Episode 33: DARK DARK Goose

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van cover for Alexa coming down with a case of haunted lungs, as we see the rest of the first 13 Destructoids. In addition to that, Van conjures up the most hellish image possible; we keep a running tally of dismemberments; Sven’s origins are revealed at gunpoint; Dr. Komyoji is a certified cryptid; there is yet another rant on how extraordinarily dangerous vehicular accidents are, and we figured out the androidmen’s favorite game – bet you can guess!

The amnesiac pianist Van mentions is Clive Wearing. Also mentioned is Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire, if you like spooky hitchhikers.


  • Android Kikaider (1972) 7-12
  • Blues Kong, Carmine Spider, Red Condor, Scorpion Brown, Gold Wolf, Silver Cat
  • Monster Factory & terrible costume designs
  • Evil super-scientist procedures
  • Kikaider’s diminishing budget
  • Return of blood theft (bleft)
  • FYGM
  • Boy scout trail markings
  • Indigo children?
  • Killing & stepford-wifing entire villages
  • Komyoji’s characterization
  • Thermoluminescent Energy
  • Scientific academia is a goddamn wasteland
  • Extremely sad robots ft. Gold Wolf
  • Komyoji’s (somewhat) realistic amnesia
  • Wine fraud
  • Magic robots
  • The conscience circuit dilemma & Isaac Asimov
  • Spooky girl hitchhikers
  • Roundtable on Kikaider’s formula


  • “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
  • “Rank E” – Sonic Unleashed
  • Yuuki Hide – “Go Go Kikaider” and “Fight! Android Kikaider”

NEXT WEEK: We cover the last few throwaway plots before things get serious. Our penultimate coverage of Rider ’71.

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