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31Aug/150

Bakacast #262 – But is the Sheep Okay?

Posted by Dustin

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Cute sheep are more important than mecha.

On this episode of Bakacast, Dragon Ball bores us, Durarara narrowly avoids sending me on a grief-induced rampage, Shimoneta continues beating a long-dead horse, and God Eater goes full grim-dark.

Also, I set up a poll where you can vote on which retro review we'll do next. So go do that. You know, if you want to.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 01:08 - Dragon Ball Super 6
  • 05:35 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 19
  • 08:48 - Durarara S2 19
  • 13:27 - Ushio to Tora 7
  • 16:35 - GATE 7 (DROPPED)
  • 20:38 - Shimoneta 7
  • 31:24 - Gatchaman Crowds insight 7
  • 38:41 - Akagami no Shirayukihime 7
  • 44:39 - Overlord 7
  • 47:36 - God Eater 5
  • 51:50 - Ore Monogatari 19
  • 58:26 - Flag 7 & 8
  • 1:05:58 - Listener questions
  • 1:19:02 - Daring!! (Pile | Love Live)
27Aug/151

Bakacast #261 – It’s Time to D-D-D-D-D-D-D-Drift

Posted by Dustin

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What if we made "Fast and the Furious" into an anime card game?

Hello, everyone! I'm sick! Not, like, in a perverted sense (though that's probably accurate), but a "where is all this mucus coming from" sense. If the next episode of the podcast doesn't get uploaded shortly after this one, I've probably drowned in a sea of my own sinus drainage. If that comes to pass, please tell Larry I loved him.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 00:51 - Luke and Dustin Review Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's
  • 19:00 - Dragon Ball Super 5
  • 27:02 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 18
  • 30:59 - Ushio to Tora 6
  • 34:13 - GATE 6
  • 42:53 - Shimoneta 6
  • 37:49 - Durarara S2 18
  • 51:56 - Gatchaman Crowds insight 6
  • 1:04:07 - Akagami no Shirayukihime 6
  • 1:08:09 - Overlord 6
  • 1:10:29 - Ore Monogatari 19
  • 1:13:44 - God Eater 4
  • 1:15:44 - Flag 5 & 6
  • 1:19:51 - Listener questions
  • 1:27:01 - Through the Nightmare and the Flames (mashup by Triple-Q | Dream Eater Merry x Dragon Force)
17Aug/156

Bakacast #260 – Stop Horsing Around

Posted by Dustin

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You can all thank/send hate mail to Larry for this pun. Truly, he has reached peak dad-joke.

Hello, listeners. Have you ever wondered which mythical creature Luke and I would most want to have sex/enter a committed relationship with? Well today's your lucky day, because we review Monster Musume. And...we're actually fairly positive about it. After that, it's time for a two-hour marathon as we get through the ridiculous amount of shows that aired while I was on vacation. I am truly sorry.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 00:58 - Luke Reviews Monster Musume
  • 17:32 - Dragon Ball Super 4
  • 18:56 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 16 & 17
  • 27:24 - Ranpo Kitan 4 & 5
  • 37:49 - Durarara S2 16 & 17
  • 49:04 - Ushio to Tora 4 & 5
  • 55:10 - GATE 4 & 5
  • 1:00:23 - Shimoneta 4 & 5
  • 1:12:32 - Gatchaman Crowds insight 4 & 5
  • 1:31:26 - Rokka no Yuusha 4 & 5
  • 1:33:48 - Akagami no Shirayukihime 4 & 5
  • 1:40:31 - Overlord 4 & 5
  • 1:43:45 - Ore Monogatari 17 & 18
  • 1:51:38 - God Eater 3
  • 1:54:18 - Flag 4
  • 1:56:39 - Listener questions
  • 2:26:50 - Kishi Koushinkyoku (angela | Knights of Sidonia)
9Aug/155

