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Bakacast #351 – Fathomless Blue Was Right

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On this episode of Bakacast, we spend a full hour previewing the upcoming Winter season. And that's even with us immediately saying "hell no" to a decent chunk of the shows and then moving on. Also, I take a moment to stroke Fathomless Blue's ego a bit, because I guess he deserves it. Maybe.

  • 01:27 - Winter 2018 Preview
  • 1:08:10 - Kino's Journey 6 - 9
  • 1:19:31 - The Ancient Magus' Bride 8 - 9
  • 1:26:42 - Shoukoku no Altair 18 - 19
  • 1:38:48 - Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond 6 - 7
  • 1:43:41 - Juni Taisen 9 - 10
  • 1:49:07 - Inuyashiki 8
  • 1:54:52 - Land of the Lustrous 8 - 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!
  • Carlos

    No Devilman hype? It’s going up on Netflix tomorrow.

  • Dayriff

    Some comments having only listened to the Winter Preview part of the podcast.

    1. I just caught the first episode of Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho, and I really liked it. Rather than handwave away the ridiculousness of the premise of “high school girls go to Antarctica” the first episode completely leans into the realistic difficulties of the idea. This is one girl’s dream and yes she knows everyone thinks it’s crazy, but she’s determined to make it happen. It actually reminds me of some stories from the real world where determined teenagers have accomplished incredible things. Also, the animation, characterization, and voice acting are great.

    2. So I’ve read the manga for “Koi wa Ameagari no You ni” (that’s the anime about the 17 year old who falls in love with the 45 year old manager at her waitress job). You had pretty much the same reaction I’ve seen from everyone else reading the previews, which is to read the premise and immediately peace out.

    Except… I think that manga treats the premise about as respectfully as is possible. It’s almost completely from Akira (the teenaged girl’s) point of view, and the story is always insistent that this is about her feelings and what she wants and thinks, not what anyone else thinks. In fact, I’d say the defining characteristic of Akira’s personality is that she never cares what anyone else thinks. The manager isn’t written as a creep either. He doesn’t enjoy a high school girl confessing her love for him, and he understands very well how inappropriate it is. He thinks Akira is a nice girl and is mostly concerned with not hurting her.

    Now this is a manga and it’s ongoing, so for all I know they will end up together in the end and maybe that’s just a story that didn’t need to be written. But it does make Akira a real character who is believably acting on her own desires rather than being a paper-thin male fantasy. I hope the anime manages to live up the manga (hasn’t aired yet).

    3. If Larry and Ben have been watching “March Comes in Like a Lion” then please review it! That is a really, really good show. It’s such an interesting combination of character study, relationship drama, and sports show. I’m interested to hear what they think of the Hinata bullying arc and how the story has carefully allowed it to stretch out over a dozen episodes, slipping in and out of the foreground. I think it was a very deliberate choice because the story wants us to grapple with bullying as a complex problem that’s not easily resolved, and keeping the plot going for so long is a good way to make viewers really feel intractable and miserable.

    • Ben and I have finally gotten in sync on ‘March’ … episode 33 … A review will probably be forthcoming… Watch this space….

  • Dayriff

    Some more thoughts after listening to the rest of the episode.

    It sounded to me like a lot of Dustin’s issues with Kino’s Journey are what I might call “I’m not a college freshman taking his first philosophy class,” syndrome. Like if he were a teenager hearing some of these ideas for the first time, that might be mind-blower enough, but these days a cool idea isn’t enough unless it’s actually explored.

    Ultimately, I found the second season of Blood Blockade Battlefront to be kind of disappointing. Episode by episode it was entertaining and inventive, but refusal put any kind of structure at all on the season, even a character arc of some sort, brought it down for me.

    Me watching Land of the Lustrous: “Oh no, Phos has changed so dramatically… is the there anything left of the old Phos?”
    (Phos literally cowers behind Sensei to avoid too much attention from the other gems.)
    Me: There’s the Phos I know.

    But seriously, let me talk a little about Land of the Lustrous. What I find interesting is that when you look at what we see about gem society and how the gems treat each other, Phosphyllite’s desire to be a fighter looks more and more like her personal hang-up rather than societal pressure. Yes the gems seem to admire those who do the work of fighting off the Lunarians, but the gems who don’t fight aren’t treated as second class citizens or anything. In fact, no one seems to make anyone do anything they don’t want to do in their society. They all respect Sensei because he’s basically their father and generally follow his suggestions, but when Phos blows off his order to write an encyclopedia in early episodes she gets away with it.

    You guys talk about the existential despair of the series, and I can definitely see that. It’s contrasted, though, against an almost utopian gem society. Other than the Lunarian threat, they’re all immortal, nearly indestructible beings who are all fairly nice to each other (occasional squabbling and yelling matches aside) and where the highest goal in life is to find something that fulfills you personally and spend eternity at it, like that one gem who spends all her time designing their clothing. There are worse ways to live.

  • Markthe1

    What are your thoughts on the end of fate grand