Introducing Chic Pixel’s new bi-weekly podcast, Chic Pixel Plus!

As you may know, I’ve dabbled in the realm of video game-related podcasts for a while now. I’m a cohost of the Nichiest Podcast Ever with shidoshi and Bryan, I’ve appeared infrequently on the Video Game Writers podcast, and I even made a guest appearance on the latest Gaymebar function. But, while I love chatting about video games, I’ve long felt that there aren’t many good podcasts out there that conduct discussions on a variety of Japanese entertainment, particularly anime/manga and games.
So, what’s a blogger to do? Start her own podcast, of course! My latest endeavor, Chic Pixel Plus, will act as a kind of supplement to this blog, and in it I hope to discuss all manner of fun Japan-related things with each of my bi-weekly guests.

On this week’s pilot episode, I’m joined by special guest Elliot Gay of Japanator and the Red Sun Gamer podcast for a discussion of Kyoto Animation’s newly-announced anime Free!, what spring season anime we’re watching, and a few video game-related tidbits including a discussion of just what is up with Compile Heart’s Fairy Fencer F, old-school Ys, and the 3DS eShop game Crimson Shroud. We also get our fangirl on over a rather interesting obsession… Japanese GBA games boxes!

If that sounds up your alley, please give the episode a listen below! You can also download it directly onto your computer, if you prefer, or even manually subscribe on iTunes by adding the RSS feed.

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0:11 – A new challenger appears
3:00 – (fujoshi heaven) Free!
11:40 – Shingeki no KyojinAttack on Titan (watch on Crunchyroll)
27:43 – Suisei no GargantiaGargantia on the Verdurous Planet (watch on Crunchyroll)
37:18 – Aku no HanaFlowers of Evil (watch on Crunchyroll)
53: 37 – Video gaemz? Fairy Fencer F
1:02:19 – Ysssssss
1:10:05 – Crimson Shroud
1:12:22 – omg GBA boxes
1:20:12 – closing remarks

Guest: Elliot Gay ||, Red Sun Gamer || @ryougasaotome

Opening ♫ Honeybee Manor – Final Fantasy VII
Ending ♫ Guren no Yumiya – Shingeki no Kyojin

Since this is my first time recording and editing a podcast, I’d really appreciate your feedback! Is the sound okay? Are the topics interesting? Do I say “um” too much? Please let me know what you think, and look forward to a new episode with a different guest in two weeks!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • Well, this came out of nowhere! OK, completely out of nowhere, as you’ve mentioned this here and there on Twitter, but still. Anyway, how cool! I’ll definitely give it a listen tomorrow. I especially want to hear what you have to say about games, of course–especially the bit about Japanese GBA boxes–but I’ll bet I’ll find the rest of it interesting, too 🙂

  • I really enjoyed this podcast. Excellent topics, in-depth knowledge and a good sense of fun.

    I’m going to listen to this every week!

  • apricotsushi

    Well, I wanted to keep *some* element of surprise 😉 I did mention to you that I was thinking of doing a podcast… so here you go! When Elliot kindly agreed to be my first guest, it all started to come together.

    Unfortunately it was getting late and we had to cut our GBA talk rather short, but I hope it’s interesting enough regardless!

  • apricotsushi

    Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I was a tad worried you might be offended that we ragged on Compile Heart so much 😉 It’s all in good fun, really!

    Any topics you’d like to see covered in the future?

  • Chunky

    No way, Ryougasaotome. What a great podcaster/Gaf-poster to get as your first guest. Downloading now ~

  • apricotsushi

    It was very kind of him to agree to come on! I hope you enjoy it ^^

  • Chunky

    Just finished listening on my bike home from work. Loved it, very good first ep. I’m not too into anime(watching Mawaru Penguindrum and a bit of Nichijou but that’s about it) but I got some cool things to check out thanks to you guys. Do you have an idea who your guest will be and what you’ll talk about next episode? I’d love more Rhythm Paradise talk (even though you talked about it for like, a second).

  • Oh, yes, you definitely suggested you were going this route before. Regardless, I love it! Congrats 🙂 I look forward to future episodes.

  • apricotsushi

    So glad you enjoyed it! I think I can definitely manage some more Rhythm Paradise in the future 😉 Generally, I hope to get a good mix of anime and games talk for each episode, but it will also depend on what I’ve been consuming over the past two weeks and who my guest is.

    Next week I’ll be having Matt from as my guest! We’ll be talking about more “otaku” games such as the Neptunia series, which he is very familiar with (me less so), as well as some more obscure Japan-only games. Hope you tune in, and let me know if you have any suggestions for who I should try to get on future shows!

  • apricotsushi

    So glad you enjoyed it! I hope that means you’ll come on sometime… 😉

  • Oh, of course I’ll come on sometime!