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Otaku Evolution Episode 210 - Lupin III: Dead or Alive

As we come close to the end of the year, I want to touch upon the Lupin III franchise again, this time covering something actually good. The theatrical anime, Dead or Alive, is hardly the greatest Lupin adventure, but it's certainly one of the better ones, especially compared to the last one I reviewed, Farewell to Nostradamus. Monkey Punch himself directed this one! Well, kind of. He mostly just worked on the opening sequence and probably consulted through the rest of it, leaving the bulk of the work to the Chief Director, Hiroyujki Yano, and the rest. But it certainly has that somewhat darker, sharper Monkey Punch Lupin touch to it.

Otaku Evolution Episode 207 - The Boy and the Beast

What is the appeal of the furry aesthetic? I watch this Mamoru Hosoda film, The Boy and the Beast, a light and fluffy, but emotionally resonant isekai adventure, and wonder. Is there something I'm missing here? I grew up watching anthropomorphic characters, but I never really got into some kind of hardcore fandom or sexual kink for them. Furries and fursonas, they're not as taboo as they used to be, but I still don't quite "get" it. Can I come to some kind of understanding? I hope so, or this video was pointless!

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 206 - Ruin Explorers

Ruin Explorers is not a great anime. There wasn't a whole lot to say about it, either, so it's not one of those "so bad it's good" or "so bad it's interestingly bad" kind of anime, it's just a generic fantasy OVA that was thankfully, mercifully, short. The so-called main characters don't even end up being that important in the long run, they're just there to help the real hero get to where he needs to go. But these bland fantasy anime are a dime a dozen, anime is rife with this stuff, and I might as well cover at least one of them to represent titles like it.

Otaku Evolution Episode 205 - Tomorrow's Joe (Movie)

I've been covering a lot of Osamu Dezaki this year, haven't I? This is the third title. I swear it's not intentional, it just shook out that way in scheduling. But out of all the Dezaki anime I've ever covered here, this is probably the best one. Even though it's just a compilation movie, it's very engrossing and fun, a nice underdog story, like Rocky. The English dub of Tomorrow's Joe pretty terrible, but at least I didn't have to put up with it more than a couple of hours. If only somebody would dub the second movie.

 

The Lithos storyline kicks back in next time, so enjoy this bookend-less video.

Otaku Evolution Episode 204 - Patlabor: The TV Series

I have to confess: I didn't go back and rewatch all 47 episodes of Patlabor TV for this review. I'd already seen this series plenty of times and knew it well enough that I only had to rewatch maybe a quarter of it. It's pretty episodic, so there's not a lot of continuity to keep up with. I do plan on getting to The New Files at some point.


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Otaku Evolution Episode 203 - Grave of the Fireflies

This is a pretty serious video (I mean, it's on Grave of the Fireflies), so there's not a whole lot to say about the process except to say I tried my best not to belittle the subject matter. I did end up getting a copyright claim for my use of that Chopin piece in the beginning, but at least the video wasn't blocked. It's not like my videos are able to be monetized, so it's not a big deal.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 202 - Tokyo ESP

It's time to get back to Otaku Evolution with this review, after taking a short break. Tokyo ESP is one of those anime I watched streaming on Funimation's site (what a bad video player, by the way), like Michiko & Hatchin, and found it interesting enough to purchase the boxset. Although it's nowhere near as good as Michiko & Hatchin, it's still a decent show worth a view or two. Plus, it features one of the best anime penguins, Peggy (who is a male, despite the name). He can turn a flipper into a shark, like Alucard changing his arm into Cerberus. It's neat.


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