Like an expensive sweater gifted to a nephew, we’ve returned quicker than anticipated. It’s another week, another drink and another manga. This time some self selected materials as we’ve got a few requests coming down the pipeline in the form of physical copies.
Tim reviews Marry Grave. It has a lighthearted style reminiscent of late nineties comedy manga. Our protagonist lives in a world that’s been invaded by goblins. He carries a coffin and is doing a world wide scavenger hunt attempting to raise his wife from the dead. There’s an interesting twist where we find out he died on his wedding night and his wife spent the rest of her life doing the same to resurrect him. It gets a Read it Now for being inventive and interesting.
Weltall reviews To Your Eternity. It begins with an alien lifeform landing on earth and copying a dying wolf. After taking it’s form, it wanders into an empty encampment where it finds a lone boy who’s been living along for a few years. It follows him along until he dies and takes his form. It’s very well paced and the story get more interesting from that point on, ending one a hilarious note made funnier by the serious tone thus far. It comfortably earns a Read it Now
Ryan Reynolds success in movies lately makes it hard to remember that he was involved in a lot of terrible super hero movies. So we decided to dig through it and review one of them. No, not Blade 3. Not Woleverine Origins. We decided to drive a steam roller over the corpse of the buried and, the studio hopes, forgotten Green Lantern.
Reynolds is perhaps the worst cast choice of Hal Jordan with perhaps the exception of Ron Jeremy. He’s a cocky test pilot who watches his dad explode in a plane crash as a child and says “yeah, I’d like to go the same way.” There’s evil yellow energy used by Parallax who is a Watcher gone bad. Hal’s childhood friends include his romantic interest and a guy who gets converted to the henchman for Parallax. Sinestro is there but he’s not evil, or is he? At least the big bad can be defeated by tricking it into leaving earth and crashing into the sun.
Tim reviews Super Fuzz(1980). An Italian take on the superhero genre where an Italian actor, playing an American cop, goes out to deliver a warrant on a parking ticket gets hit by an atomic blast being set off by NASA. This gives him a gamut of super powers like strength, speed, ability to wish a stadium of people into the corn field, and super vision. Pretty standard things. His weakness is the color red. Not red dye, ink, or blood. Just someone wearing a red sweater is his kryptonite.
Weltall then hits Mile 22. Mark Walhberg is some sort of soldier who is tasked with helping a cop from Indonesia who has sensitive information. Most of it is an excuse to go from one action set piece to another. Made a little less believable by Marky-Mark’s constant expression of mild confusion which doesn’t really befit an intelligence officer. Even the bang bang shooty parts are lack lustre considering the previous work of those involved
We like to have some post show discussions once in awhile. They usually aren’t recorded as they’re not very long. Tim is always begging off because he says he needs to go eat. This is accompanied by him dramatically clutching his middle and collapsing into a heap while asking for soup or breadsticks like this is an Olive Garden and not a makeshift recording studio.
Appropriate then that Tim reviews Shokugeki no Soma. Soma is a student who works at a ramen shop and is attempting to best the owner in a cooking contest by making odd dishes like peanut butter and squid. One day he is forced to defend the shop from evil land developers by cooking with limited ingredients. It turns out he’s quite good when he’s not experimenting with things and saves the day. So the owner shuts down shop and sends him to a prestigious cooking school. It gets a Borders for being a rice cake of a manga.
Weltall reviews Tales of Wedding Rings. Our dish rag du jour is Sato who’s childhood friends with Hime. Some time in the indeterminable time between high school or middle, Hime ends up traveling into another dimension and Sato tags along. She is betrothed to a prince who is about to marry her right until a demon attacks. Hime kisses Sato which makes him married to her and grants the power to defeat the demon. Realm saved, right? Wrong. Sato now has to go out and collect his harem to gain enough power to beat the big bad. It also gets a Borders.
This week on Anime Pulse Joseph tells us about the Christmas presents he bought for his family and friends, and Andrew goes straight into community stuff with questioning where we get our anime. Afterwards Industry News hits us up with topics like Shonen Jump trying to stay relevant, High School of the Dead never coming back, and the Funimation President complaining about Netflix. Lastly the reviews round us out with Joseph making a harem after being killed by god, and Andrew travels through time but doesn’t make much use of it.
Hello dearest listeners. Ryo is barely hanging on and apologizes for the late episode, but you can expect another one right in time for Christmas…probably. For now it time to…GET TESTED FOR YOUR STIs BEFORE YOU SPREAD THEM FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!
This week on anime pulse, we greatly reduce the time we spend, or Joseph spends, on IRL news. Quickly covering how Joseph has been working overtime and deciding on who to bake this year for Christmas, and Andrew is also working hard at his new job and the community section. Industry news sees topics like the first magical boy to be a main cast member in Precure, and GiTS gets a new anime announced. And the reviews round things off with Andrew making out with vampires, and Joseph longing for his younger days of being molested by older women.
This week on VG Pulse, we have a bit of a different show! Rather than doing news, this episode is entirely dedicated to the forums and reviews! We start off with the forums, before coming up with a new end-of-the-year question! Afterwards I give my review of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and then Millennium takes the floor to give his long-awaited review of Valkyria Chronicles 4! We finish off with our typical talk of food and anime! All this and more up next on VGP 319!! -Aki Continue reading VG Pulse 319: Pikachu Chronicles→
This week on VG Pulse, it’s once again time for the Way Too Early Awards! We start off with some lengthy side-notes and life updates, before diving into the regular news where we discuss the nominees for this years Game Awards, Nintendo relaxing their policies on Lets Plays just before the release of Smash, and Bethesda’s never ending stream of royal screw ups in the wake of Fallout 76! All this and more up next on VGP 318!! -Aki 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!”
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