Otaku Melancholy

Otaku Melancholy

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Do you love anime? Like seriously love anime? The hosts of Otaku Melancholy do too. That’s why every week they’re going to bring you a discussion about Japan’s animated export… and probably talk a lot of trash about each other’s terrible taste in the process. From mecha to moe, no series will be left unwatched! (Except the ones we drop after episode three.) Be sure to join our Discord server at https://discord.gg/rUHYUyW to continue the conversation!


Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Jul 28 • 66 min
Released in 1995 to critical acclaim, Ghost in the Shell remains a standout example of the cyberpunk genre and has stretched its influence out across not only the anime industry but the Hollywood film one as well. Such beloved example of cinema such as…
Devilman Crybaby
Jul 21 • 112 min
Because you (well, one of you) requested it, we’re here to talk about the newest and hottest show by Science SARU! Directed by Misaaki Yuasa, we’re talking about the Netflix original series Japan Sin- wait. What? We’re not doing that? We’re doing the…
ANIMISERY: Manyuu Hikenchou
Jul 14 • 84 min
You know, maybe there is such a concept as too much of a good thing. Scratch that. There are definitely times when you can have way too much of a good thing and Manyuu Hikenchou is definitely out to prove it by giving us as Brad calls it “double Q sized…
Spring 2020 Season Review
Jul 7 • 170 min
I’m ethically required to tell you what shows we’re covering because that’s just how anime podcasting works, right? In this episode, we are discussing Gleipnir, Sing Yesterday for Me, Tsugu Tsugumomo, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, Kakushi Goto, The…
BNA: Brand New Animal | Back On Those Furry Shenanigans Again
Jun 30 • 99 min
Quick heads up: we’ve sectioned off our spoilers for your enjoyment! Here we go again. It’s that time again. Netflix had to just go ahead and grab more of those sweet wolf boys. We’re talking about more anthropomorphic animal anime with Trigger’s BNA:…
OTAKU MINICHOLY: Tokyo Revengers
Jun 26 • 42 min
I think it’s just a common part of otaku culture to just go to the bookstore and read through entire volumes of manga. There’s a lot of manga out there though so which ones do you take spend your hard earned money and time on? We’re here to see if you…
A Whisker Away | I Wanna Cry, I Wear A Cat
Jun 23 • 51 min
Never trust any mask salesman especially if they’re a big T H I C C kitty. That’s the lesson you can take away from Netflix’s new anime movie: A Whisker Away. It’s all about teenage emotions, messy home lives, and being a freaking adorable cat. That…
OTAKUMENTARY: VHS Fansubs
Jun 16 • 59 min
Be kind and rewind back with us to a time when anime wasn’t streaming and there were far fewer conventions teeming with merch. We’re going back to the 80’s and 90’s and doing throw back on the history and practice of VHS fansubs (and a little bit on the…
Otaku Minicholy: One Night, Hot Springs
Jun 12 • 32 min
one night, hot springs store page (also on Steam!): https://npckc.itch.io/one-night-hot-springs WARNING: super awkward discourse ahead. Hey hey! It’s a smaller episode but we’re still talking about big content! It’s Pride month so let’s talk about…
Millennium Actress | The Love of the Chase Makes a Chase Beloved
Jun 9 • 49 min
I’ve never had to spell or say millennium as much before in my life. I didn’t even know it had a second n in it! Anyways, we’re hitting the final stop on the Satoshi Kon-quest with Millennium Actress, the 2001 classic about an actress chasing her first…
ANIMISERY : Kiss X Sis (feat. Otaku Host Club)
Jun 2 • 102 min
It’s a show so mediocre that we needed guests to help us with it! We’re joined with the cool as ice cold ramune hosts of The Otaku Host Club to talk all about the “incestuous” “comedy” “romance” that is Kiss X Sis! Be sure to go grab your onii-chan and…
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion | Season Two (R2)
May 29 • 111 min
Lelouch Lamperouge continues his absolutely vengeful angry boy shenanigans and we’re talking about them! Obviously there’s spoilers for season one in this but I’m telling you here because I care about you. You’re my Knight of Zero, listener. Heart emoji.…
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion | Season One
May 26 • 105 min
You ever just wanted to start a massive political upheaval and begin a government reckoning that may include some mild regicide but you’ve got to deal with anime prom plans on Saturday? It’s hard to find a tux that fits your legs when they’re three…
Anime Highs and Lows!
