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27Jul/154

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)
13Jun/159

Bakacast #253 – Return of the Mana Dolphins

Posted by Dustin

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Is this what sex is like?

This week on Bakacast, I actually remember to record it. So that's helpful. In anime news, though, Larry gets back on board with JoJo's, Aaron and I attempt to puzzle out exactly how stupid Shirou is, Sidonia really gets its money's worth out of that squeaky-toy sound effect, and Kick Heart delights us. Well, most of us.

Oh, and we go through the shows we have to look forward to in the summer season. The verdict? A big ol' shrug of our shoulders. Seriously, outside of, like, two shows, we have no idea how solid next season's gonna be.

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

Time Index

  • 01:09 - JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 46
  • 05:16 - Seraph of the End 10
  • 09:20 - Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 22
  • 16:16 - Blood Blockade Battlefront 10
  • 21:35 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 10
  • 28:13 - Ore Monogatari 10
  • 34:19 - Punch Line 9
  • 36:46 - Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 9
  • 41:05 - Knights of Sidonia S2 9
  • 46:21 - Sailor Moon 23
  • 48:35 - Kick Heart
  • 54:42 - Listener questions
  • 1:14:11 - Summer 2015 Preview
  • 1:58:45 - Excerpt from "Brothers in Arms" (Tom Holkenborg | Mad Max: Fury Road)
8Jun/152

Bakacast #252 – The Lost Episode

Posted by Dustin

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Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. I went to hit the "record" button, and I realize an hour and a half later that it did not, in fact, record anything. I was pretty frustrated, to put it mildly. But hey, silver lining! This little accident forced me to actually write something for a change instead of just hitting a button and spewing mouth-thoughts into a microphone. Though if I'm gonna be honest, my writing probably won't be any better. Sorry!

JoJo's Bizzare Adventure #45
Lord Dio doesn't need to kill you right now, even though he totally can. Because Lord Dio knows success isn't just about killing. It's about crushing your enemies, seeing them driven before you, and hearing the lamentations of their women and Speedwagon-equivalents. You can't just kill Jotaro. You've gotta destroy every last bit of hope that exists in him first. Also: you've gotta drive a taxi down sidewalk, GTA-style. Apparently some people were mad that the anime didn't actually show people being run over and crushed by car tires? That seems like a weird thing to get mad about, but then I never came to JoJo's for the gore.

I came to JoJo's because Dio is fabulous.

VERDICT: 5 ZA WARUDO's out of 5

Seraph of the End #9
I'm gonna be honest. Whenever Larry and Ben start talking about this show, I zone out. So I have no recollection of anything they said about it. Larry reads all the dumb stuff I put up here, though, so if he wants to edit in his opinions then he is more than welcome to do so.

Fate/Stay Night #21
Oh, thank God, it's finally over. I mean, it still took way longer than necessary, leaving only a few minutes of the episode that weren't devoted to Archer and Shirou engaging in one of the dumbest conflicts I've ever seen in a piece of entertainment media, but I take what I can get. And what I got was Shinji becoming a giant Akira-esque flesh monster. You hurt me real bad, F/SN, but I guess I can learn to love you again.

Now let's see how ridiculous you make the upcoming sex scene.

VERDICT: 2 Shirou tautologies out of 5

Blood Blockade Battlefront #9
This show is perfect, and now it also has a cool fishman. I think I'm getting the vapours.

VERDICT: 5 Hellboys out of 5

The Heroic Legend of Arslan #9
Maybe it's just because Arslan fares very poorly in comparison to Legend of the Galactic Heroes, but it kinda seems like it's not that good? Arslan himself is cool, and most of his followers (with the obvious exception of the bard whose name I cannot be bothered to remember) are entertaining, too. The archer-priestess' clothing design is a bit silly, but at least no one's objectifying her (other than, again, the bard). But man, the evil priest is so ludicrous that it's impossible to take him seriously as a threat. I wouldn't even consider him a character. He's just a cardboard box that someone wrote the word "evil" on with a Sharpie. The question the wider conflict brings up isn't, "How will these two cultures be changed by this violent collision with each other?" Instead, it's, "How long will it take before Arslan murders every one of these idiots?" And that question just isn't very interesting to me.

VERDICT: 2 twirling mustaches out of 5

Ore Monogatari #9
I didn't watch it, but I'm guessing every character blushes, like, eighty times.