On the Cover of Rolling Stone: SCANDAL

Posted by Shamisen

Left to right: Tomomi Ogawa (Bass / lead vocals) Haruna Ono (Lead Vocal / rhythm guitarist) Rina Suzuki (Drummer, Keyboardist, Guitarist, secondary vocals) Mami Sasazaki (Lead Guitar / secondary vocals)

Left to right: Tomomi Ogawa (Bass / lead vocals) Haruna Ono (Lead Vocal / rhythm guitarist) Rina Suzuki (Drummer, Keyboardist, Guitarist, secondary vocals) Mami Sasazaki (Lead Guitar / secondary vocals)

A few years ago, I posted an article about the band Scandal. This is a follow up to that piece.

That last five years have seen aggressive yearly tour schedules playing every major arena in Japan--including BUDOKAN in 2012 and OSAKA-JO HALL in 2013--and then capping it off with the 'HELLO WORLD Tour' in 2015.

Congratulations SCANDAL, you've made it, and you're on the cover of Rolling Stone. Granted it’s the Japanese Edition but in my book Rolling Stone is all that matters.

SCANDAL has taken advantage of modern technology, social media and YouTube, using self promotion that was not available when I was their age. I have to admit I'm quite amazed how all this self promotion works. And comparing today to the last post they were pretty much the only 'all female band'. Today the number of bands has exploded. SCANDAL was the trail blazer for this generation of bands. A point of order here is the difference between a band and a group: in a band you play instruments, in a group you don't. SCANDAL is a band. 9nine, AKB48, and Momoiro Clover Z are groups. Going back to my last post, the only semi popular female band that I found, believe it or not, was the live action K-ON band. A lot has changed in the past 5 years.

As most of you are aware, I enjoy many things in this life, and music is one of them. Music is also universal; you need not know the language to like what you hear. I've followed SCANDAL since 2008 and their first US appearance. So what do I like about this band? The simple answer would be the music, but there is more to it than that.

What makes SCANDAL stand out? You get a performance from the entire group, not one person monopolizing it. Granted, Haruna is lead vocal. She has the natural gift of leadership, and has learned how to best utilize the group as a whole.

A bit of history: SCANDAL was officially formed in 2006 on Rina's 15th birthday. Mami and Tomomi were 16, and Haruna had just turned 18. Face it, keeping independent souls in that age bracket together and learning the ropes was a daunting task, I'm sure. Then--two years later--they're here, in the states, performing. Yeah, there is some chemistry between the four of them I would say, with Haruna being the lead chemist.

That aside, the performances--live and studio--are first rate. They play their own music quite well, I might add, and are genuinely enjoying what they are doing. Take Haruna's powerful vocals teamed with Tomomi's hauntingly beautiful voice, then add in Mami's and Rina's background vocals and there's the formula for listening pleasure. With all of this balance in instrumentals and vocals SCANDAL has hit the right note. (I should mention here that Tomomi was the lead vocalist on their first releases. Whoever is leading, the members follow with an excellent result.)

Congratulations on entering your tenth year together and here's hoping for many more to follow...

And whatever course fate takes you on enjoy it to the fullest...

A belated Happy Birthday to Mami and Tomomi and a early Happy Birthday to Haruna and Rina...

Oh Rina, if you ever run out of arenas, let me know, I've got such a list.

(Addendum)

I just finished watching the P/V for Stamp. Besides being a great number, I might suggest that, in future, American cars need to have the door firmly pulled to you. Haruna made the effort but the Mustang only hit on the 'safety' latch. Just for future reference and while I'm at it, I'm waiting for 'Sisters' to be released. I'm hoping it follows the idea I have in my head.

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27Jul/155

Bakacast #259 – The Shirt Sleeve Paradox

Posted by Dustin

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Seriously, though. How DO they get dressed?

