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29Jan/1119

Bakacast – The Super Dimension Podcast

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For this week's episode of Bakacast, we bring in Scott from Otaku in Review as a guest host to help us lament how stupid Funimation is to prosecute BitTorrent users. Oh, and I guess we talk about some anime, too. Prepare for Madoka speculation, more rants about Gosick, an in-depth look at how Level E sure got sexy, and the Star Driver Love Party™. Also, we begin our semi-retro-review of Macross Frontier.

We cover:

  • Madoka Magica #3
  • Yumekui Merry #3 (dropped)
  • Gosick #3
  • Level E #3
  • Fractale #2
  • Wandering Son #2
  • Star Driver #16
  • Macross Frontier #1 & 2

See you next deculture!

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!

  • Nice art work. Good episode. Oh yeah, I was there wasn’t I?

  • Ryu

    uh, my itunes’ copy is a duplicate of the previous one “Murder on the Gothic express,” so you might have to re-upload

    • Kei

      Try it now.

      • Ryu

        It’s fixed, thanks.

  • Ryu

    On star driver: you forgot about the first stage antics with the water doll, yo. Taking into account her position it makes sense in-universe.

  • They did some more foreshadowing in Star Driver with Marino saying that if you believe something is real it will become real, but I didn’t really believe that she was a construct although I saw some speculation predicting it.

    I think Mizuno’s first phase might have been the reality warping.

    • Ryu

      Hate to be late and an ass, but uh no I’m pretty sure her 1st phase was having a stand in clone that hid her from zero time and could pilot cybodies

  • Anonymous

    Having seen the original Macross, Macross Plus, and Macross Frontier, the movies are my preferred ways of watching them. I think Macross: Do You Remember Love and Macross Frontier: The False Songstress do a good job of taking the spirit of the shows and trimming away some of the fat, though it was at the cost of some of the side characters depth.

    • Kei

      I still prefer the original shows because they give the characters a lot more depth. For example, just watching DYRL you’d get the impression that Roy Fokker was nothing but a chauvinistic drunk and Lynn Minmay was just a prissy, self-important bitch. In reality, neither of those broad characterizations are accurate… but with the limited screen time they got in the movie, that’s the impression the audience gets. It’s a shame, really.

  • The Kyoto arc in Negima! was sort of adapted. It was incredibly rushed and cut out key characters, though.

    • Kei

      The OAD? That had such low production values and whatnot that it doesn’t really count.

      • BTA

        I have not listened to the podcast and therefore may be horribly wrong about what you’re actually talking about, but if you’re talking about the first anime series, it did have parts of the Kyoto arc (Wikipedia says it was episodes 20 & 21).

      • No, it was in the first series. Twas a sh*t adaptation.

  • Despite my reluctance to watch a Magical Girl show, the fact that Madoka Magica is getting such praise really is interesting me. I think I may check it out… If it was being offered on Crunchyroll…

    BTW: Completely disagree with your views on Funimation suing the BitTorrent users. http://janaiblog.com/2011/01/30/funimation-vs-1337-pirates/

    • Even Janai admits that this will likely do nothing to stop piracy. If FUNimation is worried about the bottom line, I’d bet they’re spending more on legal costs than they’ll get even if they will settlements from all those people. They’re fully within their rights to do it, but that doesn’t mean that it’ll be in their best interest.

      As an aside, FUNimation is getting all the support it can get from you as long as you sit through the ads on their stream; whether or not you also torrent it has no effect on their revenue. The industry needs to be supported, but logic needs to be applied to these issues rather than morality.

    • Kei

      Janai is a moralist who likes to revel in his high-minded superiority. “I don’t watch fansubs like the rest of you trash! I’m better than that! I’m better than YOU! Now begone, filthy pirate!”

      Like I said on the podcast, I have hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars worth of FUNimation material sitting on my DVD shelf. I’ve been very generous in giving them my hard-earned money over the years. Now, all of a sudden, I’m an evil pirate who’s killing the industry because I want to watch Fractale in HD? The French simulcast is in HD… why isn’t FUNimation’s? Why can’t they be bothered to provide a product that EVERY OTHER ANIME STREAMING SERVICE provides? If a fly-by-night operation like ANN can afford to provide HD streaming, so can FUNimation.

      The simple fact is, most anime fans watch fansubs… and pirates buy more digital media than your average consumer. You see, we evil pirates use fansubs as a way to ‘try before you buy,’ since anime doesn’t air on American TV. Fansubs help spread the word-of-mouth about new shows and keep the otaku culture going. If it wasn’t for them, the American anime industry would cease to exist. FUNimation is literally trying to shoot themself in the foot. Good thing their gun is loaded with blanks.

      • Actually it was me who wrote that article… I don’t know if Jon actually believes that…

      • Kei

        Oh really? I didn’t see the author clearly marked on that article. I guess it was hiding up in the corner in light grey font.

        In any case, Janai has given me crap about watching fansubs in the past. He’s a nice guy, but I get sick of the whole “not watching fansubs makes me morally superior” spiel real fast. Fact of the matter is, I’m going to use whatever method delivers to me the highest-quality viewing experience. Sometimes that’s Crunchyroll, sometimes that’s ANN’s streaming, and sometimes that’s fansubs. Pragmatism wins out in the end.

    • Kei

      Janai is a moralist who likes to revel in his high-minded superiority. “I don’t watch fansubs like the rest of you trash! I’m better than that! I’m better than YOU! Now begone, filthy pirate!”

      Like I said on the podcast, I have hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars worth of FUNimation material sitting on my DVD shelf. I’ve been very generous in giving them my hard-earned money over the years. Now, all of a sudden, I’m an evil pirate who’s killing the industry because I want to watch Fractale in HD? The French simulcast is in HD… why isn’t FUNimation’s? Why can’t they be bothered to provide a product that EVERY OTHER ANIME STREAMING SERVICE provides? If a fly-by-night operation like ANN can afford to provide HD streaming, so can FUNimation.

      The simple fact is, most anime fans watch fansubs… and pirates buy more digital media than your average consumer. You see, we evil pirates use fansubs as a way to ‘try before you buy,’ since anime doesn’t air on American TV. Fansubs help spread the word-of-mouth about new shows and keep the otaku culture going. If it wasn’t for them, the American anime industry would cease to exist. FUNimation is literally trying to shoot themself in the foot. Good thing their gun is loaded with blanks.