Episode 8: Black Ghost Ruined Christmas

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THIS WEEK: We hope you’ve all had a good holiday season! 003 sure didn’t. We follow the 00 cyborgs on their once-in-a-lifetime round-the-world trip; there are multiple reminders to never do contract work for Black Ghost; the team gets increasingly salty over translation foibles and fight over who gets to punch Ishinomori’s ghost; Black Ghost has a thing about aquatic animals; we are all 007; we dig into Françoise and G.B.’s backstories; and apparently people don’t know how to write Native Americans in the year two thousand and goddamn one.


  • Clarification of the cyborgs’ physical ages
  • Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) 9-13
  • Black Ghost is having a bad fiscal year
  • Dr. Berg is a reject character from Girl Genius
  • The Dragon Triangle
  • Sven hits the doubt.jpg jackpot
  • Aurora Borealis? At this time of year?
  • is it too late to start a “shut up, Jet” counter
  • Professor Findol invented the Shagohod
  • Moral condemnation of arms dealers
  • [sound of Françoise dissociating at light speed]
  • Ishinomori hates parents like Araki hates dogs
  • Going home is horrible and you should never do it
  • Scarecrow is the only shining light in “Mystical Island”
  • 005’s characterization and depiction
  • Venti London Fog
  • G.B.’s beautiful locks
  • Analyzing G.B.’s chauvinism and his motivations compared to the play-within-the-show
  • Please god someone do a retranslation of this anime save us
  • lies


  • “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
  • Chiaki Ishikawa – “Taga Tame Ni”

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NEXT WEEK: Hayato Ichimonji’s backstory, and filling in some plot holes.

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