Sailor Moon Crystal

This week’s episode is a review of Sailor Moon Crystal. I talk mostly about the art, since that’s the biggest change from the old anime. I also mispronounce things, ramble, tell deep personal stories, and squee over sparkly things.



SPOILER ALERT: I talk about the first episode of Crystal in detail, so you may want to watch it before listening to this episode.

The New Sailor Moon

I’m back, and I’m talking about the new new Sailor Moon and the new old Sailor Moon. Most of this is speculation because I can’t actually see the new old Sailor Moon. But, hey, at least I got a podcast out this week.

Here’s Viz’s website.

I am looking forward to hearing the new English voice cast, but I still miss Terri Hawkes. And Katie Griffin.

Hetalia – Busby’s Podcast

I call this Busby’s Podcast because it was CURSED! It took Crys, SJ, and me the better part of a year to schedule recording it. A year! That’s like… almost 10% of a decade!


Finally, we got it done! (and it’s an hour and a half long, so you get your money’s worth).

One of the most awesome things about the Hetalia fandom is how people use the series to educate one another (yes, really). Here are some wonderful fan-made comics about the histories of…
Mexico’s role in the Spanish Civil War
The Exploration Age (particularly Spain)
The Hungarian Revolution
The Thirty Years War
America’s response to Pearl Harbor

Here are the starts of the doujinshi, 1914 and 1939.

And, you know, lots of others. Loooootta good fan comics out there.

Ooh la la!

Ooh la la!

As was mentioned on the podcast, here is Himaruya’s apology to his fans for the late updates.






I was right that there is a cannonball embedded in a tree near the Plains of Abraham. I was wrong that that’s in Ottawa. It’s in Quebec City.




Crys, SJ, and I highly recommend the following Hetalia fan artists and fanfic writers:

Lady Beemer
Talkjive (NOT “jiveturkey”)

Here’s a song!

Marukaite chikyuu, APH

Marukaite chikyuu,

Marukaite chikyuu,

Boku Hetalia!

My Top Three Manga, Characters, and Songs

This is a continuation from last week.

-“Rayearth” by CLAMP (I’m linking to their Anime News Network page because their official site is in Japanese only)
-“Wish” by CLAMP
-“Nightschool” by Svetlana Chmakova


Akane Tendo

Akane Tendo



Fuu Hououji

Fuu Hououji

The Path of the Wind

I referred to the twinkly sound as pizzicato, but that’s not quite right. I don’t really know what to call it. What is that? Is it even strings? Xylophone? What?


Shell (Instrumental Version)

Finally, here’s the other episodes of this podcast I referenced.
Girl Power and the Stories We Don’t Tell
Vampire Anime

My Top Three Anime

Is it “anime” or “animes”? Grammatically, it’s “anime,” because Japanese words are the same pluralized as they are singular, but it seems awkward to say. I tried to get into the habit of saying “one ninja, many ninja,” but “ninjas” just sounds better. Besides, isn’t it always “many ninjas”? Just because you don’t see the other ninjas, it doesn’t mean they’re not there. They’re hiding, duh.

Anyway, as you can maybe tell by the rambliness of my blog post and podcast, I’m a little bit under the weather. Stupid end-of-winter cold. Go away! TBH, I didn’t even have the energy to do this podcast, but… I can’t skip this week! It’s the one-year anniversary!

I really did mean to do a whole shebang with several top three lists, but… things got rambly and I can’t focus due to this cold medicine, so… Happy anniversary! I’ll be back next week with something more coherent! Yay!




Relationships in “Sailor Moon”

Romance, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Romance, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

In today’s podcast, I talk about “Sailor Moon.” There were a number of spoilers mentioned from the manga and from the obscurest of the movies, just so’s ya know.

True love?

True love?

Just a normal family...

Just a normal family…

This episode is an in-depth analysis of “Sailor Moon” characters and their relationships.

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Love is represented in lots of different ways…
…by lots of different personalities.

Rei knows what she wants and goes for it...

Rei knows what she wants and goes for it…

...wherever that may lead her.

…wherever that may lead her.

Studious Amy never gave up her love of learning...

Studious Amy never gave up her love of learning…

...which led her to true love and a bright future.

…which led her to true love and a bright future.

This domestic goddess knows how to kick butt.

This domestic goddess knows how to kick butt.

*Rainy Day Man, on your shoulder I cried...*

*Rainy Day Man, on your shoulder I cried…*

Love yourself for who you are!  Sailor V says!

Love yourself for who you are! Sailor V says!

I consider “Sailor Moon” to be a truly well-written romance series because it deals with everything love CAN be, not just what fairy tales and popular belief says it SHOULD be.

OMG! Isn’t Valentine’s Day, like, so totally romantic?!

Respectful Hetalia Cosplay

Today we’ve got an extra-long podcast loaded with interesting stories about cosplay, the Hetalia fandom, and everything else.

Draw a circle, it's the Earth...

Draw a circle, it’s the Earth…

Being on your best behavior is always important, but it’s especially important when cosplaying in a fandom like Hetalia, when the series is, well, basically playing around with stereotypes. In today’s podcast, Crys, SJ, and I discuss the good, the bad, and the “what, seriously?” of Hetalia cosplay. We also talk about how Hetalia cosplay can be used for a good cause.

Due to current political concerns, Russia has traded in his plain scarf for a rainbow one to show support for ALL his friends.

Due to current political concerns, Russia has traded in his plain scarf for a rainbow one to show support for ALL his friends.

And finally, I meant to include the post about the Denmark cosplayer’s terrible experience at a photoshoot, but she has since deleted that post.