May 19 • 117 min
It was the best of anime and it was the worst of anime and we’re talking about our favorites and our not so favorites! From drills that pierce the heavens to little sisters who draw lewds, we’re going to talk about all the things we like and what we…
Paprika | Dream a Little Dream of Anime
May 15 • 57 min
It’s time for another Satoshi Kon-quest stop and this one is a trip (obviously)! Crack open an ice cold sparkling water and listen as we Kon-tinue our journey by watching the trippy psychedelic movie Paprika. We’re gonna try not to have too many…
Animisery: Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (2020)
May 5 • 68 min
The Winter 2020 season was filled with highs and lows and we’re talking about one of the lowest in this Animisery episode. Sorcerous Stabber Orphen is a remake of the classic Orphen anime that only serves to remind us to let anime corpses stay in the dirt…
Spring 2020 Season Preview (Part 2 / 2)
May 1 • 79 min
New season! More shows! Part two! We’re going through the rest and telling you what’s best! This time we’re talking Tower of God; Sing Yesterday to Me; The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?; Appare-Ranman!; Arte; BNA; Wave, Listen to Me!; and Digimon…
Spring 2020 Season Preview (Part 1 / 2)
Apr 28 • 74 min
New season! New shows! Part one! We’re separating the gunk from the greatness so you don’t have to! In this episode we’re talking about Gleipnir, Gal and Dino, season two of Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Tamayomi, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead…
Beastars
Apr 21 • 64 min
Let’s just get it out of the way. Yeah, we talk a little bit about furries in this episode. I mean, Beastars is about anthropomorphic animals so it comes up, right? That said, these good boys and girls are super cute but if Louis wanted to take me out to…
Winter 2020 Season Review (Part 2 / 2)
Apr 17 • 76 min
First off: sorry for Matt’s less than stellar audio quality but he had to record in a massage room… it’s a long story. We’re wrapping up our seasonal review with some of the hottest shows… and Science Fell in Love. We watched them so you didn’t have to…
Winter 2020 Season Review (Part 1 / 2)
Apr 7 • 117 min
It’s seasonal review time! We put ourselves through this so you can find out what was worth watching and what you should be dropping. Winter 2020 had some ups and some downs but what was worth taking a look at? In this epsiode, we’re covering ID/Invaded,…
Animisery: School Days
Apr 3 • 72 min
Ah, high school. The carefree years of your life where doing something so leisurely as snapping a picture of your crush will quickly escalate to you being able to finally get ahead and take a fun ride on a nice boat sans your body. We’re talking about…
The Vision of Escaflowne
Mar 31 • 64 min
Peanut butter and jelly. Knives and forks. Anime panties and a conveniently placed camera. These are all classic combos. Now what about the unfamiliar ones? What about something new? What about an isekei mixed with mecha that’s also a shoujo that’s also a…
Perfect Blue
Mar 24 • 60 min
It’s another stop on the Satoshi Kon-quest and this time we’re doing his most psychological taxing and haunting work: Perfect Blue! This 1997 classic is definitely the kind of anime that you don’t show to your parents so listen to our review to hear our…
PatLabor Collection / Ō-sama Weiss-kun!? Episode 0
Mar 20 • 68 min
You might think that mecha shows are only about fighting and destroying and epic warfare and heavy political intrigue but PatLabor would dare to prove you wrong. PatLabor is a classic anime franchise about the men and women who use their mechs to solve…
Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
Mar 17 • 70 min
March Mecha Madness continues! The hosts are talking about arguably the best entry in the Gundam franchise with Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. It is serious real anime discussion time about the nature of war, the loss of innocence, and how giant robots…
Introduction to Gundam
Mar 10 • 62 min
Have you ever wanted to get into Gundam but were just too lazy to Google how to start? I hope so because we’re talking Gundam in this episode and almost all you need to know so that you don’t get your Universal Century confused with your Correct Century.…
Anime Quiz Bowl!
