Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mr. A's review of...Sherlock Holmes


The Story

After capturing Lord Blackwood, a practitioner of black magic, Detective Sherlock Holmes has become rather bored with life. Coupled with the marriage engagement of his partner Dr. Watson to his fiancee Mary Morstan, Holmes is absolutely inconsolable. That is until he catches word of Lord Blackwood's rise from the grave. Reinvigorated by the news, Holmes and Watson spring into action to once again solve the unsolvable mystery.

The Review
Action packed, gorgeous locations, and classic Arthur Conan Doyle style, this movie will grantee to entertain. Downey is brilliant as Holmes, though it is hard to understand what he's saying from time to time due to his accent. Jude Law portrays an excellent Watson. Unfortunately Rachel McAdams performance was...how shall I put this? Horrible in comparison. But overall, the film makes up for it.

The Verdict
As I said before, this is an incredible film. Even if you don't like mystery stories, this will entertain you thoroughly. The slow-motion scenes are used just enough for it to not lose it's cool factor. It's a bit hard to keep up with the sleuthing and gumshoeing, but it's all explained in the end so don't worry about it.

10/10


Well that's it. Now go plunk down $10 and go see this film.

Jaa mata,
Mr. A (Executive Gumshoe)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Otaku 5-0: Star Trek Audio Commentaries

Aloha everybody!

I am pleased to present to you the long-awaited audio commentary tracks for both Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan & Star Trek (2009)!

Now, we recommend that you listen to this commentary using the, "pause & play" method, first introduced in our Ghostbusters commentary track. Now, I do understand despite our best efforts, our commentary track, may not sync up perfectly with your DVD version of the film.

So, please enjoy the fruit of our labors. We hope that you, as always, have as much fun listening to this commentary as we did recording it.

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

Show Notes
Star Trek Audio Commentaries

Recording Date: December 14, 2009
Running Times:
114 minutes (Star Trek II commentary track)
121 minutes (Star Trek commentary track)

Panelists - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Commentary
Totoro (Executive Producer)
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Maka (Otaku 5-0 Technical Director)
Jam (Contributor-at-Large)

Panelists - Star Trek (2009) Commentary
Jupiter (Executive Producer)
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Maka (Otaku 5-0 Technical Director)
Zell (Contributor-at-Large)
Jam (Contributor-at-Large)

Click here to download Star Trek II commentary track.

Click here to download Star Trek (2009) commentary track.

To better sync our commentary with your DVD version of the film, just follow the instructions below:

FIRST AND FOREMOST, download our audio commentary track to your computer or favorite mp3 player.

1) Load up your DVD, and proceed to the main menu:

This is the DVD main menu for Star Trek (2009).

2) Move the cursor, highlighting and selecting "Scene Selections".

3) Scroll through the corresponding menu, and highlight the 1st Scene with the cursor.

4) Play our audio commentary track, and pause it when prompted to do so.

5) Start the movie, and resume our commentary track when you see the Paramount Pictures logo (for both films) appear on screen.

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Otaku 5-0: Holiday Bonus Episode

Aloha everybody!

Even though the podcast is technically on hiatus until next month (January 18th), I did announce that we were going to produce audio commentaries for both Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan & Star Trek (2009). I am pleased to announce that we have completed recording both commentary tracks and they shall be posted to this website as soon as possible!

However, in the meantime, we have a special treat. Based on a suggestion from Jam (Contributor-in-Large), I decided to produce a special bonus episode with discussion on various holiday-themed topics in our trademark Otaku 5-0 style!

In closing, I and the staff of Otaku 5-0 would like to wish our audience a very happy holiday season!

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

WARNING! Portions of this podcast contain mature language and adult content. Listener discretion is advised.



Click here to download episode.

Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Holiday Bonus Episode

Recording Date: December 14, 2009
Running Time: 55 minutes

Moderator
Maka (Otaku 5-0 Technical Director)

Panelists
Totoro (Executive Producer)
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Jupiter (Executive Producer)
Jam (Contributor-At-Large)

Format
1. Bad Christmas Melody (Jam, Maka & Totoro)

2. Lead-in (Totoro, Maka)

3. The Top 3... Dream Gifts

4. Favorite... Christmas Movie

5. Otaku 5-0 New Years Resolutions

6. X Reasons Why... Christmas Is Overrated

7. Lead-out (Maka)

Musical Notes
-Post-Disclaimer Theme: "Eyecatch" from Full Metal Panic!
-Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
-Interstitial Clips: "Pre-Title" from His & Her Circumstances, "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger, "Subtitle" from Full Metal Panic!, "I'll Do It Right!" from Naruto
-Ending Theme: "Honoruru, Hawaii" from Frank De Lima's Ethnicology 101

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming Soon...
Our audio commentaries for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan & Star Trek (2009)!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mr. A's review of...Star Trek: The Motion Picture


Okay, before we begin, I'd like to state that I'm reviewing the director's edition of the film. Mostly because I have yet to find the original cut on DVD...if the thing even exists.

