Bakacast #366 – Lupin is Shoujo Now

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On this episode of Bakacast, we say goodbye to our weekly review format by finishing off (most) of the spring 2018.

  • 01:13 – FLCL Progressive 4 – 5
  • 09:38 – Hisone to Masotan 11 – 12
  • 18:19 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 11 – 12
  • 26:10 – Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory 9 – 10
  • 33:18 – My Hero Academy 50 – 51
  • 45:50 – Lupin III Part V 13
  • 51:53 – Steins;Gate 0 12 – 13
  • 1:02:52 – Megalo Box 12 – 13

Changes Are Coming to Bakacast

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When Jon, Larry and I initially decided to change the structure of Bakacast those many years ago to a weekly review show, it was with the intent to shift the podcast into something we could easily prepare for while also being able to interact with the people listening to us. This worked fine when we were in college and I had plenty of time to edit (and play video games); but even at my best, I’m not a timely person unless I have a boss paying me to do something, and having a full-time job has made my editing schedule even more…erratic. Which, as some of you have pointed out, is not a good thing for show that’s reviewing anime as it comes out.

I think it’s time for us to transform our structure to something more like what we were doing at the very beginning when we created Episode #0: All About Whales on a lark. Instead of doing reviews of individual episodes as they air, pick one or two shows to do a more thorough critique. Maybe focus more on covering shows that didn’t get a lot of attention but did some interesting stuff. Maybe finally get around to watching some stuff we missed. Maybe get back to talking about relevant video games, manga and news.

My cohosts and I all have ideas of what we might like to try, but I’m making this post to get the thoughts of our audience as well. After all, if I was doing this just to talk with my friends about anime, I wouldn’t bother taking so much time to record and edit everything. What kind of stuff would you like to see us focus on?

I’ll be leaving this post pinned for a while to collect feedback. We won’t be covering the summer season like we usually would. Instead, we’re gonna do some catching up on movies and series we missed (or were waiting on) while we come to a decision about what our regular structure should look like going forward.

Bakacast #365 – My Cyberpunk Girlfriend

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I was hoping–deep in my heart–that someday anime would give me more female character designs that looked like the ones in 80’s/90’s sci-fi, like Bubblegum Crisis, Dirty Pair and Outlaw Star. I just never expected an FLCL sequel to give me what I wanted. Her name is Julia Jinyu, and I love her so much.

  • 01:45 – Summer Season Preview
  • 28:40 – FLCL Progressive 1 – 3
  • 47:15 – Hisone to Masotan 9 – 10
  • 1:00:56 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 9 – 10
  • 1:06:35 – Steins;Gate 0 10 – 11
  • 1:13:13 – Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory 8
  • 1:25:20 – My Hero Academy 48 – 49
  • 1:31:34 – Lupin III Part V 11 – 12
  • 1:41:09 – Megalo Box 10 – 11
  • 1:47:22 – Listener questions

Bakacast #364 – Guns Aren’t Fun

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On this episode of Bakacast, Lupin III teaches us a valuable lesson that guns are not toys and will definitely kill anyone who is not a main character.

  • 01:38 – Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory 6 – 7
  • 06:58 – Hisone to Masotan 7 – 8
  • 17:35– My Hero Academy 46 – 47
  • 29:11 – Lupin III Part V 8 – 9
  • 38:01 – Megalo Box 8 – 9
  • 42:02 – Steins;Gate 0 7 – 8
  • 52:50 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 7 – 8

Bakacast #363 – Ruka is a Girl!

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Look, I get that Steins;Gate means well. Ruka is consistently portrayed as one of the most sensible people on the show. But also, stop saying Ruka is a man, dang it! She’s a girl, and I will die on this hill.

