In/Spectre – The Birth of a Modern Ghost

I’m a bit of a repeating record lately but there’s a lot to say about myth and magic.  And sure, it’s fun to think about the classics but what about the here and now?  Humanity didn’t stop making up stories when we stopped believing in the creatures in them.  Even now, we spread around a lot of fun creatures and ideas, as well as plenty of unique ones.  That’s something that In/Spectre seems to be tackling as their main arc this season: how an idea turns from creation, propagation, and then ultimately forms a fluid myth of its own that carries genuine power and weight.

Within the story of In/Spectre, Steel Lady Nanase is a ghost that was birthed not from the original dead idol that had tragically perished, but from a myth that her ghost had come back.  Even her form isn’t that of the original woman, but of an artists’ representation of what an idol in her costume would look like carrying a heavy steel beam.  Rather than a tragic incident birthing a dark creature, it was the thousands to millions of people that took that idea and fleshed out its mythos that caused a creature made from thought to come to life.

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Log Time Podcast | Sagrada Reset Discussion — Backloggers, Reset

Having watched the first few episodes when this started airing a while back and feeling decidedly like “it was a show” and nothing else, Sagrada Reset is not something any of us would have decided to watch on our own.

Thankfully, our merciless, unstoppable backlog selected it for us, and we’re here to report that it’s…actually pretty good? Join us as we talk about some weird superpowers, a cast of characters that almost always feel like robots, and how Kit Kats save lives…? Watch it through to the end, and then reset, if you want!

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Intro/Outro Music: The Elephant by A Shell in the Pit

This podcast was recorded March 27th, 2020.

Monthly Manga – I'm a Villainous Daughter, so I'm Going to Keep the Last Boss.

Ah, the classic love story.  A shy, quiet girl of common birth falls in love with a prince, far above her reach.  However, fate plays its part to bring these two together, though many troubles stand in their way.  For instance, the jealous noblewoman, betrothed to the prince finds herself at odds with this common child who opposes the nobility.  Spiteful and angry, she attempts to poison her nemesis’ love. However the nobleman and our common girl’s love for each other is too strong, and not only is the day saved but the heroine and prince are finally wed in happiness.  The nobleman woman gets her just desserts and ends up destitute and dead.

Or should she?  What was her deal, anyway?  Was she really a rich bitch or was there more to this that a new perspective would uncover?  That is where I’m a Villainous Daughter, so I’m Going to Keep the Last Boss comes in.  While a technical isekai, this manga likes to play uniquely and so twists a few things on their head, including certain isekai tropes.  Obviously, the story is about the jealous rival rather than the “protagonist” of the love story, who in finding out her fiance is actually in love with the protagonist and not her, finds herself suddenly remembering odd things she hadn’t before.  Like, for instance, how this is all a game and because she’s played it to death in a previous life, she knows exactly how this story will play out…

And also that she winds up dead at the end.

Right to left

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Digital Media Preservation: Why the Interspecies Reviewers Controversy Matters

Anime has come so far from the days of having to watch subbed episodes of Evangelion on bootleg video tapes and trying to find any anime streaming site worth its salt that just wasn’t clustered with ads. One thing that I appreciate about modern anime streaming services and availability is being able to just sit down and watch a series when I want to without having to go through the hassle of worrying about where I’m going to find the episode or when the next episode will be subbed and released before I can watch it. It’s something that only now I can appreciate, looking back upon what I would have considered the “golden days” of anime (and I’m sure many others consider it those as well in certain regards).

There’s no question about it; the anime streaming industry has become such an integral staple of everyone’s watching and consumption of anime these days. Crunchyroll, Funimation, and many others (yes, even Netflix…) have created their own sort of anime accessibility bubble that burst when these sites became popular. They’ve popularized a lot of shows that may have been considered “niche” years ago and allowed everyone to enjoy great shows that lots of people had never heard of before, which is fantastic for the medium at large.

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Log Time Podcast | Konosuba S1 Discussion — The Goddess is a Curse on this Wonderful World!

Konosuba is a great show about folks in an isekai who are absolute disasters. Given that we had this as a possible show to watch since, oh, close to when we started this podcast, this video has been a long time coming, and man, is it worth it.

Join us as we talk about some bombastic subverting of genre tropes, a cadre of useless morons with some decent character arc, and how Aqua is absolutely garbage-tier. Fight us.

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Intro/Outro Music: The Elephant by A Shell in the Pit

This podcast was recorded February 27th, 2020.

Seasonal Showcase Winter 2020 — Idols, Turtles, and Detectives

Since the winter season’s been in full swing for several weeks, everyone’s likely chosen what anime they want to watch from the seasonal pool of shows. We’ve got all of these Great Winter Anime this season, and honestly it’s probably one of the best Winter seasons we’ve had in recent years. It may be so good, though, that narrowing down what shows to watch can be a huge issue, as it has been for us at The Backloggers.

Well, that’s where the Seasonal Showcase comes in! Perhaps you’re looking for some hidden gems or overlooked shows from this season, or maybe you’re just trying to find a new interesting show to try? In either case, you’ve come to the right section of Anime Town™, where I discuss some of the dark horse picks of the season that are interesting in their own way and may be worth a second (or perhaps first) shot. Anyway, let’s jump right into it!

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Log Time Podcast | Planet With Discussion — "Do You Think He Ever Found the Bathroom?"

Planet With is a trip – alien animals that eat people to become mechs, a maid princess, dragons, super sentai warriors, and all sorts of other wild stuff that ends up meshing together surprisingly nicely. Join us as we talk about some of the show’s finer points, like the evolution of love, the show’s consistent emphasis of kindness over violence, and how the show manages to make a bunch of seemingly different details all work beautifully together.

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Intro/Outro Music: The Elephant by A Shell in the Pit

This podcast was recorded February 6th, 2020.