CONTENT WARNING: Devilman (and Crybaby especially) has some topics that are sensitive to talk about on the podcast. Notable discussions include violence, gore and dismemberment, sex and sexuality, abusive relationships, a sexual assault/rape scene, suicide, cannibalism, incest, and general navigation of queer (& queercoded) characters and LGBT experiences. Oh, and blasphemy. Lots of blasphemy.
SPOILER WARNING: This podcast episode covers much of the nitty-gritty of Devilman Crybaby, including SPOILERS for the whole run! If you are interested in watching Devilman Crybaby, be forewarned: We can’t discuss it here without discussing the big moments.
THIS WEEK: The Historians are two-thirds back from their sudden disappearance, and have brought a friend on Easter to talk with them about Satan apologism. In addition, Go Nagai is the original horny on main; we try and fail to avoid mentioning Homestuck; Van was lied to on Twitter; Ryo Asuka believes in biotruths; we’re all definitely going to hell; and Devilman died for your sins.
THIS WEEK: Alexa returns to find the entire studio in disarray and gets the crew back on track covering the rise and fall of Colonel Zol. In addition, every scientist in this series is a Spark; Sven doesn’t know how veganism works; the best bit is an abandoned bit; productivity was down something-eight percent; Van is bewildered by the unpersoning of the club girls and the plausibility of Rayking’s electrical attack; John Toei spent too much money on flamethrowers; and some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.
THIS WEEK: Sven and Van must recap the Mythos arc having lost the chief thing keeping this podcast anywhere near focused – Alexa. In addition, Greek Gods were apparently really fond of Tetsujin 28; Sven’s Japanese is very, very rusty; Dr. Gaia is a crazy person even by the standards of Black Ghost, goth eyeliner is indistinguishable from Evil Brainwashing eyeliner; Joe finally gets a chance to show his actual character; Van blames the baby; and our favorite hero is Extreme Depression Man.
THIS WEEK: Alexa, Sven, and MushroomMan continue their coverage of… wait, that doesn’t sound right at all…? We get fake names and real doctors; Bond villains and wooden puppets; Stranger Danger in the 1970s; Rider 2’s helmet crumbles into dust; Alexa isn’t drunk enough for this; Van has approximate knowledge of entomology; aliens.png; possibly the most heroic doctor in the entire show; and the singular most effective Shocker scheme in Japan was a complete accident.
THIS WEEK: Oh, Cyborg Soldier isn’t over yet. Well, maybe it’s just a slice-of-life anime from now on? The cyborgs take a much-needed sabbatical, while the crew discusses how trusted word-of-mouth is everything for a struggling venture which in no way mirrors real-life scenarios. In addition, Jet passes on his legacy as the big hero guy to the next generation; Chang has never heard the word “delegation” in his life; Sven will fight every author who has won a Newbury Medal; we take a trip to the Lost World while Joe has no idea what dinosaurs are; and the enemy, as always, is capitalism.
THIS WEEK: In this episode, everyone gets kidnapped over and over again. We revisit some old friends in the form of recycled props and indoor sets; live wrestling coverage in the seventies; why are Japanese hiking songs so depressing; NARUTAKI GO HOME WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE; people in academia will stone-cold kill a dude; we witness the Mothman’s birth; how have these stunt actors not fallen to their death or drowned; Hayato is scared of planes and isn’t ready for the responsibility of fatherhood; and remember: Always trust your fists—police will never help you.