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RandomC Podcast #08 – Mainstream Voice Stream

Klein, you game with five girls and you still go for the 2D waifu? Faaaaail.

Never mind those artsy, underrated, critically-acclaimed shows, this podcast is all about the big hitters! (Okay, we talk about the other stuff too.) It’s mainstream week with the Random Curiosity Anime Podcast, as well as a spoiler-free discussion of some of the shows that premiered this season.

The podcasts are back after an unexpected break (blame Zanibas). This time we broke into the new season slowly, so outside of the big three topics—which most of you are probably watching anyway—the rest of the podcast is spoiler free. Mostly because I’m behind on all my shows again, but hey! A big thanks to Cherrie for joining us once again (its been a while!), takaii for contributing and editing, and Xumbra for recording and making fun of us in the background. Don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes, and enjoy.

Announcement: I talked with our podfather, Zanibas, and it looks like we’re going to have to put the podcasts on hiatus for the time being. We wanted to keep them going while he was on break, but the time isn’t there. Thank you for your understanding.

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Other series we mentioned: Gugure Kokkuri-San, Sora no Method, Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS, Denki-gai no Honya-san, Shirobako, PSYCHO-PASS 2, Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Warakanai Ken, and Log Horizon 2.

Opening: Turbonugget by Jake Kaufman. Ending: I can has mochi? by Jake Kaufman.

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October 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm
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  • October 27, 2014 at 6:52 pmL002

    No Akame ga Kill? Well yeah, I can’t blame anyone since it recently just became really too tragic as it shows how death is gruesomly prevalent. T_T Show Spoiler ▼

    Stilts edit: Just … just please don’t talk about Akame ga Kill outside of its posts. The only thing we mentioned is how people love to spoil it, so let’s not risk it. Added a tag to the probably-not-but-maybe spoiler. Thanks.

    • October 27, 2014 at 6:55 pmL002

      Or was it put in the underrated anime section, if so then sorry for not noticing.

    • October 27, 2014 at 10:29 pmL002

      @stilt
      Oh, sorry about that sir. Because I left that ambiguous, I thought it wouldn’t matter as long as ambigurity is used.

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:16 pmDrasca

    Confirmed, Stilts does not like girls! j/k of course!

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:16 pmhoshi

    Ookami shoujo to kuro ouji ugh I’m so happy this show is not being covered mainly because I’m tired of stories like that being so popular in the shoujo genre which is why I absolutely love that akatsuki no Yona is getting popular Yona is a female character we definitely need PERIOD.

    • October 27, 2014 at 8:17 pmCherrie

      Well to each their own… I personally like the show and I look forward to it each week. It’s not because I particularly like the MC, but – well I explain myself in the podcast already so I don’t want to sound repetitive. Coverage is not dependent on what we think will be popular, but what personally interests us as writers. It just so happens that usually what’s popular is what interests us.

    • October 28, 2014 at 1:13 amTakaii

      After going back to watch episode one, I gotta say it’s actually a fun show to watch.

      • October 28, 2014 at 7:16 amCherrie

        YA! *high-five ^^

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:43 pmdaikama

    @Stilts: “Mostly because I’m behind on all my shows again…” LOL. You and me both.

    Perhaps in the “underrated” or “special topics” sections, but I would be interested in RC commentary for Shingeki no Bahamut. For me that’s been the biggest surprise this season (well, maybe except for UBW’s national GDP level productions values). It’s turning out to be one of my top shows this season. Hopefully it will be included in the monthly reviews since it didn’t get any coverage so far.

    Thanks for the podcast. Will listen… after I watch Bahamut :P

    • October 27, 2014 at 9:28 pmStilts

      You can safely expect it on the monthly impressions.

      • October 27, 2014 at 11:51 pminfo600

        I think I can hear the knife blades being sharpened for the shows in the monthly post…

    • October 27, 2014 at 11:07 pmPancakes

      SnB ain’t the only one IMO, Nanatsu no Taizai is up there as well (depending on one’s tolerance for the standard shounen tropes). In terms of fantasy offerings this season is pretty damn impressive. And the best part? Most of the fantasy shows are two cours.

      Suddenly being stuck inside for the winter doesn’t seem so bad now :P

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:53 pmKlyne

    “Klein, you game with five girls and you still go for the 2D waifu? Faaaaail.”

    Well thats because all five girls are only interested in the playboy Kirito…

    • October 28, 2014 at 4:54 pmExukvera

      And all of them are minors.

  • October 27, 2014 at 8:16 pmOppai Mother of Frogs

    What happens to Enzo this season? Post-HxH existential fatigue?

