Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #404 – Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1 Review & Discussion

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

We’ve finally arrived at the most recent mainline Gundam TV series on our Weekly Suit Gundam journey! But before diving into that, we also give thoughts on Halo Infinite’s multiplayer launch, Jonathan’s early impressions of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond, and more news about the unfathomably awful environment that is Activision Blizzard. Then it’s on to 2015’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. Tackling the theme of child soldiers more directly than Gundam ever had before, Iron-Blooded Orphans is one of Gundam’s darkest and most violent hours, but also one of its richest and most rewarding, a unique blend of daily life coming-of-age storytelling with hard-edged military fiction that leaves a huge impact. Season 1, which we’re discussing today, follows the formation of the child-mercenary group Tekkadan – the eponymous Orphans with Iron in their Blood – and their journey to bring Martian independence activist Kudelia Aina Bernstein to Earth. It’s a stupendous season of television with tons to talk about, and a pleasure to finally reach and discuss.

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:02

Jonathan talks Forza and Pokemon: 0:04:02 – 0:16:39

Halo Infinite: 0:16:39 – 0:38:30

Activision Sucks: 0:38:30 – 0:49:00

Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans: 0:49:00 – 3:47:27

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Weekly Suit Gundam #41 – Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1 Review & Discussion

It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundam from The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

We finally arrive at the most recent mainline Gundam TV series – 2015’s global smash hit Iron-Blooded Orphans, created by the “Super Peace Busters” team of director Tatsuyuki Nagai and writer Mari Okada. Tackling the theme of child soldiers more directly than Gundam ever had before, Iron-Blooded Orphans is one of Gundam’s darkest and most violent hours, but also one of its richest and most rewarding, a unique blend of daily life coming-of-age storytelling with hard-edged military fiction that leaves a huge impact. Season 1, which we’re discussing today, follows the formation of the child-mercenary group Tekkadan – the eponymous Orphans with Iron in their Blood – and their journey to bring Martian independence activist Kudelia Aina Bernstein to Earth. It’s a stupendous season of television with tons to talk about, and a pleasure to finally reach and discuss on Weekly Suit Gundam.

Enjoy, and come back in two weeks for our review of Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2!

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Monday, November 15, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #403 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 20th Anniversary Retrospective

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Today’s episode is dedicated to Trans Awareness Week and Mermaids UK, a group supporting transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse children and their families. We are running a fundraiser to benefit the group and encourage listeners to contribute. Please click here to donate.

Today – November 16th, 2021 – is 20 years to the day since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone arrived in American theaters, the first film adaptation of (noted bigot) J.K. Rowling’s worldwide sensation. Jonathan was a die-hard Harry Potter fan growing up, while Sean was a dedicated anti-Potter grump – but neither of us could escape the specter of this franchise even if we wanted to. For the 20th anniversary, we take a look back at this first film in particular – what it gets right in making this world feel special, and what it gets wrong in sticking too slavishly to source material that isn’t particularly cinematic. We talk the actors, the sets, John Williams’ music, and so much more – and reflect on how we see the film and Harry Potter’s legacy differently 20 years later. Before the Potter talk, though, you’ll also hear Jonathan’s thoughts on the outstanding Forza Horizon 5 for Xbox Series S/X, and Jonathan challenges Sean in a game to recap this week’s bottom-of-the-IP-barrel-scraping Disney+ news.

Enjoy! And please consider donating to Mermaids UK to support trans youth if your are able.

Plain text link for our fundraiser: https://tiltify.com/@jonathanlack/weeklystuffpodcast

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:11:05

Forza Horizon 5: 0:11:05 – 0:29:08

Disney+ News: 0:29:08 – 1:02:15

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: 1:02:15 – 3:23:39

Harry Potter Memories: 3:23:39 – 3:40:38

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #402 – Revisiting THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2003)

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We finish our journey through the original Matrix trilogy this week with 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions, following up on our discussion of the original in episode #398 and The Matrix Reloaded in last week’s #401. We have some minor points of disagreement here, but largely share the view that The Matrix went out on a rousing high note, with a focused and propulsive final installment that puts big ideas front and center, and sees them through to an extremely powerful ending. It’s a great discussion, and before all that, you’ll also hear Jonathan review the (very very very bad) Marvel movie Eternals, Sean talk a bit more about Persona 5 Royal, and hear about a weird impulse buy Sean made from Japan.

