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Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (MOVIE) Review

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(Basic) Synopsis (Spoiler Free): It's Universal Century year 0097. A year after the "Laplace Incident", there are once again calls for autonomy for Spacenoids, but little being done about it. As if to break the stagnation, the third Gundam Unicorn model, the Phenex, thought to have been lost years previous, reappears. Both the Earth Federation and the Neo-Zeon remnants are determined to capture it for its Newtype capabilities, but they seem to be chasing a literal ghost in the form of its pilot, Rita Bernal. What did she, a Miracle Child, see so many years before that brought these events in alignment? And can either side prevent the bizarre Zoltan Akkenan from igniting a tragedy worse than anything seen before? The Pheonix Hunt will test the limits of all parties!

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 132 - Ronin Warriors (Part 2)

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In the final part of my look at Ronin Warriors (well, at least until I cover the OVAs, but let's give it a break for a while), I take a look at Lady Kayura, the excellent opening themes, shameless toy marketing, several episodes of just Ryo and Rowen, and one of my favorite concluding episodes in an anime.

But why stop there? Why not a lot of unasked-for drama to pad this sucker out that's just me screwing around with sprite characters? Nothing fancy, just me wasting your time and mine, for the sake of fulfilling some weird desire to do more comic strip storylines.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 131 - Ronin Warriors (Part 1)

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The 2019 season of Otaku Evolution has started! I'm sure all four of you who watch these videos are jazzed about it. Just as I'm sure you're psyched to see one of my patented long introduction sequences wherein I'm just screwing around with the sprites. Nevermind the blatantly stupid perspective on that meeting room (it's worse if you look at the whole thing), I had this idea of a grief counseling scene where I would stumble in and just be really oblivious to everyone there in favor of the snacks. And yes, that was a dodgy attempt at a German accent for Herr Doktor.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 130 - Year End English Dub Review V

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I know nobody gives a crap about my dumb sprite padding material, most especially because if you hadn't ever read my comic strips, there's about zero context, and you can't even read them anymore, except the sparse amount I put up on my DeviantArt gallery. The whole "storyline" bullshit? It's for me. It's basically just for me to work out story ideas I had that I never got to in my strips. Hopefully it provides some kind of atmosphere, regardless of context. But that aside, while I am committed to doing *less* of it in 2019, you'll still see it. It's not like I get any more or less views in videos that have it.

Otaku Evolution Episode 129 - Sailor Moon S: The Movie

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This year's Christmas episode, subtitled A Hastily Prepared Otaku Evolution Christmas, is well-named, because I didn't get the chance to do a lot of the wrap-around atmosphere-setting like in the past years. The best I could do was the usual zoom into Penguinopolis. But I did create a whole new background, a comfy, Christmas-tinged setting from which to anchor my sprite avatar between clips, and I'm deeply satisfied with how it turned out. Yeah, I probably could have gone through the trouble of animating the fire in the fireplace, but it's such a small detail (just pretend it was a fake fire, a light bulb shaped like a fire for the set... besides which, Penguinopolis probably wouldn't have chimneys) and if you're eagle-eyed, you'll notice how appropriate that painting is for the decor.

 

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.

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