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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Episode 41 - Brain Functions Unclear

October 6, 2018

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THIS WEEK: With Alexa down due to a case of chronic demon possession, it falls to Sven and Van to cover the end of Android Kikaider (1972). As promised, the show ends with a bang... but is it enough? Frustrations begin to mount; Sven's an absolute donut; minds are boggled and senses befuddled; the finale gets explosive; forty-some episodes later and that goddamned flute gets what's coming to it; anime is still a mistake; and the hardest part truly was getting the brain out!

TOPICS:
* Android Kikaider (1972) 39-43
* Angler Brown, Grasshopper Gray, Red Mine Toad, Hakaider, Skeleton Flying Squirrel
* On the finale sticking the landing
* DARK aping Shocker
* Miscommunication & distrust continue. Yay.
* The Death Whistle
* Android Kikaider's pacing
* Archie Comics' Mega Man
* The worst scene
* Suit & monster designs in this show
* Escalation between Hakaider & Kikaider
* Cowardice as a narrative tool
* Certain overkill
* Saburo's rebellion and breakdown
* Out-of-suit fights!!!
* Hanpei's heroic shenanigans
* The restoration of Dr. Komyoji
* The finale
* Wrap-up and final thoughts
* What are we doing next?

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Merv Griffin – “Think!” – Jeopardy
* "Rank E" - Sonic Unleashed
* "Won the Lawsuit! ~ The First Victory (English Court Suite)" - Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
* Yuuki Hide - “Go Go Kikaider”

NEXT WEEK: Doktor.

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Episode 40 - We’re Not Getting A Cut From This

September 30, 2018

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THIS WEEK: The crew continue on Kamen Rider V3's nonsense road, as they enjoy the twists the show puts on the formula... while lampooning the skeezy romantic tropes on display. In addition, Little Mac dies valiantly; Alexa talks kids' fashion; Red Lamp Power is the Kaio-Ken; we have perhaps confused certain algorithms due to one too many wrestling jokes; we are deeply concerned about the ongoing actions of the Rider Scouts, and you should BUY SUZUKI BIKES.

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider V3 (1973) 7-12
* Knife Armadillo, Chainsaw Lizard, Lens Ant, Razor Starfish, Pickaxe Shark, Drill Mole
* Shiro Kazami & Ryu Terui
* Necromantic surgery
* Hajime No Ippo cameo
* Tachibana's special combat training
* The Rider Squad is somewhat irresponsible as a concept
* Motocross champeenship, brought to you by Suzuki
* Monster theming (Lens Ant)
* Marvel's Thunderiders
* Bike physics & power creep
* Manos: The Hands Of Fate
* On the biweekly format
* Shitass chinpira dude
* V3 and "selfless revenge"
* Mobile Suit Gundam
* Cursed rings and skull-themed wedding
* Lois Lane gaslighting
* Listener question: Suit aesthetics!

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: Kikaider's finale.

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Episode 39 - Too Much High Power, Man

September 22, 2018

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THIS WEEK: After some judicious fast-forwarding, we're leading up to the finale of Android Kikaider. This week, the gang tackles the introduction to Jiro's iconic rival, Hakaider! In addition, we discuss what we like (and dislike) about Kikaider so far; DARK needs money; we deal with miscommunications abound; we discuss insanity pleas, property law, and Star Trek: The Next Generation; Alexa completely annihilates our outro; and Kikaider just has TOO MUCH HIGH POWER, MAN.

