Willow

Willow Movie PosterWillow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard and starring Warwick Davis.   Willow is a young farmer who goes on a quest to save a baby’s life from an evil queen who believes the child is destined to overthrow her.   Along the way, he makes friends with a quirky cast of characters and finds the inner strength to become a hero.

What can be said about Willow? It’s a cult classic that’s been on our ‘to do’ list since first deciding to do a podcast.   The film holds up very well and is still a joy to watch with adult eyes.   If you’ve never seen this film, by all means look it up.   It’s readily available and is even on Netflix’s Instant Watch service.

We were both rather sick when we recorded this episode, but we only sound slightly froggish.

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Slayers

Slayers castIn this episode, we finally review Slayers! This nineties fantasy anime series is near and dear to me and Melanie’s hearts.   It was the anime series that made me an anime nerd and holds up quite well to this day. It’s still my favorite anime series.

Slayers is the humorous fantasy tale of Lina Inverse badass sorceress supreme who steals from bandits and gives to herself. Her love of money is only equal to her love of food.   Steal Lina Inverse’s ham sandwich and you’ll quickly wish you were never born.   Also, don’t mention she’s short, flat-chested, and has a bad temper; really it’d would be best to avoid her at all costs.   Maybe take a vacation to another city if she’s headed your way?

Lina is joined by a crew of quirky sidekicks all of which are pretty darn interesting in of themselves.   Through various circumstances the Slayers often have to save the world from total annihilation (mostly because they’d be  on  the world when the annihilation would happen).

Slayers is the first season of this totally awesome anime series which is followed by Slayers Next, Slayers Try, Slayers Revolution, and Slayers Evolution-R.   There are also some O.V.A.s where Lina runs around with different characters from the series, but I don’t recommend them.

Definitely check this series out if you haven’t seen it already!   The first three seasons are dirt cheap on Deep Discount.   Look forward to our reviews of the rest of the Slayers seasons on later podcasts!

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant Book CoverSkulduggery Pleasant is a Young Adult Fantasy series by Derek Landy that so far consists of the books, The Scepter of the Ancients, Playing with Fire, and The Faceless Ones.   The premise is that a twelve year old girl  named Stephanie Edgely is saved one day by a talking skeleton detective. That day she discovers that magic is in fact real.   However, unlike most people upon having their world view turned upside down her response isn’t ‘Waaaah I want my life to be normal again!’

No, her response is, ‘CAN YOU TEACH ME TO  THROW FIREBALLS WITH MY MIND?!’

Well, that’s her response after she passes out.   No one’s perfect.

Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the best book series I have ever read. I sincerely hope that it’s able to one day rise to Harry Potter level of fame.   It more than deserves it, and is a beacon of light to anyone who yearns to read about a heroine who kicks  butt and doesn’t appear to have an emo bone in her body.

This episode is meant for those who already know and love the series. We discuss and analyze the plot of the first three books and theorize on the plot of future books.   So please, come back to this episode after you have read the books.   Otherwise, you’ll be cheating yourself out of one amazing ride.

If you haven’t read the books already, you must check them out.


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Soul Eater

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In this installment, we attempt to analyze and review the 2009 anime series Soul Eater.   Soul Eater is a shonen series about a group of teens who fight evil witches and demons and then consume their souls to become stronger.

No wait! Come back! The series is good I swear!

While the series does have many common shonen tropes, it executes them in style.   The art looks as if Tim Burton and Tite Kubo of Bleach fame had a baby and that baby could draw gooooood.   The animation by Bones studio is top notch and very fluid in fight scenes. It also has a wonderfully atypical heroine in Maka. How often are twelve year old girls allowed to be main characters in shonen fighting series?   And said twelve year old girl isn’t used for fan service (in the anime at least)? How often do they have a twelve year old girl who is allowed to fight and win against opponents of both genders, and is even allowed to look totally unattractive when she’s being a scary badass?   It amazes me that more people don’t realize how miraculously rare that is.

The series has been licensed for distribution in the U.S by Funimation and will be available as of 2010.   The manga has been licensed by Yen Press and began coming out in October 2009.   If you’re interested in continuing the story of Soul Eater through the manga, the anime branches off from the manga at chapter 37.

Warning: We analyze the show as a whole.   If you have not seen all 51 episodes, this installment will completely spoil the ending for you.   Please, if you haven’t seen all of the series, keep this episode in reserve until you do. Soul Eater is good enough that you’re really doing yourself an injustice if you spoil the show for yourself.

I’d love to hear your opinions on Soul Eater or our podcast in general. Its nice to know we’re not just speaking into a void, ya know? Please leave a Comment!

Soul Eater Links:
Studio Bones Official Soul Eater Website
Funimation’s Official Soul Eater Website
Yen Press’s Official Soul Eater Manga Website

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