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#67: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY.    That’s it.  That’s the blurb.

Review (43:13)

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#66: The Prodigal Son (1981)

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Special guest Nate Ming joins the Blade Licking Thieves to talk about one of his all time favorite martial arts films, The Prodigal Son (1981), an action comedy romp featuring the mega talents of Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Lam Ching-ying, and Frankie Chan.

Review (36:08)

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#65: The Dagger of Kamui

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We chat about the 3-D anime, centered around 1990s arcade nostalgia, Hi Score Girl.  Argue the merits of the Berserk anime before a court of law.  Sally forth into the whimsical world of slimes, heroes, and dragons with the launch of Dragon Quest Your Story.  And, finally, review a hidden gem from 1985, Rintaro’s tragically underappreciated ninja epic: The Dagger of Kamui.

Review (46:10)

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#64: Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time

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We spend an hour talking Tezuka’s Phoenix, Sega’s Yakuza series, and too-horny-for-TheHeat-mecha-show Godannar, among other things, before breaking into our review of director Yoon Jong-bing’s Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Game (2012), which chronicles the rise and fall of two South Korean gangsters (Choi Min-Sik and Ha Jung-woo) during the 80’s and 90’s.

Review (1:03:22)

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Team B #4: Maniac Cop

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BLT Team B review the 80s slasher cult classic, Maniac Cop, starring always a treat Bruce Campbell and man with a huge face Robert Z’Dar!

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#63:Versus (2000)

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Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia Podcast joins us to review Ryuhei Kitamura’s break out Japanese action film Versus!

Review (39:48)

Twitter Questions (2:32:05)

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#62: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

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We review the 2006 anime film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time from director Mamoru Hosoda: a delightful coming of age comedy / drama loosely based on a story by Paprika writer Yasutaka TsuiTsui about a teen-aged girl named Makoto who discovers she has the ability to quite literally leap through time.

Review (25:45)

Twitter Questions (1:27:58)

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#61: Hero (2002)

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Daryl Surat, writer for Otaku USA Magazine and host of the Anime World Order Podcast, joins us on this special “regular” episode for a long chat about stuff we’ve been watching, Chinese action films (and their perpetual mistreatment by western companies), and for a review of Zhang Yimou’s utterly majestic wuxia drama, Hero (2002), starring Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, and Donnie Yen.

Review (44:45)

Twitter Questions (2:40:50)

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#60: Tokyo Godfathers

 

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We ring in the New Year with a review of Satoshi Kon’s somewhat overlooked Christmas film, Tokyo Godfathers (2003): an animated comedy about three homeless people on a quest to reunite an abandoned baby with its parents that, through a series of wildly improbable, yet seasonally appropriate, coincidences and several generous sprinklings of movie magic, carries with it the promise of salvation for all.

Review (41:05)

Twitter Questions (1:50:02)

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Team B #3: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

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Once again proving they are a danger to themselves, BLT Team B willingly dive head first into the pit of darkness that is Holiday themed B-Movies and emerge, bloodied and maimed, with a review of arguably the most well-known film of that odious genre: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2.

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Spotlight#9: Fan Work with Gabi and Scarlet

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On today’s Spotlight episode, Grant chats with Gabi (@yamineftis) and Scarlet (@scarlet_simply) about creating fan art, writing fan fiction, and doing cosplay of their favorite works.

#59: Rage of Bahamut Genesis

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We review the 2014 fantasy adventure series Rage of Bahamut: Genesis from studio MAPPA and Tiger and Bunny director Keiichi Sato, loosely based on the mobile card game by Japanese developer Cygames.

Review (29:56)

Twitter Questions (1:38:30)

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#58: The Happiness of the Katakuris

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It’s the annual Blade Licking Thieves Halloween episode, so, of course, as seems to have become something of a tradition for the show, that means we’re reviewing yet another Takashi Miike film.  This time we’re watching the joyfully bizarre, genre mashup that’s part family drama, part dark comedy, part musical, and many parts absurd: The Happiness of the Katakuris.  Enjoy the show!

Review (42:49)

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#57: Red Cliff Part I & II

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In 2008, after a relatively successful stint in Hollywood, John Woo returned to Chinese-language features with Red Cliff Part I & II, a two part epic adapted from arguably the most famous novel in Chinese literature, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Tune in to hear Grant’s book report on that 1400 page tome along with our thoughts on this nearly five hour film series.

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#56: Survive Style 5+

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There’s nothing quite like Survive Style 5+.  With an unusual narrative of five interweaving stories, off the wall humor, tripped out art direction, and an all around odd sensibility to it, this debut film from commercial and music video director Gen Sekiguchi feels just as fresh and exciting today as it did in 2004 the year of its release.  You don’t want to spoil this one for yourself — please go watch the film first, then listen to the review.  Enjoy!

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Team B #2: Yor, the Hunter from the Future

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Life keeps finding ways to delay the release of our next show (the Survive Style 5+ episode should be out by end of next week, I promise), but thankfully BLT Team B is here to fill the void with a short review of the truly terrible: Yor: The Hunter from the Future.  I apologize in advance to anyone that tracks down this movie because of us.  Please don’t do that.

