Continue reading VG Pulse 318: Coughy, Twerkin and Wandering
This week on Anime Pulse, Joseph talks about his plethora of Amazon purchases and Andrew is working himself to the bone. Afterwards the two go into industry news with topics like the Attack on Titan mangaka’s documentary, the live action Cowboy Bebop twitter announcement, and a deadly cute security bot makings its debut in Tokyo. And finally the reviews return to normal, as Joseph has a demonic orgy and Andrew gets prosthetic robot arms to punch people with.
It’s October and that means a lot of people making lists of scary movies or pimping classic ones. We like to think we do a little better by shining a light on movies that have gone forgotten and unloved. For that reason, and not because Tim likes to drag out old crap movies from the dumpster like a hoarder collecting furniture. “It’s still good.” He says, staring at the bed bug infested recliner. “I can’t believe someone would just throw this out.”
We jointly discuss The Beast Must Die(1974). For once Tim has picked an actual good, bad movie. Calvin Lockhart plays a rich man who wants to hunt the most dangerous game. The twist is, that’s not people but rather the werewolf. He has gathered a guest list of people who could very well be werewolves(say that three times fast.) During the course of the film he has to find out who is the werewolf and will he be able to kill it?
Tim reviews a movie which had an internet micro-versy about it back when it was announced, No Escape. Owen Wilson plays an engineer who goes to some unnamed, for real life political reasons, country in the middle of a revolution. He then has to try and keep his family safe and escape. Something that wouldn’t be possible if he didn’t get help from the criminally underused Pierce Brosnan who dies heroically to save them later.
Weltall then reviews Den of Thieves. It stars the temporary patron saint of the show, Gerard Butler who uses his accent to charm a rag tag group of misfits into a group of thieves. Wait, no he’s the cop investigating a group of thieves which make high profile heists and are targeting the Federal Reserve. So it’s a detective movie and a heist movie where Gerard never yells “This is So-Cal!”
More sent manga makes its way into our PO box which means we have yet more to review. We gladly take requests because we like to please. And we’re lazy. We’ve mentioned that before but ease of reading saves us a lot of trouble when it comes to this and it keeps us from getting into a genre rut. Which could easily make the show turn stale faster than a rice cake in a Louisiana summer.
Tim gets sent Golosseum. There’s an alternate, maybe, future where Putin has a number of bracelets that prevent damage from bullets and radiation but allow fighting moves to penetrate. As such there’s now a threat of Russia taking over the world and seeking out the last of the three golden records that were shot into space as part of the Voyager program. The last one is, of course, being hidden in Japan by Rasputin. It’s just goofy and nonsensical enough to get a Read It Now.
Weltall reviews Apocalypse Zero. It’s finally here, a manga adaptation of the beloved film about Vietnam, based on a book about the Korean war. Who hasn’t wanted to see Martin Sheen as a Japanese school boy who was chosen to face the Vietnamese lacrosse team which is funded by China-Senpai? How about a dreamy version of Marlon Brando who takes a harem of girls to live out behind the equipment shed? It deserves nothing less than a Read It Now.
Anime Pulse has finally made it out of the previews for the Fall season, meaning we’re back into reviews. We start off with Joseph burning an old computer desk during Thanksgiving, and Andrew covering the community section. IRL news hits us with China arresting BL authors, low dating numbers in Japan, and the continuation of the My Sister, My Writer saga. The review this week, because there’s just one, is a joint review of making lemonade when life hands you death.
If there’s on thing that movies have taught us is that all real estate developers are evil. Whether it’s attempting to tear down a youth center or buying the foreclosed home from a grandma, they’d powder orphan and snort it if they thought it would help them get rich or high.
To that end, we watched Rocknrolla. It’s about a shady British land developer who rooks a couple of criminals for their investment money, keeps the land and tries to sell it to a Russian. The Russian loans him a painting which then gets stolen and threatens the deal. Everyone and everything crashes into each other towards the end because this is a Guy Ritchie film and that’s just how he operates.
Tim then reviews A Cure for Wellness. Tim normally doesn’t hate slow and atmospheric horror movies that eschew jump scares. This movie takes a lot of boring horror cliches extracts any character drive and tells the audience to go pound sand. It’s a weak body horror movie set in a creepy asylum that runs far too long and is so predictable an AI probably wrote it. Oh look, the guy with the german accent is evil? What a twist.
Weltall then reviews two Youtube channels. Gas Station Encounters is a particular chain of stations and their encounters with the wacky customer base that happens on a regular basis. Because even the mentally unstable and the Klepto’s need cigarettes and fuel. He also talks about The United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. It’s the least sexy name for a channel but it has some wonderful documentaries made by the government on accidents.
This week Anime Pulse reveals that it has returned to being a weekly show for all listeners, happy Thanksgiving everyone! Killing turkeys and hunting natives aside, Joseph begins with IRL News of his peaceful day at work and Andrew’s house is falling apart. Afterwards the two cover news about a VR marriage and what the future of physical media is looking like, spoilers: It’s not good. And finally we knock out the final round of previews for Fall 2018, with Joseph grabbing some Imoutos and being nostalgic and Andrew cracking down on drugs and cute girls doing ninja things.
Continue reading VG Pulse 317: Fanboy Stuffing!!
More manga incoming on the review request train. Now reading licensed, unlicensed, fanilations, and doujins. Not all of those will be reviewed of course. Licensed manga deserves no attention from us considering they don’t send us review copies. Which of course if why we’re not only reviewing licensed manga but adaptations of video games.
Tim reviews The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask. Which is, coincidentally, the last Zelda game he bothered to play. He tried to make excuses about how hard it was to keep up and how it’s not worth buying a separate console for a couple of games. As far as the manga, he’s thrown that Link isn’t a silent protagonist in it like in the games. It also takes place over a single reset of the town. It gets a Borders.
Weltall then reviews Ocarina of Time. Like in the last the Mask, Link is also not a silent protagonist. Weltall is disappointed that the sexual subtext between Link and the high priestesses isn’t made explicit. Though it’s hilarious how they’re made out now to seem like they’re dodging a dating bullet and retreating to their role as sage. “Sorry we can’t marry Link, it’s, uh, because I’m a sage. Yeah.” It also gets a Borders.
Anime Pulse is back, no breaks, no cuts, no more vacations… at least for the foreseeable future. IRL news comes in cold with Joseph reminding us that winter is scary, and Andrew filling us in on how his trip to Hong Kong went. Then comes the Industry News with gender swapping coffee mugs, the details of what Crunchyroll is losing, and another DBZ voice actor passes away. And lastly the Previews are still here with Joseph rolling around in fluffy demons and making babies to save the world, and Andrew shuffling alongside zombie idols and yuri vampires.