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.

Theme tune: purple-planet.com

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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 

Plot Twists: The Church Business

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We’re back with another episode. This week, Jackson and Daniel are tackling the topic of Plot Twists – one of the broadest and most popular story tools used in media today.

Your hosts take apart foreshadowing, narrative status quo, and their favourite episodes of misdirection from their own stories. There are tons of spoilers in this episode, alongside controversial opinions on Star Wars and more talk about the Sixth Sense than either host expected when they started this podcast.

As always, there are also recommendations:

This week you should listen to The Black Tapes podcast 

This week you should watch Ancient Magus Bride

Intro tune from Purple Planet

Crossovers: A Workhorse Actor

Hey guys,

This week Jackson and Daniel are talking crossovers! Inspired by the release of Mario/Rabbids and the announcement of Final Fantasy 15/Assassin’s Creed, your hosts dive into the merits and risks of mashing up two unique intellectual properties.

Ranging from Marvel’s recent superhero potpourris to the golden age of network TV cross-pollination, Jackson and Daniel cover some of the best and worst examples of the crossover trope over the years.

As for recommendations:

This week you should read The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin 

This week you should play Destiny 2

Horror Movies: “At least my bread”

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the delay in getting this out to you guys, some travelling and working the gruelling ordeal of Le Burger Week got in the way. But, no fear! We are here to feed your gnawing hunger for more Player’s Guide.

This week Jackson has finally subdued, restrained, and…. I mean; has finally convinced Daniel to let him talk about horror movies. Your hosts get into some of their favourites, and what works for them when it comes to horror.

This may seem like an odd topic to be covering now, at the beginning of September, with the most spooky of months just around the corner, but worry not – your hosts have something excellent cooking for Halloween.

They also have some recommendations:

This week you should play Avalon/The Resistance 

This week you should watch Little Witch Academia Season 2 aka anime Harry Potter

American Gods: Parallel Roadtrips

Hey guys,

This week Jackson and Daniel release both their least and most timely podcast yet. Most timely in that we are posting it right after the season finale of American Gods, least timely in that we recorded it before either of us was able to see said season finale.

Regardless of the timing, this episode is focused on the television adaptation of a book that both of your hosts have found influential on the way they think about religion and spirituality in fiction. Written by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Brian Fuller, both artists that have handled this property have distinct styles, meaning that there is plenty to talk about when it comes to the way the novel and show have been handled.

There are, of course, also recommendations:

This week you should read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

This week you should watch Recreators