For a good write-up of the Steam debacle I mention in the Listener Question segment, check out this article on The Verge

  • 01:45 – Hisone to Masotan 5 – 6
  • 07:44 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 6
  • 21:59 – Steins;Gate 0 5 – 6
  • 31:53 – Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory 5
  • 38:12– My Hero Academy 44 – 45
  • 46:46 – Lupin III Part V 6 – 7
  • 52:47 – Megalo Box 6 – 7
  • 1:02:15 – Listener questions

Bakacast #362 – Muscles Should Stay on the Inside

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On this episode of Bakacast, My Hero Academy decides to give us the most body-horror villain yet. I can’t say I’m a fan.

  • 01:21 – Hisone to Masotan 3 – 4
  • 17:46 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 4 – 5
  • 30:15 – Steins;Gate 0 3 – 4
  • 49:50 – Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory 3 – 4
  • 57:25– My Hero Academy 42 – 43
  • 1:04:10 – Lupin III Part V 4 – 5
  • 1:10:05 – Megalo Box 4 – 5
  • 1:17:06 – Listener questions

Bakacast #361 – Dragon Vore Z

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On this episode of Bakacast, our fears about the long-awaited Full Metal Panic sequel crashing and burning are put to rest, Hinamatsuri takes a goofy premise and turns it into something truly delightful, and Hisone to Masotan tricks us all into liking a show about vore. I am not even exaggerating.

  • 02:20 – Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory 1 – 2
  • 14:58 – Hisone to Masotan 1 – 2
  • 27:13 – Hinamatsuri 1 – 3
  • 35:32 – My Hero Academy 40 – 41
  • 43:07 – Caligula 2 – 3
  • 46:14 – Golden Kamui 2 – 3
  • 52:47 – Lupin III Part V 3 – 4
  • 1:00:13 – Megalo Box 2 – 3
  • 1:08:33 – Steins;Gate 0 2
  • 1:18:27 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 2 – 3
  • 1:29:53 – Listener questions

Bakacast #360 – Bear Simulator 2018

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Here come the first set of reviews of the Spring 2018 season directly from Bakacast. Sure, they may be outdated, but they’re Fair And Balanced. And that’s really what matters, right?

  • 01:57 – Violet Evergarden 13
  • 11:36 – Caligula 1
  • 16:41 – Golden Kamui 1
  • 22:27 – Gurazeni 1
  • 27:34 – Legend of the Galactic Heroes (2018) 1
  • 40:52 – Lupin III Part V 1
  • 43:43 – Mahou Shoujo Site 1
  • 51:12 – Megalo Box 1
  • 58:55 – Nil Admirari no Tenbin 1
  • 1:06:03 – Persona 5 The Animation 1
  • 1:15:35 – Dances with the Dragons 1
  • 1:25:13 – Steins;Gate 0 1
  • 1:33:59 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 1
  • 1:42:58 – Uma Musume 1
  • 1:56:07 – Listener comments

Bakacast #359 – Buried Alive in Anime

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On this extremely late episode of Bakacast, we finish up the Winter 2018 anime and preview the Spring 2018 anime. Because previews are most useful when you’re already a month into the season. I’m very good at my job.

  • 01:30 – Spring 2018 Preview
  • 1:18:08 – Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card 11 – 12
  • 1:32:15 – Fate/Extra Last Encore 7
  • 1:45:12 – A Place Further Than the Universe 12 & 13
  • 1:55:44 – Violet Evergarden 10 – 12
  • 2:10:50 – The Ancient Magus’ Bride 23 & 24
  • 2:20:57 – Kokkoku 11 & 12

Bakacast #358 – Please Don’t Do A Blood Sacrifice

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On this episode of Bakacast, we all agree that attempting to use your girlfriend’s new best friend for a blood ritual probably won’t win you many brownie points. Also, Card Capture starts to have some plot progression?!

  • 01:40 – The Ancient Magus’ Bride 21 & 22
  • 12:14 – A Place Further Than the Universe 10 & 11
  • 19:07 – Violet Evergarden 9
  • 29:08 – Kokkoku 9 & 10
  • 36:58 – Fate/Extra Last Encore 5 & 6
  • 55:35 – Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card 7 – 10
  • 1:27:20 – Listener questions