Episode 2 of the Pixel x Pixel podcast is ready for your listening pleasure! In this episode, Marcus and I talk about the Frogger clone Marcus made for a class, sweetpool, AtelierOnline, SisterlyBliss, Google’s Project Stream, HypnosisMic, and lots more!
16:50 – Media Minutes: sweetpool, AtelierOnline, DragonPrince, HypnosisMic CD (Matenro), ThunderboltFantasy season 2, Jojo’s BizarreAdventureVentoAureo,ScreamforHelp, SisterlyBliss 54:00 – Notable News: Google’s Project Stream DDR Hollywood movie, Megaman Hollywood movie, MonsterHunter Hollywood movie, Wall Street Journal reporting that Switch hardware revision coming in 2019, SaveMeMr.Tako release date
♫ “Willie Lomans,” “5 minutes pleasure,” and “6 pence and moon” from AlphabetPlanet by Hiroki Kikuta
I’m thrilled to announce my brand new gaming podcast with Marcus of Pixel Pacas, Pixel x Pixel! Join us for fun and thoughtful discussions of visual novels, niche and retro games, and other media we love!
One of the most common requests I receive is to revive Chic Pixel Plus or return to podcasting in some form, so this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. While I absolutely loved what Sarah and I made Chic Pixel Plus into, I felt it was time to move on from the really structured format and focus more on video games, since that’s the topic I tend to cover the most. When my long-time friend, Patreon supporter, and Chic Pixel Discord mod Marcus offered to step in and help me start up a new podcast, I couldn’t wait to get started!
Marcus loves all kinds of narrative-driven games such as visual novels and point-and-click adventure games, as well as horror and other niche areas that really compliment my own interests well. He also is a prolific writer, just like me, so expect lots of talk about our writing process and what we’re working on. I think we’ll have a lot of interesting things to talk about on the podcast! Like Chic Pixel and Pixel Pacas, we will occasionally talk about media that contains graphic themes, but we will always provide warnings beforehand and will not describe anything potentially disturbing or sexually explicit in detail.
The podcast format will be pretty straightforward: We’ll start each episode by talking about what media we’ve been consuming and what we’ve been up to lately and end with a discussion of interesting/relevant news and new releases. While the podcast will definitely focus on games, don’t worry! I’ll still be talking about what anime I watch, and we may also chat about other podcasts, movies, and whatever else we’re currently interested in. We will upload a new episode once every 2 weeks. And you can support my Patreon for as low as $1/month to get each episode 3 whole days before it goes live on the main feed!
We hope you enjoy the first episode!!
Pixel x Pixel Episode 01 – Pilot
09:46 – what we’ve been up to: 428: Shibuya Scramble, GameCube Anthology, Dr. Death, Attack on Titan season 3, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu season 2, Tengai ni Mau, Iki na Hana 59:48 – Nintendo Direct with new Animal Crossing, new company Too Kyo Games, Smach Z at TGS, PlayStation Classic announced, PS Vita production to end in Japan
♫ “Willie Lomans,” “5 minutes pleasure,” and “6 pence and moon” from Alphabet Planetby Hiroki Kikuta
In another overdue episode of Chic Pixel Plus (which should no longer be an issue after Anne submits her thesis in July, promise!), we talk about whether or not we read too much into the media we consume, and Anne gets a little heated up about Twitter Discourse™. Sarah talks about what it was like to make a point and click adventure game for Resist Jam, Anne shares some early NieR: Automata impressions, and Granblue Fantasy comes up once again. Don’t miss Sarah’s impressions of the Kingdom Hearts concert in Tokyo at the end!
00:01:58 Resist Jam (Sarah and Roy’s game Rootless)
00:10:38 Kawasaki Kenko on Takarazuka Revue during the US occupation (audio)
The Nintendo Switch launch is nearly upon us! We offer our impressions of the Nintendo Direct, the launch game lineup, and whether or not we plan on picking up the console at launch. Then, we gush over Yuri!!! on ICE one more time, Sarah plays a 2015 smash-hit indie game, and Anne falls down the rabbit hole of Japanese reality TV show Terrace House.
00:04:51 – Nintendo Switch
00:25:01 – Nier Automata demo
00:33:01 – Yuri!!! on ICE
00:45:12 – Undertale 00:47:49 – Terrace House
00:56:47 – Granblue Fantasy & Sailor Moon Drops
01:00:32 – Nippon Neighborhood Watch
Opening ♫ – “Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah!)” – White Denim
Closing ♫ – “Yuri on Ice” – Taro Umebayashi
In our first episode of 2017, we take a trip in a time machine… All the way back to November 2016 (when this episode was originally recorded)! Times were bleak because Trump was just elected, so really, not much has changed. But never to stay downtrodden for too long, we get those good, good vibes goin’ this episode with comfort media favorites such as Sailor Moon, Pokémon, and Yuri!!!on ICE. Happy year of the rooster, everyone!
00:08:15 – Sailor Moon R movie in US theaters
00:12:49 – Upcoming 2017 anime
00:13:34 – Final Fantasy XV Judgement Disc
00:18:28 – Pokémon Sun & Moon 00:31:05 – Yuri!!!on ICE
00:42:52 – Pokémon Sun & Moon anime
00:49:54 – Poco’s Udon World 00:53:36 – Kimi no na wa 00:58:02 – Sailor Moon Drops 01:07:16 – Nippon Neighborhood Watch
Opening ♫ – “Moon Revenge” – Peach Hips
Closing ♫ – “Stand By Me” – Florence and the Machine
In this episode of Chic Pixel Plus, recorded all the way back in mid October, we discuss the anime and games we’re currently enjoying in pre-Trump winning the election bliss! Hear our first impressions on anime like Yuri!!! on Ice and Classicaloid as well as the Pokémon Sun/Moon and World of Final Fantasy game demos. Oh, and we talk about a little thing called the Nintendo Switch, too! Trigger warning for discussion of suicide in the Nippon Neighborhood Watch segment at the end of the episode.
00:04:38 – Nintendo Switch reveal
00:16:10 – Pokémon Sun/Moondemo
00:18:59 – World of Final Fantasy demo
00:30:21 – Disney Magical World 2 00:38:54 – Yuri!!! on Ice first impressions
00:50:56 – Classicaloid first impressions
00:55:06 – Uma no Prince-sama 01:00:29 – Nippon Neighborhood Watch (TW: suicide)
Chic Pixel reaches a momentous 50 episodes, and to celebrate the occasion, we do what we do best: talk anime, video games, Japanese lifestyle, and more! Sarah recaps her exciting firsthand experience at Tokyo Game Show 2016 while Anne binge-watches Mob Psycho 100 back in Brisbane. Then, we discuss the hot new Capcom otome game Toraware no Paruma, and Sarah’s apartment journey finally gets a happy ending. Please note this episode was recorded at the end of September, so some of our news discussion may be slightly outdated. Sorry for the delay!
00:04:13 – Tokyo Game Show 2016
00:19:12 – Thunderbolt Fantasy second season confirmed
00:23:05 – Mob Psycho 100
00:37:24 – Kimi no Na wa 00:38:38 – Toraware no Paruma 00:49:47 – Nippon Neighborhood Watch