On this episode of Bakacast, we start the show with our Anime of the Year 2017 categories before getting to the very last reviews of the winter season. All of us had some tough cuts to make for our personal top 5 lists (except for Aaron, apparently) and some of the special categories ended up being surprisingly tough.
On this episode of Bakacast, we finish out MMO Junkie and Juni Taisen, two shows that had stronger beginnings than they did endings. Also we do our best not to fall asleep while reviewing, as we recorded late on Christmas Eve and we were all a little sleepy.
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.
On this episode of Bakacast, we channel our inner Guillermo del Toro and talk about how much we love that Blood Blockade remembered that it had a very good softboy fishperson lying around and decided to give him an episode. Also, I start to have serious concerns about Inuyashiki and Juni Taisen.
Is it perhaps ironic that the Kemono Friends episode is the first one in a while that has the most explicit language since the JoJo Bizarre Rewatch bonus episodes? Yes, probably. Y’all can blame Julie for that. In any case, since Luke’s original audio got lost to the ether somehow, I decided to marathon almost all of the show and then get Julie on to help Luke and me do a slightly deeper dive into the show, because it deserves it.
On this episode of Bakacast, we make up for the shows we’ve dropped by adding a couple more to the list. For our first addition, we spend some time talking about both the beauty and existential dread of Land of the Lustrous (arguably the best-looking CG anime so far). And for our second, I gush about Recovery of an MMO Junkie and how it somehow managed to get me to watch a rom-com.
On this episode of Bakacast, we start off with a listener question that tasks us with deciding Netflix’s anime production plans that prompts us to dig deep for both obvious and obscure choices. We also add Inuyashiki to our watch list, a show that has two very strong intro episodes but still gives us a little pause due to, you know, it being written by Hiroya Oku, the dude who also made the infamous Gantz. Meanwhile, Garo impresses, Whales disappoint, and Kino’s Journey sparks a discussion about the value of different adaptation styles.
On this episode of Bakacast, we discuss The Reflection’s bizarre ending, how even a badass blonde vampire can’t save UQ Holder, what Blood Blockade’s directorial change means for its new season, and some strong opening episodes from Garo, Kino and Magus’ Bride.
On this episode of Bakacast, we ring in the strangely anti-climatic end Princess Principal. Also, we spend a good chunk of time contrasting the how poorly Rage of Bahamut attempts to handle moral ambiguity with how well Shoukaku no Altair approaches similar topics. Also, Ben and I finally get around to talking in-depth about the strengths and weakness of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable.
01:32 – Princess Principal 12
13:14 – Made in Abyss 12
21:23 – My Hero Academy 37
25:36 – Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul 23
36:11 – Shoukaku no Altair 11
44:08 – The Reflection 11
50:29 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable