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Destroy All Podcasts DX Episode 345 Side B - Samurai Champloo: Tempestuous Temperaments & Redeye Reprisal


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Mike gets around, if you know what I mean...

Thanks as always for a great listen. I agree with your consensus that the hip-hop concept of this show just doesn't pay off, either in the visuals or how the music is integrated with the episodes. This failing was especially apparent to me because of the inevitable Cowboy Bebop comparisons, what with this being a similarly-styled Watanabe production and Mugen looking like a monkey-samurai version of Spike (both of them voiced by Steve Blum in the English dubs). Where Bebop did an amazing job of tying musical themes into the show themes, Champloo's soundtrack feels shoehorned in. I still liked the show, but its intended signature element was very "take it or leave it."

I also have to give big props to Akio for calling out The Man From Nowhere, not only because he makes an interesting point that it feels like a Korean take on the blacksploitation formula (I certainly didn't think of that watching it, but it feels right and makes me want to see the film again), but also because - YES - it has the best and most realistic knife-work I have ever seen in an action film. It would be awesome if you folks did a podcast on that one.

Finally, even though he wasn't in this episode, I want to give another shout-out to Mike for being a better internet nerd celebrity than I even appreciated. I've been digging through the archives of some other podcasts, and was very amused to hear his voicemail beseeching the AWO crew to review "Legend of the Galactic Heroes," AND to hear him participating in the Fast Karate book club. Mike, you magnificent podcast whore!

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 4 November, 2014 - 08:30
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