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12Jun/1124

Bakacast – Suddenly, Plot Appears!

 

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Sadly, Karen could not be with us for the entire podcast, because she has actual work to accomplish. To mitigate that issue, we rearranged our reviewing schedule a bit. Don't be afraid! It's only temporary! We'll return to normalcy next week.

This week, we have the pleasure of reviewing the fifth Break Blade OVA, which makes a return to greatness after the lackluster fourth episode. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for X-Men, as the final half of episode 9 brings it back to the levels of terrible we expect from the show. Oh well. At least X-Men: First Class is decent.

We cover:

  • 2:08 - What we've been doin'
  • 12:35 - X-Men #9
  • 20:50 - Steins;Gate #10
  • 29:40 - Hanasaku Iroha #10
  • 38:14 - Break Blade #5
  • 47:23 - Gosick #20
  • 51:29 - AnoHana #8
  • 59:12 - [C] #8
  • 1:07:17 - Listener questions

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

Or if, like Hate-Chan, you want to write the occasional article for Project Haruhi, you can e-mail a writing sample to Jon at  ryoko[at]projectharuhi.net.

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

    X-men: I can’t wait to hear about magneto whenever he is introduced, his powers wildly fluctuate in effectiveness even on a good day!

    Anohana: wow a lot of series have been doing this recently, padding out several episodes before rushing to the plot in its final moments.

  • Misacki

    The direct download links to last weeks bakacast.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t get to listen to the podcast last night in it’s entirety, save for most of the listener questions because John Crichton gives an interesting question whenever he drops a D-Mail. Thanks for the advice, the Daleks, and Jon, again you prove yourself to be the Japanopedia of Bakacast.

    I actually am a freshly graduated high school student, and one of my writing samples will be the one script I did for my documentary on Gundam and the 1:1 model statue in the Odaiba Park. I’ll send it to you as well as one of my essays on the US Constitution for the writing evaluation. Hopefully I can contribute to Project Haruhi at times. You really did a great job with this website, and you’re probably one of the reasons why I started regularly following new anime lineups.

  • I approve of the album art for this episode.

  • Anonymous

    I was listening to your review on Steins;Gate while mining for more cobblestone for my MineCraft vacation home, particularly your reaction to Hououin grabbing Ruko inappropriately. Then I remembered your last podcast where you literally said that, “they really need to get a good grasp of Ruko’s junk.” All I have to say is. in the most cheerful demeanor I can possibly muster, “Tuturu~! You got exactly what you asked for!”

    • Kyouma really took matters into his own hands this time.

  • Dayriff

    Tiger & Bunny – I know you stopped watching, but if you’re interested, it looks like they’re resolving the Ouroborus plotline (and the murder of Barnaby’s parents) this half season, with the crazy fire-crossbow shooting vigilante left for the back 12 episodes.  Opposite how I would have figured they’d go.  And who would have expected punk-Magneto?

    Stein’s Gate – One thing you didn’t point out is that we settled the question of if Hououin believes in his fake Organization phone calls.  I found it kind of endearing when he forgot to pull the fake phone call stunt because he’s so distracted by real conspiracies, then obligingly does one to amuse Mayuri.

    Gosick – Episode #21 showed I didn’t quite have the mystery figured out like I thought at the end of #20, so I guess that’s a point for Gosick.

    Having seen AnoHana & [C] #9 before hearing the Bakacast for #8 of each, I’m going to be really curious to see your reactions to the follow-up episodes.  In each case, I was shocked at how far they went with their respective supernatural shenanigans after pulling the switch in episode #8.

  • Dayriff

    Tiger & Bunny – I know you stopped watching, but if you’re interested, it looks like they’re resolving the Ouroborus plotline (and the murder of Barnaby’s parents) this half season, with the crazy fire-crossbow shooting vigilante left for the back 12 episodes.  Opposite how I would have figured they’d go.  And who would have expected punk-Magneto?

    Stein’s Gate – One thing you didn’t point out is that we settled the question of if Hououin believes in his fake Organization phone calls.  I found it kind of endearing when he forgot to pull the fake phone call stunt because he’s so distracted by real conspiracies, then obligingly does one to amuse Mayuri.

