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26Sep/1116

Bakacast – LOVE ME!!

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Bakacast, hasshin!

We start off this episode by debating the role of 'liberated sexuality' versus feminism in American comics, then we take advantage of the lull in between seasons to get a couple of extra reviews in. First we discuss the psuedo-cyberpunk film Mardock Scramble: The First Compression, then the live-action adaptation of Space Battleship Yamato. After our regular anime reviews Dusty and Glen fangirl over the finale to My Little Pony's first season. Finally, a listener question from somebody named Instant Milk sparks off a discussion about the merits of flat chests versus jiggly boobs.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

Note: I originally intended to use the Madoka Rap as the OP, but its lyrics are a bit too NSFW for the podcast. Listen to it here instead.

Time Index

  • 00:00 - OP: TAKE9 by Yoko Kanno

News

Reviews et al.

  • 14:24 - Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
  • 31:27 - Ikoku Meuru no Croisee 12 (END)
  • 39:10 - Hanasaku Iroha 25
  • 46:03 - Dantalian no Shoka 11
  • 53:32 - Mawaru Penguindrum 11
  • 1:02:48 - My Little Pony 25-26 (END)
  • 1:15:03 - Space Battleship Yamato
  • 1:29:56 - Listener Questions
  • 2:06:20 - ED: Shinryaku no Susume
18Sep/1118

Bakacast – Game of Evangelions

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Y'know, as the end of each anime season rolls around, I grow a little wistful. While editing this podcast, I reflected on the many happy memories this season has brought me, mainly in the form of Bunny Drop. It's certainly appropriate that a show so steeped in mono no aware would bring a tear to my eye at the prospect of its passing.

Anyway, on this episode of Bakacast, we bid a fond farewell to Steins;Gate and Bunny Drop, as well as a not-so-fond farewell to No. 6. Dusty tells us about his latest gaming experience, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and I shamelessly plug Game of Thrones and the Rebuild of Evangelion films. We also all have a good laugh at the total stupidity of Hot Topic's shameful attempts at cosplay.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 00:12 - OP: Game of Thrones Main Theme

News

What We've Been Doing

  • 9:00 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • 12:30 - Game of Thrones
  • 15:25 - Rebuild of Evangelion

Reviews et al.

  • 18:00 - Hanasaku Iroha 24
  • 21:51 - Steins:Gate 24 (END)
  • 27:57 - Ikoku Meuru no Croisee 11
  • 30:54 - Bunny Drop 11 (END)
  • 32:55 - No. 6 11 (END)
  • 38:03 - Dantalian no Shoka 10
  • 44:19 - Mawaru Penguindrum 10
  • 49:24 - My Little Pony 23-24
  • 57:27 - Listener Questions
  • 1:18:18 - ED: Fly Me to the Moon - 2007 Mix (Evangelion 1.0 OST)

 

16Sep/1111

Bakacast – Ninja Tigers

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Jon is once again absent for this episode, which means it's the perfect time for all of us to praise Dantalian no Shoka and finally give it perfect scores. Other than that, it's business as usual, with Hanasku making no sense, Steins;Gate leaving Larry utterly confused, Croisee and Bunny Drop being their cute selves, and No. 6 constantly being heavy-handed and dumb. Also, Penguindrum finally takes our advice and gives us an episode that's entirely free of Ringo.

Thank God.

Finally, after our listener questions, I blatantly rip off War Rocket Ajax and introduce a very special segment called "Big Ups to All My Haters," where I preform a dramatic reading of the comment of someone who got very mad about my final Highschool of the Dead review that is over a year old.

We cover:

  • 4:20 - Hanasaku Iroha 23
  • 10:34 - Steins;Gate 23
  • 17:29 - Ikoku Meiru no Croisee 10
  • 23:43 - Bunny Drop 10
  • 33:14 - No. 6 10
  • 39:13 - Dantalian no Shoka 9
  • 43:42 - Mawaru Penguindrum 9
  • 50:47 - My Little Pony 21 & 22
  • 1:04:45 - Listener questions
    • Here's the tumblr that collects Facebook people taking Onion articles seriously
    • And here's the podcast you should check out if you like hearing people talk about computer hardware

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net or leave them in the comments below.

1Sep/1117

Bakacast – Hurricane Fight!

