Episode 68: Sourced Drama

This time the hosts review two series adapted from a much older source material.

First, John talks about the comedic interpreation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet called Boarding School Juliet, and why that show did a surprisingly good job at delivering a fun spin on the storied tale. Then he and CC discuss the adaption of 1985’s gritty crime drama Manga Banana Fish, and try to nail down why, after a strong start, that series falls completely apart by the end.

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Reviews:

Boarding School Juliet (1:20)

Banana Fish (21:52)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Does the ’80s-tastic Banana Fish Work For Modern Anime Fans?

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Banana Fish Trying Too Hard To Be Shocking?

Anime Feminist: [Interview] Japanese LGBTQ+ fans talk about the legacy of Banana Fish

Anime Feminist: [History] Banana Fish and the real-world racial politics of 1980s America

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Episode 67: Short but Sweet

On this rapid fire review outing of ABF, John and CC discuss three short-form Anime series. First John introduces us to the neurotic crew of Space Battleship Tiramisu. Then both hosts buff up their cooking skills with the Fate/stay night spin-off Today’s menu for (the) Emiya Family. And after that John wraps up the show by talking about the relatable retail misadventures of Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san.

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Reviews:

Space Battleship Tiramisu (1:53)

Today’s menu for (the) Emiya Family (16:09)

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (33:33)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: Is “Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family” the Best “Fate” Anime Yet?!

Sakuga Blog – Preparing Ufotable’s Future: Today’s Menu For The Emiya Family

Anime Feminist – [Discourse] Demons at the Dinner Table: How Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family glosses over domestic abuse

ANN – This Week in Anime: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is Too Relatable

Crunchyroll – Confessions of a Real Skeleton Bookseller: Working in a Bookstore is a Horror Show Honda-san Gets Right

Mother’s Basement: Upgrade Your Anime Memes! Watch Skull-face Bookseller Honda-San