    • October 27, 2014 at 9:30 pmStilts

      Something like that. He’ll probably be on the next podcast though. He gets lonely when we don’t pay attention to him for too long. Like a bunny. Or a Kagami.

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:05 pmPasserby

    Re: Amagi Brilliant Park

    ‘Passerby, you didn’t sell this show hard enough in the preview. This is you fault.’

    Sorry guys :(

    • October 27, 2014 at 9:26 pmStilts

      Did we say that? I mean, I was thinking it. I been thinking it all season. Also, I blame you for all things that aren’t Zephy’s or Zani’s fault. (Which, to be fair, is everything, so you’re clear there.) I just didn’t think we said it. <3

      • October 27, 2014 at 9:51 pmPasserby

        I naturally infer guilt into anything I’m even remotely related to. I’m fairly sure Ebola was my fault, too.

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:28 pmCarVac

    You didn’t mention that you mentioned Ore, twintail ni narimasu (in extreme passing).

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:41 pmEcho

    This is probably the first season in a long while I’m not watching any anime. I thought at least the gundam series would pique my interest, but it just hasn’t. The animation, the story, everything seems so bland. The new gundam series is just… not there. Not saying it’s bad or anything just I can’t watch it that’s all. Same thing for everything else, Log Horizon, Sword Harem Online, Amagi Park, Fate Stay Reboot Version 20, Chikai Dungeon and Dragon Edition and so many other series makes this probably the most lack lustered season in recent memory. Even Mushishi I found boring, maybe it’s me, but this doesn’t look good, especially considering the line up for Winter.

    • October 27, 2014 at 10:00 pmCarVac

      Really.

      Contrarily, I had been watching fewer and fewer shows each season but this season I am following so many shows… Mushishi is on the top of its game IMO (the second episode had me floored), Twintails is hilarious, Parasyte is awesome. And so on.

      • October 28, 2014 at 1:00 pmApa

        None of the shows this season has made me as excited as last season (Like tokyo ghoul, except it turned out disappointing), but there are alot of solid shows to watch (More than usual)

    • October 27, 2014 at 10:24 pmkayyee

      You should try Parasyte. It’s quite different from the other shows.

    • October 28, 2014 at 10:14 amJohn Hunt

      I don’t know the Gundam series, Psycho Pass 2, Garo and Bahamut are about the only newer things that are piquing my interest this season, but I’m still not watching anything atm out of just a general lack of interest. I’d say Fate is somewhere on my too watch list as well but honestly I’ve kind of already experienced that story and while it’s interesting to see it adapted with new cutting edge animation techniques it’s still just kind of like a been there done that feeling to me and I’m not nearly as in love with it as most people seem to be. It’s an interesting Fall season on paper yet somehow really dry and uninspiring in actual execution.

    • October 28, 2014 at 10:46 amCherrie

      Uh… well it’s hard to give someone recommendations if you’re just going to list the shows you didn’t enjoy >_> What do you generally like to watch? I can try and suggest some but I have no idea where to start… o_o
      I think most people give safe recommendations like Fate/Stay Night or SAO because it has an appeal to the general audience. If you want something more specific, you’re going to have to give more details of what constitutes as a “good show” for you.

  • October 27, 2014 at 10:11 pmTechim

    Slightly off-topic, though it is related to the choice of photo for the post..
    Klein’s pose reminds me of a certain character. (http://tinyurl.com/p6nyh2g)
    With the airing of the 2nd Caliber episode I guess it could be modified to parody this somehow
    (http://tinyurl.com/mxnqecp)

  • October 27, 2014 at 11:31 pmCKCL4

    quite dissapointed that inou battle wasnt mentioned…

    —- TRIGGER saving ANIME

    • October 27, 2014 at 11:47 pmStilts

      I had too many underrated shows to mention. Inou-Battle was one of the other ones. I’ll be talking about it a bit on the upcoming monthlies though.

    • October 28, 2014 at 1:16 amCrook

      Inou Battle’s a fun show and all, but I get the feeling that I shouldn’t take the ‘saving anime’ part serious anymore.

    • October 28, 2014 at 1:22 amTakaii

      I’ve wanted to ride the Inou battle hype train for so long but it’s been feeling kinda slow for the past two weeks :|

      • October 29, 2014 at 3:54 amCKCL4

        well, i believe they are taking it slow to build the plot and definitely most liked the pacing… and also no one wants a rushed plot.

