Anime Afterlife Podcast: The 2011 Mid-year Special

At last! Here it is! Anime Afterlife Podcast hosts, DavetheZombie, Vensito, and Gabe, along with blog writer, Lerxst, are joined with guest, aeroblip to discuss the winter shows of 2011. The special is broken up into three parts: The first is where we discuss the winter shows, the 2nd part: The spring shows, and the third: where we give our top 5 shows of 2011 (so far).

Winter season

Download here: Anime Afterlife Podcast: The 2011 Mid-year Special Part 1 (Winter)

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Spring season

Download here: Anime Afterlife Podcast: The 2011 Mid-year Special Part 2 (Spring)

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Top 5 shows of 2011 (so far)

Download here: Anime Afterlife Podcast: Top 5 Mid-year shows of 2011

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Moe Crawlies

One of the best things that make up anime and manga is moe. Or more specifically, moe anthropomorphism. For example, plane models in Strike Witches or countries in Hetalia. They make them cute and lovable more than you could love it in its object form. What else could they possibly do?

This is Gokicha

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The 2011 Mid-year Report Special

Instead of doing a show this week, I’ve settled on doing a special. That’s right, this coming Thursday (at 7ish PST), we’re having a special on all the animes that have aired from January 2011 to the end of June 2011, the mid-year special. We’ll be talking about our impressions and thoughts on the year so far, and give a quick top 5 shows of 2011 afterwards. Any guest is free to join in on the special. Just message our skype names at the right bar of the site, or message any one of us on MAL to let us know. Reason for the special is that I’ll be pretty damn occupied during this weekend to work on long recordings like the regular show plus the top 5, so this should help cut some slack for me.

Touhou Unofficial Doujin Anime: A Summer Day’s Dream Impressions/review

Touhou: A Summer Day

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More Spring 2011 Impressions from Dave (Part 2)

More Spring shows?!

Alright, time to finish up my impressions on the spring season. Here gooooooes….

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First Impressions on a Few 2011 Spring Anime

My Spring Break is over...

So now that I have watched an episode of most of the shows that I’ll be following for this lovely spring season, I would like to present to you my [obligatory] first impressions! I’ll be adding the impressions of the shows I have yet to watch as I watch them. In order of broadcast by day…
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A Channel First Impressions!

Alright, finally get to knock this one off the board. Probably not surprising at all that this is one of those animes I’ve been highly anticipating because I’m somewhat a fan of the manga. A Channel is a comedic anime about a group of 4 girls, Nagi, Run, Yuuko and Tooru, and their life in high school. Run is the energetic and popular girl at school who is always in the middle of a crowd of people, while Tooru is more of a distant person and only really shows interest when it comes to Run, she is also a year younger than the other three and likes to carry a metal bat around with her. Yuuko is kind of timid and always gets into suggestive situations with Run which is why Tooru doesn’t really like her. And Nagi is just Nagi… pretty much the level-headed character so far.

Since the manga is a 4-koma, I didn’t really know what to expect from the anime, but I thought they handled it very nicely. The first episode deals with a few short pieces from the beginning of the manga that flowed together quite nicely and made the episode, overall, flow really well. I wasn’t expecting to laugh too much during it, but I did and it was great. I really liked seeing everyone in animation, even though it seemed like the studio might have taken a risk with how they use CG to animate the characters/backgrounds in a few scenes, but I thought it looked cool so I can’t really complain.

I remember being really excited when I heard Run and Tooru were being voiced by Kaori Fukuhara(Tsukasa from Lucky Star) and Aoi Yuuki(Victorique from Gosick) and they did not disappoint. Well, at first I might have been a little skeptical, but when I heard them I thought they fit really well and had no complaints so now I’m even happier >.<!– The music seemed very laid-back and up-beat at times which definitely fit the mood, but I would have liked to hear a little more variety in the songs. I guess it’s better than having Tooru swinging a bat around to heavy metal or something(that sounds awesome) but anyway I’m getting off topic. All in all I really liked the music but I’m hoping for a little more variety in the following episodes.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I still think Nichijou had the better first episode, but it’s kinda hard to one-up KyoAni so I don’t hold anything against them. I just hope the anime doesn’t slow down in the middle since they have a lot of content to work with, but I am worried that the manga is still not even 20 chapters in and as of now the anime is kind of up in the air for how long it’s going to be. But I’ll just wait and see and I hope for the best for future episodes!