Enjoy! And come back next week (on Tuesday, instead of our usual Monday) as we mark the 20th anniversary of the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on November 16th!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:29

Sean talks Persona 5 Royal: 0:03:29 – 0:09:15

Jonathan’s Giant Robots Film Club: 0:09:20 – 0:19:59

Eternals is bad: 0:19:59 – 0:37:53

Sean’s surprise impulse purchase: 0:37:53 – 0:44:57

The Matrix Revolutions: 0:44:57 – 3:25:29

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #401 – Revisiting THE MATRIX RELOADED (2003)

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

In anticipation of this December’s Matrix Resurrections, we return to the world of The Matrix with 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded, following up on our discussion of the original film in episode #398. Jonathan is a passionate defender of the Matrix sequels, and Sean hasn’t seen them in many years, and while we don’t agree entirely on how much everything works in this ambitious second installment, we absolutely believe this is a dense, fascinating film full of big, compelling ideas that are very much worth discussing in depth – as we do here for a full three hours! From the bold statement of embodied humanity that is the Zion rave, to the outrageous French stylings of the Merovingian, to the longest freeway chase ever, to the Oracle and the Architect confronting Neo with the nature of ‘free will,’ The Matrix Reloaded gives us plenty to talk about, and with one movie still to go, makes this trip down Matrix memory lane very much worth the journey.

Come back next week as we finish the original Matrix trilogy with our look back at THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS!

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #400 – 400th Episode Celebration Spectacular! Dune Review, Batman Trailer, and Sean & Jonathan Play 20 Questions


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Our landmark 400th episode is one of our longest and most entertaining episodes to date, packed with news – including announcements out of DC Fandome and trailers for both The Batman (yay!) and Uncharted (nay!) – reviews – Sean talks Far Cry 6, Jonathan discusses the Xbox Series S and The Ascent, and we both give our thoughts on Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation – and a whole lot of celebration! We read a big batch of listener mail, featuring some of your favorite memories from 400 episodes and questions for the future, and then for our big topic, Sean and Jonathan interview each other! Both hosts prepared 20 questions ahead of time without telling the other what they contained, and put each other in the hot seat to see if there’s anything we’ve been holding back for 400 episodes.

Thank you all so much for being along for the ride for this insane number of podcasts! And we’re not running out of steam any time soon – be sure to come back next week for our retrospective of The Matrix Reloaded!  

Time Chart: 

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:22

Sean talks Far Cry 6: 0:04:22 – 0:15:58

Jonathan talks Xbox Series S & The Ascent: 0:15:58 – 0:38:20

News: 0:38:20 – 1:28:08

Dune: 1:28:08 – 2:02:00

Listener Mail: 2:02:00 – 2:54:05

Jonathan Interviews Sean: 2:54:05 – 3:40:31

Sean Interviews Jonathan: 3:40:31 – 4:29:54

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #40 – Reconguista in G Review & Discussion

It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundam from The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

For the 35th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam, franchise creator Yoshiyuki Tomino returned for what is, as of now, his latest installment in the series: Reconguista in G, perhaps the strangest and unquestionably the most formally daring of all Gundam series. Dense, complicated, wildly fast-paced, and persistently challenging, Reconguista is a divisive entry among the global Gundam fandom, but here at Weekly Suit Gundam, we are in awe of it. There is simply nothing quite like Reconguista in G, which sees Tomino turning up all his thematic and stylistic interests to 11, resulting in one of the purest auteur statements in modern mainstream media. With the best action sequences in the history of Gundam, arguably franchise-best TV animation, amazing and vibrant characters, and a structure that practically re-invents the language of anime before your eyes, Reconguista in G is an endlessly rewarding artistic gauntlet, and one of the very finest shows we’ve had the pleasure of discussing in 40 episodes of Weekly Suit Gundam.

Enjoy, and come back next time for Season 1 of the global hit Iron-Blooded Orphans!

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #399 - Gundam Reconguista in G Review & Discussion

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

This week’s show is another Weekly Suit Gundam spectacular, but before reviewing Reconguista in G, Jonathan gives some final thoughts on the outstanding Metroid Dread, and we discuss some recent Nintendo news, including the addition of Sora from Kingdom Hearts to Super Smash Bros., and the unveiling of Nintendo’s laughably expensive Switch online expansion. Then it’s on to Reconguista in G, the latest Gundam entry from franchise creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, and perhaps the strangest and most formally daring of all Gundam series. Dense, complicated, wildly fast-paced, and persistently challenging, Reconguista is a divisive entry among the global Gundam fandom, but here at Weekly Suit Gundam, we are in awe of it. There is simply nothing quite like Reconguista in G, which sees Tomino turning up all his thematic and stylistic interests to 11, resulting in one of the purest auteur statements in modern mainstream media. With the best action sequences in the history of Gundam, arguably franchise-best TV animation, amazing and vibrant characters, and a structure that practically re-invents the language of anime before your eyes, Reconguista in G is an endlessly rewarding artistic gauntlet.

