We test our fortitude by watching two legendary works of fantasy crapitude: the 1996 OVA series Garzey’s Wing and the 1982 movie schlockfest The Sword and The Sorcerer. Incoherent writing, awful acting, and incoherent writing abound in both of the items we review. Can we actually find anything nice to say about either work of fiction? Is there anything redeeming about either movie beyond their ironic camp value? And is it possible to watch either work without feeling oneself getting dumber? Join us this episode and find out!
In this episode we discuss urban planning and transformative pubescent experiences. Also we talk about the movies Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and The Company of Wolves. Both adapt the story of Red Riding Hood, with the former being about an alternate history fascist Japan and the latter being a magical realist feminist take on the traditional fairy tale. We had a couple of technical issues during recording, but we soldiered on for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
It’s Mad Max and the Musclemen on this month’s post-apocalyptic podcast! In this episode, the PodCastle crew takes a look at two of the 1980s’ most extravagant pieces of end-times fiction with George Miller’s 1981 sequel The Road Warrior and the 1986 anime movie adaptation of Tetsuo Hara’s manga, Fist of the North Star. The narrative mysteries of spontaneously exploding tables, spooky men on stilts, and so much more are explored, so find a parking space for your skull-laden Doom-Buggy and listen along.
Tune in for our greatest accomplishment in anime podcasting – we talk about Puella Magi Madoka Magica without once using the word “deconstruction”. Also we talk about the 2012 movie Chronicle and about teenagers with superpowers, then we kind of meander to a bunch of other topics. So stop, collaborate and listen to PodCastle in the Sky’s latest episode. Excelsior!
In this episode PodCastle looks back to 1983, a year of dueling James Bond movies – and picks one of the movies (Octopussy, the ‘official’ one) and compares it to another product of 1983, Golgo 13: The Professional, the first anime adaptation of a character inspired by Ian Fleming’s spy. Confident killers, wonky geopolitics, male power fantasies and more!
We return from the dead to discuss the undead! Diabolik Lovers and Twilight – hot or not? Whether you’re Team Edward, Team Jacob, or Team Shoot Yourself in the Head, listen and be enlightened. Are possessive boyfriends sexy if they’re a hot vampire? Does the firmament rip in twain as we compare these works to Russian literature? Do we emerge unscathed from watching these franchises? Tune in and find out!
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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.