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Bakacast – The Dark Side of Yuri

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We go back to basics on this episode of Bakacast with just Glen, Larry and me on hosting duties. We even bring back the poor, neglected news segment to look deep within ourselves and wonder if we would pay upwards of $150 to find a wife. The answer is a definitive "Probably not, but I won't rule it out."

Of course, we review some anime, too, finally freeing ourselves from the bondage of Battle Girls (it wasn't even the fun, "let's experiment" kind of bondage). Plus, Gosick proves it doesn't even know how light works, Tiger & Bunny could be more accurately titled Bunny, Deadman Wonderland shows similar problems to Highschool of the Dead (but without any of the "entertaining" parts), and Steins;Gate once again saves the week.

We cover:

  • 2:06 - OtaRen, the otaku dating service
  • 11:33 - Gosick #17
  • 21:52 - Tiger & Bunny #7 (the comic was actually from PvP, not Shortpacked; sorry, Scott Kurtz!)
  • 30:26 - Hanasaku Iroha #7
  • 37:28 - Battle Girls #7 (dropped)
  • 44:42 - Steins;Gate #7
  • 52:20 - AnoHana #5
  • 57:21 - Deadman Wonderland #5 (dropped)
  • 1:02:56 - [C] #5
  • 1:14:49 - Listener questions

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

    Damn son you are a machine.

    • Anonymous

      If any more shows are dropped, we’ll probably just do shorter episodes. We’ll hold off on Baccano until the summer.

      All right, you’ve convinced me to read the Deadman Wonderland manga. I think I should have time to read enough of it to be able to comment on how the chapters compare to their equivalent anime episodes.

  • Anonymous

    @ StiltsTheGM If you drop anymore shows you guys are going to have a shorter running time than the Highschool of the Dead OVA. I think you guys should do a quick nostalgia view of perhaps Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (which has like, six episodes), or something short like that before you move onto the summertime. And if you don’t want to do that, you guys should do joint-podcasts with Otaku in Review again. Or perhaps Dusty and Jon could just go at each other’s throats again like with the last episode of Panty and Stocking, lol.

  • Jon

    We’re bringing Karen on next week, so she should be able to talk about Soft Tennis and X-Men with Larry. That should pad things out, at least.

    • Anonymous

       Guess I’ll be watching X-Men again!

    • Anonymous

      That’s good. Bakacast was great with you and her tearing video games apart. It helps me build better on minecraft!

    • Anonymous

      That’s good. Bakacast was great with you and her tearing video games apart. It helps me build better on minecraft!

  • Dayriff

    Gosick – I thought it was interesting to finally meet Victorique’s father after all the talk about him, and I did like the pulp action style running to the train ahead of the rising floodwater.  The episode felt rushed, though.

    Tiger & Bunny – Do you think that the producer is being set up, ever so slowly, as a love interest for Tiger?  There seems to be this undercurrent where she’s gradually being won over by his heroic attitude.  It started when he hustled her out from the elevator bombing, and in every scene since she’s subtly altering her attitude, being much more indulgent of Tiger’s “saving lives above everything” POV.  If so, I’m impressed with the way the show is playing it extremely low key.

    Hanasaku Iroha – Sometimes when you criticize this show, it seems like it’s more about it not being the show you want it to be rather than that it’s doing a bad job of being the show that it is.

    Stein’s Gate – My favorite scene was one you didn’t mention, when Houin is taking the call from Mayuri and Kurisu catches him smiling to himself.  You talk about the character can jump back and forth between buffoon and serious, but that was (I think) the first time we see him do serious for an upbeat reason.  We can see that behind his mad scientist, act, Mayuri really means a lot to him.

    [C] – It’s pretty clear from the opening that Kimimaro is going to end up going against Souichirou in the end, which is an interesting choice to give away in the opening considering the effort to set up Souichirou as a sympathetic character.

    • I came to terms with what Hanasaku Iroha is actually trying to be a while ago. I don’t have a problem with that in itself, I just think it’s had poor execution.

  • Jeckyllgeek

    Dark side of Yuri? What are you talking about? I bet that isn’t even Shizuru in the character in the episode picture.

    • What are we talking about? Battle Girls #7, the badly done romance play. The Image is symbolic only and you’ll have to ask Jon where it came from. If you watched Battle Girls #7 the rest is self explanatory, if not, you should watch the episode.

    • Ryu

      No don’t do it you have so much to live for

  • “Ruka is actually a girl pretending to be a guy pretending to be a girl”

    Glen, please! I’m trying to control my urges! (*´Д`)ハァハァ
    Actually, you’re on to something if you haven’t seen episode 8, yet. Nearly blew my lid off, if I do say so myself.
    The show itself is slowly starting to win me over. I just wish… I don’t know, I feel they can still take it in one direction or another. If only they were a little more aggressive in which one.

    I LOVE the funky track at the beginning, btw. Had me shaking my rump through the whole morning. It took me back to all the great DJs in the late 80s/early 90s in L.A.:

    If the Baka pals are ever in L.A. we should go clubin’! Circus Disco has the best music!

    As for Matt’s question, adaptions, faithful ones especially, are tricky but the way I see it is the director has to make the call on the series/film as the author has to see what fits into a novel/volume. It just doesn’t seem conclusive. You take a source material that is absolute garbage and it can turn out great in the right hands, and vice versa. There are numerous examples, but… I haven’t read the Nichijo manga either, so lets take Azumanga (no, I’m not making that comparison). I’d say the anime adaption nailed the humor and characters to a T, and they didn’t even fallow all the scenes. They came close, though. Chances are, if you didn’t enjoy the series in one medium, you likely wouldn’t enjoy in the other, I figure.
    ADV’s localization, on the other hand, is another matter. 😛

    • Anonymous

      You liked that intro song, huh?

      Then you might be interested to know that it was a Eurobeat remix of the Evil Enchantress song from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

  • John Crichton

    I’m glad you guys liked the song!! I know it took me by surprise how it was way better then the anime.

    Quit droppin’ shows guys! 🙂 if you keep going, you’ll have to go back to calling it Bakacast Briefs!

    @StiltsTheGM:disqus  , i enjoyed the x-23 plots as well. i haven’t fully completed it though, i should do that…

    about the first listener question. i find when a manga is adapted into an anime correctly, it can work wonders, for a story. an example of this is the beginning of the Soul Eater anime, or the FMA: Brotherhood. One of the problems i find most annoying is when a manga isn’t far enough in, and the anime starts airing. anime airing weekly quickly come to overtake and pass beyond the point of the manga (i return to Soul Eater and FMA, but the first 2002 series) and Rosario + Vampire. (yes, i watch both seasons. given a choice between HSotD, or watching Rosario + Vampire 24/7 for a month strapped to a chair in a dark room with no food and having my feet chopped off, i would choose the latter).