It’s week 2 of previews, and the final week to catch Red and Ryo introducing you to the newest anime from the spring 2017 season. First up though is IRL news, Red has lost his passion for Gwent and Ryo has a fancy new hair color thanks to her sister. Then is industry news, where Red brings back the hated “food news” and Ryo warns us about fake monks. Finally are the previews with four more shows to be introduced, as Red and Ryo are both pretty happy about what this season has had to offer. Oh, and there is a fair bit of a Persona 5 discussion too. Continue reading Episode 505: Spring 2017 Previews Part 2→
Do you guys smell something burning? Because just as this week’s episode begins, Red must run off to turn off an oven he left running; and boy are his legs tired. (Sorry) Anyways, previews start off normal with some IRL news. Red stayed up all night to take his father to hand surgery, and Ryo has a new boyfriend. Industry news has a follow up to some news Red covered about wanting to bang your mother, and Ryo informs us that the stage play Attack on Titan has been canceled. After all is said and done the previews begin, with Red and Ryo bringing a whole four anime to the table. Hope you’re hungry. Continue reading Episode 504: Spring 2017 Previews Part 1→
This week on VG Pulse, we’re all jazzed up over Persona! We start off with side notes of cats and chemical burns, before diving into the main news. We discuss eSports stadiums, parents being stupid, and the baffling case of Atlas Japan’s streaming rules! After the news we dive into the forums, and finish off with our giant first look at Persona 5! All this and more up next on VGP 279!! -Aki Continue reading VG Pulse 279: Persona Madness!!→
With good weather comes good times, as Ryo and Red are both in high spirits this episode. In IRL news Ryo talks about some fan fictions she’s working on, and Red has moved on from Battleborn to Gwent. Then in the industry news, we got same sex foster parents in Japan and manga that just went on way too long. And finally are the reviews, with Ryo transforming into a bikini-wearing magical girl and Red introducing his boots to a fake bunny girl’s face.
Back at the ranch, we’ve been farming manga reviews by hand just like our grandfathers did. Sure, you can find mass produced manga reviews for a little cheaper at those chain sites. But we feel you lose some of the care that our artisans refuse to compromise on.
Tim reviews Magikano. In it, we have our useless male protagonist who wants to get a perfect attendance award from school. That’s his major ambition and tells us that his personality is as exciting as plain oatmeal. Luckily a busty witch shows up to try and make him into a man and not the before photo in an ad for low testosterone. It manages to bump itself up to a Crackers.
Weltall then talks about City of Walls. A manga set in the now defunct Kowloon district in Hong Kong. There are people and slums, as Kowloon was known for, and they do stuff. For some reason there’s a dude who’s been working on a plane in his basement and dreams of flying it. How the hell our main characters are going to manage to get it to the ground, if not a rooftop, for this to happen is beyond us. Crackers for it all around.
There’s an old joke that when a horror series gets stale the producers will react in desperation and move it to the vastness of space(see Leprechaun 4 or Jason X). Some wonderfully drugged producer snorting coke through his fifth ruptured nostril decided to do away with the conceit of a series altogther. Why not just begin in space without all that mucking about. And that’s how we got Dracula 3000.
It stars Casper Van Dien as a Helsing descendant running a salvage ship. They run across a fifty year old abandoned transport which originated from the “Carpathian” system. So yes, Dracula decided to send himself priority mail across the galaxy to earth in the year 300X. Of course, he snacked on the staff and got it stranded. Watch a cast of five people fail in stopping a vampire and earth save through the accident of autopilot.
Tim then talks about Mom and Dad Save the Universe(1992). It stars Jon Lovitz as emperor Spengo. Spengo has a bit of a Mavin the Martian problem with earth and wants to blow it up. Before he does, he kidnaps two earthlings to woo the wife. If there’s anything good that came from this it’s that this bomb is the reason that Jon Lovitz left the cast of SNL permanently. That’s a pretty good value for fourteen million dollars.
Weltall then talks about a YouTube channel, Lindybeige. He’s primarily focused on history, weapons and whatever else strikes his fancy. At Weltall’s suggestion, Tim watched a couple videos after the show. He recommends that if you check it out, the pair of video about the katana are excellent starting points.
As you might be able to tell from the title, this weeks show is a little different from the norm. First off there is only one review, provided by the sickly Red, while Ryo recaps her trip to Anime Boston. We still got some industry news like the most anticipated anime of spring 2017 and the strange things we feel after playing video games, but all in all this was a rather odd show. Ryo’s mostly out of it and Red has put out the call for a substitute cohost, could this be the end of the R&R connection!? Tune in and find out.
We’re back onto the comics this episode and we have managed to find some rather interesting ones. They’re both centered around alternate worlds and have some wonderfully nitpicky things to laugh at.
Tim starts us off with Jaryuu Tensei. The main character is from modern day Japan and, much like the spider manga from 357, he died and was reborn into fantasy world Tolkein-A27Q. And he’s a dragon who’s incredibly powerful. He gives himself a name late in the manga, just before buying a slave to fix her up and resell her. Yes, it runs on banana pants logic. In spite of all this it somehow gets a Borders.
Weltall reviews Mirror which may be both a webcomic and an OEL. There’s a “Mirror World” which magic is flourishing after being separated from our world. As always, it’s not just separated but held apart by a barrier which is starting to fail. Our main characters end up in the magic world and fight for reasons that are kind of baffling. If nothing else, the Batman-esque style written sound effects are hilsious. Still not enough to get it above a Burn It.
Given it’s rather weird source material and the era out joint review is based on, it’s not much of a surprise that Remo Williams(1985) doesn’t get much love. A movie based on a pulp novel series which is still ongoing for some unbeknownst reason. Our main character is trained in magic martial arts by a racist Korean master who is directed to do so by Wilford Brimely for reasons that only make sense in the film.
Weltall briefly discusses the youtube channel of Officer 401 and recommends anyone looking for police stories seeks it out. Then he delves into The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. This is a documentary about Studio Ghibli. Weltall highly recommends it whether you are a fan of their films or just curious to see how an animation studio runs.
Tim then discusses Trailer Park Boys. It’s a Canadian show centering around the hapless members of a trailer park. They’re often focused on attempting to make a lot of money by selling drugs without getting caught. These shenanigans run them afoul of the law and other members of the park. Tim says it’s funny and has a lot of true to life elements within.
This week on VG Pulse, we’re hyped for Persona! We discuss what little news there is this week, including the Radiant Historia remake, YouTube’s continuing changes to its systems and its lack of communication about said changes, and Starcraft Remastered! After the news, I give my final review on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Millennium gives his second look on Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and we finish off with talk of food and anime! All this and more up next on VGP 278! -Aki Continue reading VG Pulse 278: YouTube Wildlands→
An Anime Podcast. We've got our fingers on the pulse of Anime, with reviews, rants, and stories.