      • October 31, 2014 at 9:48 pmRick Anime

        Yeah it hits all the mainstream points: loli’s, harem, high school, etc. Not sure if TRIGGER is doing this on purpose and they are getting rdy to turn everything on its head

  • October 27, 2014 at 11:49 pminfo600

    …About Kirito’s “Skill Connect” – figuring it is one thing, doing it using your “body” is another, it’s not like the twitch/FPS gaming we have right now.
    And Cherrie – forever a Kirito-fangirl ¯\_(^.^)_/¯

    …Welp, censoring the illegal websites and CrunchyRoll interruptions…
    …Takaii, email Crunchyroll first before plugging it.
    …a lot of censoring going on. Almost feels like Enzo’s the only reason we never hear the Bleeping until now…
    …Animal Crossing in an anime podcast…*facedesk*
    …Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji – Wut. Did. I. Just. Listened…
    …GlassSlip…Glad I forgot to watch it… (>.>)¯\

    BTW, is it wise to host the mp3 file on the RC server?

    • October 28, 2014 at 1:12 amTakaii

      WHAT’S WRONG WITH ANIMAL CROSSING?!

      • October 28, 2014 at 5:57 pminfo600

        /(>.<')/

  • October 28, 2014 at 12:02 amSK

    Well, I just opened up 4 new tabs to take a look at some of the shows you guys mentioned, though Bahamut was already on my watchlist and I am enjoying it so far. I’m sure many of us have done a good ol’ spoilerific wiki-walk, made so much easier with all the show/game-specific wikis out there today.

    As far as SAO, Mother’s Rosario sorta continues along with the “playing a game” atmosphere from the Caliber mini-arc, and a chance to follow the adventures of someone besides Kirito.

    On a different note: Wouldn’t a VR NPC technically be a 3D waifu? Also, loved everyone’s “it’s a trap” reactions to Klein. And to be fair, Silica should definitely be outta his age range, Suguha probably is, and Asuna’s taken, so there’s at best 2 options.

    @Takaii: You wasted a perfectly good opportunity at the end to give Crunchyroll another shout-out, gotta be more shameless when you land a sponsor in the future.

    • October 28, 2014 at 1:12 amTakaii

      I wish Crunchyroll paid me :/

    • October 28, 2014 at 10:04 amStilts

      Takkun doesn’t understand how promotion works. You land the deal before you start plugging them … and since we’re not bothering to do that, kinda pointless. Didn’t you study business takkun? Go back and apologize to your professors!

      • October 31, 2014 at 8:20 pmRick Anime

        You guys deserve to get paid tho

  • October 28, 2014 at 2:45 amAnonymousperson

    Tbf all of the other girls are minors and he’d go to jail if he tried anything with them. XD

    • October 28, 2014 at 10:06 amStilts

      Just because the age of consent is 18 in California doesn’t mean it is everywhere. In some cases it would be creepy, but not illegal.

      It was a throwaway line though, so probably don’t think too much into it.

    • October 28, 2014 at 7:04 pmAtalla

      LN-wise, around this time in the story Asuna’s 18; Kirito, Sinon, and Liz (best girl!) are 17; and imouto-cousin and Silica are 16. Silica is actually much older than she looks. So, even if the consent age is 18 Klein’s only got a couple more years at most. :)

  • October 28, 2014 at 3:35 amLem

    Garo: Honoo no Kokuin is highly underrated.

  • October 28, 2014 at 4:06 amN

    Ha, I was wondering about the mini-hiatus. And it’s such a pleasure to hear from Cherrie again.

    So… when will we hear Samu in a podcast?

    • October 28, 2014 at 7:14 amCherrie

      The hiatus wasn’t intentional sorry =(
      Ya… I participate in like… one podcast a year haha =P

  • October 28, 2014 at 5:11 amAnonymousperson

    Berserker wasn’t that bad in Zero, though.

    • October 28, 2014 at 1:38 pmStilts

      He wasn’t bad, but he was nothing like in FSN. In Zero he never really had a chance, he was just there to throw a wrench in the works. In FSN he’s one of the toughest obstacles the heroes have to confront. That’s like the difference between Iskander and FSN Rider (spoilered for safety)Show Spoiler ▼

      • October 28, 2014 at 2:17 pmCherrie

        Just my two cents:
        Show Spoiler ▼

        I like Berserker in Fate/Stay Night more just because of what he’s capable of and he doesn’t go all crazy and nuts. Berserker in Fate/Zero was just… a loose dog -__-’

      • October 28, 2014 at 4:23 pmdaikama

        @Stilts: Regarding Berserker
        Show Spoiler ▼

        @Cherrie – Regarding your spoiler.
        Show Spoiler ▼

      • October 28, 2014 at 5:51 pmStilts

        Both good points. I still maintain that Show Spoiler ▼

      • October 28, 2014 at 11:08 pmdaikama

        Regarding your spoiler about FSN Berserker Show Spoiler ▼

        Might as well include this here rather than a separate post. There’s a lot of Rin fans out there (I suspect she’s the most popular of the three) which is great because that leaves more Saber for me. :P For me Saber > Rin >> Sakura (feel very sorry for Sakura, but kind of meh otherwise). Anyway, point here is that while I like Saber the best, I have to agree that the UBW (“Rin”) route is the best one in terms of overall story. It’s just better balanced than the other two as you mentioned.

