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Otaku Evolution Episode 178 - X-Men

It's time to talk about my favorite Marvel team, the X-Men! Is it just me, or are there way too many X-Men now? I can't keep up! Who is Dust? Fantomex? Darwin? Goldballs? Pixie? Whatever. It's a good thing this anime features mostly well-known X-Men, like Cyclops and Wolverine. Armor is fairly new, but she's pretty cool. Obviously the writers and animators of this anime must have jumped at the chance to work with an actual comics-canon Japanese schoolgirl X-Man.

Don't forge to read the list of recommended X-Men reading for the viewer in the credits section. Like the Batman list, you might want to pause on each card.

 

Customized MG Banshee Gundam

 

I wanted to take a few minutes to share some photos and some thoughts for a quick build I put together. The fantastic GoodGuyDan is having a Unicorn build off this month and as I have a unquenchable thirst for Unicorn kits I had to participate. Instead of building one of the several RG 'corns that I have waiting for love, or the MGEX that just came in, I figured I'd help an old boy out. Specifically, this one,

Otaku Evolution Episode 177 - Batman: Gotham Knight

How often do I get to talk about my favorite superhero (aside from Jarro, the jar-sized Starro) on my little anime review show? Never, is when. So I leapt at the chance to finally getting to the Batman anime, Gotham Knight, which contains plenty of Vitamin B(atman). Not only that, but I compiled a bit of a list of recommended Batman reading for the viewer in the credits section, so keep an eye on that, and pause on each section to write the list down.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 176 - Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

I don't review a lot of comedy anime, because a lot of anime tries really hard to be funny and truly isn't. Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi is even a bit of a mixed bag itself, in terms of funny, but it does get a few chuckles out of me, and besides which has a classic "coming of age" angle to it, though it takes a back seat to gags. It's kind of a Baby's First FLCL.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 175 - Armitage III

 

Not a whole lot to say about this one, except that it has this weird "evil feminist conspiracy" angle to it that Chiaki Konaka must've dreamt up while he was in a paranoid state after too much cocaine. Honestly, other than that, Armitage III's a pretty straightforward cyberpunk action OVA with a little bit of a mystery in it. I do really like the character of Armitage, though Ross is a little dull. I don't know, maybe it's the fate of all people named Ross to be dull. It's a very dull name.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 174 - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (two seasons) is 52 episodes long, making this the most episodes I've ever watched to review for these videos. Not only that, but it's definitely the most I've ever watched to review for a single video. I didn't even break this into two or three parts! I probably could have stretched the material, too. But I felt like one succinct video was enough to give the right impression of this classic anime.

Well, actually, it was a tiny bit longer, originally, but I had to edit it down because it was blocked in some areas. Always a pain in the ass, YouTube and Japanese companies. But you get the drift.

Otaku Evolution Episode 173 - Mid Year English Dub Review VI

More wrap-around material in this one. This will be the last one for a while, though I have plenty of ideas for that stuff. I wanted to do something with Ambassador Morran and thought I'd throw in the assassin Ravex as well, since I've barely used him. Here they're visiting Golex's people, the Lithos, for some reason. I'll get to that another time. After this, I want to concentrate more on the reviews themselves.

Speaking of the reviews, I'm glad I didn't have to suffer through too many lousy dubs in this half of the year. I didn't plan based on dub studios, just based on what I felt like reviewing or what I had time to review when I scheduled everything. I only have a tenuous schedule for the second half of the year, though I did name drop some of the things I'll be doing at the end of this video.

Otaku Evolution Episode 172 - Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon

This will probably be the last Dragon Ball Month. It's not like there's not more DB/Z to cover, but I feel like I don't need to dedicate an entire month to it anymore, I've made most of the points I wanted to make about the franchise. This is one of the reasons I chose Wrath of the Dragon to review last, because it was the last DBZ movie until 2013's Battle of Gods (or maybe you want to count 2008's Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, which we still don't have over here, with an English dub).

The wraparound material is just explaining or showing bits of the last Penguin Chronicles (one of my old strips) arc that I never finished in strip form. I have fun.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 171 - Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound

The wraparound material this time covers some of the storyline I never completed in my Penguin Chronicles comic strip, involving Prince Cassus' previous airship, the Gaizu, among other things. I don't know why I'm so obsessed with completing it via these videos (as flashbacks), these are anime reviews, but I guess I just like toying around with the sprites and backgrounds. And the pre-opening credits bit is set to Shunsuke Kikuchi's "M742", or "The Suspensful Intermission".

DBZ Movie 9, Bojack Unbound, is probably my favorite of all the DBZ movies, or indeed DB movies overall. It's nothing deep or profound, but it features a lot of great elements, from its settings to the action to the music. It's not perfect, it's just my favorite.

Falldog's Sci-Fi Novel Rankings - August 2020 Edition

Falldog's Sci-Fi Novel Rankings

To wrap up 2018 I wanted to share a something I've been working on over the past year, my list of top Sci-Fi novels (slash series where applicable).

First off, let me state that this list is a terrible, awful, no good, bad idea. No matter what order I would put these in there will always be someone who disagrees. That's totally okay, there are parts of this list that I may disagree with myself depending what lenses I'm looking through. There's so much going on in the science fiction genre that trying to compare and sort by best is like trying to compare apples and oranges. How do you compare ground breaking works that introduced new concepts well ahead of any real world implementation against enjoyable, albeit unimaginative, military sci-fi serials? What about series with four plus novels that dip and rise in quality depending on what's going on? Or even works elevated beyond written form by fantastic audio book narration? The short answer is you can't, not realistically at least.


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