Are we back on schedule yet? Maybe we need a Manga Mussolini to help us get the episodes released on time. Or maybe it’d go just as bad as the Duce and not actually fix anything but we could claim it victory when it gets sorted out naturally.
Tim reviews Aiki. It’s a fighting manga where our main character is some sort of master martial artist. He gets recruited to help train a girl at a school where people fight for control of the school, as only happen within anime/manga. They attempt to bribe him with sex, not titillation but actual boning. It’s amazing to see a character who wants to screw not be chastised by other characters for being a “pervert”. It earns itself a Crackers for breaking some of the more obnoxious tropes.
Weltall then revisits Hatsukoi Zombie. Though it scored low last time, something compelled him to keep going. It turns out that it improves quite a bit with character development. The story also develops as it’s revealed that the idealized ghost loves actually interfere with the real world and people. With those factors in play it gets a brand new rating, climbing up to Crackers.
You might remember on the last Popcorn Pulse were we did a movie where a talented actor tackles a script with semi-philosophical ideas in a bleak future. Someone looked at that and said “I like the movie, but what if we took all that shit out and kept the sport?” Thus we were given the remake, Rollerball , wherein a bland actor stands in for James Caan and Jean Reno is wasted like a condom dispenser in Utah. It takes place in modern day and it’s only takeaway message is the director should be kept away from a smart phones for fear exposure to a camera will cause him to remake something else.
Tim then talks about a Spanish film, Fermat’s Room. This seems to end up on a lot of lists along with Saw and The Exam. It’s about four mathematicians who end up trapped in a room because they get invited to dinner far out in the woods and are told to leave their cellphones behind. This only works because, presumably, Spain doesn’t import horror films. If they did, they’d know meeting someone you’ve never met in the woods and leaving your only means of communication is a surefire way to become cannibal soup stock.
Weltall then takes a moment to talk up the Armored Skeptic channel on Youtube. He’s a skeptic who tackles all sorts of varied subjects from flat Earthers to hippies without hesitation and applies logic to it. He’s also Canadian and pronounces process like the beginning of professional and the latter part of excess which we find unreasonably humorous.
Like a negligent father with weekend visitation rights, we get around to manga this week. Tim talks about Hajime no Ippo which is yet another sports manga. To boot, this one is about boxing and draws some comparisons, initially, to Green Boy. It differs quite a bit in that it has training methods that came from rejected Naruto chapters. This drops it down to a Crackers, held from a lower score by the characters.
Weltall then gets into Hatsukoi Zombie. Which the English title should be Ghost of Boners Past. Our protagonist is the usual neglected manga waif who was, in theory, born to two parents and not torn from the thigh of Zeus. After getting hit in the head with a baseball, he can see the idealized version of love that himself and his classmates have. His happens to be a shapely girl of his childhood crush who happens to transfer to his school and be a boy. It is saved form the flames by a few moments of humor, earning a Borders.
Trigger warning, Red says some stuff that might piss off a select group of people. It’s nothing worse than stuff Weltall or Tim have said, but still, just a fair warning. Anywho, Red and Ryo are back to the weekly grind. Red talks about Battleborn while Ryo talks about creepers at school, then Industry News brings us hot anime dads and ramen dating etiquette. As for reviews, Red exposes the giant tits in the third season of DxD and Ryo takes a torch to the sequel of Ai Mai Mii.
In this episode of Anime Pulse, special guest Ichigo tells us a little bit about what has been going on with his life and what his future is looking like. Red and Ryo are there too, and they chime in to let us know whats been going on with them and how they got their start on Anime Pulse. We answer some questions from our listeners, read a letter from TC, and share some laughs. It’s the 500th episode of Anime Pulse!
Cough cough, hack. Hello dear listeners, this week on Sickly Pulse Red and Ryo try their best to make it through the show without dying. They both carry through the IRL news, Red talking about spending $50 on Fallout Shelter and Ryo opening a box Red sent her. Industry news has a poll on anime valentines and sleep positions, and finally reviews see Red talk kissing witches and Ryo take a cruise for a burger and a battle.