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
Turn down the lights, pour a glass of moonshine, and join us for another installment of requested manga theater. Wherein our free will is taken away and we’re forced to read things sent to us. To cope, we will undoubtedly be tapping into something delicious or at least highly alcoholic. Just as long as we don’t start dipping into mixed drinks.
Tim reviews Platinum End. A manga brought to us by the same people who gave us Death Note. We start off with our main character deciding it’s time to kill himself, climbing to the roof of a skyscraper, then taking an asphalt swan dive. He gets saved feet before death by an angel. She offers him the ability to tavel anywhere on earth nearly instantly or to fire arrows that make people love him. He says he’ll consider not dying if she gives him both. Turns out he’s one of twelve people who have guardian angels who are playing last man standing with the winner getting to take the place of god. It squeaks into a Crackers and will be worth a follow up.
Weltall then reviews Umineko: When They Cry. It’s set on the eighties where the Ushiromiya family gets summoned to the island they own. There’s a legend that grandpa Ushiromiya got the seeds of their fortune by making a deal with a witch. But if he doesn’t pay her back by a particular time and date, she’ll exact a price from the family. There’s excellent pacing and well assembled pacing that erans it a solid Read It Now
This week on VG Pulse, we wish you a merry Christmas! We open up with some incredibly sad family news, before diving into the regular news where we discuss our thoughts on the Game Awards, have some discussion on possible future fighters in Smash, and talk about Germany suing Nintendo! After the news, Millennium gives a first look on Red Dead Redemption 2, and we finish off with talk of anime! All this and more up next on VGP 320!! -Aki
The horror genre is perhaps one of the genres that abuses concepts and settings more than academy bait movies. Which means writers and directors are desperate to come up with a bankable character or premise. This allows them to stand out and try to milk a franchise for a paycheck. Assuming it resonates in anyway with the audience.
So we have Candyman (1992). Which would make you think it has to do with an evil version of Willy Wonka that murders adults with confections. Instead it’s about an urban legend about a man who was murdered by having his hand cut off, then covered in honey and stung to death by bees. This somehow allows him to be summoned by saying candyman in the mirror. You can hear us completely butcher the plot, according to the live chat, more deep in the show.
Tim then talks about Maniac Cop 2(1990). It picks up where the first leaves off. Using some recycled footage of Bruce Campbell in order to avoid paying him his lofty salary of gas money to be replaced by someone who’d work for a credit. The titular maniac cop teams up with a serial killer and proceeds to murder more cops. He’s stopped by the mayor admitting the cop was set up and murdered in prison. With him laid to rest there’s a confusing stinger where the undead cop punches through his grave because the series hadn’t yet become unprofitable.
Weltall then talks about Skyscraper(2018). The movie that clickbait pricks did their best to try and stir up controversy because Dwayne Johnson has the audacity of playing an amputee without being an amputee. In the end, no one cared and the movie was nearly unnoticed. It’s about an advanced, computer controlled office building taken over by a terrorist organization. This turns out to be part of a plot to recoup insurance. Which is surely the easier option of recouping your money rather than just not investing it.