SEG: Jojocast Volume 002

SEG: Jojocast Volume 002

We’re finally back with the second volume of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! Crazy-fingered vampires, devastating revelations, and fiery battles make this a stunning conclusion to the world famous manga! ..or maybe just a great introduction to the rest of the story? Anyway, volume 3 in two weeks! Train your hamon and join us again then! Time things: 00:00 Introduction + Jessica’s thoughts on volume 2 05:40 Story run-down 38:03 Favorite parts and misc. thoughts 41:05 Famous Quotes URYYYYYYyy 44:32 Endgame Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 46:07 —...
SEG: Jojocast Volume 1

SEG: Jojocast Volume 1

In this episode of Super Excite Game’s side project, tentatively called Jojocast, we are discussing the first volume of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! We dig right into the origins of a story that spans several generations, bloodlines, even realities! The first volume of the story starts when a vagrant named Dario Brando comes across the scene of an accident, the sole survivors being George Joestar and his son, Jonathan. This sets off a chain of events that sets Dario’s son, Dio, headlong into Jonathan’s destined path. They don’t know just how important first impressions can be! In two weeks we will be talking about volume 2, so read up and talk to you then! PS: Yes, Jessica’s mic sounds pretty bad. We’re working on getting her a better one!    Show Notes: 00:00 Introduction and corrections 01:43 Discussion on Volume 1 50:51 Our highlights 53:30 Famous lines 55:13 Onomatopoeia/”Giongitaigo”: Dododododododo/Gogogogogogo~ 57:40 Endgame Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 59:18 —...
SEG: JojoCast 00

SEG: JojoCast 00

This is a very special episode of Super Excite Game: Let’s Podcasting! Matt branches out with a new type of (as of yet unnamed) episode where we will be reading and discussing the popular and strange manga known as Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険)!!! Your hosts for this journey from the beginning of the story are Matt and his good friend Jessica, both of whom are great fans of Jojo. Every 2 weeks we will read through a volume (1 tankoubon) and talk about the story, characters, insane logic and anything else that comes up. Of course, we’ll start at the very beginning so that even beginners can listen along as they begin their new obsession! In this episode we introduce ourselves and talk about the manga that has enthralled us. We discuss positive gender portrayal, media adaptations, and Jojo themed bars. Join us in two weeks when we will convene once again to talk about the first exciting volume of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! Show Notes: 00:00: Introduction 9:20: Short discussion on gender in Jojo:(wherein I mix up Stone Ocean and Steel Ball Run when Jessica mentions the main female character) 11:12 Discussion on nature of special powers that manifest throughout the series 16:23 Jojo Bar Morioh-cho (Nagoya) Jojo Radio Exercise Jojo ora ora ora vs. muda muda muda  24:48 A Brief History of the Jojo Manga 28:37 Video games(There are tons of other media adaptations unmentioned; 5 novels, a 2000 addition to the OVA series, etc.) 33:28 Influences and inspirations 37:20 Endgame Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 41:43 —...
Manga Review: Stand Alone Complex vol. 4

Manga Review: Stand Alone Complex vol. 4

<!– P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } –> G&G readers (and anyone else who knows me) are aware of my feelings on Ghost in the Shell. Some years ago I remember reading that there was a Stand Alone Complex manga coming out in Japan. But in the years since I’d completely forgotten this exciting fact. Until, a couple weeks ago, my husband called from the local comic shop to tell me he was holding in his hands the Stand Alone Complex manga, volume 4. Did I want it? Well, yes. A little research told me that each manga volume was a self-contained story, so I could read volume 4 with no fear of being lost. I was disappointed to find that volume 4 is just a paper version of the season one episode, YES (the actual title is spelled with a yen symbol, a pound sterling symbol and a dollar sign, but…silly keyboard). It’s pretty much a shot-for shot adaptation, with a couple minor changes. I won’t summarize the story since most of you have probably seen the episode, but it involves a bad rich man, a female assassin with a good reason to want to kill him, and amusingly, Section 9 pretending to be trash collectors. The story includes a little more background on Fem, the assassin, but otherwise there is nothing new here. The kinetic action that is such a big part of the TV series doesn’t translate well to the page. Besides this, the art is solid- the cover made me a little nervous, but the interior art is very similar to the show, and is serviceable...
Manga Review: Men of Tattoos (Yaoi + Spoilers Alert!)

Manga Review: Men of Tattoos (Yaoi + Spoilers Alert!)

<!– @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> Men of Tattoos would’t be so bad if the mangaka hadn’t fallen into a mindset that seems disturbingly common among yaoi writers: that distasteful, even offensive material can be made up for with a few vaguely-outlined penises. It’s not that I’m easily offended; just the opposite. And I wouldn’t mind a story about prison gang rape or sexual violence if it was handled with thought and care. But Men of Tattoos is as flippant about potential HIV infection as it is possible to be. As the title indicates, Men of Tattos is about the Yakuza (except for one odd, unconnected college love story) and focuses on two gay couples. In the first story, Kubota and Katagi are childhood friends who grew apart, met up again as young men and became lovers. Katagi is pretty extensively tattooed, despite being a mere Yakuza underling, and is so dim-witted he doesn’t realize that Kubota is a cop looking to bust him- which he does after a drippy sex scene. As they wait for the squad cars, Kubota cheerfully tells Katagi to be good so he can get an early release and they can be together. It’s not clear how long Kubota aims to be together with Katagi, post-incarceration, before he puts his stupid ass back in jail again. The second story focuses on a new couple. Mutou is the devoted retainer of the son of a powerful Yazuka boss. Teenaged Arima is a whiz on the stock market, so his evil father keeps him imprisoned in his room, making money...
February Review Blitz: Nightmare Inspector

February Review Blitz: Nightmare Inspector

Nightmare Inspector wants to be The Twilight Zone so badly that it hurts. It also wants to be Pet Shop of Horrors. It’s a noble effort and it’s an entertaining little series, but it’s simply not as good as what it aspires to be. The setting is the Silver Star Teahouse in pre-WWII Japan, in the 1920’s (the setting might be confusing to some, but one story mentions the Great Kanto Earthquake as happening a few years previous, so there you are). The proprietors of the teahouse are a young woman named Mizuki, and the baku (a spirit that devours dreams) named Hiruko. Baku are traditionally depicted as looking like tapirs, but this one looks like a regular guy- well, as regular as any manga character looks. After all, if he was a tapir he couldn’t be dressed in a ridiculous ensemble dripping with buckles, right? The Teahouse for some reason serves mainly coffee, but no one comes there for hot beverages anyway, so whatever. They come to see Hiruko, to ask him if he can help them get rid of their nightmares. He usually does, and the only payment he asks is to eat the nightmare afterwards, so it’s a pretty sweet deal. Each chapter is a story revolving around a new customer, and with few exceptions the stories are only a chapter long. In volume 1, the clients include a servant who dreams of his mistress’ death, a man so obsessed with a popular actress that he can’t bear seeing her character die in her latest movie, a girl who’s sick of her daily routine, and a...