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Bakacast #343 – Infinite Matroyshka Doll Engine

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On this episode of Bakacast, I finally tap out on Made in Abyss, take the good with the bad in My Hero Academy, and continue to be baffled by The Reflection ending up being a show I look forward to even more than Rage of Bahamut.

  • 02:33 - Princess Principal 10
  • 22:36 - Fate/Apocrypha 11
  • 32:52 - Made in Abyss 10
  • 43:15 - My Hero Academy 35
  • 1:00:25 - Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul 21
  • 1:08:46 - Shoukaku no Altair 9
  • 1:14:23 - The Reflection 9

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!

  • Dayriff

    Regarding My Hero Academy, I felt the way you did about the implication that Eraserhead went easy on Momo and allowed her to win, but then we get told in the season finale that *all* the instructors were holding back to some extent and none of the students would have had a chance if they were really trying. So… (shrug emoji). I guess it makes sense; they are only first year students, and the instructors are all veteran heroes who are teaching at an elite academy that takes only the best.

    Question- Are you going to bring back Retro Reviews? I know recent seasons have been pretty full as it is, but I really enjoyed you going back to watch older anime that have ‘stood the test of time’. Watching along with you got me to see one great anime like LoGH or Planetes. Come on, you can do a Retro Review of Cowboy Bebop! I know everyone except Dustin has watched it, but I think it’s a show that in many ways would be more interesting to hear reviewed as a rewatch.

    Second Question – Of all the anime that you watched specifically because Bakacast was reviewing it, which one has stuck with you the most? Not your favorite anime exactly, but your favorite to review. The one most memorable in terms of the interesting discussion it generated.

    Third Question – I know time zones make it hard, but do you think you’ll ever get Scamp back on for a reunion show? He’s still watching and reviewing anime. I know particularly he’s been raving about Made in Abyss even to the end of the season, and when I heard Dustin giving up on it I could only think how interested it would have been if Scamp had been on to debate the matter.

  • A few brief notes, now that I’ve caught up:

    1. If you like the Matroyshka dolls seen in MHA 35, maybe try out the two S1 ovas as they feature in at least one of those. I saw them a while back in unofficial web quality, so it might be pirate’s life if you decide to track them down. Also they sorta, kinda hint that Froppy is a lesbian, which I’m not sure how I feel about. I’m still shipping her with my sweet boy Tokoyami.

    2. If you ever decide to go down the Patlabor route, it’s probably best to watch the original Mamoru Oshii directed six episode ova and the first two movies, as the 47 ep tv show and later New Files ova series fall under a separate timeline. I’ll be interested to see what you think. Contrary to most expectations, Patlabor is more of a low-level sitcom with some outlandish aspects than a standard serious mecha show. The ova will give you a good taste of that, while the movies are a much more serious affair, especially the second film. It’s probably my favourite all-time movie, but I also love meditative slow burns, and they often don’t seem to gel with Dusty (in tv shows at least). Also try out Dominion Tank Police. Another classic.

    3. It’s great to hear you dropped Abyss. No really, I’m not being bitter or passive-aggressive at all. And what’s that; you replaced it with more Dragon Ball? Wonderful. That’s a much better choice than silly old Hunter X Hunter, a show that absolutely nobody still raves about as being the best shounen ever.

    You know what Dustin, I can’t blame you for this. You always were going to struggle on that daunting task without a Luke-esque gym partner offering positive reinforcement. No, I put the blame squarely on Ben’s shoulders. It’s Ben that should have been aggressively and obnoxiously bringing up the show every episode, despite Dusty getting increasingly frustrated about hearing about it, because he knew that deep down there’s no such thing as psychological fandom bullying, and that it was truly for his own good. It’s Ben that should have been going ‘well actually’, every time Larry mentioned Level E or tried to convince us that Magi, The Seven Deadly Sins or Blue Exorcist were prime examples of the shounen formula and worth watching over a significantly better series.

    So yes, my question is simply this: Ben, how exactly did you mess up this badly and what will you do to atone for your sins? EXPLAIN YOURSELF?
    Peace.

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