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Japanimation Station is an anime podcast where hosts Jonathan Lack and Sean Chapman, creators of Weekly Suit Gundam, create deep dive conversations not just on individual shows, but on complete bodies of work, approaching these shows not just as fans, but with a fresh pair of critical eyes. We get deep into the stories, characters, and aesthetics, but also place the series and their creators into the proper contexts of history, backstory, and behind the scenes details that make these works so special. And, hopefully, we’ll have some fun along the way. Welcome to Japanimation Station.

Japanimation Station - An Anime Podcast Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman

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Japanimation Station is an anime podcast where hosts Jonathan Lack and Sean Chapman, creators of Weekly Suit Gundam, create deep dive conversations not just on individual shows, but on complete bodies of work, approaching these shows not just as fans, but with a fresh pair of critical eyes. We get deep into the stories, characters, and aesthetics, but also place the series and their creators into the proper contexts of history, backstory, and behind the scenes details that make these works so special. And, hopefully, we’ll have some fun along the way. Welcome to Japanimation Station.

    Japanimation Station #10 – Fullmetal Alchemist Movie Round-up! The Sacred Star of Milos & Live-Action Trilogy

    Japanimation Station #10 – Fullmetal Alchemist Movie Round-up! The Sacred Star of Milos & Live-Action Trilogy

    In our 1st-season finale, we conclude our series of Fullmetal Alchemist reviews by rounding up the remaining theatrical feature films. First, there’s 2011’s The Sacred Star of Milos, an animated spin-off of Brotherhood made by the same crew, but with entirely different creative leadership, leading to a radically different aesthetic and the best animation Fullmetal Alchemist has ever seen. It’s a bit narratively messy in integrating Hiromu Arakawa’s characters into an otherwise original and unrelated story, but it’s also an entertaining and memorably weird experience that’s an essential watch. The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist trilogy is entertaining in its own way, but far less essential. With three films – 2017’s Fullmetal Alchemist and this year’s The Revenge of Scar and The Final Alchemy, all streaming worldwide on Netflix – this series, directed by Fumihiko Sori and starring Ryosuke Yamada as Ed, is a surprisingly faithful recreation of the manga (maybe too much so at times). Bouncing between hilarious B-movie oddity, boring recitation of the original story, and a few genuinely affecting performances and scenes, these movies are uneven but extremely interesting, and more than worth taking the time to discuss here.

    Enjoy, and come back next year for Season 2 of Japanimation Station, where we will be reviewing Ufotable’s Type-Moon adaptations, including their Garden of Sinners and Fate/stay Night series!

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    • 2 hr 32 min
    Japanimation Station #09 – FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD – Part 2 (Episodes 33-64) Review & Discussion

    Japanimation Station #09 – FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD – Part 2 (Episodes 33-64) Review & Discussion

    Our journey through Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood comes to an end with the second half of the second anime, now in fully uncharted territory as it adapts the final stretch of Hiromu Arakawa’s original manga. Diving deep into the Briggs and Promised Day story arcs that conclude the series, we discuss all the many ups and occasional downs of this last run. The manga is probably at its most uneven during this portion, but Brotherhood fully comes into its own as an anime, its pacing finally relaxed enough to fully tell the story, its ludicrously stacked voice cast fully in place, and its animation and aesthetics frequently on point as it approaches the end. As we go through the good, the bad, and everything in between, we find no shortage of topics worth discussing, and Brotherhood proves extremely rewarding to talk about all the way up to its all-time great ending.

    Enjoy, and come back next time for our first season finale, as we wrap up all things Fullmetal Alchemist with reviews of the 2011 animated movie The Sacred Star of Milos and the live-action film trilogy currently streaming on Netflix!

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    • 3 hr 37 min
    Japanimation Station #08 – FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD – Part 1 (Episodes 01-32) Review & Discussion

    Japanimation Station #08 – FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD – Part 1 (Episodes 01-32) Review & Discussion

    Our Fullmetal Alchemist series enters its ultimate phase as we review Brotherhood, the 2009 anime that starts fresh to adapt Hiromu Arakawa’s original manga in full. With a new crew, a new animation style, many new cast members, and a largely new story, Brotherhood is extremely different than the 2003 anime – and in many ways, it’s also a different beast than the manga, especially in this first half. While the show has come to be canonized as one of the very best anime ever made by Western fans, initial reception was more mixed, and this first half certainly shows some growing pains, with some poor structural and adaptational decisions and inconsistent animations. But it also has one of the best voice casts ever assembled, with A-list Seiyuu from top to bottom, and while it fumbles in some moments, it soars quite high indeed in others, and even in this first half delivers several iconic episodes that have already proven to stand the test of time. It’s a lot to talk about, and with a whole half of the series left to go, we’re only just scratching the surface.

