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Otaku Evolution Episode 149 - Voice Actor Appreciation

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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!)

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 148 - Princess Mononoke

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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.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 147 - Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack

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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.)

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Otaku Evolution Episode 146 - FLCL

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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?

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 143 - Bardock: Father of Goku

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If the opening bit seems familiar, the first part is from Episode 97, "Mid Year English Dub Review III", but I added a bit more of me fighting recolored Free---er, Golex. You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to customize those fighting poses with the skeleton armor. I need to work on the beam effects, though. I used Dragon Ball Z sound effects for it, as you probably can tell.

Anyway, it's time for me to rant about Dragon Ball Minus and the newest Broly movie. Yeah, I know I'm doing a review of Bardock: Father of Goku, but I spend most of the time griping about the lore mining in the DB franchise in general, and my complaints about Minus in particular. Can we please stop doing Bardock stories? It was enough a long time ago, the mystique is long gone.

Otaku Evolution Episode 142 - Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in the Devil's Castle

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It's the start of another Dragon Ball Month here on Otaku Evolution, which means padding the videos with my dumb pixel character pieces. This time, I thought I'd dive a little into the ordinary life of pixel-me, but obviously he's luckier with women than I am, because nobody, ever, in their right mind, would want me to destroy them, sexually or otherwise. Yeah, when women see me, they normally destroy themselves right there to get out of talking to me.

 

On the bright side, the Dragon Ball movie I'm reviewing, Sleeping Princess in the Devil's Castle, is a charmingly weird short tale with a wonderful aesthetic. You don't really get that kind of quality atmosphere in the more recent Dragon Ball entries, with rich environments and an adventurous, but tense mood. I miss that.

Otaku Evolution Episode 141 - Crusher Joe: The Ultimate Weapon: Ash

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It's the finale of 80s Month this year! So yeah, this one's just a "summarize and snark" kind of video, not a lot of deep diving, because it's Crusher Joe, so there's no deep diving to do. It's just a light, fun adventure wrapped up in about an hour. Really, I think there should have been a Crusher Joe TV series with stuff like this. There's revivals of all sorts of anime properties nowadays, so perhaps this one is due for a new entry.

 

Speaking of new entries (or old ones), I padded the video a bit with the return of Terry and a few hints for what's to come with what I still loosely consider a "storyline" but is just me playing with sprites for shits and giggles with no special goal.

 

Enjoy!

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