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World of UScast: Wayward Podcast Ep 40 – Covering a Franchise Part Deus

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Richard and some idiot who can’t remember Gary Oldman’s name (Toshi) return to talk about giant robots. While last time we discussed what is considered the “main Gundam universe,” the Universal Century timeline, this time it’s all about the alternate universes. In this episode we cover the three “letter” series, G Gundam, Gundam W, and Gundam X, three series that are a trilogy in their own right and pretty much defined all the other alternate universe series.

Notes: The second Gundam talk episode ended up being a really long one, folks, so we’ve had to divide it up into two parts. The final segment is coming.

Relative spoilers for each of the Gundam series covered in this episode as well as Star Trek Voyager for some reason…

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • birdy the critic

    The only mecha series I can think of around that time that could be considered as being aimed at a female audience is The Vision of Escaflowne, but since that is more fantasy than sci-fi, I’m not sure if that counts. Magical Knight Rayearth has a giant mech, but that is more of a magical girl series ultimately.

    Something just occurred to me. Even though you talked about Evangelion several episodes ago, you both still keep coming back to its impact on anime culture and the zeitgeist of the subsequent decade (a zeitgeist I would argue didn’t end until Gurren Lagann came along). Maybe if either of you have seen any of the mecha shows that were clearly trying to follow in the footsteps of Evangelion (stuff like Fafner or Rahxehphon) it might be fun to talk about which ones work and for what reasons. I don’t even like Evangelion and I think that that might be interesting.

    Anyway, if you’re doing a bunch of series that show the disconnect between Japanese and Western audiences, maybe talk about Full Metal Alchemist? Just saying.