Episode 45: Back On Our Bullshit (Feat. Tara Wrist)

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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.

Our guest is Tara Wrist (@ae2501maeth on Twitter, tarawrist on Patreon). Check out her article on DOOM, All Their Engines on Bullet Points Monthly, and her short story collection SO PUSH YOUR FACE INTO THE MIRROR UNTIL IT BREAKS!

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Episode 43: Unravelling At The Seams

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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.

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Episode 41: Brain Functions Unclear

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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!

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Episode 39: Too Much High Power, Man

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THIS WEEK: After some judicious fast-forwarding, we’re leading up to the finale of Android Kikaider. This week, the gang tackles the introduction to Jiro’s iconic rival, Hakaider! In addition, we discuss what we like (and dislike) about Kikaider so far; DARK needs money; we deal with miscommunications abound; we discuss insanity pleas, property law, and Star Trek: The Next Generation; Alexa completely annihilates our outro; and Kikaider just has TOO MUCH HIGH POWER, MAN.

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Episode 37: I Would Rather Have Nothing

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THIS WEEK: Alexa straight-up abandons Sven and Van to their fate: Continuing their coverage of Kikaider as they face to reality and realize the show has nosedived. In addition, Van’s brain is melting; Komyoji’s cryptidness has only gotten worse; Hanpei is trying, possibly; there’s pockets fulla monkey’s paws; the last episode in this stretch is really really gross; frustrations with romantic dynamics reach a fever pitch, and Sven would rather have nothing.

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Episode 35: Don’t Look At The Seams

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THIS WEEK: Van and Sven work through begin the middle stretch of Android Kikaider, desperately hoping the show holds its rickety self together. In addition, anti-clown sentiments get brazenly exposed; Sven shares a story about the unluckiest person he’s ever met; Professor Gill wastes his resources worse than Shocker does; we debate the effectiveness of cost-saving measures in tokusatsu, Van’s words are cursed, Sven reaches peak Monarch, and for god’s sake, don’t look at the seams!

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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.

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