Bastards of Kingsgrave’s trusted anime/manga crew returns to cover Ore Monogatarii!! / My Love Story!!. The gentlemen are joined by anime newcomer Amber (amberrocks) to do a review of the first three episodes in the recent anime adaptation. We then switch over (41:30) to a spoiler filled review of the latest translated manga volume for the series. We also cover crossover manga : Ore Koi!! and Ore Koi!!
Episode 53 download link (right click and download).
Thanks to the loyal listeners of House Manwoody (and the APOIAF crew), the Vassals of Kingsgrave have been nominated for the 10th Annual Podcast Awards.
“Well that’s great,” I hear you say, “but how could I possibly help you dethrone the gargantuan competition? I’m only one person with an internet connection.” Well, humble listener, the fact is, you hold all the power. You can vote. And here’s how…
Step 1: Go to this website: http://www.PodcastAwards.com/ Step 2: Select “Vassals of Kingsgrave” in the General category. Step 3: Scroll to the bottom, and enter your name and email, followed by “Submit”. Step 4: Go to your email inbox, and verify your vote. Step 5: Have a Kit Kat. You’ve earned it! 😉
Voting closes on March 24, at 2100 EST. However, you can vote each and every one of those 22 days, starting with today.
So be sure to share, retweet, reblog, do whatever it is Tumblr does, and loose your ravens to every corner of the realm.
Bastards of Kingsgrave continues our reviews of George RR Martin’s earlier works with two short stories from the 1970s. With the football season ending and the Super Bowl this past weekend, it seemed only appropriate to cover Run to Starlight and The Last Super Bowl. We provide a spoiler filled discussion of both works, with the podcasting crew divided over the former, while united in appreciation for the latter.
Notes: The episode was recorded before the Super Bowl, which explains the pro-Seahawks hopes.
Episode 51 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave returns with our fourth Anime and Manga Corner. Joined by Vassals of Kingsgrave Bill (Mrkorb) and Bing (Shoeshiner), we cover some romance themed anime in an appreciation for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. On the manga end, we discuss the latest chapter of Ore Monogatari. On the anime side, the crew deals with the bizarre in Nazo no Kanejo X, the grotesque in School Days, and the awkwardly cute in Kimi no Todoke. As a bonus, we also discuss Princess Jellyfish.
Notes: All discussions are spoiler filled, as usual.
Episode 50 download link (right click and download).
Scoring high on the arena and BOK arena tests, the MVP of the episode.
Bastards of Kingsgrave starts off the new year with a return to the growing gaming phenomenon that is Hearthstone, created by Blizzard. We review and rate the new expansion Goblins vs Gnomes. We also go explore arena strategy, covering terminology like Mana Curve, the Vanilla Test. and Quadrant Theory in the Hearthstone Arena context. We do a full Arena draft (Paladin) using these principles. To appease the requests from the last episode, we do a “BOK Arena” draft in the aftershow, applying the famous snakes and scorpions game to Hearthstone.
Notes: Later this week, there will be a Youtube link here to a playthrough of the drafted Arena deck, as well as our round robin play with the themed decks. We discover the true power of Violet Teacher.
Final Arena Result
Second half of deck
Episode 49 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave returns with our third Anime and Manga Corner episode. Joined by Vassals of Kingsgrave Bill (Mrkorb) and Bing (Shoeshiner), we start off with a discussion about age and the anime fandom. We cover the final chapters of Koe no Katachi (6:16 min in to 9:45) and the latest chapter of Attack on Titan (9:45 – 20:45). After a quick update on Crystal, we review the manga Ore Monogatarii! (25:35 – 35:20) and the anime/manga Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (35:20 onwards) with our usual full spoiler discussion.
Episode 48 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave continues our reviews of George RR Martin’s earlier works, this time focusing on horror. We have an in-depth, spoiler filled discussion about The Monkey Treatment and The Pear-Shaped Man, both available in Dreamsongs. We debate about the origin of the “Monkey Lords” and “Cheez Lords”, drawing disturbing connections between both stories. To your delight or horror, this is the longest BOK episode recorded and produced to date, including a reading from the The Pear-Shaped Man. You will never look at Cheez Doodles the same way again.
