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Otaku Evolution Episode 184 - Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso is basically about the titular pig man's three main relationships: his relationship with Fio, his relationship with Gina, and his rivalry with Curtis. So I broke up the review into those parts, with an emphasis on feminism and Fio. I think Fio is actually the catalyst for a lot of what occurs in the movie, and she changes Porco a little. Anyway, this is the structure of the video.

It's always great to cover a Hayao Miyazaki movie, because there is always something you can zero in on, like my video on Princess Mononoke being about Lady Eboshi. I wonder what I'll get to look at in future reviews of his works.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 183 - Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar

 

So, yeah, this is a pretty short one, isn't it? Well, some of it is my usual laziness, but mostly, it's because I want the viewer to actually watch this one with some freshness (even though I basically show the ending, lol). It's a particularly good Lupin III TV special, one of my favorites, in fact. It has all the hallmarks of a good Lupin joint: a compelling main narrative, some good heisting, and Lupin just utterly demoralizing somebody into defeat. I mean, wow, he just wrecks this lady. It's a work of art, what he does.

 

So, here's Missed by a Dollar!

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 182 - Tenchi Universe

Why is it that we like Tenchi Muyo, again? I mean, it does bring up some pretty vivid memories of the Toonami days of my anime fandom, but despite the odd interesting concept or the rare  good moment, there really isn't a whole lot to the franchise. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to rewrite history and say that Tenchi Muyo was NEVER good, just that it wasn't as good as we once thought it. After all, our standards were different then, weren't they?

Otaku Evolution Episode 181 - Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

 

Happy Halloween! This one's a pretty straightforward review video, with just a pinch of cosplay on my (sprite's) part. You're probably wondering, "Why do Cowboy Bebop: The Movie on Halloween? Why not a horror or horror-themed anime?" Well, shut up, is why! The Bebop movie is just as much a Halloween movie as Die Hard or On Her Majesty's Secret Service are Christmas movies!

Otaku Evolution Episode 180 - Bubblegum Crash

 

Ugh, Bubblegum Crash. I love Bubblegum Crisis, for every little awkward quirk and lopsided plot beat in it. It's one of my favorite anime. But its so-called "sequel" is such a huge disappointment. It just feels so meager and watered-down. Sometimes it doesn't even feel like it takes place in the same world Crisis did, because it completely ignores a lot of what went on previously. Except that it has Largo in it, whose return is an even bigger disappointment. A giant fucking drill is his best plan? He had an orbital laser last time, and his weapon is a big drill this time? What is this shit? You can taste the bitterness just watching my video here.

Otaku Evolution Episode 179 - Voice Actor Appreciation 2

I thought it would be nice to do another one of these videos this year, where I take a look and marvel at the talents of three Japanese voice actors and three English dub voice actors involved in anime. I do get a little negative at times, and I want to emphasize positivity now and then. So here's a little on voice talents Norio Wakamoto, Kotono Mitsuishi, Romi Park, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Richard Epcar, and Michael McConnohie. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 178 - X-Men

It's time to talk about my favorite Marvel team, the X-Men! Is it just me, or are there way too many X-Men now? I can't keep up! Who is Dust? Fantomex? Darwin? Goldballs? Pixie? Whatever. It's a good thing this anime features mostly well-known X-Men, like Cyclops and Wolverine. Armor is fairly new, but she's pretty cool. Obviously the writers and animators of this anime must have jumped at the chance to work with an actual comics-canon Japanese schoolgirl X-Man.

Don't forge to read the list of recommended X-Men reading for the viewer in the credits section. Like the Batman list, you might want to pause on each card.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 177 - Batman: Gotham Knight

How often do I get to talk about my favorite superhero (aside from Jarro, the jar-sized Starro) on my little anime review show? Never, is when. So I leapt at the chance to finally getting to the Batman anime, Gotham Knight, which contains plenty of Vitamin B(atman). Not only that, but I compiled a bit of a list of recommended Batman reading for the viewer in the credits section, so keep an eye on that, and pause on each section to write the list down.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 176 - Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

I don't review a lot of comedy anime, because a lot of anime tries really hard to be funny and truly isn't. Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi is even a bit of a mixed bag itself, in terms of funny, but it does get a few chuckles out of me, and besides which has a classic "coming of age" angle to it, though it takes a back seat to gags. It's kind of a Baby's First FLCL.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 175 - Armitage III

 

Not a whole lot to say about this one, except that it has this weird "evil feminist conspiracy" angle to it that Chiaki Konaka must've dreamt up while he was in a paranoid state after too much cocaine. Honestly, other than that, Armitage III's a pretty straightforward cyberpunk action OVA with a little bit of a mystery in it. I do really like the character of Armitage, though Ross is a little dull. I don't know, maybe it's the fate of all people named Ross to be dull. It's a very dull name.

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