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Otaku Evolution Episode 147 - Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack

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Ah yes, Char's Counterattack, a movie full of oddities that nevertheless always impresses me. Perhaps it's the production values, but I've always felt a sense of gravity to the proceedings, like I was watching a colossal, momentous event. Is it legitimately that, though, or is it that only in the sense that it's forced into it by circumstance? It occurs to me that the feature might be great in spite of itself and it's little Tomino quirks. Then again, I like some of those quirks, too.

Even Quess, to a degree. A small degree. A very small degree. (But not Hathaway, fuck him.)

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Otaku Evolution Episode 146 - FLCL

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When prompted to skip to 14:42 to avoid spoilers, go to 14:17 instead (you'll miss a bit on the production if you don't). If you want to skip the story stuff at the beginning, start from 4:00.

 

Yeah, I know, more story crap you don't care about. The non-talking characters at the conference table are Gen. Ronald D. Bell and Lt. Gen. Vanessa Bradiff. I can only do so many character voices (but they all sound the same). The mustached penguin is not the same one as the therapist, by the way, he's the director of the intelligence branch that I used back when I introduced Yellow Yellow. Also, how do you pronounce syrup? SURUP or SEERUP?

 

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 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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