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Otaku Evolution Episode 241 - Super Dimension Fortress Macross

Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the original Macross anime, is sure a classic of anime. But it has its share of issues, too, that make it not quite make my top 30. To be honest, I barely watched any of the episodes past 27 for this review, because that's where the story basically ends. I've seen the rest of the episodes, too, don't get me wrong, but they're hardly worth mentioning. I think I covered the penultimate episode in a Christmas video I did years ago. It's still damn good anime, overall.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 240 - Mid Year English Dub Review IX

Another Mid Year English Dub Review has me going through all the English dubs of the anime I've reviewed so far this year. I even threw in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, though I only touch upon that briefly. In fact, I just noticed that I didn't really talk about the dub studios much. I'll be more thorough at the end of the year.

Pen Pen stranded me in the UK a couple of videos ago and I'm still cross about it. But hey, that flat cap I bought in Scotland is a very cool hat. Just don't expect to see my sprite wear it.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 239 - Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

It's been a little while, but I'm back! More Otaku Evolution to plug into your mind and blow it away... with its mediocrity.

Actually, I'm strangely proud of this one. I did get a bit sidetracked into talking at length about the Rebuild movies, but only as an avenue to compare the different endings of Evangelion's story, like the TV show's end, the manga's end, etc. I feel like I probably won't get to doing review videos for the Rebuild movies, so this was my chance to talk about them while I was covering The End of Evangelion. But the movie EoE truly does stand on its own as a brilliant work of a visceral emotional gauntlet.

Otaku Evolution Episode 236 - Casshern Sins

Ahhh, tragedy porn. A lot of my favorite anime has tons of melodrama, but when an anime really overdoes it in an annoying, nihilistic (in a negative sense) way, it ceases to be tragedy and starts to be tragedy porn. Casshern Sins is, at the very least, borderline tragedy porn, the way that Now and Then, Here and There was. But unlike NTHT, it doesn't have a lot of redeeming qualities that pushes it out of the mire of wallowing. It's just this endless march into hopelessness. But don't get me wrong, tragedy porn can still be somewhat good. It's just that Casshern Sins is just kind of "eh"/okay, at best.

Otaku Evolution Episode 235 - Lupin III: Tokyo Crisis

 

What, me, reviewing a Lupin III feature? Couldn't be! It's only been about a half hour since the last time I did one. This one, Tokyo Crisis, is kind of complicated, quality-wise. It's got plenty of good elements, but it doesn't quite come together all that well. What I mostly appreciated was the relationship between Inspector Zenigata and Maria. Though I have a hard time defining it. Was it meant to be a romantic relationship or more of a father-daughter like thing? Whatever it was, it led to some great moments. But there's really nothing this feature excels at beyond that.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 234 - Patlabor: The New Files (OVA)

Besides talking about the dub in the Mid Year English Dub Review, this will probably be the last time I make a dedicated video to the Patlabor franchise. After all, I've pretty much reviewed all of animated Patlabor at this point. Well, there's supposed to be a new Patlabor show coming out in the near future, but that would be too new to review for Otaku Evolution, so this video on Patlabor: The New Files will kind of be the final word on the subject. Hey, maybe I'll go crazy and review the live-action series! I, uh, wouldn't hold out too much hope for that, though.

Otaku Evolution Episode 233 - Fist of the North Star (Movie)

The 1986 animated movie version of Fist of the North Star is an interesting beast. It's not quite a compilation of the TV series. It's a retelling with entirely new animation. At times softened for violent content animation, but new animation nevertheless. I wanted to review this because I wanted to cover the franchise, but wasn't about to watch the 36 episodes of the TV series that were dubbed. I wanted to show everything that I like and dislike about this franchise and I think I accomplished that.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 232 - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Part 2)

This video sees me wrap up my review of the 2009 Studio Bones series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa. I take a look at the themes of the show, like the cycle of revenge, redemption, and the value of human life. I also curate moments of the show that I consider highlights. And I also compare the two FMA shows, which everyone already does (I love both). I hope I covered enough topics to inform and entertain.


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