Spiral Radio Episode 2 – Death Note

“How did you get into anime?” This is a question anime fans love asking each other, and in this episode, Andrew “Buggy” Koerner shares his story of getting into anime through Death Note, as well as searching for why its once-insane popularity seems to have waned so drastically. Continue reading “Spiral Radio Episode 2 – Death Note”

Third Seat Special 3 – Monogatari Interview with Josh Dunham

Almost a year and a half ago, I had my first conversation with Josh Dunham, which I used as material in the first episode of Spiral Radio. It was heavily pared down and I didn’t want the conversation to just go unheard, so I’m releasing the unedited audio for all to listen to. Continue reading “Third Seat Special 3 – Monogatari Interview with Josh Dunham”

Bugshrugs: Crunchyroll Expo is Already a Shitshow

For better or worse, Crunchyroll is perhaps the biggest face of anime fandom in the English-speaking world. They currently have the largest catalogue of streaming anime, they provide news articles and blog features, and they have a heavy social media presence, to the point you could argue it’s much too heavy. They have their detractors, sure, but they’re unarguably one of the biggest players in the game. So when they announced they’d be holding their own convention, it was a logical step that plenty of people were excited about. But as I look through the guests they’ve announced to this point (the morning of August 8th), I’m worried that it’s going to be, as the title of this post implies, a fucking shitshow. Continue reading “Bugshrugs: Crunchyroll Expo is Already a Shitshow”

MeganeToast Episode 3: Ping Pong the Animation

Hero kenzan! Hero kenzan! Hero kenzan! The hero appears, bringing you a new episode of MeganeToast straight from Planet Ping Pong! In this episode, Chris and Buggy break down one of their favorite anime: Ping Pong the Animation Continue reading “MeganeToast Episode 3: Ping Pong the Animation”

Bugshrugs: My Thoughts on Piracy

Boy, piracy sure has been a hot topic in the anime community lately, hasn’t it? Hulu has removed their free subscription option and removed much of the anime from their back catalogue. Anime Strike’s double paywall and inaccessibility in regions outside of America causes controversy. Many people were forced to actually confront Netflix’s model of only releasing airing anime after the series has finished when they got the rights to the highly anticipated Little Witch Academia. Crunchyroll came under fire for quietly lowering the video quality on much of their back catalogue.  And most recently, the most well-known and popular anime torrent site has shut down. So the conversation has become incredibly relevant again. Which of course means it’s time for me to weigh in.

Short answer? I’m not anti-piracy. Continue reading “Bugshrugs: My Thoughts on Piracy”

Third Seat by the Window Episode 5: Everyone’s A Critic (And So Can You!)

The Subtle Doctor joins Buggy and Chris to talk about critical analysis in the anime fandom, how to get into it, and where it’s succeeding and failing. Continue reading “Third Seat by the Window Episode 5: Everyone’s A Critic (And So Can You!)”

Digicast 9: Sora Gets Shafted (Tri Part 4)

Buggy passes the goggles. Maddy is hospitalized. Tom complains about animation. Chris does an old-timey radio voice. And everyone complains about how badly Sora seems to get shafted. Continue reading “Digicast 9: Sora Gets Shafted (Tri Part 4)”