Episode 512: 91 Senki

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It’s round 3 this week on Anime Pulse and that means a new co-host, this time it’s Catam the pizza maker. After introducing himself and allowing Joseph to reminisce on the old days of Toonami, we hear a little more about how Joseph has been with his new job. Then it’s onto industry news with topics like an old sword returned to its rightful owners, as well as the horrifying news that a live-action Cowboy Bebop might be on its way to being made in the USA. Lastly are reviews with Catam taking us to a city called Lawless during the prohibition period, and Joseph introduces us to Arslan and his epic tale.

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Manga Pulse 364: Go Jo

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Let’s make a wild hipster prediction. Tiny house breweries covered in reclaimed aluminum siding and vintage asbestos paint. What could be more retro and kooky than risking death be mesothilioma? Yeah, you’ve probably never heard of it. Look away as I ride my kickboard away in a flash of ninteies flannel and beard oils.

Tim reviews Keijo!!!!! which is what happens when someone tries to make a sumo inspired cheesecake shot filled manga. You’d think it was a sports manga with impressive and interesting tidbits on grappling or something similar a la Prince of Tennis. Instead it’s just reason to show weirdly drawn asses and breasts. Worse, it’s neither titilating or interesting and gets a Burn It.

Weltall then discusses revenge. The kind of revenge you can only take out on a group of martial artists who’ve killed your master but foolishly left the favored disciple, you, alive. In Gosu, that’s exactly what happens except the disiple finds out that all the people responsible for the murder of his sensei are dead. What to do now? We won’t spoil it but the premise and story is good enough to earn a Borders without getting more than a volume into it.

Popcorn Pulse 68: Frail Runner

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Being the pop culture savants we are, we decided to do a movie featuring Bill Paxton. Frailty[2001] is the directorial debut of the, somewhat, recently deceased actor who gave all the best lines to himself. It starts by being a backstory being delivered by Matthew Mcconaughey. He claims he knows who a serial killer is and relates a backstory about watching his dad murder people. It’s supposed to leave us wondering if they actually are acting as abrahamic paladins and murdering evildoers or if they’re just insane.

Tim then lightens the mood by discussing a youtube channels. Primitive Technology, which doesn’t need our endorsement but is getting it anyways, is exactly what it says on the tin. A channel devoted to a man demonstrating hypotetical ways of creating primitive instruments and technology. One of the best things about it is the complete lack of narration. Though Tim does point out that turning on closed caption will show a text explanation of what’s happening on screen.

Weltall then talks about Blade Runner(1982). He does this to be his usual contraian self and proclaim it’s not that good. If nothing else, it offers some stimulating coversation between Weltall and Tim which is one of the better reasons to tune in. Sadly they don’t voice their opinions on the upcoming “sequel” to Blade Runner.

Episode 511: Mysterious Bones

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Round 2, fight! Joseph welcomes aboard yet another who is trying out for the position of co-host, this time it is Roxas Lamprugne from the forums. After some brief introduction, we get IRL news from Joseph who has at long last landed a job! Then we move on to industry news about Dragon Ball being shunned, and people who think blaming fiction for their behavior is a reasonable defense. And to wrap things up is a joint review of Bones: The Anime, pretty but boring.

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Manga Pulse 363: Double Borders

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Let us remind you of how technological progress has erased minor inconveniences that people of a certain age group didn’t have to grow up with. Remember when the only way to send messages was private courier. These upjumped children and their newfangled universal postal service don’t know how easy they have it.

Tim reviews Tsugumomo which is about our boring average main character running into extraordinary situations. In this case, he has an obi which has become a tsukumogami. An object that’s existed long enough to manifest its own spirit as a person. It fights amasogis which are sort of demonic things made by strong emotions. Though they are like tsukumogami in that they regularly manifest within objects, they are immature and deserve to die. This weirdly earns it a Borders.

Weltall then reviews Kou 1 Desu Ga Isekai de Joushu Hajimemashita. Our main ends up in a fantasy world and tasked to exterminate a vampire girl. He, of course, earns her affections because that’s just what happens when your dick is made of pure sex pheromones and dipped in gold. He begins running through a world of sexy versions of the classic Universal monster girls like someone is writing a bad parody of Twilight. The humor is enough to keep it from dipping below a Borders.

