Key Frames, Episode 32: Flipping Tables

July 12, 2018 § Leave a comment

Apologies, no Wednesdays Watching Anime this week. If you’ve got time to kill, however, I encourage you to check out the latest episode of Key Frames: A Podcast About Anime!

I don’t actually know what’s going on here, but the internet tells me that it’s from Rin: ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~, so here you go!

We discuss the end of the spring 2018 anime season, barring the beautifully hideous mess that is Darling in the FranXX, and have a couple of surprise topics before choosing Yuasa Masaaki’s newest movie, The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl, as the spotlight for our next episode!

Give it a listen, tell me what you think, and don’t forget to subscribe to our RSS feed at


Wednesdays Watching Anime – Berserk (1997)

July 4, 2018 § Leave a comment

Welcome back and happy Fourth of July! This week’s OP is from the 1997 anime Berserk, “Tell Me Why” by the Penpals.

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Wednesdays Watching Anime – Space Patrol Luluco

June 27, 2018 § Leave a comment

Sorry for missing last week, I had an academic conference to attend. Now we’re forging ahead this week with the OP for Space Patrol Luluco, “CRYmax Dohejitsu” by Fujirokku!


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Wednesdays Watching Anime – Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight

June 13, 2018 § 1 Comment

That’s right, this series of posts is back! Who knows for how long, so you should enjoy it while it lasts, starting with the OP for Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, “Kiseki no Umi” by Sakamoto Ma’aya.

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Review: Amaro Massimo

January 15, 2018 § 1 Comment

I admit, this is a departure for a blog that has hitherto been wall-to-wall media criticism, whatever disparities of the media being criticized. Still, I’ve gotten into cocktails over the past year and was given this bottle of Amaro Massimo for Christmas, which does not seem to have any web presence whatsoever. A quick review, to let people know what to expect, is the least that I can do.

Amaro Massimo, an amaro-style liqueur from Distilleria Zanin

Amaro Massimo is a relatively recent entry into a field occupied by dozens of different contenders. Collectively called amari, they are a class of bittersweet herbal liqueur from Italy. Because amaro means “bitter” in Italian, they are sometimes called “drinkable bitters,” just to keep you confused. Famous examples include Cynar, Amaro Averna, and the ever-popular Fernet Branca. Amaro Massimo comes from Distilleria Zanin, a grappa producer in the town of Zugliano near Vicenza in Italy. In addition to grappa, a strong and bitter brandy made from grape-based pomace, they make a number of other liqueurs, including the bafflingly-named Latte di Suocera (“mother-in-law’s milk”), and have one of the most difficult-to-navigate websites that I’ve browsed in recent memory. See it for yourself!

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Anime in 2017

January 1, 2018 § Leave a comment

I don’t know if the blog is back. I do know that this was a good year for watching anime, not least because it was the first year of regular episodes for Key Frames: A Podcast About Anime, and that I’ve been wanting a space to go into greater depth on the anime that I bring up on the podcast. In keeping with the trends of the internet, that means a ranked list, although I don’t have a clickbait headline to go with it, and I’m giving myself permission to make it a list of anime that I watched in 2017, rather than just anime that came out in 2017. Away we go!

I’m serving you my picks, like Wakako gets served potato salad in Wakako-zake

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Mad Men Again – S01E01, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”

June 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

Half a year ago, I floated the idea of rewatching Mad Men, one of my favorite shows of all time, and writing capsule reviews for each episode with a couple of friends. It never happened, but a review of the series premiere that I wrote as a proof of concept has been sitting in the queue ever since. I figure, why not publish it? I miss you all and I’ll get this blog up and running again someday, just not today. Enjoy!

AMC’s prestige drama Mad Men, created by Matthew Weiner

Why do people want what they want? What makes those wants into needs? Is it love, whether love of a person or love of an object, or is “love” just something that’s been made up to make us think that we need the things we want? This string of questions runs through all ninety-two episodes of the hit TV series Mad Men, which ran from 2007 to 2015 on AMC, but the pilot episode draws them into the spotlight like nothing else.

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