Episode 34: X vol. 14 – The Other Face

Lucy and Robin discuss X volume 14, where the systematic destruction of Tokyo continues, and we learn that someone has a side we’re not seeing…

CW: blood, gore, death, assault, and other grisly things. Also a potentially glib/dark humor approach to grim subjects. We joke about death a lot (it’s one of those laugh-so-you-don’t-cry things).

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Episode 33: X vol. 13 – Late

Lucy and Robin dive into volume 13 of X, as the two sides clash and some old friends are lost.

CW: child abuse, blood, gore, death, assault, and other grisly things. Also a potentially glib/dark humor approach to grim subjects. We joke about death a lot (it’s one of those laugh-so-you-don’t-cry things).

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Episode 32: X vol. 12 – Wishes

Lucy and Robin dive into volume 12 of X, as a battle rages for the Sunshine 60 building.

Here’s a link to our reading list for the year!

CW: eye trauma, blood, gore, death, assault, and other grisly things. Also a potentially glib/dark humor approach to grim subjects. We joke about death a lot (it’s one of those laugh-so-you-don’t-cry things).

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Episode 29: X vol. 9 – Hiding

We return to the X manga with volume 9…in the aftermath of Kamui’s decision, he is left processing death and betrayal, turning inward to run from this horrible new reality.

CW: blood, gore, death, assault, and other grisly things. Also a potentially glib/dark humor approach to grim subjects. We joke about death a lot (it’s one of those laugh-so-you-don’t-cry things).

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Episode 27: X vol. 8 – Reunion

Lucy and Robin dive into X, volume 8. Things finally come to a head, and a decision has to be made…plus we get an unexpected visit from some old friends. It’s a wild ride.

Here’s a link to the Anime Nostalgia Podcast’s episode on RetroCrush, a new streaming service for older anime series.

CW: blood, gore, death, assault, and other grisly things. Also a potentially glib/dark humor approach to grim subjects. We joke about death a lot (it’s one of those laugh-so-you-don’t-cry things).

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Tokyo Babylon Wicked Vodka Cranberry

Photo of a red drink with what looks like a fake eyeball in it, with an image of Tokyo Babylon behind it. Overlay text displays the drink name and ingredients.

We had to go dark at some point, and Robin was testing out some techniques for Halloween, so this take on a Vodka Cranberry incorporates that iconic missing eye that Clamp is so well known for (in certain circles, anyway). It was hard to capture in the drink, but that’s an “eyeball” at the bottom of the glass, made out of a lychee and a grape.

Ingredients

  • Black cherry Vodka
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lychees
  • Concord grapes (frozen)
  • Seltzer

Instructions

Eyeballs:

  1. Freeze lychees and grapes
  2. Once frozen, you can shove the grape into the lychee without it falling apart. Boom, done!

Drink:

  1. Put the eyeball in the glass.
  2. Cover with black cherry vodka (about a shot’s worth).
  3. Fill ¾ full with cranberry juice, and the rest with seltzer.
  4. Enjoy with your favorite villians.

Tokyo Babylon Blood & Sakura “Jello” Delight

An image of dark red jello-light dessert with a light cherry blossom shape in it. Overlay text reads: Blood & Sakura Delight | Tokyo Babylon | Agar + Sweetened Condensed Milk + Milk + Dark Cherry Juice

We weren’t content with just drinks for our beloved Tokyo Babylon! Robin loves playing around with agar as a jello alternative (it sets up better and comes in a different range of flavors, plus it’s vegan!), and when she realized she could make white agar, and have it slowly turn pink in red agar…well, we couldn’t resist!

You can also easily swap this with jello, just follow package instructions!

Ingredients

  • 1 package plain agar (or jello)
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Plain milk
  • Dark cherry juice

Instructions

White layer:

  1. Use half the agar, mix sweetened condensed milk with plain milk to reach liquid amount called for by agar’s package.
  2. Pour into a low, flat pan to set.
  3. Cut into the shape of cherry blossoms (we used a cookie cutter…because of course Robin has a cherry blossom cookie cutter).

Dark Layer:

  1. Use the other half of the agar, and mix with dark cherry juice (replace all liquid in package’s instructions).
  2. Pour into molds (we used glasses)
  3. After about a half an hour, poke white flower petals into the red liquid. They’ll slowly turn pink!
  4. Let set, and enjoy!

Tokyo Babylon Cherry Sake Splash

Photo of a pink drink in a champagne flute, with comic markers in the background. Overlay text reads: Cherry Sake Splash | Tokyo Babylon| Nigori Sake + 7-Up + Black Cherry Vodka + Maraschino Cherries

Finally, the first of our Tokyo Babylon drinks! This one’s for our favorite twins. We wanted to go for a light, fizzy drink that really spoke to their innocence and high energy. Cherry vodka was just too perfect to turn down, and this drink is designed to be light and gentle…just like the early part of the series. But don’t get too comfortable, the darkness is coming.

Ingredients

  • nigori sake
  • z-up
  • black cherry vodka
  • maraschino cherry

Instructions

  1. Split cherry in half, put in glass.
  2. Add vodka until cherry is covered.
  3. Fill glass halfway with sake.
  4. Fill remainder with Z-up.

Episode 11: Tokyo Babylon Extras – Déjà vu

Lucy and Robin bid a fond farewell to Tokyo Babylon (for now), as they dive into the OVA, movie, drama cd, and more.

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, sexual violence, rape, death, animal abuse, and other unpleasantness.

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Here’s a link to the CLAMP no Kiseki interview we cited a few times in the episode, provided by the wonderful Chibi Yuuto.

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Episode 10: Tokyo Babylon Overall – Blood and Cherry Blossoms

Lucy and Robin finish up their discussion of the Tokyo Babylon manga. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried…but we’re not saying goodbye quite yet!

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, sexual violence, rape, death, and other unpleasantness.

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