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Karen wasn't able to appear on this podcast, as she was off bravely challenging the Hurricane Lord to a battle of wits and martial strength. As a result, we delayed our Redline review by one week. It will be on the next podcast, we promise! To make up for it, we cover a couple of mecha-related news stories and give an impromptu preview of what we're looking forward to in the fall season. And, now that I'm back, I inevitably get in an argument with Dustin about Dalian's merits (or lack therof) as a character.

  • 2:03 - News Segment (Tomino announcement and new Eva Rebuild trailer)
  • 7:18 - Watcha Been Doing?
  • 15:03 - Hanasaku Iroha #21
  • 18:58 - Steins;Gate #21
  • 24:26 - Bunny Drop #8
  • 32:34 - No. 6 #8
  • 39:14 - Dantalian no Shoka #7
  • 46:34 - Mawaru Penguindrum #7
  • 53:10 - My Little Pony #17 & 18
  • 59:08 - Upcoming season (based on Scamp's preview)
  • 1:10:35 - Listener questions

As always, if you would like to submit listener questions for a future episode, you can email them to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net, @reply them to Project Haruhi's Twitter account using the hashtag #bakacast, or leave them in the comments below.

25Aug/1132

Bakacast – Punch to the Face

Posted by Dustin

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I apologize for the occasional audio glitches in this episode. Jon was too tired from his job to record, and I was at my parents' house, so I had to use a five-year-old laptop to record this week's podcast. I've done this a couple times before, but I guess the laptop chose this time to turn into cybernetic molasses. I was able to fix the desync issues that appeared, but there was nothing I could do about the "clipping" of sentences.

Anyway, we have a pretty normal review segment this week, with Hanasaku Iroha continuing to be a bizarre mixture of bad and good, Steins;Gate stumbling toward its ending, Sacred Seven defeating even my tolerance for Sunrise stupidity, Bunny Drop being amazing, No. 6 finally going somewhere with its plot, Dantalian having troubling implications about gender, and Penguindrum convincing some of my co-hosts to come over to my Anti-Ringo brigade.

Also we discuss the scientific method in relation to My Little Pony. Seriously.

We cover:

  • 2:51 - Hanasku Iroha #20
  • 7:06 - Steins;Gate #20
  • 14:38 - Sacred Seven #7
  • 18:57 - Ikoku Meiru no Croisee #7
  • 26:17 - Bunny Drop #7
  • 35:19 - No. 6 #7
  • 42:59 - Dantalian no Shoka #5 & 6
  • 51:27 - Mawaru Penguindrum #6
  • 58:22 - My Little Pony #15 & 16
  • 1:12:38 - Listener questions

I actually did miss one listener question, so I'll be sure to get to it on the next episode. Speaking of the next podcast, we'll be reviewing the Madhouse film everyone's been hyped for: Redline. So look forward to that.

As always, if you would like to submit listener questions for a future episode, you can email them to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net, @reply them to Project Haruhi's Twitter account using the hashtag #bakacast, or leave them in the comments below.

17Aug/1117

Bakacast – Needs 20 Percent More Suffering

Posted by Dustin

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Jon is, unfortunately, still missing on this episode of Bakacast, probably due to ninja kidnapping. And before you say something, yes, I'm almost certain I've used that joke before. I just don't care.

Speaking of things I don't care about, you can consider Blade officially dropped, because none of us felt like catching up with the recent episodes. Yeah, that's right. We're so apathetic about the Marvel adaptations that we can't even be bothered to mention we've quit watching them on the podcast. We do, however, discuss the morality of Steins;Gate, admire the grit it takes to take a sword through your arm in Sacred Seven and not scream like a little girl, wonder when the suffering will start in Bunny Drop, explain why No. 6 completely fails at building a decent dystopia, and are again reminded that being an Earth pony in Friendship is Magic really sucks. Also, I briefly recommend watching Double J #7, just because it's bizarre.

We cover:

  • 2:26 - Hanasku Iroha #19
  • 7:46 - Steins;Gate #19
  • 17:28 - Sacred Seven #6
  • 22:09 - Ikoku Meiru no Croisee #6
  • 27:07 - Bunny Drop #6
  • 34:20 - No. 6 #6
  • 45:16 - Dantalian no Shoka #4
  • 54:28 - My Little Pony #13 & 14
  • 1:08:19 - Listener questions

If you would like to submit listener questions for a future episode, you can email them to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net, @reply them to Project Haruhi's Twitter account using the hashtag #bakacast, or leave them in the comments below.

