THIS WEEK: Summon Supreme Power…? Not quite! Van and Sven try something a little different, as they compare the 1973 show Inazuman with the Shotaro Ishinomori manga. The Historians follow the stories of Goro Watari and Saburo Kazeda, as they point out the shoehorning of formula; the horrors of noclip are observed at length; neither Van or Sven understand what priests are; they mark out over ridiculous psychic duels; Sven gets freaked out by shaved eyebrows; and, according to the Historians, at least one of them has a PhD in Draculas.
Content note: The manga contains depictions of sexual harassment and attempted assault. There’s also a non-explicit scene with a teacher in a relationship with a minor/student (we gloss over it, but timestamps to skip: 1:41:00 – 1:42:00).
THIS WEEK: The gang reconvenes with Kamen Rider V3. A number of familiar faces return to grace us with their presence and we close out Doktor G’s tenure on the show. In addition to that, a joke dies live on podcast; the show tries (poorly) to introduce new merch; Van gives us a helpful(?) driving PSA; Sven forgets what object permanence means; petty office politics return; V3’s bodycount gets downright ludicrous; and you really don’t wanna know what Doktor G’s opinions of Tom Clancy are.
THIS WEEK: Tara joins us for the surreal 1995 film Mechanical Violator Hakaider, to once again discuss angry allegorical antiheroes fighting god. In addition to that, Sven and Van’s pasts come back to haunt them; we talk Amemiya’s pre-GARO aesthetics; Hakaider forgot how to dodge; old jokes are taken out of retirement for one last ride; everyone’s back on their bullshit, and if there’s anything we hoped you’ve learned on this show, it’s to be gay and kill God.
Content warning: Mechanical Violator Hakaider contains depictions of gore, attempted suicide, and (non-explicit but still on-screen) lobotomy.
THIS WEEK: Things get goofy with Kamen Rider V3, and we get to see the first Destron commander, Doktor G, in full swing. Sven gets hypertechnical about sci-fi tech; V3 goes for a refreshing dip in the ocean (again, and again, and again); we debate cartoon physics and Destron’s in-house antidotes; we take an awkward visit to Rider Scout Boot Camp; we take an even more uncomfortable detour regarding villains with mental disabilities; and while none of Destron’s plots make a lick of scientific sense… well, the theory is sound.
THIS WEEK: Sven and Van delve into the 2014 film, Kikaider: REBOOT. Salt stocks have never been higher as their cups boil over. Our podcasters are fooled by goatees, Sven’s childhood comes back in the strangest way; Ishinomori villain motives are brought up and then summarily ignored; an infamous Kickstarter kerfuffle gets dredged up; our hosts’ friendship is based on being smad on behalf of robots, and it’s not just the movie which ends up unravelling at its seams.
THIS WEEK: Doktor John Darksou– uh, Doktor G graces fellow non-doctors, Sven Michel and Van Ong, with his presence in Kamen Rider V3. In addition to that, we debate the possible intervention of moral guardians; the convoluted timeline that is Toei’s shared properties; maybe our real weaknesses were the friends we made along the way; Sven gets mad about Battlemech loadouts; overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer, and remember: the following podcast you are about to listen to is canon.
The puzzle channel Van mentions is FLEB on youtube. Check out the Xbox Puzzle video when you have a minute, it’s pretty cool stuff.
THIS WEEK: With Alexa down due to a case of chronic demon possession, it falls to Sven and Van to cover the end of Android Kikaider (1972). As promised, the show ends with a bang… but is it enough? Frustrations begin to mount; Sven’s an absolute donut; minds are boggled and senses befuddled; the finale gets explosive; forty-some episodes later and that goddamned flute gets what’s coming to it; anime is still a mistake; and the hardest part truly was getting the brain out!