Episode 51 - Don’t Let It Set In

December 26, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van bring you a wonderful Christmas special about a classic Japanese horror flick and its commentary on post-WWII Japanese society! Hooray! Sven's facial blindness eclipses Van's; we chat about the strong points of visual storytelling; we have a lengthy sidebar on nuclear radiation in Japanese and Western fiction; we realize one of our favorite video games has to be referencing the very movie we're covering; Van curses Sven with forbidden biology; and, for the love of Christmas, don't let it set in!

Remember to check out Kaijucast! <3

The short story that Matango is based on, The Voice In The Night, can be found on Wikisource.

TOPICS:
* Matango (1963)
* The film's localization
* Ishiro Honda and his legacy
* William H. Hodgson's The Voice In The Night
* Annihilation
* Dramatis Personae
* Visual storytelling through shot composition
* Lord of the Flies
* Gushing about set design, ft. spooky-ass ghost ships
* The Lucky Dragon 5
* Watchmen and the culture of scifi after the atomic bomb
* The food problem
* Mushroom people (meeple?)
* Shirley Jackson's The Sundial
* Class warfare dynamics and the resentment of social status
* No Exit
* Yoshida's descent and Sakuta's motives
* The dissolution of the crew
* The Matangos' suit design
* Kenji's escape from the island & the finale
* Sven learns that parasites are bad
* Did we enjoy this?

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* RIDER CHIPS - "Fight! Seven Riders!" - Pachinko Kamen Rider: Full Throttle

NEXT WEEK: Introducing the last commander in V3 and our secondary protagonist. Along with Marshall Armor, it's time to meet the fourth of our Legendary Seven: Riderman.

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Episode 50 - Wing Ramses!

December 9, 2018

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THIS WEEK: In their continuing coverage of Kamen Rider V3, the Historians move on from the unfortunate Baron Tusk to the nonentity that is Archbishop Wing. This is, sadly, an improvement. Alexa would be rather eating some potate; we cover not one but two of the most iconic 70s Showa rider shitposts; the show starts to get really self-referential; Van desperately tries to cling to reality; Alexa's references get goofier by the second; and we all have a soft spot for a certain man in gauze (a man in gauze!). Happy Hanukkah, everyone!

The comic "Lone Wolf and Cub" is referenced during this week's V3 coverage. It is available online and in English from Dark Horse Comics, via Comixology!

TOPICS:
* The upcoming Kishiryu Sentai Ryusouger
* Kamen Rider V3 (1973) 36-40
* Flame Condor, Kodama Flying Squirrel, Poison Mothia, Cannibal Banana Plant, Zombie Bat
* Archbishop Tsubasa/Archbishop Wing
* Producer Tohru Hirayama's notes on Baron Tusk and Archbishop Wing
* History lesson: The Mad Baron
* Vampire priests
* Manos: The Hands of Fate
* Courage The Cowardly Dog
* Tachibana's special training
* Great Leader: the worst boss
* Tourist attraction trivia
* Operation: Flying Squirrel
* Skeleton discrimination
* Lone Wolf and Cub
* The Venture Bros
* Shiro Kazami's progressively worse condition
* Throwback episodes!
* Discussing Tachibana's "tough love"
* Listener questions: Shocker & Destron Discord channels

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* The Kelly Family - "Main Theme" - Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog
* Hiroshi Miyauchi – “Fight! Kamen Rider V3”
* Ichiro Mizuki, feat. the Columbia Yurikago Children’s Choir – “Song of the Kamen Rider Scouts”

NEXT WEEK: Something completely different. 

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Episode 49 - Moon’s Haunted

December 4, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van cover the second half of the 1973 Inazuman TV series, and Ishinomori's manga of the same name. Goro Watari and Saburo Kazeda gear up to fight their iterations of Emperor Banba. Things get weird. We discuss Ishinomori's peculiarities; Goro Watari cannot transform in the frozen time; there's a prolonged awkward mutual striptease; and Van dies live on air as things get to levels of incoherency rarely seen on the podcast. Inazuman sure was something.

The Inazuman manga is available on Comixology, and the TV show on Generation Kikaida

The short story Van mentions is "I Just Think It Will Happen, Soon" by Rebecca Campbell.

