Method to Madness Podcast: Midori Days



Episode 114: “Digital Manipulation”

Midori Days is almost a joke. It’s barely a one-liner. And yet Japan was able to expand it into an entire 13-episode anime series (and manga). I gotta hand it to ‘em…okay, that joke wasn’t funny, either.

I almost made a metaphor above that moé was the yeast that Japan uses to bloat up a series to ridiculous size. But I think moé is more like high-fructose corn syrup: It’s a cheap, overused means of sweetness and is often associated with obesity and autism in its consumers.

Another solution I might have for homeboy’s situation could be a belt sander.

In the Method to Madness podcast, Sean “The Grey Ghost” Ryan and Kevin “The Business” Gray discuss the great anime that you should be watching and the shameful anime we know you’re watching instead.

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Sean Ryan

Blogger, podcaster, and your new best friend: Sean Ryan, aka The Grey Ghost. Host of Alpha Counter and the Method To Madness podcast. Sean's produced content for online networks that no longer exist, like the Team Sportscast Network and GotGame. He now contributes to Anime 3000 and I Just Had a Terrible Thought... Pray for them. Twitter: @thegreyghostnet


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  1. 8mph Ansible

    DAMN Kevin. When you went dark, you went dark.

    Any running bets yet on how long it’ll take before either of yall will drink something that’ll require medical attention.

    1. Sean Ryan

      I dunno… I’m pretty sure a few things we’ve had already could be hazardous. Shit, we did Four Loko twice!

  2. Jonah

    I can’t disagree with your kombucha review; I think the Northwest is slowly turning me into a masochist. :) Here’s a kombucha highball from one of the local bars. (link to imbibemagazine.com) They also make kombucha Mojitos…

    I’ll keep an eye out for “Midori Days 2: Double Fist”… it will happen within our lifetime I’m sure. :/

    1. Sean Ryan

      The mojito strangely sounds enticing…

      In Midori Days 3, the guy gets a dog…who also has a girl on his paw. Or tail.

      1. Tim

        No no. In Midori days 3, ALL his limbs get replaced by various people. Thus, Seiji, the first known sufferer of Voltron syndrome, must fight off the evil aliens, especially their leader, whose limbs have been replaced by those people’s back halves.

        Also, did this episode tell us more about Kevin and Sean’s sick fetishes than they realize?


        1. Sean Ryan

          How long until it just evolves into Human Centipede?

        2. Sean Ryan

          Another thing I would use to rid myself of a hellspawned hand is a cheese grater. Or a mandoline, because there’s an ironic pun involved.

  3. Tim

    So, I watched Midori days way back when.

    Then, in a fit of curiosity, I went and found scanlations of the Manga.

    The manga knows full damn well its premise is absurd and decides to have fun with it. It’s very much focused on wacky comedy hijinks for the most part, and had a much more fleshed out story than the anime, which worked to its benefit. The TV show just sort of floundered in the middle not doing shit just to fill out the 13 episodes.

    Granted, I think the TV series was a case of adaptation outrunning the original source, but the Manga was basically much better on all fronts, including showing that the doll lover was insane, but especially the ending, where Midori’s realization isn’t that she loves Seiji, but that she’s been hiding from reality and its risks the entire time.

    It’s been 10 years since I read it, and I’m not saying ‘Go read it,’ but I thought it treated all the characters much better, especially the class rep.

    1. Sean Ryan

      How many volumes did that manga run? I’m too lazy to Google that myself.

      1. Tim

        I’m not sure how many volumes there were, but a quick google reveals 85 chapters total, so not much. 8 or 9 at most.. And I do recall the first chapter or two was basically ‘What the fuck get this thing off my arm, I’m getting a hatchet’ sort of reaction.

  4. Comtar

    Wife insisted I kill her if she became a thing on my arm. She said she is scared to be a little person. So yeah can’t think of a lot of women who love their men so much to endure this.

    1. Sean Ryan

      I guess that then begs the question: How do you do it? That is, knowing she’s the woman you love. And how would she want you to do it?

      1. Comtar

        She picks drowning as her method of death.

        Does a Person-Arm share your air supply? Or does it have it’s own set of vital organs?

        1. Sean Ryan

          That would be horrifying. I don’t know if I could drown my lover. Why not a deep frier?

  5. CyberNauts Cast

    Here is someone who is a pro-2d over 3d girl, yes Kevin, these people do exist:

    link to kojikatsuragi.wordpress.com

    Judging by recent posts, this guy seems to be getting his life together. I just have to say good for him.

    1. Sean Ryan

      We can only hope… I also gotta wonder what percentage of those guys are trolls trying to look like one of those losers for LOLz.

      1. CyberNauts Cast

        He had another blog that he shut down because to many people were trolling him, and all he would post about is how he ditched work for a day (which he was teaching and still is) to drink, watch anime and jack off all day.

  6. Em

    Heyheyhey, just because there MAY be a photo of me giving a thumbs up with about 5 ball-joint dolls in my lap DOESN’T MEAN I like them. I was being ironic!

    Sean, I would suggest the best is to do a mini-guillotine and then cauterizing the stump; who knows if she’d have major arteries diverted to her chibi body.

    1. Sean Ryan

      You may be on to something… Why waste the boobs? Better than my other idea: Share a playful bath, then blanket her in lye. In Tyler we trust.

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