GME! Anime Fun Time #05 – Crusher Joe

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Pay no attention to the fact that it’s September 14! Here’s the completely punctual and not-at-all-delayed August episode of GME! Anime Fun Time. In this episode, Tom and I join forces with Gerald Rathkolb of Anime World Order to talk about ancient, out-of-print, unloved science fiction cartoons. CLICK HERE or on the Laser disc cover above to download our discussion of Crusher Joe in both its movie and OAV forms.

Final Thought:

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Yes, this was the first animated appearance of the Dirty Pair.

GME! Anime Fun Time #04 – Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

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You were expecting Crusher Joe, but it was me, Vampire Hunter D(io)!

Terrible meme humor aside, July is coming to a close and we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer up another quivering slab of Anime Fun Time. This time Tom and I take a look at Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, a slick albeit strange theatrical film from 2000. In a movie filled with vampires, torso-wolves, mechanical horses, steampunk tanks, and ghost lasers, can a fun time be far behind? Click on the movie title or the DVD cover above to find out!

Final Thought:

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Ghost vampires are like the worst kind of vampire.

Character Actors on Parade, aka Bruce Campbell was in This?

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Fire up your standard-issue telecommunications laser generators, because Congo is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film,

featuring Zac Bertschy from Anime News Network.

Review in a Nutshell: Congo is a spectacular sort of failure, the kind of bloated, would-be blockbuster that combines solid character acting with a ridiculous plot and questionable special effects. Opinions are divided on the quality of the ape suit work. Hey, wait. Bruce Campbell was in this?

GME! Anime Fun Time Episode #03: The Tatami Galaxy

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June is here, and we’re all ready to begin our rose-colored campus life with a look at The Tatami Galaxy, a 2010 anime with series direction by Masaaki Yuasa of Mind Game and Kick-Heart fame. CLICK HERE or on the poster above to download our review of the film, featuring guest host Daryl Surat of Anime World Order. The discussion includes topics such as the difficulties of finding artistic recognition and the power of mature story-telling in a medium dominated by a focus on youth and nostalgia. Spoilers abound, so listen with caution.

Final Thought:

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“You complete me.”

GME! Anime Fun Time Episode #02: Kill la Kill

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It’s time for episode two of Anime Fun Time, and boy do we have a show for you today: a massive, spoiler-laden, two-part examination of Kill la Kill, Studio Trigger’s first full length TV animation offering. Join Paul, Tom, and Jill as they perform a deep dive on a show that’s much, much more than just fan service and explosions. CLICK HERE for Part 1, and HERE for Part 2.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Part 1 – general plot discussion; puns & homophones; formalistic elements such as pacing and structure; the nature of fan-service;  a pro-feminist interpretation of the series; and listener questions.
  • Part 2 – corrections and clarifications; the influence of shojo manga, fairy tales, and the erotic-grotesque-nonsense movement; the Sada Abe incident; manga and anime as counter-culture; more on feminism; our favorite moments; and additional listener questions.

Final Thought:

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“Sometimes you just gotta be washed by a naked rainbow lady.” – Tom Pandich

Stomp Romp / Zilla Thrilla: “That’s a lot of fish.”

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Our slow-burning Godzilla theme continues with an exploration of everyone’s least favorite American G-film, Roland Emmerich’s 1998 “classic”, Godzilla. CLICK HERE or on the banner above to listen to Sean and I discuss our first tastes of colossal cinematic disappointment, everything this film does wrong, and a few things that it does right.

ERRATA: Some corrections are in order. Parthenogenesis is a type of asexual reproduction, and some lizard species do in fact engage in it. Also, the 1994 American Godzilla script by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio actually predates the publication of the Shusuke Kaneko Heisei-era Gamera trilogy, which began in 1995, so to claim the former was ripping off the latter was inaccurate.

GME! Anime Fun Time Episode #01: Attack on Titan

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Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast’s daughter publication, GME! Anime Fun Time. Click HERE or on the poster above to download our spoiler-iffic round-table discussion on 2013’s popular shonen action anime, Attack on Titan. Panel members include Paul Chapman, Thomas Pandich of Skin Crawling Comics, and Clarissa Graffeo of AnimeWorldOrder. Join us for nearly 60 minutes worth of friendly chatter about a series that is not, in fact, “naked cannibal porn”.

Final Thought:

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“Hi, guuuuuuuuuy.”

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