17 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Scamp /

2016 Anime Catchup: My Hero Academia

boku-no-hero-academia-04-large-36My Hero Academia is fairly clearly inspired by American comic books and culture. This is about much more than the superhero aesthetic though. It’s more a deeper, symbolic inspiration, a lot of which comes through All Might. His muscle-bound body bears a far greater resemblance to American superheroes than that of Japanese skinny Sentai heroes. His outfits and background images when he appears are all star-spangled banner themed and his attacks are all names of American cities. This is important to distinguish as it gets down to what My Hero Academia is fundamentally about: The American dream.

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33 CommentsHopefully Humorous / By Scamp /

I guess this blog title is canon now


He was the cart driver all along


14 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Scamp /

2016 Anime Catchup: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

hai-to-gensou-no-grimgar-05-large-13Grimgar feels like the anime staff resented having to adapt yet another anime about teenagers being caught in a fantasy video game RPG and did their darndest to drag the story in a different direction to what the source material felt like. Or alternatively (since I haven’t read that much of the source material so I don’t entirely know) it felt like the author wanted to write a story about loss but the only way he could do it was smuggle the story into a light novel featuring teenagers being irritating idiots. Whatever the cause, the final result is something that doesn’t really work. Not because the inherent idea is bad of taking the trapped in video game world and then turning it into a story about loss. I respect the attempt. It’s just bad at doing so.

Spoiler warning: So I won’t say what happens, but the anime is impossible to talk about without mentioning that someone dies. I won’t say who, but given that they death flag them from pretty much episode 1 it gets incredibly obvious while watching it who will die.

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17 CommentsMAL article roundup / By Scamp /

Top 30 Essential Anime Movies List (MAL article)

untitledI got Odin on a essential anime movie list, I’m so proud of myself.

This article on the best anime movies was a lot of fun to write, particularly once I made the rule of only one movie per director. You’d be surprised just how many lesser-heralded but often considered classics were all by Mamoru Oshii. It got more obvious when I was trying to fill out the final 5 spaces. For what it’s worth, this isn’t a list of movies that I personally think are the best because otherwise I’d pick that one Shinkai movie nobody else likes.

8 CommentsPodcast / By Scamp /

Day with The Cart Driver Season 2 Episode 4 – All the anime butt sports


Keijo not the only buttacular sports anime this season.

Welcome to Season 2 Episode 4 of A Day With The Cart Driver with myself and Day from GAR GAR Stegosaurus as we check back in with which anime from the fall 2016 season we’ve been keeping up with. So that would be Keijo, Yuri on Ice, March Comes in Like a Lion, Drifters, Magical Girl Raising Project, Izetta, Magic Kyun Rennaissance, and Girlish Number. Turns out it’s been an unusually good season and that wasn’t even covering everything.

You can download the podcast below, subscribe to us on itunes here, subscribe via whatever other feed reader you have here, or simply listen to it on the website. Timestamps below the jump.


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8 CommentsAnime Analysis / By Scamp /

2016 Anime Catchup: 91 Days

Otherwise known as the story of how a guy killed his entire family and blamed it on a can of pineapples.

91days-04-large-4291 Days comes to us from Shuka, the sorta rebirth of the old studio Brains Base now that current Brains Base is a pile of crap (think Trigger from Gainax). 91 Days appears to be them attempting to do something stylistically similar to Baccano. Another prohibition-era American story, albeit this time with a much less manic story and more entrenched in the staples of the genre. It’s a mafia revenge story through and through, treading through the story paces with confidence as though they know exactly what they are trying to achieve. They are producing a piece of genre fiction and never really stepping outside the boundaries of what the genre entails, which makes it a little hard to review.

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6 CommentsPodcast / By Scamp /

Day with The Cart Driver Season 2 Episode 3 – Cheer up with these anime gems


You also feeling like you got a hole in your chest today?

Welcome again to a Day with The Cart Driver anime podcast, where you can listen to myself and Day from GAR GAR Stegosaurus talk about anime. Good anime! Lesser known anime that you may have missed that we think you should watch! Since we were feeling a bit down due to recent events, we figured today’s podcast should be positive.

You can download the podcast or simply listen to it on the website here. Timestamps below. Also great news, you can now subscribe to us on iTunes! Or just listen on a generic feed grabber of your choice.


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8 CommentsEditorials, Flip Flappers / By Inushinde /

Why I Don’t Like Flip Flappers: More Like Flim Flammers


Flip Flappers is unquestionably a vibrant show, dead-set on imbuing everything with a sense of whimsy. Even the threat of the lead being melted alive in a cage above a lava pit doesn’t dampen the Flip Flappers’ spirits, nor does being stuck in the Village of the Damned’s underfunded boarding school. Unfortunately, its attempts at whimsy fall well short of success, making it appear less like the dark fairytale I assume it’s supposed to invoke, and more like the disorganized cutting room floor of other, better anime series. Read More »


    New Podcast next Tuesday, December 6, on Grimgar, Mob Psycho, Schwarzesmarken, and more! The more being mostly bickering
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