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Otaku Evolution Episode 144 - Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

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First, a little tribute to Daron Nefcy's Star vs the Forces of Evil, a show I only got into this year but will miss forever, for some reason. A really fun cartoon that blossomed into a compelling one with continuing story arcs. It's been over a month since "Cleaved", the final episode, but I wanted to sneak something in. I ended up doing more than I thought because I was able to link it to Dragon Ball. Starco forever, but the best relationship was Eclipsa and Globgor.

 

Lupin III: Goodbye Partner Review

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Synopsis: Inspector Zenigata is arrested! The ICPO believe old Pops has been secretly colluding with Lupin this whole time, abetting his crimes! But there's no time for our bored bandit to sort that out, as he's challenged to retrieve a special black diamond that can be used to complete a quantum computer. Somehow, a kidnapped girl named Alisa, the works of Frédéric Chopin, and the President of the United States is tangled up in this, but that's not the only surprise! It seems that Lupin's hetero life mate, Jigen, has betrayed him! Why, after all these years? Will this be a Revolutionary Etude or a Tristesse? Goodbye Partner hits all the right notes!
 

Otaku Evolution Episode 143 - Bardock: Father of Goku

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If the opening bit seems familiar, the first part is from Episode 97, "Mid Year English Dub Review III", but I added a bit more of me fighting recolored Free---er, Golex. You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to customize those fighting poses with the skeleton armor. I need to work on the beam effects, though. I used Dragon Ball Z sound effects for it, as you probably can tell.

Anyway, it's time for me to rant about Dragon Ball Minus and the newest Broly movie. Yeah, I know I'm doing a review of Bardock: Father of Goku, but I spend most of the time griping about the lore mining in the DB franchise in general, and my complaints about Minus in particular. Can we please stop doing Bardock stories? It was enough a long time ago, the mystique is long gone.

Otaku Evolution Episode 142 - Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in the Devil's Castle

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It's the start of another Dragon Ball Month here on Otaku Evolution, which means padding the videos with my dumb pixel character pieces. This time, I thought I'd dive a little into the ordinary life of pixel-me, but obviously he's luckier with women than I am, because nobody, ever, in their right mind, would want me to destroy them, sexually or otherwise. Yeah, when women see me, they normally destroy themselves right there to get out of talking to me.

 

On the bright side, the Dragon Ball movie I'm reviewing, Sleeping Princess in the Devil's Castle, is a charmingly weird short tale with a wonderful aesthetic. You don't really get that kind of quality atmosphere in the more recent Dragon Ball entries, with rich environments and an adventurous, but tense mood. I miss that.

Otaku Evolution Episode 141 - Crusher Joe: The Ultimate Weapon: Ash

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It's the finale of 80s Month this year! So yeah, this one's just a "summarize and snark" kind of video, not a lot of deep diving, because it's Crusher Joe, so there's no deep diving to do. It's just a light, fun adventure wrapped up in about an hour. Really, I think there should have been a Crusher Joe TV series with stuff like this. There's revivals of all sorts of anime properties nowadays, so perhaps this one is due for a new entry.

 

Speaking of new entries (or old ones), I padded the video a bit with the return of Terry and a few hints for what's to come with what I still loosely consider a "storyline" but is just me playing with sprites for shits and giggles with no special goal.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 140 - Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

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In this second video in Otaku Evolution's first 80s Month, I examine a... complicated Lupin III feature, Legend of the Gold of Babylon. Complicated because, by most metrics, it's really pretty terrible. But it's terrible in an academic sense. You should see it at least once. And you should watch THIS at least three times. I could use the hits. 

 

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 139 - Megazone 23 Part II

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Welcome to the beginning of 80s Month here on Otaku Evolution! I wanted to do a speciial theme month just for that decade that brought us outrageous perms, acid washed jeans, fanny packs, and Swatches. Everyone was still worried about Russian nukes, a guy stood in front of a tank, BBSes were full of people debating Star Trek captains, and Roger Moore finally stopped playing Bond while in his late 50s. It was fresh, it was gnarly, it was old school and new wave.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 138 - R.O.D. The TV

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It's the return of Yumiko Readman (after a fashion) in 2003's R.O.D. The TV, a 26-episode series that largely delivers on the unfulfilled promise of the original OVA. You've got multiple paper masters, two people who can phase through things, a giant conspiracy by the British Library of all organizations, international intrigue, and a whole lot of that thin white writing weapon. It's the show with the pushy title, so you had better Read or Die!

Sounds like a choose-your-own adventure book.   

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