Yeah, I noticed that too. Props for not making it sound too bad guys. The only thing I would disagree with you on in your segment is how some names are pronounced (Date is two syllables Da-te and Branstein (Like Brawn without the w and Stein like as in a beer stein.) were among the names that I pronounce differently. Even Leona agrees with me on the R-Gun Rivale.), but otherwise I agree with your assessment of both the show and the games.Destiny_Gundam wrote:Bah, I always sound horrible on recording. Apparently my mic's not that great either, though it sounded like I was a guest phoning in like you hear on normal radio. I thought that was pretty cool.
On the battle royale part: I think it was a fair, if brutally blunt at times, assessment of the shows.
I never got past the first season of Enterprise and although I enjoyed Voyager for the most part, I did see some of the flaws you mentioned, however I never really saw Rick Berman as the Devil figure you have him painted as for some reason. I guess my willing suspension of disbelief is higher than yours as TNG was a staple show in my youth. I can't really make any fair comparison to the differences in the 24th century Star Trek vs. 00 as I have not seen the latter, but I'll take your word for it.
I agree on most parts concerning the prequels of Star Wars, but some things were all right and other things, like exactly how Anikin turned to Vader, would have been made eventually due to fan pressure of wanting to see them. I kinda liked the Pod race even if it didn't really have anything to do with the rest of the movie. It was just one of those things that enhanced the universe in a positive way as opposed to a negative way (Jar-Jar, I'm looking at you).
I would indeed say that George got too involved there for the movies own good. One of you said that even though you didn't really care about Star Wars much, that you enjoyed Empire Strikes Back, and no surprise that was one that Lucas did not direct. A more hands off approach in this case equals a better movie. Let him write the story, but let others handle telling it to us.
As for those two vs. Gundam in Japan there is no comparison as Gundam is more popular than both of them combined. The Federation and Zeon bars plus the other events taking place elsewhere are proof enough of that.
And over here the reverse is true as Gundam sadly will never be as popular as Star Wars or Star Trek. There may be anime cons where you see Gundam cosplayers, but there are also many other anime characters present as well. Then there are entire cons focused on just Star Trek or Star Wars where you have that total number of people dressing up being more than all the various anime cosplayers that do the same.
Outside of the obvious (Beam/lightsabers, Newtypes/Jedi) I don't really see much, if any influence by Gundam on Star Wars/Trek and vice versa. I know some of the Trek designers are anime fans (Dirty Pair in particular.), but I don't recall anyone mentioning any mecha anime as an influence in any designs of theirs.
That's about all I can come up with right now, but I do have one question: Who is the guy I often hear in the background laughing his ass off sometimes when someone says something particularly funny? He sounds like he's on the other side of the room.
Also I liked the inclusion of Kajet's "Jumping onto White Base" bit during a commercial back in episode 9 I think it was, plus using those British Gundam model commercials was all too appropriate for this podcast. Little did they know the infamy such a simple mistake would bring upon them years later...