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#55: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

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He’s a loner.  A rebel.  And so are we…because Blade Licking Thieves is quite possibly the only podcast daring (or stupid) enough to spend nearly thirty five minutes talking about old 1970’s Tatsunoko cartoons, wuxia-puppet-shows, Godzilla, and the Chinese epic Romance of the Three Kingdoms before completely flipping the script and launching into a review of an american comedy classic like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.  But then there’s a lot things you don’t know about us.  Things you wouldn’t understand.  Things you couldn’t understand.  Things you shouldn’t understand.

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#54: Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture

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Get your quarters ready!  Because we’re traveling back to the early 1990s — a time of flashy arcades, fighting games, Saturday Anime, and peak Masami Obari — to find out whether Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture still possesses the power to… ROCK YOU!

  • Review (19:50)
  • Twitter Questions (1:44:30)

 

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#53: One Piece Film: Strong World

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One Piece Film: Strong World, the 10th film in the franchise but the first to feature designs and story ideas from One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, catapults the Straw Hat crew onto a mysterious series of floating islands controlled by Shiki, a vicious pirate hailing from the era of Gol D. Roger with plans to destroy all of East Blue.

  • Review (24:25)
  • Twitter Questions (1:41:48)

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#52: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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The Blade Licking Thieves romp, stomp, and skreeonk our way to the box office to check out Legendary Picture’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters.  Tune in to find out whether Hollywood has finally given Goji and friends the justice they deserve!

  • Review (00:00)
  • Twitter Questions (1:05:20)

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#51: Highlander: The Search for Vengeance

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We review Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, an anime continuation of the HIGHLANDER saga. The movie follows immortal Colin MacLeod’s quest for revenge in the future, and is directed by veteran director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Ninja Scroll).

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (35:57)
  • Twitter Questions (1:33:45)

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Team B #1: Dreamscape

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The regular crew has been too busy to record a “normal” episode, but thankfully BLT Team B are here to fill the void with a review of the little known or remembered movie Dreamscape about a psychic dream walker, played by Dennis Quaid, who, in order to prevent nuclear Armageddon, must battle a giant snake man inside the dreams of the President of the United States – really, that’s what happens.

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#50: AKIRA

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Crazy.  It’s our 50th episode.  A big thanks goes out to all of our listeners new and old.  Truly.  We’ve been thrilled by all of your feedback, comments, and responses — please keep them coming — but, more than that, knowing that quite a few of you actually track down and watch the weird, obscure, and sometimes crazy films we discuss here on the show before tuning in to each episode, frankly, means the world to us.  Thank you.

Anyways.

Grant wanted to do something big for our 50th episode, and, well, Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA was and is a big freakin’ deal.  For a certain generation of anime fans, this film was the anime equivalent of the Empire Strikes Back, which is to say, it blew our minds and quickly achieved legendary status.  Honestly, there’s no way our episode about it can measure up, but that didn’t stop us from rambling on and on about the film for well over two hours anyways.  Hope you enjoy the show!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (28:51)
  • Twitter Questions (2:18:14)

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#49: Chungking Express

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The romance genre goes art house in Chungking Express, Wong Kar Wai’s two part riff on loneliness, yearning, and the comforts of late night take-out, featuring the talented Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Brigette Lin, and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

  • Intro & News (00:00)
  • Review (30:41)
  • Twitter Questions (1:47:59)

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Bonus #3: The Last Dragon (1985)

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Grant is joined by CerealSensei of the Dojo Talk Podcast, CallmeDJM of Anime Podcast of Some Sort, and SentaiFive of Build Casters for a chat about the martial arts cult classic The Last Dragon (1985).

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#48: Ip Man (2008)

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Donnie Yen stars as the self-effacing, Wing Chun master of Foshan, Ip Man (2008) in this award winning martial arts drama, loosely based on the early life of Bruce Lee’s famous teacher.

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (42:48)
  • Twitter Questions (1:49:13)

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#47: Dragon Ball Super: Broly

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After appearing as the overpowered, screaming meathead of villainy — and enduring power fantasy of twelve year old boys worldwide — in not one, not two, but three (count’em) previous Dragon Ball films, Toei producers, through either massive payments of undisclosed cash or a nefarious, undisclosed blackmail scheme, have finally forced series creator Akira Toriyama to officially recognize their most divisive creation with the arrival of the new film Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

Did Toriyama spin a decent yarn?  Did One Piece: Film Z and Dragon Ball Super series director Tatsuya Nagamine bring the goods?  Did Toei animation finally remember how to draw the characters from one of their most enduring and popular franchises ever?  Does wearing a DBZ shirt to the theater amplify your power levels or merely strengthen your body odor?  The BLT crew is back from the theater with all the answers!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (14:56)
  • Twitter Questions (1:00:55)

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#46: Lone Wolf and Cub Baby Cart at the River Styx

 

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We jump head first into the wild world of 1970s Japanese cinema with the second installment of the preeminent chambara film series of the decade: Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (35:09)
  • Twitter Questions (1:42:32)

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#45: Transformers The Movie (1986)

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Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong?  Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (22:39)
  • Twitter Questions (1:37:23)

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#44: Angel Cop

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We review Angel Cop, infamous schlock fest and towering pillar of the ‘not kids stuff’ OVA era, and discover that the true villain was Ichiro Itano all along!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (11:57)
  • Twitter Questions (1:17:50)

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Spotlight #8: Wrestling and Anime with Daryl Surat

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Daryl Surat from the essential Anime World Order podcast joins Grant for a chat about wrestling, anime, the surprising connections between the two fandoms, and your twitter questions.

