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Blade Licking Thieves

By Grant, TheHeat, and Zen

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Join us as we lick our blades, banter and ramble on, and provide in depth reviews of some of our favorite (and not so favorite) Anime, Kaiju, Martial Arts, Chambara, and Asian films. You can find out more about our show, all of our previous episodes, and our show notes at our blog:

Customer Reviews

Banter is great, pedantry slightly less so.

I've been trying to check out this podcast and after a sample size of about 10 or so episodes strewn throughout run covering the gamut of genres this pod is focused on, all of which I have some degree of interest in, I find that I have a distinct preference when it comes to who is hosting and who is providing critique of the feature title. When all three are just cracking jokes and having fun, I find the podcast quite amusing for the most part but when it actually comes down to presenting what the featured piece of media is and providing a nuanced informed take on it, I feel Grant far and away has a better grasp of how to approach the material within its genre constraints and not condescend to the podcast audience with his opinions. TheHeat and Zen oftentimes have a great to superior working knowledge of film and/or the specific production background behind the media but they both tend to get worked up in the fine details or aesthetics of whatever they're watching and occasionally fail to see what is actually interesting about the genre they're working with. Their criticisms sometimes feel as they're not approaching the media on its own terms and as a result, they're less useful to somebody who is listening to see if a given genre is for them at all or if they're wondering whether a given title is a good representative of the genre, even if it's not an objectively good piece of work in a wider context. Taste is subjective oftentimes, but losing the forest for the trees makes enjoying anything more difficult.

Now to be fair, I believe that all three hosts have gotten better over time but I think these episodes run pretty long and if the review section ends up being mostly about minor quibbles and issues with specific scenes or minor characters, I find that it can get slightly tedious to listen through. Not that every episode has to be a glowing review of a great film but even when it's a bad to mediocre film, condensing the criticism down to the core issues that makes the film not work rather than meticulously dissecting every shot makes for better concise listening.

Keep at it though, the pod is still interesting.

An almost perfect podcast

I love the eclectic genres the hosts cover, they are around my age from what I gather and never take themselves seriously and have a great rapport. Unfortunately, they complain about fictional media being "problematic" and how in the current year and events it can be seen as troublesome. Sure, they have a right to think that... but we're talking about an anime that was produced in the 80's and horrible real life incidents aren't the same as an animated drawing or critiquing another culture or creator for what they deem as comedic. Other than that, great stuff.

Made me care about kaiju

I came for the anime, but I stuck around for the banter. These guys have incredible chemistry that can't be replicated. Hell, they actually got me to care about kaiju!

- The Subtle Doctor

Blade Licking Thieves
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  • Category: TV & Film
  • Language: English

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