VG Pulse 283: E3 2017

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This week on VG Pulse, we wrap up on our E3 recap! We go through the details of what was shown by Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and then give our thoughts and feelings about this years E3 as a whole, and also who we felt ‘won’ the show this year! After the discussion we go over the forum, and decide to give you guys a silly, lighthearted forum topic this time around, so go check it out! All this and more up next on VGP 283! -Aki Continue reading VG Pulse 283: E3 2017

Popcorn Pulse 67: Inferstint Gyllenhaal

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Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite smushable shower invaders, spiders. When they show up in literature, they’re often the sign of sneaky and crafty villains or antagonists. When they show up in our joint review, Enemy[2013], they’re mostly there to make it seem like there’s a deeper meaning to the movie.

It star Jake Gyllenhaal attempting to play a weak willed man who discovers there’s someone who looks just like him. They decide to meet and have sex as anyone would do with their doppelganger; or one of them decides to trick the other into swapping wives for an evening because he’s a pathetic horn-dog.

Weltall then talks about Inferno[2016]. It’s the third in the Robert Langdon movies starring Tom Hanks. The lord of interpretation of symbols wakes up in a hospital with amnesia. He gets recruited to help find someone with a world threatening plague using his ability to remember wikipedia entries. That’s right, when you need someone for bar trivia and don’t have enough bars to browse the internet surreptitiously, Robert Langdon will come to the rescue!

Tim then talks about Fatal Instinct(1993). A parody movie done in the style of Naked Gun. We say in the style because while it contains the ingredients of humor(sight gags, references to the movies they are parodying and people delivering jokes with a straight face) it fails to close the deal. It’s almost like an artificial intelligence that was built in the seventies using tape drives had deconstructed a Leslie Nielsen movie and churned out its own script.

Manga Pulse 362: Spider Girl

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Can you believe that the Washington Monument has been finished for longer than television has been around? Also, only 1920’s kids will remember these mountains without the faces of US Presidents on them. Are we accomplishing our goal to feed your nostalgia and remind you of the inexorable passage of time?

Tim reviews a revisit of Kumo desu ga, nani ka? Our spider girl continues in her adventure deeper into the dungeon. She then gets attacked by a monkey which she kills. Tim approves, especially when this results in a horde of other monkeys attacking and getting killed. The manga continues to hold its Read it Now by keeping the tone light and the main character likable as she struggles.

Weltall’s manga this week is also based on a light novel, Accel World. It takes place in a world where the mental uplinks from Avatar have been invented and people mostly squander their potential to play shitty MMOs. Because if ever a manga features a video game, it must always be a never ending exercise with no overarching goal that will run until someone gets tired of it. Almost as a metaphor for the manga it’s featured in. It manages to snag a Crackers based on the characters.

VG Pulse E3 2017 Special

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It’s that time of year again! E3 2017 is upon us! In this episode, Millennium, Kas, and I take the time to recap the press conferences of EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, and Devolver Digital, and give our thoughts and feelings on each studio’s presentations and announcements! All this and more up next on the VGP E3 Special, Part 1! -Akito
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Popcorn Pulse 66: Armed Wrath

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There’s been a rather dirty word thrown around since Taken live up to its title and caught the imaginations of a wider audience, dadsploitation. Unfortunately, there are films that embody the zeitgeist of the word. Movies where clearly a studio is trying to cash in a trend and aiming it at what they believe to be the target audience of older men who fondle themselves to fantasies of saving a bus load of cheerleaders who fellate them for their efforts.

Thus we have I Am Wrath [2016] starring the Travolta and his amazing technicolor hair. Someone kills his wife because she’s crunched the numbers on water safety and now she knows too much. Luckily for the premise of the movie, Travolta is an ex special forces who has loads of training and hunts down her killer for some revenge but mostly for fun. Considering he seems to be having a lot of fun for a guy freshly made a widower.

Tim then talks about Armed and Dangerous(1986) staring Eugene Levey and John Candy. They play a couple of guys who get fired from their day jobs and end up working together as security guards. This causes them to stumble into a plot by the company to steal merchandise and rip off other employees. It’s best watched while reminding yourself that it’s still better than Candy’s last film, Wagon’s East.

Weltall then talks about Precious Cargo[2016]. It’s back in the same cash-in vein as I Am Wrath. This time it’s Bruce Willis grumping his way around a green screen. It’s a heist style movie and, would you believe it, there are betrayals of trust? Shocking, we know. Next we’ll tell you that there are action scenes in which Willis suffers only a torn sleeve and a mild grimace of disappointment.

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