Episode 22 - Federal Bureau of Infidelity

May 26, 2018

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THIS WEEK: The historians finally get what they've wanted for fifty-some episodes: More of Hongo Takeshi being a shitter. Oh, and the show's classic iconography has finally come together, that too. In addition, we review the first (technically second) film in the franchise; we're treated to a myriad of callbacks; Hayato and Hongo finally synchronize their respective ideas of what a "clever scheme" means; casual reminder that 1971's villainous organization is literally nazis; we very much regret both our words and deeds; wild speculation on the nature of the rotating circle of female characters; and Taki, for the last time, YOU'RE MARRIED.

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider (1971) 52-56 & Kamen Rider vs. Shocker
* Zanjio, Birdmn, Jaguarmn, Sea Serpentmn, Cockroachmn, Gireera
* The various types of deadly Shocker foam
* The various types of wildly-abusable scientific inventions
* Dr. Lucha Combatman
* Old favorites! More costume minutiae! SPECIAL EFFECTS!
* Hell Valley (a real scenic location in Japan)
* ALL. THE. WARRIORS.
* Return of bike porn
* Crow Facts(TM)
* "Shocker HATES him!"
* Hinamizawa Syndrome
* Hongo's iconic transformation pose and "New 1" design
* AMBASSADOR HELL
* Sleep-inducing rural-village spooky-monster episode (redux)
* "FOX... DIE!"
* Taki is a toddler
* Reset the clock!
* The definition of insanity

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” - Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Masato Shimon - “Let’s Go! Rider Kick!”, "Rider Action", and “Kamen Rider no Uta”
* Shunsuke Kikuchi - "The Warrior Leaves" - Kamen Rider BGM Collection

NEXT WEEK: Some long-awaited backstory for Professor Gilmore.

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Episode 21 - With Apologies To Alex Trebek

May 19, 2018

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THIS WEEK: After a rocky start to season 2, Cyborg Soldier finally finds its feet. In addition, the historians tackle the differences between their least-favorite writers, 009 is so very done with his cyborg uncles; 004 is the least okay he's ever been in his life; Van should not be trusted with shapeshifting powers; Joe Shimamura has an extended visit to the Speed Force and does not like it; Sven will not tolerate slander about 1999's The Mummy; 003 gets her short time in the action spotlight; and if you're being written by Toshiki Inoue, blink twice!

The animorphs podcast Van mentions in this episode is Morph Club, hosted by Megan Brennan and Carey Pietsch (@morphclubcast on Twitter). Check it out!

TOPICS:
* Toshiki Inoue and Shoji Yonemura
* Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) S2E5-S2E8
* Listener corrections
* Monster Island's doctors & flora and fauna
* Still trying to make sense of Pyunma's powerset
* 002's pragmatism vs. his behavior in "Little Visitors"
* Damn, 004, you live like this?
* Royalty-free thunderclaps & animation quality
* Gilmore & Heinrich in the bad old days
* TOKI WO TOMARE
* Van has been jittering in anticipation for "Frozen Time" for months
* [deranged cackling meltdown]
* LISTENER PARTICIPATION YAAAAY
* BETRAYAL, LIVE ON PODCAST
* Shocker plots...?
* 003 gets to do the hero thing
* Missed opportunities (relationship dynamics edition)

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” - Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Merv Griffin - "Think!" - Jeopardy
* Chiaki Ishikawa - “Taga Tame Ni”

NEXT WEEK: The boys are back in town.

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Episode 20 - Twice-Removed Kabbalah

May 12, 2018

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THIS WEEK: The Historians put the focus on "strangeness" of their mission statement with this stretch of Rider '71. In addition, we are treated to a myriad of extremely stupid callbacks; someone's been playing too much Monster Hunter; Taki is a jealous boyfriend; Shocker's running out of warm bodies for their evil science; unicorns aren't real; Sven wants to push The Rider's New Groove; and Dr. Shinigami has a PhD in ABJECT WIZARDRY.