      • October 28, 2014 at 11:09 pmdaikama

        Oops – for got to put @Stilts for my above post.

  • October 28, 2014 at 6:08 amDrasca

    Confirmed:
    Cherrie likes douchebags! . . . because she’s a girl & likes korean dramas.

    • October 28, 2014 at 7:06 amCherrie

      I didn’t think that was a secret =P

  • October 28, 2014 at 6:18 amDrasca

    Can you guys each list the shows you find underrated and think should be watched, but can’t mention in the podcast? Just the title at the least :)

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:16 amKraft

    aww I’m sad you didn’t cover “Shigatsu wa Kiimi no Uso” as a big hitter this season! It’s one of my favorite shows :).

    I did enjoy the podcast as always though. It’s nice hearing about people talk about the shows I’m watching this season! I agree that Amaburi is lookin great so far hehe

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:51 amdmanatunga

    Am I the only one who really enjoyed Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary)? Yes, one episode should have gone to OVA, and the ending was rushed/Deus ex. But I thought the characters were fun, and the story was pretty good.

    • October 29, 2014 at 1:02 pmRob

      The thing that bugs me about Kyoukai no Kanata is that, while it was overall a decent show, it had the potential to be so much better with just few minor tweaks (particularly with the ending).

      • October 29, 2014 at 2:57 pmStilts

        That’s the problem I have with most (all) KyoAni quasi-originals. So much potential, but their either fart out an average story or adapt some second-rate source material that could have been so great if they only had an auteur who really knew how to tell a story.

        If Gatoh Shoji started working for them full time, they would be unstoppable.

    • October 31, 2014 at 9:34 pmRick Anime

      Beyond the boundary was an amazing show. I wouldnt change anything

  • October 28, 2014 at 10:11 amJohn Hunt

    Wow for the first time in this podcast’s history I have like zero interest in listening to any of the topics listed being discussed. It’s all either shows I don’t care at all about or shows I’m already tired of discussing already. Amazing. Somebody opined back when the season started in one of the schedule comment section that the website had seen a really hard shift in tastes and that nobody seemed to be covering anything they were interested in or at least not enough of a wealth of topics and boy is that apparent here for me at least. What a shame

    • October 28, 2014 at 1:35 pmStilts

      Not everything we do is going to be for everyone. This time we had two writers with relatively mainstream tastes on (plus me, who watches a ton), so we talked about mainstream shows. Next time we’ll almost certainly have people on with more eclectic tastes, so presumably you’ll enjoy that more. We can’t be everything to everyone every time, though.

      As for a shift in tastes, of course there has been, though people are only really saying that because we’re not covering Gundam, and that’s because Zephy is on hiatus. But I hear people complain about our tastes and then I look at the shows we’re covering, and I don’t get it. We cover a lot of interesting (and different) shows, from SAO on one end to Parasyte and Mushishi on the other.

      Different isn’t always bad.

  • October 28, 2014 at 11:55 amFT5.Havok

    Cherrie you should blog Korean Dramas ;D

    • October 28, 2014 at 2:19 pmCherrie

      Haha! I rarely watch these days =( no time… sigh*

  • October 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm3mapletrees

    Really enjoyed the podcast. Thanks.

    • October 28, 2014 at 1:36 pmStilts

      Thanks for listening!

  • October 28, 2014 at 2:20 pmTripleSRank

    Now that you mention it, Trigun is the only Western-themed anime I’m familiar with. I wouldn’t mind seeing some others like that.

    Bahamut aside, does anyone know of some good Western-themed anime?

  • October 28, 2014 at 3:15 pmnobody

    I suddenly have the demand to use Crunchyroll.
    Thx Takaii

  • October 28, 2014 at 5:13 pmstarss

    God damn Takaii’s a sailor, or what?!?

  • October 28, 2014 at 5:38 pmTsugu

    Fate/stay night should’ve watched

  • October 28, 2014 at 6:57 pmAtalla

    I listen to every podcast!