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#43: Gintama (2017)

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We review Gintama (2017) the live action film based on the popular, long-running, gag manga by Hideaki Sorachi.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (34:40)
  • Twitter Questions (1:38:50)

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#42: King Kong vs Godzilla

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In 1962, before Alien vs Predator, before Freddy vs Jason, before the inevitable Goku vs Superman of future year 2032, Toho studios released the mega-sized, trans pacific, crossover event to crush them all: King Kong vs Godzilla!

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (40:40)
  • Twitter Questions (1:28:32)

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#41: Face/Off

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Here it is.  Because you, the people, demanded it, we review Face/Off (1997) — John Woo’s absurdly over-the-top American thriller featuring off-the-charts Cage-factor, hundreds of avian extras, and a dual wielding John Travolta in slow-motion.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (28:24)
  • Twitter Questions (1:22:05)

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Spotlight #7: Gundam Build Fighters with Dawn and PatzPrime

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Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia podcast and PatzPrime from The Cockpit podcast join Grant for a talk about Gundam Build Fighters + nearly an hour and a half of your Gundam related twitter questions!

  • Introductions + each host’s history with Gundam (00:00)
  • Gundam Build Fighters talk (17:05)
  • Twitter questions galore (36:38)

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#40: Harakiri

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The orderly, rigid code of bushido smashes up against human feeling in Masaki Kobayashi’s Harakiri (1962), a stunningly trenchant piece of subversive film-making — written by Rashoman and Seven Samurai scribe Shinobu Hashimoto, and starring the great Tatsuya Nakadai — that threatens to demolish the foundational ethos all of samurai cinema is built upon.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (31:25)
  • Twitter Questions (1:46:05)

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#39: Hard Boiled

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There’s action-packed.  And then there’s Hard Boiled (1992) — John Woo’s final spectacular outing with superstar Chow Yun-Fat in which gun-toting, rough and tumble detective, Tequila (Yun-Fat) partners with undercover officer Alan (Tony Leung) to take on a villainous gang of gun-running triads.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (33:45)
  • Twitter Questions (1:59:52)

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#38: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

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We review a classic that needs no introduction: Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) from director / writer Hayao Miyazaki.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (35:32)
  • Twitter Questions (1:55:11)

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#37: Blade of the Immortal (2017)

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We review Takashi Miike’s 100th film, Blade of the Immortal (2017), a bloody, over the top, chambara romp, starring Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, and Sota Fukushi, based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (40:05)
  • Twitter Questions (1:41:35)

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#36: Who Am I?

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We review Jackie Chan’s Who Am I?, his last film with Golden Harvest and nearly his last film ever after a few of these stunts – plus Major 2nd for the Three Minute Rule!

Timestamps:

  • What We’ve Been Watching (00:00)
  • Listener Mail (45:45)
  • News (49:32)
  • Review (57:34)
  • Twitter Questions (2:07:08)
  • Three Minute Rule (2:14:08)

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#35: One-Armed Swordsman

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Our Shaw Brothers training regimen continues with the bloody saga of Fang Cheng aka the One-Armed Swordsman (1967), a seminal work of wuxia film-making from prolific director Chang Cheh.

Timestamps:

  • What We’ve Been Watching (00:00)
  • Listener Mail (39:12)
  • News (49:53)
  • Review (1:08:35)
  • Three Minute Rule (2:13:01)

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#34: Mazinkaiser

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After a bit of a hiatus, the BLT crew is finally back on the couch with our review of Mazinkaiser, a 2001 OVA follow up to Go Nagai’s popular Mazinger super robot series that Turbo Smasher Punches its way into our hearts.

Timestamps:

  • Review (40:07)
  • Twitter Questions (1:51:03)

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Spotlight #6: Cosplay with Diana (@silencedrowns) and Emma Bowers

 

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We had originally planned to have a review episode out today, but fate intervened and we lost some crucial audio; thankfully, Grant’s been busy as ever, so to tide you over, here’s our latest Spotlight episode in which Grant talks Cosplay with special guests Diana   and Emma   + answers to all of your twitter questions.

Here’s the Rupaul post by Emma’s friend regarding the things drag queens and cosplayers can learn from each other: https://www.therobotsvoice.com/2015/05/10_things_cosplayers_can_learn_from_rupauls_drag_r.php

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Spotlight #5: Days of Fandom Past with Dave Merrill

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Today, Grant and Zen are joined by special guest Dave Merrill (aka @terebifunhouse) author of the most excellent Let’s Anime blog for a chat about anime fandom of yesteryear.  We cover everything from clubs and cons, to zines, classic shows, and your twitter questions.  Enjoy!

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#33: Devilman Crybaby / Godzilla: Monster Planet

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It’s a Netflix Double Feature, as the Blade Licking Thieves review Devilman Crybaby AND Godzilla: Monster Planet – in one episode!

