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

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 Bonus – Kemono Friends [EXPLICIT]

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Is it perhaps ironic that the Kemono Friends episode is the first one in a while that has the most explicit language since the JoJo Bizarre Rewatch bonus episodes? Yes, probably. Y’all can blame Julie for that. In any case, since Luke’s original audio got lost to the ether somehow, I decided to marathon almost all of the show and then get Julie on to help Luke and me do a slightly deeper dive into the show, because it deserves it.

Bakacast #346 – Never Stop Yelling

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I have no write-up for this episode of Bakacast, because this YouTube video will suffice: Never Stop YELLING!!!!

  • 01:35 – My Hero Academy 38
  • 07:21 – Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul 24
  • 27:43 – Fate/Apocrypha 13
  • 31:27 – Made in Abyss 13
  • 38:01 – Shoukaku no Altair 12
  • 41:19 – The Reflection 11
  • 46:14 – The Ancient Magus’ Bride prologue
  • 51:36 – Black Clover 1 (DROPPED)
  • 55:24 – Just Because 1 (DROPPED)
  • 57:35 – Juuni Taisen 1
  • 1:02:34 – UQ Holder 1
  • 1:11:06 – Listener comments

Ouran High School Host Club and Adventures in J-Drama

Oh dear.

Even within a community as tight and niche as the anime fandom, there are certain subcategories of Japanophilia that cause even the average otaku to raise an eyebrow or two. Dolfie collecting is one, as well as having a soft spot for body pillows or yaoi; but the single most alienating fandom for many is the J-drama one. Often associated with tearjerker plots and a strong focus on handsome young men with abs, it is understandable that J-dramas are often categorized under ‘guilty pleasure’, even by fans. The main reason why I have never ventured into the realm of Japanese live-action, however, is that it’s not animated. One of the main reasons why I love anime is the fact that animation thrives on spikey blue hair, fluffy mascot characters and over-the-top humoristic quirks. The elements that make anime unique often have to do with the animation, which is why I never thought that being an anime fan would automatically make me a fan of any sort of televised entertainment from the land of the rising sun. Continue reading

Review – Space Battleship Yamato

Although I’ve never seen the original Space Battleship Yamato anime, nor it’s American incarnation Star Blazers, I’m always a sucker for a good sci-fi action flick. My particular interest in this film was piqued when I saw the trailer; it almost seemed as if the Japanese film industry was trying to make its very own big budget popcorn flick in the vein of Star Wars. As one of Japan’s premier sci-fi franchises on par with Gundam, Yamato seemed like the perfect film to receive this kind of pseudo-Hollywood treatment. However, it was a big gamble… most live-action adaptations of anime created thus far, whether by Americans or Japanese, have been a disappointment. Could Yamato break this trend?

I’m happy to report that the end result is a flawed but fun high-octane sci-fi action film. Although it suffers from all the pitfalls inherent to Hollywood-style blockbusters, it also does an excellent job of playing to its strengths. It is, in every sense of the word, a popcorn film… and a damn entertaining one at that.

In the year 2199, the Earth is under siege by an unknown race of aliens whom humans have named the Gamilas. Although humanity was successful at resisting them initially, the aliens’ technology evolves at a rate faster than humans can match. Now the Earth has been rendered uninhabitable by constant meteorite bombardment, with only a handful of survivors living underground in squalor. The United Nations of Space has refitted the old, scuttled Japanese warship Yamato into Earth’s final star cruiser, intending to evacuate as many survivors as possible. However, a message from the planet Iskandar in the Large Magellanic Cloud offers humanity aid, promising them a device that can cleanse the Earth of radiation and make it livable again. The message also contains schematics for a powerful Wave Motion Engine, which will allow the Yamato to make the journey quickly using warp. As humanity’s last hope, the Yamato sets out on a desperate journey to find Iskandar, dogged by Gamilas attacks along the way.

More after the break.

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