Anime Openings Of Interest

Anmitsu Hime

It’s a Koji Nanke animated OP (and ED) that I hadn’t seen before. Which is always nice.

Araiguma Rascal

When we did a Dynamite In The Brain podcast on World Masterpiece Theatre earlier this year, this was the omission we regretted the most. Purely on the basis of this fun, fun, fun opening theme

Tonde Mon Pe

If you are creating a list of all time greatest anime openings, then you probably overlooked the opening to Tonde Mon Pe. And I am here to tell you that you made a mistake. What could be better than a Cathy knock-off rocking out in an 80’s 50’s nostalgia sort of way?


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What if I started a Linkin Park AMV tumblr?

linkin park amv

Who likes AMVs? Do you like them enough to follow a tumblr that only posts Linkin Park AMVs featuring Linkin Park’s “In The End” regardless of quality? Then you’ll love my new tumblr.

Once a day I will be posting a Linkin Park AMV from Youtube that uses their hit song “In The End”. I will continue to do this until people stop making and uploading “In The End” based AMVs. Which I hope is never.

If you wish to assist me in doing God’s work here on Earth, then you can submit Youtube videos to the tumblr here.

Please make sure that these videos feature Linkin Park singing “In The End”. I do not want to see any AMVs featuring the completely different song “In The End” by the inferior band, Black Veil Brides.

The Black Veil Brides are imposters and agents of Chaos, who are making this heaven sent task harder to accomplish by tempting honest AMV makers. These corrupted innocents then slave away on their pirated copies of Adobe Premiere making non-Linkin Park AMVs that have “In The End” in their descriptions and file names. Disgusting.

In conclusion, long live Linkin Park AMVs that feature the song “In The End”!

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Alphabet Stew

Welcome to Alphabet Stew, the wordsearch podcast for people on the go!

Do you not have time to sit down with a wordsearch and ring the words on the grid? Well Alphabet Stew is here to solve that problem with its innovative AUDIO WORDSEARCH.

Today’s show notes:

  • 00:00 Today’s words
  • 01:09 Today’s grid
  • 03:44 Today’s answers
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The Top 10 Anime of 2014 That I Will Never Find The Time To Finish Watching

10) Rowdy Sumo Matsutaro I managed to watch 6 episodes of this story of a jerk becoming a sumo wrestler. Only 17 more to go!

9) Hozuki no Reitetsu 4.5 episodes watched out of 13 means I am going to the Hell Of Uncompleted Crunchyroll Queues when I die.

8) Tonari no Seki-kun Three episodes watched over the course of half a year. At this rate I’ll be done watching this series of 10 minute comedy episodes by the end of 2017.

7) Nandaka Velonica Not only can’t I remember how much of this I’ve watched, up until a week ago I had completely forgotten it even existed.

6) Kokkuri-san As great and funny as the first episode was, Bob’s Burgers and Brooklyn Nine Nine are better uses of my laughing time.

5) Witch Craft Works Two episodes and never touched again, all year long. I’m a big proponent of Tsutomu Mizushima and yet I never find time to watch his shows these days.

4) Shirobako Tsutomu Mizushima again, and this time with his greatest collaborator, Michiko Hokote. That still doesn’t mean I will find the time to watch more than one episode of it.

3) Gundam Build Fighters Try I managed to watch fewer episodes of this sequel than I did last year’s Gundam Build Fighters. Which is to say, I watched one episode.

2) Garo the Animation I have watched the OP multiple times. That’s it. No idea what the show itself is like. It is a great OP though.

1) Log Horizon Haven’t even found the time to finish season 1 let alone start season 2.

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Marvel Two-In-One #4: Doomsday 3014


Cover date: July 1974

Writer: Steve Gerber

Penciller: Sal Buscema

Inker: F. Giaoia

Letter: C. Jetter

Colorist: P. Goldberg

Editor: Roy Thomas

Continues from: Marvel Two-In-One #1,#2 and #3, Fantastic Four #5 (sorta, Doom’s time machine is pivotal to the plot)

This feels a little slight, perhaps due to the double page splash that eats up the page count with little plot advancement. However, it does have the BADOON.

