Hello From The Magic Tavern just got so intense. There was an epic battle in episode 100...then a bunch of interludes, including one from the Cowboy Dimension that had me dying of muffled laughter at work...and now it's officially designated Season 2, and, yowza.
If you're not already listening (and if you're not allergic to shows with a whole lot of butt jokes), you should start.
Deep into the backlog of Love and Justice. It's kind of...uplifting?...to hear about how much they love Crystal. Like, I can listen to them gush about the things that were emotionally affecting, and don't have to see the actual animation, so I can imagine they're podcasting from an alternate dimension where it didn't make me sad.
They're too hard on the '92 anime -- by which I mean, they complain about things it objectively can't help. Of course the first season doesn't have much sense of "shared past" between the senshi and the Dark Kingdom. The animators didn't know about it! Naoko hadn't written it yet!
On the other hand, I regularly feel like Sailor Business (which I'm all caught up with now) is too easy on the '92 anime. So it kinda balances out nicely.
I'm listening to both of those at 1.2x speed, because the hosts tend to meander. Same with Yo, Is This Racist? -- it's just too slow otherwise.
...also, it talks a lot about the awfulness of current politics. I kinda have to psych myself up before listening. And/or say something like "once I get through one of these, I'll reward myself with the next Magic Tavern episode."
More-polished and better-edited regulars on my MP3 player: the Savage Lovecast, and The West Wing Weekly. Those get played at regular speed. Both make references to the political awfulness -- it's an inherent side effect of their premises -- but in measured and relatively-contained doses.
Still listening to Illusionoid, and Kakos Industries, although I stopped saving the episodes afterward. Neither one is so absorbing that I'd want to do a re-listen.
...in fact, the only series on this list where I'm holding onto the episodes is Magic Tavern. Did a re-listen just a few months ago, in preparation for Yuletide fic. It's highly re-listenable.
Related, a couple anons on FFA were talking about Republic of Heaven Community Radio, and one mentioned the weaknesses in book 2. I stepped in with this:
Honestly, I'd go back and give it a full-body rewrite if canon hadn't been such a painful kick in the teeth.
I can see the soft spots, can feel when the pacing sputters, I know there are ways it could have more consistency and stronger throughlines. I just...don't have the stomach to go near it.
That's not an empty promise -- anyone who knew me from fake-news fandom might remember that I did a full-body rewrite on a longfic
there. But, yeah. Not in the cards, not this time.