11Aug/114

Ouran High School Host Club and Adventures in J-Drama

Posted by Joris

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.

7Aug/1122

Bakacast – Be My Dungeon Master

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I'm finally back from my exile in Minnesota and watched three weeks worth of anime in just a few days, all so I could argue with Jon. Unfortunately, he had to be responsible and go to a job interview; so he's escaped my vengeance this time. But soon, Jon. Soon, I will destroy you.

Karen's back too, and we start off the podcast by giving her a chance to talk about her Otakon adventure, which was a bit of a mixed bag. Then we lead off the review segment by ripping the disappointing final Break Blade episode to shreds. As for our regularly scheduled reviews, Steins;Gate continues to not act like Steins;Gate, Double J botches its last chance, our predictions for Sacred Seven's trainwreck potential end up being scarily accurate, No. 6 completely wastes an episode, and I finally get the chance to release my pent up rage toward Ringo of Penguindrum.

We cover:

  • 2:11 - Otakon
  • 17:19 - Break Blade #6
  • 32:12 - Steins;Gate #18
  • 40:58 - Double J #5
  • 45:28 - Sacred Seven #5
  • 52:48 - Ikoku Meiru no Croisee #5
  • 59:43 - Bunny Drop #5
  • 1:06:04 - No. 6 #5
  • 1:10:50 - Mawaru Penguindrum #5
  • 1:19:47 - My Little Pony #11 & 12
  • 1:29:55 - Listener questions

Unfortunately, we didn't have time to get through all the questions this time. So if we didn't answer your question this episode, don't worry. We'll get to it eventually.

If you would like to submit listener questions for a future episode, you can email them to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net, @reply them to Project Haruhi's Twitter account using the hashtag #bakacast, or leave them in the comments below.

2Aug/1113

Bakacast – STALKING STRATEGY!

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It's the Bakacast Comeback Tour!

Any rumors of our death are grossly exaggerated. After going on hiatus last week due to most of our staff being on vacation, we're back this week with a vengeance! Well, half a vengeance anyway, since Karen and Dustin were still unavailable. But Joris (aka Aquagaze) filled in for them, so that brings us up to a solid three-fourths of a vengeance... and I'm pretty sure the album art makes up for the rest.

1:15 - Steins;Gate 16 & 17
7:58 - Hanasku Iroha 16 & 17
13:43 - Double J 3 & 4
16:09 - Sacred Seven 3 & 4
22:26 - Ikoku Meiru no Croisee 3 & 4
30:34 - Nyanpire 3 & 4 (DROPPED)
34:54 - Bunny Drop 3 & 4
42:53 - No. 6 3 & 4
49:43 - Mawaru Penguindrum 3 & 4
58:17 - Dantalion no Shoka 1-3
1:09:51 - Listener questions

Click to see the song by John Gibson.

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Sorry I didn't get to all the listener questions this week, but I felt the ones involving My Little Pony should be saved until Dustin and Karen returned.

If you would like to submit listener questions for a future episode, you can email them to bakacast[at]projectharuhi.net, @reply them to Project Haruhi's Twitter account using the hashtag #bakacast, or leave them in the comments below.

Bonus Trivia: This episode of Bakacast was exactly 1:44:44 long. I'm sure that means something. Somebody call a numerologist!

26Jul/114

God’s Memo Pad and the Joys of Licensed Theme Tunes

Posted by Joris

For these last few months, some people asked me what had happened to Aquagaze’s Anime Weekend. To that surprisingly large part of the anime fandom, I have one message: you are reading it right now. The name Aquagaze’s Anime Weekend has lived its best days. My anime watching and blogging is not limited to the weekend anymore, nor do I want to waste my time making more flashy logos and title cards. I've chosen to focus on my writing instead. Besides, I've grown tired of the admittedly arrogant practice of sticking my own name into the name of my blog. I’d much rather go with something original. If even Liam Gallagher does have a big enough ego to name his new band Liam Gallagher and the Inspiral Nuns, neither should I. Now do not act as if you don’t know who Liam Gallagher is. He sang the best anime OP of all time.

Of all time!