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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Lather's Blather Episode #11: Jejune to the Max

As promised, I've got a folder of podcast direct downloads! Feel free to dive into the sack until I get it unpacked and more properly sorted out.

Oh yeah, and there's a new episode of the podcast too! More robust show notes will follow--you know the drill. Midnight oil and all that (no "Beds Are Burning" gags, please).

It's the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, full count--and Battlefield Baseball steps up to the plate. Will it knock one out of the park or will folks in the box seats feel the breeze from an almighty whiff?

Direct download is here.

1 comment:

Daryl Surat said...

You're approaching twice the age of the average anime fan? You mean to say that you're going to be...26?!

I quite enjoy Battlefield Baseball, but I'm not going to disagree with your evaluation of it as far as being a coherent story goes. It's really more a series of exceedingly bizarre vignettes. I often run short clips of this one at conventions during my wannabe Anime Hell clone of a panel and people react quite favorably to them in that context.

If you're going to err on the balance side of things, it's better to have too many jokes and not enough story than not enough jokes and too much in the way of non-joke material. A few months ago there was a Chinese film released entitled Kung Fu Dunk that followed the same basic premise as Shaolin Soccer and Battlefield Baseball, only with basketball as the sport. It suffers from the opposite problem as Battlefield Baseball: there's just not ENOUGH zaniness or random humor to it.

Kung Fu Dunk is clearly patterned after the massively popular anime and manga series Slam Dunk, which I hate always hated tremendously. That it gave rise to the yaoi juggernaut such that the lion's share of modern sports anime and manga are targeted primarily to the gay fanfiction writing crowd only makes me hate it more. So naturally, they're already filming a part 2 because it made something like 100 million in two weeks. Meanwhile, Kung Fu Hustle 2 is still two years away.

Thunder Prince? Beauty and Warrior? Good god, man! I'll tell you what Lather's Blather needs a healthy dose of: Survive Style 5+. And possibly Party 7.

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