Episode 29 - Counting Stars

July 14, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van finish Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier, as they break down the highs and the lows of Ishinomori's most formative work. In addition, we discuss Van Vogt's terrible fashion choices; love confessions have never come at a worse time; we contend with nuclear-armed demon-god eagle-robots; we talk idealism vs cynicism in relation to Cyborg's ending; Van loses their goddamn mind; and at the end of all things, trying to count on shooting stars is as fleeting as hoping God's War makes any sense.

TOPICS:
* Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) S2E20-E23
* Nobody likes jealousy plots why do people keep doing them
* Dub differences (the final act)
* Cyborg Soldier's production and release woes
* Cyborg 009's villains and their strengths
* Joe's kindness holding him back
* Public execution love confessions
* The Demon God/Generalissimo
* The death of Van Vogt
* Joe's final mission
* The true face of evil
* Joe vs Skull, round 2
* Lighting the powder keg
* The nature of humanity & the summation of the Ishinomori hero
* The would-be ending of Cyborg 009
* "Angel", "Battle With The Gods", and "Conclusion: God's War"
* Left Behind
* Afterwords and postmortems
* Narrative cynicism & reinforcing the antagonist's worldview

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

NEXT WEEK: The end of Ambassador Hell.

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Episode 28 - Two Brains, But No Smarter

July 7, 2018

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THIS WEEK: With the Historians back in fighting shape, they cover the third and final movie for this series, as they witness Ambassador Hell's growing competence. In addition, Sven's frustration with Kamen Rider's teleporting antics reaches new heights; we discuss the merits of free mind control; Van does not condone the cool cool crime of bootleg merchandise; we see the return of 600 IQ Hongo Takeshi; Shocker's sales pitches are garbage; and much like Metang and our hosts, the Riders have two brains, but are no smarter for it.

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider (1971) 69-73, Kamen Rider vs Ambassador Hell
* Gillercricket, Elekibotaru (Boruto), Horseflygomes, Mosquiras, Shiomaneking (KRAB BOSS)
* Official(tm) categorizations of Shocker monsters
* Yet more disguise schemes
* Two entire helicopters
* "Why did I lose?" "Because you are an idiot"
* Farewell Goro, hello Naoki and Mitsuru
* The last rotation of the racing club girls
* Out of suit action scenes
* [horrified screaming over cable car fight scenes]
* Hayato returns! Briefly.
* Hongo didn't need all that blood anyway
* Hongo and Hayato's combined stupidity
Bioshock...?
* Taki Kazuya's redemption arc
* The Podcast's No. 1 Enemy

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 (sort of)
* Masato Shimon - "Let's Go!! Rider Kick", "Tatakae! Cyclone" and "Kamen Rider No Uta"

NEXT WEEK: The end of Cyborg 009.

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Episode 27 - His Smile And Optimism, Gone

June 30, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van pull themselves up from their post-E3 fugue, just in time to guide you through the beginning of Cyborg 009's end. After an in-universe year(!) of relative peace, our protagonists finally catch up with Black Ghost. With the series wrapping up, it's also time to take a look at how the character arcs for some of our heroes are wrapping up. Additionally, we are reintroduced to an old friend; Joe is reunited with his old friends; we discuss the dehumanization of people of colour; the fatigue of battle is touched on; Vena looks awfully familiar to certain dead fiancees; Sven displays his Star Trek knowledge; and Joe Shimamura's smile and optimism: gone.

TOPICS:
* Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) S2E17-S2E19
* Supersonic hyper-evolved dinosaurs from the core of the planet!!
* Mitsutomo, Black Ghost's shell company
* Klaus Van Vogt
* Golden age of science fiction & kabuki theatre
* Francoise and Joe, re-revisited, for the last time, probably
* Mary, Masaru, Shinichi
* Suplexing alligators!
* Jet's dependability 
* Joe's dwindling hope and ongoing breakdown
* Albert's old habits and pragmatism
* Francoise's acclimatization to combat
* Pyunma's (literal) dehumanization
* Gilmore's traumatic regression
* The underground kingdom of Yomi
* The Pu'awaks and the Zattans
* Battle fatigue
* Vena and Albert
* An ode to the Dolphin: settings as characters

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

NEXT WEEK: The second movie, Kamen Rider vs Ambassador Hell! Also the return of soap bubbles.

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Episode 26 - Power Of Devils

June 23, 2018

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THIS WEEK: We say farewell to our favorite grandpa squid-devil-monster-wizard-dracula. At the same time, we might get a real glimpse of Great Leader? Or we might not. In addition: Takeshi Hongo is a strong male protagonist; we meet the tiniest, most adorable cosplayer ever; we compare the leadership styles of each Shocker lieutenant; Sven desperately tries to explain radio tower interference; we invoke a tokusatsu fan remedy for dispelling bad luck; Shocker's monsters get a training montage of their own; and Fujioka is suspiciously absent from his own show once again.