Punch Line #8
Exposition exposition exposition, exposition.

Exposition.

Panties.

Exposition? Exposition!

I can't remember anything they actually talked about. I seem to remember some pretty okay jokes, though? Also, Yuta totally breaks that dude's limbs against a tree, and that's hardcore.

VERDICT: 3 pet bears out of 5

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches #8
Well, I guess this show had to have a bad episode eventually. We're clearly supposed to empathize with the three students who got framed, but we have no idea what they were framed for or why it seems to be such a big deal. I mean, Yamada's gang doesn't seem very popular in school, and they're not being assholes about it. Maybe if they had spent more time characterizing the people we're supposed to feel sad for and less time trying to make us cry over blue-twintail-girl's not-very-tragic backstory, it might have worked somewhat.

But they didn't do that, so it was mostly an episode about how a four people are huge jerks to Yamada's friends for very tenuous reasons.

VERDICT: 2 utility closets out of 5

Knights of Sidonia #8
Is there a show airing this season that has worse slice-of-life segments than Sidonia?

Oh, wait, Vivid exists. Never mind.

Still, whenever things get peaceful in Sidonia, the show seems to fall back on one of four things: 1) Izana getting mad at Tanikaze for being the biggest idiot who ever lived; 2) naked ladies; 3) Tsumugi being hella moe; or 4) actual plot development (this one is rare). I am not a fan.

The only good thing I'll say about Tanikaze's stupidity in this episode is that it gave us a scene where Izana's grandmother demands that Tanikaze bone Izana or she will decapitate him with a bomb. Like a XXX parody of the movie "Speed." That's set in space. And has placenta monsters.

2 fear-induced boners out of 5

4Jun/153

Bakacast #251 – Wet and Ready

Posted by Dustin

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The Little Caesars of sexual innuendo.

I don't know why I'm watching anything other than Blood Blockade Battlefront. Like, what's even the purpose of anything else? JoJo's is cool, I guess, but the only characters worth a damn are Jotaro and Dio (and I guess we can count Joseph for his meme potential). Fate/Stay Night has decided that endlessly repeating a stupid argument is way more interesting than, you know, plot development, fight scenes, and its only remaining female characters (who happen to be the best ones it has). Sidonia has fallen into the abyss of endless fanservice. And Arslan is...well...it definitely ain't Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

Next week, I'll just skip all the other shows and watch BBB eight times.

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

Time Index

  • 00:53 - JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 44
  • 05:37 - Seraph of the End 8
  • 10:07 - Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 20
  • 19:32 - Blood Blockade Battlefront 8
  • 26:17 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 8
  • 31:59 - Ore Monogatari 8
  • 33:44 - Punch Line 7
  • 50:15 - Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 7
  • 56:19 - Knights of Sidonia S2 7
  • 1:05:20 - Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold 4
  • 1:11:20 - Bodacious Space Pirates: The Abyss of Hyperspace
  • 1:22:12 - Listener questions
  • 1:52:00 - Strong in the Real Way (Rebecca Sugar | Steven Universe)
25May/158

Bakacast #250 – Unlimited Dialogue Works

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Unknown to brevity, nor known to pacing.

I chose the image for this episode largely because I like seeing Shinji in physical distress, which happens to be the only satisfying thing about F/SN right now. Thankfully, JoJo is finally out of the doldrums and back to being ridiculous in an entertaining way. Punch Line surprises us by finally showing us its true power level (and revealing something about its main character that I really hope I have the correct interpretation of, because it'd be really cool). Nanoha Vivid, however, has started to make me feel uncomfortable while watching it. And Paranoia Agent finishes by leaving us somewhat baffled and mildly unsatisfied.

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

Time Index

  • 00:57 - JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 43
  • 05:28 - Nanoha Vivid 7
  • 15:02 - Seraph of the End 7
  • 19:06 - Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 19
  • 32:20 - Blood Blockade Battlefront 7
  • 36:40 - The Heroic Legend of Arslan 7
  • 44:36 - Ore Monogatari 7
  • 45:49 - Punch Line 6
  • 48:52 - Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 6
  • 53:27 - Knights of Sidonia S2 6
  • 1:01:38 - Sailor Moon 22
  • 1:03:47 - Paranoia Agent 13
  • 1:14:29 - Listener questions
  • 1:20:10 - Believe (Kalafina | Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works)