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Thinking Too Hard About Anime

Thinking Too Hard About Anime

By Noah Carden & Aaron J. Shelton
An episode by episode discussion of some of our favorite anime. A little bit of history, a little bit of analysis, and a lot of over-examining the Japanese cartoons we love so much. New episodes every other Thursday.
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S03E04: Satoshi Kon-Heads - Perfect Blue
We're finally here: Satoshi Kon's feature length directorial debut, Perfect Blue (1997). Article: The Real History of 'Perfect Blue' and 'Requiem for a Dream' email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:22:13
May 19, 2022
S03E03: Satoshi Kon-Heads - Seraphim 266613336 Wings and Opus
We cover two of Kon's unfinished mangas, Seraphim: 266613336 Wings (1994) and Opus (1995). email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:11:08
April 21, 2022
S03E02: Satoshi Kon-Heads - Early Animation
We go through various projects that Kon had a hand in creating, including World Apartment Horror (1990), Roujin Z (1991), Patlobar 2: The Movie (1993), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (1993), and Memories (1995). email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:29:11
March 16, 2022
S03E01: Satoshi Kon-Heads - Dream Fossil and Tropic of the Sea
Season 3 begins with Kon's early manga career. We cover the short manga collection Dream Fossil and his first serialized manga, Tropic of the Sea (1990). email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:27:52
February 18, 2022
Season 3 Trailer - Satoshi Kon-Heads
Music: Yume no Shima Shinen Kouen by Hirasawa Susumu
00:50
January 20, 2022
S02E08: Hideaki Anno Domini - Shin Godzilla
We finish up Hideaki Anno Domini (for now) with a discussion of the excellent Shin Godzilla (2016) If you enjoy what we do, please consider supporting us at https://anchor.fm/tthaa so we can buy more DVDs. Contact email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - Columbia University Orchestra
01:12:34
December 02, 2021
S01 Minisode - Netflix's Cowboy Bebop
We give our first impressions of the Netflix Original Series Cowboy Bebop (2021). email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
46:49
November 23, 2021
S02E07: Hideaki Anno Domini - Insufficient Direction
We discuss Moyoco Anno's autobiographical manga Insufficient Direction (2005), the formation of Studio Khara, and Anno's first major voice acting role with The Wind Rises (2013). If you enjoy what we do, please consider supporting us at https://anchor.fm/tthaa so we can buy more DVDs. Contact email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - Columbia University Orchestra
01:03:59
October 30, 2021
S02E06: Hideaki Anno Domini - Cutie Honey
We discuss Anno's live-action film Shiki-Jitsu (2000) and his first feature-length tokusatsu film Cutie Honey (2004), as well as the anime adaptation Re: Cutie Honey (2004). If you enjoy what we do, please consider supporting us at https://anchor.fm/tthaa so we can buy more DVDs. Contact email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - Columbia University Orchestra
01:05:57
September 25, 2021
S02E05: Hideaki Anno Domini - Kare Kano (His and Her Circumstances)
We touch on Anno's first live-action feature Love & Pop (1998) then dive into his adaptation of Kareshi Kanojo no Jijō i.e. Kare Kano i.e. His and Her Circumstances (1998). If you enjoy what we do, please consider supporting us at https://anchor.fm/tthaa so we can buy more DVDs. Contact email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - Columbia University Orchestra
01:18:11
August 19, 2021
S02E04: Hideaki Anno Domini - Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
NEWS: Listen to Noah discuss Toonami and Lofi on Night Clerk Radio https://www.nightclerkradio.com/episodes/lofi-and-toonami-with-noah We learn about the tumultuous production of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990), Anno's first foray into broadcast television. If you enjoy what we do, please consider supporting us at https://anchor.fm/tthaa so we can buy more DVDs.  Contact email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - Columbia University Orchestra
01:24:21
July 15, 2021
S02E03: Hideaki Anno Domini - Aim for the Top! GunBuster
We learn about the formation of GAINAX, their first project Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise (1987), and go into Anno's directorial debut, Gunbuster (1988). Contact email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - Columbia University Orchestra Sources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLtwfnRlVoI http://www.toponeraegunbuster.com/ https://www.gwern.net/docs/eva/2002-takeda-notenkimemoirs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7ozdKPZb9o
01:37:01
June 17, 2021
S02E02: Hideaki Anno Domini - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