TOPICS:
* Unicorns!!!
* Kamen Rider (1971) 46-51
* Bearconger, Sealgiller, Leechguerilla, Sea Anemone, Turtlestone, Unicornos
* Sven has complaints about Shocker plot naming schemes
* BearConger is stymied by a six year old
* Villain PTA meetings
* Return of the revenge of the reckoning of dog hearing
* Recycled toku locations: then & now
* Hayato's (poor) survival skills
* Sven doesn't like leeches
* The Vore Episode(tm)
* Gay Cowboy Hongo Takeshi
* Wizards.
* "Citation needed." "We are the citation! That's the problem!"
* Russian taunts
* Special effects!!!
* Tachibana's character & encouraging Hayato's recklessness
* Fossilized unicorn blood transplants
* Petrified Medjeds
* How hard Hayato's getting his ass kicked
* The escalation of Shocker's machinations
* Driving safety with Van

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Masato Shimon – “Let’s Go! Rider Kick!” and “Kamen Rider no Uta”

NEXT WEEK: WHY THE SPEED FORCE IS BAD.

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Episode 19 - The Truth Is Uh, Somewhere

May 5, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Mulder and Scully try to look on the bright side of the start of season two of Cyborg Soldier. They fail miserably. In addition: The universe is so determined to make Jet Link wrong about everything it warps reality and distorts his own teammates' personalities; aliens are responsible for the Nazca lines; G-Junior fights the planet about as hard as the gang want to fight the writers; a sworn enemy of the podcast makes a surprise return; Van and Sven don't know how to categorize big cats; they try to pronounce things right for once; and Sven finally nails the bit.

TOPICS:
* Aren't we glad to be back covering Cyborg 009? W-well...
* Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) S1E26, S2E1-S2E4
* "Gilmore's Notes," recap, and dramatis personae
* What the continued existence of the 00 cyborgs means to Black Ghost
* aliens.jpg
* Voice actor trivia edition: 005 (again)
* Pacifism, kids in wartime, and Jet's contradictory sad-backstory justification
* Nobody remembers the dinosaur episode
* Cultural destruction & destruction of identity
* 005's backstory
* HAKASE-SENSEI... (tl note: hakase-sensei means "dr. professor")
* "ME AM PLAY GOD"
* 004 doesn't like the idea of machine-based surveillance states very much
* "He's not a Black Ghost scientist, you guys are just mean"
* Stalker AIs
* Transhuman dysphoria
* Miscommunications!
* THAT'S NOT FRANÇOISE, THAT'S A BOMB!
* The #2 Enemy Of The Podcast

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
* Chiaki Ishikawa - “Taga Tame Ni”

NEXT WEEK: unicorm

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Episode 18 - Dr. Dracula

April 28, 2018

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THIS WEEK: We finally return to Kamen Rider to meet the new Shocker lieutenant: Dr. Dr - I mean, Dr. Shinigami. In addition, Toei learned maybe the wrong lesson about cycling out side-characters; Taki doesn't know how to dress himself if it isn't a disguise; Rider should know better than to raw super; Snowman has worse facial blindness than Van does; Dr. Shinigami is a Dwarf Fortress overseer; we get distracted by talking about all the toku locations we recognize; and always remember to drink your Hayato Hating Juice. 

TOPICS:
* New characters in the show
* Kamen Rider (1971) 40-45
* Snowmn, Ghoster, Flymn, Pranodon, Moldbinga, SLUGZILLA
* Creative(?) new magma schemes
* Return of our prodigal son
* Myriad minute costume revisions
* Revisiting Hongo and Hayato's personalities
* Rider Double-Kick
* Sven's cracked the code!
* "You better not be tricking me >:|" "lol i tricked u, idiot"
* [blblblblb noises]
* "It's Emi...?" "She's got a gun!"
* Gun sound effects
* Recycled recycling
* Future Sven's powers of reverb
* Killer bunnies!
* Shocker's upper-management is demoralizing and mean
* Throwback to Zol's plan in ep. 33
* POP QUIZ
* "How do you define a Kamen Rider?"

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” - Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Masato Shimon - “Let’s Go! Rider Kick!” and “Kamen Rider no Uta”
* "Green Hill Zone" - Sonic The Hedgehog - Masato Nakamura

NEXT WEEK: Jet gets punched by the Statue of Liberty and rightfully deserves it.