The Badoon are an alien race I was unduly fascinated with as a teenager as the Marvel RPG provided stats for them, but no picture. I knew all the other aliens mentioned from comics I had read at the time, but the Badoon eluded me for decades until picking up the reprints of this and the Defenders. They didn’t live up to the exoticism those FASERIP stats had given them.

More importantly to the Marvel Universe, this issue is where Gerber begins to reintroduce the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan in a one shot Marvel Super-Heroes story in 1969, they had remained unused since, until Gerber revived them in this book, The Defenders and Marvel Presents.

This issue starts with Ben and Wundarr visiting the Central Park Zoo. Ben takes his eyes off Wundarr for a second and the manchild has let out all the animals. You’d think after the Lizard’s frequent escape parties at the reptile house they’d have better security at this point.

This interferes with a date Sharon Carter and Steve Rogers are taking in the park, so he suits up and becomes Captain America. And to add to the coincidences, Namorita happens to be walking through the park with her friend Annie.

After everything gets sorted, Ben invites Steve and Sharon back to the Baxter Building to explain what’s going on with Wundarr. During this Ben accidentally switches on Doom’s time machine and summons a princess from over 1000 years in the future.

She explains that she is Tarin, and that she comes from the year 3014, when the Badoon have enslaved the solar system. Captain American wants to head to the future to help out, and Ben & Sharon want to go with him. So Reed sends the three of them with Tarin back to the future. Where they are immediately ambushed by a pack of ZOMS. The Badoon, taking a page out of the Dalek playbook, have created these Zoms, men turned into living machines to serve the aliens.

The heroes do OK against them, but then the unoriginally named “MONSTER OF BADOON” shows up and lays them out. As the three heroes are dragged off, Tarin look on from a hiding place swearing vengeance as we end the issue.

NEXT ISSUE: THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! (not those ones, the original ones)

Marvel Two-In-One #3: Inside Black Spectre


Cover date: May 1974

Writer: Steve Gerber

Penciller: Sal Buscema

Inker: Joe Sinnott

Letter: Dave Hunt

Colorist: P. Goldberg

Editor: Roy Thomas

Continues from: Marvel Two-In-One #2, Daredevil #109, Shanna The She Devil #4, Ka-Zar #2.

This is a Daredevil story that is appearing in The Thing’s book, as it continues Daredevil’s battles with Black Spectre. Which in turn is actually a continuation of a Shanna The She Devil story. All of which Steve Gerber wrote or co-wrote.

I have a fondness for grand stories that just happen to be told across whatever Marvel titles a writer ends up writing at the time. Jim Starlin’s tales of Thanos are probably the most obvious of these, but I have a fondness for Joe Casey’s tales that spread from Cable in the 90s to Vengeance just a few years ago.

This comic though, it’s not really moving things forward, it’s more treading water.

Two things are advanced here for the ongoing Two-In-One storyline, it’s confirmed that Wundarr is an adult man with the education of a newborn infant and Reed creates him a suit to control his powers. Not exactly exciting stuff.

It does lead to Daredevil’s appearance in this book as during the tests on Wundarr there’s an explosion, which ol’ hornhead thinks might be another Black Spectre attack and investigates (every superhero in Manhattan is but an explosion’s earshot away from one another).

Once he realises it’s the FF that have caused the explosion he goes to the Baxter Building to give them a piece of his mind about setting off explosions in the middle of the city. There he meets Wundarr, for whom Reed has built a special suit that will prevent him exploding again. And between panels, Daredevil and Ben explain their ongoing story lines to one another.

Daredevil then goes to see Foggy Nelson and Shanna O’Hara (aka Shanna the She-Devil). She thinks Black Spectre has something to do with the Mandrill, the mutant supervillan who kidnapped, and subsequently murdered, her father.

Then changing back into street clothes, Matt Murdock goes on a date with Candace Nelson, Foggy’s half-sister. This date involves going to heavy handed parody of avant garde theatre, which ends in a hypnotised actor portraying Hitler killing an actor playing Captain America before blowing his own brains out.

Daredevil investigates, discovers a Black Spectre agent, but gets attacked by the Black Widow, the surprise having already been spoilt by the cover.

In order to pursue the Black Spectre aircraft he sees flying away with her, he goes back the Baxter Building to ask to borrow the Fantasticar. Well, steal it actually.