By the time you're reading this, I will already be on my vacation, far away from anime. How is this possible? Through the power of delayed publishing. God bless you, software developers. In any case, Dragon Ball Super reminds us that some characters should just be forgotten about (and that the English dub is way better), Ranpo Kitan completely fails at the "mystery" part of a murder mystery, Shimoneta ends with an exciting twist, Gatchaman Crowds ends with an infuriating twist, and God Eater moves so slowly that it forces Aaron and me to come up with ludicrous theories to keep ourselves entertained.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 01:09 - Dragon Ball Super 3
  • 07:29 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 15
  • 12:47 - Ranpo Kitan 3
  • 18:18 - Joukamachi no Dandelion 3
  • 20:22 - Ushio to Tora 3
  • 26:52 - GATE 3
  • 29:17 - Gakkou Gurashi 3
  • 31:23 - Shimoneta 3
  • 38:15 - Durarara S2 15
  • 40:23 - Gatchaman Crowds insight 3
  • 45:31 - Rokka no Yuusha 3
  • 47:48 - Akagami no Shirayukihime 3
  • 52:47 - Overlord 3
  • 55:59 - Ore Monogatari 16
  • 59:05 - God Eater 2
  • 1:08:01 - Gangsta 1-3
  • 1:13:04 - Sailor Moon 26
  • 1:19:01 - Flag 3
  • 1:22:37 - Listener questions
  • 1:42:21 - Hello, World (Bump of Chicken | Blood Blockade Battlefront)
24Jul/154

Bakacast #258 – Autopsy Fun Time

Posted by Dustin

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Kids love it.

On this episode of Bakacast, we may have watched too many shows. In fact, we're gonna start having to make some cuts here. This current state of affairs is just ridiculous. From now on, I'm going to judge shows based on whether or not I'd rather watch Vegeta be a grumpy dad. If I'd rather watch Vegeta, I should just drop that dang thing.

Time Index

  • 00:45 - Luke Reviews Bikini Warriors
  • 04:42 - Dragon Ball Super 2
  • 11:37 - Aquarion Logos 2 (DROPPED)
  • 13:36 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 14
  • 19:32 - Ranpo Kitan 2
  • 24:38 - Aoharu x Kikanjuu 2
  • 27:01 - Joukamachi no Dandelion 2
  • 30:34 - Ushio to Tora 2
  • 32:51 - GATE 2
  • 42:19 - Gakkou Gurashi 1 & 2
  • 48:33 - Shimoneta 2
  • 52:19 - Durarara S2 14
  • 55:43 - Charlotte 2
  • 57:43 - Gatchaman Crowds insight 2
  • 1:07:09 - Rokka no Yuusha 2
  • 1:08:20 - Akagami no Shirayukihime 2
  • 1:11:12 - Overlord 2
  • 1:15:03 - Ore Monogatari 14 & 15
  • 1:31:09 - God Eater 1
  • 1:35:05 - Sailor Moon 25
  • 1:39:03 - Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade
  • 1:44:21 - Flag 2
  • 1:51:18 - Listener question
  • 2:25:54 - Ancient Dreams (remix by DJ Mystix and Sabrina | Nier)
18Jul/1512

Bakacast #257 – Mister Mister

Posted by Dustin

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It just ain't Dragon Ball without characters consuming vast quantities of food.

It's a new season, ya'll! Full of fresh possibilities! Full of excitement! Full of...mediocrity. Yeah, this season is fine, I guess. It's totally acceptable. It's a solid B-. I guess I can't complain too much, though, since we're getting both a new Dragon Ball and more Gatchaman. On the other hand, we're also getting Chaos Dragon, so maybe I deserve to complain too much.

