Episode 7: Ayakashi – Samurai Horror Tales and Tales of the Dead


Celebrate Halloween the PodCastle in the Sky way – by watching Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales and reading Tales of the Dead. We discuss the two horror anthologies but also talk about horror in general, what scares people in the age of Twitter, and Steve Urkel (a.k.a., the greatest horror villain in fiction). Turn on, tune in, and drop dead tonight!


The book mentioned in the podcast is Peasant Uprisings in Japan: A Critical Anthology of Peasant Histories.


Behind the Scenes at PodCastle in the Sky

It’s no secret that we here at PodCastle in the Sky have eclectic tastes. After all, just take a look at the media we’ve covered: a 19th century French novel, a James Bond movie, a vampire reverse harem anime, Twilight. It might seem that we just flit from topic to topic based on whatever catches our fancy. Which is true, but perhaps you wonder how we pick a subject for our podcasting. It’s actually quite simple.

First, we get together online.


Whoops, that’s what happens when you’re messaging across the Atlantic Ocean. Okay, let’s try that again.


Mostly we just shoot the shit. Of course, since we’re pop culture nerds then us shooting the shit often means discussing Euripides and whether Greedo was a Bothan. Or in this case, it means talking about Star Trek: Nemesis.

Our thoughts naturally turn to giant robots and whether we can shoehorn them into the podcast.


In the meantime we accidentally write the premise for a Star Wars/Transformers crossover fanfic. I mean, Force Awakens versus Unicron? That’s some primo shiz right there.

We then agree that The Love Guru sucks and halfheartedly toy with adding visual novels to our review slate.

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Of course, defining one’s terms is important in any serious debate.


Yes, we were talking about St. Trinian’s.

We eventually decide that Revolutionary Girl Utena isn’t gay enough.

We discard 10 Things I Hate About You as being an inappropriate pairing for Kare Kano, but we do find ourselves asking something important.


We decide that there are hardly any anime adaptations of Shakespeare (and yes, we know about Romeo x Juliet).


We cover some more things like vampires and zombies and how bad Smallville and Revolution were, but that Community realization was pretty much the only useful episode idea we got.

Anyway, that’s how we make sausages in this here podcast.