translation :/
    Still, good idea for the majority of Random C since (I guess) 90% is probably from english speaking country.

  • March 28, 2012 at 3:03 amKyokai

    We had a great time with verdant as you guys already have heard. Gives me an idea to do some more episodes with RC writers just to get the discussion rolling. I’m definitely subscribing when RC podcast is up.

    PS: DAT Hugh pic is so moe, Verdant! xD

    • March 28, 2012 at 3:34 amxRichard

      Thanks for taking our guys out there on your podcast. They write too much about their shows and we barely know anything about them because of that.

      Your site has FUN painted all over it. I hope you get more visitors and comments after this.

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:29 pmverdant

      World could always use more of me, er I meant, more of Huey.

  • March 28, 2012 at 3:14 amc2710


    btw, when’s season preview gonna come out?

  • March 28, 2012 at 3:18 amSome random guy

    Your voice is very pleasant, nice nice…

  • March 28, 2012 at 4:31 amKinny Riddle

    A new milestone for RC.

    Will you guys still do the seasonal previews though? Starting with Spring 2012?

    • March 28, 2012 at 4:47 amCroos

      They’re on it so expect it to be out soon.

  • March 28, 2012 at 5:59 amtomoyostar

    I think you have a lovely voice :)

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:30 pmverdant


  • March 28, 2012 at 7:19 amKentaiyoshimi

    No way….. I can finally put a voice to a blogger… and Wow, you have a really nice and pleasant voice. I am all for you doing podcasts here at RC.

  • March 28, 2012 at 9:19 amlivers

    Eerr….this site has more writers than it normally does but……. -.-?

    • March 28, 2012 at 1:15 pmZanibas

      The criticism isn’t helpful if you don’t complete your sentence. :(

  • March 28, 2012 at 9:29 amshamaticgrl

    1. You have a very pleasant voice Verdant ._. I can finally put a voice to your post.

    2. Love the idea of a Podcast but I’d recommend it to elaborate why you like this scene or what could have made it better. There’s so much to talk about in one ep but it can be daunting for readers to read a whole book on an episode.

    And if you do do a podcast for RC why not add in questions for the audience and get them to participate in the podcast so that we can all broaden our views. Cause it’ll be tiring if the readers just talk for an hour long lol

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:38 pmverdant

      Thanks for the compliment, and yeah, it would be really cool to somehow get reader questions, or even readers as guests on it. Now to think about how to set that up…

  • March 28, 2012 at 10:12 amlaaa

    A bit too long for my taste
    but if you could make it in 10 min or so

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:31 pmverdant

      Yeah, maybe if RC does one, we might have a short version and a long version.

  • March 28, 2012 at 12:15 pmlkm

    why bother making a preview when you can post this: http://i.minus.com/iIrw2JgoAX24G.jpg
    it has everything

    • March 28, 2012 at 1:13 pmxRichard

      Check the previous season previews and you should notice the difference.

      • March 28, 2012 at 2:31 pmlkm

        what? i never said there isn’t any different, i just said there is a simple solution to the problem of making a huge preview as this site writer doing, the list i posted is short, simple, and easy to understand. they can post it somewhere aside in a small window. like most of blogs doing.
        the previews on this site are excellent, but to long, i mean it just a preview. plus this list save a lot of time and pain to writers.

      • March 28, 2012 at 4:38 pmCroos

        If you noticed you get to see some of the writers insight. Its well thought and researched. you can see who doing it and whos role is going to voice some character in that certain anime. Some of the people don’t noticed this but some reads actually see whos directing it. If you see a anime preview that you didn’t like and then the director did an awesome job on his previous job, you might see a new light and say “Ah, I guess I’ll give it a shot”.
        Thats my reason for reading RC’s season preview.

      • March 28, 2012 at 6:09 pmlkm

        no doubt, you right! like i said they have an excellent previews. but you have to agree that the among of people that started reading the preview but never actually read it to the end of the post, is pretty high. and the reason is simple: the post are to long. some people like it simple, after all its just a preview, not some conclusion about the whole season.
        and the link i posted offering easy preview of the next season, there everything you need to know. and i pretty sure it’ll be easy for the writers to. its win win.
        but hey its just an opinion.

  • March 28, 2012 at 12:30 pminnerchihiro

    I TOTALLY vote yes to this.

  • March 28, 2012 at 12:54 pmSudachi

    Great stuff, enjoyed it very much! As for the length, it seems like this one could have been cut up into three podcasts. Maybe you could make each the same length as an anime episode? You guys covered some nice topics though and would look forward to more!

  • March 28, 2012 at 1:13 pmgrey

    I enjoy your voice. (omg this sounds so creepy..but i really don’t mean to be..)

  • March 28, 2012 at 2:45 pmsealouse

    Awesome! I really need a new anime podcast to listen to after the ones I was listening to just sort of quit. So what are the chances of an RC podcast?

