It’s a new year everyone, and you know what that means? New anime! 2019 is pulling out all the stops to bring you a crazy line up for its first season, with high school drama, sentient fighter jets, and old men who look like your girlfriend. Industry news hits hard with Bowestte in 2019, an “ugly girl” bar, and that western adaptation of Death Note has a bit of a train wreck. And then previews are back as Joseph copilots a living aircraft to fly away from drama, and Andrew grows a CG hero complex while trying to find a killer by talking too much.Continue reading Episode 588: Winter 2019 Previews #1
Comedy is probably one of the few genres we don’t often bother to review as it’s far too subjective for a fair review. Joe Dirt may be one of the dumbest things David Spade was involved with outside of letting Chris Farley die alone but, apparently, it had some sort of a cult following which earned it an illegitimate sequel years later.
Still, we decided to do Big Stan. All because it’s our second movie pairing David Carradine and M Emmet Walsh. It’s a Rob Schneider movie and falls on its face harder than the Rob himself. He plays a sleazy land developer who gets sent to jail. Determined not to get assaulted, he decides to learn martial arts from Carradine. Tim says that, of the two parts that he laughed, one was Rob being punched for saying ‘that’s what she said’.
Tim then gets to a request, Run the Tide. It star Taylor Lautner in yet another desperate attempt to keep his film career from petering out. It’s about as effective as a homeopathic cure and brings Lautner a step closer to doing bachelorette parties for the rich. He’s a high school dropout who’s taking care of his brother while mom is in prison. Tim at least has a lot to say about how much he dislikes it.
Weltall then talks about First Man. The movie based on the first moon landing by the USA. It does decent job of conveying some of the lesser known aspects of the astronauts like their intelligence and that they’re adrenaline junkies. It’s very difficult to saying anything about a historical movie when they don’t drop a six ton weight on their balls.
Pancakes or waffles, quitting Overwatch, and how to make Anime Pulse great again. All of these things and more are covered in this first show of 2019, with Joseph talking about completing Fate Grand Order and Andrew recommending new ways to improve Anime Pulse as a whole. Our Industry News segment only gets in two hits this week, with a rough start for Virtual YouTubers this year and OnePiece trying to get people to find work online. And the reviews wrap things up as Joseph sets fire to a French saint, and Andrew solves the mystery of an eternal diva.Continue reading Episode 587: Professor Layton and the Alchemist Knight
This week on VG Pulse, Kas has a new computer! We start off with side notes of the new tech, as well as some Kas updates in general, before diving into the regular news where we discuss Atlus’s new teased projects, Epic Games new storefront taking on Valve and Steam in a big way, and Pokemon’s Creatures Inc getting in some hot water over a controversial shrine visit! After the news we go over the forum, Millennium gives his review of Farming Simulator 2019, and we finish off with talk of food and anime! All this and more up next on VGP 321! -Aki
Happy New Years to all our listeners out there, this week Anime Pulse will be wrapping up 2018 with one last show. IRL news gets us the details on Joseph’s first High School Class Reunion, and Andrew gets us talking about our top five anime from 2018. Industry News stops by with topics like plus sized idols, the passing of a famous voice actress, and an anime announcement that will make you say “a cat is fine too.” Reviews cap the show off with Joseph taking over a virtual world in a third season, and Andrew slowly killing himself by drinking a poison called ‘imouto’.Continue reading Episode 586: Ore ga Suki Nano wa Overlord
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With the theme of monster catching, Tim has Pokemon Adventures. The manga made to tie into the success of the original red and blue games. As such the protagonist is named Red and has rivalry with Blue. In the tradition of all adaptations of games, the rules of the game are ignored for the sake of making a plot favoring particular pokemon. Take for example the arc where Red uses a Pikachu to beat an Onix. It still gets a Borders.
Weltall then cracks open Yo-kai Watch. Nate Adams is a normal manga kid who’s parents are busy drinking and playing pachinko. He walks face first into the state’s program to curb population control by sending kids on deadly adventures when he cracks open a gashapon that has a watch and a yokai in it. He then starts seeing yokai, talking them out of being pests and gaining the ability to summon them to pester others. It lands on a Borders in a surprise to us.
We had a plan for this. Thanks to the kind of ineptitude which is the hallmark of the show, we completely failed to do the movie we set out for. So we had to settle on the Ben Affleck movie, The Accountant.
Ben plays an accountant who’s on the high functioning part of the autism spectrum. A role that seems custom tailored to Affleck’s brand of acting. He makes his money getting called to audit accounts that are too complex for the average bear. Also, he’s trained like a special ops agent because he dad decided that he wasn’t going to let a learning disability block his aspirations of raising two contract killers.
Tim then talks about Jurassic World. Having held off on seeing it until well after the sequel has come and gone, he figured it was time. It’s more self referential than a modern comedy and hangs enough lampshades to stock a Pier 1. Half the cast is given the role of Malcolm from the original in that they trash talk science and the park for no explained reason. The monster was apparently give a copy of the script which informs it of exactly what to do in order to drive the plot. But audiences appeared to like Chris Pratt’s mugging and all the dinosaur scenes.
Weltall then talks about Sandy Wexler, and Adam Sandler film. Being as it wasn’t the kind of movie which received an oil tanker load of sponsorships and was promoted by tie ins with Burger King, it’s not quite the usual garbage. He plays a Hollywood agent who’s personal success is hampered by his genuine good nature. This is put to the test when he ends up representing a talented singer. Weltall believe it’s worth seeing if only to show Adam we don’t hate him when he stops putting together the cast of his friends and taking them on vacation while calling it a movie.
This week on Anime Pulse the show is coming to the end of the year as they celebrate Christmas and bad anime, but first IRL news sweeps in with Joseph’s holiday spirit and Andrew needs to study for an exam retest but plans to be playing some Nintendo games instead. Such is the life of a student. Afterwards the two dash though Industry News, with topics like the Kanji of the Year, harassment of an animation studio, and the closure of an anime themed market in Tokyo. And finally the reviews drop down the chimney as Joseph fills your stocking with a competent RomCom, and Andrew dyes his hair pink and complains about his existential dread while eating a Toblerone.Continue reading Episode 585: High Score Yokio