Episode 56: Needs More Gun

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THIS WEEK: “Set Up!” This marks the start of Kamen Rider X (1974), featuring the “kaizorg” Keisuke Jin. It just so happens that this series is Sven and Van’s blindspot as far as showa goes, so this will be a journey for everyone. Join them as they fret over the darker turns the show takes; a dastardly crossover threatens the hosts where it hurts them the most; the GOD General Commander employs a ruthless real estate genius; the Shakespeare references get out of hand; and Van attempts a goof and botches both the takeoff and the landing in extraordinary fashion. You know what Kamen Rider really needed? More gun.

Content warning: Two episodes in this coverage contain depictions of suicide.
(Timestamp #1: 2:00:592:04:46 )
(Timestamp #2: 2:07:412:20:38 …basically all of ep7.)

In general, this coverage contains discussion of abusive family dynamics.

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Episode 55: This Is Stupid

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THIS WEEK: “Change 01!” The historians return for more android shenanigans in Kikaider 01, the sequel to Android Kikaider. Not to put too fine a point on it, the show discards its overarcing themes of what it means to be a human in favor of unmitigated nonsense. Does this make it better? The answer may surprise you. Join Van and Sven as they consider the practicality of a solar-powered robot with a battery life of five seconds; Sven has a temporary Dr. Seuss-related mixup; they see prototypical Sentai villain squad dynamics; and they are baffled at the mystery plot surrounding Akira and Rieko.

This show… might be a bit stupid.

The full series of Kikaider 01 is available legally in the US, once again through Generation Kikaida!

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Episode 54: Rest in Tahiti

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THIS WEEK: Alexa, Sven, and Van wrap up Kamen Rider V3 (1973). While their opinions are largely positive, the final stretch isn’t without its share of last-minute curveballs. Join them as they explore Yuki and Great Leader’s dynamic; Van’s attempts at logic are met with about the reaction you would expect; we discuss the inherent awfulness of starfish and alternate realities; Shiro Kazami almost definitely failed his semester; and they spoil a poignant moment by pointing out just how shortly it sticks.

Rest in Tahiti, Joji Yuki.

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Episode 52: All For Revenge

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THIS WEEK: After scheduling conflicts, work issues, technical difficulties, and one instance of the plague, Sven and Van have returned from the holidays to begin the final act of Kamen Rider V3. Join them as they discuss the reasoning behind the remake-episodes; monsters being late for their own hijinks; Sven’s dark backstory coming to light, one cult reference at a time; how incredibly gross and terrifying Snail-Man’s premise is; and a reiteration of the counterculture inherent in Rider’s DNA. Note: It has now been 0 episodes since the podcast has had to talk about vore.

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Episode 50: Wing Ramses!

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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!

The comic “Lone Wolf and Cub” is referenced during this week’s V3 coverage. It is available online and in English from Dark Horse Comics, via Comixology!

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Episode 49: Moon’s Haunted

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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.

The Inazuman manga is available on Comixology, and the TV show on Generation Kikaida!

The short story Van mentions is “I Just Think It Will Happen, Soon” by Rebecca Campbell.

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Episode 48: The Power Of… Doovoo

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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”.

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