My name is John H Maloney and I'm a writer, musician & podcaster based in New Jersey.

I decided to start the rec list as a way to extend the constant stream of recommendations that I've been posting on social media for years. I've recently realized that media curation is a passion of mine and now I want to try reach a larger audience. Every week I'll be posting recommendations for movies, music, anime, podcasts, Youtube channels, books, tv shows and any other media I find & feel compelled to share.

In addition to writing the rec list, I'm also the co-host and producer of a b-movie & cult movie review podcast called Zombie Take-Out.
http://www.zombietakeout.com/
You can find out about all of my projects, past and present, at
http://johnhmaloney.net/

Anime/Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

Anime/Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto is a 12-episode anime series that aired in the spring of 2016. It's based on the manga of the same name and follows the adventures of its titular main character, a high school student who is considered to be the coolest person in his school. Admittedly, that doesn't sound like a terribly interesting premise, but throw in the fact that Sakamoto is a deliberately & ridiculously egregious Marty Stu, who takes a thoroughly eccentric approach to even the simplest task and you end up with one of the most original, most unusual, funniest and oddly most poignant anime to come along in years.

As the opening sequence of the series says, everything Sakamoto does is stylish. Whether he's teaching a classmate to defend himself from bullies by using the skills that he'd developed from working in a fast food restaurant or convincing that same classmate's mother, who had fallen for Sakamoto, that he'd disappeared into a television and become a fictional character or impressing college women by singing opera at karaoke or simply hovering in mid-air after his chair was pulled out from under him, Sakamoto is always cool, cooler, coolest and he's also incredibly weird. As the series continues, the ways in which he handles the situations that he finds himself in become stranger and stranger, as does the adoration that Sakamoto's classmates have for him. Although, if you're anything like me, you'll find yourself sharing their adoration and getting very attached to him and the rest of the cast, which makes the whole thing even more absurd and beautifully so. The series is so committed to this absurdism that the 13th episode, which aired nearly two months after the story-ending 12th episode, not only serves as both a clip show and a self-aware parody of the series, but it also may or may not answer the lingering question left open by episode 12. Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto is a masterpiece of absurdist comedy that I sincerely hope will go on to be considered one of the greatest anime of all time.

I'll leave you with a trailer and couple of clips from the series. You can watch all of the episodes, for free (with ads) on Crunchyroll.

If there's a movie, band, podcast or any other media that you'd like me to check out for possible inclusion on the rec list, please contact me and let me know about it.

Movie/Stitches

Movie/Stitches

Youtube/Crash Course

Youtube/Crash Course