The Story
A cloud of unknown origin and destructive power is slowly making it's way to Earth. The only ship within range just so happens to be a newly-refit USS Enterprise (boy, that happens a lot, doesn't it?) James T. Kirk, who between the TV series and the movie became head of Starfleet Operations, uses this emergency to get back the center seat of his beloved ship. Kirk must find a way to defeat the ominous V'ger while dealing with past friends, tensions between the crew, and the reality that, though they have been through many adventures together, this new Enterprise is nothing like the past love he once knew.

The Review
Though by no means the visual Goliath that J.J. Abrams' Star Trek film was, this movie does have it's moments. Getting to see the crew again is a definite high point for Trek fans and the additions of Willard Decker and Ilia (prototypes for William Riker and Deana Troi) bring something new to the table. The director's edition moves some things around and adds a few new visual moments (most notably the space-walk towards the end of the film). I personally like the director's cut better than the original, though I know a few who would disagree.

The Verdict
Anyone who isn't a die-hard Trek fan will be bored out of their minds (Jupiter, I'm looking at you...) but Trekkies and Trekkers alike will enjoy at least most of this film. The costumes have been generally looked down upon, but I think it's an interesting departure from the colorful uniforms in the original series. Acting is top-notch seeing as how the actors have been playing these characters for years. Though not exactly aging gracefully, this film is still a classic in my mind. 7/10

There you go. I figured you guys could whet your appetite on this while waiting for our Star Trek double-feature.

Jaa mata,
Mr. A (Commander, USS Otaku 5-0)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Otaku 5-0 Season 3 Finale & Bonus Topic!

Aloha everybody!

Another leg of this journey has come to an end... I am proud & humbled to present to you the finale episode of Otaku 5-0's 3rd season!

Now, the finale episode is originally recorded as a single entity. However, I later decided to split the footage into two portions - 1)the episode itself, which contains a majority of the topic discussion, and 2) a clip containing a single topic (A Serious Conversation About... Movies In 2010) which proved to be of sufficient length to be its own entity.

WARNING! Nostalgia Ahead!

Now, I know it's important to plan for the future (and we certainly have a LOT of stuff planned for next season), but to me it's just as important to remember how things have gotten to where they are. There's an old saying which reads, "Treat every day as if it's your last." When you think about it, every episode we have recorded UNTIL NOW has been a finale in itself, because you can never be sure if we're ever going to record another one. Life certainly has a bad habit of throwing some mean-spirited lemons, and all we can do is try to make the best lemonade we can.

Now don't get me wrong... I am thankful we have made it this far (as of the recording date of this episode, Otaku 5-0 has been in existence 1 year, 3 months and 25 days), and I also am grateful that the core staff (myself, Jupiter & Mr. A) is still in place, with no intentions of slowing down. But you never know what the future may hold.

In closing, let me take a moment to thank my fellow Otaku 5-0 staffers and special guests for their professionalism, our families for their support (including my own), but most especially...

YOU - OUR GROWING AUDIENCE...
For taking time out of your daily lives to hang out with us for a little while.

Until next season,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

Part 1 (Finale Episode)
WARNING! Portions of this podcast contain mature language and adult content. Listener discretion is advised.



Click here to download episode.

Part 2 (Bonus Topic)
WARNING! Portions of this podcast contain mature language and adult content. Listener discretion is advised.



Click here to download bonus topic.

Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Episode 3.16 & Bonus Topic

Recording Date: November 30, 2009
Running Times:
64 minutes (Finale Episode)
51 minutes (Bonus Topic)

Moderator
Totoro (Executive Producer)

Panelists
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Jupiter (Executive Producer)
Neko-X (Senior Producer)
Jam (Contributor-at-Large)
Maka (Otaku 5-0 Technical Director)

Special Guest
DJ Buma, Lord of the Butishake (Assistant Kawaii-kon Technical Director)

Format
1. Random Chatter: A Singing Deer Head

2. Straight From The Cookie (Totoro)

3. Lead-in (Totoro)

4. Taking Stock
- Something we'd like to do during the hiatus

5. Hawaii Video Gaming League & Kawaii-kon Announcements (Neko-X & DJ Buma)

6. DVD Grab Bag IV, Part 2 (Continued)

Neko-X reviews Castle In The Sky

7. Random Chatter: Discussion of The Twilight Saga: New Moon

8. Best Family Guy Moment Ever!

9. Lead-out (Totoro)

Special Bonus Topic: A Serious Conversation About... Movies in 2010

Musical Notes
Finale Episode
-Post-Disclaimer Theme: "Gato's Theme" from Chrono Trigger
-Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
-Interstitial Clips: "Pre-Title" from His & Her Circumstances, "I'll Do It Right!" from Naruto, "Subtitle" from Revolutionary Girl Utena
-Ending Theme: "Surfin Bird" from The Trashmen

Bonus Topic
-Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
-Ending Theme: "Breach of Contract" from Ah! My Goddess

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming Soon...
Our audio commentaries for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan & Star Trek (2009)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Otaku 5-0 Season 3: Episode 15

pe-nul-ti-mate (adj.) - next to the last.

Aloha everybody!

Yes, we have arrived at that moment yet again. I am proud to present not only the latest episode of our podcast (and the penultimate episode for the 3rd Season) which includes my last Film & Book contributor report, the last (sort of) installment of DVD Grab Bag, and the FIRST installment of a new topic:

Duel To The Death
This topic, which will take place in a single episode, involves the selection of two characters - in this case, Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) & Peter Griffin (Family Guy). Next, each panelist must envision a particular challenge (physical or otherwise) between the combatants, and they must select a winner. The combatant who wins the most challenges shall be declared the winner!