Enjoy, and come back next week for our very special landmark 400th episode!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:08

Metroid Dread Final Thoughts: 0:06:08 – 0:12:59

Nintendo News: 0:12:59 – 0:40:36

Reconguista in G: 0:40:36 – 4:20:29

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #398 – Revisiting THE MATRIX (1999)

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

With The Matrix Resurrections arriving in theaters this December, we are finally – almost 400 episodes into this damn podcast – taking our long-awaited look back at one of the single most seminal films of our lifetimes: The Wachowski Sisters’ The Matrix, a movie that is either at or very near the upper threshold of how good it is possible for big Hollywood studio filmmaking to be. This is such an impossibly rich movie to discuss, with its potent, multi-valent central metaphor opening up countless avenues of conversation, including reading the film through the lenses of Marxism or transgender experience, but it’s also just ridiculously entertaining and well-constructed, with terrific performances, beautiful writing, and thrilling action drawing from influences like Wuxia, martial arts, John Woo, anime, and so much more. It’s some of the most fun we’ve ever had talking about a movie on this podcast, but it’s only part of this week’s episode; in this first hour, you’ll also hear Jonathan’s thoughts on Daniel Craig’s final 007 film, No Time to Die, and the out-of-body greatness of Metroid Dread on Nintendo Switch, and Sean’s final impressions of Lost Judgment after finishing the latest masterpiece from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios.

Enjoy, and come back next week for episode 399 and our next Weekly Suit Gundam extravaganza with Reconguista in G!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:07:55

No Time to Die: 0:07:55 – 0:22:56

Lost Judgment: 0:22:56 – 0:42:30

Metroid Dread: 0:42:30 – 1:01:30

Revisiting The Matrix: 1:01:30 – 3:59:29

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #397 – Deathloop, Lost Judgment, Nintendo Direct, Mario Casting, Doctor Who News & More!

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

This week’s show – kicking off our October “Road to 400” podcast episodes! – is a fun grab-bag of topics, as we review Deathloop from Arkane Studios, Sean gives first impressions of Lost Judgment from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios, and we cover a mountain of interesting news, from details on the imminent 2nd season of Kimetsu no Yaiba, to a surprise Nintendo Direct packed with interesting announcements and an absolutely horrifying slate of celerity casting for the upcoming animated Mario Bros. movie, and the reveal of Russell T Davies’ return to Doctor Who for the show’s upcoming 60th anniversary! All this and more – including Sean’s thoughts on Star Wars Visions and more stories from Jonathan’s “Giant Robots on Screen!” class – round out an episode that kicks off a very busy October in style!

Enjoy, and come back next week for episode #398, where we’ll begin our Matrix franchise retrospective with the original Matrix from 1999!

Time Chart:

Intro/Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:19:59

Lost Judgment: 0:19:59 – 0:34:22

News: 0:34:22 – 1:25:38

Deathloop: 1:25:38 – 1:55:38

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #39 – Gundam Build Fighters OVA Round-Up! Gunpla Builders Beginning G, GM’s Counterattack, Try Island Wars & Battlogue

It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundam from The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

After reviewing the original Gundam Build Fighters and its sequel series Gundam Build Fighters Try on our last two episodes, it’s time to round out the original Build Fighters run by rounding-up the many OVAs related to this corner of the franchise. We begin with Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G, the 2010 OVA that first introduced the concept of a Gunpla Battle-based anime, and holds up surprisingly well on its own, with great animation and mecha designs and a whole lot of heart. Then there’s the 5 Battlogue episodes, providing quick bite stories set in the Build Fighters world, and apart from one memorable episode involving Bearguys getting crucified, there’s not much to talk about. Finally, Build Fighters Try gets a 30-minute sequel in Island Wars, and the original Build Fighters gets its own half-hour follow-up in GM’s Counterattack, which is an absolute delight. Discussing all of these and more makes for a very fun capper to our Build Fighters journey.

Enjoy, and come back next time for the return of original Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino to the franchise with Reconguista in G!    

