Episode 15, "Before the Storm"
Episode 15, "Before the Storm"
It's been a while since I used the Bancho Truth character, and I probably should have utilized him in that Megazone 23 Part II review. It's just hard to find delinquent/bōsōzoku-related anime that's been both dubbed and is tolerable enough to review. If only I'd created the character before I reviewed Wild 7, I could have had him in that. Ah well. I just don't know when it would next be appropriate to use him. But I guess he's just a gimmick I can do without.
Episode 14, "The Death of the Kaiser"
Synopsis: After the Kaiser dies with no named successor, various related parties jockey for position. Reinhard decides to side with the Kaiser's young grandson, Erwin Josef II, a puppet of the Minister of State, Lichtenlade.
Episode 13, "Amritsar"
Synopsis: The Free Planets Alliance, after a disastrous invasion of the Galactic Empire, gathers the remains of its expeditionary forces at Amritsar, where they plan to make a stand. Yang Wenli takes in the tattered 10th Fleet in addition to his 13th, with a plan to escape the battlefield with as many ships as possible. As the Imperial fleet encircles, Attenborough engages in diversionary tactics which confound the Black Lancers, allowing the Alliance ships to escape.
Please excuse the poor Japanese in the opening bit. I wanted to explore that Pen Pen has taken on a variety of different students from different parts of the globe, Katsuro among them. I always liked the onmyoji as a trope, stemming mostly from Subaru Sumeragi from Tokyo Babylon (and X, natch) and Sakura Yamazaki from Blue Seed. I'm sure the speech is too clunky and awkward, and I used a text-to-speech feature I found online for Katsuro's voice.
I had this one in the works for a while. In fact, I had the scaled-down Pokémon version of my Penguinopolis bedroom done years ago, just in case I ever covered something from the franchise. I didn't do anything as fancy as, say, do customized battle screens or anything, but let's put that on a back burner, should I ever return to Pokémon in the future. For now, enjoy my 150th (!!!) video, on Mewtwo Strikes Back!
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I was going to do something else for this episode, but I wanted to get this one in so my 150th video is something that suits the number. Besides which, it's nice to once in a while take time to appreciate the voice talent actually playing the anime characters we watch develop. I do have something special planned for next episode, but this one is special in its own way. I should really do more of these later on.
(Also, I got my Twitter account back, hooray!)
Bear with me, because currently my Twitter is suspended for a completely bullshit reason, so it'll be harder to get out notices that these videos are finished and ready to be watched.
Just a short video this time, didn't want to overdo it, made my point and ended it. Princess Mononoke is a gorgeous film and has some great characterization and development. I think it's my second or third favorite Miyazaki movie (Spirited Away and Castle of Cagliostro are in that mix, and I've already reviewed those).
My next video is a bit more ambitious.
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.)
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?
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