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Key Frames is a podcast where we talk about anime the way it should be talked about. Join us as we cast a critical eye on that animation out of Japan!

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Key Frames is a podcast where we talk about anime the way it should be talked about. Join us as we cast a critical eye on that animation out of Japan!

    119 - Spamily

    119 - Spamily

    Episode 119 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. A slice-of-life show about building and repairing things by yourself? Too much work. A high-budget reboot of a storied anime from the eighties? Maybe your grandpa cares. A new installment of Gundam? I ought to check out the original series first. A thrilling action-comedy about mid-century spies? I'm not bothering with it if the source manga doesn't have an ending. Chainsaw Man? Chainsaw Man. There are so many reasons out there not to watch anime, but this episode is full of Ben, Andy, Duncan, and Jeff telling you why you should... well, unless it's something Ben doesn't feel like watching, we aren't responsible for him.
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    118 - The Girlfriend Terminator

    118 - The Girlfriend Terminator

    Episode 118 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Apologies are in order for this episode. Apologies that it's taken us four years since our episode on The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl to talk about the anime that started it all, The Tatami Galaxy. Apologies that two of the shows we discuss in our end-of-season wrap-up, Overlord IV and Call of the Night, weren't even done airing when we recorded this. Apologies for lifting this episode's title from an excellent review of Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season by Nicholas Dupree. And, most of all, apologies that we recorded this while Ben thought he had ragweed allergies but was actually coming down with a bruiser of a cold. It doesn't affect the energy that much, we promise!
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    117 - Undine Monthly

    117 - Undine Monthly

    Episode 117 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Well, now that Ben has watched Vision of Escaflowne and Magic Knight Rayearth, he's decided that he likes isekai anime, so in this episode he joins Duncan to dive into the development of the genre. What nuggets of wisdom will they unearth from the distant eighties and nineties? Will Ben discover that he is actually able to appreciate The Twelve Kingdoms now? Will Duncan be able to thread the needle of InuYasha being isekai? Ben certainly tries to do that when they talk later about Aria, the "other world" in question of course being Mars. Check it all out for yourself!
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    116 - Rude Nude Dude 'Tude

    116 - Rude Nude Dude 'Tude

    Episode 116 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. Nine out of ten doctors agree, it's best to get one's excitement or disappointment over new anime out at the very beginning of the season. Accordingly, in the interests of good health, Ben declares war on the latest season of Rent-a-Girlfriend, shocking absolutely no one, while Jeff has nothing but hope for yet another girls-with-guns show. Andy, brave as ever, has declared that an isekai parody is the best anime of the season, despite its lack of songs by Creepy Nuts, and Duncan... well, Duncan's doing just fine with his theories on heavy metal and masculinity. Strap in, this one's a biggie!
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    • 1 hr 56 min
    115 - The Franchise Is Vast and Infinite

    115 - The Franchise Is Vast and Infinite

    Episode 115 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. That's right, it's another discussion of everyone's favorite cyberpunk franchise! It's been barely a month since Ben and Duncan cautiously praised the first few episodes of the second season of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, but now they're back to say that the caution was warranted and that the series represents a nadir for Kenji Kamiyama's otherwise interesting career. What did they like, what did they hate, and how does it relate to the broader conversation about producing and marketing franchises in anime? Why, you'll have to listen to find out! Also, note that this is the last of Key Frames' biweekly episodes: from this point onward, we'll be releasing episodes on the first Tuesday of every month, to permit more of our hosts to attend more regularly.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    114 - Time Will Ripen

    114 - Time Will Ripen

    Episode 114 of Key Frames, a podcast about anime. What's the biggest surprise in this episode? Is it that Jeff managed to watch eight love comedies, in whole or in part, and found none of them to be particularly great? Is it that Ben expressed disappointment about two of the spring anime season's biggest hits after claiming repeatedly to be jaded about all of them? Is it that Duncan's favorite show happened to be something called The Executioner and Her Way of Life? All of this and more will be revealed to you when you listen to this latest episode.
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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

bobbboko ,

New Anime Fan

I’ve always struggled with enjoying anime because of the seemingly complex and unfamiliar plot lines and story elements. After listening to this show, I’ve discovered a newly found interest in this incredibly diverse and brilliant storytelling medium. The hosts break down these stories into classical elements that make sense, and have lifted some the barriers that I’ve had to this art form in the past. I’m looking forward to diving into the vast amount of media that is out there!

spiffydium ,

Good Cartoon Pod

Looking for English-language anime media can be a recipe for shame and embarrassment. You’ve got either your faux-enthusiast Gamestop-esque promotion reels, or a bunch of giggling doofs constantly holding themselves back from revealing when and to whom they’re jackin’ it.

This, however, is neither of those things. This is a good podcast.

Togglesworlh ,

Rad Anime Chats

Cool talkin' 'bout that sweet sweet anime. Occasional goofs, insight, and cool people, plus regular spotlights for in-depth discussion of a single movie or series. It's good junk.

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