Bakacast #387 – Knife Pervert

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On this episode of Bakacast, Fairy Gone has some more fight scenes and then faffs around for a bit, One Punch Man refuses to get to the good part, Carole & Tuesday feels bafflingly outdated, and Fruits Basket starts ramping up the drama. Also, we actually went outside and saw some movies!

  • 01:34 – The Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie
  • 11:47 – Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection
  • 20:39 – Detective Pikachu
  • 29:09 – One Punch Man 5 – 6
  • 34:57 – Fairy Gone 5 – 6
  • 43:28 – Carole & Tuesday 5 – 6
  • 56:33 – Fruits Basket 5 – 6
  • 1:02:54 – Listener questions

Bakacast #386 – The Essence of a Chihuahua

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On this episode of Bakacast, we review the narrowed-down list we have for the Spring 2019 season. One Punch Man slows down a bit too much, Fairy Gone continues to be enjoyable (if somewhat baffling), Carole & Tuesday gets a bit goofy, Fruits Basket reminds us that it does have parts that don’t age well, and Sarazanmai slowly charms me.

  • 01:26 – One Punch Man S2 3 – 4
  • 09:49 – Fairy Gone 3 – 4
  • 23:43 – Carole & Tuesday 3 – 4
  • 41:11 – Fruits Basket 3 – 4
  • 57:03 – Sarazanmai 3 – 4

Bakacast #385 – Ikuhara Goes “Spelunking”

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On this episode of Bakacast, we go back to reviewing current anime for the Spring 2019 season, largely because we all really want to talk about Fruits Basket and One Punch Man. Also, Ikuhara and Watanabe are both directing new shows this season? Talk about an embarrassment of riches.

  • 04:02 – Kimetsu no Yaiba 1 – 2
  • 11:10 – One Punch Man S2 1 – 2
  • 24:02 – Fruits Basket 1 – 2
  • 36:31 – Fairy Gone 1 – 2
  • 50:53 – Carole & Tuesday 1 – 2
  • 106:49 – Sarazanmai 1 – 2
  • 1:20:14 – Isekai Quartet 1 – 2
  • 1:25:56 – Miscellaneous Spring 2019 Discussion/Recommendations

Bakacast #384 – The Latest Award Show Ever

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On this episode of Bakacast, we finish up our review of “Banana Fish”, and then we finally get around to handing out accolades to the 2018 anime season. If you’ve been paying attention to our reviews, the choices probably won’t be very surprising, but it’s nice to make it “official.”

  • 02:04 – Banana Fish 17 – 24
  • 24:17 – 2018 Anime Awards

Bakacast #383 – The Extremely Relatable Honda-san

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On this episode of Bakacast, Ben, Larry and I talk about a short and sweet comedy show called “Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san”. There aren’t a whole lot of anime out there that use retail jobs as anything more than a backdrop, so it was nice to see one that actually examined the joy and despair of working a customer-facing job. Also, we cover the second third of “Banana Fish”, a show I’m still not entirely sure I like.

  • 02:38 – Skull-faced Bookseller Honda-san
  • 19:46 – Banana Fish 9 – 16

Bakacast #382 – Problematic Fish

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On this episode of Bakacast, we talk about the critically acclaimed crime drama “Banana Fish”. This one…ended up being a little rougher than I expected. Ben and I have a rousing debate about the representation of gay men in the show and the story’s use of rape. I think we ended up having a very good discussion, but be warned that this episode is more serious than most Bakacasts tend to be due to the subject matter.

Bakacast #381 – Double Lu

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On this episode of Bakacast, we review the short but frantic (and highly self-indulgent) newish show from Trigger: Space Patrol Luluco. Is it a fun-filled celebration of Triggers’ best qualities, or an exhausting reminder of all their worst tendencies? Opinions are…mixed. We really wanted an excuse to say “Lu” some more, though, so we also reviewed Lu Over the Wall, another wildly entertaining and imaginative film from director Masaaki Yuasa.

  • 03:24 – Space Patrol Luluco
  • 24:56 – Lu Over the Wall

Bakacast #380 – You’re Already Exploded

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On this episode of Bakacast, we our minds boggle over the final episodes of Geneshaft. What was the point of all the DNA backstory? Isn’t it weird that there was basically no direct commentary on the weird gender dynamics? Did anyone actually know how they wanted the story to wrap up before the final episode? We may never know. Also, we watch the final Netflix Godzilla movie: The Planet Eater. Hey, Gen Urobuchi? Please stop.

  • 01:38 – Geneshaft 8 – 13
  • 21:53 – Godzilla: The Planet Eater

Bakacast #379 – *sick guitar riff*

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On this episode of Bakacast, we review the first 7 episode of Geneshaft, a very weird show about DNA, buggy mecha, and using one song over and over again because it’s the only memorable one you have. We also talk about Fireworks, the latest movie produced by Shaft and directed by Akiyuki Simbo. So it should be great, right? We’ve loved a lot of their stuff, yeah? Well, things a little more tricky this time.

  • 03:56 – Geneshaft 1 – 7
  • 29:41 – Fireworks
  • 59:40 – Listener questions

Bakacast #378 – Party Hard, Girl

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On this episode of Bakacast, we review Night is Short, Walk on Girl, the absolutely delightful and visually arresting movie directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is probably most famous for his work on Tatami Galaxy, Ping Pong, and (more recently) Devilman Crybaby. We also finish the second half of Planet With, giving our thoughts on how well the two story arcs fit together and dissecting the interesting things it has to say about conflict, justice, and forgiveness.

  • 01:44 – Night is Short, Walk On Girl
  • 30:18 – Planet With 7 – 12
  • 01:02:23 – Listener questions