Project Haruhi
27Aug/104

Bakacast Briefs – Revenge of the Bookworms

Posted by Jon

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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.

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.

11Aug/107

Bakacast Briefs – Put Ya Guns On!

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ARE YOU READY GUYS?

Now that I'm back from my vacation, I can finally inject some much-needed silliness (and bromance) into the podcast with Sengoku Basara 2. There's no news for this week, so you might notice that all that pent up discussion energy causes us to GET SERIOUS about...well...every show we talk about. So if you decide to listen, I hope you like arguments about world-building theory. Otherwise, you'll need LOTS OF LUCK to make it through.

We take on:

You may notice I'm more forgiving of HotD #5 in the podcast than I am in my review. Funny how time makes the heart hate stronger, isn't it?

Anyway, we like hearing from you, so feel free to leave a comment or two. Just don't get SO CRAZY that the mods have to BREAK IT UP.

...okay, I'm done now.

[The opening and ending music is "Boy Walks Girl to Work and is Followed by a Ghost" by .hnz]

9Aug/1010

K-ON!’s Weirdest Merchandise

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Wanna look your best at work with Mio!

According to a recent article from ANN, the K-ON! merchandising juggernaut has made 1.8 billion yen in the last three months. That's approximately $20 million USD, and that doesn't even include the video sales and licensing rights for the anime or CDs. It's not on par with merchandising juggernauts like Star Wars or Gundam, but it's still pretty impressive.

But out of all this merchandise, there are a few products that are rather... bizarre. Let's take a look at those odd and ridiculous accessories that really make people scratch their heads and beg the question,"What were they thinking?"

Check out the strange products after the jump.

7Aug/1011

K-ON! Manga Ends in September

Posted by Jon

Could the K-ON! manga be coming to an end? This story just went live on ANN.

A footnote on the bottom of kakifly's K-ON! manga in the September issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara magazine lists the next installment as the final one. The September issue officially ships on Monday.

Now, don't start panicking just yet. This only means that K-ON! will no longer be serialized in Manga Time Kiara. It's entirely possible that kakifly could continue the manga in another serial magazine. On the other hand, this could mean that the next chapter will indeed be the final one, and the series will end with the girl's graduation from high school. This theory is further supported by the K-ON!! anime, which will finish airing in late September. Perhaps the manga and anime will end simultaneously, like Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Personally, I think it's about time for K-ON! to take its last bow. It's been a fun ride, but the show has become somewhat creatively bankrupt and repetitive as of late. But don't despair, moe fans! Kyoto Animation's next project, Nichijou, is already in the works.

[Via ANN]

6Aug/100

Bakacast Briefs: The Death of Anime

Posted by Jon

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Will moe be the death of anime?

Last week, Dai Sato claimed that anime will disappear within the next thirty years, due to a lack of creativity in the industry. On this week's Bakacast, we address that controversial issue. Is the over-saturation of moe to blame for the anime studios' financial woes? Or is this just another genre craze that has overstayed its welcome? Does too much focus on merchandising limit quality storytelling? We debate these difficult questions and more.

After that serious business, we move on to lighter fare with this week's anime reviews.

That's it for this week. We'd love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think in the comments below! [Opening music is "Invaders Must Die" by ChipDudeRoss]

5Aug/106

Review: K-ON!! 17

Posted by Guest

Use the Force, Yui!

After last week's slight disappointment, I was hoping that this week's episode of K-ON!! would be an improvement. Thankfully, it did succeed to some extent, but there were some noticeable problems in it. This episode felt like a giant tease, making us think the girls would stop procrastinating and actually practice for once. How foolish of me to get my hopes up; they spend the whole episode goofing off yet again, not getting a damn thing accomplished. But despite that, I somehow still ended up not hating this. The inherent moeblob charm that kept me sane throughout the more aggravating scenes. It's one of those,"not bad but not good either." episodes, in my opinion.

Read more after the jump.

2Aug/1010

K-ON! Dub Cast Announced

Posted by Jon

More news about Bandai's upcoming K-ON! release! They've announced that the show's English language dub will be handled by Bang Zoom! Entertainment, the studio responsible for dubbing both The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star. The role of Yui will be played by the prolific Stephanie Sheh, who played Mikuru in Haruhi and Akira in Lucky Star. Mio will be voiced by Cristina Vee, most famous for her fandubs of various anime songs on YouTube. Here is her rendition of Super Driver:

I must say, I'm a bit conflicted about these choices. Stephanie Sheh is an experienced voice actress, but her take on Mikuru was too high and squeaky for my liking. On the other hand, she did a GREAT job as Akira, so I honestly have no idea whether she'll be good as Yui. As for Cristina Vee... she has an awesome singing voice, but little anime voice-acting experience. Is she really up to the challenge of playing Mio, K-ON!'s most popular character? Also, does this mean she'll be dubbing K-ON!'s music into English?

More importantly, who will they get to dub Ritsu?

29Jul/101

Bakacast Briefs – OneManga’s Doom

Posted by Jon

First off, sorry for the lateness of this Bakacast episode. Since Dustin is on vacation this week, I got to try my hand at editing the podcast, and it took friggin' FOREVER. On the plus side, I did get to pick the theme music this time around...

Anyways, this episode features a greatly expanded cast. Although Dustin is absent, I brought in Konata (aka Jeagle) and Shamisen (aka Larry) to fill his place. That means you're getting twice as many bakas for the same low price!

As always, you can download it directly, subscribe to our RSS feed, or let iTunes do all the work for you.

We start off with a discussion about the demise of One Manga, as well as the new Seven Seas licenses. Then, after drooling over recently-announced sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender, we get into reviewing this week's new anime.

And that's pretty much it. See y'all next week!