Otaku Evolution

Otaku Evolution Episode 80 - Lupin III: The Columbus Files

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Time to look at those robbery rascals, those lavish larcenists, the Lupin gang, with the TV special, 1999's The Columbus Files (originally Love's Da Capo: Fujiko's Unlucky Days)! Honestly, it's not Lupin III's finest hour. Or Fujiko's. Or director Shinichi Watanabe's. To say the least!

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Otaku Evolution Episode 79 - Running Man (Neo Tokyo)

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Yeah, yeah, it's a really short episode. I have a lot to do this time of year, between regular episodes, the Christmas episode (now in production), and the end-of-year English dub review episode. So I thought I'd give myself a soft ball by only reviewing the Kawajiri part of Neo Tokyo, the Running Man portion! Shit, I didn't even include a LSS commercial (gotta work on a new one for Christmas). Well, this one is pretty succinct and clever, so watch it, enjoy it, share it, and such.

Next time, Lupin III!
 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 78 - Cyber City Oedo 808

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A trio of troublesome terrorists are bound by law (and bomb collars) to apprehend criminals and uphold justice in a future near dystopia where the military uses citizens as test subjects and cyborg sabertooth tigers stalk in cyronics laboratories! Meet Sengoku, Goggle, and Benten, three members of the Cyber Police on a leash by a hardassed warden and chief. If they lose their heads in duty, they might lose their heads for real! 

 

It's Yoshiaki Kawajiri's Cyber City Oedo! Sit on it and swivel!

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 77 - Goku Midnight Eye

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This month I'm doing a Yoshiaki Kawajiri theme, kicking it off with a two-part OVA based on a work by Buichi Terasawa (creator of Space Adventure Cobra), Goku Midnight Eye! He doesn't have a cloud to fly on and he can't become Super Saiyan Blue, but this Goku does have an extending bo like a certain other Goku! Add to that his ability to basically dominate technology, and you have... well, kind of an OP hero, who somehow still struggles. But hey, at least he can make a boss car.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 76 - Paranoia Agent

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In my spooky Halloween episode for 2016 (a very frightening year!), I don't go for ghouls and ghosts, nor zombies and witches, but a monster borne from the very human mind and the cultural around us! But what does this say about my own demons? It's about time Satoshi Kon got his due on my show as I take a look at Paranoia Agent!

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 75 - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA (2000)

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In this episode of my barely-watched anime review video series, I take a look at the 2000 OVA of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which adapts Part III of the larger metaseries, Stardust Crusaders. Though oddly enough, only the first half, since the second half was animated in 1993. Yeah, so I'm reviewing in chronological order of the storyline, rather than the production order here. But what are these flashes of memories I'm getting about my first meeting with Pen Pen? Something tells me there's a need for a TO BE CONTINUED...

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Otaku Evolution Episode 74 - Patlabor 2: The Movie

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Action Channel Month this year ends with one of my favorite anime movies, Patlabor 2! Mamoru Oshii directed this taut political thriller with just a liiiiitle bit of giant robot action! Watch the best two characters of the franchise tackle a mystery and a madman with Oshii's usual downbeat flair. I hope you're expecting a more thematic and character-oriented review, because I think this movie is deserving of it.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 73 - Macross Plus

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I've really painted myself into a corner this year with Otaku Evolution, covering so many of my favorite anime (like this one), there's not a whole lot of the best I can review (or at least not a whole lot I can monetize reviews for). But nevertheless, it was great revisiting Macross Plus and confirming that not only does it completely hold up, but it's still one of the best mecha anime. But what else could it be with that pedigree? Shinichiro Watanabe, Keiko Nobumoto, Ichiro Itano, Yoko Kanno, and for the English dub, Bryan Cranston! Few other anime could satisfy my need for great anime to review for this year's Action Channel Month quite like this! It's so crazy good, you'll hear "Voices"!

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