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8Sep/105

Bakacast Briefs – Metroid Rage

Posted by Jon

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The last Metroid in in captivity... but the fanboys are not at peace.

On this week's Bakacast, we delve into the world of video games and examine how the new Wii game Metroid: Other M completely destroys Samus Aran's character. Since both Dustin and I are pretty big Metroid fans, there's plenty of hilariously impotent fanboy rage thrown around. After that, we get around to our usual anime reviews, wherein we address whether or not protagonists such as HotD's Takashi should have sex. Finally, we answer some decidedly serious Twitter questions as best we can.

  • Highschool of the Dead #9
  • Occult Academy #9
  • K-ON!! 22 (We didn't review this because Jeagle was absent. Hopefully we'll get to it next week.)

A list of our Bakacast Affiliates can be found here. Be sure to check out their blogs!

Opening music is "Menu Theme" from Metroid Prime. Ending music is "Samus' Lonely Waltz" by blackguitar.

2Sep/1016

Review: Highschool of the Dead 9

Posted by Guest

This is a guest post written by The Austin Critic. Check out his blog here!

I don't get Highschool of the Dead. There are times when it's trying to be a gritty zombie show, and other times when it's a completely over-the-top, fanservice filled action show. For example, the previous episodes had scenes which featured realistic weapon handling and a few uses of strategy, giving me the impression that this was a realistic portrayal of the zombie apocalypse. The next minute however, the main characters suddenly gain the abilities of Schwarzenegger and start dodging bullets, using weaponry, driving CG military vehicles into hordes of zombies and plowing through countless undead with melee weapons. It also doesn't help that the fanservice just stops any chance that anyone could take this show seriously. This episode was further proof that this series is having an identity crisis, as one minute it decides to show the mental conflicts that Saeko has gone through before and during this zombie apocalypse, only to completely discard this serious subject matter with fanservice.

Read more after the break.

1Sep/107

Review: K-ON!! 21

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Last week's episode of K-ON!! had a rather solemn tone, making viewers teary-eyed as the HTT girls finished their final festival together. With this in mind, the next episode could have had any tone imaginable. It could have kept the serious, dramatic feel of the school festival, or shifted back to the lighthearted but ultimately pointless moe fluff that made this show so infamous.

Sad to say, they decided to go with the latter. It reminds me of a previous annoying filler episode a few weeks back. However, this episode was far more entertaining than that disaster, with the jokes being good and the interactions spot on. Of course, since I'm an evil hater critic who loathes all things good and pure, I still had some problems with it. My main complaint is that the episode doesn't bring anything new or interesting to the table... just more predictable moeblobbery that fails to surprise anyone. With only five episodes remaining, can they really afford to be wasting time with this kind of filler?

Read more after the break.

31Aug/106

Bakacast Briefs – Chupacabra Attack!

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On this episode of Bakacast Briefs, we take an trip to Bizarro World, where the only show that manages to impress us is Highschool of the Dead. Of course, it doesn't impress for any good reasons, but still. Weird, huh?

Anyway, in addition to the reviews, we briefly discuss a minor controversy concerning an ad for an Arizona sushi bar and answer some very strange Twitter questions from our faithful listeners.

The shows we talk about, as usual, are:

  • Highschool of the Dead #8 (sadly, the infamous supersonic boob scene video was taken down off YouTube)
  • Occult Academy #8
  • K-ON!! #21

[Music used in this episode is "S U P E R S C A R Y" by The Kiffness.]

27Aug/104

Bakacast Briefs – Revenge of the Bookworms

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We've got a new co-host this week!  We call him Glen, but you might better know him as Nagato, a long-lost friend and one of the original founding members of Project Haruhi. With him by our side, we start off by discussing Oxford's hilarious and misdirected attempts to understand anime culture. After that, Chris gets all nostalgic about his very first manga, Love Hina. Finally, we move on to this week's anime reviews.

WARNING! If you are the kind of fan who blindly worships any anime he enjoys, you might want to go elsewhere. We don't hesitate to criticize these shows in the snarkiest fashion possible, which means a certain degree of intelligent and critical thought is required to fully appreciate our reviews. If you're going to accuse us of being haters or trolls merely because we didn't like one of your favorite shows, just don't bother. I'm sure a site like Sankaku Complex or 4chan would be more amicable to your tastes.

[Music used in this episode is "Let's Go to Tokyo" by J. Arthur Keenes.]