We give a primer on Studio Ghibli and discuss Anno's time working under Hayao Miyazaki for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Contact email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - Columbia University Orchestra Sources http://www.khara.co.jp/hideakianno/personal-biography/ https://web.archive.org/web/20070819090939/http://www.gainax.co.jp/hills/anno/bymyself-e.html#1994 The Birth of Studio Ghibli featurette. Available on the Nausicaa DVD/Bluray set. https://youtu.be/Nw9cSadBHBU https://vimeo.com/64987176
01:12:46
May 20, 2021
S02E01: Hideaki Anno Domini - Early Life and Fan Films
We're back with Season 2 and an in depth look at the life and work of Hideaki Anno (minus Evangelion). In this episode we explore his early films, including Daicon III (1981), Return of Ultraman (1983), and Daicon IV (1983). Contact email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music  Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - Columbia University Orchestra Watchlist Poor Gunner & Tough Tire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyI0vhu7lNY Daicon III https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQjruwkyOaU&t=58s Return of Ultraman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwm6fw7lu3w Daicon IV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QMNA5cu2lY Yamata no Orochi no Gyakushu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBVxEr_A1zU Sources https://www.khara.co.jp/hideakianno/personal-biography/ https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2019/12/24-1/gainax-at-35-and-before-a-look-back-at-the-daicon-openings https://www.otaquest.com/daicon-iii-iv-preservation-projects-strike-at-the-heart-of-fandom/ http://www.cjas.org/~leng/daistaff.htm http://www.cjas.org/~leng/daitrivia.htm https://web.archive.org/web/20070819090939/http://www.gainax.co.jp/hills/anno/bymyself-e.html#1994 https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%25E5%25B8%25B0%25E3%2581%25A3%25E3%2581%25A6%25E3%2581%258D%25E3%2581%259F%25E3%2582%25A6%25E3%2583%25AB%25E3%2583%2588%25E3%2583%25A9%25E3%2583%259E%25E3%2583%25B3_%25E3%2583%259E%25E3%2583%2583%25E3%2583%2588%25E3%2582%25A2%25E3%2583%25AD%25E3%2583%25BC1%25E5%258F%25B7%25E7%2599%25BA%25E9%2580%25B2%25E5%2591%25BD%25E4%25BB%25A4&prev=search&pto=aue https://ultra.fandom.com/wiki/Return_of_Ultraman:_MAT_Arrow_1_Takeoff_Order https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHD3dguz9is
01:28:04
April 22, 2021
Season 2 Trailer - Hideaki Anno Domini
Music - Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - Columbia University Orchestra
00:59
April 15, 2021
S01E27: Cowboy Bebop - Postmortem
We give our closing thoughts on Cowboy Bebop, list our top five episodes, and reveal what we have in store for season two. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:07:30
March 18, 2021
S01E26: Cowboy Bebop - The Real Folk Blues
Bang. Article: https://dotandline.net/cowboy-bebop-the-real-folk-blues-analysis/ email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:06:45
March 04, 2021
S01E25: Cowboy Bebop - Hard Luck Woman
We try not to cry while talking about Ed's final episode. We also learn about Singapore and the Merlion. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:01:07
February 18, 2021
S01E24: Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
After many shipping delays we cover the 2001 film Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door. We get into the production of the film, nanotech, and lymphocytes. We also attempt to email Big Shots. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:10:36
February 04, 2021
S01E23: Cowboy Bebop - Brain Scratch
We talk about cults, nostalgia, and record scratching. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:05:34
January 21, 2021
S01E22: Cowboy Bebop - Cowboy Funk
We talk about the duality of Spike, the Unabomber, Miyamoto Musashi, and how anime is bad and has ruined our brains. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:08:29
December 31, 2020
S01E21: Cowboy Bebop - Boogie Woogie Feng Shui
We do our best to explain Feng Shui, sunstones, and the surrogate father trope.  email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:02:08
December 17, 2020
S01E20: Cowboy Bebop - Pierrot Le Fou
We live in a society. We also discuss Batman: The Animated Series, commedia dell'arte, and get back on the French New Wave train. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:12:03
December 03, 2020
S01E19: Cowboy Bebop - Wild Horses
Honestly, we just talk about NASA and how difficult space travel is for an hour. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:03:37
November 12, 2020
S01E18: Cowboy Bebop - Speak Like A Child
We get deep into Faye's character while we learn about the videotape format wars and the fragility of physical media. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:09:48
October 29, 2020
S01E17: Cowboy Bebop - Mushroom Samba
Boy oh boy do we gush about our favorite episode. We also talk about Blaxploitation, psilocybin mushrooms, and Wile E. Coyote. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
