Another decade is upon us, and now that it is the year 20XX (listen, “XX” is how you’d say “20” in Roman numerals) we figure the world is finally ready to hear about 2003’s Beast Fighter: The Apocalypse. Also, the Decade in Review continues as we get around to covering 2014!
Introduction (0:00 – 18:42)
With a new decade upon us, we pour one out for the sudden removal of Aoi Honoo / Blue Blazes / Blue Fire from Viki. That’s just how streaming goes: there until it’s just gone without warning. We also actually remember to plug our Patreon and read the usernames of the new Patrons like we’re supposed to. We did, however, forget to read an email. That’s probably why the segment ran under 30 minutes.
- Daryl was a guest on the Blade Licking Thieves podcast where he discussed the 2002 Jet Li film Hero as well as various facets of Hong Kong action cinema in general (also, kaiju)
- Gerald was a guest on Ani-Gamers for their Best of 2019 episode which will totally cover different ground from our Decade in Review installment for that year once we get around to it
Review: Beast Fighter The Apocalypse (18:42 – 1:07:34)
As promised when we reviewed Demon Lord Dante (and by the way, you should listen to that review first), we are reviewing the series that the staff responsible made directly after having completed THAT show. Yes, Beast Fighter: The Apocalypse is from the wonderful mind of the late Ken Ishikawa, and marks the second time his 1975 manga has been adapted to anime. Ken Ishikawa is the kind of guy who would take Go Nagai EVEN FURTHER BEYOND; the sort of narrative weaver who’d look at Black Lion and think “that’s too normal.” Marvel as the gang attempts to coherently describe what transpires without spoiling too much. Note: the DVD description officially spoils too much.
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The DECADE IN REVIEW~!: 2014 (1:09:55 – 2:33:16)
We predict that this segment will lose us some subscribers, patrons, general respect, and recognition from the anime glitterati. But that’s not going to stop us as we go back and forth on what was cool in 2014. Note that we are irresponsible and maintain no written list of what got said in what order by whom, so this entire exercise is probably not very helpful unless you happen to remember the words we said at that moment. Viva audio podcasting! Note that Space Dandy was NOT in fact the first simuldub to air on TV, because Kurokami was on ImaginAsian TV in the late 2000s. Also, Gundam Sousei will be released in English by Denpa under the more descriptive title “The Men Who Created Gundam.” Oh, and the way that Daryl saw the live-action Ping Pong was because Viz released it on DVD here. Actually, he probably saw a rip of it from prior to that since Viz never got around to releasing their version until 2007 and the movie came out around 2002, right around the time everyone was watching stuff like Battle Royale, Versus, Battlefield Baseball, and Volcano High before the rappers dubbed it over.