Jump Start Weekly 12/15/2018 All You Need is Kill Vol 1.

Hey guys.  It’s the third week of Sanin month and Jump has thrown us a bit of a curve ball.  We also talk about All You Need is Kill, the source material for a Tom Cruise movie.   If you have any comments, thoughts or advice, or suggestions for manga to read, please comment below to help us improve the podcast!  


Zach's Year End Review

It’s that time of year again where I go over some of the games I played this year and make a decision as to where they fall. Now as I always say as a caveat, these are only games that I've played this year. So while DOOM 2016 is still stellar I played that already and since I've not played the Switch port its still not qualified to get on the list. I think all the games this year released this year but its not required of this list when they came out; it’s only that I played them this year.

So I'm going to start with the most disappointing game of the year in my personal opinion since it’s also the only segment where I don't have honorable mentions. Now this shouldn't imply quality, in this case I had simply overhyped it in my own head. It’s still got solid gameplay a fun set of interactions among its varied cast and is enjoyable for what it is and that game is Super Robot Wars X. This one I think was a bit of the sophomore slumping on my end for the series and unlike in V where the stories interwove better in X they all just kind of happened unattached to each other.

My second category is the most interesting game of the year and that is Battletech by Harebrained Schemes. This game released at around the same time as Super Robot Wars X and is a much better experience. Those who listened to the podcast might remember that it also was being kickstarted at the same time as Yooka-Laylee and despite releasing much later seems to have launched as a better game, I've not played it so I can't really say too much on that. Harebrained Schemes Battletech is a great game with a lot of fun mechanics. Due to a few bugs floating around and a problematic set of balance choices before the latest, as of writing, patch hurts it in the running for my game of the year. That said for a game based on the tabletop game it felt like battletech and manages to get the management aspect of running your mercenary unit to be equally as fun as the combat and makes your decisions matter. Personal recommendation play it on Iron Man mode for the best experience.

Honorable mentions go to: Overcooked Two which for playing a game with friends there are very little better, and Frostpunk a city building game where you are battling it out with the elements and trying to save what's left of humanity from an apocalyptic ice age.

Last up is my game of the year and while this year was a strong year you may be wondering what I eventually decided on. I was thinking it was going to end up being Dragonball Fighterz at the beginning of the year and then the podcast went through our Monster Hunter phase which unseated Dragonball but shortly after I bought my Switch I ran into my game of the year. And that game is Battlefield V. While the stories aren't anything to write home about or win any awards they are fun experiences. The multiplayer has a layer of polish, barring a few bugs, that make it a fantastic time even if I spend most of my time respawning. The game was designed in a way to make you want to stay with a batch of people you've never met and if you are like me you don't want to talk to. The game's engine makes the destruction of terrain an interesting wrinkle in how battles are fought and overall it’s just done so well that I can't put any of the games on top of this list.

Honorable mentions go to the games mentioned: Dragonball Fighterz a genuinely interesting and fun 2d fighting game, Monster Hunter World which is a little grindy but can be loads of fun with friends and lastly Soul Calibur 6 a game that revitalized a faltering franchise and has me optimistic about Dead or Alive 6 next year.

Summing things up it was a good year for games with a lot of strong contenders. And before any comments are made I've not played Red Dead Redemption 2. And to head off the other potential ones I hate the Overhyped Brothers games so it will never be on this list.

Zach Out.

Episode 246: Uforia The Saga

What is a saga? A trilogy of trilogies? A battle against a fierce villain that takes at least 50 episodes? A long story of heroic achievement, especially a medieval prose narrative in Old Norse or Old Icelandic? Or just falling into a hole with your friends and trying to get out? Listen to this week’s episode and find out!

Jump Start Weekly 12/1/2018 Berserk Vol 1.

Hey guys.  We have moved onto a new theme for this month, Sanin.  This week we have a special guest joining us to talk about Berserk.  Also during our Berserk segment our audio balance goes all out of whack.  I did my best to rebalance it in post but I apologize if our voices don't seem to match up.   If you have any comments, thoughts or advice, or suggestions for manga to read, please comment below to help us improve the podcast!  


Phase 16: Love Punch

This episode sees the return of Cagalli! Again! We also get Mu about to become James Bond, Kira being angsty and fighty about being angsty, and Flay being… well, Flay. In case it’s not clear, we love Flay Lannister. Also, some tacto-babble with the Desert Dawn sets us up for the next episode as Andrew “Folgers” Waltfeld reluctantly takes arms. Emotions are high even as the Archangel is grounded!

Jump Start Weekly 11/24/2018 Kiss Him, Not Me! Vol 1.

Hey guys.  We wrap up our Shoujo month with Kiss Him, Not Me!  The first manga that I was allowed to pick for this podcast.  Please don’t read to far into why I would pick this manga. If you have any comments, thoughts or advice, or suggestions for manga to read, please comment below to help us improve the podcast!  

Jump Start Weekly 11/17/2018 Ouran High School Host Club Vol 1.

Hey guys.  This week we go over Ouran High School Host club and learn that Geremy and I probably aren’t the best to talk about Shoujo, but we give it our best shot.  If you have any comments, thoughts or advice, or suggestions for manga to read, please comment below to help us improve the podcast!


Episode 243: Brawl Brothers

Sometimes, you can’t settle things with words. Sometimes, things get to the point that nothing can solve your differences with your rivals other than a good old fashioned brawl. And if you’re going to be fighting anyway, you might as well dress up as M. Bison right? Gives you the psychological edge, even if it doesn’t give you the psycho power.

Jump Start Weekly 11/10/2018 Sailor Moon Vol 1.

Hey guys.  We are in week two of Shoujo month, but this week we are tackling something that Geremy and I have some experience with.  We also have to deal with an awkward recording setup with the loss of a table. Hopefully it’ll be fixed next week. If you have any comments, thoughts or advice, or suggestions for manga to read, please comment below to help us improve the podcast!  

Jump Start Weekly 11/3/2018 Cipher Vol 1.

Hey guys. This week we start our month of Shoujo manga. We kick it off with a classic and try not to fall asleep, which has nothing to do with the manga just the fact that neither of us got very much sleep the previous night. But for now on with the romance. If you have any comments, thoughts or advice, or suggestions for manga to read, please comment below to help us improve the podcast!

Phase 15: Promise Birdies

War. War is filled with coffee. And that never changes, even in space! We return to Earth, and begin to deal with the most important subject in human history: teenage relationship drama! Cagalli’s back, Sai’s angsting, Flay’s… being a weirdo and kinda creepy. Also, we get some sweet melee combat, and Kira’s continued use of improvised moves. No Natural could do that sweet flying knee!

Jump Start Weekly 10/27/2018 My Hero Academia Vol 1.

We’ve got a fun episode for you guys this week. We get attacked by a dog, which caused a lot of cuts. Kevin’s pop filter was not working great, and I apologize for that. And the new mixer is taking some getting used to. But this week we get to take on My Hero Academia. The manga that really got this podcast started. If you have any comments, thoughts or advice, or suggestions for manga to read, please comment below to help us improve the podcast!

Episode 240: Twisted Metal Black

A more serious note than usual here, we got a new mixer for this podcast and made some mistakes in using it. The audio quality is significantly lower than normal, especially for the first couple of minutes. It gets better after that, but never goes away entirely. If you have sensitive ears, we recommend listening without headphones.