TOPICS:
* Inazuman (1973) 11-25 (sort of), Vol 3-4
* Impressions of the TV show, good and bad
* Introducing: the new fiend
* The lewdness in the manga
* Psychic lobotomies
* Ishinomori's beliefs?
* The Men Who Stare At Goats
* Aliens (yet again)! Werewolves! Crossovers!
* Awkward teenage conversations
* More goddamn volcano plots
* War Of The Worlds
* Teleport chase sequences
* For whose sake?
* Biotruths???
* MECHA DRAGON
* Ruby's arc
* Psychoknives
* The goddamned moon
* Final thoughts & Ishinomori's influence

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Mark Snow – “Material Primoris: The X-Files Theme” – The X-Files
* Masato Shimon, feat. the Columbia Yurikago Children's Choir - "Fight! Inazuman"

NEXT WEEK: What you've all been waiting for.

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Episode 48 - The Power Of… Doovoo

November 25, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Van and Sven are left to their own devices to examine the unfortunate Baron Tusk and all the unpleasantness within his arc. In this episode, Sven's preferences are outted; props are broken; patience is tested; Sven's vision problems count as weighted armor; the two northern-living members of the podcast get real picky about snow effects; Van takes a trip down Rider's shared timeline; a lot of really great questions are asked; and we are very tired of saying the word "doovoo".

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider V3 (1973) 31-35
* Skull Warthog, Onibi Walrus, Snow Wolf, Primordial Tiger, Vampiric Mammoth
* Baron Tusk, the "Doovoo" witch doctor
* Skeleton Warriors!
* A tangent on voodoo zombies
* Tuxedos...?
* Doppleganger plots!
* Ken Sakuma as a discount Taki
* Ghostlight effects
* Weirdly poignant death scenes
* Photochemical smog
* Junko's questionable friend circle
* Continuity re: weaknesses
* The Double Riders return!
* Timeline trouble with the Primordial Tiger
* Combination attacks!
* Particularly gruesome practical effects
* A chain of incredibly deadly ruses
* The good and the bad (mostly bad) of Baron Tusk
* Listener questions: Rider professions

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Hiroshi Miyauchi – “Fight! Kamen Rider V3”
* Jin, feat. Shoichi Taguchi - "Kagerou Days" - Mekakucity Actors
* Ichiro Mizuki, feat. the Columbia Yurikago Children’s Choir – “Song of the Kamen Rider Scouts”

NEXT WEEK: The... uh... end... of Inazuman.

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Episode 47 - A PhD in Draculas

November 18, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Summon Supreme Power...? Not quite! Van and Sven try something a little different, as they compare the 1973 show Inazuman with the Shotaro Ishinomori manga. The Historians follow the stories of Goro Watari and Saburo Kazeda, as they point out the shoehorning of formula; the horrors of noclip are observed at length; neither Van or Sven understand what priests are; they mark out over ridiculous psychic duels; Sven gets freaked out by shaved eyebrows; and, according to the Historians, at least one of them has a PhD in Draculas.

The Inazuman manga is available on Comixology, and the TV show on Generation Kikaida!

Content note: The manga contains depictions of sexual harassment and attempted assault. There's also a non-explicit scene with a teacher in a relationship with a minor/student (we gloss over it, but timestamps to skip: 1:41:00 - 1:42:00).

TOPICS:
* Inazuman (1973) 1-10 (sorta), Volumes 1-2
* The Toei tokusatsu formula
* The superhuman's so-called burden
* Dramatis Personae
* The problems With the Inazuman TV series
* Protagonists: Saburo vs Goro
* Costume complaints
* Inazuman's predecessor: Mutant Sabu
* Shinjinrui
* Mobile Suit Gundam
* Psychic murder teachers & psychic trickster bullshit
* Zambies
* Evil Psychic Swordplay(tm)
* Psychic cheatypants duels
* Saburo's mother
* "Visual" echoes
* Real(?) psychic terminology
* The "future" of humanity
* Saburo's declaration
* Listener question: favorite Hakaider inspirations

MUSIC:
* "Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen" - Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Mob Choir - "99" - Mob Psycho 100
* Masato Shimon, feat. the Columbia Yurikago Children's Choir - "Fight! Inazuman"

NEXT WEEK: Baron Tusk's tenure as a Destron commander. Oh dear god.

