March Podcast for Patrons – Mecha Anime

This month I turned my attention to Mecha anime in my podcast for patrons (patrons, if you are wanting the password for the podcast post, it is available on my patreon site for you). If you are interested the following anime are discussed:

  • Evangelion
  • Gundam
  • Full Metal Panic
  • Star Driver
  •  Knights of Sidonia
  •  Heavy Object
  • Code Geass
  • Darling in the Franxx

If you are interested in becoming a patron and accessing the monthly podcast or patron only episode reviews, please visit my patreon site. I am going to continue to work towards creating better content and a greater variety of content and I really appreciate your support.

Goals - March 2018

Once I reach $50 a month I plan to hopefully release a video post for patrons (and once I get better at making videos doing this with some frequency).

At $100 a month I plan to remove WordAds from my site which means patron only posts will not have any advertising attached to them.

At $300 a month, in addition to patron videos that will hopefully be more regular by then, I will produce 1 video post a month for the blog which patrons will have early access to. Increasing that to 2 video posts a month at $500. Though these are goals at this point in time and will need to be reviewed as I get closer to these targets.

However, I would love to know what you would like to see on the blog and if you become a patron what you would like to see as a reward. Be sure to let me know in the comments of visit my patreon site and give me some feedback.

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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Star Driver Series Review


A boy washes up on an island (turns out he was trying to swim) and enrolls in the high school. However beneath the school are a mysterious group of robots that are being controlled by humans in an alternate dimension. Of course the boy gets his very own robot and becomes the Galactic Pretty Boy. Now he has to stop a plot to release some seals or something bad will happen?

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Straight to the point, I did not get this anime. It wasn’t that I couldn’t follow the story, it was just that following it didn’t make it make any sense. Stuff happens and then other stuff happens and a bunch of characters with really bad outfits and ridiculous names are fighting over some ultimate goal that never really seems to be explained in any kind of coherent manner.

So why did I finish watching Star Driver?

  • It’s fast moving.
  • It’s brightly coloured.
  • It kind of looks like eventually it might get to a point and gives you just enough jargon and tidbits each episode to make you want to watch the next one.
  • I really wanted someone to soundly defeat the Galactic Pretty Boy (okay, that last one is malicious but if ever a character needed to be swatted it was him).

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To be fair to the series, there are some genuinely interesting characters and some relationships are quite well developed. A lot of the plot problems come because it seems like the show is trying to avoid the dreaded info-dump exposition but instead it ends up giving mangled explanations embedded within other discussions and it just becomes really messy.

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And I don’t even want to know why every girl on the island seems to think Galactic Pretty Boy is worth their time. He didn’t seem all the endearing to me. And his common sense is questionable at best when he decides swimming to an island that has a ferry is in his best interest.

However, if you aren’t wanting to think about things too deeply and you want to watch an anime that realises that even if it took itself seriously no one else would so it might as well just go for it, Star Driver is certainly amusing and engaging. Just don’t ask any questions about why anything is the way it is or question the motives of the characters too deeply.