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Jun 19, 2022

John & Chris catch up to talk cartoons old and new!  We start with more talk on Arcane, both to get Chris's observations, and also since the original review was recorded before the proverbial Netflix dam burst.  Oh, and Chris reveals a cool personal connection to the League of Legends franchise that you'll just have to hear for yourself.

For the meat of the episode, we do another retro anime deep dive, but this time with a film that holds some nostalgic significance to both of us, the 1987 cult classic anthology Robot Carnival.  We give some historical context to how the project came to be, talk the different themes and approaches each segment brings, and even both have personal reassessments on the most artsy short.  The best part for you listeners?  Unlike the old days where the film was tough to find, it's legally available on YouTube for free, so go check it out first if you haven't seen it before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id1eRjO4p_0

(Also this episode was a nightmare to edit because Chris's audio initially came out really quiet so I had to a lot of manual volume adjusting and I was taking care of the family parrot while we recorded and he's super noisy so you'll constantly hear bird screeches in the background but there isn't really much I can do about that so okay enjoy the episode thanks)

Timestamps:
6:48 Arcane (Spoilers)
30:58 Robot Carnival (Spoilers)

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May 8, 2022

John and Ben do a deep dive into the League of Legends Netflix adaptation that has received widespread praise.  And if you ask us, that's entirely deserved, because Arcane is one of those shows that just does everything right.  From the unique and incredible animation, to the mature and well-written stories and worldbuilding, to the plot points that left us with our jaws on the floor, Arcane sets a benchmark for video game adaptations and animation as a whole.  Spoilers abound, so please watch the show before listening to this.

Next episode: Robot Carnival (1987)

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Apr 8, 2022

Fellow animator and friend of the show Ben Reynolds comes back on to talk with John about cartoons - and keeping in tradition with previous appearances, we're talking niche anime, with a big emphasis on retro.  We talk the cool but brief 80s OVA Dragon's Heaven, from its unique art style and bizarre opening to the wild world of anime in the heyday of VHS, and then venture into the recently fansubbed 2003 reboot of the iconic Astro Boy, discussing its amazing visuals, surprisingly thoughtful writing, and the numerous reasons why it came and went in the States compared to other countries.

Next time: Arcane

Timestamps:
0:00 Introductions
8:57 Listener email
14:49 Dragon's Heaven (Spoilers)
29:47 Astro Boy 2003 Subbed (Minor spoilers)

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Mar 12, 2022
Dave Roberts returns for a massive episode covering all sorts of media.  We kick off by talking about stuff like Jackass Forever and the state of Bruce Willis's career, John talks revisiting OG Final Fantasy VII with an HD coat of paint via mods, and Dave discusses the Dexter revival miniseries, what it does well, and how he would have gone about certain plot beats differently.

For the main topic, John prompts a deep dive into one of his favorite by-chance obscure movie discoveries ever, that being the 1989 French thriller Dial Code Santa Claus, also known as Deadly Games in its American release. So what if it's not Christmas any more?  Horror is evergreen.  (Plus here in DC we're on probably our last snowstorm of the season on the day this comes out.)  Topics include the great less-is-more approach with the villain, the inner workings of a grenade, a lot of general gushing from John about the writing and filmmaking, and  a sobering reminder that Meet the Spartans is a movie that actually came out.

Timestamps:
0:00 Introductions/General movie talk
13:10 Final Fantasy VII
46:53 Dexter: New Blood (Spoilers)
1:08:11 Dial Code Santa Claus (Spoilers)

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Jan 18, 2022

We may be late to the party on this one, but there's no way we're skipping a discussion on this movie.  Patrick goes over his personal history with the Spider-Man property, and a deep, spoiler-filled talk of the cultural phenomenon that is the third MCU Spidey film ensues between him and John. From a flip-flopping Sandman to cracking each other's backs to what we can take away from the ending, we cover it all.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE.  John and Patrick have started a separate podcast called Chance of Fleurys, which features more casual conversations on our current pop culture consumption in shorter episodes.  Follow https://twitter.com/COFleurys for updates, and download the show today on most of the same platforms as Sketch Watch Play!