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Episode 17 - Advanced Custom High-Teen Podcast

April 21, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Despite the end of the world and despite Sven's repeated attempts to drown himself, we take a detour from our detour to get back on topic. In addition, all rocket turtles are automatically Gamera; Sven is very particular about his CGI machine designs; Van shuffles through piles of mythology notes and understands nothing; Dr. Teufel is big bad sad scientist dad gone mad; and, oh hey, is that the script!? (Translator's note: Teufel means devil.)

TOPICS:
* Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman (2015)
* Dramatis Personae: A Reprise
* "The power to become a god or a devil"
* The different ethos of Cyborg 009 and Devilman
* Cyborg Minutiae, Or: Hey, Gilmore, What The Fuck?
* Cameos, cameos, cameos
* Devilman #confirmed
* Misunderstanding-based crossover fights
* The Advanced Custom High-Teen Numbers(TM)
* Indigenous American mythology
* Shotaro Ishinomori vs Go Nagai scientist designs
* [gurgling drowning noises]
* Atun's etymology...?
* Pointlessly obstinate crossover fights
* Technobabble
* Actual last-minute teamup crossover fights
* Transistor's {Turn;} function
* Naked astral projection
* Destron plots

MUSIC:
* "Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen" - Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* "Cyborg 009 ~Nine Cyborg Soldiers~" - JAM Project
* "Devilman No Uta (21st Century Version)" - Ichiro Mizuki

NEXT WEEK: Doctor Dracula.

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Episode 16 - We Know The Devilman (feat. Tara Wrist)

April 13, 2018

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CONTENT WARNING: Devilman (and Crybaby especially) has some topics that are sensitive to talk about on the podcast. Notable discussions include violence, gore and dismemberment, sex and sexuality, abusive relationships, a sexual assault/rape scene, suicide, cannibalism, incest, and general navigation of queer (& queercoded) characters and LGBT experiences. Oh, and blasphemy. Lots of blasphemy.

SPOILER WARNING: This podcast episode covers much of the nitty-gritty of Devilman Crybaby, including SPOILERS for the whole run! If you are interested in watching Devilman Crybaby, be forewarned: We can't discuss it here without discussing the big moments.

THIS WEEK: The Historians are two-thirds back from their sudden disappearance, and have brought a friend on Easter to talk with them about Satan apologism. In addition, Go Nagai is the original horny on main; we try and fail to avoid mentioning Homestuck; Van was lied to on Twitter; Ryo Asuka believes in biotruths; we're all definitely going to hell; and Devilman died for your sins.

TOPICS:
* Sven's mispronounciations are at an all-time high
* The many freaky faces of "Crazy Uncle" Go Nagai
* A not-so-brief history of Devilman and its adaptations
* Devilman Crybaby Roundtable
* Devilman has influenced a LOT of stuff
* Dramatis Personae
* Two nonreligious agnostics and a lapsed catholic-turned-atheist
* Devilman's deconstruction of the heroic power fantasy
* Akira and Ryo's relationship and the Nasty Power Dynamics thereof
* The Sirene Fight and The Many Different Kinds Of Love
* Things Bad Happen
* On Devilman Crybaby Making You Care
* Burying Your Gays and The Big Queer Elephant In the Room
* Ryo Got Literally Everything Wrong
* God Isn't A Bastard, He's Just An Eldritch Entity
* The Final Battle, and the Relay Race Metaphor
* Animation Trivia, and what Science Saru brings to Devilman's Themes
* Why did we cover Devilman on the podcast, anyway?
* Van's Foray Into Devilman's Spinoffs And Pseudo-Sequels

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Our friend Tara Wrist, who took time out of her day to debate with us about Devilman! Follow Tara on twitter here!

MUSIC:
* "Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen" - Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* "D.V.M.N. ~Theme From DEVILMAN crybaby~" - Kensuke Ushio - DEVILMAN crybaby Original Soundtrack
* "Devilman No Uta" - Kensuke Ushio - DEVILMAN crybaby Original Soundtrack

NEXT WEEK: We get vaguely back on track with an extremely non-canon crossover.

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Episode 15 - Sustainably Sourced Kaiju

February 23, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Alexa returns to find the entire studio in disarray and gets the crew back on track covering the rise and fall of Colonel Zol. In addition, every scientist in this series is a Spark; Sven doesn't know how veganism works; the best bit is an abandoned bit; productivity was down something-eight percent; Van is bewildered by the unpersoning of the club girls and the plausibility of Rayking's electrical attack; John Toei spent too much money on flamethrowers; and some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb.