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #396 – Gundam Build Fighters OVA Round-up!

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

After reviewing the original Gundam Build Fighters and its sequel series Gundam Build Fighters Try on our last two Weekly Suit Gundam topics, it’s time to round out the original Build Fighters run by rounding-up the many OVAs related to this corner of the franchise. We begin with Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G, the 2010 OVA that first introduced the concept of a Gunpla Battle-based anime, and holds up surprisingly well on its own, with great animation and mecha designs and a whole lot of heart. Then there’s the 5 Battlogue episodes, providing quick bite stories set in the Build Fighters world, and apart from one memorable episode involving Bearguys getting crucified, there’s not much to talk about. Finally, Build Fighters Try gets a 30-minute sequel in Island Wars, and the original Build Fighters gets its own half-hour follow-up in GM’s Counterattack, which is an absolute delight. Discussing all of these and more makes for a very fun capper to our Build Fighters journey.

Enjoy!

(Please note this week’s episode was pre-recorded a week in advance, so breaking news from the last week on Doctor Who and the latest Nintendo Direct aren’t discussed here – we’ll catch up on all that next Monday!)

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #38 – Gundam Build Fighters Try Review & Discussion

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After the huge success of the original Gundam Build Fighters, Sunrise turned around and produced a sequel in just six months – Gundam Build Fighters Try, set 7 years after the original with a new cast of Gunpla battlers. It’s a divisive show in the Gundam fandom, and on this podcast! Jonathan loves it, though not without some reservations, and Sean is mostly unmoved by it, despite liking certain things quite a bit. It makes for an interesting and dynamic discussion, as we break down the ways the show doesn’t live up to its predecessor and fails to follow through on its own interesting ideas, while also celebrating what’s genuinely good here. We also give our thoughts on the recent announcement of both the first new mainline Gundam series since Iron-Blooded Orphans, The Witch from Mercury, and a new film by original Gundam character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Cucuruz Doan’s Island, both of which ensure the Weekly Suit Gundam train won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Enjoy, and come back next week when we review all the Gundam Build Fighters OVAs: Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G, Try Island Wars, GM’s Counterattack, and Battlogue!   

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #395 – Gundam Build Fighters Try Review & Discussion

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

It’s another Weekly Suit Gundam extravaganza this week as we dive into the sequel to the wonderful Gundam Build FightersGundam Build Fighters Try, set 7 years after the original with a new cast of Gunpla battlers. It’s a divisive show in the Gundam fandom, and on this podcast! Jonathan loves it, though not without some reservations, and Sean is mostly unmoved by it, despite liking certain things quite a bit. It makes for an interesting and dynamic discussion, as we break down the ways the show doesn’t live up to its predecessor and fails to follow through on its own interesting ideas, while also celebrating what’s genuinely good here. We also give our thoughts on the recent announcement of both the first new mainline Gundam series since Iron-Blooded Orphans, The Witch from Mercury, and a new film by original Gundam character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Cucuruz Doan’s Island, both of which ensure the Gundam train won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #394 – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

We’re diving into the Marvel’s latest movie this week, and it might also be one of their greatest: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a blast, featuring the best action set-pieces in Marvel movie history, the best performance in the studio’s long run courtesy of the legendary Tony Leung, and a heartfelt, imaginative story that confidently reinvents the title character’s world and mythos into something we’re all excited to see much more of going forward. We discuss the film at length in spoiler detail, but before that, we also discuss all the news out of this week’s big PlayStation event – including the unveiling of God of War: Ragnarok, Spider-Man 2, and Wolverine – and gush about the incredible trailer for Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro/Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:17:50

News: 0:17:50 – 0:59:00

Shang-Chi: 0:59:00 – 2:27:11

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #393 – Marvel Disney+ Shows Round-up & Genshin Impact 2.1

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

We were supposed to review Marvel’s latest blockbuster Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings this week, but in a strange twist of fate Sean arrived at the theater to find they’d just burst a pipe and had to shut down. So instead, we’re catching up on a few Marvel properties from 2021 we haven’t yet reviewed on the podcast: WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki, the first three Disney+ entries in the MCU canon, two of which we have slightly-to-mostly different opinions on, one of which we love a ton, and all of which serve as an interesting way to catch up on Marvel after many months without talking about them. We also dive deep with the 2.1 update for Genshin Impact, including the excellent conclusion to the Inazuma story and the excellence of Raiden Shogun, and Sean talks about playing the new ‘Director’s Cut’ DLC for Ghost of Tsushima.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro/Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:22:03

