Bakacast #250 – Unlimited Dialogue Works

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Unknown to brevity, nor known to pacing.

I chose the image for this episode largely because I like seeing Shinji in physical distress, which happens to be the only satisfying thing about F/SN right now. Thankfully, JoJo is finally out of the doldrums and back to being ridiculous in an entertaining way. Punch Line surprises us by finally showing us its true power level (and revealing something about its main character that I really hope I have the correct interpretation of, because it’d be really cool). Nanoha Vivid, however, has started to make me feel uncomfortable while watching it. And Paranoia Agent finishes by leaving us somewhat baffled and mildly unsatisfied.

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Time Index

  • 00:57 – JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 43
  • 05:28 – Nanoha Vivid 7
  • 15:02 – Seraph of the End 7
  • 19:06 – Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 19
  • 32:20 – Blood Blockade Battlefront 7
  • 36:40 – The Heroic Legend of Arslan 7
  • 44:36 – Ore Monogatari 7
  • 45:49 – Punch Line 6
  • 48:52 – Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 6
  • 53:27 – Knights of Sidonia S2 6
  • 1:01:38 – Sailor Moon 22
  • 1:03:47 – Paranoia Agent 13
  • 1:14:29 – Listener questions
  • 1:20:10 – Believe (Kalafina | Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works)

Bakacast #249 – Ice Ice Baby

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Even though he’s a murderer, I kind of prefer JoJo’s Vanilla Ice.

I have been waiting for this episode of JoJo’s for so long. I am so happy we can finally talk about it. And I am also very happy that Nanoha Vivid has finally gotten around to showing its titular character fighting. Took it long enough. Meanwhile, Fate/Stay Night continues to mistakenly believe that anyone cares about Archer and Shirou’s mutual angst, Blood Blockade makes even filler episodes entertaining, I still hate that asshole bard in Arslan, and Punch Line is actually really interesting now? Huh.

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

Time Index

  • 00:53 – JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 42
  • 05:42 – Nanoha Vivid 6
  • 09:08 – Seraph of the End 6
  • 11:58 – Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 18
  • 30:14 – Blood Blockade Battlefront 6
  • 33:26 – The Heroic Legend of Arslan 6
  • 37:59 – Ore Monogatari 6
  • 41:37 – Punch Line 5
  • 45:38 – Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 5
  • 50:40 – Knights of Sidonia S2 5
  • 57:44 – Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold 3
  • 1:01:08 – Paranoia Agent 12
  • 1:07:06 – Listener questions
  • 1:27:59 – Dream Eating Monochrome Baku – real vocal cover by Clear (Project Diva | Nem)

Bakacast #248 – That’s Pretty Kyousougiga

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No one’s punched their dad yet, but there’s plenty of episodes left for that.

On this week’s episode, we lament JoJo’s interminable pacing, finally learn when Shirou and Rin get it on, have a lot of fun saying “Dog Hummer,” and reveal that I have–in fact–been watching Hunter x Hunter again. I even talk about how crazy it is when that one muscle guy bites the leech dude’s skull off. Now stop bugging me about it.

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

Time Index

  • 01:02 – JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 41
  • 04:28 – Nanoha Vivid 5
  • 08:48 – Seraph of the End 5
  • 10:42 – Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 17
  • 22:05 – Blood Blockade Battlefront 5
  • 26:20 – The Heroic Legend of Arslan 5
  • 30:35 – Ore Monogatari 5
  • 33:09 – Punchline 4
  • 35:00 – Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 4
  • 39:10 – Knights of Sidonia S2 4
  • 43:27 – Hunter x Hunter 44 – 47
  • 46:37 – Sailor Moon 21
  • 50:54 – Paranoia Agent 11
  • 59:04 – Listener questions
  • 1:12:48 – 猿は木から何処へ落ちる (Hello Sleepwalkers)

Bakacast #247 – You’ve Seen This Crap Before

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Yep, even the monster woman. Pretty sure Wicked City did that.

So Luke finally got around to watching Isuca, which he colorfully described as a “gas chamber.” Which I guess means he liked it? Yeah, that’s how metaphors work. By the end of his segment, I felt a little bad about what I did, so I gave him a much easier assignment for next time: Triage X. I’m a good friend.

In other news, we find that Nanoha Vivid is much better at being shounen than it is at being slice-of-life, Blood Blockade vampires are way better than most vampires these days, and Yamada-kun might secretly be the best rom-com this season.

