Magical Girls: Who is Moonlight Knight?

Hey everyone,

We are back with a TV-oriented episode. This week we are discussing the genre of Magical Girls – a very popular, very trope-y anime mainstay. Series such as Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura had a very large impact on Daniel as a youth and he wants to educate Jackson on their ins-and-outs.

Beyond a discussion of the impact of cartoon girls in skirts, your hosts also have some recommendations:

This week you should watch Jane the Virgin 

This week you should watch Netflix’s relaunch of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Also a small correction: In the episode, Daniel identifies Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Uranus as the two sailor scouts with an implied relationship. This was a mistake, he meant to say Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune.

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Player’s Guide Presents: The Slow Pitch Podcast

Welcome to Slow Pitch, the better movie podcast,

On today’s episode, the dream-team of Shelby, Jackson, Daniel, and Zach breakdown some unsuccessful shows from the 90s and rebuild them as the beautiful, edgy, and deep pieces of art they always deserved to be.

We hope you enjoy!

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Black Panther: The Best Q

Hey everyone, we’re back with the content you crave:

Two white dudes talking about Black Panther.

Both Daniel and Jackson agree that this is the best of the MCU so far, and warranted a full episode. There is a lot of important cultural context for this movie as well, and while we’re not fully equipped to discuss that at length, we are gonna do our best to convince you that this is not only a great movie, but an important one you should see.

We also have some recommendations:

This week you should read The Best of Richard Matheson 

This week you should listen to Weird Al Yankovich’s Poodle Hat

 

Theme Music: Anime Shame Corner

Hey everyone!

We are back again. This time Jackson and Daniel are rolling sans-guest. Your two perennial hosts are discussing music in media for the third time. In this episode they focus on the idea of the theme song – whether that song is used as an opening theme, a closing theme, or a character’s leitmotif.

In addition to exploring music as an extension of character, presenting uniformed opinions about Japanese animation, and reciting tone-deaf acapella show tunes – your hosts also present some excellent recommendations:

This week you should watch Westworld

This week you should revisit Square Soft’s amazing musical back catalogue 

This week you should listen to Metroid Metal’s Varia Suite

As for our own theme, it comes to us from: http://www.purple-planet.com

Canadiana: Merlobsters

Hello everyone,

We are back with another episode. This week we take a look at some of the media that has been churned out of Canada’s entertainment industry over the years. We try our best to cover everything from TV to movies to music, but still only end up scratching the surface.

Returning guest Shelby joins us on our journey as we discuss our country’s obsession with the survival narrative, reminisce over vintage YTV, and expound on the virtues of Canadian hip-hop.

While Canada is definitely in focus this episode, you should also check out these recommends:

This week you should play The World Ends With You

This week you should read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

This week you should listen to the podcast Happier by Gretchen Rueben 

Fictional Languages: Cool Math

Welcome back loyal listeners!

This week we welcome another new guest to the podcast. This time we are joined by Alyssa, an old friend of Jackson’s who also happens to be an expert on language. From Tolkien’s love of trees and old norse, to Heptapod B from Arrival – we have a wonderful time learning about why fictional languages work and why they might not.

We make use of an important external resource in this episode, so here is us showing our work. Feel free to follow along while you listen, too:

The phonetic alphabet sheet

We also have recommendations, as always, this week:

This week you should play Monster Hunter World

This week you should watch Shameless

This week you should read All Things Linguistic 

Theme tune from: Purple Planet

 

Villains 2: “I Made Alotta’ Lists!”

Hello everyone!

We’re back with a brand new rap. This week we are doing a caaaall-back sequel. This one is a shout-out to our third episode – which, if you don’t remember, was devoted to discussing villains.

In the first episode, we discussed mostly singular villains; iconic figures like The Joker and Sephiroth. This week we are focusing on villainous organizations using the lens of the Pokemon franchise. The villains in the Pokemon games have always been presented as “Teams” and in the most recent games (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon), those teams team-up.

Thanks to this helpful in-game compare/contrast, we are able to see very clearly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to make effective evil organizations. Things are so clear that Daniel made lists.

We also get around to some recommendations:

This week you should watch Made in Abyss

This week you should read All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

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