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider (1971) 63-68
* Rhinogang, Cicadaminga, Kabutorong, Kamikiri Kid and his revived monsters, Girizames, Ikadevil
* Vintage hypnotism plots
* Workplace differences between Shinigami & Ambassador Hell
* Taki copying Hongo's fashion sense
* [cicada screaming]
* Return of the Shocker Youth
* Spooky Satanic Revival Rituals
* Hongo is missing again
* A brief sidebar re: Android Kikaider
* Francis "Taki" Morgan
* That time Shocker actually rused Kamen Rider
* Meteors!
* New sponsorshi- ahem, bikes
* Ikadevil, Rider 1971's iconic monster design
* Wily ol' Tachibana
* Shinigami's sendoff
* Shocker's effectiveness

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: Klaus Van Vogt and the Underground Kingdom of Yomi.

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Episode 25 - You See, Ivan

June 16, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Van and Sven rant about time travel and bad parenting. Guess which topic is going to make them angrier! In this stretch, we're introduced to a new antagonistic quartet; we discuss the origins of the word "cyborg"; we get corrections coming from inside the podcast; Ivan Whisky is stone fucking cold; and the hosts betray each other just as much as the 00-cyborgs dump on Jet.

Minor correction: "2222" and "2020" are mentioned as the year Rina comes from, the correct one is 2222. Nuclear devastation is not actually coming in two years. Hopefully.

Content warning: There's some rather frank (and heated) discussion about parental abuse and the tactics abusers use at the end of our coverage, the bulk of it from 1:44:24 to 1:50:10 .

TOPICS:
* Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) S2E13-S2E16
* Kline & Clynes' Astronautics article 
* The Mutant Warriors (Rina, Phil, Cain, Mii/Mai)
* Cain and Mai's manga counterparts
* "FOX...DIE!" (pt. 2)
* Dr. Gamo Whisky (Asimov?)
* Ending themes
* The Men Who Stare At Goats
* Time labyrinths
* Clap your hands if you believe in the sync warp
* The terrible no-good very bad future
* Jet & Francoise's friendship
* Joe's breakdown
* Van desperately tries to find a silver lining
* Dr. Gamo vs Dr. Gilmore
* Having faith & losing faith
* Walkbacks and backdowns

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* "Kagerou Days" - Jin ft. Shouichi Taguchi - Mekakucity Actors
* "The War Still Rages Within" - Jamie Christopherson - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
* Chiaki Ishikawa – “Taga Tame Ni”

NEXT WEEK: Squid.

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Episode 24 - An Escalation of Incompetence

June 9, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Ambassador Hell is so very desperate to jump the gun and announce that his underlings have killed Kamen Rider. He's wrong every time. Also, Sven wants you to know headscissor takedowns are NOT hurricanranas. We contemplate the similarities between Showa Riders and Geralt of Rivia and discuss the evolution of the show; Rider nearly falls prey to his greatest weakness once again; Dr. A. Cula comes back to sabotage his replacement; Hayato might be slacking on the job offscreen; Sven hates X-Ray plots; and don't forget to sign the Shocker yearbook!!

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider (1971) 57-62
* Poisonmondo, Poison Lizard, Earthworm Jim, Owlmn, Catfishgiller, Hedgehoras
* Making the most of prop skelemans
* Hongo's goodboy act vs Hayato's lateral problem solving
* Video game HUD vision
* Lazarus pit technology
* Wrestling trivia
* Shocker friendship amulets & bomb switcharoo
* Explosive X-rays; or, Hongo is not a medical doctor
* The Great Time Bomb(tm)
* Shinigami's return from the astral plane
* Loading up elementary schoolers with 50,000 volts
* Catfishgiller is but a pawn in petty office politics
* The Boy's Kamen Rider Squad
* Drone/bomb/poison needles
* Kamen Rider can teleport, much to Sven's displeasure
* No, really, why do we like toku?

Shoutout to Kaijucast; for Godzilla coverage, check 'em out.

If you want to follow our descent through E3, our twitters are @lexihollow, @svensationalism and @satangivensong.

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: We found the main plot again! Just in time for more time travel.

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Episode 23 - Pre-Pubescent Time Crimer

June 2, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van reach the midpoint of Season 2 of Cyborg Soldier, encountering ethical dilemmas and time-cops along the way. In addition, we discuss how we would restructure the second season; Joe Shimamura continues to gently disengage from reality; Dr. Gilmore doesn't know thermodynamics as well as he knows robotics; things get lost in translation; Black Ghost finally returns (again) (for the umpteenth time); the crew rants about Black Ghost not understanding teamwork, and Sven's G.B. impression could really use some work.

TOPICS:
* Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) S2E9-S2E12
* Midseason review
* Our second glimpse into 007/G.B.'s past
* Sand sirens & colonialism
* Japanese-translated Shakespeare strikes again
* Ancient Incan space-time technology
* snek
* Sven gets mad about glaciers
* The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
* Tanabata!
* Joe's wish
* The historians talk time travel
* The old (young) Isaac Gilmore
* Black Ghost's cyborg soldier program
* Co-host betrayal (pt.2)
* Gamo Whisky's mutant warrior project
* 002 & 004's original dynamic (manga vs. anime)
* The advent of Gilmore's conscience

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

NEXT WEEK: Ambassador Hell: a reign defined by incompetence.

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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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