Wasn't this show supposed to be good? Luke and Ashley are looking forward to the part of the show they considered the best as kids and are resoundingly disappointed. The show plays with treating it's pedophile antagonist as a serious threat but doesn't do enough, while making jokes about a 12 year old's big genitals. Meanwhile our fav Mamimi (who is also super into kids who don't know better) is pushed to the side, even when the sub-plot is all about her. Combined with disappointing plotting, random Nazi imagery and a quick but bad gay joke it's all a mess. Well at least the animation is nice!
Wanting to get away from the serious thoughts we had on Evangelion we take it easy with... almost three hours on the first three episodes of FLCL. Come on guys.
We talk about the controversy that has come up around the Netflix translation of NGE, the way FLCL was localized so well, the way it falls into some of the same pitfalls NGE does and hey how did kid us not realize that Mamimi was homeless?
CW: We talk a large amount about sexual abuse, both shown and implied, violence towards women and depression.
The end of a series is also the joy of rewatching.
Luke and Ashley talk about the feature film End of Evangelion, this time with Luke giving it more of a shot and Ashley going in with lowered expectations. They discuss how Shinji throughout the move is a great look at how the depression and anxiety that made him so relatable can fester into an ugly resentment of the world, especially women. Looking through that lens they find the movie is a righteous takedown of people who expect women to love them at the drop of the hat... while also turning the sexually abused Rei into a McGuffin that turns to Shinji cause he's such a Nice Guy. Also we compare the movie to a Calvin and Hobbes strip and wonder why this film is seen as better then the TV show finale when it's just as weird and so pointedly vicious.
We get in depth on the second half of the show as we discuss the twists and turns. We also get in depth on how the show treats the sexuality of it's teen character, the use of sexual abuse as a metaphor and child abuse
Child abuse talk from 2:15:00 to 2:19:40 and mentioned sometimes after that.
Note: We recorded this before the Netflix dub had come out, we’ll probably discuss it in an upcoming episode.
Luke and Ashley both watched the movie Detective Pikachu and felt the need to talk about it somewhere, and well, they do have an anime podcast. We talk for a too long time about Pokemon Jobs, PokeFan Bill Nighy, Justice Smith Holding The Movie Together and Mr. Mime.
Merry Christmas everyone! Here's an adolescent girl having the most private inner sanctums of her mind utterly violated by a being on a higher order of intelligence. Also we talk about Storage Wars? Commentary runs from 9:27 to 38:09
After Ashley makes fun of me for 8 minutes straight, we get into the surreal fallout of last week's explosive episode. In its berserk state, Eva 01 has annihilated Shinji's physical form. While the NERV team works desperately to rescue his soul, he goes on yet another heady journey into himself, confronted with all of the unpleasant truths of his existence. Commentary runs from 9:59 to 33:21.
Ashley sits down with Luke to finally discover the truth of the Fourth Child. It's... exactly what the show's been saying it is for two episodes. The new Angel reveals itself to be a sentient fungus-like creature that infects and takes control of Unit 03, and it's up to Shinji to defeat it. When he fails, NERV's new Dummy Plug kicks in and brutally destroys the Eva with no regard for its captive pilot. Ashley and Luke watch on as Shinji is forced to strangle one of his closest friends, while Luke strangles HIMSELF with the rope he hung himself by with his consistently wrong prediction. Commentary runs from 7:46 to 31:10.
After singing way too many stupid songs, Ashley and Luke settle in to check out the aftermath of last week's shocking episode. As the Angels grow stronger, NERV is seeking out a new pilot, as well as further developing their "dummy plug." And amidst all that, Luke aggressively and steadfastly REFUSES to accept that Toji is obviously the Fourth Child in his desperate bid to contextualize a major spoiler about the final Angel.
Luke opens this episode by calling Ashley the devil and it’s only getting wilder from here. We get the Zebra Ball Angel and we finally hit the point Luke has been waiting for. We talk about Entry Plug safety, ugly feelings of NERV personal, naked hugs, the Gainax Archetype, more thoughts or Rei, Rap Game’s Young Shinji and get into the depths of Evangelion.
Commentary is from 6:11 to 29:31
Luke is very, very, VERY excited. Then he’s met with crushing disappointment. We talk about the series so far, about educational VHS at work, goatse, Math Puppy, corrections about the number of Angels and we take our first turn into surreal town.
Commentary is from 7:15 to 30:35
Luke and Ashley watch an episode where there’s so much techno babble it might as well be Star Trek. They talk a lot about Phoenix Wright translations, NERV getting a virus, Ritsuko’s mother and Luke loses it over the fact they reference the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Commentary is from 4:40 to 28:00
Luke and Ashley are back for another Evangelion episode but not before talking a lot about commentaries and fetishes. We start learning about Misato and why she hates the angels so much and an angel starts tumbling down to Earth. Ashley reads all the episode titles and Luke tries to guess when the show turns. We also try to find out how old all these kids are and Luke makes a bold prediction about Rei.
Commentary is from 15:50 to 39:15
NERV is under attack! Someone has cut the power, and of all the darn luck it happens right when an Angel is attacking! How are Childrens 1-3 gonna get outta this mess? Meanwhile, Luke reads a Wikipedia page, Ashley ruins Evangelion forever, and both of them refuse to shut the hell up about Homestuck.
Episode 11: The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still, AKA In the Still Darkness
Comentary runs from 5:06 to 28:30
Luke and Ashley watch an episode that’s piping hot! Okay that’s enough heat puns. They talk about paintings, Metal Gear, Angel Fetuses, Inflation, Misato Still Being The Worst, Totally Spies,
Commentary is from 7:55 to 31:25
Luke and Ashley prepare for a sillier episode of Evangelion by talking about car fanfic. Creepy photos are taken, dances are had, Luke begins believing Ashley’s trans Shinji theory. Also we end up talking about DDR, old podcasts and bad movies.
Commentary from 5:45 to 29:10
We meet the fiery red head that divides Evangelion fans. Some people love her, others hate her, they’re so tsundere! However we’re just making our first impressions so let’s kick back, take a cruise and do some ship jumping. Luke also meets Adam as the mystery around NERV and the Angels deepens. Also Angel False Flags are talked about.
Commentary is from 11:05 to 34:55
Luke begins to question Ashley’s life choices, the two talk about editing and there’s some Eva discussion buried in there. We’re watching an episode that features no angels but features a lot of intrigue and the reveal of the secrets behind Second Impact. We also talk about Pacific Rim, Ritsuko’s love of shitty punk and maturity.
Commentary from 7:45 to 31:10
Luke and Ashley pick up where they left off, which is Shinji screaming. A plan is hatched to destroy the Angel. Ridiculous energy is used for a bolt action rifle and Luke makes an awful comment about father dick. We talk about Shinji staying in beds, Pacific Rim, Metal Gear, Homestar Runner and the problems with moe.
Luke and Ashley are back for the first part of a two parter. Luke has some opinions on Misato, Ashley talks about one of her fav Angels, Luke’s theories get disproved and we get straight up biblical. Also we talk about Fez and turn NGE into a gritty crime drama?
Commentary is from 6:50 to 30:15
Luke and Ashley decide they’re just going to talk about fan fiction, spin offs and fingernails. Also we talk about how much it sucks to be Shinji and how he is relatable for people with depression and anxiety. Luke also has theories on who the first child is and why teenagers have to pilot giant robot and Ashley lets slip more details that may or may not be true. Also we come up with the phrase “The fuel that powers these robots is angst”
Commentary is from 9:00 to 32:20