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Otaku Evolution Episode 256 - Mid Year English Dub Review X

So, as usual, I'm covering the English versions of the anime I've reviewed so far this year. I'd say the strongest dubs I went over were the two Funimation ones. In the next half of the year, I'll try not to even do Funimation dubbed anime, unless a spot opens up that I end up filling with one. I want to get in titles dubbed by other ADR outfits for variety.

Otaku Evolution Episode 255 - Area 88 (TV)

Area 88 is a fine show. It's nothing special, no match for the original OVA, but it does have its good aspects and notable moments. There's a lot of detail put into the aircraft and procedure and the dogfights are interesting, if brief. Much of the drama comes from what happens on the ground. But the show doesn't look great and some of the characterization is anemic. It just doesn't have the overwhelming personality and charm of the OVA. But it's not a waste of time.

Otaku Evolution Episode 254 - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Akira Toriyama, creator of manga like Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball, and Sand Land, sadly passed away on March 1, 2024. He left behind a legacy of colorful work, worlds of wonder that continues to impact people the world over. Since I review anime, and not manga, I wanted to pay tribute to Toriyama in a way that reflected his own personal efforts, so I chose a Dragon Ball Z movie that he actually had influence over, Battle of Gods, whose story he constructed. Of course, I also mentioned his work in video games.

Otaku Evolution Episode 253 - Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) 2199

I reviewed Space Battleship Yamato 2199 partly because I wanted to discuss the original series (which I also rewatched for this video), but also because the remake is pretty damn good on its own. The Yamato franchise is almost iconic as Gundam, at least to me. I just recently discovered a whole 8-episode series, 2205 (The New Voyage) was released a few years ago as a sequel to 2202 and Crunchyroll still hasn't licensed it! And there's more Yamato coming out! What else am I missing out on?!

Otaku Evolution Episode 252 - City Hunter: Secret Service

Ah, City Hunter. It reminds me a lot of Lupin III. Except, you know, not as good. Sure, the TV series is pretty fun and has a variety of different stories and situations for Ryo to get into, but when they try to extend it beyond that, it can be painful. Take this special, Secret Service, for instance: the movie-only characters are dull and the story drags unnecessarily. Could it be that City Hunter is better in small doses? Ryo certainly is.

Shinjuku Private Eyes, now that's a worthwhile City Hunter feature! Maybe I should have reviewed that.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 250 - Year End English Dub Review X

One final video for 2023, folks! As usual with my last video of the year, I go over the various English dubs of the anime I've covered in roughly the second half of the year. The strongest dubs were probably Gundam Unicorn and One Piece: Episode of East Blue, though I think most of the dubs I covered in this half of the year were at least decent. ADV's dub of Macross notwithstanding. (Yikes.)

Otaku Evolution Episode 246 - The Irresponsible Captain Tylor

I've been meaning to get to The Irresponsible Captain Tylor for a while now and it seems like kind of a tragedy that I'm only getting to it when The Right Stuf is going away. This is a show Rob really likes, and I can see the charm. It's not as much a biting satire as, say, Patlabor, but it does have a similar spirit of comedy, where you have a fun ensemble cast and comedy-of-error hijinks. It's more of a parody of space operas, but with enough of its own character to not just be a collage of references. It's a really fun show!

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Otaku Evolution Episode 245 - One Piece: Episode of East Blue

I've been meaning to get to the One Piece in some form for quite a while, and Episode of East Blue seems like as good as any a place to start, or maybe even better, since it encapsulates a lot of the early One Piece adventures and character backgrounds. And fortunately, this also coincides with the Netflix live-action TV series, which, as I say, is miraculously good. Well, maybe it's less a miracle and more really hard work from the cast, writers, set designers, and others. It's really, really good. Go watch it!


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