Changes Are Coming to Bakacast

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When Jon, Larry and I initially decided to change the structure of Bakacast those many years ago to a weekly review show, it was with the intent to shift the podcast into something we could easily prepare for while also being able to interact with the people listening to us. This worked fine when we were in college and I had plenty of time to edit (and play video games); but even at my best, I’m not a timely person unless I have a boss paying me to do something, and having a full-time job has made my editing schedule even more…erratic. Which, as some of you have pointed out, is not a good thing for show that’s reviewing anime as it comes out.

I think it’s time for us to transform our structure to something more like what we were doing at the very beginning when we created Episode #0: All About Whales on a lark. Instead of doing reviews of individual episodes as they air, pick one or two shows to do a more thorough critique. Maybe focus more on covering shows that didn’t get a lot of attention but did some interesting stuff. Maybe finally get around to watching some stuff we missed. Maybe get back to talking about relevant video games, manga and news.

My cohosts and I all have ideas of what we might like to try, but I’m making this post to get the thoughts of our audience as well. After all, if I was doing this just to talk with my friends about anime, I wouldn’t bother taking so much time to record and edit everything. What kind of stuff would you like to see us focus on?

I’ll be leaving this post pinned for a while to collect feedback. We won’t be covering the summer season like we usually would. Instead, we’re gonna do some catching up on movies and series we missed (or were waiting on) while we come to a decision about what our regular structure should look like going forward.

Bakacast #373 – It Hurts So Much

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On this episode of Bakacast, we finally finish up Katanagatari and Cowboy Bebop. Find out if we felt Bebop still lives up to all the hype, and hear me struggle to decide whether to judge Katangatari’s ending with my heart or with my head.

  • 03:08 – Katanagatari 9 – 12
  • 44:38 – Cowboy Bebop 18 – 26
  • 1:33:02 – Listener comments

JoJo’s Bizarre Rewatch #5.2 – Waking Up Horny

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On this episode of JJBR, I bring in another cohost: my good friend Ty, who some of you may remember from Roll For Your Lives, the tabletop RPG podcast I did for a spell. We Bruno’s varied and unsettling use of zippers, extremely detailed face-punching, and falling in love with your enemy.

JoJo’s Bizarre Rewatch #5.1 – The Taste of Lies

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Just because Bakacast has switched to a different format doesn’t mean we’re abandoning JoJo’s reviews. We will never abandon JoJo’s reviews. Instead of putting it on the main show, though, I’m bringing JoJo’s Bizarre Rewatch back from hiatus, with Luke and Ben joining me as my cohosts. Please ignore all the episodes in between that we never covered on JJBR.

Bakacast #371 – Alfred the Otaku

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On this episode of Bakacast, we review the delightfully entertaining absurdity of Batman Ninja; delve into Nisio Isin’s tale of swords and souls, Katanagatari; and I finally get around to watching the biggest shame in my series backlog: Cowboy Bebop.

  • 01:50 – Batman Ninja
  • 30:38 – Cowboy Bebop 1 – 8
  • 57:13 – Katanagatari 1 – 4

Bakacast #370 – Present Day, Present Time

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On this episode of Bakacast, we immerse ourselves in cyberspace and ask the important question: what is Lain, like, even about, man? Also: Mob Psycho 100 finale gets surprisingly philosophical about the nature of conflict and supervillains.

  • 01:46 – Serial Experiments Lain 7-13
  • 41:54 – Mob Psycho 100 7 – 12

Bakacast #369 – The Last Umu

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On this episode of Bakacast, we cover the very weird (in a good way) second CGI Godzilla movie, revisit the TechTV classic Serial Experiments Lain, analyse the not-quite-as-popular-as-One-Punch-Man-but-still-extremely-good Mob Psycho 100, and say goodbye to everyone’s favorite emperor with the last 3 episodes of Fate/Extra Last Encore.

  • 01:56 – Godzilla Part 2: City on the Edge of Battle
  • 24:22 – Fate/Extra Last Encore 11 – 13
  • 44:48 – Serial Experiments Lain 1 – 6
  • 1:13:16 – Mob Psycho 100 1 – 6

Bakacast #368 – The Thicc Godzilla

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On this episode of Bakacast, we gush about the first part of the new CGI Godzilla movie trilogy and revisit Hinamatsuri to talk about the show as a whole.

  • 02:36 – Godzilla Part 1: Planet of the Monsters
  • 34:00 – Hinamatsuri
  • 1:05:20 – Listener comments

Bakacast #367 – Shiro is Still Dumb

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On this episode of Bakacast, we finish up FLCL Progressive, talk a whole lot about the Nasu-verse, and try to figure out why everyone except us seems to hate Fate/Extra.

  • 01:51 – Fate/Extra Last Encore 8 – 10
  • 46:18 – Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel Part 1 – Presage Flower
  • 1:06:57 – FLCL Progressive 6

Bakacast #366 – Lupin is Shoujo Now

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On this episode of Bakacast, we say goodbye to our weekly review format by finishing off (most) of the spring 2018.

  • 01:13 – FLCL Progressive 4 – 5
  • 09:38 – Hisone to Masotan 11 – 12
  • 18:19 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 11 – 12
  • 26:10 – Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory 9 – 10
  • 33:18 – My Hero Academy 50 – 51
  • 45:50 – Lupin III Part V 13
  • 51:53 – Steins;Gate 0 12 – 13
  • 1:02:52 – Megalo Box 12 – 13