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Oct 15, 2021

This show is no stranger to the MCU, but it's been a hot minute since the Infinity War & Endgame spoilercasts, and even longer since our last dedicated dive into this pop-culture juggernaut. Making her first appearance on the show, John's comrade in fandom Mia helps us catch up with releases beyond Black Widow, both by reflecting on memories of movies past, adjusting to an MCU without T'Challa, and in particular discussing the recent Shang-Chi and what its attention to cultural detail, great casting, and making up for Ben Kingsley's Mandarin mean to Mia as an Asian-American.

Afterward, we take a deep dive into the first three live-action MCU series in the new frontier of Disney+ weekly series. Topics include how these shows take advantage of their longer format, speculating what consequences they may hold for future shows and movies, why Agatha rules and Hayward drools, how timely Falcon and Winter Soldier is, and the as-of-this-writing ongoing desire for an Alligator Loki plushie.

Timestamps:
0:00 Introductions/General MCU talk
17:23 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Spoilers)
53:49 WandaVision (Spoilers)
1:22:50 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Spoilers)
1:45:47 Loki (Spoilers)

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Oct 1, 2021

John & Dave journey to Eternia to unpack what we would call the latest version of the He-Man franchise (If not for the fact that a totally separate reboot also came out on Netflix soon after this - what a crazy world we live in).  From our personal history with the property and showrunner Kevin Smith, to noting some great worldbuilding and character nuance, to the show being the latest in a long line of things splitting fanbases, there's a lot to discuss.

Next episode: Shang-Chi/Marvel Disney+ shows

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Aug 24, 2021

Anime expert, Pro Evolution Soccer (Or eFootball?) player, and all-around friendly European Dave Roberts finally returns to the show for a massive talk with John on all sorts of topics. Initial freeform talks include early days as an anime fan, personal projects in podcasts and on YouTube, and thoughts on potential new Olympic sports. John then gives his initial, spoiler-free thoughts on the finally-localized The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles and the unique factors its setting and time period provide, and Dave provides a ton of info and opinions on four recent anime series that have caught his fancy.

Next episode: Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Timestamps:
0:00 Misc. game & anime talk
26:37 The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
44:52 Godzilla Singular Point/Fire Force/Demon Slayer/Super Cub

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Aug 6, 2021

There's no point in acting like listeners aren't familiar with the original Aladdin in some way - it's one of the most iconic Disney films ever made, and remains John's all-time favorite film from the studio. So rather than do a more standard freeform talk about it, we do a more analytical deep dive and dissect it as a piece of animation and filmmaking to nail down just why it works so well. From making the most of all its characters, to a soundtrack with no weak links, to what makes this one of the most expertly paced movies around, we unpack this gem of a movie to see what makes it tick so efficiently to this day, with some brief thoughts on the sequels and remake for good measure.

Next episode: The Great Ace Attorney/Various anime

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Jul 23, 2021

Were you expecting this episode to come out last month when we first teased recording it? So did we, but the production turned out extremely cursed, so we're thankful this is finally an actual completed podcast that you can really listen to.

John catches up with Patrick to briefly discuss returning to improv in a gradually vaccinated world and the letdown that is Space Jam: A New Legacy before discussing our first mutual movie theater viewing this year in the form of Black Widow, from the stellar supporting cast to the topical themes to the bittersweet nature of its post-Endgame release. We also unpack the many reasons Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart may be one of the best entries in one of our favorite series, from its improved presentation to the endearing new characters.

Next episode: Aladdin (1992)

Timestamps:
0:00 Catching up/Space Jam talk
8:51 Black Widow (Spoilers)
28:53 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Spoilers)

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Apr 30, 2021

It's a special day for the podcast, as OG co-host Chris Wade finally makes his first appearance since the Mortal Kombat episode to talk many things near and dear to both his and John's hearts.  We open things up with more general talks about recent media we've been consuming, then revisit our passion projects The Will of Monsters and Spacious and talk how work and ideas on both have progressed since our initial discussions in 2017.

