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Bakacast – Three Angry Men

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This week's episode marks the first time in a while that Bakacast has actually made it under an hour and a half. Frankly, I'm stunned and kind of hope this trend continues. It helps that we've trimmed down our list so it only includes three shows that we're watching purely for masochistic purposes. The others are either genuinely good or showed early promise and are now suffering from an acute case of Occult Academy syndrome.

I'm looking at you Tiger & Bunny.

Frequent guest-host Thomas fills in Jon's vacant fourth slot this week and, in a daring move, gives Battle Girls the highest score its gotten since the first episode. As stunned as I was (and still am), I admit it's hard to argue with an episode that gives me 100% more Nobunaga (aka the only good thing about the show). But Glen, Larry and I being who we are, we find plenty of ways to argue about it anyway. Because we're mean like that.

We cover:

  • 2:09 - Gosick #16
  • 11:27 - Tiger & Bunny #6
  • 19:33 - Hanasaku Iroha #6
  • 25:56 - Battle Girls #6
  • 34:43 - Steins;Gate #6 (it seems appropriate that this show gets a palindrome for its time stamp)
  • 43:46 - Dat Flower--er...AnoHana #4
  • 52:17 - Deadman Wonderland #4
  • 1:00:30 - [C] #4
  • 1:10:06 - Listener question

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

    That’s a nice picture, where did you find it?

    • Anonymous

      The picture: Jon almost always picks the album art, so he’d have to answer you about that.

      Deadman: A combination of awful shots and shading, just like in X-Men. There didn’t seem to be much need to censor the fight scene, so I doubt that was the issue.

      Lagann-hen: Sadly, I’ve fallen way behind on animated movies I need to watch. I still haven’t seen any of the Evangelion rebuilds, I have the Kara no Kyokai OVAs sitting on my hard drive but haven’t gotten around to them, my Blu-ray of Secret of Kells sits unwatched on my shelf, and I haven’t so much as searched for a torrent of the Gundam 00 and Macross Frontier movies. So no, I haven’t seen either of the Lagann movies yet.

      I’m a terrible fan, I know.

    • Ryu

      Well if it’s anything to you: you can skip the first GL movie because it’s mostly a clip show with like 20 mins of original animation. And hey I think it’s better to be a “bad fan” than, you know, that fan.

  • I’m waiting for Steins;Gate to get, you know, interesting.
    I dunno, man. I thought this show was going to be like a thriller with the characters getting into intense situations, something along the lines of Neuromancer, but naw, it’s really a bunch of kids just stumbling onto this amazing invention and just hanging out. Drinking Dr. Pepper. I don’t begrudge it for that, that’s fine. I was just expecting something compelling. 😛
    The characters are cool, so I’m sticking around, but I’m starting to get just as spaced-out as Mayuri with what’s going on.
    Isn’t  there a sequel to Steins;Gate?

    And if anyone was wondering the outro song was:
    I have an iPhone now that can record so I want to something like that, but dressed like Tonetta.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I can definitely see how you’d be disappointed with Steins;Gate if you expected it to be action-packed (which, to be fair, is not an unreasonable expectation to have considering the premise). Whereas I figured its visual novel roots meant it would be slower and more character-focused, so I wasn’t bothered by what it turned out to be.

      And yes, you’re right, there is a sequel to Steins;Gate, but it won’t be released in Japan until June 16.

  • Dayriff

    A few comments, since I just finished listening:
    General – Thomas didn’t get to talk much, primarily because he hadn’t watched many shows you guys are still covering.  Have you considered having multiple guests, each who is watching at least one of your series, so you get the four-way dynamic more often?

    Gosick – Interesting news I read is that the final light novel of the Gosick series is going to come out at the same time as the final arc of the anime and will be covered by the final anime arc, meaning that we’re going to get a complete story (rare for an adaptation).  So that’s good.Tiger & Bunny – I’m more forgiving of this than you guys, because it feels so much like American superhero comics where questions like “how did the mecha track Tiger, then disappear” are just genre tropes.  However, I agree on just standing there while the crook takes a hostage at the end.  That’s unforgivable.AnoHana – Eh, Menma’s a ghost, not a girl who happens to be invisible.  I figure there’s some kind of cosmic rule about how she can only affect things when nobody is looking, or it must always be deniable in some fashion.  Otherwise proof of the afterlife would have been blown long ago.  It would be nice if she could say that and let the show move on, though.[C] – I like everything about C except the battles, which are incomprehensible to me.  I can never tell what the strengths or weaknesses either side are, if they’re using good strategy or bad strategy, or who is winning until a character tells me who’s winning.  It reminds me of watching Saki and not knowing the rules to mahjong.  A character does something and everybody wooos, so I guess they must have done something effective?

    • Anonymous

      Guest hosts: Yeah, we’ve considered bringing multiple guests on to cover more bases, but it’s a pretty tricky balance. Jon and I don’t like having more than four or five people on one podcast. Things tend to get pretty messy when you have more people than that trying to find openings to talk, especially when you factor in Skype lag. Plus, it’s difficult to get guests on who have watched all the stuff that we have; and to be fair to the guests, we usually haven’t watched all the stuff they have. So in short, yes, it would be nice to have enough guests to give at least four opinions on each show, but that’s rarely a feasible idea. So we figure adding one guest who can talk about only three shows makes for a better listening experience than bringing on two or three guests to cover all of them.

      Gosick: It’s definitely good to know that, when we finally make it through all of Gosick, we won’t have to deal with an ending that goes, “Read the source material for more!” I’m looking at you, Fruits Basket. Not that I’d bother with reading more, but it’s the principle of the thing.

      [C]: Funny you should mention that about the battles, because Glen brings up that exact problem in the episode we recorded last night. So rest assured, you’ll be hearing us rant about that in the near future.

  • Anonymous

     Wow, series are dropping like flies.