Bakacast #289 – An Actually Good Princess


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It sure took long enough.

I have a big backlog of podcasts to work through, and Bakacast is at the top of that list. So expect another episode to come out shortly. I am going to be productive even if it kills me (or prevents me from playing video games, which is almost like death). Oh yeah, on this episode we talk about Iron-Blooded Orphans.

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Time Index

  • 03:13 – Durarara 34
  • 07:52 – Dimension W 10
  • 14:32 – Boku Dake 10
  • 20:47 – Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 22
  • 23:03 – Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 10
  • 29:23 – Space Battleship Yamato 2199 19 & 20
  • 37:02 – Gundam: Iron-Blood Orphans catch-up
  • 44:59 – Rise (by OVERWERK | Conquer)

Bakacast #224 – Just 5 More Minutes, Mom


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I have to find a save point first.

Just when I thought Sword Art Online wasn’t going to bog down its new arc in clumsily-handled drama, it goes and proves me wrong. Hopefully it won’t be quite as migraine-inducing as Sion’s childhood trauma. That’s not the end to this week’s disappointment, either. Gundam finally wears out its welcome, which means I once again have no good mecha shows to watch this season. My only hope now is for Shingeki no Bahamut to somehow end with Favaro and Kaisar piloting giant, steel golems. You laugh, but Rita already has a pseudo-rocket-punch.

Please email listener questions to bakacast[at] or leave them in the comments below.

Time Index

  • 00:49 – Sword Art Online 19
  • 15:11 – Mushi-shi 17
  • 18:48 – Gundam: Reconguista in G 8 (DROPPED)
  • 30:25 – Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 6
  • 38:35 – Seven Deadly Sins 7
  • 46:19 – Akatsuki no Yona 7
  • 48:30 – Garo 7
  • 50:03 – Pyscho-Pass S2 6
  • 1:03:47 – Amagi Brilliant Park 7
  • 1:10:02 – Sailor Moon 10
  • 1:13:06 – Legend of the Galactic Heroes 87 & 88
  • 1:22:34 – Listener questions
  • 2:18:21 – Parasyte 6
  • 2:23:03 – Sidonia (Angela | Knights of Sidonia)

K-ON!’s Weirdest Merchandise

Wanna look your best at work with Mio!

According to a recent article from ANN, the K-ON! merchandising juggernaut has made 1.8 billion yen in the last three months. That’s approximately $20 million USD, and that doesn’t even include the video sales and licensing rights for the anime or CDs. It’s not on par with merchandising juggernauts like Star Wars or Gundam, but it’s still pretty impressive.

But out of all this merchandise, there are a few products that are rather… bizarre. Let’s take a look at those odd and ridiculous accessories that really make people scratch their heads and beg the question,”What were they thinking?”

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Gundam Rock Released

It is the year 0079 of the Universal Century… and Andrew is ready to ROCK!

The original Japanese version of this song, called Soldiers of Sorrow, was first featured as the ending of the second Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movie, and has since become symbolic of the entire franchise. Rock musician Andrew W.K.’s English language cover of it, along with several other iconic Gundam songs, appear on his new album, Gundam Rock. This album, which becomes available on Amazon today, is part of Bandai’s 30th Gundam anniversary marketing blitz, which thus far has included a 60-foot (18.5 meter) tall Gundam replica statue (complete with themed weddings), a new television series, and an epic animated short, among other things.

Gundam Rock follows in the footsteps of Andrew’s 2008 album, The Japan Covers, in which he covered a variety of Japanese pop songs. Although reviews for his latest venture into Jpop are still forthcoming, the clips that have surfaced on YouTube indicate that this will be an album well worth owning for Gundam fans.

A Japanese TV news report about the album, as well as Andrew’s cover of “Fly! Gundam” can be found below.

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Gundam Unicorn Details Revealed

New details about the highly anticipated Gundam Unicorn (aka Gundam UC) adaptation, which returns to the Universal Century timeline of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, were revealed at Tokyo’s Big Gundam Expo on Friday. Unicorn has been confirmed to be an OVA series, with six 50-minute episodes, and been given a spring 2010 release date. Furthermore, Bandai will be releasing the series simultaneously worldwide (most likely online), meaning those of us in the English-speaking world will get to watch the OVA at the same time as our Japanese friends. This is the first Bandai series ever released in this fashion, so this marks a momentous event for both Gundam fans and anime fans in general.

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