Join us as we chat about The Secret World of Arrietty and the novel it was adapted from, The Borrowers. Childhood fantasies, British colonialism, the state of the working class, Ghibli movies that weren’t made by Miyazaki or Takahata – we cover it all. Check it out pronto!
Episode 18: Ergo Proxy and Neuromancer
Get out your neon-tinged sunglasses and jack into our latest podcast about the cyberpunk worlds of Ergo Proxy and Neuromancer. Remember when anime was nothing but shows about mopey people dressed in black leather? Remember when Japan was the future and dead channels on TV showed grey static? We talk about all this and more in episode 18!
Warning: Podcast contains discussions of Neomarxists, Italo Calvino, and why we don’t like steampunk.
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.
Episode 2: The Untouchables and Baccano!
Immortality is the theme of our second episode as we compare the 2007 anime series Baccano with its inspiration, the 1987 Brian De Palma gangster flick The Untouchables. We’ve got a cops and robbers story on the one hand and a gangsters versus alchemists story on the other. Tune in as we discuss the enduring legend of the gangster.
FYI for the confused: the Mister Tea referred to in the recording is the husband of our podcaster TeaRex and not the pro wrestler who starred in The A-Team.
Inaugural Episode! Gankutsuou and The Count of Monte Cristo
The first episode of PodCastle In The Sky is here!
Our podcast compares and contrasts anime titles with other parts of culture. In this episode we look at GONZO’s animated series Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, produced back in 2004 and adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo.
Audio quality is a bit rough in this first episode, but it’s something we’ve already set about improving for episode two. New episodes of Podcastle in the Sky will be rolled out every month, with a broad and eclectic range of subjects already lined up for the coming year. We hope you enjoy the discussion!