    Enjoy, and come back next time for Part 2 of our Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood review, where we’ll finish the 2009 anime with episodes 33 – 64!

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    • 2 hr 55 min
    Weekly Suit Gundam #59 – Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Prologue Review & Discussion

    Weekly Suit Gundam #59 – Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Prologue Review & Discussion

    The Witch From Mercury, the first mainline Gundam show since Iron-Blooded Orphans ended in 2017 is premiering this October, but Sunrise has given us all quite the treat with a full episode-length Prologue special, now available worldwide on YouTube. Sean & Jonathan dust off the Weekly Suit Gundam mobile to discuss this outstanding first look at the new series, which introduces some fascinating and unique world-building combining certain elements from prior Gundamclassics and introducing many new ones, while simultaneously telling a tragic character-driven story culminating in an instant-classic Gundam death. With gorgeous animation and impressive voice acting, this Prologue has us more excited for The Witch From Mercury than ever – it looks like Gundam is in very good hands, and we look forward to reviewing the full show when the time comes!

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    • 39 min
    Japanimation Station #07 – Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Movie Review

    Japanimation Station #07 – Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Movie Review

    Nearly 4 years after Broly, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero – the 21st Dragon Ball film overall, and 4th of the modern era – opened this weekend in North American theaters, playing in both English and Japanese for the first time in franchise history, and with the widest opening for an anime film ever in the United States, playing on nearly 4,000 screens! It’s also the first Dragon Ball film to be produced completely in 3D CGI, with a new team led by director Tetsuro Kodama bringing Akira Toriyama’s script to life in a very different style than we’ve seen before. And the movie turned out to be well worth the wait and the hype, telling a compelling character-driven story centered on Piccolo, Gohan, and Pan, with several wonderful new characters, a lot of incredible action, plenty of big laughs, and even a few surprisingly touching pay-offs at the end! It’s a great Dragon Ball movie, and a big step forward for CGI anime, and it makes for an incredible fun discussion between Sean and Jonathan.

    Enjoy, and come back next time for Part 1 of our Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood review, where we’ll be covering Episodes 1-32 of the 2009 anime!

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    • 2 hr 24 min
    Japanimation Station #06 – Dragon Ball Super: Broly Movie Review

    Japanimation Station #06 – Dragon Ball Super: Broly Movie Review

    Ahead of the release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero in North American theaters this Friday, we’re bringing you three special bonus episodes all about Dragon Ball, originally recorded in 2019 for The Weekly Stuff Podcast. In today’s episode, we review the spectacular 2018 film Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which saw Akira Toriyama taking all the most popular ‘non-canonical’ pieces from various Dragon Ball movies and TV specials – Broly, Bardock, and Gogeta – and reinvent each into a shockingly compelling new package. Brilliantly directed by Tatsuya Nagamine and with a gorgeous new animation style from Naohiro Shintani, Broly is an aesthetic tour-de-force, with the best production values the franchise has ever seen – all of which gave Sean and Jonathan a lot to gush about on this episode. And we’re glad to resurrect this review of the last Dragon Ball Super movie just as the new one opens today in theaters across North America!

    Enjoy, and come back Monday for our next all-new episode where we’ll be reviewing the latest Dragon Ball film, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero!

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    • 2 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Alexmaster13 ,

Great for new and old Gundam fans

This podcast got me back into Gundam. Love the discussions. Would like to hear discussions of other Mecha series like Eureka Seven

riceindabowl ,

Will you survive?

Like many others, Gundam Wing on Toonami was my entry into the world of Gundam. I had watched several of the AU Gundam shows (00, Seed, IBO) up to last year but never any UC content.

Decided to finally take the jump and started watching Mobile Suit Gundam. I found this podcast a few months ago and it is the perfect companion piece/travel guide for the Gundam universe. Love your analysis and commentary on Gundam!

I just finished the last few episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam and this show is so fantastic. Listening to your episodes as I watched made my experience much more rewarding. Next up… Zeta!!! Will you survive?

appolyon13 ,

Seriously good!

This may just be my favorite podcast out there, I listen to a lot of podcasts on many different subjects and from all walks of life but there is something special here. The absolute passion of these two is infectious, couple that with both the breadth and depth of their knowledge and you have an experience that cannot be matched. Plus the chemistry between the hosts is endlessly charming, bolstered by the ease and skill of their conversational styles makes hours long podcasts feel like mere minutes, always leaving me wanting more.

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