  • Devilman Crybaby Review (00:00) ; Twitter Questions (1:20:24)
  • Godzilla: Monster Planet Review (1:26:24) ; Twitter Questions (2:02:20)

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#32: Whisper of the Heart

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What We’ve Been Watching / Reading (00:00):

  • Grant embarks on a quest to slay yet another Shonen giant.  This time diving head first into the One Piece manga.  You can find his chapter by chapter reaction thread on twitter right here.
  • Zen has a few things to say about the long awaited release of the first translated Lodoss novel, Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch.
  • Finally, Heat has a few “mysteries” for us to solve.

Review (57:57):

We review Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart (1995), a quiet, thoroughly charming portrait of adolescence with universal resonance directed by the late, great Yoshifumi Kondo.  Tune in for the full review!

Twitter Questions (2:12:42)

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Bonus #2: The Holiday Special (aka Gremlins) with PrimeGundam

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Special Thanks to @PrimeGundam host / contributor at 3BlackGeeks for being on the show!

Enjoy!

#31: Come Drink with Me

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Review (38:30):

Although, taken for granted today, King Hu’s Come Drink with Me (1966) set the wuxia genre on a completely new footing.  By turning away from trained martial artists and instead hiring performers from the Beijing Opera school, such as the film’s magnificent female lead Chang Pei Pei, he began the process of transforming the type of action that defined these films away from the world of rigid, practical martial arts towards the more artful, flowing, and graceful form of combative dance that feature so strongly today.  Tune in for our full review of this Shaw Brothers classic that directly inspired Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon!

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#30: The Man with the Iron Fists

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Review (36:08):

What happens when a super fan of kung-fu films gets to make one of his own? Find out this week as the BLT crew takes on the RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists.

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#29: Mind Game

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Review (50:50):

A trigger happy, diaper wearing, soccer player with Yakuza connections goes looking for revenge; an old man lives inside the belly of a whale for thirty years with only a plesiosaur as company; the main character has a foot race against God Almighty and wins!  All of this and more are only to be found in Mind Game, a funny, imaginative, and wonderfully delightful film by animator turned director Masaaki Yuasa.

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#28: Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

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The BLT Halloween spooktacular continues with a Treat to follow last episode’s Trick, as the gang sits down to review Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.  We also talk Gundam: The Origin manga, Power Rangers UnleashedUltraman, and answer your twitter questions.

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#27: Audition

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Today, we have a special, spooky, Halloween themed episode of BLT for you, as we review the Japanese horror classic, Audition.  We also briefly talk about Blade Runner Black Out 2022Gintama, Kamen Rider W, Lupin Season III, the live action Your Name film announcement, Neo Yokio, and answer your twitter questions.  You can also find our take on another infamous Takashi Miike film, Gozu (reviewed back on episode 20 of the podcast).

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#26: Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie

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Introduction + What we’ve been watching + News (0:00)

Reader Email (29:55):

We attempt to answer your questions about Shin Godzilla, which we reviewed last episode.

Review (42:25):

The space pirate Cobra with his android partner Lady cross the galaxy in search of thrills, treasure, and, yes, adventure!  Cobra first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1978 and is old school space opera through and through, of the sort found in old pulps of yesteryear, with a dash of Barbarella, Bond, Star Wars, Westerns, and any bizarre idea creator Buichi Terasawa can come up with, thrown into the mix.  The film version followed in 1982.  Produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha with the backing of the studio’s top talent, such as legendary director Osamu Dezaki, character designer and animation director Akio Sugino, and art director Shichiro Kobayashi, Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie is a kaleidoscopic, tripped out, wild and weird ride from start to finish, featuring some of Dezaki’s most satisfingly “out there” direction.

Twitter Questions (1:47:26)

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#25: Shin Godzilla

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Introduction + News (0:00)

Review (20:40):

Released in 2016 (a full twelve years after Godzilla: Final Wars), Shin Godzilla marks the third reboot of the franchise as the eponymous lizard stomps his way across modern Japan with the Japanese government racing to stop him.  It’s a well worn plot by this point, yet the film’s almost singular focus on the tumultuous bureaucratic response to the crisis — rather than, say, around a few core characters — makes for something that feels fresh and new, while also giving writer and director Hideaki Anno ample time to take aim at the bureaucratic morass that is Japanese government.  As for Godzilla himself — courtesy of veteran VFX director Shinji Higuchi and a new design by Mahiro Maeda — probably not since his original outing in Gojira (1954) has the creature looked so terrifyingly monstrous.

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#24: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Introduction + News (0:00)

Review (15:09):

In order to bring his vision of the fourth novel in the Crane Iron series to life, Oscar winning director Ang Lee employed the talents of mega-stars Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Zhang Ziyi, legendary fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, and musical composer Tan Dun.  The results speak for themselves.  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, an all time classic of the wuxia genre, is still, to this day, the most successful international film, both critically and commercially, to ever hit the states — and rightly so.  Tune in for the full review!

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Spotlight #4: Gunpla with Lauren Orsini, Sean O’Mara, and Tom Aznable

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Grant chats about Gundam model kits and kit making a.k.a. “Gunpla” with mecha enthusiasts Lauren Orsini, Sean O’Mara, and Tom Aznable.  Lauren @laureninspace runs Gunpla101 and Otakujournalist, and is a contributor at Forbes and Anime Feminist.  Sean @colonydrop currently writes about dusty old mecha stuff at his site Zimmerit. Tom can be found on twitter @tomaznable, and also co-hosts the podcast Space Opera Satellite.  Finally, Grant recommends Gundam Planet for good kit prices.  Enjoy!

