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Otaku Evolution Episode 128 - Redline

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As the year starts to wind down, I wanted to do a quick and easy review, so that means covering the Takeshi Koike visual feast that is Redline!

 

So... yeah, that's all I need to say. It's fucking Redline, folks. Wacky Races to the nth degree.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 127 - Azumanga Daioh

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I thought I'd take on an anime comedy, which I don't normally review. This one, Azumanga Daioh is based on a four panel comic, so naturally it's very episodic even within individual episodes, adapting little jokes into larger pictures. In other words, the basic plot is kind of basic (mostly just high school girls and their daily lives). However, it's anime comfort food. It makes you feel warm and lightens your spirit for a bit, like a fresh oatmeal cookie. It also helps that  English dub is reasonably good, not their best, but better than the average.

Though the Japanese version features Norio Wakamoto as a cat, so...

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Otaku Evolution Episode 126 - Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy

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So, yeah, Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy is a noteworthy feature. A single, long-formed OVA, basically a movie, it follows the Lupin gang's scramble to get to a family's hidden treasure before a group of ninjas do, all while Zenigata pursues them. Not very unlike your average Lupin feature in that regard, but very well constructed in terms of production values, settings, the chase scenes, and some of the action and comedy. I call it a spiritual successor to Castle of Cagliostro, because it shares a few of the same visual and emotional touchstones. Too bad the English dub is substandard, but I'll get into that at the end of the year. Just enjoy a short rundown and some highlights that illustrate why I think so highly of this title.

Otaku Evolution Episode 125 - Hellsing Ultimate (OVA)

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It's time again for my annual Halloween video! This time I took a page out of my first year's Halloween fare, Hellsing, with a review of Hellsing Ultimate, the 10-episode more-accurate-to-the-manga adaptation of Kouta Hirano's manga. It's big, it's loud, it's kind of silly, but it's oh so compelling, a monster mash with an operatic flair. So pour a bowl of mini Kit Kats, open a pumpkin beer, and let's watch an OP mega-vampire fight Nazis! Hey, if you're going to be a denizen of a undead horde, don't also be a bigot!

 

Happy Halloween!

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 124 - Bubblegum Crisis (OVA)

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Ahhh... damn it. Action Channel Month is supposed to, you know, be in one month. September. But for some reason, this one took longer than usual. Well, it's not like I have enough of a following (or any) to dash expectations. If I do this again next year (though I may replace it with another kind of theme month), I'll try to get three videos done on time. I'm only doing a few more videos this year because of personal reasons, but I'll try my best.

Otaku Evolution Episode 123 - 3x3 Eyes

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My second Action Channel Month video for this year is on 3x3 Eyes, an OVA based on a 40 volume manga, told in 7 episodes. So, yeah, obviously not all of it is adapted. But it does have an interesting twist in its set up and use of Hindu lore. Plus I got to break out a short montage, an Indiana Jones clip, and reference Iron Fist. Oh, and it's pronounced "Sazan Eyes", apparently, though next episode previews for the dub always say "three by three eyes". Hm.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 122 - Sol Bianca

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It's time once again for Action Channel Month,  and this year's first subject is the two episode OVA, Sol Bianca, from the early 90s. It features a crew of female space pirates, an orbital sniper rifle, a human trophy room, a BGM track used in wrestling, and perhaps the coolest ship in anime. I don't know what's weirder, though, that it never had any more episodes after the second, or that ADV didn't even bother dubbing the second. It's a fun little romp, regardless, and I've been meaning to cover it for a while.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 120 - Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

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Time to exorcise another evil spirit from my anime fandom and shove Gundam 0083 in the wood chipper where it belongs. Sure, it's pretty, but it's also as dumb as a sack of knobs. It's quite possibly the worst entry into the Universal Century timeline in terms of characters and plot. The characters? Most of them are insufferable. The plot? Goes further than it needs to. Maybe it's best to watch this by fast forwarding through most of the dialogue to the action bits. Or, you know, watch War in the Pocket or 08th MS Team instead.

 

Kou and Nina are just... I have a real life, palpable hatred for these fictional characters.

 

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