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

Time Index

  • 01:27 – JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 40
  • 05:29 – Nanoha Vivid 3 & 4
  • 09:39 – Seraph of the End 4
  • 14:27 – Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 16
  • 17:49 – Blood Blockade Battlefront 4
  • 22:49 – The Heroic Legend of Arslan 4
  • 26:32 – Ore Monogatari 4
  • 31:46 – Punchline 3
  • 37:41 – Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 3
  • 44:31 – Knights of Sidonia S2 3
  • 55:17 – Luke Reviews Isuca
  • 1:21:51 – Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold 2
  • 1:27:00 – Paranoia Agent 10
  • 1:37:43 – Sailor Moon 20
  • 1:41:11 – Listener questions
  • 2:21:29 – Parade (Paprika)

Bakacast #245 – Moms With Benefits

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They’re just friends. Who live together. And raise a child together. And take showers together.

On this episode of Bakacast, we pick up a few more Spring shows and drop a couple that just weren’t earning the time we were giving them. Despite our initial concerns, this season might actually have just as many shows worth watching as the Winter, even if we drop a few shows that are on the borderline. So a pretty good deal for anime fans. Not so great for my work-life balance.

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

Time Index

  • 01:10 – JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 38
  • 06:09 – Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid 2
  • 12:15 – Seraph of the End 2
  • 17:47 – Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 14
  • 26:47 – Blood Blockade Battlefront 2
  • 36:47 – The Heroic Legend of Arslan 2
  • 41:15 – Show by Rock 2
  • 44:03 – Gunslinger Stratos 2 (DROPPED)
  • 48:57 – Sound! Euphonium 2 (DROPPED)
  • 51:32 – Ore Monogatari 2
  • 51:32 – Punchline 1
  • 59:12 – Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 1
  • 1:04:10 – Knights of Sidonia S2 1
  • 1:11:08 – Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold 1
  • 1:15:15 – Paranoia Agent 8
  • 1:18:54 – Listener questions
  • 1:52:13 – Oddloop (Frederic)

Bakacast #244 – The Disappearance of Good Shows

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At least recording a podcast won’t feel like running a marathon now.

Now, I know what you’re going to say. “Dustin, did you really expect some of these shows on your list to be good?” No, of course I didn’t. But I was also hoping that some of the less-obvious-stinkers would be, well, slightly above mediocre. Or at least not insulting. So hey, hats off to Shokugeki no Souma and Denpa Kyoushi for failing to clear my low expectations even harder than I thought they would. That was a hell of an achievement.

On the plus side, Kekkai Sensen is everything I hoped it would be and more. So yeah, just watch that show, I guess. Everything else is superfluous.

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

Time Index

  • 01:02 – JoJo: Stardust Crusaders 37 (yep, this arc is still plodding along)
  • 04:18 – My Teenage RomCom SNAFU 13 (we probably won’t cover this much; I just like to let Ben talk about the millions of shows he watches that I don’t)
  • 08:15 – Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid 1 (really guys? that second “V” had to be capitalized?)
  • 11:30 – The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 1 (it’s so moe it has to have “-chan” in the title; also DROPPED like an especially boring rock)
  • 14:53 – Shokugeki no Souma 1 (put in TIME OUT until it thinks about what it’s done and gets better like Ben promises it will)
  • 22:10 – Denpa Kyoushi 1 (DROP-kicked into the sun)
  • 27:36 – Seraph of the End 1
  • 36:53 – Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 13
  • 42:24 – Plastic Memories 1 (DROPPED before it taints Steins;Gate with its boring-ness)
  • 51:32 – Blood Blockade Battlefront 1 (yes I know the translation is inaccurate; counterpoint: it’s a totally rad title so I don’t care)
  • 57:22 – The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1
  • 1:04:26 – Show by Rock 1 (we didn’t drop this because we’re still trying to figure out how to feel about it)
  • 1:12:11 – Sound! Euphonium (ON PROBATION; if it makes one wrong move, it gets dropped)
  • 1:15:30 – Gintama ??? (I honestly don’t know what episode this show is on; we won’t cover it because no one but Ben watches it and even he thinks it would be hard to cover weekly)
  • 1:24:35 – Ore Monogatari 1 (I refuse to include exclamation points that are at the end of titles, because they’re dumb)
  • 1:28:27 – Paranoia Agent 7
  • 1:33:40 – Persona 3 Movie 2: Midsummer Knight’s Dream (Electric Boogaloo (aka The Dog Is In This One (And Also My Robot Waifu)))
  • 1:46:12 – Sailor Moon 19
  • 1:47:55 – Listener questions
  • 2:35:24 – Hatching Tide Theme aka “That Papaya Song” (Final Fantasy 14 | you will never get this out of your head)