Episode 29: Counting Stars

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van finish Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier, as they break down the highs and the lows of Ishinomori’s most formative work. In addition, we discuss Van Vogt’s terrible fashion choices; love confessions have never come at a worse time; we contend with nuclear-armed demon-god eagle-robots; we talk idealism vs cynicism in relation to Cyborg’s ending; Van loses their goddamn mind; and at the end of all things, trying to count on shooting stars is as fleeting as hoping God’s War makes any sense.


  • Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) S2E20-E23
  • Nobody likes jealousy plots why do people keep doing them
  • Dub differences (the final act)
  • Cyborg Soldier’s production and release woes
  • Cyborg 009’s villains and their strengths
  • Joe’s kindness holding him back
  • Public execution love confessions
  • The Demon God/Generalissimo
  • The death of Van Vogt
  • Joe’s final mission
  • The true face of evil
  • Joe vs Skull, round 2
  • Lighting the powder keg
  • The nature of humanity & the summation of the Ishinomori hero
  • The would-be ending of Cyborg 009
  • “Angel”, “Battle With The Gods”, and “Conclusion: God’s War”
  • Left Behind
  • Afterwords and postmortems
  • Narrative cynicism & reinforcing the antagonist’s worldview


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

NEXT WEEK: The end of Ambassador Hell.

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