After that, we discuss Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and what makes it a loving tribute to both classic cartoons and noir films, why it still impresses technically to this day, and the impact it's had on Chris as his personal favorite film.  And for our final segment, we do an overarching talk about what we can both deem a modern classic by talking all things Steven Universe (Except the movie and Future because John couldn't fit it into his time marathoning the show).  From its growth after a rocky opening to its bevy of powerful and character-driven plots and moments, hopefully our talks about why we love this show will convince at least one listener to watch it - John certainly slept on it long enough.

Timestamps:
15:11 Personal projects (The Will of Monsters/Spacious)
34:55 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Spoilers)
1:16:12 Steven Universe (Spoilers)

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Songs used:
Particle House & Le June - Is This Love
Steven Universe - We Are The Crystal Gems
Steven Universe - Change Your Mind

Jan 17, 2021

Animator Ben Reynolds returns to talk with John about two pieces of media that, despite being very different, may be kindred spirits in terms of the positive and inspirational effects they've had on us.  John starts things off with his thoughts on Pixar's Soul, how it handles representation and some of the reasons for its somewhat divisive public reception, and why its ultimate message struck him so deeply and why the movie has ended up meaning so much to him personally.

After that, we take a look at one of 2020's big anime underdogs with a discussion about the one-of-a-kind Eizuoken.  Topics include what an accurate and personal love letter to the craft of animation it succeeds at being, the memorable cast and worldbuilding, and how it's inspired us as creators.  (And Kanamori.  No one who watches this show can forget Kanamori.)

Timestamps:

0:00 Catching up with Ben

07:08 Soul review (Spoilers)

42:28 Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken Review (Spoilers)

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Oct 29, 2020

John catches up with friend of the show and fellow podcaster Tyler Moliterno to finally talk something non-Marvel on the show.  Tyler gives his thoughts on the long-time-coming third Bill and Ted movie, and both of them tackle one of the most beloved trilogies of all time by unpacking the Back to the Future series.  Not just the stories, too, as Tyler deep dives into the brain-melting alternate timelines, versions of characters, and crazy ramifications of the time travel that blows John's mind, though not before John finally crosses one off the bucket list by watching BttF Pt. 3 for the first time and finds some personal inspiration in Doc Brown's final quotes.

Timestamps:

0:00 Catching up with Tyler

09:20 Bill & Ted Face the Music review (Mild spoilers)

29:16 Back to the Future retrospective (Spoilers)

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Sep 12, 2020

After discussing and speculating on the announcements from DC Fandome, we wander away from favorite game ever territory and more into banana-slamma territory, as John and Patrick discuss the roller coaster that is post-Country Donkey Kong.  From the infamous cartoon to DK64 and the Rare-free Gamecube era, all the way up to coming full circle with Retro Studios' stellar Country revival, to John doing pipe dream voice casting and really needing to watch Big Little Lies.

Timestamps:
0:00 Intro
2:49 DC Fandome
18:40 Donkey Kong Retrospective Pt. 2 (Cartoon/Diddy Kong Racing/DK64/Bongo games/Retro Country games)

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Aug 28, 2020

We live to pod another day! Almost exactly a year after our hiatus began, John finally dusts the podcasting setup off and revives an unorthodox show for the unorthodox happenings of 2020. Patrick Fleury returns to help John give some updates on voice work, dearly departed grandmas, and various life changes since the last episode, as well as Patrick giving his overall thoughts on the recent PS4 hit Ghost of Tsushima.

But for the meat of this episode, it's on like *TRADEMARKED* as we begin to tackle Nintendo's longest-running series in its entirety, discussing the Donkey Kong franchise in chronological order. We talk its interesting origins in the arcade, its resurrection via Rare, and just maybe viewers can find out what John's all-time favorite game is. Sit back, get a banana daiquiri, and enjoy the first segment with full background music (For good reason), and remember that if you don't succumb to Donkey Kong Madness, you are stupid.

