There is no doubt that Panty & Stocking has a great soundtrack. In my opinion, we have not been graced with such epic anime music since the halcyon days of Macross Frontier. Fans of the show have been so desperate to get their hands on this music that they’ve resorted to using Audacity to remove the voice tracks from the show’s transformation scenes, just to get their “Fly Away Now” fix.
I guess Gainax likes seeing us suffer, as they’ve decided to tantalize us with this little preview of the upcoming OST release.
Much to the chagrin of everyone, the actual soundtrack does not come out until December 29th. You can preorder it from CDJapan here.
So, any guesses as to who this mysterious Corset character is?
In this delayed-by-Thanksgiving episode of Bakacast, Jon gets buried by an avalanche of homework and reluctantly hands hosting duties to me again. As usual, rambling ensues. There’s a reason Jon’s the regular host, and I’m the adorable mascot.
So, despite having no news story or Twitter questions, we still manage to go slightly over an hour. How? Well, mostly by voicing our unanimous frustration with Kirino’s life-counseling, reminding each other of pretty much every joke we thought was funny in Panty & Stocking, wondering why the hell Tony Stark doesn’t have Professor Xavier on speed dial, explaining the premise of my new Half-Life/Squid Girl crossover fanfiction (Gordon x Cindy OTP), and comparing the end of Star Driver to Family Guy.
In this robot-tastic episode of Bakacast, me and my team of podcasters-in-disguise bring back the news segment to praise Ken Akamatsu’s new online manga initiative and express our concerns for its viability. Then we move our convoy on to the reviews, where the good shows are suddenly bad, the bad shows are suddenly really good, and Squid Girl continues to be the most consistently fun show of the season.
Oh, yeah, and I guess there are some Twitter questions where I admit to writing Final Fantasy fanfiction, Jon accidentally encourages me to imagine myself as part of an incestuous relationship between video game characters, and we unanimously decide that Evangeline A.K. McDowell is awesome.
Many millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, life existed. But not life as we know it today. Intelligent robots that could think and feel inhabited the cities. They were called Autobots and Decepticons. But the brutal Decepticons were driven by a single goal: total domination. They set out to destroy the peace-loving Autobots. And a war between the forces of good and evil raged across Cybertron, devastating everything in its path, draining its once-rich sources of energy. The Autobots, on the verge of extinction, battled to survive.
Countless eons later, Gainax made a parody of it. And it was awesome.
“What!” you exclaim. “The next Bakacast is already out?”
Yes, it’s true, dear listener. Frankly, it was embarrassing to me that I was taking a week to get each episode out, so I pushed it to the limit and finished my editing a mere two days after recording. Sadly, Jon’s mic was unusually quiet during recording, which meant I had to futz with everyone’s levels in post-production. So if our audio quality sounds a little off, that’s why. One step forward, one step back, I guess.
Oh, and guess what else?
IT’S OUR 25TH EPISODE! WOOOOOO!
We didn’t notice when we were recording, since we don’t number the podcasts anymore; but according to iTunes, we’ve done 25 of these things. No wonder my hard drive was filling up so fast.
Anyway, we celebrate this momentous occasion by…doing what we always do. We give you reviews of:
Panty & Stocking #6
Otome Youkai Zakuro #6
Star Driver #6
Squid Girl #5
And, of course, we answer your Twitter questions about pervy grandparents, Mudkips and Harrison Ford at the end.
Longtime readers of Project Haruhi might have noticed that we haven’t been posting a lot of anime reviews lately. This is because most of our authors, myself included, got tired of writing long screeds for every freakin’ episode of anime we watched. Therefore, we’ve decided to adopt a more streamlined format for individual episode reviews. Each author is going to write a short, two-or-three paragraph review for whichever shows they’re covering, and they will all be collected together into a single weekly column.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the inaugural edition of the Weekly Anime Review. Keep reading below the break for our cynical, jaded anime rants, then let us know what you think in the comment section!
In this unusually awkward episode of Bakacast, I reveal my intimate knowledge of lesbian faeries, and the entire Bakacast crew learns the secrets of baby-making.
On the review front, we’re dumbfounded by OreImo, learn that it’s not a good idea to eat lunch while watching Panty & Stocking, randomly riff on Iron Man’s adventure IN SPAAAAACE!, and celebrate Star Driver‘s fabulousness. Also, by popular demand, I gave Bakuman another chance; though I’m guessing fans of the show will wish I didn’t.
When I first heard there was going to be a Railgun OVA, I was disappointed. Yeah, you read that right. Unlike other fans, I was not looking forward to this. Ever since episode thirteen of the original series, I’ve been waiting impatiently for J.C. Staff to cut the filler crap and move ahead with the actual story, as laid out in the manga. The last thing Railgun needs right now is more pointless fluff. Being the pessimist that I am, I was steeling myself for more holodeck swimsuit antics and Pizza Hut product placement. Fortunately, I was wrong.
In a nutshell, this OVA was exactly like one of the better episodes of the TV series. There were lightning-lesbian antics, an urban legend-based mystery that needed solving, a personal crisis for Mikoto and the Power of Friendship™ to help save the day. Hell, you could stick this in the middle of the show itself, and it would be nigh-indistinguishable from a regular episode. This is both a good and bad thing; although this OVA is guaranteed to entertain the hardcore Railgun fans like myself, it also suffers from all the same flaws that made the original show such a hard sell for more casual viewers. This half-hour of Mikoto-filled goodness encapsulates everything that is right and wrong with the franchise as a whole.
Did you know that the ghost shark is the ninja’s ancient nemesis? It’s true! Jon is back to educate us on this historic myth and more on this week’s episode of Bakacast. I’ve finally resigned myself to the fact that these things are going to be well over an hour for the rest of the season, which I guess means we’ve finally joined the ranks of every other anime podcast. That sound you hear is my tears falling upon the altar of conformity.
That other sound you hear is from the future where every podcast listener breaks my fingers for not liking Squid Girl. Yes, I realize I have a problem! My heart is broken, and the only cure is the power of love.
In this episode, we ramble… er, talk about:
Panty & Stocking #4
Otome Youkai Zakuro #4
Samurai Girls #4
Iron Man #4
Squid Girl #3
Star Driver #4
Oh, and to anyone who clicked on that YouTube link? Good luck getting the song out of your head. Muahahahaha!
In this unusually long episode of Bakacast (no longer called “Briefs,” for obvious reasons), we bring back Twitter questions with hilarious results. For example we talk about which anime character we’d like turn into (hence our use of the classic weaboo anthem “Turning Japanese” as the intro song), genderbending, and the awesomeness that is Picard. These answers and more await, if you can manage to get through the first hour and a half!
Besides the mountain of anime we review, we also take a look at the stats Crunchyroll released recently and discuss what surprised us, what didn’t, and what trends we’d like to see in the future.