Episode 54: Rest in Tahiti

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THIS WEEK: Alexa, Sven, and Van wrap up Kamen Rider V3 (1973). While their opinions are largely positive, the final stretch isn’t without its share of last-minute curveballs. Join them as they explore Yuki and Great Leader’s dynamic; Van’s attempts at logic are met with about the reaction you would expect; we discuss the inherent awfulness of starfish and alternate realities; Shiro Kazami almost definitely failed his semester; and they spoil a poignant moment by pointing out just how shortly it sticks.

Rest in Tahiti, Joji Yuki.

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Episode 53: Bottom of the Barrel

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THIS WEEK: Abandoned by Alexa at the eleventh hour, Van and Sven make the mistake of examining a Cyborg 009 spinoff, here reimagined as the exploitation film 009-1: The End of the Beginning. Join them as Sven scrambles for anything to talk about but the movie itself; the Metal Gear Solid jokes continue unchecked and unabated; Koichi Sakamoto needs to get more raw potatoes in his diet; Van’s plot predictions end up right for all the wrong reasons; and at long last, Sven finds his hill to die on.

Content warning: This film contains gratuitous blood & gore, non-explicit sex, sexual assault, suicide, and incest.

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Episode 52: All For Revenge

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THIS WEEK: After scheduling conflicts, work issues, technical difficulties, and one instance of the plague, Sven and Van have returned from the holidays to begin the final act of Kamen Rider V3. Join them as they discuss the reasoning behind the remake-episodes; monsters being late for their own hijinks; Sven’s dark backstory coming to light, one cult reference at a time; how incredibly gross and terrifying Snail-Man’s premise is; and a reiteration of the counterculture inherent in Rider’s DNA. Note: It has now been 0 episodes since the podcast has had to talk about vore.

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Episode 51: Don’t Let It Set In

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van bring you a wonderful Christmas special about a classic Japanese horror flick and its commentary on post-WWII Japanese society! Hooray! Sven’s facial blindness eclipses Van’s; we chat about the strong points of visual storytelling; we have a lengthy sidebar on nuclear radiation in Japanese and Western fiction; we realize one of our favorite video games has to be referencing the very movie we’re covering; Van curses Sven with forbidden biology; and, for the love of Christmas, don’t let it set in!

Remember to check out Kaijucast! ❤

The short story that Matango is based on, The Voice In The Night, can be found on Wikisource.

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Episode 50: Wing Ramses!

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THIS WEEK: In their continuing coverage of Kamen Rider V3, the Historians move on from the unfortunate Baron Tusk to the nonentity that is Archbishop Wing. This is, sadly, an improvement. Alexa would be rather eating some potate; we cover not one but two of the most iconic 70s Showa rider shitposts; the show starts to get really self-referential; Van desperately tries to cling to reality; Alexa’s references get goofier by the second; and we all have a soft spot for a certain man in gauze (a man in gauze!). Happy Hanukkah, everyone!

The comic “Lone Wolf and Cub” is referenced during this week’s V3 coverage. It is available online and in English from Dark Horse Comics, via Comixology!

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Episode 49: Moon’s Haunted

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van cover the second half of the 1973 Inazuman TV series, and Ishinomori’s manga of the same name. Goro Watari and Saburo Kazeda gear up to fight their iterations of Emperor Banba. Things get weird. We discuss Ishinomori’s peculiarities; Goro Watari cannot transform in the frozen time; there’s a prolonged awkward mutual striptease; and Van dies live on air as things get to levels of incoherency rarely seen on the podcast. Inazuman sure was something.

The Inazuman manga is available on Comixology, and the TV show on Generation Kikaida!

The short story Van mentions is “I Just Think It Will Happen, Soon” by Rebecca Campbell.

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Episode 48: The Power Of… Doovoo

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THIS WEEK: Van and Sven are left to their own devices to examine the unfortunate Baron Tusk and all the unpleasantness within his arc. In this episode, Sven’s preferences are outted; props are broken; patience is tested; Sven’s vision problems count as weighted armor; the two northern-living members of the podcast get real picky about snow effects; Van takes a trip down Rider’s shared timeline; a lot of really great questions are asked; and we are very tired of saying the word “doovoo”.

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