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Episode 46 - Doktor G’s Book Club

November 12, 2018

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THIS WEEK: The gang reconvenes with Kamen Rider V3. A number of familiar faces return to grace us with their presence and we close out Doktor G's tenure on the show. In addition to that, a joke dies live on podcast; the show tries (poorly) to introduce new merch; Van gives us a helpful(?) driving PSA; Sven forgets what object permanence means; petty office politics return; V3's bodycount gets downright ludicrous; and you really don't wanna know what Doktor G's opinions of Tom Clancy are.

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider V3 (1973) 25-30
* Mantis-Merang, Heater-Cicada, Iron Ring Beetle (w/Revived Shocker Cyborg Quartet), Camera Mosquito, Crab Laser
* Bigfoot hunting
* Codename: Kids Next Door
* "Scramble Hopper"
* Batman Begins
* human mummification formula
* Higurashi: When They Cry
* More ruses!
* All the warriors, Shocker edition
* The decay of showa suits
* Return of Taro Marketing-san
* Body counts in V3
* Shitty office politics, Part 2
* Interpol's "Destron Hunters"
* Borderlands
* Doktor G's final mission
* On parents in Kamen Rider

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Hiroshi Miyauchi – “Fight! Kamen Rider V3”
* Reel Big Fish - "Sell Out" - Turn The Radio Off
* Ichiro Mizuki feat. the Columbia Yurikago Children’s Choir – “Song of the Kamen Rider Scouts”

NEXT WEEK: Generational conflict, paranoid delusion, growing concerns over the rapid destruction of the environment, cheatypants psychic mutant battles: It's time for Inazuman! Sort of. You'll see.

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Episode 45 - Back On Our Bullshit (Feat. Tara Wrist)

November 4, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Tara joins us for the surreal 1995 film Mechanical Violator Hakaider, to once again discuss angry allegorical antiheroes fighting god. In addition to that, Sven and Van's pasts come back to haunt them; we talk Amemiya's pre-GARO aesthetics; Hakaider forgot how to dodge; old jokes are taken out of retirement for one last ride; everyone's back on their bullshit, and if there's anything we hoped you've learned on this show, it's to be gay and kill God.

Content warning: Mechanical Violator Hakaider contains depictions of gore, attempted suicide, and (non-explicit but still on-screen) lobotomy.

Our guest is Tara Wrist (@ae2501maeth on Twitter, tarawrist on Patreon). Check out her article on DOOM, All Their Engines on Bullet Points Monthly, and her short story collection SO PUSH YOUR FACE INTO THE MIRROR UNTIL IT BREAKS!

TOPICS:
* Mechanical Violator Hakaider (1995)
* Compare & contrast with Kikaider: Reboot
* Red Hood and The Outlaws
* Fist Of The North Star
* Black and white aesthetics
* "Jesus Town"
* Otherworldliness of 90s CGI effects
* Amemiya and GARO
* Gurjev and Michael
* Batman vs Superman
* Big bike chase scenes!
* The Good Place
* The rebel base; postapocalyptic tyranny
* Mechanical Violator's take on Hakaider's tragedy
* Toshiki Inoue
* Ideological motives
* Kaoru's role
* Guardians of the Galaxy & Escape From New York
* Hakaider vs Michael; Michael's connections to Jiro
* Why does Japan want to kill God
* Postmortem and Mega Man Zero
* English dub trivia

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Nine Inch Nails - "Terrible Lie" - Pretty Hate Machine
* Ichiro Kageyama - "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" - Neon Genesis Evangelion

NEXT WEEK: Some old faces make a comeback to attend Doktor G's book club.

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Episode 44 - The Theory Is Sound

October 28, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Things get goofy with Kamen Rider V3, and we get to see the first Destron commander, Doktor G, in full swing. Sven gets hypertechnical about sci-fi tech; V3 goes for a refreshing dip in the ocean (again, and again, and again); we debate cartoon physics and Destron's in-house antidotes; we take an awkward visit to Rider Scout Boot Camp; we take an even more uncomfortable detour regarding villains with mental disabilities; and while none of Destron's plots make a lick of scientific sense... well, the theory is sound. 

