Episode 540: Joint Machiavellianism

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The first official episode of Anime Pulse for the 2018 year, and what an episode it is! Firstly we talk about what’s been going on in our lives, with Andrew playing a bunch of games and Joseph ranting about how his Fire Emblem waifu lost in a voting gauntlet. Then in the industry news, we got a piece on Amazon’s anime streaming service and another top anime poll about the most interesting anime of 2017. And finally come the reviews, where Andrew and Joseph both review, jointly, an anime about using anything to your advantage in a fight, even your penis.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – “DragonBall-Z Tapion Melody” by ikiratv from Royalty Free Anime Music

Outro“Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri from Paris from Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase

Reviews

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism – Crackers (Joseph) & Netflix (Andrew)
Wikipedia

News

Amazon Shuts Down Anime Streaming Service

Most Interesting Anime of 2017

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2 thoughts on “Episode 540: Joint Machiavellianism”

  1. Been looking forward to hearing a joint review, so it’s awesome that you’ve finally got them going. Was a fun and interesting listen, though for a while it was mostly Joe speaking with only the occasional comment by Andrew, but it was enjoyable nonetheless and Andrew did get more active later, so hey.

    I haven’t watched ShouMach myself, but I remember having a rather intense first reaction to the synopsis. I loathe stereotyping and I particularly hate gender stereotypes and gender double standards, so you can imagine how that panned out. You’ve got this setting where the girls are all armed, abusive assholes who’ll happily threaten and torment the unarmed guys, yet somehow the guys are the “monsters”. Of course, if one of these guys were to ever turn things back on the girls and do to them what they do to the guys, then he’d suddenly be the most despicable creature in history. Hypocrisy at its finest.
    I ranted about this to a friend until I learned that the premise of the show was that a guy who wouldn’t put up with the bullshit was fighting the top warrior girls, which softened my opinion of the show, though just by a bit. I’m personally fed up with shows that try to pass of female-on-male abuse as comedy while the reverse would be considered horrific. Thankfully the show seems to recognize that everyone in this school is a daft, superficial twit and that neither side is particularly worth cheering for. It’s something! xD

    -Crooh

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