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#23: The Host (2006)

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Introduction + News (0:00)

Review (31:31):

Today, we review The Host (2006), a critical and commercial hit in South Korea and abroad. It comes from director and screenwriter Bong Joon-ho and centers around a family’s quest to retrieve their lost child from the clutches of a giant mutant fish-monster, while battling a dysfunctional and oppressive bureaucracy, and slowly growing into better versions of themselves.

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#22: Dominion Tank Police

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Introduction + What We’ve Been Watching + News (0:00)

Review (40:45):

A four part OVA prequel to the Masamune Shirow manga, Dominion Tank Police stars Leona and her cute, but totally awesome, tank Bonaparte as they fight to take down the criminal Buaku gang.  The first two episodes, written, directed, and story-boarded by Koichi Mashimo showcase a flair for slapstick and comedic humor that arguably outdoes even the original manga in sheer wacky absurd-ism; while the later two episodes, helmed by director Takaaki Ishiyama and, I believe, a separate production staff, take a different posture, trading a bit of the over the top fun of the first half, for a more subdued, surreal, and reflective tone.  Tune in for the full review!

Twitter Questions (1:51:47)

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  • As mentioned in the pre-review, Koichi Mashimo also worked on the fan favorite Irresponsible Captain Tylor, which is now streaming for free on Nozomi Ent.’s Youtube Channel along with, arguably, Mashimo’s most famous work and best work, Dirty Pair: Project Eden which can be found here.

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Spotlight #3: Kaijumax with Zander Cannon

 

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We recently had the special privilege of talking with American cartoonist, and Eisner award winning comic author and artist, Zander Cannon about his wonderful series Kaijumax.  A uniquely original prison drama about life on the inside, where the inmates just so happen to be giant monsters a.k.a. Kaiju, Kaijumax is an insanely hilarious comic mashup that’s absurd, gross, hilarious, heartfelt, and filled with enough parodies, homages, and references to please and amuse everyone from battle hardened fans of Kaiju and Tokusatsu to relative newbies alike.

Our conversation together covers Kaijumax, drawing and writing comics, favorite Kaiju films, and a whole heapin’ lot of Toku talk:

00:00 – KaijuMax
32:03 – On creating your own comic
37:52 – What’s next for KaijuMax
41:37 – Tokusatsu discussion
1:17:45 – Twitter questions

You can read a preview of Kaijumax #1 here.

Digital versions are available at Oni-Press and Comixology. Print versions can be found at your local comic shop or available in trade paperback: Kaijumax Season 1 and Kaijumax Season 2. You can find Zander’s other work, including Double Barrel and Heck, over at Top Shelf Comix.

Major thanks again to Zander for being on the show.

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#21: Fist of the North Star (1986, Film)

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Intro + What We’ve Been Watching + News (0:00):

Review (36:02):

Fist of the North Star (movie), a remake of the first arc of the TV show (itself a remake of the famous manga by Tetsuo Hara and Buronson), released to Japanese movie-goers in 1986 with greatly improved art and animation over the TV series but also, like almost all anime movie remakes, a heavily cut down plot.  General TV Series director Toyoo Ashida returned to helm the film along with character designer & animation director Masami Suda and many other Toei Animation staff; but, for my money, it’s the soundtrack by classical composer Katsuhisa Hattori and rock group Kodomo Band (“Heart of Darkness”, “Purple Eyes”) that provides the real emotional punch making this absurdly macho, apocalyptic splatter-fest seem almost poignant.  Tune in for the full review!

Twitter Questions (1:57:50)

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Spotlight #2: Captain Harlock with Dawn (Anime Nostalgia) and Cai (@kaijinboyfriend)

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Since last month we only put one episode out, we’re trying to make up for it this month with an episode each week — that means another guest episode today!

This time Grant talks Space Pirate Captain Harlock with two special guests: Dawn @bunnycartoon, host of the superb Anime Nostalgia podcast, and Cai @kaijinboyfriend, mega Harlock fan and fiction writer (throw a few bucks at his patreon, commision.io, or tips; he’s a great guy and would really appreciate the support).  Together, they reminisce about their first experiences with the franchise, share their love for the titular lead, give the run down on which parts they think worth watching, and even answer a few of your twitter questions.

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#20: Gozu

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Introduction + What We’ve Been Watching + News (0:00):

Review (51:08):

Today, the thieves take a wrong turn and end up in the incredibly bizarre and unsettling world of Gozu, a film directed by Takashi Miike, who, though, he has since gained a measure of respectability, was once known in the West for his anything goes, flyby night films set predominately in the horror and yakuza genres (of which Gozu, from 2003, is no exception).  The film stars Sho Aikawa and Yuta Sone as two yakuza brothers, Ozaki and Minami that head off from Tokyo towards a small town on some unknown business; however, soon after arriving, Ozaki goes missing, setting Minami off on a quest to find his friend amidst a backdrop freakish residents, bizarre happenings, and even stranger secrets.  This is one weird film.  Tune in, as we unravel the mysteries of Gozu!

