Posts Tagged ‘Animation Review’

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that Titmouse Inc. has been doing pretty well for itself recently. With several shows currently in production for Adult Swim, it’s likely that you’ve seen the Titmouse logo at least once while navigating the current television animation landscape. In fact, their output got to the point where a New York studio had to be created to help support the growing Los Angeles operations, with said New York branch being a full-fledged animation studio. Yes, Titmouse has been doing well for itself when it comes to adult animation, but that’s not all they’re currently up to. In fact, if you haven’t noticed, they’re also dabbling in childrens’ animation for Disney XD. The end of April unleashed upon us the auto-charged action series Motorcity, which my older brother once eloquently described as “The Matrix with cars,” and which I can easily recommend as an enjoyable ride that everyone should check out.

Of course, I wouldn’t be talking about Titmouse right now if Motorcity was the only series they’re making for good ol’ Disney. No, because tonight, we can add Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja to the long list of shows that Chris Prynoski’s studio has under its belt. However, can we safely add the adventures of this teenage ninja to the list of great Titmouse productions? It’s time to dive into the pool before summer truly ends, to find out whether or not this stuff is the real cheese…SMOKE BOMB!!!



What Does Thou Desire?, Homework Time, Bully Beatdown, and We Were Promised Mechas!

Okay, one day late. No problem, no problem, just forgot…but I can assure you that my time was well-spent on Friday: watching Freelance Astronauts videos. Those guys are hilarious. Anyway, time for episode info all about Don East! Before recording this episode, ToonFaithful stole my awesome prank idea and fooled Don into listening to a certain track from the Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt OST. And throughout the entire the recording, while making the occasional bizarre joke that may come from his secret stash of furry porn, the dude was most likely playing Pokemon HeartGold. In fact, he always plays video games during recording: he’s just better at hiding that fact than Toon and I. Lastly, starting with this episode, I’ll be putting anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes worth of extra stuff after the ending theme. It may be from the episode its tied with, like today’s, or be from a different episode. Why am I doing this? Well, we say far too much funny stuff during pre-recording that just can’t be missed. Now music: we kick this episode off 80s-style with Macross by Makoto Fujiwara, which is the theme song for the show of the same name. And we exit with Tomare! by Aya Hirano, which is the closing theme for none other than Haruhi Suzumiya.

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Fever Fever Fever, Swimming Swimming Swimming, and Eight Eight Eight

No, your eyes don’t deceive you, five people who actually watch this podcast. Notaku Diaries has finally returned after a two-month hiatus! Doesn’t that just blow your minds? No? Oh well. So what is in this episode of Notaku Diaries? Why, no other than…The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaBECK: Mongolian Chop Squad? And Outlaw Star? Wow, we haven’t updated in a while, since we’re already talking about Digimon Tamers in our weekend recordings. We have to play quite a bit of catch-up here, so why don’t we have two Notaku updates a week: Mondays and Fridays? That sound good? Great. Well, since it has been two months, I don’t remember any behind-the-scenes details surrounding this little venture. So straight to the music: we courageously (or stupidly) charge into Endless Eight with Super Driver by Aya Hirano, which is used as the theme song for the second season of Haruhi Suzumiya. And we leave for our house on the moon with Tsuki No Ie by Arai Akino, which is used as the second ending theme in Outlaw Star.

— RacattackForce

P.S. Don East and Chdr try to kill each other in this episode, which is frikken hilarious.

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The following is a guest article by Alexis Bonari.

From the vast shadow of an animation and storytelling wizard rose . . . a mediocre director.

Well, maybe that’s not fair. I believe Ursula K. Le Guin, author of the original Earthsea fantasy series, put it best: the film Tales from Earthsea as directed by Gorō Miyazaki was a result of “when too much responsibility was shouldered by someone not equipped for it.”


Moby Dick, Skinny-dipping, and Broadcast Order Ends

We’re done with the first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya! We’ll have to take on Endless Eight for the next two episodes, but we just have to roll with the punches. Oh sweet Suzumiya, we have to roll with the punches. In other news, Chdr wasn’t with us for this episode since he was in Texas planning out his future dictatorship over the state. So we replaced him with Dragonpiece…that’s a fair exchange, right? Don East also joined for the ride, sharing his distaste for BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. And as a first, we all agreed that Outlaw Star was actually okay this time around. In this episode, we knock the door into perfect free with Hit in the USA by Beat Crusaders, which  was used as the opening theme for the first half of Mongolian Chop Squad. Then we turn away and leave you guys on the lonely rail with God Knows by Aya Hirano, which was used in episode 12 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

— RacattackForce

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Mood Swings, Everybody Dies, and Space Race

Due to some miscommunication that was probably all my fault, these two episodes didn’t air on Toon Radio last Tuesday as was planned. As for the reason why these episodes would even air back-to-back in the first place is because we weren’t able to record episode 11 on the weekend it was supposed to be recorded, so we recorded them both the following weekend. Though I did send Robert the files for these episodes, a rerun of Episode 10 and an episode of the awesome GeekNights podcast aired in their place. Now time to talk about the episodes themselves: Sketch was on both on these episode, since he really wanted to be on at least one episode where we talk about Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. And who are we to deny him that? He was the one who suggested that we watch the series in the first place. There was also a bit in one of these episodes where we watched this Beat Crusaders music video…something I forgot whether I kept or not. One thing that I do remember cutting is a bit in Episode 12 where I admit that Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is the first Gainax production that I’ve ever watched. Feel free to ridicule me for that in the comments below.

Literal Star Wars, Gratuitous Engrish, Silent Reading Time, and Die Hard IN SPACE!

EPISODE 11: The opening theme used in this episode is Bōken Desho Desho? (sung by Aya Hirano), which happens to be the opening theme for the first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The closing theme is Hare Hare Yukai, also sung by Aya Hirano, and also from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
EPISODE 12: The opening theme is Libera Me From Hell, which is sung by Tarantula (from the band Spontania) & Kasahara Yuri, arranged by Iwasaki Taku, and used in the latter half of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The ending theme is My World Down by the band Meister, and was used as the ending theme for the first half of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad.– RacattackForce

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Sibling Quibbles, Sexual Harassment, Moonlight Assassin, and Hot for Teacher

Wow, we’ve reached episode ten and…nothing really. Episode 10 isn’t really the biggest benchmark ever when it comes to internet programming. Episode 100: now THAT’S a benchmark. Anyway, while I’m drinking this disgusting can of V8, I suppose I should tell you some behind-the-scenes stuff. Well, guess what? I can’t remember a thing from that recording other than CallGraph failing one or two times, and that huge Nia debate that occurs halfway through. So yeah, nothing to really say other than don’t mess with Nia, or any of the other girls in Don East’s harem. The opening theme is Koi no Mikuru Densetsu by Satoru Kousaki (sung by Yuko Goto), which is used as the opening theme for The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina: Episode 00. The closing theme is Minna no Peace by Afromanic, which is used as the ending theme for post-time skip Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

P.S. – We’re doing Haruhi Suzumiya in BROADCAST ORDER. Yeah, we are total badasses.

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