Hosts: AK, Jeremy, Zuey
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Every time Zuey said manga, it reminded me of those old Manga Video trailers. Mangaaa!
If there seems like a lot of Starship Troopers parallels I believe it's because Hajime Isayama is both a fan of Muv-Luv and friends with its creator, Yoshimune Kouki. Isayama even did some crossover art including a Takemikazuchi punching a Titan.
A fan of Muv-Luv? That would explain why they both have rocket skirts as a way to get around.
While I see you guys made a mention of Starship Troopers with how the action plays out in this show, and from not watching it myself since I like to get out of the sphere of influence anyway, the whole scenario with the main character's journey to become a member of the Survey Corps alone made me think of that book I had to read back in the 9th or 10th grade. Back then I thought it was an interesting story all it's own and would've loved to see it animated as a feature or a TV series (wishes that went unfulfilled, since I would've wanted to produce it myself). Of course I also see a live-action feature adaptation of said book just out so, why bother I suppose.
...I feel like we need to have a conversation about the show's really weird politics.
Also, how the hell did I get through this podcast without making a reference to Hobbes' Leviathan?
Oh man, I totally missed the shout-out on this episode because I decided to skip it until I had finished watching the show... and then I forgot to come back and listen to it.
Until today! Thanks so much for the mention. You probably won't notice this, but if you and Akio have any other requests, my home is positively filled with items that have height, width, and depth! Many of them also taste like things!
Ok, so on the off chance you do read this, I am going to ask a spoiler-iffic question full of spoilers. If anyone else sees this post and somehow missed everything about this show from a year ago, you might want to stop reading about now.
Unless you want spoilers, just stop.
Alright. So, did anybody have that moment at the end of episode five where you thought the show was just going to flip anime conventions over like a table in a Duran Duran video? Because in my household, the reaction from that point until episode eight was, "OH MY GOD! They did it! He's dead and this is THE MIKASA SHOW! This is AMAZING!" We seriously thought Erin had been there just as a setup for Mikasa turning into a colossal badass and learning to cope without the only person she had left in the world, and it was just this astonishing slap-in-the-face to the typical shonen anime formula, killing the hot-headed male protagonist and replacing him with an ice-cold female lead.
And then we got to the end of episode eight and it was like, "Oh. Ok. I guess we are getting that, then." And - don't get me wrong - the show was great, but it was always in the shadow of what I briefly thought it was going to be.
Maybe I'm just too trusting? Or too optimistic?
Titans have as much teeth as a Titan needs. Don't be racist!
This anime is Zuey's dream. It's creepy weirdness that is animated. Don't crush Zuey's dreams!!
I also thought of Spider-man when I first saw footage of the show. So it did- SOMEWHAT- remind me of the 90s Spider-man cartoon.
Lost envisioned an ending, and the crazy fans of the show figured it out. So not only did they have to come up with BS for the seasons leading to the finale, they also had to create a BS ending that was what the fans predicted, only tweaked.