Squadcast 45: The Global Destruction Episode

Gia, John, and Ana dish on FFXIII, Hidamari Sketch, the Iron Man anime, viewing America from other cultures, and Terminator 2, if you can imagine.

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FLStyleon March 10, 2010 at 2:57 p.m.
Ahhh good, more Squadcast goodness. 
Before It's even downloaded I will tell you my opinion of Iron Man (and Wolverine) anime. The Japanese won't want to watch it just as they don't want to play western video games and us Westerners won't want to watch it before they've changed it from its comic roots too much.
Now I'll listen and see if you agree :P
JJOR64on March 10, 2010 at 3:47 p.m.
Funny thing you guys mentioned Hidamari Sketch, I'm actually going to check out the anime once I finish Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.  After I did some research on the show, Hidamari Sketch was actually produced by Shaft, who also made Sayonara Zesubou Sensei and Negimam!?  Go Shaft!
On the topic of FF13, I've also heard that the beginning of the game is super slow, but then I realized, most JRPGs start out really slow so I don't see why people complain about it.
And you guys forgot about Negima! from DelRey.   :P
Once again, another great podcast.    :)
FLStyleon March 10, 2010 at 3:58 p.m.
  • Very true about the Nuke scene in T2, great shout Ana.
  • While I feel my points will stand on the Iron Man anime I do agree with it as a cool concept
  • I've heard a lot of bad things about FFXIII, I think I'll pass on this one
  • Shit just got real
Another awesome AV Squadcast, you three are the knees that belong to the bees.
giaon March 10, 2010 at 6:37 p.m.
@JJOR64 said:
" Funny thing you guys mentioned Hidamari Sketch, I'm actually going to check out the anime once I finish Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.  After I did some research on the show, Hidamari Sketch was actually produced by Shaft, who also made Sayonara Zesubou Sensei and Negimam!?  Go Shaft!  "
Yup! <3
@FLStyle: Thank you kindly. Now get everyone else over here to comment. We really need a way to link these threads to the forums =P
FoxxFireArt moderator on March 10, 2010 at 6:58 p.m.
I missed last weeks Podcast.
I love the Azumanga Daioh. I have all four volumes. Hidamari Sketch seems like something that would be great for a young reader.
I had a similar reaction when I first watched that episode of Haruhi.
With One Piece, one of the best places to start is probably the Loguetown Arc(Episode 48), but I always recommend that you have to at least watch the Arlong Park Arc (Episode 31) that was just before that Loguetown Arc. That one really helps you understand the kind of person Luffy is.
I would rather read a manga then watch an anime.
Hell, the impression that Detective Conan gives is that people are murdered in Japan using elaborate plots every week. lol More so when you consider that while the manga has been going of for nearly fifteen years. Supposedly, in the over all story only a few months have passed. That is made more silly when you realize how many winters and summers there have been in the manga over the years.
rocketbomberon March 10, 2010 at 7:06 p.m.
I think this is the title you were thinking of: 
Del Rey did Dean Koontz's In Odd We Trust, illustrated by Queenie Chan (of Tokyopop's The Dreaming) 
Stephen King's Dark Tower GN's are actually released by Marvel.
metalsnakezeroon March 10, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Glad you guys checked out Hidamari Sketch and hopefully you guys do a review of it besides me.
It is best to start with the best episode of a series for people who haven't started a series.
sora_thekey moderator on March 10, 2010 at 9:47 p.m.

FFXIII: If you guys like those cutscene/game/movie games then you have to play Kingdom Hearts series... They should be movies and plus there is a lot of FF reference!
US on Japan: The Del Rey manga were awesome... loved the remake (Did hate Collosus' look though)

When the Iron Man and Wolvie Anime were announced I asked myself (Enter Inner monologue)  
"Why those?" 
then I said "Cause the best Anime are Mech and Ninja-style anime" 
Then when I figured out the X-men and Blade anime were coming out "Cause vampire and School theme anime is really good too!" 
Mangaverse: All I liked about it was the Wasp character! 
Haruhi: I watched it re-organized as how Wikipedia said to watch it.. so for me there was no confusion! 
Judging series: You judge an Anime/Manga by thier first episode/first volume! 

Konandaon March 11, 2010 at 2:16 p.m.

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AHR staff on March 14, 2010 at 6:31 p.m.
Update:  I read X-Men Misfits and I totally loved it.  Maybe it's because I've been reading a lot of male-harem-with-reluctant-lone-female stories (Hockey Club, Bancho, the Wallflower), but seeing the X-Men universe twisted around and made to fit that cliche was HILLAAAAR-e-OOOUS.  So much chibiness!  So much bishiness from the hellfire club!  So much inappropriate use of phasing! That book is pure crack; I'm surprised it didn't make a bigger splash.
giaon March 15, 2010 at 10:17 a.m.
@rocketbomber: No, I was actually thinking of the Talisman, which is Stephen King as well :)  
@AHR: Manga fans in general are extremely wary of western-made manga, particularly media tie-ins.  It's unfair, but it's also a bit hard to blame them...early on, a LOT of really crappy attempts to cash in on "manga" came out. I think things have improved, in part due to publishers being pickier and in part due to people kind of "growing up" and developing their art style with manga as an influence, but it's still hard for a lot of western-made manga to get past that blockade.
YotaruVegetaon March 18, 2010 at 8:36 p.m.
Only Metal Gear Solid 4 was heavy on the story in comparison to the gameplay. The previous games were fairly balanced between stealth action and story.
BTW, Gia, what did you think of the recent Wonder Woman DVD if you are interested in seeing an anime version of it?
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