TOPICS:
* Sven and Van are both fired
* Kamen Rider (1971) 32-39
* ToxicDahlia, Armadillong, Toadgiller, Ar(i)chimedes, Egyptus, Wolfsbane, Rayking, Wolf Man, Colonel Zol
* The Pandora's Box of Podcast Lore
* More Kidnapping
* More Reused Plots
* More Nukequakes
* Girl Genius
* Toei budget allocation
* EGG HEIST
* None of us are qualified babysitters
* Nepotism!
* 4000 year old zombies don't know Japanese
* The FBI trained Taki wrong, as a joke
* What the fuck is Tachibana's problem
* Operation: Global Darkness
* Christmas Episode feat. THE WOLFMAN
* Presenting: One of the 5 Actual Helicopter Scenes in the franchise
* The End of Colonel Zol, THE GOLDWOLFMAN
* Most entry-level vs least entry-level Riders

MUSIC:
* "Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen" - Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Masato Shimon - "Let's Go! Rider Kick!" and "Kamen Rider no Uta"

NEXT WEEK: Who is that? Who is he? He is called... the devil!

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Episode 14 - The Adventures of Extreme Depression Man

February 18, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van must recap the Mythos arc having lost the chief thing keeping this podcast anywhere near focused - Alexa. In addition, Greek Gods were apparently really fond of Tetsujin 28; Sven's Japanese is very, very rusty; Dr. Gaia is a crazy person even by the standards of Black Ghost, goth eyeliner is indistinguishable from Evil Brainwashing eyeliner; Joe finally gets a chance to show his actual character; Van blames the baby; and our favorite hero is Extreme Depression Man.

TOPICS:

* Alexa is definitely probably not kidnapped by Shocker. We hope.
* Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) 22-25
* A brief summary of the Mythos Arc
* Translations and some parallels between Greek mythology and Japanese beliefs
* Time to kill God: belief Systems and Greek gods are petulant children
* Spoilers: This is a Black Ghost plot
* Dr. Uranus, Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Adaptation
* Classical Heroes vs Ishinomori's Heroes
* Anime-specific differences
* Accelerators are perhaps a bit dangerous
* We're pretty sure Dr. Gaia doesn't know how humans work, let alone cyborgs
* The Big Mythos Fight: my cyborgs can beat up your cyborgs
* Once again, Sven still can't pronounce things
* Great googly moogly, it's all gone to shit
* Did we mention this aired on 6:30 on a Sunday night, you know, for kids
* Ishinomori's circumstances, and why he wrote the way he does
* How the backgrounds of all the 00 Cyborgs piece together
* Why is Shocker called Shocker?

MUSIC:
* Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Chiaki Ishikawa – “Taga Tame Ni”

NEXT WEEK: Colonel Zol fucking dies.

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Episode 13 - Hayato Bustin’ Through

February 11, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Alexa, Sven, and MushroomMan continue their coverage of... wait, that doesn't sound right at all...? We get fake names and real doctors; Bond villains and wooden puppets; Stranger Danger in the 1970s; Rider 2's helmet crumbles into dust; Alexa isn't drunk enough for this; Van has approximate knowledge of entomology; aliens.png; and the singular most effective Shocker scheme in Japan was a complete accident.

TOPICS:
* SICK POWER-UPS
* Kamen Rider (1971) 24-31
* MushrooMorgue, Antlion, Centipedras, Molemn, Jellyfishdoll, ZanBronze, Arigabari
* The Introduction of Colonel Zol
* Mind control/sleep/poison spores
* Hayato's character contrast with Hongo
* Unsafe medical practices(tm)
* Chauvinism to fill time
* THUNDERSAND
* Zol, Taki's rival in disguise schemes
* "Junior Shocker"
* [increasingly confused noises about the oil refinery plan]
* Smarmy villain speeches
* Human Joybuzzers
* Shocker Airbnb
* [great leader voice] I panicked
* Junji Ito Plots
* Browbeat the man with a concussion to keep fighting, it worked for Ippo
* Rider Manji Kick

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 - "Let's Go! Rider Kick!" and "Kamen Rider no Uta"

NEXT WEEK: Sweet, sweet deicide.

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