Notes: The Cheez Doodles webpage and Facebook page were thoroughly explored during the podcast aftershow. The short stories are most readily available Dreamsongs Volume 1. We will be continuing our Martinsphere reviews, submit your questions here or in the BOK subforum.
Episode 47 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave hosts our second Anime and Manga Corner episode. Joined by Vassals of Kingsgrave Bill (Mrkorb) and Bing (Shoeshiner), we hear their updated opinions on Sailor Moon Crystal. In manga, we cover the last few chapters of two series (full spoilers!): Attack on Titan and Koe no Katachi, and briefly discuss Ore Monogatari!!. In the aftershow, we cover the latest chapter of Attack on Titan.
Notes: Refer to the manga thread here for the general list of recommended manga. This is the amusing tumblr about SM Crystal. Image above is from this website.
Episode 46 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave recaps our full experiences attending as press (for A Podcast of Ice and Fire) at San Diego Comic Con 2014. We dive into detail about our Convention Centre and panel experiences.
Notes: For more detail and perspectives from Kyle and Mimi, check out Episode 155 of A Podcast of Ice and Fire.
Bastards of Kingsgrave continues our reviews of George RR Martin’s earlier works, this time providing spoiler filled discussion about the macabre short story Meathouse Man. We also chat about the recent Hugo nominatedgraphic novel adaptation, drawn by Raya Golden.
Notes: The short story is most readily available in Dreamsongs Volume 1. We will be continuing our Martinsphere reviews, but at a less regular rate. Our first novel to review will be Dying of the Light.
Episode 43 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave continues our reviews of George RR Martin’s earlier works, this time providing spoiler filled discussion about Remembering Melody and Portraits of His Children. We dig deep into the latter story, trying to draw parallels with George’s own publication history.
Notes: This episode was recorded the week before San Diego Comic-Con 2014. The two short stories are most readily available in Dreamsongs Volume I and Volume II respectively, among other publications. Congratulations to Amber and Greg for joining the exclusive Triple Gold Club.
Episode 41 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave returns to the Madokaverse, this time providing spoiler filled discussion of the third movie: Rebellion. We debate whether it lives up to the high standard of the TV series and try to predict where they will go from here. In the aftershow, we talk more about Kyubey and the TV series, along with some more Anime North 2014 chat.
Notes: We make extensive references to the lengthy essay written by Novasylum and to a related interview with Gen Urobuchi. We first reviewed the TV series in BOK Episode 27.
Bastards of Kingsgrave continues our reviews of George RR Martin’s earlier works, this time providing spoiler filled discussion about The Hero and With Morning Comes Mistfall. We discuss the importance theses stories played in George’s life and alternative paths his own life story may have taken.
Notes: These two short stories are most readily available in Dreamsongs Volume I, among other publications. Congratulations to Michael and Leigh for being two of the first members in the exclusive Triple Gold Club.
Episode 39 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave returns to our anime and manga roots, hosting the first of our general Anime and Manga corners. Joined by Vassals of Kingsgrave Bill (Mrkorb) and Bing (Shoeshiner), we cover the recent release of Sailor Moon Crystal. In manga, we mainly discuss two series: Koe no Katachi and My Girl(the panel above is from My Girl). In the aftershow, we explain where Usagi Drop went horribly wrong, and discuss sexism and some other problems that exist within the general anime and manga fandom.
Notes: Refer to the manga thread here for the general list of recommended manga.
Episode 38 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave continues our reviews of George RR Martin’s earlier works, covering the Nebula and Hugo winning Sandkings. We have a spoiler full podcast discussion of one of our favourite short stories in the Georgeverse.
Bastards of Kingsgrave returns with another gaming podcast, this time covering the current gaming phenomenon that is Hearthstone, created by Blizzard. Joined by some experienced Vassals who have been playing since beta, we cover the upcoming expansion and debate the potential sexism in the game and gaming community.
Notes: This is the tournament article we discussed. Hearthhead is the very useful website that Jerek is the site manager for.