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Spotlight #1: Patlabor with Sean O’Mara (Colony Drop, Zimmerit)

 

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Hey all, sorry it’s been a while — life & all that.

Today’s episode is something a little different:  mecha-head and writer/creator of Colony Drop and Zimmerit, Sean O’Mara @ColonyDrop joins us for a discussion all about the unconventional, strange and somewhat impalpable, mecha franchise, Patlabor.   

00:00 – Introductions, Fandom, Colony Drop, and Fanzines

28:01 – Patlabor

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#19: Samurai Fiction

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Review (1:09:47):

Hiroyuki Nakano’s Samurai Fiction (1998) is a zany samurai comedy about Peace pretending to be a jidai-geki tale of revenge.  After a skilled swordsman named Kazamatsuri (Japanese rocker and composer for the film, Tomoyasu Hotei) waltzes off with the clan treasure, the rambunctious and young Heishiro (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) sets off in pursuit, hoping to restore his clan’s honor by retrieving the treasure and slaying the thief; however, Heishiro soon finds that revenge is not so easy and requires the help of Hanbei, a master swordsman played by Morio Kazama, and the affection of his lovely young daughter (Tamaki Ogawa), which ultimately forces Heishiro to make a choice between Honor and Pride or Love and Peace!

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#18: Police Story

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Review (1:04:40):

Raw, brutal, and dare less, Police Story (1985) showcases Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan’s formidable talents as action star, leading man, writer, and director.  The script written with longtime collaborator Edward Tang, brought to the screen the successful formula of action, martial arts, comedy, and stunt work that would define the rest of Jackie’s career throughout the 80s and 90s. Although, three or more sequels (depending upon whether New Police Story counts) followed, which top the original in various ways, none quite match it for sheer go for broke enthusiasm.

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#17: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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By sheer happenstance today’s episode is all about American remakes of popular and well regarded Japanese franchises from the 1990s.  Grant starts things off with his thoughts on the new American Power Rangers film.  Then its off to the Cineplex and back again for our review (at 38:22) of the new live action Ghost in the Shell film starring Scarlett Johansson.  Sorry about the crap audio quality during the pre-review part; we didn’t notice my mic problems until after the fact.

Here’s the chart tweeted out by anime designer / director Thomas Romain showing the number of anime series and films being released today compared to years gone by.

Finally, forgot to mention it on the show, but there’s currently a Kickstarter to fund the international Blu-ray release of Masaaki Yuasa’s incredible debut film Mind Game — don’t miss your chance to join the cool kids club!

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#16: Paprika

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Intro, What We’ve Been Watching, and News (00:00)

Review (53:04):

2006 saw the release of Satoshi Kon’s final film, Paprika, about a group of scientists slash psychotherapists that use an experimental device called the DC Mini to enter into the dreams of their patients in order to solve their problems; however, when several of the the devices are stolen, the dreams of multiple individuals begin to merge, and the fantastic becomes all too real as the barrier between dreams and the real world begins to crumble.  Tune in for our review!

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#15: REDLINE

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Intro and News (00:00):

It’s the 30th Anniversary of Bubblegum Crisis so of course we had to talk about it, and be sure to check out Grant’s article Neon Never Fades: 30 Years of Bubblegum Crisis over at Zimmerit.  Zen gives a follow up to last episode’s review of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’Grant elaborates once again on the madness of super sentai. And because suffering is an activity best shared with friends, Heat took it upon himself to watch Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.

Review (1:05:55):

Seven years in the making, REDLINE (2009) marks the third collaboration from two of Japan’s best, yet largely underappreciated talents: producer Katsuhito Ishii, known for his quirky, weird, and Tarantino-esque live action films, and director Takeshi Koike, known for his extraordinary animation chops.  Their talents combined with the staff of Studio Madhouse result in a film that, while admittedly a little shallow, accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: BLOW YOU AWAY.  Yes, friends, Production IG can keep their shitty CG cars for themselves because REDLINE is all about doing the things the hard way: traditional animation done completely by hand with blood, sweat, and tears — just as god intended!  Oh yeah, there’s also enough space aliens to make a Star Wars film blush, cool mechanical designs, off-beat humor, giant-sized pompadours, robo space fascists, kaiju, and a killer soundtrack to go with the oh-so-incredible animation.  Did I just give away the tenor of our review?  Very likely.  Tune in for more slavish REDLINE worship!

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#14: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

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Intro and News (00:00):

Voltron Season 2 has Heat excited.  Grant catches us up on the latest Power Rangers shenanigans.  And Zen remarks on Moyocco Anno’s comedy manga, Insufficient Direction about her strange marriage to director Hideaki Anno.

Review (1:04:15):

After his minions gather the titular wishing stones, everyone’s favorite baddie that won’t stay down is resurrected to enact his revenge upon Goku and friends; surely, this time, he will prevail!  As fan fiction as that sounds, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of ‘F’ also marks the return of series creator Akira Toriyama to the franchise (following 2013’s Battle of the Gods) making this 2015 entry only the 2nd film to earn its place in official Dragon Ball canon. As might be imagined, the story penned by Toriyama, blends equal parts comedy and action, making for a solid outing that neither breaks new ground or seriously offends but is sure to please long time fans.

