Bakacast – We Are Not Spinal Tap

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On this episode of Bakacast, we bid a semi-fond farewell to the Fall 2010 season and share what we’re looking forward to (or dreading) in the coming winter. But first, I guess there might be more Lucky Star in our future? Who knows! And, more to the point, who cares? Frankly, we’re more interested in the recent Disappearance of Haruhi Suzimiya movie, which kicks off our review segment.

Ever wanted to hear me lose my temper? Well, you’ll get your chance when Jon and I battle it out during the Panty & Stocking discussion (though at least we can all agree that the soundtrack is fantastic). And to make sure this episode was extra special, we captured Thomas from Stepping Up to the Anime Plate so he could give us his thoughts on MM!

We cover:

  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Panty & Stocking #13
  • Otome Youkai Zakuro #13
  • Squid Girl #12
  • Iron Man #12
  • MM!
  • Star Driver #13

Since the winter season’s shows won’t debut before our normal podcast recording time, we’ll be doing things a little differently next week. How different? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see…

Video Game Sequel to “Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya” Announced

Don’t you think it’s been a while now since we had some real Haruhi news? I mean REAL NEWS, not like the odd fart about how some random cinema in Hawaii or California will be showing The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya months after Japan forgot about it. Since I’m not in Hawaii or California, that kind of drivel has no appeal to me whatsoever. The fact that I’m endlessly waiting on someone to give us a DVD release date for Disappearance is beginning to destroy what little interest I have remaining in the Haruhi series. Now I see on ANN that the production team behind the Disappearance movie are making a PSP and PS3 “wandering adventure” game oh-so-typically named The Reminiscence of Haruhi Suzumiya. It’s set immediately after the ending of the movie, and features all the original seiyuus. Hello? What about the DVD?

This annoys me. Us English-speaking folk haven’t even seen the movie yet and already there are sequels appearing on the horizon. All we know is that the Disappearance movie will be released on DVD sometime in the spring of 2011, probably AFTER the game comes out.


I guess I could go on and on about how the people controlling the Haruhi franchise have repeatedly, in my opinion, pushed the limits of the fanbase, but I know its just a waste of time. Besides, its all been said before.

So if you are a Haruhi fan, can read and speak Japanese, and have already seen The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, then you may rejoice; you will have a new game to play sometime next year. I’ll be the one probably still waiting to watch the damn movie.

Manga Caption Contest: Kyon Punches Haruhi

There were so many good entries last week that it was hard to pick a winner. In the end, I decided to cop out and call a tie between Starlogic and Milktea, who both wrote hilarious captions. Congratulations!

This weeks manga page comes from an infamous Haruhi doujin, in which Haruhi FINALLY gets what’s coming for her years of antisocial behavior. But what are the events leading up to Kyon’s knockout punch? That’s for you to decide, dear readers! Using the numbers provided in the manga excerpt above, write your own funny, perverted or just plain silly dialogue to fit the scene, and post it in the comments below. Naturally, please keep it PG-13 and Safe For Work. The winner will be announced one week from today, just like last time. Good luck!

The Confessions of Aya Hirano

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Here I was hoping Aya was on the road to normalizing her career, but that notion seems to be in my dreams. In reality, her career is becoming a large looming uncontrollable nightmare. Her recent revelations about her love life have caused quite a stir among her fans, creating lots of unnecessary and ultimately harmful drama. How Aya is coping with this is something we’d all like to know.

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The Juice of Haruhi Suzumiya

It happens: you’re thirsty, sweaty and need a drink badly. You run to the fridge, but all your beverages are just so BORING. What do you do?

Hi, Ghost Billy Mays here for Haruhi Lemon Fruit Juice! Haruhi isn’t interested in ordinary fruit juices, so why should YOU be? Ditch those dull drinks! Grab a can of Haruhi lemonade instead, and enjoy it’s wonderful citrus flavor! It’ll blast your taste buds into Haruhi heaven! Excellent for parties, walking on the beach, or just relaxing at the house! On the sweatiest and hottest of summer days, Haruhi lemonade is sure to amaze! Now that’s the power of moe!

Check out pics of this product in action below the break!

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Haruhi’s Blu-ray Appearance Doesn’t Come Cheap

As reported by Sankaku Complex [NSFW], pre-orders for the October 22 release of the complete Haruhi TV series on Blu-ray have recently gone up on Amazon Japan. With all twenty-eight episodes of Haruhi in high-definition, extra content and English subtitles, it may seem like this is the release fans are waiting for.

But then there’s the price: 30,000 yen (or $338 USD). For eight Blu-ray discs.

The Project Haruhi staff has talked about Japan’s absurd pricing structure multiple times, but it bears repeating. What the heck are they thinking? Here’s a short list of other stuff you could buy from Amazon Japan for that amount of money:

Okay, you probably get my point.

What makes this frustrating is the actual release is great. It’s something I might like to own, and I’m not even that big of a Haruhi fan. The price, however, kills it for me. The even crazier thing is that, compared to the price of the DVD release of Endless Eight, this Blu-ray release is actually a bargain. Collecting the single-volume release of Endless Eight on DVD would cost the equivalent of $288 USD.

So, now the question is: how many people will actually buy the Blu-ray series? And if it sells poorly, will Kadokawa interpret this as disinterest in the Haruhi franchise instead of a rebellion against outlandish pricing?

The Melancholy of Aya Hirano

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Hysterical Barbie

Fame is a strange bedfellow: some handle it as if it were part of life, and for others it becomes a daunting pillar which they spend their entire life trying to stand upon. Aya Hirano burst on to the world stage a mere four years ago at the age of 18 when she voiced Haruhi. Since that time she’s moved on to a singing career, reprized her Haruhi role several times, was Konata’s voice in Lucky Star and has been searching for her real self in real life.

What is real life you ask? It is that life not on the stage, nor in the studio, those nights sitting in front of a mirror trying desperately to figure out what to do next. There are usually thoughts of “Who am I?” or “How did I manage to get into this dilemma?”

It is the opinion of this writer that Ms. Hirano is suffering a massive identity crisis. Her sudden unexplained illness, canceling of appearances, and hair loss all point to this. Furthermore, the rather garish appearance of her latest album (pictured above) in which she’s adopted yet another unnatural hair color after she promised she would return her hair to its natural color (black), seems to support this conclusion.

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Figma Fever: Young Haruhi by Max Factory

Have you always wanted that diorama of both young and older version of Haruhi kicking Kyon’s ass? Well, wait no more! Max Factory has added to their Figma lineup by releasing a younger version of Haruhi Suzumiya for your enjoyment. In case you didn’t already know, this loli-Haruhi is from the Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody arc, one of the more pivotal episodes in the the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. More after the jump.

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Bakacast 6 – Robots in Hell

That’s right, it’s the episode everyone I have been waiting for… we finally review Casshern Sins. But because even we can’t fill up an hour with Casshern discussion, we also review Venus Wars and tackle some important issues with the help of special guest Chris (aka Kagami on Project Haruhi): manga aggregationabsurd Haruhi DVD pricesthe “loli bill”, Japan’s search for new creative talent and—of course—beards.

Truly, we are the pinnacle of moe- and beard-related content. And if my script for a new slice-of-life show about lumberjacks gets green-lit, we may finally get to combine our passions!

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The music at the end is “ROBOTS” by Dan Mangan and is available for digital download on Amazon.