Timestamps:
0:00 Special guest song by Gonzo the Great
0:34 Catching up
15:47 Ghost of Tsushima thoughts (Minor spoilers)
30:12 Donkey Kong retrospective Pt. 1 (Arcade and SNES trilogies)

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Sep 1, 2019

Kingdom Hearts III isn't the only thing we're putting a bow on. Chris finally gets to give his opinion on the show regarding Avengers: Endgame. From character arcs he was satisfied with, to others that felt mishandled, where his feelings on Tony Stark now stand, and the continuation of feeling for Thor. (This was recorded before the Marvel/Sony bombshell dropped; we would have brought it up otherwise.)

Afterwards, inspired by the recent release of its latest entry, we talk all things Mortal Kombat. From its early days of spooking politicians to discussing how its approach to characters and storytelling has evolved, to the renaissance it's experienced from its ninth entry onward, and even stuff like its history with movie adaptations past and future, John's subconscious mission to connect everything and everyone to Bobobo-bo bo-bobo, and yes, favorite Fatalities, it's enough talk to shake a D'Vorah and Waspinator pairing at. Also, stay tuned to the end both for brief thoughts on other recent movies and TV series as well as an important announcement regarding the show. We all need to recharge sometimes.

Timestamps:
0:12 - Chris's Avengers: Endgame review (Spoilers)
27:02 - Mortal Kombat series retrospective (Spoilers)
1:14:42 - Brief, spoiler-free thoughts on other media (Spider-Man: Far From Home/Toy Story 4/Detective Pikachu/Love, Death + Robots/Hilda/Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling/Metal Wolf Chaos XD/Cannon Busters)

Midpoint song: The Immortals - Mortal Kombat Techno Syndrome
Closing song: Freakazoid Final Scene - We'll Meet Again

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Aug 24, 2019

Every time we aim to not have a long break inbetween episodes, it just sort of happens. Recorded straight from John's place rather than over Discord, John and Chris touch on the whirlwind of things that they've gone through this summer, from surprise cats to surprise Dreamworks reachouts to impulsive acting to a possible podcast curse. Then we wrap up our thoughts on Kingdom Hearts III since we've been able to finish it in the half-year since release. Or rather John has finished it and Chris tapped out halfway through and just watched some ending cutscenes for this podcast because he has some THOUGHTS. Listen, or you'll have to commit sudoku.

Timestamps:
1:39 - Catching up (Raising cats & moving/Public figure scandals & deaths/Recent trip/Personal projects)
36:59 - Kingdom Hearts III final thoughts (Spoilers)

Next episode: Chris's Avengers: Endgame Thoughts/Mortal Kombat Retrospective

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May 31, 2019

We close out May with a first - new guests met through Twitter! Keith and Andy, cohosts of the animation throwback podcast Toon in Pod, join John to talk all sorts of media. After introductions and various retellings of nostalgic cartoon experiences, John finally gives some in-depth thoughts on the Oculus Rift after owning one since February, particularly how useful it's been in making exercise fun, the new life it's given one of his favorite genres via Beat Saber and several other titles, and why he should never use it when his parrot's around.

For the main discussion, all three discuss one of the most iconic sci-fi cartoons out there with a gargantuan look back at Matt Groening's Futurama. From memories on where the show initially fit into their lives and the glory days of DVD boxsets, to fun facts regarding behind the scenes strife and the voice cast, to discussion of our personal favorite episodes, to the reasons behind the surprisingly smart concepts, and even to some Star Trek memories by proxy of it being a sci-fi show (and one particular guest-packed episode). Make some Bachelor Chow and hunker down for, as we put it, one of the most binge-able shows out there.

Timestamps:
1:00 - Toon in Pod introduction & various cartoon discussion
17:18 - Oculus Rift discussion (Beat Saber/Dance Central/General thoughts)
43:23 - Futurama discussion (Spoilers for various episodes)

Next time: Mortal Kombat with Chris

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May 1, 2019

It's the end of an era, as John and returning guest Tyler Moliterno talk the pop culture juggernaut that is Avengers Endgame.  The secrecy of this sequel's plot and the promise of closure for this era of the MCU has teased, tantalized, and even worried John, so we lay it all out and go in-depth about the plot, character arcs, surprises, callbacks, and an overall gargantuan talk for an overall gargantuan movie, particularly as John reflects on the journey his favorite film series has taken him and the emotions he's now left with. Expect thoughts on the last Avenger you want to take into battle, what Thanos does or doesn't know, and a Tom Holland observation so hilarious it makes John snort-laugh.

