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Otaku Evolution Episode 201 - Mid Year English Dub Review VII

 

This video premieres the new Penguin Council, which is almost all-new, excluding Peggy (from Tokyo ESP, an anime I'm reviewing soon). There's Mike from Penguin's Memory, Nick from Adventures of the Little Koala (Koala Boy Kockey), DJ Grooves from the A Hat in Time game, and Esmeralda from Penguindrum. The Penguin Council is the Penguin Union's central government. At one point, the assassin Ravex murdered a couple of members of the original Council.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 200 - Neon Genesis Evangelion

So, I finally made it to 200 videos. Well, I had to split one video into two videos, but I still count that as one. Then, of course, there's the Recommendation videos and the April Fool's video where Pen Pen reviewed, so that's more. Though you also have to subtract all the videos that were taken down, right? I mean, I still did them, so perhaps not, but they can't be seen, so it's like a tree falling in a forest when nobody's around, isn't it? But nevertheless, 200 OE videos, at least.

Enjoy this 200th video, I put a lot of work into it.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 199 - Top 10 Otaku Evolution Videos

 

There's not a whole lot of commentary I can provide for this one... mostly because it IS commentary on other commentaries. It's turtles all the way down. And this won't be the only favorites list this year, either. You can say I've gotten lazy, but I've been working nonstop on the 200th video (so far it's over 40 minutes long).

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Otaku Evolution Episode 198 - Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

I owe Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team for getting me into the Universal Century era of Gundam. If it weren't for it, I would never have got into watching the original series, or Zeta, or Char's Counterattack. I'd have stuck with the AUs like Wing or G forever. And while there's nothing necessarily wrong with the AUs (well, some of them), the Universal Century is the biggest tent at the Gundam circus. There are Gundam titles I like more than this OVA, but it's still one of my favorites.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 197 - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

In this video, I take a look at Hayao Miyazaki's second theatrical directorial foray, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga that ran in Animage magazine. Having read some of the manga (I really need to get back to it), I can tell you that there are some definite differences between the two (the movie was made when the manga was unfinished), but the movie is good enough to stand on its own... for the most part. It's not my favorite Miyazaki film, and certainly doesn't have my favorite Hisaishi music, but it's a damn good adventure worth watching.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 196 - Urusei Yatsura: Only You

I don't know a lot about Urusei Yatsura, to be honest. To prepare for this review, I watched the first couple of episodes, and I scanned the Wikipedia page on the series. It's not a franchise I've waded in before. But knowing how important it is to anime, and seeing that it has an English-dubbed version (which I had to retrieve in an interesting way), I thought I'd give it a shot. Besides, it's Mamoru Oshii, and Mamoru Oshii is a damn good director. Most of the time. Well, Urusei Yatsura: Only You isn't very Oshii-esque, but it was still early in his career.

 

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Otaku Evolution Episode 194 - Iria: Zeiram the Animation

I have to admit, I did not watch the two live-action Zeiram movies. I saw a clip or two (I used one of them) and read a summary on Wikipedia. Because of this, I approached Iria: Zeiram the Animation not as a prequel to the movies, but as a distillation of elements from the movies, an anime that stands on its own. But it's not a great anime on its own, or at all, really. It's not truly awful, but there are so many other anime out there worth your time more than this one. Some of the plot beats are head scratching, to say the least.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 193 - Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus

I love the Lupin III franchise, but there is a lot of crap in it. And the crappy parts range from dull and lifeless to actively painful, and all shades in between. Legend of the Gold of Babylon was interestingly bad, which may or may not fall on the spectrum of crap (it may just be an exception). Farewell to Nostradamus, on the other hand, is the kind of terrible that you can't really say that much about. It's just a very dull, inert movie that feels like Lupin III in automatic mode. There's nothing special about it whatsoever, aside from being a theatrical feature.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 192 - Excel Saga

Excel Saga is the anime that I immediately think of when somebody says "anime comedy". It could've been FLCL, which I think is better, but FLCL isn't as gut-bustingly hilarious, so much as it is contemplative with a little zaniness baked in. Excel Saga is pure comedy, through and through, and I recall the hype around it on the original Otaku Revolution message board. I didn't see it until ADV licensed it, and I still have the DVD singles that I collected over time. Excel Saga may not be up there among my top 20 anime, but it's always a treat to revisit.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 191 - Black Jack OVA (Eps 7-8)

Black Jack is glorious bullshit. It's like watching the medical version of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure sometimes. You think you have a good grasp of the real life medical information being relayed, everything seems pretty grounded, if not always believable (just look at Pinoko), but then some wild nonsense like a talking thousands year old tree and a leaf boy are thrown at you and you're left wondering what Osamu Tezuka, or Osamu Dezaki, were smoking that lead them to these plot beats. This is why I watch two episodes at a time, to get a decent sampling of both the realistic and fanciful, and still have episodes left for later.

 


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