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E.L.F. Cast

Join Pascalle and Jes for an always informative, often ridiculous discussion about your favorite fandoms. Anime, video games, fan fiction. ETC. We try to stay on topic, but no promises.

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20 | Aegon's Conquest (p.s. We Have DRAGONS)

FINALLY Jes and Pascalle discuss A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones for show-watchers). In honor of GRRM’s recent release, Fire and Blood, we delve into the Targaryen family history. Who are these dragonlords and where did they come from? Why do they all look the same? What are their dragon’s names? Why are they so cool and hot? Find out this week on ELFCAST.

1hr 8mins

13 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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28 | Hogwarts, A History

We may not be Bathilda Bagshot but this week we dive into the roots of our favorite magical school. Featuring a special Gryffindor guest, Pascalle & Taylor discuss the four founders and their stories.

1hr 19mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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Jes, Taylor & Pascalle discuss Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 classic Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind


5 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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19 | The Silmarillion, Pt. Four

The third installment of The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien covers The Coming of the Men Into the West, The Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin, as well as the great love story of the Silmarillion, Beren and Luthien. Finally, we get to know the evil ways of Sauron, and understand our character’s direct lineages to the LoTR characters we know and love.

1hr 20mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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31 | GOT Finale


23 May 2019

Rank #5

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24 | G.O.T. History Aynes Targaryen and Maegor The Cruel

This week ELFcast welcomes a special guest to help us dish on the all the Targaryen family drama. What happened to Westeros after it was united? Are there still dragons? Who’s smashing whom? Find out this week!

1hr 32mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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22 | Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms

Mari Okada’s directorial debut is widely considered the Best Anime Movie of the Year. She has been a screenwriting powerhouse of the genre for over 20 years! Listen along while we unpack this heartbreaking high-fantasy tale of love and family.

1hr 3mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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29 | US

On this episode join Taylor & Pascalle as they discuss Jordan Peele’s new masterpiece Us. Warming!!!! There will be spoilers!!!!!!

1hr 4mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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21 | Big Dumbledore Energy

This week Jes and Pascalle delve into the "life and lies" of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. We examine Dumbledore's timeline, discuss his role in the Harry Potter universe, and the ethics of his somewhat controversial character. What do we hope to learn as the Fantastic Beasts franchise unfolds? (Shouts to Binge Mode who coined the term “Big Dumbledore Energy”!)

1hr 3mins

20 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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34 | Majora's Mask

Taylor and Jes discuss Ocarina of Time’s dark sequel, Majora’s Mask—wherein Link, our Hero of Time, grapples with death, longing and loss. This game is bizarrely twisted, totally unhinged, and there is definitely more than meets the eye.


20 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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15 | Akira

Jes and Pascalle discuss the integral anime classic Akira: What does the ending mean? What are the cultural and spiritual implications of the film? What are the differences between the anime and the manga? Find out in this week’s episode.

1hr 3mins

8 Nov 2018

Rank #11

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17 | Crimes of Grindelwald

Pascalle and Jes dish out their hot takes on the latest Fantastic Beasts movie, The Crimes of “Grindywald”. Using their knowledge of the Potter-verse, they explore all the latest implications, easter eggs and fan theories!!

1hr 27mins

23 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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27 | Hackers

HACK THE PLANET! This week Jes & Pascalle dive into Hackers (1995) staring Johnny Lee Miller & Angelina Jolie. We know you're thinking: Is this movie at all accurate to real life hacking? Why do they all dress so damn cool? Do they really need to rollerblade everywhere? And most importantly, what do we think of Matthew Lillard?! Tune in and find out!

1hr 2mins

7 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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30 | GOT 3, 4, and 5

Taylor & Pascalle discuss Game of Thrones season 8, episodes 3, 4, & 5. Warning: spoilers!!!


16 May 2019

Rank #14

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16 | Howl's Moving Castle

In honor of AnimeNYC this week, Jes and Pascalle discuss the Studio Ghibli classic Howl’s Moving Castle, based on the Diana Wynne Jones novel of the same name.

1hr 3mins

15 Nov 2018

Rank #15

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18 | Willow 1988

A pleasurable jaunt down memory lane with Ron Howard and George Lucas’s forgotten (neglected?) high-fantasy cult classic, Willow. Starring Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis, the film holds a deep nostalgia for practical effects and puppetry. This bizarre, fantasy pastiche represents the precipice of a massive reinvention of the fantasy genre. A critical flop, but not in our hearts!

1hr 1min

29 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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33 | Detective Pikachu

Taylor, Jes and Pascalle discuss the bizarre new addition to the Pokémon universe!


16 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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36 | Magical Creatures, Part 1

Pascalle, Jes, and Ryan on the first installment of an ongoing series about magical creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts universe(s?). We describe the creatures at length, as well as their abilities, sentience, and possible mythological inspirations. This week, we cover Thestrals, Grindylows, Centaurs, Sphinxes, Nifflers and Giants.

1hr 14mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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26 | Wicked City, 1987 (Yôjû Toshi)

Yoshiaki Kawajiri's 1987 anime classic leads us to a larger discussion on the role of sexual violence in media (WARNING: gratuitous sexual violence, if you have not seen), as well as the hallmarks of the Body Horror genre. Why are people so obsessed with violence? How was the violence of the 1980's characterized, and how has it changed? Let's discuss.

1hr 16mins

28 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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25 | Labyrinth

This week Jes and Pascalle continue their Jim Henson fascination with a discussion on the 1986 cult classic “Labyrith”.


14 Feb 2019

Rank #20