Time Index

  • 00:59 - Luke Reviews Bakemonogatari
  • 10:30 - Dragon Ball Super 1
  • 21:06 - Chaos Dragon 1 (DROPPED)
  • 23:43 - Aquarion Logos 1
  • 27:51 - Ranpo Kitan 1
  • 32:20 - Aoharu x Kikanjuu 1
  • 36:24 - Joukamachi no Dandelion 1
  • 42:39 - Ushio to Tora 1
  • 45:33 - GATE 1
  • 50:26 - Classroom Crisis 1 (DROPPED)
  • 52:48 - Shimoneta 1
  • 56:35 - Durarara S2 13
  • 1:00:40 - Charlotte 1
  • 1:07:08 - Gatchaman Crowds insight 1
  • 1:13:44 - Rokka no Yuusha 1
  • 1:18:34 - Akagami no Shirayukihime 1
  • 1:24:32 - Overlord 1
  • 1:27:15 - Flag 1
  • 1:36:40 - Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Shou (Akino with bless4 | Aquarion EVOL)
11Jul/152

Bakacast #256 – We Need More Magic Suplexes

Posted by Dustin

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I would like more of this in the Fate-verse and less of...anything to do with Shirou, really.

On this episode of Bakacast--which is incredibly delayed due to me being hella stressed out for the past couple weeks--we finish off the spring season. Well, except for Blood Blockade, which will be done when it's done, I guess. At least all these shows had strong finishes.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 02:17 - Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 25 (FINALE)
  • 09:36 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 13
  • 15:35 - Ore Monogatari 13
  • 17:52 - Punch Line 12 (FINALE)
  • 26:34 - Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 12 (FINALE)
  • 33:34 - Knights of Sidonia S2 12 (FINALE)
  • 40:52 - Gatchaman Crowds insight 0
  • 45:57 - Listener questions
  • 54:35 - Brave Shine (Aimer | Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works)
2Jul/154

Bakacast #255 – Weird Anime Yankovic

Posted by Dustin

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You're the best, Al.

JoJo's marks our first show of the season to have it's finale, and we can only hope that the rest of the shows we like end on just as high a note. Blood Blockade might do it, but Fate/Stay Night ain't lookin' too hot right about now. Even Yamada-kun is stumbling at the finish line.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 01:08 - JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 48 (FINALE)
  • 05:36 - Seraph of the End 12
  • 09:48 - Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 24
  • 21:28 - Blood Blockade Battlefront 11
  • 25:51 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 12
  • 33:17 - Ore Monogatari 12
  • 38:20 - Punch Line 11
  • 41:44 - Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 11
  • 47:49 - Knights of Sidonia S2 11
  • 53:24 - Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold 6
  • 57:47 - Sailor Moon 24
  • 1:02:00 - Listener questions
  • 1:18:51 - end of THE WORLD (Tommy, Coda & Jin | JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders -Egypt Arc-)
25Jun/151

Bakacast #254 – Put On Your Angry Face

Posted by Dustin

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You can't say no to Kusanagi's angry face.

On this episode of Bakacast, Luke gives us our long-awaited review of Triage X. Unfortunately, it is not nearly as ridiculous as Highschool of the Dead. But then, how many shows truly are?

As far as the reviews of the (mostly) not-terrible shows go, we love Jotaro playing tag with a vampire, we hate Shirou continuing to harp about ideals in the middle of a much more interesting battle, we're divided on how well Arslan is telling it's story, we have no idea what Punch Line is doing anymore, we're afraid that Sidonia is going to some very dark places soon, and we're as super-stoked as the Logicomas to be hanging out with Motoko Kusanagi again.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 01:14 - Luke Reviews Triage X
  • 23:57 - JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 47
  • 27:46 - Seraph of the End 11
  • 31:10 - Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 23
  • 34:20 - Blood Blockade Battlefront 10.5
  • 35:05 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 11
  • 47:28 - Ore Monogatari 11
  • 53:15 - Punch Line 10
  • 57:47 - Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 10
  • 1:03:06 - Knights of Sidonia S2 10
  • 1:11:49 - Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold 5
  • 1:12:56 - GitS Arise: Alternative Architecture 9 & 10
  • 1:24:25 - Listener questions
  • 2:04:04 - Anata wo Tamotsu Mono (Maaya Sakamoto | GitS Arise)