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Bakacast Briefs – Pokemon Fatigue

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Yes, I know, this episode is really late. If it's any consolation, I realize I've brought dishonor upon my family's name and have already pretended to commit seppuku. It was quite dramatic and believable, I can assure you.

Anyway, we start this week's podcast lamenting the lack of any significant innovation in the Pokemon franchise (the fan-made Pokemon chart we talk about can be found here) and getting very excited about Madhouse's Redline. After that, we review the last episode of Highschool of the Dead (there was much rejoicing) and the second-to-last episode Occult Academy. Then, because it's so much fun, we answer your Twitter questions. So, if you want to hear Glen and I create surrealist narratives and find out why Larry is secretly an anime philanthropist, this is the episode for you!

This week's podcast covers:

  • Highschool of the Dead #12
  • Occult Academy #12

[Music used in this episode is "A Charming Spell" by Splashdown.]

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 stale storyline for the Pokemon games perfectly reflects how stale the anime is. Having not watched pokemon since the first series up until they ditched Brock >:(, I saw my little brother watching Pokemon: Battle Frontier (or something). The layout hasn’t changed over 13 years, you can pretty much determine what is going to happen for the entire series:

    1) Arrival at locale
    2) Brock confesses love to Jenny/Joy/anything with long hair
    3) Brock denied
    4) Enter Team Rocket
    5) Hijinx ensue, denounce the evils of truth and love etc etc
    6) Dick Dastardly moment
    7) Pikachu use thunderbolt attack!
    9) Blah blah, hidden moral, end; rinse/repeat in that order.

    Sometimes they include a gym badge or another Team Whatsit to mix things up a little but it’s still pretty much the same old guff I was spoonfed when I was 7. And wth? 13 years and ash is still 10 years old. I thought that I had hardly aged it 13 years but this is ridiculous XD

  • Great episode, though Larry is getting “cut off” too much :d
    Really looking forward to your review of Panty and Stocking

  • Anonymous

    Good show as always. While I know you guys aren’t too fond of it, I enjoyed Highschool of the Dead. Everything you guys said were completely right and it truly an flawed show. However it was a flawed show I enjoyed it enough and will be getting the DVD’s when it comes over. The people who I recommend and show the DVD’s to however, will only be to few close friends I have.

    As for Redline, we might not have to wait too long to get our hands on it as it may have a simulations release around Easter.

  • Ryu

    Team ninja was really only responsible for the gameplay of Other M, it was actually Sakamoto from Nintendo who was responsible for the controls and the godawful story. On the same coin we wouldn’t have got the Metroid Prime series if Nintendo hadn’t relinquished it to Retro Studios.

    Anyway, been enjoying these. Keep it up.

  • Kyo

    Pokemon: Nintendo wants to keep it timeless/classic and will do at the cost of putting of aging jaded fans but instead gaining new younger fans. This is probably the most logical and successful method its reflected in all their properites Mario/Zelda/Donkey Kong/Kirby and Wii games. Taking creative risks with something like Pokemon is admirable for a fan or someone who’s just tired of the formula but business wise its pretty terrible.

    Metroid: There are plenty of people with rose tinted glasses about the Prime series, yes they were good (and Sakamoto does not consider them cannon) but most people were tired by the 3rd entry in the series, it was time for a change.