Show #160: It Was Like a Poop Explosion


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Opener: Ricci e Poveri – Sara perche te Amo
Ender: Covox – The Sun Was Shining

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  • Someone would tell you to actually watch GGG until it gets good? That’s terrible. The correct advice is to not watch it until it gets good, they put in helpful recaps and everything.

    (I wonder if any of the good DVDs are actually out yet…)

  • They put the release on hiatus right as the good DVDs were starting to come out, starting about halfway through Volume 5. THANKS A LOT, VOLTRON. Anyway, while I second the notion that anyone who tells you to buy four or five discs of something that’s completely average to you on the promise of “it gets better later” is asking a bit much, the general issue is somewhat more complicated to me.

    As I stated in the as-yet-unreleased Show 62 of the Anime World Order podcast, I feel that it’s not completely fair to judge the pacing of longer series relative to shorter ones. I never learned how to read, but you guys are aware that stories generally follow a structure of “exposition->narrative hook->rising action->climax->falling action” or whatever it is. The kicker is that the the narrative hook–the part where things first start to get interesting–generally needs to happen AFTER things have been established, or else it doesn’t really mean much. Wikipedia says this needs to happen immediately. I say BS to that: my experience has shown that you generally get about 20% through a book or movie or movie before the interesting things actually start happening. That part in The Replacement Killers where Chow Yun Fat and Mira Sorvino each run towards each other, stop side to side with one another, and then shoot the dudes that are behind the other? About twenty or so minutes in. POINT PROVEN, I say.

    We as anime fans have gotten so accustomed to shorter series where the exposition is over and done with within 4 episodes (or 1, as is often the case now) that tolerance levels for sitting through multiple episodes waiting for the real story to start are at extreme lows. Forget about the “three episode test” or even the “one episode test”; in this age of Youtube videos, most people want their payoff within like, 10 minutes. I do understand where they’re coming from (“too much entertainment out there, not enough time”), but I can’t fully agree with the practice either. Case in point: for nearly every 50-ish episode Sunrise mecha series ever made, the first 13 episodes are ALWAYS just exposition before the real story starts, and you generally have no choice but to watch these episodes or else things won’t make sense. That is probably the REAL reason why mecha anime series are so unpopular, but since AWO is a massive campaign of lies and deception, I’ve probably not mentioned it on the show.

    GaoGaiGar is somewhat of a special exception for Sunrise robot shows since that is one where do I advocate that people just SKIP PAST THE EARLY EPISODES ENTIRELY and go straight to episode 23 or whatever it was. As noted above, you will miss out on nothing because any awesome things will be recapped at some point. The same is mostly true for any long-running shonen fighting series such as Naruto or Rurouni Kenshin (neither of which are much appreciated round these parts); the real story never starts until the main villain for the series is introduced about 20 to 30 episodes in. You’re usually safe to skip ahead on those shows too, since those definitely all have recap episodes.

    In short, don’t watch through episodes you don’t like! Just skip straight to the part where it gets good! How will you find out what part that is? I WILL TELL YOU. Like Rurouni Kenshin, which you guys hate the TV series of because half of the early episodes are absolutely terrible! Just start watching at episode 28 and then stop at 62, even though that exceeds the Joel episode limit by about 8 (and the Dave limit by 30). Media Blasters knew this, so they released one set of Kenshin TV that contains the episodes which matter, and that’s the Season 2 box set:

    For the Netflix crowd, that would be Volume 7 through Volume 14.