On a more serious note, with Thanksgiving fast approaching we have decided (in an act of fortuitous timing) to pay homage to that nostalgic spirit by including a special edition of "The Top 3", in which we rank the things we are most thankful for. And since we'll be airing the next (and final) episode after we gorge ourselves of nature's plentiful bounty, I would like to extend our best wishes for a Happy (& safe) Thanksgiving to whoever may read this!

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

WARNING! Portions of this podcast contain mature language and adult content. Listener discretion is advised.



Click here to download episode.

Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Episode 3.15

Recording Date: November 23, 2009
Running Time: 72 minutes

Moderator
Jupiter (Executive Producer)

Panelists
Totoro (Executive Producer)
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Neko-X (Videogame & Blu-ray Contributor)
Maka (Otaku 5-0 Technical Director)
Zell (Contributor-at-Large)
Jam (Contributor-at-Large)

Format
1. Totally Random Statement (Neko-X)

2. Lead-in (Jupiter)

3. Film & Book Report (Totoro)

4. An Otaku 5-0 Announcement (Totoro)

5. DVD Grab Bag IV, Part 2

Mr. A reviews The West Wing (Season 1, Disc 1)
Totoro reviews Megazone 23 (Part 1)
Jam reviews The Last Of The Mohicans
Jupiter reviews Returner

6. The Top 3... Things We Are Thankful For

7. Duel To The Death - Homer Simpson vs. Peter Griffin <-- 4th Season Topic Preview!

8. Lead-out (Jupiter)

Musical Notes
- Post-Disclaimer Theme: "Eyecatch" from Full Metal Panic!
- Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
- Interstitial Clips: "I'll Do It Right!" from Naruto, "Pre-Title" from His & Her Circumstances, "Eyecatch 1" from Revolutionary Girl Utena, "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger, "Eyecatch" from Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu?
- Ending Theme: "Breach of Contract" from Ah! My Goddess

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming Soon...
Our Season 3 Finale!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Totoro's review of... Paranormal Activity!


Aloha everybody!
I FINALLY had the opportunity to see the oft-discussed, oft-recommended Paranormal Activity... And here is my review:

CAUTION! SPOILERS AHEAD!

The Story
If I were to compose a log line for this movie, it would read something like this: A couple in their 20's find themselves affected by a supernatural presence in their suburban California home. Short, sweet & to the point... I just wish the film was that way, especially in the beginning. But however, once the initial exposition is done, the film improves dramatically.

The Review
This film is similar in many ways to its great spiritual predecessor The Blair Witch Project - both films are supernatural-themed, feature actors (Katie & Micah) giving unscripted performances as themselves, focus more on atmosphere instead of action, and were shot on a very small budget (Blair Witch had an initial budget of around $20-25k, whereas Paranormal Activity was slightly smaller with $16k). As an aspiring filmmaker I can certainly take home a few lessons in addition to some sleepless nights. However, unlike Blair Witch, this film is set in a single location (Katie & Micah's Spanish-themed house) rather than various spots in a single locale (Blair Witch was shot at Maryland's Seneca Creek State Park.) Additionally, the film's believability is enhanced by its bare-bones production method. For example, the film is shot with a camera just a few steps above what you'd find at your local Best Buy - and exactly what a young couple in their 20s with some degree of wealth (Katie is a student & Micah's stated job is a day-trader) might have access to. Despite being glued to my seat, I found the film's ending to be its weakest point.

The Verdict
This movie (and by extension, its phenomenal box office success) is a prime example of successful micro-budget filmmaking. Despite the simplicity of its production, the film delivers some deeply suspenseful moments. And while I wholeheartedly recommend this film, I place it squarely in the SUSPENSE genre. Die-hard horror fans (like Cetic & his brother Lance) will probably find it slow & boring. 9/10

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

Coming Soon...
Our next podcast episode!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Otaku 5-0 Season 3: Episode 14

Aloha everybody!

As it turns out, the 3rd season of our podcast will soon come to an end... And yes, the nostalgia has already started to set in. It is still hard for me to believe that we've been in production since August 5th (our 1-year anniversary, you may recall) and I am happy to say that we've got a LOT of stuff planned for Season 4!

But on this disclaimer-free episode (a rare occurrence indeed), The Big Three (myself, Mr. A & Jupiter) are joined on the panel by Gears (Contributor-at-Large) & Jam (Contributor-at-Large) as we commence this season's fourth (and final) installment of DVD Grab Bag, which has apparently become an audience favorite (Don't worry... It'll be back next season!)

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)



Click here to download episode.

Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Episode 3.14

Recording Date: November 16, 2009
Running Time: 56 minutes

Moderator
Totoro (Executive Producer)

Panelists
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Jupiter (Executive Producer)
Neko-X (Videogame & Blu-ray Contributor)
Gears (Contributor-at-Large)
Jam (Contributor-at-Large)

Format
1. Bad Joke Of The Day (Mr. A)

2. Lead-in (Totoro)

3. Otaku 5-0 Announcements
- Our latest Epic Fail! (i.e. the Ghostbusters 2 Audio Commentary)
- A get-well message for Zyconis (Contributor-at-Large)

4. Videogame & Blu-ray Report (Neko-X)

5. Favorite... Game Show

6. DVD Grab Bag IV, Part 1

Mr. A selected The West Wing (Season 1, Disc 1)
Jam selected The Last Of The Mohicans
Neko-X selected Castle In The Sky
Jupiter selected Returner
Totoro selected Megazone 23 (Part 1)

7. How We Would Have Done It: The Resident Evil Movies

8. Lead-out (Totoro)

Musical Notes
- Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
- Interstitial Clips: "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger, "I'll Do It Right!" from Naruto, "Subtitle" from Full Metal Panic!, "Pre-Title" from His & Her Circumstances
- Ending Theme: "Breach Of Contract" from Ah! My Goddess

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming Soon...
A review of Paranormal Activity & our next podcast episode!

Monday, November 16, 2009

It came from YouTube...Mr. A edition!

Howdy, everyone!
First of I'd like to apologize for tanking our Ghostbusters 2 commentary. We had quite a few technical problems that particular night so we decided to shelf the audio until a later date. Maybe one day you'll get to hear it, but for now I've decided to leave you with this awesome video I found. Enjoy!



Jaa mata,
Mr. A (Executive Ghostbuster)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Otaku 5-0 Season 3: Episode 13

Aloha everybody!

Since our 3rd season will soon be ending and this will be the last opportunity for us to report on specific areas of entertainment, I had decided to give more time for the next (and last) series of contributor reports before we enter our 2-month hiatus. So, we are joined on the panel by Kira (Anime & Manga Contributor) who delivers the last of his contributor reports for this season, along with Jam (Guest Contributor) who returns for his second episode.

However, I would be remiss if I did not extend my thoughts and good wishes to all of our military personnel as Veterans Day (November 11th) approaches. In particular, I would like to thank Peeps (Jupiter's husband, who is currently on deployment), Zell (Contributor-At-Large) & Gears (Contributor-At-Large) for their service to our nation.

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

WARNING! Portions of this podcast contain mature language and adult content. Listener discretion is advised.



Click here to download episode.

Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Episode 3.13

Recording Date: November 9, 2009
Running Time: 83 minutes

Moderator
Mr. A (Executive Producer)

Panelists
Totoro (Executive Producer)
Jupiter (Executive Producer)
Kira (Anime & Manga Contributor)
Jam (Contributor-at-Large)

Format
1. Pearl Of Wisdom (Jupiter)

2. Lead-in (Mr. A)

3. Anime & Manga Report (Kira, Totoro)

4. Least Favorite... TV Series

5. X Reasons Why... The Legend Of Zelda SHOULD NOT Be Developed As A Film Franchise

6. Good Sequel, Bad Sequel

7. Lead-out (Mr. A)

Musical Notes
- Post-Disclaimer Theme: "Catch (puff)" from Ah! My Goddess
- Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
- Interstitial Clips: "Subtitle" from Full Metal Panic!, " Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger, "I'll Do It Right!" from Naruto, "Pre-Title" from His & Her Circumstances
- Ending Theme: "Breach Of Contract" from Ah! My Goddess

Coming Soon...
Otaku 5-0's Ghostbusters 2 audio commentary & our next podcast episode!

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Otaku 5-0 Season 3: Episode 12

Aloha everybody!

I'm not sure I announced this before, so let me say it here. I enforce an "open-door" policy here at Otaku 5-0. If you as a fan make an effort to contact me and show your interest in, say, attending a recording session, then I would be happy to accommodate you. And for this installment, we are joined on the panel by Jam & Zyconis, two fans of our podcast who did just that!

Now before you listen in, let me say that I have observed a slight drop in the level of passionate discussion here at Otaku 5-0. Of course, there are many reasons for this... Perhaps our everyday lives have changed so that we have less energy... Perhaps we've grown too accustomed to one another that we don't push our boundaries as often... Perhaps we've come to see this podcast as a job or routine instead of something we want to do... Or perhaps it's because I'm running out of topic ideas, so we're forced to talk about stuff outside our level of expertise... But every once in a while, I come up with a topic that effortlessly brings the level of a discussion to a fervent pitch.

Now having produced every single episode of Otaku 5-0, I can speak with some authority on this... Out of what we've done so far, there are only a handful that I still listen to weeks or even months after it was originally aired... And I am proud to say that THIS will be one of those episodes!

So, please enjoy the fruit of our labors. We hope you have as much fun listening to this as we did recording it.

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

WARNING! Portions of this podcast contain mature language and adult content. Listener discretion is advised.



Click here to download episode.

Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Episode 3.12

Recording Date: November 2, 2009
Running Time: 64 minutes

Moderators
Jupiter (Executive Producer)
Totoro (Executive Producer)

Panelists
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Neko-X (Videogame & Blu-ray Contributor)
Zell (Contributor-At-Large)
Gears (Contributor-At-Large)
Maka (Technical Director)

Special Guests
Jam (Guest Contributor)
Zyconis (Guest Contributor)

Format
1. Parable Of The Week (Jupiter)

2. Lead-in (Jupiter, Totoro)

3. Introduction of Special Guests Jam & Zyconis

4. Topic From The Past - Least Favorite... Video Game (Episode 1.8)

5. Videogame & Blu-ray Report (Neko-X)

6. DVD Grab Bag III, Part 2

Zell reviews Casshern
Mr. A reviews Legend Of The Sacred Stone
Totoro reviews Drunken Master
Jupiter reviews A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
Maka reviews Kodocha, Vol. 3

7. A Serious Conversation About... Adult Content In Entertainment

8. Lead-out (Jupiter)

Musical Notes
- Post-Disclaimer Theme: "Afternoon of Konoha" from Naruto
- Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
- Interstitial Clips: "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger, "I'll Do It Right!" from Naruto, "Catch (nyaa)" from Ah! My Goddess, "Subtitle" from Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Ending Theme: "Breach of Contract" from Ah! My Goddess

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming Soon...
The next episode of Otaku 5-0!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Revised Otaku 5-0 Audio Commentary Lineup

Aloha everybody!

After some degree of thought, I have decided to revise the lineup for our future Otaku 5-0 audio commentaries:

November - Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters 2
December - Big Trouble In Little China
January - Monty Python & The Holy Grail
February - My Neighbor Totoro
March - Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
May - Airplane!
June - The Seven Samurai

Future possibilities include: Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Transformers, Akira, Back To The Future, A Night At The Opera

As you can see, we have quite an interesting mix of movies coming your way (I just hope that we can pull this off.)

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Otaku 5-0 Audio Commentary: Ghostbusters

Aloha everybody!

With Halloween fast approaching, we decided to get into the spirit by recording an audio commentary for Ghostbusters, the classic 1984 action/sci-fi/comedy that has become one of our favorite films!

Now, we have decided to do something different than with previous audio commentary tracks we recorded. I am aware that most fan-made audio commentary tracks, while entertaining in their own way, are hard to sync up with the DVD version of the film. In an effort to solve this problem, we have structured this commentary in a slightly different manner (just see the directions below.)

With that being said, please enjoy the fruit of our labors. We hope that you, as always, have as much fun listening to this commentary as we did recording it.

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

Show Notes
Otaku 5-0 Audio Commentary: Ghostbusters

Recording Date: October 29, 2009
Running Time: 109 minutes

Panelists
Totoro (Executive Producer)
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Jupiter (Executive Producer)

Click here to download commentary track.

To better sync our commentary with your DVD version of the film, just follow the instructions below:

FIRST AND FOREMOST, download our audio commentary track to your computer or favorite mp3 player.

1) Load up your DVD, and proceed to the main menu:

This is the DVD menu for our version of the movie.
Yours might be slightly different.


2) Move the cursor, highlighting and selecting "Scene Selections".

3) Scroll through the corresponding menu, and highlight the 1st Scene with the cursor.

4) Play our audio commentary track, and pause it when prompted to do so (in this case, when I say, "pause.")

5) Start the movie, and resume our commentary track when you see the Columbia Pictures logo appear on screen. A short interstitial music clip will play at the start of our commentary.

Musical Notes
- Interstitial Music Clip: "Eyecatch" from Full Metal Panic!

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming soon...
The next Otaku 5-0 audio podcast episode!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mr. A's review of...Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom)


Mr. A returns to BLOW YOUR MIND!!!

The Story
After Earth's demise, one of the only safe havens left is the floating island of Metro City. Dr. Tenma, head of the Ministry of Science, loses his son Toby (Tobio in the original story) when a prototype war machine he created goes on a rampage. Insane with grief, Tenma enlists the aid of his old friend Dr. Elefun (Ochanomizu-hakase) in the creation of a boy robot made in the image of Toby. This new "Toby" is nothing like the original and is discarded by Tenma. "Toby", after being chased by the military who is after his experimental power source, ends up on the Earth's surface where he is given the name Astro (Atom)...and the real character development begins.

The Review
Astro Boy isn't something you should go into without knowing the original story. A lot is going to get "lost in translation" and the fun little tidbits will fall through the cracks. Acting is alright, not incredible, but it gets the job done. The story was okay for the amount of time they had to tell it, although I would've liked to have seen the supporting characters further developed. Something that was a major bother for me is that the robot designs (save for Astro/Atom himself) are rather uninspired and Tezuka's unique art style is almost nowhere to be seen.

The Verdict
Flashing lights and bright colors will keep the little ones glued to the screen, but the emotional content might not entertain a fair amount of the parents (it was enough to keep me interested though). However, if you are an Astro Boy fan or an Osamu Tezuka fan in general, it's well worth the matinee ticket price.

8/10

So that's it. There's not much to say about this film that I haven't already said in Episode 11. Stay tuned, I might do some tweaks to this review.

Jaa matta,
Mr. A (executive producer)

Otaku 5-0 Season 3: Episode 11

Aloha everybody!

I would like to clear up some confusion that you (our audience) may have right now as you peruse the format notes for this week's episode. Last week, I had announced the creation of Project: Green Harvest, which was intended to be the video production arm of Otaku 5-0. You may also recall that we had recorded a large amount of video footage (a small portion of which can be found on our YouTube channel.)