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#13: Godzilla vs. Biollante

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Intro and News (00:00):

Lamentations on the Winter 2017 anime season, Netflix, and Amazon’s Anime Strike.

Review (34:00):

Two monsters, created by science gone awry, go head to head in the second Godzilla film of the Heisei era: Godzilla vs Biolante.  This follow up to Return of Godzilla or Godzilla 1984, which we reviewed in episode 7, arrived five years after the release of the previous film had under-performed at the box office.  Looking for fresh ideas to revitalize the somewhat moribund franchise, producers at Toho held a public contest in search of a script.  The winning entry, written by a dentist named Shinichiro Kobayashi with a script that largely sidelined the franchise’s typical anti-nuclear bent in favor of a new focus on the emerging threat posed from bio-technology, was heavily rewritten by Director Kazuki Omori to include spies, assassins, and corporate espionage.  The resulting film is a truly a bizarre mishmash of ideas: espionage, deadly assassins, fictional middle eastern countries, mad science, ESPers, military super weapons, and, of course, awesome Kaiju action — it’s a hell of a ride!

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#12: The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

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Introduction + News (00:00):

Grant talks about the Winter 2017 season, while I talk mostly about the Spring 2017 season because I mistakenly looked at the wrong chart… Yep, that happened.

Review (44:10):

Since the Zatoichi series spans over 26 films and 100 TV episodes, I figured the original film from 1962, The Tale of Zatoichi, was as good a place as any to start with.  In the director’s chair for our titular character’s first outing is Kenji Misumi who would go on to direct four more Zatoichi films, the Lone Wolf and Cub films, and many other noteworthy titles in the genre.  The real draw of the film, of course, is the irreplaceable Shintaro Katsu, as Zatoichi, an itinerant blind masseuse and gambler, who despite outward appearance, possesses extraordinary sword fighting skills.

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#11: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

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Sorry about the poor audio quality.  We had to record part of this episode over Skype.

What We’ve Been Watching (00:00) :

News (24:47)

Review (38:24):

On today’s episode, Grant has us watch the 1978 Shaw Brothers, kung fu classic:  The 36th Chamber of Shaolin by director and fight choreographer Lau Kar-Leung.  The film stars a young Gordon Liu as the iconic San Te, a schoolboy turned Shaolin master in a role that would make the actor famous.  This classic of the genre, which went on to inspire — along with a host of other Shaw Brothers films from the era — everyone from Quentin Tarantino to the Wu-Tang Clan, features a tale of revenge, one of the longest training sequences ever filmed, mystical Buddhist powers, swordplay, pole fighting, three pronged staff fighting, Chinese fisticuffs of every kind, and — oh yes — perhaps the most memorable headbutt ever captured on celluloid!

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#10: Metropolis (2001)

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We’re back!  Sorry it took so long; the episode is on the longer side to make up for it.

What We’ve Been Watching (0:00:00):

News (1:19:39)

Listener Mail (1:31:20):

Show #8 – Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris follow up!

Review (1:44:07):

For this episode, Heat chose for us to watch the 2001 anime film Metropolis.  A stunning looking and sounding amalgam of Osamu Tezuka’s manga and Fritz Lang’s original silent masterpiece, this Rintaro helmed adaptation — featuring a screenplay by Katsuhiro Otomo and a soundtrack by Toshiyuki Honda — was done with remarkable gusto.  Tune in for our full review, breakdown, and discussion!

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  • My written review of Rintaro’s previous film X: The Movie.
  • A selection of screen caps from Metropolis can be found here.
  • Pause and Select has a great video comparing the different versions of Metropolis here.

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Bonus #1: Gelato is a Lie! feat. TheSubtleDoctor (Warui Deshou)

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Today’s episode is a bit different than usual, as we’ve thrown out the usual review episode format and in its place have a special bonus episode featuring guest and friend of the show TheSubtleDoctor.  You can find Doc’s writing at The Fandom Post and the excellent Wave Motion Cannon; or, you can hear him as one of the hosts on the awesome Warui Deshou Podcast — if you haven’t yet checked any of those fine things out, get on it!  So, join us for a mostly thoughtless and very likely ill-informed discussion on a variety  topics we have no business discussing, such as: fanservice, Gundam, the truth behind Gelato, the news, and what the heck is anime anyways?

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#9: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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What We’ve Been Watching (00:00): 

Zyuranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesDriftersYuri on Ice, Izetta, and March Comes in like a Lion.

News (31:14):

  • Dragon Ball Super can at last be found legally streaming on Crunchyroll.
  • Tatsunoko Productions nears its 55th anniversary.
  • Plus our thoughts on colorized manga, Tom and Jerry, and other random nonsense.

Review (54:35)

We discuss Isao Takahata’s absolutely wonderful The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  Released by Studio Ghibli in 2013, the film features utterly unique and spectacular to behold animation by designer Osamu Tanabe, incredible art direction courtesy of Kazuo Oga, and a musical score by legendary composer Joe Hisaishi that’s as majestic as it is mournful.  Thematic depth comes courtesy of Takahata and Riko Sakaguchi’s screenplay, which freshens up this retelling of Japan’s oldest folk tale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, making it feel important and more relevant to modern audiences than ever before.  Of the all the films I watched last year, this was easily my favorite!

