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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Otaku Evolution Episode 137 - Escaflowne: The Movie

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So, I thought I'd do a little character scene to start out the video because the idea popped into my head. Actually, I was thinking about terms and phrases people get wrong, including myself, and I also wanted to show off that diner/restaurant background I only ever used in a Christmas episode. You can tell that the scale is a little off, because my feet and Glasses Guy's should both be able to reach the floor, as we are both intended to be adults of at least average height, but hey, why nitpick? I envisioned a scene in which I was just ranting while looking at a menu, only occasionally looking up to be an asshole. So I made one. It doesn't really have any relevance to the review itself, I just like doing these things now and then.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 135 - Black Jack (OVA) 3-4

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It's been a while since I've reviewed episodes from Osamu Dezaki's Black Jack OVA, and these two episodes see the sagacious sawbones in tow of an ill-fated Latin American rebel force and try to find a hidden threat in the body of a promising young actress. Our favorite stitched up surgeon, our enigmatic expert, our heroic healer faces off against the military-industrial complex, biological weapons, and a rival who's enthusiastic about euthanasia in two interesting, if not always brilliant, entries into his many adventures.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 134 - Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

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I've been trying to get a review of Moribito done for a while, but every test video I did had difficulty with the copyright dragons (as this may still). You know, there's a lot of anime I have in my personal collection that I would love to review, but I don't think I'd be able to get away with using my usual methods. I try to shave down clips and edit tighter, and I've probably gotten a little better at it over time, but you never really know when some overzealous European licensor or strict music company is going to clamp down on your videos. I mean, I get it, you want to protect your IP and/or streaming rights, but I'm not exactly posting whole movies or episodes here, these are reviews that fall under Fair Use.

 

But shhhh... if I talk about it too much, the copyright dragons will stir from their slumber.

Otaku Evolution Episode 133 - Ninku: The Movie

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What happens when an anime studio, desperate to cash in on its properties, creates a so-called movie that's about the length of a single TV episode? What happens when an anime licensor snags a 20-something minute "movie" in a franchise completely alien to the North American public, dubs it, and that becomes the first and only representation of the whole thing? Well, you get Ninku: The Movie, a completely superfluous and brainlessly silly feature for a show based on a really, really poorly drawn manga. I mean, really. Just go look it up.

 

Really.

 

But hey, penguin farts. That's what the kids are into, right? At least the animation's good.

 

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