TOPICS:
* Android Kikaider (1972) 35-38
* Black Crow, Stag Beetle Blue, Starfish Purple, Hakaider
* Why we're jumping ahead; series thoughts thus far
* The skipped episodes
* The Birds & Birdemic
* Ninja clown magic
* Power-line power-ups
* Shin vs Neo Getter Robo
* The Demon Circuit
* SOS brain signals
* Jiro's short-out & ensuing reputation decay
* Mari vs. Hanpei as secondary characters
* Miscommunication station
* Casual child kidnappings
* "The measure of a man"
* Rumors: Kikaider, Star Wars, Robocop, & Space Sheriff Gavan
* Hakaider vs. Kikaider
* Saburo, Ichiro, and Protoman
* The truth(?) behind Hakaider

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Yuuki Hide - “Go Go Kikaider”
* The Swingers - "Dark Rock"
* Ichiro Mizuki - "Hakaider's Song"

NEXT WEEK: Satanic ritual weddings and wrecking-ball training sequences.

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Episode 38 - The House That V3 Built

September 15, 2018

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THIS WEEK: "Henshin... V3!" With the original series behind them, the crew looks forward to tackling the house built upon Showa Rider's foundations in Kamen Rider V3! In addition, Great Leader's death stuck for all of five minutes; Sven is stupefied by Hongo's fashion choices; we gush over every single monster suit for once; the real Tachibana would never pass up an opportunity to die; we have to explain an old joke; safety has never been LESS guaranteed, and since the day Machinegun-Snake manifested in our houses, we have not known peace.

If you're interested in Kamen Rider V3, you can purchase the full DVD boxset from Generation Kikaida!

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider V3 (1973) 1-6
* Scissors-Jaguar, Turtle-Bazooka, TV-Fly, Squid-Fire, Machinegun-Snake, Hammer-Jellyfish
* Series introductions, broadcasting minutiae, & dramatis personae
* The origins of Kamen Rider 3
* Sewer crabs!
* Rambo (2008)
* Return of Shocker combatmn
* The responsibility and burden of being a Rider
* Hongo "Galaxy Brain" Takeshi
* It's not about revenge
* Transformation sequence
* V3's 26 secrets
* ...continuity?
* Old Fourze jokes
* Tachibana's sporting goods store
* On the Cast being competent
* The flamethrower scene
* Amnesia hypno-plots
* Visual storytelling???
* V3's weakness: GUN
* Telltale's The Walking Dead
* On the nobility of the common man

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Hiroshi Miyauchi - "Fight! Kamen Rider V3"
* Lebo M - "He Lives In You" - Rhythm of the Pride Lands
* Ichiro Mizuki feat. the Columbia Yurikago Children's Choir - "Song of the Kamen Rider Scouts"

NEXT WEEK: Kikaider has a plot. Maybe. We think.

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Episode 37 - I Would Rather Have Nothing

September 8, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Alexa straight-up abandons Sven and Van to their fate: Continuing their coverage of Kikaider as they face to reality and realize the show has nosedived. In addition, Van's brain is melting; Komyoji's cryptidness has only gotten worse; Hanpei is trying, possibly; there's pockets fulla monkey's paws; the last episode in this stretch is really really gross; frustrations with romantic dynamics reach a fever pitch, and Sven would rather have nothing.

TOPICS:
* Android Kikaider (1972) 19-24
* King Crab Maroon, Blue Water Scorpion, Purple Rat, White Sawshark, Yellow Antlion Siblings, Pink Armadillo
* The state of Android Kikaider
* Mega Man 11 (!!!)
* Why DARK's androids look like that (maybe)
* Sci-fi emerald detectors
* Souped-up death-rays for style points
* Private investigator (self-proclaimed): Hanpei's character drift
* "Skull weed"
* Incompetence (ft. Blue Water Scorpion)
* Dr. Sven on broken bones and civic engineering
* Suit design rants: tails???
* Nonsense villain plots
* :thinkaider:
* Sven rants about music
* Wedding sabotage
* The problem with Mitsuko and Jiro's relationship
* Non-alphabetical alphabet attack
* Silver Age fake-outs
* The Unnecessarily Sexist Episode

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Yuuki Hide – “Go Go Kikaider” and “Fight! Android Kikaider”

NEXT WEEK: All of Hongo's skill, all of Hayato's strength, neither of their smarts! The man, the myth, the legend: Kamen Rider V3!

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