Track-shun Anime Review
By Chris Swett
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The Track-shun video podcast looks at the very latest TV anime releases to determine whether or not fans should look forward to (track) or ignore (shun) these series. The program is hosted by Chris Swett, and offers several native language clips from each anime series reviewed. Each episode covers three recent series from Japanese television and utilizes H.264 format for all devices. Links and info at Track-shun.tv.
|1||VideoTrack-shun 78 (MP4)||Episode 78 looks at "Umi Monogatari", "Tokyo Magnitude 8.0" and "Tayutama". Umi Monogatari is a magical girl series, much like any other, except for the beautiful underwater scenes and scenic backgrounds. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a disaster epic based on realistic scenarios focussing on two children and their trek back home after the disaster. Tayutama is a high school fluff piece with some good action but not much of a story.[Japanese clips are subtitled in English.]||9/30/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoTrack-shun 77 (MP4)||Episode 77 looks at "K-on!", "Beast Player Erin" and "Minami-ke Okaeri". K-on! is a high school girl band genesis story, but it centers more on laid-back high school life than music. Beast Player Erin is a bland epic aimed at an eight year-old audience, which doesn't live up to either Production I.G. or NHK TV. Minami-ke Okaeri is a slice-of life anime about three sisters and their friends. [Japanese clips are subtitled in English.]||8/1/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoTrack-shun 76 (MP4)||Episode 76 looks at "RideBack", "Maria+Holic" and "Kuroshitsuji". RideBack combines a ballet dancer with mecha-motorcycles in a popular uprising against a corrupt world government. Maria+Holic pairs a lesbian and transvestite as roommates at an all-girl high school. Kuroshitsuji is an occult mystery series where the corrupt get their comeuppance. [Japanese clips are subtitled in English.]||5/30/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoTrack-shun 75 (MP4)||Episode 75 looks at "Toaru Majutsu no Index", "Chrome Shelled Regios" and "Tower of Druaga".||3/14/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoTrack-shun 74 (MP4)||Episode 74 looks at "Kurogane no Linebarrel", "Shikabane Hime" and "Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka".||2/25/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoTrack-shun 73 (MP4)||Episode 73 looks at "Akikan!", "Tytania" and "Kannagi".||2/12/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoTrack-shun 72 (MP4)||Episode 72 looks at "Kemeko Deluxe", "ToraDora" and "Skip Beat!".||1/27/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoTrack-shun 71 (MP4)||Episode 71 looks at "Sekirei", "Tales of Symphonia" and "World Destruction".||1/13/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoTrack-shun 70 (MP4)||Episode 70 looks at "Eve no Jikan", "Hyakko" and "Casshern - Sins".||12/23/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoTrack-shun 69 (MP4)||Episode 69 looks at "Chaos;HEAd", "Earl and Fairy" and "Neo Angelique Abyss (Second Age)".||12/1/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoTrack-shun 68 (MP4)||Episode 68 looks at "Telepathy Shoujo Ran", "Monochrome Factor" and "Nogizaka Haruka's Secret".||11/18/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoTrack-shun 67 (MP4)||Episode 67 looks at "Vampire Knight", "Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsuna Koto - Natsu no Sora" and "Strike Witches".||11/1/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
|13||VideoTrack-shun 66 (MP4)||Episode 66 looks at "Kyouran Kazoku Nikki", "Zettai Karen Children" and "Kanokon".||10/10/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
|14||VideoTrack-shun 65 (MP4)||Episode 65 looks at "Shinkyouku Soukai Polyphonica", "Rocket Girls" and "Seirei no Moribito".||9/20/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
|15||VideoTrack-shun 64 (MP4)||Episode 64 looks at "Tetsuwan Birdy Decode", "Nanoha StrikerS" and "Over Drive".||8/22/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
|16||VideoTrack-shun 63 (MP4)||Episode 63 looks at "Prism Ark", "Amatsuki" and "Itazura na Kiss".||8/11/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
|17||VideoTrack-shun 62 (MP4)||Episode 62 looks at "Allison & Lillian", "Romeo & Juliet" and "Lovely Complex".||7/24/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
I love this podcast!
This is a great podcast! I do a lot of traveling and having this on my iPod keeps me entertained the entire time. I really like how Chris explains what's going on during the clips and doesn't leave the viewers who aren't familiar with Japanese to just attempt to understand things on their own. I am a big anime fan and really love knowing about what's coming to the US and what I shouldn't worry about. I also really like that he has started to add subtitles to the clips. Kudos to him for taking on such a difficult task. Also, having been to Japan and speaking some Japanese himself, he has some wonderful insight. I have nothing but praise for this podcast. As I continue to watch, the episodes just get better and better.
Meh, it works.
Pretty good podcast. I have to admit, I love anime, and watching it in japaneese is pretty fun, but somehow this wasnt as great as I thought it would be. First off, I ended up staring at the guy's cat that's in the background while he was talking. I dont know why, but I couldn't help myself, it was just so much more interesting. So when he's talking and dissing the quality and whatnot, it's boring as hell. And that's most of it. But I gave it three stars for everything else. Some of the time, what this guy says is pretty good stuff, and I learn some stuff about anime that I didn't know before. Then there's the shows he previews, which are also pretty good, even the ones he doesnt like. Plus, that themesong of his was pretty cool. So, I give this podcast three stars, but that shouldn't stop you from watching an episode if you're interested in anime. Like I said, there is good stuff in there.
Pretty damn good
Good job of covering what's hot and what's not. Gave me the 411 on new anime.