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Bakacast – Hate-chan’s Counterattack


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This week, we bring in Bakacast power-listener and Universal Century super-fan Hate-chan to help us discuss the Mobile Suit Gundam remake. Continuing the mecha theme, we then wonder how many people will actually be crazy enough to buy the phenomenally overpriced Evangelion wine.

Then, in the "Whatcha Been Doing?" segment, I talk for far too long about video games, as is customary. It's about The Witcher 2, though, so at least it's a game I enjoy this time.

In the reviews segment, we have our first "proper" review of Soft Tennis courtesy of Karen, Larry and Glen; Gosick makes us scratch our heads even more than it usually does; Steins;Gate ends with a literal bang; and [C] goes all Madoka Magica on us. Also, we begin our retroactive review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season one. Our conclusion? It really sucks to be an Earth Pony, and Princess Celestia is a troll.

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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!

  • The “daddy” bit in FMA was kind of ham-fisted to me. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen that same scene in every other buddy-cop film.
    I didn’t cry during Grave of The Fireflies, either. Actually, it got me mad more than anything. I’m not gonna spoil anything, but I had *no* sympathy for the main character. None whatsoever.

    The one scene in anime series that I cannot watch again, though… hmm… “Now And Then, Here And There”. Gotta agree with Glen on this. It broke me down to the point just thinking about not one scene but the entire series, as brilliant as it is, is unwatchable to me after going through it once (last watched it about three years ago, if that says anything). Larry’s answer reminds me of Woofwood in Trigun, heh.

    Anyway, I recommend this over Grave of the Fireflies hand-over-fist, actually. The characters and the physical and mental pain they go through time after time, one can only imagine how anyone can keep it together. It was dealt wonderfully, too. Still, as intense as I was watching each episode I couldn’t wait to eject the DVD and take time to swallow it all in.
    Oh, how about this; think the last minute of latest episode of Steins; Gate X10 for half of the series 😀

    Speaking of which, in this timeline I don’t think the computer was ever found. IIRC, Rukia said they never received the computer at all, right? Part Time Warrior could still be right. She did mention that Kurisu didn’t know it yet, right? Actually, that would make a lot of sense if the bike girl came from another time and SERN has now shown up, possibly taking Kurisu in. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong ’cause this is starting to make sense to me (finally), but the pieces are still missing. If I were Kyouma I would have took the bullet. The song… must go on.

    I also like how Bakacast gets longer despite only covering a fraction of the season 😉

  • Sowwy for spwoling Steins;Gate guys~

    • Anonymous

      I dub thee unforgiven. T’is the same with Shining Finger.


  • Anonymous

    FMA’s “daddy” scene was there for a good reason.
    it shows in a big way how outrageously cold, horrible and sick King Bradley is.
    this is because of King Bradly’s initial reaction to her crying/ his death.

    in other words, i cant believe you haven’t finished FMA.

    This podcast was notably funny, I laughed a lot.

  • Dayriff

    I’ll listen to the last hour of the Bakacast on the way home, but I wanted to respond on the first half.

    The whole hardcover/paperback deal isn’t really about book material.  It’s about paying for early access.  Publishers know that there are people out there who really want to read a particular book and are willing to pay a lot of money to read it as soon as possible.  They also know that there are a lot of people who are willing to buy the book at a lower price point but don’t care how soon they read it.  From a business perspective, the goal is to get each group of people to pay as much as possible.  So you issue the hardcover first and all the people who really, really want to read the book will pay the much higher hardcover price to read the book as soon as possible.  Then six months later you issue the paperback and get the second group of people.  At the same time, the book stores discount any remaining hardcover book stock, because anyone willing to buy them at the higher price point has already done so.  Publishers make a lot of profit on hardcover books.

    With Gosick, my theory is that it’s going to be like the end of Dollhouse.  They’ll avert the crisis in Sauville and destroy the Ministry of the Occult and kill Victorique’s father and Victorique/Kujo will live together happily for the forseeable future.  It seems like they won and saved the world and prevented the next great war.  Then in the last episode we’ll flash forward to the beginning of WWII and the two of them being separated forever by the Great Wind for a bittersweet ending.  Maybe Victorique will have had Kujo’s child; I dunno.  The constant teasing is because even though we the viewers know that WWII isn’t due for another 15 years, the characters don’t.

    • Karen

      I get that the high price of hard covers is about early access, but I don’t know if it’s working out that well for the book industry. Sure, they make a lot by virtually scalping the people who have to have the book right when it comes out, but there’s a ton of people who won’t touch a new hardcover with a ten-foot pole because of the price. I’m a pretty big reader and I haven’t bought a new hardcover in…four years? I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Anyway, in short I don’t know if the amount they make from the early-access crowd really makes up for driving people like me away from purchasing new books.

      Also, there’s the fact that this whole system is only profitable because the labor involved in keeping these books on the merry-go-round and reprocessing them multiple times is so cheap; if bookstore employees made a decent wage, the whole system would collapse. But that’s a whole ‘nother problem that obviously transcends the book industry.

      FMA: I should probably mention that other than Al, Hughes was the only character I cared about in FMA anyway, leaving me disinclined to watch it after his exit. It’s not like it’s a new thing for a show to be emotionally manipulative- ok, they all are- but I feel like FMA was somehow obnoxious in that respect. Ham-fisted, like matty said, is a good way of putting it.

  • Dayriff

    I actually thought it was Stein’s Gate that went all Madoka Magica on us.  Mayushi = Homura?  Hououin = Madoka?  Or will it turn out the other way around?  Either way, I expect some some serious “time travel to save my loved ones” shenanigans.  In fact, I’m guessing it’s already in progress (like in Madoka) and we just haven’t been clued in yet.

    On MLP: FiM unicorn magic, as near as I can tell all unicorns can do some minor telekinesis.  Beyond that, they all have a specific magic power related to their interests.  (You’ll eventually see what Rarity’s is; you haven’t been shown it yet.)  Twilight Sparkle, however, is _very_ powerful and can do much more.  They’ll actually get into this as a plot point in future episodes, so I don’t want to spoil it too much for Karen, but very possibly Twilight is the only unicorn in the world (barring Celestia/Luna) who could have picked an entire orchard of apples at once.  There’s a reason her element of harmony is “magic”.

    By the way, one thing to keep in mind with FiM is that the episodes aren’t necessarily following each other chronologically or in the order originally planned for showing.  You’ll notice that Ticket Master is specifically stated to be in Summer (when Twilight remarks that Fluttershy’s ‘spring cleaning’ is in Summer), while Applebuck Season takes place during apple harvesting, which one would presume is in Fall.  In Ticketmaster, Twilight Sparkle seems shocked by her own teleportation, while in Applebuck Season she’s got it under full control.  So be aware that if in future episodes you find yourself shouting at Twilight Sparkle, “Hey, hey, can’t you teleport?!” she may in fact not have gotten it down yet.

    • Anonymous

      @736f490d5b1edb45fe1e64b3b56e1ffa:disqus , are you telling me you didn’t care about Major Armstrong, clearly the best character in the entire series? I feel like I don’t know you anymore.

      @d5bc68f35238fd98981078e3ce3b6e26:disqus My Little Canon: Chronology is Confusing

      Yeah, you’re right about Twilight Sparkle’s magic powers being special as far as unicorns go. Still, if I was Applejack, I’d probably be a little annoyed at how effortless she made it look. Though I guess I’m just not as enlightened in the subject of friendship as she is.