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Apr 1, 2019

 

HEY!  LISTEN (to this podcast)!  First-time guest Bianca of Generation Animation joins John for talk regarding a recent movie and a long-running game series.  First, both unpack Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron's recent big-screen manga adaptation, which is John's introduction to the Alita property while Bianca comes at it from a completionist of the original comic.  While not without some genuine issues, there's an impressive amount of stuff to like with it - especially when you look at Hollywood's existing track record with anime adaptations.  (Bianca will defend Speed Racer to the death, though.)

The majority of the episode goes to a general look back at one of Nintendo's most beloved and still-thriving series, as we both wax nostalgic and analyze the Legend of Zelda series.  Expect memories of iconic games and moments in the series' history, our reasons for liking and disliking specific titles and aspects, varying opinions on how theoretical remakes and adaptations could be handled, how Zelda having so many reincarnations has blessed John with multiple waifus, and tangents like One Piece hype, post-Devilman depression and dead brothers that aren't actually dead.

Timestamps:
5:29 - Alita: Battle Angel review (Spoilers)
35:14 - Legend of Zelda retrospective (Spoilers for various games)

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Check out John's latest Wario cartoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_acBtOcnL80
Check out John's in-progress Reanimated collab for WarioWare Gold's cutscenes: https://twitter.com/WarioReAnimated
Check out John's grandma's latest movie viewing with The Force Awakenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgAYvVsTDqw

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Feb 19, 2019

With the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 marking one of the craziest waits in video game history, now felt like a good time for John and Chris to sit and talk their thoughts on the series as a whole after briefly teasing it way back in the first episode. And boy, does it get heated, especially on Chris's side of things.

Highlights include our mutual opinions on why the first game's narrative remains the strongest, Why John generally loves the series bar some iffy portable entries while Chris is more apprehensive, why everyone in Organization XIII can go jump off a cliff as far as Chris is concerned, what needs to change as far as writing and cutscene direction, and the awkward stuff you have to bring up any time someone mentions "Best Girl" for the series. We also give our initial thoughts on KH3 so far (Chris had only finished the first world and John was maybe 2/3 through when we recorded this) and try to remain light on spoilers while critiquing the writing and gameplay.  (Also, this might have my favorite end-of-episode stinger yet.)

Next episode: Legend of Zelda series retrospective

Opening music: Simple & Clean (Planitb Remix)
Closing music: Face My Fears cover by Volaire - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2U1Vn5eb9g

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Feb 8, 2019

Well, we've been gone a while. Time to settle back into our podcasting groove with a doozy of a two-part comeback episode. Recorded directly from Chris's abode rather than Discord, John, Chris, and occasionally Serena "Rabbit" Wade catch everyone up on their busy last few months, how their holidays and recent convention visit went, employment shakeups, and how not fun the flu is. Once that's done, we praise the recent Kirby collab that Chris participated in and further discuss John's still-ongoing Wario collab. (Expect ALL the Escargoon impressions.)

But the meat of this episode goes to our long-overdue discussion on the first theatrical animated Spider-Man film. Not even gonna try and hide the verdict: We all adored it. Discussions include praise for both Miles and the supporting cast, the like-nothing-else animation style, the beautiful soundtrack, why the movie made John cry three times within the span of 10 minutes, why Serena is now hot for Doc Ock and Aunt May but confused by Kingpin, and why Spider-Man Noir would fit right in on Twitter.  Plus a bonus non sequitur video viewing to make up for how much more editing our massive Kingdom Hearts talk will require.

