Hey, folks, this episode is releasing…really late. Even by my standards. We get into what’s going on with Bakacast in the episode itself, but the short version is: I’m totally burned out. I tried various ways to keep the show going, but ultimately after 398 episodes (or more than that, if you include the episodes I lost to my hard drive crashing), it was getting harder and harder for me to watch the shows and actually provide a decent analysis. Even the shows I really liked felt like a chore to watch. Ultimately, the problem was that Bakacast became a thing I felt like I had to do instead of something I wanted to do.
So we’re taking a break. I don’t know for how long, and I’m not sure what Bakacast will even look like, format-wise, if I decide to start recording episodes again. But before we went on hiatus, we decided to record an episode looking back at the last decade of anime—which coincidentally happens to be almost exactly as long as we’ve been doing Bakacast—and giving accolades to some of our favorite shows of each year.
Oh, and also we review the final episodes of some winter season shows. Did I mention I got this edited very late?
In a way, having belated season previews is almost better, because it’s much easier to see how very confidently wrong our predictions were, which is much more entertaining than being correct all the time.
00:55 – Dr. Stone 23 – 24
09:11 – Beastars 9 – 10
19:22 – High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World 11 – 12
Hey, it’s the first episode we recorded after my hard drive died! Are we gonna cover the anime episodes that we talked about on those lost episodes? Absolutely not. I’m certain that would take a good year off my life if I attempted it. So yeah, we’re just gonna start our Fall 2019 reviews smack dab in the middle of the season.
02:23 – Dr. Stone 18 – 20
14:04 – Beastars 5 – 6
35:46 – High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World 6 – 7
I was hoping–deep in my heart–that someday anime would give me more female character designs that looked like the ones in 80’s/90’s sci-fi, like Bubblegum Crisis, Dirty Pair and Outlaw Star. I just never expected an FLCL sequel to give me what I wanted. Her name is Julia Jinyu, and I love her so much.
01:45 – Summer Season Preview
28:40 – FLCL Progressive 1 – 3
47:15 – Hisone to Masotan 9 – 10
1:00:56 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 9 – 10
Look, I get that Steins;Gate means well. Ruka is consistently portrayed as one of the most sensible people on the show. But also, stop saying Ruka is a man, dang it! She’s a girl, and I will die on this hill.
On this episode of Bakacast, our fears about the long-awaited Full Metal Panic sequel crashing and burning are put to rest, Hinamatsuri takes a goofy premise and turns it into something truly delightful, and Hisone to Masotan tricks us all into liking a show about vore. I am not even exaggerating.
02:20 – Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory 1 – 2
14:58 – Hisone to Masotan 1 – 2
27:13 – Hinamatsuri 1 – 3
35:32 – My Hero Academy 40 – 41
43:07 – Caligula 2 – 3
46:14 – Golden Kamui 2 – 3
52:47 – Lupin III Part V 3 – 4
1:00:13 – Megalo Box 2 – 3
1:08:33 – Steins;Gate 0 2
1:18:27 – Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 2 – 3