Episode 259 – Your Name

Dynamite In The Brain has had a strained relationship with Makoto Shinkai’s work in the past, but has he turned it around with the BIGGEST ANIME OF ALL TIME, Your Name? Grace Chan and Niall Flanagan join us to get our thoughts in order about this hit anime film.

Also: Heybot is mentioned and we play a dumb quiz. So a typical DITB episode.

My Neighbour Totoro

Episode 255 – My Neighbour Totoro

We failed to get to the Genocidal Organ screenings last month, so we needed an equivalent replacement. What better replacement than 1988’s My Neighbour Totoro? What’s more, our guest Grace Chan did see Genocidal Organ so we can find out how they compare.

Plus a game of “Neighbours” and Anthony’s Neighbour The Lambton Worm…

Episode 243 – Ghost In The Shell

We take another detour into the world of live action adaptations of anime & manga with 2017’s Ghost In The Shell. Jon Anning and Grace Chan join us to discuss the ins and outs of this Scarlett Johansson vehicle. Were the 9 years spent on development and production worth it?

Plus returning game “If Paul Rudd Was Anime” in a new, revamped format!

Episode 242 – Serial Experiments Lain

Take a trip with us back to the wonderful world of 1998 in the company of Grace Chan and Jon Anning. We take a look at the Ryutaro Nakamura, Chiaki J Konaka and Yoshitoshi ABe project Serial Experiments Lain. A glimpse at the plugged in cyber-future that awaited us, how does it look 19 years later? We find out on today’s episode of Dynamite In The Brain.

Macross Plus

Episode 215 – Macross Plus

We talk Macross Plus with guests Grace Chan from ChineseIrish and Leon Everett from Focus Fire Nerd. And it turns out to be a more divisive topic than we first thought. Leon put the hours in to give us the answer as to which version Brian and Grace should have watched, but Anthony is happy with Macross Plus however you slice it.

Plus there’s probably a game too. We recorded this and uploaded it ages ago, and I’ve forgotten at this point.

Learn all about studying Korean in Korea with Grace on her Youtube channel ChineseIrish.

Watch Leon and his friends play video games on the Focus Fire Nerd Youtube channel.

Episode 151 – Ebichu Minds The House

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Grace Chan joins us today to talk the 1998 satellite anime sex comedy starring the voice of Sailor Moon as a hamster, and the voice of Sailor Mars as her owner.  I miss the late 90s.

Plus, Desert Punk continues in Weekly Retro Recap as we meet the other lead character of the show, and we play a pet themed quiz too!

Grace’s Youtube Channel

Episode 119 – Battlecry: A Samurai Champloo Podcast Episode 1

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Grace Chan joins us as we experiment with single subject, episodic podcasting and pilot a spin-off podcast about Samurai Champloo. Which may be called BATTLECRY, but might not. And as this is your ever lovin’ DITB, there is a game!

Episode 114 – Perfect Blue

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Grace Chan joins us today to talk about Satoshi Kon’s film Perfect Blue. This inevitably leads to talk of stalking, poisoning boy bands and cinema’s most famous St Bernard, BEETHOVEN.

Plus Full Metal Panic Fumoffu, the week’s anime releases and a game of BLUE IS THE COLOUR. It’s another fun packed outing for DITB!

Episode 70 – Azumanga Daioh

We get back in the DITB time tunnel and set the co-ordinates for 2002. Only this time Anthony has left Brian on his own as he’s too busy playing videogames to talk about this adaptation of Kiyohiko Azuma’s manga. Or a least that’s his excuse, possibly he thought AZUMANGA DAIOH was too “girly” for his tastes.

Never fear, for we have the inimitable GRACE CHAN as our co-pilot on this week’s exciting trip back to the anime of the recent past. Plus: Boy bands! Mountains! Twitter suggested topics! All this and more on Episode 70 of Dynamite In The Brain.

NOTES:

Here’s the comparison image we discuss on the episode:

And here’s the “In The Midnight Hour She Cried Moe, Moe, Moe” post that is mentioned.

Episode 35 – The Cat Returns

In case you hadn’t realised, it’s 2012. And that means our monthly look at anime from a decade ago has moved up to 2002. ARITHMETIC!

We kick things off with the Studio Ghibli movie, The Cat Returns, and to help us discuss it we are joined by Grace Chan.  It’s a topsy turvy episode as we journey into Anthony’s youth with a tale of a trip to a  pantomime, we recast the film as a Hollywood blockbuster, Brian sings the theme tune to a cartoon only he appears to remember, stop motion mice are impersonated and much, much more.

(there was an interview section with Grace I had to cut out due a temperamental phone line making the final recording sound more like a Derek Acorah seance than interview, next time she’s on we’ll talk more about her animation background and fun times at UK conventions)