GME! Anime Fun Time Episode #28 – Ninja Scroll

July is coming to a close, and it’s time for some more Anime Fun. Join Tom and I as we reminisce about Ninja Scroll (known in Japan as Jūbē Ninpūchō), 1993 animated film that recalls the dark and nihilistic samurai exploitation films of the Seventies. CLICK HERE or on the Bluray cover of the film, which features discussion on Ninja’s Scroll‘s place in American fandom as well as many a paean to the lonely death of Bee Guy.

ERRATA: When talking about samurai movies involving hidden gold mines, I accidentally conflated two different films: Goyokin (1969) and Sword of the Beast (1965), both of which are directed by Hideo Gosha. I also mispronounced Gemma’s name as “Genma” throughout the entire podcast without realizing it. My bad.

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Droppin’ Bombs with M.O.M.

Strap on your fur loincloth, because The Barbarians (1987) is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the title or the DVD cover above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms.

Review in a Nutshell: A thoroughly generic Conan the Barbarian rip-off buoyed up by its scattershot production design and the exuberant performances of Peter and David Paul (aka the Barbarian Brothers), The Barbarians (1987) is everything I’ve ever wanted in a Cannon Film Group film directed by Ruggero Deodato.

GME! Anime Fun Time #26 – Bikini Warriors

It’s time for another installment of GME! Anime Fun Time, and this time Tom and I are taking a look at a short form fantasy comedy TV anime known as Bikini Warriors. The show has about as much depth as you would expect for being based on a series of ecchi figurines, so topics include the influence of Dragon Quest and discussions of similar fantasy properties. CLICK HERE or on the Bluray cover above to check out our review of the show.

Rock Monsters and the Evil Influence of Uranus.

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Oil up those pectoral muscles, because Hercules Against the Moon Men is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the title or the movie poster above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms.

Review in a Nutshell: Not actually a Hercules movie but in fact a Maciste film, Hercules Against the Moon Men salvages a surprising amount of production value from its costumes, locations, old school special effects, and the affable performance of Alan Steel, who never stops smiling even when beset by saber-tooth apes or spiky death-traps.

GME! Anime Fun Time Episode #23 – Little Witch Academia

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Our spooky Halloween episode of GME! Anime Fun Time is a bit late this year, as Evan Minto of Ani-Gamers, Thomas Pandich, and I take a gander at Little Witch Academia, a pair of fantasy-themed works of original net animation directed by Yoh Yoshinari and animated by Studio TRIGGER. Topics of discussion include our expectations for the upcoming Little Witch Academia TV series, our current slate of anime assignments, and Evan being transformed into a Pokémon butt. CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review.

My “Buddy” References are Lacking

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Hold on to your guitar picks, because Six-String Samurai is the Greatest Movie EVER?

Click on the DVD cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell: An independent film with strong production design, a great concept, and a killer soundtrack, Six-String Samurai suffers from questionable comic timing and an inconsistent tone. It’s not as entertaining as I want it to be, although Sean enjoyed it more on a second viewing.

GME! Anime Fun Time Episode #21 – Kiki’s Delivery Service

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In the August entry of GME! Anime Fun Time, Tom and I take an impromptu look at Kiki’s Delivery Service, a 1989 theatrical anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli. CLICK HERE or on the Bluray cover about to download our review of the film. Discussion includes topics such as depression, adolescence, and sentimentality. There’s also some bonus talk about Flying WitchThe Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, and why Yamcha is the worst character in Dragon Ball Z.