I will now reveal to you that the video footage we recorded was intended to be the 11th episode of our podcast! However, due to the resulting technical difficulties, a large portion of the footage was deemed unusable. So in an effort to correct this mistake, we will record (and later release in its entirety) an audio episode of our podcast, using the same format for the failed video episode.

Due to staffing concerns (Zell was unable to attend last night's recording session), we will be uploading the replacement episode at a later date. Instead, we present to you this new audio episode, with content originally slated for Episode 3.12

In closing, I would like to thank you (our audience) for putting up with these recent difficulties, and please continue to tune in as Project: Green Harvest continues to evolve.

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)



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Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Episode 3.11

Recording Date: October 26, 2009
Running Time: 64 minutes

Moderator
Mr. A (Executive Producer)

Panelists
Totoro (Executive Producer)
Jupiter (Executive Producer)
Neko-X (Videogame & Blu-ray Contributor)
Gears (Contributor-at-Large)

Format
1. Totally Random Statement (Neko-X)

2. Lead-in (Mr. A)

3. Film & Book Report (Totoro)

4. The Top 3... Romance Movies

5. Please Produce This...

6. The Gauntlet - Neko-X

Questions
A. Describe yourself in haiku.

B. Who would you put money on in a fight: Ryu (Street Fighter) or Terry Bogard (King of Fighters)?

C. What is your favorite Resident Evil game?

D. If you could have the powers of any one superhero, which hero would you pick?

E. What is your definition of the word, "fun"?

F. If you could have only one wish granted, what would you wish for?

G. If you could only play one genre of video game for the rest of your life, what genre would you play?

H. If you were in the midst of a zombie outbreak, and could pick only three weapons (with infinite ammo) to carry with you, which weapons would you pick?

I. What is your favorite Smash Bros. character?

J. What's your opinion on Jupiter's use of the Internet to look up questions to ask for The Gauntlet?

K. If you could have your brain implanted into any mechanical creation (with the exception of a giant mecha), what creation would you pick?

L. If you had the opportunity to go back in time to any historical period, where would you go?

7. Lead-out (Mr. A)

Musical Notes
- Post-Disclaimer Theme: "Catch (cheen)" from Ah! My Goddess
- Opening Theme: "Absolute Destiny Apocalypse" from Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Interstitial Clips: "Afternoon of Konoha" from Naruto, "I'll Do It Right!" from Naruto, "Subtitle" from Full Metal Panic!, "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger
- Ending Theme: "Opening" from Astro Boy

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming Soon...
Otaku 5-0's Ghostbusters audio commentary & our next podcast episode!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Re: Project Green Harvest

Aloha everybody!

After some conversations with our technical staff, I am saddened to announce that we will not be able to upload the remaining footage from our first Otaku 5-0 video episode at this time.

However, this DOES NOT mean that Project Green Harvest is dead. Far from it.

In fact, during this post-production process, the minor difficulties we encountered have already been addressed, and so I continue to remain confident that we will be able to include more video episodes of Otaku 5-0 as we continue into our 4th season.

Stay tuned!

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

10 Movies I Must See Before I Die, Part 1

Aloha everybody!

It gives me great pleasure to present to you my first feature article for Otaku 5-0!

But first, a little backstory....

Following the departure of Star (Film & Book Contributor) from the podcast staff, I stepped in and assumed her responsibilities until a suitable replacement can be found (the search is still ongoing at this point), including both her podcast contributor reports and any feature articles that were assigned to her.

Which brings me to six weeks ago, when I actually decided to write this thing. I started by searching online for similar articles, but found most of them unhelpful. To start, most articles listed 100-1000 movies, and while I could agree with SOME of the choices, they were personal impressions by the authors themselves. However, I can understand that since I am bringing a personal touch to this article. But still, the question of how to approach this topic continued to elude me, until I settled on a literal approach by asking myself this question:

Suppose I was diagnosed with a terminal disease. Knowing that I don't have much time, which ten movies would I want to see before my death?

Thus inspired, my work began... And here I present to you the first half of my list. Enjoy!

I first saw the penultimate act of George Lucas' Star Wars saga (and one the best sequel films in movie history) on TV as a child, and I quickly found myself glued to the screen from start to finish, drawn in by its dark, unsettling atmosphere. However, it was not until years later that I would truly appreciate its greatness. In many conversations I've had with friends and family, I have stated three reasons why I prefer this film over its siblings: 1) The Imperial March, the now-famous leitmotif for Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire; 2) Master Yoda, the diminutive Jedi Master who would become one of the most beloved characters in cinematic history (and if you listened to my "Gauntlet" interview a few episodes back, he is STILL my favorite Star Wars character); 3) The unhappy ending, which turned out to be a gamble on the part of the filmmakers (but one that paid off well, since everybody ended up wanting to see what happens next.) Even now, as an aspiring screenwriter, I look to this film as a valuable teaching tool in terms of characterization, pace and story.

