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Bakacast – I Want to Sparkle

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I'm sorry these podcasts keep coming out late, but my spring semester is almost over and the work is piling up. I'll be editing and posting episodes much quicker after the first week of May. And hopefully Jon will be caught up on anime around that time so he return to his regular hosting duties.

In the meantime, we brought Scamp, writer of the Cart Driver blog, on as a guest host this week. Marvel at his soothing Irish voice as he explains exactly why no one should ever watch Apocalypse Zero. Also, this marks the first week we finally decide to drop some shows. Because watching and talking about over a dozen shows each week is kind of tiring.

We cover:

  • 3:08 - Gosick #13
  • 7:11 - Suite PreCure #10
  • 9:27 - X-Men #3
  • 14:01 - Nichijou #3 (dropped)
  • 21:29 - Tiger & Bunny #3
  • 26:06 - Hanasaku Iroha #3
  • 35:59 - Battle Girls #3
  • 40:39 - Steins;Gate #3
  • 46:22 - Sket Dance #3 (dropped)
  • 50:55 - A-Channel #2
  • 53:20 - Blue Exorcist #1
  • 59:27 - Aria of Scarlet Ammo #1 (dropped)
  • 1:10:56 - AnoHana #1
  • 1:21:05 - Deadman Wonderland #1
  • 1:30:00 - Listener question

You've probably noticed that the second episode of C and the finale of Madoka are not on that list. That's because those episodes aired after we were done recording (Madoka actually aired a mere two hours after). We'll talk about them in the next episode, I promise.

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

About Dustin

Dustin (aka Stilts) enjoys playing and yelling at video games, especially RPGs. He also likes super robot shows... the more outrageous the plot, the better!
  • Ryu

    The itunes version seems to have been mixed up with last weeks

    • Should be fixed by now…

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I screwed up the XML. Sorry about that.

    • Ryu

      Alright, thanks!

  • Ryu

    Hanasaku Iroha: Glen, I believe the word is catastrof***

  • Not that I expect you guys to suddenly pick it back up, but Aria’s second and third episodes were infinitely better than the first one (well, the generic shower scene in the second episode was dumb, but other than that).

    -Second episode reveals that the childhood friend is actually massively yandere for the MC
    -Aria is becoming less tsundere each episode
    -All good lists are done in threes

    Anyways, great podcast, guys. Scamp was a great addition to the crew, too.

  • I don’t know what you guys are talking about, Madhouse have been doing good work. They are animating the best show of the season right now.

  • Shinmaru

    Yes, MD Geist is plenty bad, but it’s not soul crushingly awful.

    Also, I’m of the opinion that Mad Bull 34 is the best bad anime ever (because it’s so utterly bizarre; spontaneous marriage is used as a plot device twice!), although Garzey’s Wing has the best terrible English dub. Angel Cop is pretty good, though (in a horrible way).

    I also recommend Legend of Duo, which is absolutely HILARIOUS.

    • It’s a crying shame that Mad Bull 34’s dub and anime are not preserved on DVD. I was lucky enough to find a used copy of Angel Cop on DVD for $20.

  • I like anime too.

    I’ve got to ask. What is the name of the song at the end of this episode?

    • Resuscitated Hope / Lisa Komine 1st ED, GOSICK.

  • Ryu

    Re-listening to the podcast made me realise how much I hate the word lolita. Man that word sure is loaded and totally not cool to refer to a young girl unless you’re being ironic!

    • It has a hugely different meaning in the context of Japanese culture compared to English, though. Lolita fashion is completely innocuous, and ‘loli’ is often just a general term for a prepubescent female character with little or no sexual connotation.

    • Ryu

      Odd I was under the impression that it did have that connotation unless you were referring to the subculture. What’s your source? ’cause most results are either about the fashion, urban dictionary (which is unreliable), wikipedia (fashion/book), and some dictionary site attributing it to meaning “nymphet.”

  • If I had a decent phone I’d use Larry’s laugh as my ringtone.

    • I’m impressed? Maybe not. You have Glen to thank for that laugh. I on the other hand, well that’ll wait till later.

  • Source for my understanding of the term ‘loli’? Uh… almost a decade of experience with the online anime community and becoming familiar with its usage, I guess. Generally you see ‘lolicon’ when people are referring specifically to sexually explicit content or a person who enjoys it.

  • Reading the two guro works of Juan Gotoh just recently. I’m kind want to see how “bad” this Apocalypse Now thing, as Scamp describes it.

    • I looked up some of Juan Gotoh’s stuff real quick, but all I saw were loli/shouta stuff – limbs intact and all 🙁

      Ah, wait, Applicant For Death. Not bad as far as gore goes. Junji Ito’s artwork still makes my stomach turn not so much for the gore but just how sick some of the bodies twist, and just sick stuff done with them.

    • For someone reading Franken Furan, I’m kind got immuned to these kinds of things. I’m used to Gotoh’s straight shota antics, but Gotoh putting guro in the mix caught me off guard for a bit.

    • Ryu

      What the christ

      and Franken Fran isn’t guro!