    Gosick – Episode #21 showed I didn’t quite have the mystery figured out like I thought at the end of #20, so I guess that’s a point for Gosick.

    Having seen AnoHana & [C] #9 before hearing the Bakacast for #8 of each, I’m going to be really curious to see your reactions to the follow-up episodes.  In each case, I was shocked at how far they went with their respective supernatural shenanigans after pulling the switch in episode #8.

  • Somoking

    Dustin where is the My Little Pony
    i have kept coming back waiting for you to start reviewing and i keep getting my hopes crushed.
    i thought you said you would review after  you dropped A-channel you have plenty of time now please.
    Anyway love the show and will keep listening regardless

    • Anonymous

      Jon vetoed us reviewing My Little Pony on the show proper, seeing as it’s not a Japanese cartoon.

      However, Glen, Larry, Karen and I would love to do the occasional bonus episode of Bakacast when the second season of MLP airs. If it ends up happening, we’d probably do it every couple weeks so we’d have enough content to do at least a half-hour.

    • Somoking

      I think it falls under the title of not ordinary cartoons but its fine.
      Any way thanks for your response.
      ( I cant believe your a Rikku fan too)

    • Ryu

      My little Bakacast: Friendship was vetoed

  • Doctor Who, bleh
    Here’s a 24 hour pass to Crunchyroll, if anyone cares.
    FYCE6N5K

    I’m an English majah! but I do not plan on pursing a career like a journalism (would actually like to be a dancer :3). What I say to aspiring writers, though, is to -keep writing-. Keep a journal, even if it’s just full of random thoughts. You might be surprised at what you come up with! Also, when you’re not writing try reading – not blogs but novels and autobiographies. Part of building your skill is not just exploring your own talents, but the talents of others. See what you like and what you’d like to incorporate into in your own writing.
    There’s a bunch of other stuff you should learn, but that’s what helps me out. I like reading accomplished writers works, but not the straightedge stuff like reports and essays ’cause that’s boooooring. I read the stuff that they really bend their minds out on in a fun, yet, still eagerly insightful way. Just try not to bend your mind so much that it breaks, like what happened to Hunter S. Thompson 😛
    http://youtu.be/xfq_A8nXMsQown

    • Karen

      Gotta disagree with you on not reading the essays part, I feel like I learned a tremendous amount about writing when I had to read Milton’s essays in college. Learning to interpret the “stuffy” and boring stuff helps a lot IMO, even if you have no intention of writing anything like that.

      And don’t knock Doctor Who 0___0! Well, except for anything post-Tenth Doctor. That’s okay with me:)

    • If you’re pursuing writing then that’s a given – I’m not. Sorry, I should have mentioned that that was my own personal doing… (Do your homework!) ‘Cause even if you’re not it’s good to read what’s out there. Most students I come across don’t read anything else out there on their own. Although, those academic essays are helpful but they still put me to sleep (something I wish Doctor Who would do when it’s on the telly… :P)

      I wouldn’t mind being that guy who took shelter in library who had all those books to read when the world nearly ended. I think not reading more will be one of my biggest regrets in life…

    • Anonymous

      You don’t like Doctor Who? After I finish my 40th e-mail to Bakacast, I’m gonna give you a good, stern talking to!

      Edit: Now that THAT is done with, this pic will sum up my response to your view of Doctor Who. Tsk tsk.
      http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/tt40/ofx360/disappoint.png

    • ^Aww… (._.) I’m going home, then. My MST3K collection will appreciate my company

  • Anonymous

    @FatPianoBoy:disqus He could’ve handled it better, but I commend him for being more hands-on than usual.

    • Mallory

      Well, I think he reacted that way because he really had his hands full with everything else that was going on in the episode! 

    • I think he was just trying to get a grasp on the situation.

    • Mallory

      I’m not trying to finger him as a bad guy here, but sometimes his approach of just grabbing things by the horn and running with them is a bit overwhelming.

  • Anonymous

    @FatPianoBoy:disqus  At least he’s got a firm grip on reality at this point.