Timestamps:
0:08 - Intro (Catching up/Work/Holidays/MAGFest)
12:05 - Kirby Reanimated/WarioWare Gold Reanimated
24:08 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse review & discussion (Spoilers)

Next episode: Kingdom Hearts retrospective

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Nov 7, 2018

Wow, did this end up being a jam-packed episode to make up for a longer-than-usual wait since the TMNT talk. Not only is Chris back on as a guest for the first time, not only is TV editor and writer Alan Denton (Sonic Boom/Sunny Day) making his show debut, and not only does the opening contain talk of pets and how John's Anime USA 2018 experience was the most linked to prior show topics by pure chance, but we also tackle maybe the biggest game of the year and maybe the biggest TV cartoon of all time. All for the low low price of absolutely nothing. (Cue Bart's "If anything, you owe them" argument but not really.)

As the sole Rockstar Games enthusiast of the three, John dishes out his thoughts on what he's played so far of Red Dead Redemption 2, discussing why he thinks it's destined to go down as a divisive game while praising its writing, depth, and ideas. But the fun really begins when everyone takes a look back at Matt Groening's dysfunctional yellow-tinted family who changed the face of TV animation as we know it, as we take an overarching look at The Simpsons. Specific episode discussions mostly focus in the Season 1 to 10 era, but we also discuss topics like the movie, both what inspired the show and what later shows were influenced by it, differing experiences in how we were introduced to it as kids, various opinions on why we don't tune in as regularly any more, Mr. Burns tickling the Pillsbury Doughboy, Batman being a scientist, Kevin Spacey dying on the way back to his home planet, and so, so much more (That all makes sense when you listen, we promise). And yes, we do talk Apu a bit as well.

Timestamps:
2:18 - Intro (Alan introduction, catching up with Chris, Anime USA 2018)
14:41 - Red Dead Redemption 2 (Light spoilers for first few hours)
34:23 - The Simpsons retrospective

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Sep 29, 2018

Patrick Fleury makes his now-annual appearance on the show, which ended up revolving around New York City-based superheroes entirely by chance. He and John give their spoiler-free thoughts on Insomniac's stellar PlayStation-exclusive take on Spider-Man (And some extra thoughts on existing Spidey movies and TV series), with the expected Arkham gameplay comparisons, appreciation of the game's storytelling and character focus, and addictions to web swinging.

But the bulk of the episode is focused on another nostalgia-heavy retrospective, only while Chris and Tyrone were Transformers kids growing up (Go listen to Episode 12), the Fleury boys had more experience with a quartet of radical, pizza-loving reptiles, so we set out to discuss every film and TV iteration of the Ninja Turtles. Opinions and highlights include what makes our shared favorite movies stick out the most, what makes our picks for the worst movie and show particularly grating, Patrick's unexpected choice for favorite turtle, brief praise for the Turtles in Time game, and John surprising Patrick between entries with some....interesting and little-known clips from less respected TMNT videos. All while we eat pizza, wax nostalgia, and make plenty of funnies.

Timestamps:
5:10 - Spider-Man (2018 PlayStation 4 game)
27:13 - Ninja Turtles origins and memories
34:00 - Ninja Turtles movies (1/Secret of the Ooze/3/TMNT/reboot/Out of the Shadows)
1:04:34 - Ninja Turtles TV series (Original/Next Mutation/4Kids/2012/Rise)

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Check out John's video review of WarioWare Gold: https://youtu.be/zX_va_ptdOA
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Aug 29, 2018

We're back!  I'm in a hurry to end this hiatus and get this uploaded with the essentials like timestamps, so long story short, me and Ben Reynolds talk the latest MCU film, the latest Mega Man compilations, and a classic fantasy anime franchise.  Expect more detailed text here later. Episode 31 will be the long-promised Ninja Turtles retrospective with Patrick. - John

Timestamps:
10:00 - Ant-Man and the Wasp (Spoilers - Infinity War spoilers at 21:12)
30:16 - Mega Man X Legacy Collection
47:27 - Record of Lodoss War (Heavy spoilers for OVA & light spoilers for TV series)

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Chris's Twitter: https://twitter.com/CWadeTheSequel

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