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Bakacast #325 – Please Don’t Give Teens Swords

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On this episode of Bakacast, we finally get around to talking about the new Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt episodes. Turns out we still love Thunderbolt, y'all. Also discussed on this episode: the tactical usage of summoned hands, why Seikaisuru Kado not having character arcs is actually okay, and now Nina from Rage of Bahamut is slowly growing on us.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at] or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 02:11 - Alice to Zouroku 4 & 5
  • 12:06 - Seikaisuru Kado 3 & 4
  • 20:43 - Little Witch Academia 16 & 17
  • 33:01 - My Hero Academy 17 & 18
  • 35:28 - Gundam Thunderbolt
  • 43:40 - Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul 3 & 4
  • 54:29 - Eccentric Family S2 3 & 4
  • 1:11:43 - Listener questions

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!
  • Mark Benjamin

    please talk about re creaters

  • Dayriff

    A few comments on the shows:

    Alice to Zouroku – Saw Dustin complaining on twitter, with some validity, that everything interesting about the show had been dropped in favor of Sana making friends. Luckily Episode 8 seems to be swinging back to some of the more interesting dark aspects of the show.

    Little Witch Academia – For all the Croix is being given push of a villain, I get the feeling that she is at least the hero of her own story. That is, she wants to be the hero who brings magic back to prominence, and she thinks anything that achieves that goal is okay, but she does see it as a noble goal rather than just wanting power for herself. Mainly that’s based on the type of show LWA is, where I can’t imagine Akko doesn’t redeem Croix by the end.

    My Hero Academy – What gets me about Hero Academy is that all the characters affiliated with the Hero side behave very much like they’re in a universe with consequences. Like, Endeavor is an enormous jerk who hates All-Might, but I can’t imagine him ever throwing a punch at All-Might… he’d be arrested and lose everything! Nor do any of the Sports Festival competitors try to cheat; clever play sure, but you can’t imagine them cheating. Even Bakugo walks around saying he’s going to ‘kill’ people, but knows better then to lay his hands on a fellow student outside a sanctioned match. It’s almost like a sports shounen show. Except… then there’s the Villains, who don’t play by any of those rules and who could do anything. I think that makes them scarier than opponents in a ‘standard’ fighting shounen show where both sides are outside the law.

    Rage of Bahamut – The OP song actually grew on me after I heard it 3 or 4 times. Anyway, my biggest problem with Nina as a protagonist is that she doesn’t really want anything or believe in anything and has nothing to fight for outside of a vague desire not to see people hurt. Contrast that to every other character in the show, who are constantly in interesting turmoil over their desires.

    Eccentric Family – A key aspects of the Benten/Yasaburo relationship is that to her, he’s an animal. I think she does genuinely like him on some level, but to her he’ll always be a tanuki. And she could never think of herself as being the equal of an animal.

    Lastly, a comment on Attack on Titan Season 2. I do think pacing has gotten better this season, and I’m actually getting invested in some of the characters.

    • Mark Benjamin

      completely agree