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider V3 (1973) 19-24
* Blowfish Apache, Guillotine-Saurus, Syringe Spider, Speargun Sealion, Propeller Kabuto, Cockroach Spike
* Chatting about The Magnus Archives
* Destron's philosophies
* Battering ram tactics
* Electromagnetic barrier physics w/Dr. Sven
* Beach skeletons
* Red Bone Power(tm)
* Cruise ships and MIB
* The return(?) of the Double Riders
* Mind control plots. Oh how we missed you.
* The "SS Device"
* Subterfuge shenanigans
* Artificial gravity chambers
* Maximum irresponsibility
* Folk songs are distressing and creepy worldwide
* Blood-powered cyborgs & origins of vampirism
* Orphan percentiles
* Listener questions: Hypothetical dub VAs

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Hiroshi Miyauchi – “Fight! Kamen Rider V3”
* Ichiro Mizuki feat. the Columbia Yurikago Children’s Choir – “Song of the Kamen Rider Scouts”

NEXT WEEK: A guest returns, as things take a turn for the surreal in Mechanical Violator Hakaider!

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Episode 43 - Unravelling At The Seams

October 22, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van delve into the 2014 film, Kikaider: REBOOT. Salt stocks have never been higher as their cups boil over. Our podcasters are fooled by goatees, Sven's childhood comes back in the strangest way; Ishinomori villain motives are brought up and then summarily ignored; an infamous Kickstarter kerfuffle gets dredged up; our hosts' friendship is based on being smad on behalf of robots, and it's not just the movie which ends up unravelling at its seams.

TOPICS:
* Kikaider: REBOOT (2014)
* Cast & crew
* Bijinder/Mari
* The conscience circuit & facial recognition
* Komyoji & Gill / Light & Wily
* Mitsuko's interpretation
* The vertical slice movie scene
* Kikaider's 2014 redesign
* Budget-busting Metal Gear
* Gill's convictions
* Mega Man X
* Nanocrystal displays
* Jiro's character: then and now
* Old man tastes
* Daisuke Ban's cameo role
* Kickstarter nonstarters
* Gill's transformation and motives
* On love and compassion
* Kikaider's will to fight/the conscience circuit scene
* Final thoughts and feelings

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* The Collectors - "Go Go Kikaider"

NEXT WEEK: V3 finally hears from his rider senpais.

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Episode 42 - The Following Events Are Canon

October 14, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Doktor John Darksou-- uh, Doktor G graces fellow non-doctors, Sven Michel and Van Ong, with his presence in Kamen Rider V3. In addition to that, we debate the possible intervention of moral guardians; the convoluted timeline that is Toei's shared properties; maybe our real weaknesses were the friends we made along the way; Sven gets mad about Battlemech loadouts; overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer, and remember: the following podcast you are about to listen to is canon.

The puzzle channel Van mentions is FLEB on youtube. Check out the Xbox Puzzle video when you have a minute, it's pretty cool stuff.

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider V3 (1973) 13-18
* Magnet Boar, Toad Boiler, Burner Bat, Missile Gecko, Spray Rat, Chain-sickle Ladybug
* Doktor G
* Folklore cryptid episode; "Just As Keikaku"
* Reverse Double Typhoon
* V3's four weaknesses
* The Toei Cinematic Universe
* Kamikaze tactics
* Destron fugitive Hideo Kojima
* What the Double Riders have been up to
* Gun's
* Disguise tech
* Tachibana's Character
* XCOM
* Spooky weddings: pt. 2
* Osmosis Jones
* Ruses!
* Gross escapes
* Sudden but inevitable betrayals
* Listener question: Rider teleporting
* Kishiryu Sentai Ryusouger

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Hiroshi Miyauchi – “Fight! Kamen Rider V3”
* Ichiro Mizuki feat. the Columbia Yurikago Children’s Choir – “Song of the Kamen Rider Scouts”

NEXT WEEK: Frustration boils over in Kikaider REBOOT.

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