Rank #1: Fandom Post Radio Episode 83: FPR Presents an Interview with Yoshihisa Hirano
Yoshihisa Hirano is the composer, arranger, conductor, and lyricist behind the wonderfully eclectic music of Hunter x Hunter, the unforgettably thrilling symphonies of Death Note, the inventive new sound of the Hajime no Ippo sequels, the elegantly Brandenburg-evoking concertos of Ouran, and many other anime soundtracks. When not scoring background music, he has collaborated with Mikiya Katakura to arrange theme songs of the Maria-sama ga Miteru series and various ALI PROJECT works, blending dissonant and atonal elements with modern pop music to craft a unique sonic experience. Anime only accounts for a fraction of his career that showcases influences from all eras of art music and modern film scores alike, along with his own signature touches. His early appreciation of classical music soon inspired him to teach himself composition, pursue it academically in America, and teach himself English in the process so he could learn as much as possible. After years of Kestrel shouting Hirano's name from the rooftops (or podcast, as it were) as his favorite anime composer of all time, he got to experience Hirano's first public concert featuring the man himself conducting his own anime compositions, front and center at Montreal's Otakuthon 2019. Thanks to Hirano's proficiency in English, the two were able to speak briefly, and a year later, they reunite for an exclusive exploration of an illustrious career in this very episode.
Sep 14 2020
Rank #2: Fandom Post Radio Episode 82: Sum-sum-summertime
The doldrums are here, and boy are we feeling them. Kestrel, Kate, and DJ sort through the last few weeks of anime news. We contemplate mergers and acquisitions, the changing media landscape, and Kate tries to sell DJ an over-the-air antenna. Then Kestrel and Dj give an update on the summer anime season before we dive into recommendations. Pay attention DJ!
Aug 21 2020
Rank #3: Fandom Post Radio Episode 81: 2020 Summer Anime
DJ and Kestrel convene to lay out their thoughts on a summer season of anime. A season which is looking very different now than what we thought it was going to look like at the beginning of the year. With many series scheduled for spring pushed back into summer it’s now more of a Sprummer? Springer? Re: Zero, OreGairu, Fruits Basket, Rent a Girlfriend, God of High School, and the worst anime of the year? Plus news and recommendations!
Aug 01 2020
Rank #4: Fandom Post Radio Episode 80: Re: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the greatest anime of all time.” - Kestrel Swift
Cain, Kate, and Skyler will be the judge of that.
If you have seen the series or have not, Kestrel is going to tell you why you should watch it again and again. We keep the first half spoiler-free for the new anime fans because there’s a new anime fan born every day and everyone has to start somewhere!
Jul 12 2020
Rank #5: Fandom Post Radio Episode 79: The New Not-so-normal
Summer convention season is a bust, or is it? Kate and Kestrel run down the news and announcements from AX lite, Funicon, and Aniplex’s.... whatever. Is it really a convention if nobody is convening? Is it really an exposition with no bill of goods? Kestrel watched an awful lot of the panels and breaks down what worked, what didn’t, and the conundrum that is the business hierarchy. At least the manga and light novel publishers bring the announcements, if you enjoy isekai that is. Then we have some recommendations!
Jul 10 2020
Rank #6: Fandom Post Radio Episode 78: Spring 2020 Anime Wrap
The spring 2020 anime season limps over the finish line. With summer anime being a big, giant question mark right now we go over all the shows which just wrapped-up. Kaguya-sama, Sing Yesterday for Me, Tower of God, LISTENERS, there was a little something for everyone here. What came out on top, which failed to live up to expectations? Join the regular crew plus Skyler as we break it all down. Plus news and recommendations!
Spoiler Warning: Tower of God spoilers from the 33-35 minute mark. Sing Yesterday for Me spoilers from 1:22-1:28.
Jun 26 2020
Rank #7: Fandom Post Radio Episode 77: Bunkered Down
After a soul-crushing two weeks, we return for an episode of mostly news. We say a few belated words on the passing of ANN co-creator Zac Bertschy. We talk about the change of studio for the final season of Attack on Titan. Then the talk lightens as we discuss anime merchandise tie ins, the more ridiculous the better. Are you pro or nah Char-dines? Even in these dark times we can’t stay mired in dismay forever. Cabin fever and delayed shipping aside... we have some recommendations for you. Stay safe, stay well, we stand with you.
Jun 05 2020
Rank #8: Fandom Post Radio Episode 76: Hook, Line, and Sinker
Do you follow the “three-episode rule?” Have you ever pushed past a lousy first episode and found gold at the end of the anime rainbow? What does it take to grab hold of the audience and hook them? That’s our topic of discussion this episode as we talk about how anime has a very limited chance to grab someone’s attention and hold it. Which shows succeed, which fail, and what we can all learn about pacing. Or you can just tune in to hear us talk about DJ and his fan club, audio levels, live-action adaptation updates, and how easy it is to find legitimate movie scripts on the internet. Plus some more news and recommendations!
May 21 2020
Rank #9: Fandom Post Radio Episode 75: Hours of Entertainment
How are you all doing? Hanging in there? Kestrel, Kate, and Cain are here to talk about the best anime and manga to binge during this long lockdown. Take your mind off of the isolation and do so cheaply with some of the best long-running shows out there. Always been curious to check out some classics that feel like they have no end in sight? We share some of our favorites. Plus, news of more cancelations, live-action projects, video games, and even though DJ isn’t here we end up promoting his game again. Somehow.
Apr 30 2020
Rank #10: Fandom Post Radio Episode 74: Spring Anime 2020 - While it Lasts
The usual crew (minus Cain because we forget to tell him we were recording, whoops!) gather remotely to talk about the new spring anime season. What are we watching? We shall tell you! How about some Kaguya-sama, Listeners, Fruits Basket, Sing Yesterday For Me, My Next Life as a Villainess, and Kingdom? Plus, the pandemic starts to affect production schedules and more news from the anime front. Oh, and some recommendations to get us through this mess.
Apr 16 2020