In other words, “commenting” does not equate to “understanding”

Welcome to Five Observations, an anime and pop culture podcast! Each episode, I will share five things I have been thinking about.

In this instalment: much-needed validation, the naive libertarianism of Kino’s Journey, Thimbleweed Park’s point-and-click nostalgia, maximum respect for simulcast translators, and the best and worst of the summer season.

I’m Robert, and here are Five Observations.

1. I’ve joined the Giga Drill Breakdown podcast network!

2. Kino’s Journey’s legal philosophy is embarrassingly naive, but at least it’s trying?

3. Thimbleweed Park is shamelessly nostalgic — but it’s a good game, too.

4. Maximum respect for simulcast translators.

5. The best and worst of the summer season.

Few consumers of anime are motivated by a passion for legal philosophy

Sumo Dandies at their Daily Chores (from the Hokusai Manga)

Welcome to Five Observations, an anime and pop culture podcast! Each episode, I will share five things I have been thinking about.

In this instalment: Legal philosophy in anime, the lives and art of Hukusai and his daughter Oei, Grand Sumo, the good and the bad of the Summer anime season, and my early impression of Kamen Rider Build.

I’m Robert, and here are Five Observations.

1. Attack on Titan is a vehicle for Critical Legal Theory.

2. Miss Hokusai is a wonderful blend of biography and fantasy.

3. Sumo time!

4. We’re far enough into the season to pass judgment…

5. I’m trying not to get my hopes up about Kamen Rider Build.

The inaugural Five Observations podcast episode

Tsuki ga Kirei

Welcome to Five Observations, my new anime and pop culture podcast! Each episode, I will share five things I have been thinking about.

In this first instalment: the little moments in Tsukigakirei, robot fights, Japan’s smiling dystopia, and more. I’m Robert, and here are Five Observations.

1. The little moments in Tsuki ga Kirei are perfect.

2. A106 is not Astro Boy, but they share similar blueprints.

3. Japanese McDonald’s dystopian smile police.

4. Reality TV can highlight cultural differences.

5. AotS is going to be a talking butt.