Episode 21 – A Podcast Abortion

Episode 21 is finally ready (or not) to go! In this episode, we find out how much Drew loves the 1980s as we review Megazone 23 PART 1 and Project A-ko. I don’t think his co-hosts will ever forgive him.

Drew picked a fine time to get concerned over quality. At least, what he has control over and that’s what has taken so long for this to get posted. Episodes 22, 23 and 24 are already recorded and won’t be experiencing the same delay, so please stay tuned as they will be coming out shortly and we’ll be caught up to speed yet again.

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Hosts: Drew Sutton, Marc Smazik, Jason Brown and Richard Hoelsher.

Podcast Notes:

As usual, we open with our normal Jibber Jabber which has nothing to do with Japanese cartoons. You might also notice a change from our previous episodes as this is the first released, normal episode featuring our “new” mixer equipment. Shortly after the Voltron/Cobra review in episode 19, we broke down and bought a mixer board and several microphones, taking the advice of … well, everyone else who runs a podcast of some sort. We recorded episode 20 featuring the mixer, but we all know what happened to that. So, we’re still growing into the usage of the mixer when this was recorded (early March) and may sound a little worse than our previously released Omake episode 1.

Megazone 23 PART 1 is a fantastic adventure to Japan in the 1980s. It’s such a fantastic adventure that the world of Megazone is perpetually stuck in the decade (lucky!). So, here’s the point where you ask, just what was Japan like in the 1980s?

1980s Japan. A lot like this.
1980s Japan. A lot like this.
And worse. This.
And worse. This.
The real reason to watch Megazone 23 - Aramaki Shinji's motorcycle that transforms into a robot.
The real reason to watch Megazone 23 - Aramaki Shinji's motorcycle that transforms into a robot.
Before Simone, there was Sharon Apple. Before Sharon Apple, there was Tokimatsuri Eve.
Before Simone, there was Sharon Apple. Before Sharon Apple, there was Tokimatsuri Eve.
If I said that Megazone 23 featured character designs by Mikimoto Haruhiko, you'd call me a damn liar.
If I said that Megazone 23 featured character designs by Mikimoto Haruhiko, you'd call me a damn liar.
These robots here? Used to be motorcycles that flew. Aramaki Shinji just knows how to make things better.
These robots here? Used to be motorcycles that flew. Aramaki Shinji just knows how to make things better.

Project A-ko is a film that holds a special place in Drew’s heart. It was the film, that as a young fan, that touched him in a special place late at night. While hardly a perfect film, this is another film that is a credit to the aspiring otaku of yesterday (and not the lazy NEETs of today). Drew admits partly being linded by nostalgia as he tries to defend the film from the raveges of his co-hosts. At least he can take solace in all of his A-ko merchandise (and successful lack of body pillow).

Our three lovely ladies of 1986, Eiko, Biko and Shiko. Three guesses as to which one C-ko is (and the first two don't count!)
Our three lovely ladies of 1986, Eiko, Biko and Shiko. Three guesses as to which one C-ko is (and the first two don't count!)
There is no way this could have come about from the idea of a Japornimation cartoon...
There is no way this could have come about from the idea of a Japornimation cartoon...
No, really - that's not possible!
No, really - that's not possible!

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