Genshin Impact 2.1: 0:22:03 – 1:02:25

Marvel Shows Intro: 1:02:25 – 1:09:55

WandaVision: 1:09:55 – 1:35:35

Falcon & Winter Snowman: 1:35:35 – 2:07:12

Loki: 2:07:12 – 2:42:25

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #37 – Gundam Build Fighters Review & Discussion

It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundam from The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

With 2013’s Gundam Build Fighters, Gundam leaves the world of life-and-death warfare and science-fiction (mostly) behind, and instead settles in for a slice-of-life sports anime centered around the Gunpla plastic models that have long been one of the most beloved and popular parts of the franchise’s legacy. And in a wonderful surprise, it winds up being one of the franchise’s finest hours, a practically perfect 25-episode series chock full of great, vibrant characters, big laughs, awesome Gunpla designs, and truly rousing, get-on-your-feet-and-cheer caliber mobile suit duels. Whether you’re a Gundam novice or a grizzled veteran, Gundam Build Fighters has something for everyone. It’s as entertaining an anime as you’re likely to find, and maybe the most crowd-pleasing installment in the franchise’s stories history – and because of that, it’s a real treat to get to talk about here.

Enjoy, and come back in two weeks for Gundam Build Fighters Try!   

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #392 – Gundam Build Fighters Review & Discussion

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

After an opening segment where we discuss Sean’s final thoughts on Returnal, Jonathan finally jumping in 4 years later to Horizon Zero Dawn, and our reactions to the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, it’s time for another Weekly Suit Gundam extravaganza! This time it’s 2013’s Gundam Build Fighters, where Gundam leaves the world of life-and-death warfare and science-fiction (mostly) behind, and instead settles in for a slice-of-life sports anime centered around the Gunpla plastic models that have long been one of the most beloved and popular parts of the franchise’s legacy. And in a wonderful surprise, it winds up being one of the franchise’s finest hours, a practically perfect 25-episode series chock full of great, vibrant characters, big laughs, awesome Gunpla designs, and truly rousing, get-on-your-feet-and-cheer caliber mobile suit duels. Whether you’re a Gundam novice or a grizzled veteran, Gundam Build Fighters has something for everyone. It’s as entertaining an anime as you’re likely to find, and maybe the most crowd-pleasing installment in the franchise’s stories history – and because of that, it’s a real treat to get to talk about here.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro/Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:32:22

News: 0:32:22 – 0:45:50

Gundam Build Fighters: 0:45:50 – 3:33:42

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #391 – Listener Mail, Sonic 2 Casting, Halo News, The Great Jeopardy Debacle & more!

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

After last week’s marathon Evangelion podcast, we’re back with a shorter, more grab-bag style episode, where we answer a chunk of listener questions on everything from Gundam to comic books to Super Sentai. Before that, though, we also have a big list of news items to get through, from the Great Jeopardy Host Debacle, to Halo: Infinite announcing it will release without co-op campaign or Forge, to the unveiling of the latest Call of Duty, to Criterion finally getting in on the 4K game, to Idris Elba being cast as Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which leads to us playing a round of fantasy celebrity casting with the entire Sonic cast. More thoughts on Genshin Impact and Sean’s first impressions of Returnal on PS5 round out the episode.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro/Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:17:53

News: 0:17:53 – 1:19:32

Listener Mail: 1:19:32 – 2:00:07

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #36 – Rebuild of Evangelion Film Tetralogy Review & Discussion

It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundam from The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

Almost two years ago, we took a little detour from Gundam to review Neon Genesis Evangelion upon its Netflix streaming debut, and promised that we’d come back to discuss Eva again if and when the 4-film Rebuild of Evangelion project was ever finished. And with the final film in Hideaki Anno’s lifelong passion project, Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time, now streaming worldwide (alongside the first three films) on Amazon Prime, we’re keeping our word and then some, with our longest Weekly Suit Gundam episode to date! We discuss all four films in the Rebuild project, diving deep into how these masterpieces fully realize the magic that was always there in Evangelion, but for us at least was held beneath the surface by frustrating and limiting creative choices in the original series. These are great, beautifully told, stunningly animated productions that give Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Misato, and everyone else the fully realized character arcs they’ve always deserved, and ends in a place that feels like Evangelion has finally found the conclusion it was always searching for. And that’s more than enough to fill a super-sized podcast.

Enjoy, and come back in two weeks for GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS!   

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