Lastly, a small correction: I mentioned in our pre-review how the unorthodox production of My Neighbors the Yamadas led to major dysfunction during the production of Studio Ghibli’s next film — I misspoke; that film was Spirited Away NOT Howl’s Moving Castle. OK, that’s everything.

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#8: Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris

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Random talk (00:00: 

Ultraman Orb, video game Engrish, wrestling, MacrossPower Rangers 

News (26:10):

Review (56:30)

We watch Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris from 1999, the final film in the Heisei Gamera trilogy.

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#7: Return of Godzilla

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What we’ve been watching (00:00):

  • JoJo’s Bizarre AdventureLegend of Korra, DC Animated Universe, Space Brothers, Southern Cross, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
  • Southern Cross’s “Cosmic Deja Vu  might be the most appropriately titled opening theme song ever.

News (36:15):

Finally, at 1:06:13, the Cold War threatens to turn hot in Toho’s Return of Godzilla, the 1984 franchise reboot, directed by Koji Hashimoto, that kicked off the Heisei era. 

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#6: Aim for the Top! Gunbuster

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Random Talk:

  • Celebrity voice acting
  • Ultra Seven
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders
  • Berserk
  • More Escaflowne BluRay talk

News (32:00):

Finally, join us for giant robots, melodrama, spandex, and guts as we shoot for the stars with our review of Hideaki Anno and Gainax’s sci-fi / mecha / shojo genre-busting-OVA-classic: Aim for the Top! Gunbuster (review starts at 50:36).

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#5: Gamera 2: Attack of Legion

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Show Notes:

  • Brief Ultraman Orb impressions from Grant, which you can watch for free here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-orb
  • Shout outs and blog talk.
  • Funimation’s Kickstarter for the Vision of Escaflowne Bluray with new English Dub comes out next month.  Here’s the trailer featuring the new dub cast.  Also, the super swag collector’s edition, which Zen has pre-ordered, is still available at Rightstuf.704400079702_anime-vision-escaflowne-tv-complete-series-movie-collection-altA
  • Super Dimensional Fortress Macross appears on Amazon Prime; Harmony Gold talk follows.
  • Our thoughts on Attack on Titan Season 2, Space Battleship Yamato 2202, and the new Godzilla anime announcements.
  • Finally, at 36:10 we continue with our review of part two of Shusuke Kaneko and special effects master Shinji Higuchi’s Gamera trilogy — Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996).

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#4: The God of Cookery

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Download Link: Episode 4 – God of Cookery –  Chow Time

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Random Discussion:

  • DC Animated Universe
  • American Cartoons influenced by anime (new Voltron, Avatar, Steven Universe, etc.)
  • Dub vs Sub talk

News (25:19):

Finally, we review The God of Cookery — Stephen Chow’s totally bonkers and incredibly hilarious 1996 comedy film that riffs on everything from Hong Kong street gangs to shaolin kung-fu to, of course, Iron Chef.  Review starts at 41:54.

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#3: Golgo 13: The Professional

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Show Notes:

  • A Wuxia puppet show makes an earnest attempt to redefine the word Awesome.
  • My Hero Academia gets a 2nd season.
  • The state of the original Mobile Suit Gundam among-st Japanese college students.
  • Japanese animator decries Moe eyes for increasing his poverty.
  • And animator pay remains as terrible as ever: see this Shirobako Infographic and this depressing Indiegogo campaign.
  • China saves Duncan Jones career i.e. Warcraft movie talk.
  • We review the Osamu Dezaki helmed feature-film, Golgo 13: The Professional from 1983. The review starts at 25:51.

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#2: Gamera Guardian of the Universe

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Show Notes:

  • Grant has a short Hulu followup.
  • The End of the Millennium, Retail-Apocalypse manga (aka DD Fist of the North Star) comes to a close.
  • We collectively ogle Woody Robo Sheriff Star.
  • We chatter on about Studio Ghibli Producer Nishimura’s controversial remarks (he has since apologized).
  • Finally, we discuss and review the 1995, Kaiju film, directed by Shusuke Kaneko, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe.  The review starts at 28:40.

Apologies again for the substandard audio quality.

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#1: Rebuild of Evangelion 1.11, 2.22, 3.33

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Show Notes:

  • For this inaugural, mega-long episode, we give a brief introductions,  our backgrounds, and lay out our general review philosophy.
  • We discuss the upcoming Hulu purge of anime.
  • Ponder the possibilities of the upcoming Godzilla Resurgence film from Hideaki Anno — Edit: It’s Finally Here!
  • Finally, we have three back-to-back reviews of Hideaki Anno and Studio Khara’s Rebuild of Evangelion films. The first review begins at 47:53, the second at 1:57:15, and the third at 2:47:47.
  • Slightly related, I discovered an utterly inexhaustible resource for Evangelion and Gainax related interviews (after we’d already recorded the podcast, of course).  Check it out. The NGE Source Anthology and NGE 2.0 Complete Records Collection sections are a wonderful place to start — tremendous props to the site owner!

Apologize in advance for the shoddy audio quality.  And, yes, we realize this episode is a little EXTREMELY rough in parts — please do bear with us!

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