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!
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!
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.
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”.
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.