23Aug/104

Review: K-ON!! 20

Posted by Guest

My God... it's full of stars!

Finally! This is the K-ON!! episode fans have been waiting for! With the last two episodes being possibly my favorites of the entire season thus far, I had rather high expectations for this one. Could it maintain the great character-based comedy that made the last two so enjoyable?

I heard this episode actually moved some people to tears, and it's easy to see why. It was one of the best and most heartfelt episodes of the second season. However, its sluggish pacing kept it from being perfect. In particular, Yui's long "thank you" monologue just drags on for what felt like hours. Despite this, the jokes were humorous, the music was excellent and the camaraderie between the girls was as entertaining as ever. Overall, a solid episode with a few minor flaws.

Read more in-depth after the break.

18Aug/1033

Review: Highschool of the Dead 7

Posted by Dustin

lol BOOBIES!!!!!!

Let me tell you something about myself that you may not know: I don't like living in a bubble. I tend to browse other anime forums and blogs, because I like seeing what other critics have to say about the shows I'm watching. Often times I'll find at least one intelligently-stated point that I didn't think of, which is always a fun experience for me. However, as I was looking over comments about Highschool of the Dead, I noticed that there tends to be a pattern in the backlash toward negative reviews. Some fans believe reviewers like me aren't being fair to the show.

"Why are you judging it so harshly?" they ask. "It's not supposed to be deep or meaningful or smart. It's trying to be silly, flashy fun!"

And you know what? Maybe they have a point. Maybe I'm approaching the show all wrong. I mean, if its goal is to be shallow, pandering, inconsistent and misogynistic, then why should I criticize it for hitting the mark?

Truly, I have seen the light; and to celebrate my epiphany, I'm making this review an extra-special one. I've decided to put as much effort into it as the writers of Highschool of the Dead put into their show.

*ahem*

It's stupid, it sucks, and I hate it.

...

What? You want to know why I don't like HotD #7? You think what I wrote is far too brief and vague to be of any use at all as a review?

Well of course my review is shallow, boring and worthless. It's supposed to be! Since I've clearly met my goals perfectly, it wouldn't be fair to post negative opinions about it.

Suck it, critics!

17Aug/103

Bakacast Briefs – Bang Bang! Boobies!

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Have we mentioned breasts yet? We have? Okay, just making sure. It seems like a pretty good way to get a bunch of listeners.

Anyway, we start of this week's podcast by talking about the most popular anime and video game names Japanese parents give their kids. Though we each had different favorites, we all agreed that it would be super awkward to name your daughter after a character you own a wallscroll of.

After that, we take on:

There's no Sengoku Basara 2 review today, because I'm an idiot and forgot to watch the most recent episode. GO ME!

[The music used in this episode is "TV Games" by The Kiffness.]

15Aug/103

Review: Occult Academy 5 & 6

Posted by Jon

Just another ordinary day at Occult Academy.

As those of you who have been listening to the podcast know, my opinion of the recent Occult Academy episodes has been rather low. Episode 3 was just plain boring, and episode 4 completely derailed Fumiaki's character, turning him into cowardly comic relief. Now, these two episodes weren't BAD per se, but they also weren't anywhere near as good as the first two. Seeing such a promising show fall from grace was painful, and I was starting to worry that Occult Academy would completely squander its potential just like So Ra No Wo To. Boy, am I glad to be wrong.

Episodes 5 and 6 were a complete turnaround. Thanks in large part to the strong writing, these episodes picked up the pace, un-derailed Fumiaki's character, and rekindled my interest in the show. They even nailed the comedy, which was both hilarious and perfectly blended with the more serious aspects of the story. And, best of all, Mikaze got almost no screentime! Will wonders never cease?

Find out more after the break.

14Aug/105

Review: K-ON!! 18 & 19

Posted by Guest

Seven days...

After K-ON!! 17's disappointment, I wasn't holding out much hope for the next few episodes. I was expecting more mindless filler and pointless moeblob antics. Boy, was I in for a surprise. The episode 18 and 19 two-parter totally blew me away. I'd dare say these are my favorite episodes of the entire second season. It was an amazing feeling seeing this return to glory for the HTT girls, especially after the crap we've been fed the past few weeks. The jokes are great, the character interactions are spot-on and, for once, the show actually had a overarching plot. Oh, and the girls FINALLY practice too! Who knew K-ON!! could redeem itself so quickly?

Read more after the jump.