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Otaku Evolution Episode 112 - Crusher Joe: The Ice Prison

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For whatever reason, it took me a lot longer to make this twelve minute long review video than it really should have. Partly because I don't really feel like my videos are even appreciated, but also I was sick and I went days barely working on it. But here you go, anyway, my review of the first Crusher Joe OVA feature, The Ice Prison, which is just the right amount of Crusher Joe and just the quality I was looking for: exciting and brief.

Maybe I'm just trying to delay my next video subject... ugh.

 
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Otaku Evolution Episode 111 - Coyote Ragtime Show

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In this episode, wherein I spent a lot of time on that bookend material probably nobody appreciates (and likely because a lot of it is a callback to a long since deceased comic strip I did), I take on the 2006 action-scifi title, Coyote Ragtime Show! It's pretty much cut from the same cloth as similar shows (that were out of vogue by the time this came out), just not the best part of that cloth. Still, it's good for at least one watch, has some poignant moments, and gothic lolita robots with guns. Who can ask for more? Everybody, but watch this anyway.
 
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Otaku Evolution Episode 110 - 801 T.T.S. Airbats

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What happens when you take Patlabor, switch the robots to planes, reverse the male-to-female ratio, and file off the serial number? Well, you'd probably still get something a bit better than 801 TTS Airbats, which, while having excellent aerial scenes, and some character potential, falls somewhat short of the runway. But hey, more Penguinopolis Mk II stuff in this video, so you can enjoy that, at least.
 
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Otaku Evolution Episode 109 - Space Cruiser Yamato (Movie)

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The first English-language bastardization of Space Battleship Yamato, Space Cruiser Yamato, a recut version of the compilation version of the first TV series, is quite a ride. A ride into mediocrity, with its truncated, if not entirely decimated character development and simplistic plot summarizing. And you know how I hate people who just boil down long works into a neat package, as if to comment on them with faux-wry humor for an audience of captive idiots too lazy to watch a whole TV series.

I mean, I just hate that. Hate it.

Apropos of nothing, don't forget to donate to my Patreon.

 
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Otaku Evolution Episode 108 - Year End English Dub Review IV

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It's been quite a year here on Otaku Evolution. Shuffling videos from platform to platform because of Copyright Dragons, re-recording reviews for quality, reaching my 100th episode, and just generally being exhausted and largely unsuccessful. I may have extended my viewer base, though, which means I think now... *checks notes* 12 people regularly watch these. Maybe by this time next year, I'll have 16! Grabbing for that brass ring.

 

But anyway, as usual, this is a review of the English dubs for the anime I covered since my Mid Season English Dub Review plus some of that wonderful bookend material I love to afflict upon myself and others. Flying fortresses! Penguins! Plot threads from my old comic strips nobody will remember!

 

At least none of the dubs were too bad. Or is that a shame? I can't tell.

Otaku Evolution Episode 107 - An Otaku Evolution Julbord

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My annual Christmas episode has it all, atmosphere, a framing device, a variety of different anime, some Christmas music, and... that's everything, right? There's nothing else to be had? I guess some gratuitous sex would be nice, but I'm anime reviewer, so that's not likely to happen to me. But I do get to cover some Lupin III (again), Vandread (again), and Azumanga Daioh (!!!). Enjoy the video, folks. It took me a long while to do.

Happy Chrisannakuhzaalia!

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 106 - Heroic Legend of Arslan (Eps 5-6) (OVA)

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Hey, remember when Arslan was a thing?

I mean, okay it's still kind of a thing, the TV series hasn't completely concluded, right? Well, yeah, for now it has, but it's sure to come back, right? One thing's for sure, this OVA that adapted Yoshiki Tanaka's historical fantasy novels before Hiromu Arakawa's manga or the show based on it certainly stopped, and pretty much ended with no real conclusion. But here I review the final two episodes, regardless, making sure to stop now and then to drop referential jokes and still really like Gieve, because Gieve is the best Arslan character and we all know it.

Gieve, man. He's fucking fantastic. I guess the rest are kind of neat, too, though.
 
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Otaku Evolution Episode 105 - Boogiepop Phantom

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It actually took a couple of weeks to make this (all things considered) pretty short Halloween episode that might be a bit padded, but I'm otherwise pretty satisfied with. Like last year, I didn't want to go with a ghouls and monsters title, I wanted something more psychological, and while there are, in fact, supernatural boogie(pop)men in this, it's very much in the same vein as Serial Experiments Lain in the way it gets you to think about the social commentary as much as the characters and plot, if not more. So enjoy my review of Boogiepop Phantom, a veritable Russian nesting doll of a narrative, and form a few memory butterflies as you watch.

 
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