    Stilts, what are those 24 shows you’re watching? I’m watching 25 from this season +Akame ga Kill, SAO2, Argevellon, and Ace of Diamond. I guess I ought to add Shirobako and Agami Brillant Park to that list – it’s not too late to spend a couple weekend hours catching up.

    • October 28, 2014 at 8:12 pmStilts

      Denki-gai, Shirobako, Psycho-Pass 2, Danna ga Nani etc., Shigatsu, Yuuki Yuuna, Amaburi, Log Horizon, Madan no Ou to Vanadis, SAO, FSN:UBW, Nanatsu no Taizai, Sora no Method, Akame ga Kill, Grisaia, Bahamut, Tama no Susumi, Inou-Battle, Trinity Seven, and Chaika. So twenty, though I just dumped two and I have another (World Trigger) that I’m trying to decide whether to bother with, so 24 was close.

      • October 28, 2014 at 8:49 pmAtalla

        What’s Tama no Susumi? I don’t see it on the preview.

        We have decent overlap. It’s nice to see someone else watching Yuuki Yuuna. I’d say I’m short this season – the rest of the year it’s been in the thirties normally. :D My list is:

        Ace of Diamond, Akame ga Kill, Argevollen, SAO2, Akatsuki no Yona, Daitoshokan, Danna ga Nani, Denki-gai, Donten ni Warau, FSN:UBW, Girlfriend (don’t know how far I’ll make it), Grisaia, Kokkuri-san (it is funny), Gundam Build Fighters Try, Chaika, Inou Battle, Parasyte, Log 2, Madan no Ou to Vanadis, Nanatsu no Taizai, WIXOSS 2 (weekly dose of despair), Shigatsu, Shingeki no Bahamut, Terraformers, Tribe Cool Crew (don’t judge me :p) Trinity Seven (which sold me on reading the manga up to what’s been translated), Ushinawareta, Yowamushi Pedal 2, and Yuuki Yuuna.

        I think Terraformers belongs in the same pile that has Coppelion.

        Don’t know how many I’ll see through to the end – a good amount, though.

      • October 28, 2014 at 11:35 pmStilts

        *Yama no Susume. My fingers were off when I was typing, lol

        I might try Kokkuri-san, since takkun spoke so highly of it. and Terraformars is one of the ones I dropped. No one in that show seems to want to live, so I don’t see a reason to watch.

      • October 28, 2014 at 11:54 pmAtalla

        Kokkuri-san can be decided by 1 episode. I had no idea what to expect – completely forgot it had been reviewed – and watched it on a whim, but found it to be surprisingly funny. It’s no Nozaki, Tonari-kun, or Love Lab, but it’s good enough to have me look forward to it each week. I’d recommend it to any anime watcher looking for an easy laugh.

        I think the last episode of Encouragement of Climb I watched was 6 or 7… my sources stopped releasing it… I guess I should look elsewhere to get caught up. I watched the first season when I saw it took best Short last year.

        Worst mistake is hitting caps lock when you go for the “a” and not noticing it for awhile. Especially when you hit roll typing out what you want to say. It kills momentum having everything inverted.

  • October 29, 2014 at 3:21 pmleatherhead333

    What? No Cross Ange for most underrated? ;)

    I’m sorry………….I know I shouldn’t even joke about that o_O.

  • October 30, 2014 at 7:29 pmPyroShield

    There’s a reason why “Kanie” is so douchey and narcissistic.
    Kanie Seiya = Kanye West

  • October 31, 2014 at 11:21 pmjamvng

    Do you guys have an RSS feed for podcasts for non Apple/iTunes people?

  • November 6, 2014 at 11:31 amJ_the_Man

    You didn’t mention Sora no Method’s amazing ED. :(

  • November 7, 2014 at 4:52 amArtemisthemp

    Did you (Cherry) by any chance play on Mazrigos@EU server?

  • November 9, 2014 at 3:16 pmOld guy, SAO Fan

    Sword Art Online is not a MMO story only; it’s mostly a story about Virtual Reality technologies.
    Think about the VR headsets that becoming better and better and may soon become mainstream.
    The author is passionate about the topic…
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Also, please be a bit lenient on the guy, he published SAO as his first novel when he was 28, in 2002, and online only initially, on top of that. Even with its huge success today, he himself aknowledges that it is far from perfect and that his writing was not so good back then, so he’s rewriting it under the name “Sword Art Progressive” which you can find at the usual sources in light novel or manga form.
    To me, his early success, the way he builds the world in his books, and his humility are worthy of praise. As someone with a “normal” job, I wish I would have his creativity, passion and guts.