Episode 36 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave continues our reviews of George RR Martin’s earlier works, this time covering The Second Kind of Loneliness. We have a spoiler full chat about the short story and properly define the terms Martinsphereand Georgeverse. We have a somewhat spoilery side chat for the movie Groundhog Day.
Notes: The Second Kind of Loneliness is readily available in Dreamsongs Volume I, among other publications. The image above is from the original 1972 print in Analog.
Episode 35 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave recap our experiences at Ice and Fire Con 2014!
Notes: This episode was salvaged from a very poor audio recording, sadly discovered only after the recording was complete. If you are interested in the convention, check out this year’s convention review by the Vassals of Kingsgrave, our coverage of Ice and Fire 2013 over at APOIAF, and the forum planning thread (spoilers for all the books) for listeners to attend Ice and Fire Con 2015 next year.
Episode 34 download link (right click and download).
Bastards of Kingsgrave hosts several vassals of Kingsgrave (Amber, Greg, Mordion) to help cover A Song for Lya, another one of George RR Martin’s short stories based in his science fiction ‘Georgeverse’. We have a spoiler full chat and tie in the discussion to some of Martin’s other short stories on romance and loneliness.
Notes: A Song for Lya is readily available in Dreamsongs Volume I, among other publications. The image above is from the ooriginalanthology cover we talked about during the podcast.
Episode 33 download link (right click and download).
Ashley returns to the Bastards of Kingsgrave as we recap our experiences at Anime North 2014 in Toronto, Canada. The audio quality varies in this episode as we recorded some of the clips each day at the convention. Recurring guest host Carly from the Attack on Titan episodes joins us for one of the clips as well. This episode fittingly marks the two year anniversary of the founding of the Bastards of Kingsgrave podcast!
Episode 32 download link (right click and download).
The second gaming related episode of the Bastards of Kingsgrave, we take a nostalgic look at the classic game Mount and Blade, as well as the multiplayer (PC Steam DRM) successor Mount and Blade: Warband. Guests hosts and “manhunters” David and MadScientist round out the panel of three for this episode.
Episode 31 download link (right click and download).
Recorded in July 2013 and recently recovered, the following is an open ended chat about HBO’s Game of Thrones between Amin and Sean Russell, the creator and owner of Anime3000. The first 26 minutes avoids any major spoilers, after that the chat is broadened to cover full spoilers for the first three seasons of the show.
Bastards of Kingsgrave continues its 2014 anime reviewing run, as we cover The Devil is a Part-Timer. Recorded back to back with Episode 27, we provide another spoiler filled review of this comedy anime. The aftershow contains the first Snakes and Scorpions game of the new year, as we continue to hash out the proper rules of House Sandwoody’s most deadly game.
Bastards of Kingsgrave returns for the new year to cover Madoka Magica, a true deconstruction of the magical girl anime genre. We briefly discuss two articles related to the anime series (article 1 & 2), as well as the many faces of Kyubey.
The Legend of Korra crew reunites to cover Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search, Part 3 comic. We discuss the final issue of the comic and speculate about future comics. We discuss Ozai’s moonblood charts, why we like Ty Lee, and the awesomeness that is Koh. In the second half of the episode (starting at about 35 minutes in), we discuss our feelings about the season finale (full spoilers) of The Legend of Korra and season 2 in general.
Amin and Ashley review the anime Steins;Gate (and yes that semicolon is supposed to be there). It is a spoiler filled review that was recorded like so many BOK episodes: right after an APOIAF episode recording. As all meosters know, no BOK episode on a new topic is complete without the Snakes and Scorpions aftershow.
The Bastards of Kingsgrave are the illegitimate, off-topic offspring of House Manwoody. We cover anime, manga, and Western animation, as well as a variety of pop culture topics. We've been dubbed the "intersection between A Song of Ice and Fire and everything else." We are also the only podcast currently doing a reread of George RR Martin's earlier works.
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Warning: Most episodes are PG-25 and contain references and spoilers for George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, the source material for HBO's Game of Thrones. That being said, there shouldn't be anything comprehensible beyond season 4 of the show.
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