  • March 28, 2012 at 3:05 pmRandomGal

    GREAT idea for hearing people! Not so great idea for Deaf people unless caption option is added. I always have enjoyed reading Monthly Retrospectives, so I definitely will miss it when it is determined to use podcast without caption added. Yes, I’m Deaf person. So, I just tell you what I think, like you asked.

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:41 pmverdant

      Yeah, we’ll have to definitely try and get a transcript put together then, thanks for the suggestion!

      • March 29, 2012 at 3:18 pmRandomGal

        That would be awesome, thanks.

  • March 28, 2012 at 3:40 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    the written word is BOSS, just to be clear. but this format is pretty AWESOME!!

  • March 28, 2012 at 4:29 pmShirt

    Great, great idea. Having podcasts for Random Curiosity’s Monthly Retrospective is the best idea since Divine’s side banners! I would love to hear what the staff here has to say about the shows I love to watch. It’s like listening to the conversation I’ve always loved.

    The Bleach music was pretty cool in the background too. First time I listened to a podcast by Metanorn.

  • March 28, 2012 at 4:43 pmSteelman

    Please please go back to doing monthly retrospectives rather than trying out a podcast. Like many other people, I typically visit RC to get quick impressions about shows I am not currently watching and to see “what’s hot” – basically, my entertainment time is limited and I use RC to decide which anime to watch.

    Season previews are by far the most important content to me – and monthly retrospectives were a close second; best thing to happen on RC since I started reading the blog in 2007. I don’t want to listen to a one hour podcast, I simply do not have that time. I must admit I was hugely disappointed when you decided to discontinue the restrospectives. As a comparison, psgels.net has been running monthly summaries since forever and he is a single writer – too bad his opinions are essentially worthless for a “mainstream” anime fan like myself.

    Given that the website has many more writers now, why don’t you try for a different restrospective format? You could have each writer limit himself to 5-10 short opinions on different shows (perhaps the ones he cares about the most). Given that the podcast would take over one hour from each contributor anyway, I cannot see how writing the restrospective would be much more time-consuming.

    Please consider it!

  • March 28, 2012 at 4:57 pmShirt

    You brought up a good point in the podcast about wanting to “shed the light” on series that readers didn’t like. Despite that, I’ve still found days where I enjoyed an episode of a series and the writers would blow it up. Kiiragi was one of them. Lol Yumekui Merry wasn’t THAT fantastic, but I did like it. He tore that show apart. XD I had to skip his reviews because he took my “candy” away after I watched it.

    If you did monthly podcasts, is it going to be with ALL the writers here on RC? Or just a few.. and how do they feel about it?

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:39 pmverdant

      Still judging the interest of all the writers, but hopefully one day we’ll be able to have them all participate.

      • March 29, 2012 at 5:53 amShirt

        Aside from it being faster and less stress on the writers, it would be new and exciting for us readers to hear the voices of the writers we follow so religiously. I look forward to a favorable decision.

  • March 28, 2012 at 8:28 pmJason Isenberg

    Next Stop: Random Curiosity YouTube channel reviews.

  • March 28, 2012 at 9:53 pmJel

    Really loving the Podcast idea. It’s nice to be able to hear your voices as well. It was quite interesting listening to the Podcast, I enjoyed it a lot. Hope you guys continue!

    • March 28, 2012 at 10:45 pmJel

      Well, I guess rather than continue… start? Lol. The Podcasts would be a nice thing to have from time to time.

  • March 28, 2012 at 10:43 pmverdant

    Thanks everyone for your support, suggestions and compliments! Hopefully RandomC will have our own podcast soon, so look forward to it!

  • March 29, 2012 at 1:26 amzeroyuki92

    Podcast, huh?
    To be blunt, I’m not really into it since :
    1. I’m not really good at listening English, so do many people that aren’t English-native.
    2. Reading is faster than listening (since you can skim more freely) and I like reading more rather than listening in general.
    3. I need more loading time for my slow connection to watch podcast.

    But I guess I won’t go against it. But if I can prefer between Monthly Retrospectives and Podcast, I will pick MR for sure. Of course I won’t force it since it seems to be a lot of extra hard work for you guys.

    *Furthermore, if three MR per season isn’t possible, MR for the first month would be very nice to support 3- months obligatory judgement…But that’s only me being greedy :p

  • March 30, 2012 at 2:05 pmSeishun Otoko

    That was certainly interesting but a tad bit too long. I think 20-30 minutes would make a good podcast for a casual discussion about animes. But I hope you guys don’t lose sight of what made RC so great in the first place, timely and insightful episodic blogging with yummy screen caps ;)

  • March 31, 2012 at 3:11 pmJif

    Just listening to your voice is enough.

    Overflowing homoeroticism aside, I don’t mind even the longer format especially the way it is conducted over at Metanorn. Nice relaxed atmosphere, fun group of people. There’s no need for an infodump. A RC-native podcast would be interesting especially since all the writers seem to have such good chemistry already, and so it’s definitely something that all of you could look into.