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12 Days of Anime #11: Saiki Kusou visits London

horriblesubs-saiki-kusuo-no-psi-nan-21-480p-mkv_snapshot_06-18_2016-12-15_21-42-32Working in London is weird in ways I hadn’t imagined it would be. I wouldn’t have thought myself a country boy by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s something a bit different about an international city and one of the most iconic places in the world. So much so though random gag anime have characters visit their on holiday and casually pass by landmarks because going to London is A Thing people do.

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12 Days of Anime #12: Mad Max: Luby Road


The 12 Days of Anime project are a series of posts run by anime writers during the Christmas period where they write about 12 particularly notable moments in anime in the days leading up until Christmas. I’ve been taking part in this for several years now. Heck I used to help organise it until this year when someone else happily took up the reins (they have spreadsheets now and everything). But I still want to take part so here we are with my first anime moment of 2016: That moment when a bunch of hot naked anime boys covered themselves in lotion.

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24 CommentsUpcoming Seasons / By Scamp /

Winter 2017 Anime Season Preview

girlish-number-01-large-35While writing this season preview I found myself thinking of the laughing producers in Girlish Number and their hair-brained ideas for how to create a hit in the hottest new craze. I’m pretty sure half of the anime from this season came from their think tank. There’s a bar somewhere in Tokyo with a number of them proclaiming they won! Gahahaha!

Welcome to The Cart Driver’s perhaps not world famous but at the very least reliable anime season preview, winter 2017 edition! I’m fast approaching 9 years writing these things and I’ll admit in the realm of pre-season hype generator, this upcoming season ranks as one of the worst I’ve seen in a while. Not quite Winter 2013 where the only good anime was Inferno Cop, but not far off. Are you still excited? Good, because so am I! Yeah I can’t help it. It could be an entire season of idol shows and flash animated shorts and I’d still get excited.

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Day with The Cart Driver Season 2 Episode 5 – Grimgar of Scampasy and Daysh

hai-to-gensou-no-grimgar-02-large-28I am not sorry for that title.

Welcome back to A Day with The Cart Driver anime podcast with myself and Day from GAR GAR Stegosaurus. This time we’re talking about anime from 2016 we’ve been catching up on before the year ends. This means most of it is us talking about Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash but Day squeaks in some time for Bungou Stray Dogs and Tabimachi Late Show. Also I have a big old rant about the ending of Erased which I had only just finished. The feelings were still raw.

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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18 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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36 CommentsHopefully Humorous / By Scamp /

I guess this blog title is canon now


He was the cart driver all along


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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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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.

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    Best anime series that ended in 2016 (choose 3)

    • Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (37%, 142 Votes)
    • Mob Psycho 100 (30%, 115 Votes)
    • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (21%, 80 Votes)
    • Yuri on Ice (21%, 80 Votes)
    • Haikyuu (13%, 48 Votes)
    • My Hero Academia (11%, 43 Votes)
    • Re:Zero (11%, 40 Votes)
    • KonoSuba (10%, 37 Votes)
    • Sound Euphonium 2 (9%, 34 Votes)
    • Erased (8%, 30 Votes)
    • Space Patrol Luluco (7%, 26 Votes)
    • Flip Flappers (6%, 24 Votes)
    • Concrete Revolutio (6%, 23 Votes)
    • 91 Days (6%, 23 Votes)
    • Durarara S2 (6%, 23 Votes)
    • Macross Delta (4%, 16 Votes)
    • Osomatsu-san (4%, 16 Votes)
    • The Great Passage (4%, 15 Votes)
    • Gundam Thunderbolt (4%, 15 Votes)
    • Flying Witch (4%, 15 Votes)
    • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (4%, 14 Votes)
    • Keijo (3%, 13 Votes)
    • Other not mentioned here (3%, 12 Votes)
    • Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (3%, 10 Votes)
    • Sakamoto desu ga (3%, 10 Votes)
    • Amanchu (2%, 9 Votes)
    • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (2%, 8 Votes)
    • Kuromukuro (2%, 8 Votes)
    • Tanaka-kun is Always Sleepy (2%, 8 Votes)
    • Ajin (2%, 8 Votes)
    • Lupin III Part 4 (2%, 8 Votes)
    • Bungole Stray Dogs (2%, 7 Votes)
    • New Game (2%, 7 Votes)
    • Joker Game (2%, 7 Votes)
    • Gate (2%, 6 Votes)
    • Ushio and Tora 2 (2%, 6 Votes)
    • Galko-chan (2%, 6 Votes)
    • Koyomimonogatari (1%, 5 Votes)
    • Planetarian (1%, 5 Votes)
    • Girlish Number (1%, 5 Votes)
    • Sekkou Boys (1%, 5 Votes)
    • Mayoiga (1%, 4 Votes)
    • Kyoukai no Rinne (1%, 4 Votes)
    • Danganronpa 3 (1%, 4 Votes)
    • Assassination Classroom 2 (1%, 3 Votes)
    • Snow White with the Red Hair 2 (1%, 3 Votes)
    • Kiznaiver (1%, 3 Votes)
    • Heavy Object (1%, 3 Votes)
    • Sweetness and Lightning (1%, 3 Votes)
    • Udon Boy (1%, 3 Votes)
    • Orange (1%, 3 Votes)
    • ReLife (1%, 3 Votes)
    • Love Live! Sunshine!! (1%, 3 Votes)
    • Magical Girl Raising Project (1%, 2 Votes)
    • Dagashi Kashi (1%, 2 Votes)
    • Bubuki Buranki (1%, 2 Votes)
    • Fairy Tail (1%, 2 Votes)
    • Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (1%, 2 Votes)
    • Kuma Miko (1%, 2 Votes)
    • Izetta the Last Witch (1%, 2 Votes)
    • Kiss Him Not Me (0%, 1 Votes)
    • Occultic;Nine (0%, 1 Votes)
    • Dimension W (0%, 1 Votes)
    • Handa-kun (0%, 1 Votes)
    • Rewrite (0%, 1 Votes)
    • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (0%, 1 Votes)
    • D.Gray-man Hallow (0%, 1 Votes)
    • Active Raid (0%, 0 Votes)
    • World Trigger (0%, 0 Votes)

    Total Voters: 380

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