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ABCB Café

The ONLY podcast exclusively covering the greatest anime of the 80’s (and possibly of all time), Kimagure Orange Road.

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Analysis: TV Episode 17

In today's episode, Jason analyzes Kimagure Orange Road tv episode 17: "The Summer Temptation - A Double Date Out of the Blue."This episode provides some excellent examples of a filmmaking technique called the "Kuleshov Effect," as well as some fire audio tracks. Plus some minor inconsistencies in Kasuga's characterization and Ayukawa acts like an actual teenager!Please consider becoming a patron of Team Alme Studios! I send merch to every tier, and I have a ton of Orange Road related bonus content coming. And you’ll get access to the Patreon-exclusive podcast Sh*t Happens When You Party Naked!Tweet us!Peep our Insta!Check out the Creatures of the Night podcast if you want more weird stuff in your life!

38mins

29 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Analysis: OVA Episode 3

It’s that time in the TV series that it’s starting to make sense to start working in the OVA! So we will start with an analysis of Kimagure Orange Road OVA episode 3: “I Was a Cat; I Was a Fish.”This might have come out after the TV series ended, but the Kasugas are still morons. We also get to see some more of Hikaru’s manipulations of Ayukawa, and Jason will also discuss examples of improvements made in the animation of this OVA, as compared to the original TV series.Please consider supporting Team Alme Studios on Patreon. Not only do I send exclusive merch to every tier, but I also release bonus content and routinely make early releases of regular episodes! Plus you’ll get access to our Patreon-exclusive show, Sh*t Happens When You Party Naked.Tweet us!Peep our insta!

45mins

26 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Analysis: TV Episode 16

In today's episode Jason will be analyzing Kimagure Orange Road tv episode 16: "Well, Do You Believe it or Not? Madoka Saw a UFO"We get another example of "Kasuga Logic," more than one reference to American cinema, and we will clearly see evidence that Ayukawa relishes the physical abuse Kasuga suffers...Please consider becoming a patron of Team Alme Studios! You will receive free merch at all tiers, and gain access to bonus episodes of Abcb Café content - plus exclusive access to Sh*t Happens When You Party Naked podcast, only available on Patreon!Love is in Your EyesTsuru Hiromi (Ayukawa) sings Natsu no MirageTweet usHit our InstaThank you very much for listening!

38mins

21 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Analysis: TV Episode 15

In today's episode, Jason is analyzing Kimagure Orange Road tv episode 15: "Madoka's Ultimate Decision! Putting a Period to the Love Triangle"After teasing Ayukawa and Kasuga's breakup last week, the filmmakers are back with a "no, really, this time!" It's a great episode anyway which provides some really wonderful depth and nuance to Ayukawa's relationship with Hikaru.So click play and listen!Please consider becoming a patron of Team Alme Studio! Patrons receive merch at all tiers, as well as bonus chats and episode commentaries!Tweet us!Peep our insta!

44mins

14 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Analysis: TV Episode 14

Today Jason is analyzing Kimagure Orange Road tv episode 14: "A Foreboding Dream! Madoka & Kyosuke Breaking Up At Last!"We'll explore a fuzzy, unreliable tool known as "Kasuga Logic" as we talk about the ways in which his buffoonery lands just right! Additionally, we'll explore how this episode presents a positive depiction of female interaction (read: dominance of) the patriarchal social order. Plus Orange Road-adjacent tunes at the end...Aoi Sangoshou by Matsuda SeikoPlease consider becoming a patron of Team Alme Studios! I will be sending the next 12 new patrons a limited-edition Abcb Café Jingoro button, as well as holographic stickers of Jingoro from the Orange Road eyecatches, while they last!Tweet us!Peep our Insta!

43mins

9 Jul 2021

Rank #5

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Analysis: TV Episode 13

Today Jason is analyzing Kimagure Orange Road tv episode 13: "Everyone's Looking! Hikaru-chan's Super Transformation"Why did Hikaru wanna dress like an Mtv VJ of that era? What was Ayukawa's angle in this episode? What epic insert music will we hear today?Tap “Play” in to find out!Please consider becoming a patron of Team Alme Studios! We send free merch to all tiers, and you’ll get access to the Patreon-exclusive podcast Sh*t Happens When You Party Naked, as well as Orange Road-themed bonus content coming soon!Peep our Insta!Tweet us!

44mins

1 Jul 2021

Rank #6

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Analysis: TV Episode 12

Today Jason is taking a deep dive into Kimagure Orange Road tv episode 12: "Study Abroad in America! Goodbye Madoka"Jason highlights aspects of Kasuga that make him a great match for Ayukawa, whether or not Ayukawa really planned to stay in Japan all along, and which epic early 80's adult-contemporary soft-rock band influenced the composer Sagisu Shirou - don't miss it!Please consider becoming a patron of Team Alme Studios! I’m sending merch to all tiers, and you’ll get access to all episodes of Sh*t Happens When You Party Naked, new and old!Tweet us!Peep our insta!

46mins

22 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Analysis: TV Episode 11

Today Jason is analyzing Kimagure Orange Road tv episode 11: "Don't Ring the Wedding Bell!"How plausible is it that a strong-willed, independent woman like Ayukawa is going to be a teenage bride? This is the 1980's after all, women don't often get married that young anymore!Also: what classic US film is heavily referenced in this episode? And who in their right mind would consider Hatta's body a gift?!These topics and more, today on Abcb Café podcast!Please consider supporting Team Alme Studios on Patreon! You will get full access to Jason’s other podcast, Sh*t Happens When You Party Naked, including live recording sessions, plus Orange Road-themed merch free to all tiers! Orange Road episode watch-along commentaries coming this summer!Tweet us!Peep our Insta!

46mins

16 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Analysis: TV Episode 10

Today Jason is discussing Kimagure Orange Road tv episode 10: "A Foreboding Dream!? Hikaru-chan is Dying"How does Ayukawa reveal bits of her true feelings about Kasuga? How does Hikaru reveal her tendency toward manipulation? And finally, what insane evidence will Jason claim as proof of his theory that Yuusaku is covertly in love with Kasuga?Press play to find out!Please consider becoming a patron of Team Alme - I send free merch to all tiers, access to KOR episode commentary tracks, and access to Patreon-exclusive podcast Sh*t Happens When You Party Naked!Tweet us!Peep our Insta!

45mins

9 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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Analysis: TV Episode 09

Today we are discussing Kimagure Orange Road tv episode 9: "Kurumi-chan, I'll Teach You How to Date!"Jason discusses at length the sexism underpinning the characters as well as perhaps the narrative itself, as well as a hot take regarding why Manami and Kurumi eat so voraciously...Tweet us!Peep our Insta!Please consider supporting Team Alme Studios! You’ll get access to Patreon-exclusive podcast Sh*t Happens When You Party Naked, KOR episode commentary tracks, and free merch for all tiers, in addition to the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting independent creators.

48mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #10