It’s a special episode this time around because we have our first guest host here on the podcast, long time listener Charlie! Our amazing threesome of epicness reviews the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Scott pilgrim is based on the comic book series by Bryan Lee O’Malley directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera. The story follows twenty something hipster Scott and his quest to get with the girl of his dreams named Ramona. Along the way, he will have to defeat her seven evil exes, win a battle of the bands, and grow up. The film is a weird mish-mash of reality and video games. Bad guys turn to coins after they die, amazon.com uses the inter dimensional highway located within people’s dreams to deliver packages, and Macaulay Culkin’s brother Kieran Kyle Culkin is the best actor in the film. Yeah, the film is THAT weird.
Thanks again Charlie for recording this episode with us!
Avatar: The Legend of Korra is a 2012 American animated series that is a direct sequel to the series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Legend of Korra is set 70 years after the last series and the world is very different. Medevil technology has been replaced by an industrial revolution filled with cars, streetlamps and even mass media. The world even has a new avatar: Korra, a young woman from the water bending tribe.
In this episode we dicuss the first 13 episodes of Legend of Korra which constitutes the shows first season. It felt like it was the show’s entire run, but it has since been confirmed that it will have another season.
You get the most out of this show if you’ve seen Avatar: The Last Airbender but it’s not required. The show can definitly stand on its own merits. Korra, the show’s protagonist, is an awesome female character. Heck, even her character design is awesome. How often do you get a female character with drawn arm muscles without them being some kind of parody? Korra looks like someone who has been trained since she was small to fight. Her personality is great and a fun contrast to Aang’s passifism.
The creators excelled at world building in the last series and they reach new heights in this one. This is a world that is so well realized it feels like it would really work. The effects of the industrial revolution are well integrated within the existing world. For instance, the world now has electricity, but their power stations are fend with lightning bending. Amusingly, lightning bending is not the stuff of legends it was in the previous series. They must now teach it in schools. Similiarly, Toph has went forth and taught the secret of metal bending which is now used by the police.
Some of the side characters characterization suffers from the low episode count of the first season. Mako and Bolen, Korra’s best friends, rely a bit too much on a few key personality quirks. Furthermore, the last two episodes of the series feel REALLY rushed. But overall, the series was fantastic and everyone should try it out especially fans of the previous series.
We’re kicking it old school today by discussing the 90s anime Ranma 1/2.
Ranma 1/2 is a martial arts comedy about marital artists who fell into magical springs that turn them into different things when cold water hits them. For instance, the main character Ranma fell into the spring of drowned girl and now turns into a girl when hit with cold water. So we get things like high flying martial arts fights between a red haired girl, a blind duck, and one badass little piggy… all in the name of love.
I’m not sure why we used to like Ranma 1/2 so much. It’s a fun enough series, but it’s really repetitive and the animation quality has not aged well at all. Heck, we even used to wrote fanfics for some unknown reason.
To make up for the missed week last month, I’m releasing this episode a week early. The next episode will come two weeks from this one.
Prepare yourself for a ninja explosion of epic proportions as we review the 1990 live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie!
Actually, I feel like we short changed this movie. Prior to recording, I felt like we could wring a lot more discussion out of it. Oddly enough, for a movie with guys in rubber turtle costumes doing martial arts, it’s surprisingly straight forward. The plot more or less boils down to – bad ninjas show up and bring down Americas youth, good turtle ninjas come and stop them, and pizza is awesome.
It’s still a really enjoyable movie though, and has held up quite well over the years. Many of the jokes are still funny, the practical special effects have aged well, and the choreography is top notch.
In this episode, we also learn a new and interesting way to use a blow-dryer.
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In this installment, we attempt to analyze and review the 2009 anime series Soul Eater. Soul Eater is a shonen series about a group of teens who fight evil witches and demons and then consume their souls to become stronger.
No wait! Come back! The series is good I swear!
While the series does have many common shonen tropes, it executes them in style. The art looks as if Tim Burton and Tite Kubo of Bleach fame had a baby and that baby could draw gooooood. The animation by Bones studio is top notch and very fluid in fight scenes. It also has a wonderfully atypical heroine in Maka. How often are twelve year old girls allowed to be main characters in shonen fighting series? And said twelve year old girl isn’t used for fan service (in the anime at least)? How often do they have a twelve year old girl who is allowed to fight and win against opponents of both genders, and is even allowed to look totally unattractive when she’s being a scary badass? It amazes me that more people don’t realize how miraculously rare that is.
The series has been licensed for distribution in the U.S by Funimation and will be available as of 2010. The manga has been licensed by Yen Press and began coming out in October 2009. If you’re interested in continuing the story of Soul Eater through the manga, the anime branches off from the manga at chapter 37.
Warning: We analyze the show as a whole. If you have not seen all 51 episodes, this installment will completely spoil the ending for you. Please, if you haven’t seen all of the series, keep this episode in reserve until you do. Soul Eater is good enough that you’re really doing yourself an injustice if you spoil the show for yourself.
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