53:46
October 01, 2020
S01E16: Cowboy Bebop - Black Dog Serenade
We learn the origin of Jet's arm as we talk about match cuts, the first errand, and Golgo 13. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
53:01
September 17, 2020
S01E15: Cowboy Bebop - My Funny Valentine
We get into cryogenics, future shock, Urashima Tarō, and vending machine culture in Japan. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
56:00
September 03, 2020
S01E14: Cowboy Bebop - Bohemian Rhapsody
We talk about drug culture in Japan, Kowloon Walled City, and vent our (mainly Aaron's) chess biases. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
45:47
August 20, 2020
S01E13: Cowboy Bebop - Jupiter Jazz
We discuss midpoints, the character of Gren, and how to make a cowboy as we cover both parts of Jupiter Jazz. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:09:01
August 06, 2020
S01E12: Cowboy Bebop - Toys in the Attic
In this Aliens pastiche we talk about lessons from crew members, horror tropes, and have an impromptu retrospective on anime music videos. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
55:30
July 23, 2020
S01E11: Cowboy Bebop - Ganymede Elegy
It's the "big oof" episode as we talk about relationships, French New Wave, and how many hours are in a Ganymede day. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) Breaking The Rules - The French New Wave | The Cinema Cartography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R7R0JHvvgo Breathless: How World War II Changed Cinema: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV5Wf5VGVy8
01:03:02
July 09, 2020
S01E10: Cowboy Bebop - Jamming With Edward
On this episode we figure out what makes Radical Edward so great, learn about the Nazca Lines, and discuss a cyberpunk "classic". email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:13:07
June 25, 2020
S01E09: Cowboy Bebop - Waltz for Venus
NEWS: We got to talk about adding elements of Cowboy Bebop to your tabletop RPG on The Roleplaying Exchange. Give it a listen. On this episode we discuss Jeet Kune Do,  give a primer for Film Noir, and learn that we're running out of helium. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) PROMO: Technical Difficulties Gaming Podcast
53:15
June 11, 2020
S01E08: Cowboy Bebop - Heavy Metal Queen
We discuss trucking culture in both the East and West, possible inspirations for VT, surviving the vacuum of space, and the dreaded prairie oyster. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) PROMO: Technical Difficulties Gaming Podcast
53:32
May 28, 2020
S01E07: Cowboy Bebop - Sympathy for the Devil
We discuss our mixed feelings about Wen, the consumer electronics of 2077, human adaptability, and the dark underbelly of warbling. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) PROMO: Technical Difficulties Gaming Podcast
01:00:56
May 14, 2020
S01E06: Cowboy Bebop - Ballad of Fallen Angels
We discuss the metaplot of Cowboy Bebop, heroic bloodshed, and the language of Yoko Kanno. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) PROMO: Technical Difficulties Gaming Podcast
58:40
April 30, 2020
S01 Minisode - The Music of Cowboy Bebop
We dig deeper into the music of Cowboy Bebop on this bonus episode of the show. We also pick our top five tracks.  email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) PROMO: Night Clerk Radio
51:10
April 23, 2020
S01E05: Cowboy Bebop - Gateway Shuffle
We discuss environmentalism, analyze the pacing of the third act, and make a connection to a certain video game movie adaptation. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) PROMO: Night Clerk Radio
51:20
April 16, 2020
S01E04: Cowboy Bebop - Honky Tonk Women
We get introduced to Faye Valentine, discuss action scene aesthetics, and learn about the  Itano Circus. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) PROMO: Night Clerk Radio
52:16
April 02, 2020
S01E03: Cowboy Bebop - Stray Dog Strut
We discuss the the doggo Ein, discover cassette futurism, learn about bird fortunetelling, and Noah picks the best mascot. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) PROMO: Night Clerk Radio
50:55
March 19, 2020
S01E02: Cowboy Bebop - Asteroid Blues
We learn about the voices behind Spike and Jet, discuss drug use in film, compare animated and live-action fight scenes, and figure out what carnitas are. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
01:03:20
March 03, 2020
S01E01: Cowboy Bebop - Overview
Welcome to Season One and our deep dive into Cowboy Bebop.  For our overview episode we discuss how we discovered the show, learn about the production of the series, and examine the media of 1998. email: thinkingtoohardpod@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingAnime Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
43:05
March 02, 2020
Season One Trailer
Music by Yellowjacket from the album Loop Soup. Used with permission under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
00:49
March 01, 2020