Episode 32: Super Moray Turtle Z

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THIS WEEK: The trio introduce Gel-Shocker, who are… about as competent as the old Shocker, but with more ruthlessness added to the mix. In addition, we have an honest and earnest discussion of the differences between Nazi ideology and general-purpose fascism; Gel-Shocker’s combatmen work off college rules; Alexa loses her shit over monster names; we get to see Ishinomori’s personal hand directing the show, and take note: Show up at the fight quarry in thirty minutes if you want an ass-kicking!

(Note: We are still relying on Craigbot this week, with some unavoidable clicking due to connectivity issues. We’ll return to microphone recording as soon as we can.)

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Episode 31: Gill Toots As He Pleases

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THIS WEEK: “Those born of DARK must return to DARK!” Alexa broadcasts in LIVE from MURDER MOUNTAIN (the mountain that murders) as we follow the trail of the mechanical man Jiro, Android Kikaider! In addition, we have an official helicopter sighting; Jiro enjoys backflipping away from fights that he started; we debate the morality of an incomplete conscience circuit; we try out some new voicework; and FOOL! Professor Gill toots as he pleases!

If you’re interested in Android Kikaider, you can read the original Ishinomori manga, available in English on Comixology – or purchase the DVDs of the original 1972 series from Generation Kikaida!

Note: Due to production issues, rather than direct microphone recording, we had to use Discord audio for this week (big thanks to Yahweasel’s Craig bot). That’s why we sound a little different!

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Episode 30: Planned To Fail

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THIS WEEK: Shocker is dismantled and gone forever! Or are they??? (Spoiler: No they’re not.) Van and Sven talk about the end of Ambassador Hell’s arc as the show revisits some older concepts. In addition, our tabletop past briefly comes to haunt us; the show briefly remembers Hongo’s actual occupation; eight-year-olds go around unsupervised; one of Taki’s disguises actually works, and do you remember what today is, Jack?

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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.

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Episode 28: Two Brains, But No Smarter

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THIS WEEK: With the Historians back in fighting shape, they cover the third and final movie for this series, as they witness Ambassador Hell’s growing competence. In addition, Sven’s frustration with Kamen Rider’s teleporting antics reaches new heights; we discuss the merits of free mind control; Van does not condone the cool cool crime of bootleg merchandise; we see the return of 600 IQ Hongo Takeshi; Shocker’s sales pitches are garbage; and much like Metang and our hosts, the Riders have two brains, but are no smarter for it.

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Episode 27: His Smile And Optimism, Gone

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van pull themselves up from their post-E3 fugue, just in time to guide you through the beginning of Cyborg 009’s end. After an in-universe year(!) of relative peace, our protagonists finally catch up with Black Ghost. With the series wrapping up, it’s also time to take a look at how the character arcs for some of our heroes are wrapping up. Additionally, we are reintroduced to an old friend; Joe is reunited with his old friends; we discuss the dehumanization of people of colour; the fatigue of battle is touched on; Vena looks awfully familiar to certain dead fiancees; Sven displays his Star Trek knowledge; and Joe Shimamura’s smile and optimism: gone.

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Episode 26: Power Of Devils

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THIS WEEK: We say farewell to our favorite grandpa squid-devil-monster-wizard-dracula. At the same time, we might get a real glimpse of Great Leader? Or we might not. In addition: Takeshi Hongo is a strong male protagonist; we meet the tiniest, most adorable cosplayer ever; we compare the leadership styles of each Shocker lieutenant; Sven desperately tries to explain radio tower interference; we invoke a tokusatsu fan remedy for dispelling bad luck; Shocker’s monsters get a training montage of their own; and Fujioka is suspiciously absent from his own show once again.

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