Ben catches him and after an explanation the pair go off to clobber Black Spectre. They board their ship and after some pummelling of henchmen, they get roundly defeated by the leader of Black Spectre and Black Widow, who drug Daredevil and hypnotise Ben.

The pair are thrown off the ship in the Fantasticar. Why they didn’t just throw them off and keep the car I don’t know. Plus, Ben would probably be OK however he fell. He’s super strong monster made of rock. Really bad planning here by the Mandrill, who the mysterious Black Spectre leader obviously is (he has a giant statue of a Mandrill on his aircraft). Nekra was in this fight too, but does so little it wasn’t worth mentioning her.

Within panels, Matt comes to, and lands the car. The abrupt and disappointing end. There aren’t even enough pages for the abject and utter failure of our heroes to rescue their friend to sink in. To be continued in Daredevil #110.

All in all a let down after the first two issues. We get some progression with Wundarr in the side story, but the main story ends up pretty much where it started. I imagine you’d have been fine just reading the Daredevil issues and skipping this.

Buscema’s art is fine, the highlight being the theatre sequence. I was never a Sal Buscema fan as a kid, but turned around on him as an adult. I guess changing artists three issues in goes to show that comic launches haven’t changed all that much in the ensuing decades.

Marvel Two-In-One #2: Manhunters From The Stars

Cover date: March 1974

Writer: Steve Gerber

Penciller: Gil Kane

Inker: Joe Sinnott

Letter: Artie Simek

Colorist: Glynis Wein

Editor: Roy Thomas

Continues from: Marvel Two-In-One #1, Sub-Mariner #68 & #69, Fear #17.

Remember how last issue’s tale of the Molecule Man continued in Iron Man Annual #3? Here we get some of that title-to-title storytelling going the other way. This issue picks up story elements from other comics being written by Steve Gerber at the time, namely Sub-Mariner and Adventure Into Fear.

The big one is the introduction to the book of Wundarr, the satirical take on Superman that Gerber had introduced in Fear #17. We get a recounting of his origin here for newcomers, how his father went mad, thinking his planet was doomed, and sent his infant son in a rocket to Earth. However he was not discovered for 22 years, and so he has the body of a man and the mind of a child (and thinks Man-Thing is his mother).

As the issue opens he falls out the sky and is saved from drowning by Namorita, Sub-Mariner’s far less weird than she ought to be, cousin/clone of his actual cousin. The reason he is falling is that while Wundarr has the leap tall buildings in a single bound part of Superman’s powers down, he hasn’t got the hang of landing yet.

Namor handles the appearance of this superpowered manchild with all the subtlety and understanding he is known for and Wundarr flees in terror from the shouty Atlantean.

Meanwhile, aliens from Wundarr’s homeworld seek him out, in order to slay him. They fear he will seek revenge for the death of his parents at the hands of the Dakkam Internal Security Force and so send a robot called MORTOID down to Earth to do their dirty work.

Over in New York, Ben Grimm is in a mood, a mood not improved on when Wundarr drops out the sky into New York traffic. The inevitable hero on hero fight ensues. Then Namor and Namorita show up and try to break up the fight.

Before they get a chance, the Mortoid arrives, Wundarr gets zapped, the Mortoid gets Imperium Rex’d, the Dakkamites flee and Benjamin Grimm gets left holding the baby. A baby in the body of a 22 year old man.

The ending reads just about as rushed as I wrote that last run on sentence, with the entire palming off of Wundarr on The Thing done in 3 panels, as Namor and Namorita rush back to whatever they were up to in the pages of Sub-Mariner.

Pacing issues aside, it’s a funny issue, with the narrator at one point stopping and asking the reader if they are keeping up with everything that’s being set up in the comic. And Namor’s still wearing that funky black leather 70s costume so that’s good too. A Gil Kane Namor is no Bill Everett Namor, but it is very much identifiable as a distinctly Gil Kane Namor. It’s the nose I think.

There’s also a ship’s captain character who is drawn so differently to everyone else, that I presume people in in 1974 would recognise who he’s supposed to be. I wasn’t even born then, so if he is a reference to something it has flown right over my head.