I have never had so much enjoyment over so simple a film. Its premise: 12 individuals from different backgrounds serve jury duty and decide the fate of a young boy accused of murder. Seeing this film for the first time in my 8th-Grade English class, I learned that a great cast (in this case headlined by the legendary Henry Fonda as Juror #8) could make a decent film good and a good film great. After watching it, I was amazed by how one person, through INTENSE discussion and debate, can persuade eleven other people to his point of view (of course, it's also important that we agree with Juror #8's doubts as to the defendant's guilt.) It also showed me that if in order to discover the truth, we must deal with our own prejudices. This film would also serve as an important example of how movies are as much about the period in history they're made as the period of history they show (case in point: every single single juror is a male Caucasian, which might offend today's audiences.) But, I have always found it helpful to avoid putting modern sensibilities on anything that isn't aware of them.

After first seeing this film back in 7th grade (my parents purchased the VHS version), I liked it so much I ended up wearing out the tape. More than anything else, this film helped bring out an appreciation of music and its affect on an individual. Ironic, when you consider that although I was born into a family with strong musical roots (my grandfather played for The Royal Hawaiian Band and my father is a Hawaiian music legend in his own right), I remained profoundly ignorant of music. From start to finish, I rejoiced in seeing pieces of classical music interpreted visually via live-action cinematography (particularly in the opening piece, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor) and stunning 2-D animation (there's a reason Disney was THE animation studio for the 20th Century. This film contains some of their most evocative work.) While I was quite entertained, I was shocked to later learn that it was unappreciated in Walt Disney's lifetime, even though it was one of his most personal films (For the record, my favorite sequences are the Toccata and Fugue, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite & Beethoven's Sixth Symphony.)

If I had to pick a film that served as a starting point for my interest in History, foreign cultures and Shakespeare, this would be it (and to keep the metaphor going, this is also my first Akira Kurosawa film.) I saw this film back in my 8th grade year while browsing the video store, and I had just learned about Samurai-era Japan in my history class (and also of my own samurai heritage - my maternal great-grandmother is a descendant of the Nakano line.) One of the first things I appreciated was in how Kurosawa used color to contextualize the actions and intents of the various factions in the film, which proved helpful during the film's rich battle sequences (for example, the "bad son" wore red as his color, and the "good son" wore blue.) In high school (and after I had found an interest in acting and theatre) I learned of this film's basis on Shakespeare's King Lear, and with that the lesson of telling conventional stories in an unconventional way, whether it be through a change of setting, character gender or plot. This lesson would be reaffirmed after seeing movies produced by Pixar (Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., WALL-E, etc.)

For some time, I have called Pixar THE animation studio of the 21st Century, and surely I am not alone. Even the studio's most vehement critics cannot deny its profound effect on the entertainment industry. Toy Story (their first full-length feature) served as an important milestone for 3D-animation's growth into a storytelling medium, and each subsequent film has showcased the studio's skill in telling old stories in new ways. So, it seemed appropriate that I include their, "Robot Story" on this list. I saw this film during its first week in theaters (a tradition I've kept with every Pixar film since A Bug's Life) and I was amazed not only at how the film had turned a riveting story out of its simple premise (What if mankind had left Earth, and someone had forgotten to turn off the last robot?) but at how it pays homage to different genres of fiction/film - The plot has elements from Robinson Crusoe, the first hour of the movie is essentially a silent film and it features songs from a movie musical (Hello Dolly!). Top it off with a poignant blend of romance and slapstick, and you've got a masterpiece of cinema. Bravo!

Well, that's all I have to say for now. Stay tuned to this site for the remaining five films on this list.

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Project: Green Harvest

Aloha everybody!

Over the past few months you've probably heard me mention something on our audio podcast episodes called, "Project: Green Harvest." I apologize for keeping everyone in the dark about it, but I am pleased one of its objectives has become a reality - we have recorded our first full-length VIDEO episode of Otaku 5-0!

While we all applaud finally stepping into the 21st Century, I would like to specify that with every first attempt, there can be any number of glitches. So, I would like to send a heartfelt mahalo to all Otaku 5-0 staffers who were present at last night's recording session for their patience. Particularly, I would like to thank Maka (Technical Director) and Titus (Technical Director) for their hard work in keeping whatever glitches we had to a minimum.

Now, because of time restrictions (a YouTube clip must be a maximum of 10 minutes long), only a small portion of last night's footage can be uploaded. Though at some point we will bring you the entire format of that episode in its entirety, please enjoy the clip below:


This clip features our Opening Bit with myself & Maka and a Least Favorite... Computer Game topic.

Please stay tuned to our YouTube channel for more video episodes in the coming weeks!

Coming soon...
Our audio commentary for X-Men: The Last Stand & the next podcast episode!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Otaku 5-0 Season 3: Episode 10

Aloha everybody!

In our latest episode of Otaku 5-0, we preview TWO topics that we'll be doing for our 4th Season!

1) Moviematic 5-0
Leave it to Mr. A (Executive Producer) to come up with something both quirky and entertaining at the same time. His latest effort is a two-part topic that begins and ends in the same episode. The first part (which we have called "The Pitch") involves me, at the beginning of an episode, announcing a word to the other contributors. They now have until the end of that episode (which sets up the second part, named, "The Return") to create a plotline for a movie with the announced word in the title.

2) Topic From The Past
When writing the format for each episode of Otaku 5-0, my most difficult job is to NOT re-tread over any ideas that we've done in the past (a rare exception being that we did two topics involving comedians in Seasons 1 and 2 respectively.) As such, I keep an updated database of every single topic that we've done since our premiere episode. However, I also understand that our staff has changed since then (the departure of Cetic & Star, and the addition of Maka & Zell) so I determined that we will go back and revisit topics from our previous episodes of a particular season (in this case, Season 1.)