Mar 6 • 64 min
Our hosts fight each other in a glorious battle of anime intellect as they go head to head in anime quiz bowl! Play along and see how much (probably useless) info you know! Which host will be the one fated to have a shameful nickname thrust upon them?…
Animisery: Darling in the FranXX
Mar 3 • 85 min
Okay, listen real quick before you murder us. Zero Two might be your waifu. That’s respectable. We are not bashing her (mostly). We’re just saying what everyone else has said already and that maybe the second half of Darling isn’t the best thing in the…
Lucky Star: The Magnificent Manifestation of Marvelous Moe
Feb 25 • 58 min
You ever see something that just made you want to hug it and protect it from all the impure evils and heinous sins of this world? Well, that thing was probably moe and there’s probably nothing (in anime) more moe than 2007’s slice of life classic Lucky…
Streaming and Piracy (ft. Sinful Scientist)
Feb 21 • 60 min
With the recent controversy of Funimation removing the too-ecchi-not-to-be-hentai series Interspecies Reviewers, the hosts of Otaku Melancholy decided to take a critical look at anime streaming services and piracy. In this episode, we joined up with our…
Trade Ya!: Neo Yokio vs. Himouto! Umaru-chan
Feb 18 • 57 min
Good friends share everything, right? They share their favorite food, their personal problems, and even their favorite shows and movies. Well, Brad and Matt are the absolute GOODEST (I KNOW that’s not a word spell check, jeez) of friends and they’re…
Paranoia Agent
Feb 11 • 54 min
The Satoshi Kon-quest continues with a review of Kon’s only anime series: Paranoia Agent. Paranoia Agent is a psychological driven series focused on the meaning of repression and the unique perspective it brings to society as a series of assaults occur in…
The Convention Experience / Kami-con
Feb 7 • 56 min
For as long as humankind has had hobbies so have there been conventions for people to gather and discuss them and also use all their food money on cute Fate charms. Whether it be an oversized large venue where the smell of B.O. permeates every molecule of…
Animisery: Magical Girl Site
Feb 4 • 76 min
Imagine this: an anime that takes magical girls and puts them in a grim and depressing light in way to deconstruct and create a new twist on the genre. Yeah, that’s not this show. That’s Puella Magi Madoka Magika. This show is if someone copied Madoka’s…
Winter 2020 First Impressions (State of the Season)
Jan 28 • 110 min
Every anime podcast does this so we’re doing it too: it’s seasonal first impressions time! Listen to hear your hosts give their thoughts on the first few episodes of series such as Darwin’s Game, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken, Smile Down the Runway,…
Anime Origins or Welcome to the Hosts
Jan 24 • 65 min
Everyone has an origin story. From cool anime characters to your neighbors who inexplicably have twenty-two cats, everyone has some sort of tale of their beginnings. Some origin stories are just way better than others. The hosts of Otaku Melancholy…
Tokyo Godfathers
Jan 21 • 38 min
Released in 2003, Tokyo Godfathers is about an unconventional family of three homeless people who make a winter trip to return a baby found in the garbage to their mother. This Satoshi Kon directed film has garnered wide acclaim by other anime fans but…
Animisery: Eromanga-Sensei
Jan 14 • 62 min
In this premiere episode of Animisery, Matt and Brad discuss and review the sister-loving-light-novel-writing-baka-yelling-way-too-focused-on-legs-and-lips classic that is Eromanga-sensei. Listen and find out why this is the lowest rated anime on Brad’s…
Introducing the Otaku Melancholy Podcast!
Jan 14 • 1 min
Do you love anime? Like the kind of love where you argue about who best waifu of husbando is or become distraught at the death of your favorite character? If that’s a big yes then this is your podcast. Every Tuesday the hosts of the Otaku Melancholy…