And finally, we are joined on the panel by Zell's friend (and newest member of our podcast team) Ross, which we have nicknamed Gears. (Although originally named "Gear" by Mr. A, I mistakenly added the "s", and after that the name stuck) Also, in an effort to get to know him a bit better, we actually took him through a shortened version of "The Gauntlet" at the end of the episode. We look forward to working with him as a panelist on future episodes.

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)

WARNING! Portions of this podcast contain mature language and adult content. Listener discretion is advised.



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Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Episode 3.10

Recording Date: October 12, 2009
Running Time: 65 minutes

Moderator
Totoro (Executive Producer)

Panelists
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Jupiter (Executive Producer)
Maka (Otaku 5-0 Technical Director)
Zell (Contributor-at-Large)
Gears (Contributor-at-Large)

Format
1. A Word From Our Sponsor (Mr. A)

2. Lead-in (Totoro)

3. Moviematic 5-0 I: The Pitch - "Chainsaw"

4. DVD Grab Bag III, Part 1

Jupiter selected A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
Zell selected Casshern
Totoro selected Drunken Master
Maka selected Kodocha, Vol. 3
Mr A selected ??? <-- The DVD had no label, and its owner (Zell) was mum on details...

5. Favorite... Fictional Detective

6. Topic From The Past - Casting Couch: The "Four" Musketeers (Episode 1.2)

7. Moviematic 5-0 I: The Return

8. Lead-out (Totoro)

9. Mini-Gauntlet - Gears

Musical Notes

- Post-Disclaimer Theme: "Eyecatch 2" from Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
- Interstitial Clips: "Subtitle" from Full Metal Panic!, "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger, "I'll Do It Right!" from Naruto, "Pre-Title" from His & Her Circumstances, "Scarlet of the Campus" from Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Ending Theme: "Breach of Contract" from Ah! My Goddess

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming Soon...
Our next podcast episode!

More Pictures!

Neko-X
Otaku 5-0 Videogame & Blu-ray Contributor

Kira
Otaku 5-0 Anime & Manga Contributor

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mr. A's review of...ZOMBIELAND


Exodia, everyone! It's time for a totally awesome movie review!!!
After seeing this film for the second time I figured that I had enough info to pull together a decent review...

The Story
Thanks to an infected hamburger from a Gas 'n Gulp, a zombie plague sweeps across the North American continent. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), a typical nerd with numerous phobias is journeying from Austin back to his home town (Columbus, hence his nickname) to see if his family is still alive. He meets up with Tallahassee (guess where he's from?), an over-the-top Yosemite Sam (Woody Harrelson) struggling not only to stay alive in a country full of Zombies but to find and consume a Twinkie. The pair are soon joined by Wichita (super-hottie Emma Stone) and Little Rock (the ever-immaculate Abigail Breslin), con-artist siblings who give our heroes a warm welcome by stealing their truck as well as all their weapons (Noooooo! Not the Puma Model 92 lever-action rifle!) in order to make it to Pacific Playland, a Disney World knock-off on the edge of Los Angeles.

The Review
Overall this is a good movie. There is some gore scattered throughout the film, but for the most part this is a comedy. The acting is pretty good and the dialogue drives our heroes through this bruised and battered world. As for story...there isn't much of one. But in it's defense, if there ever was a REAL zombie outbreak it would be all helter-skelter anyway and a storyline would be the last thing you'd be worrying about.

The Verdict
I wouldn't say this is the greatest film on Earth, but it does have it's moments (did I mention how hot Emma Stone was?). Maybe not worth watching twice in the theaters like I did, but worth the price of a matinee ticket anyway. 7/10

So that's it. Short, sweet, and to the point. I'll be posting more reviews in the future so keep a sharp eye out!

Jaa matta,
Mr. A (Executive Zombie-Killer)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Otaku 5-0 Season 3: Episode 9

Aloha everybody!

On this episode of Otaku 5-0, the "Big Three" (i.e. Totoro, Mr. A & Jupiter) are joined by Anime/Manga Contributor Kira (who presents his 3rd contributor report for this season) and Videogame/Blu-ray Contributor Neko-X (who had nothing else better to do. LOL)

On a scheduling note, I announced a few weeks ago that our next audio commentary will be for The Rocketeer, but that choice may have to be reconsidered, because I am having trouble finding people to sit on the commentary panel. Stay tuned though, because I am still trying to make it happen.

In the meantime, please enjoy the fruit of our labors!

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)



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Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Episode 3.9

Recording Date: October 5, 2009
Running Time: 74 minutes

Moderator
Jupiter (Executive Producer)

Panelists
Totoro (Executive Producer)
Mr. A (Executive Producer)
Kira (Anime & Manga Contributor)
Neko-X (Videogame & Blu-ray Contributor)

Format
1. Bad Joke of the Day (Mr. A)

2. Lead-in (Jupiter)

3. Anime & Manga Report (Kira)

4. Great Debate: Tenchi Muyo! or Love Hina

5. X Reasons Why... Final Fantasy Is The Best RPG Game Franchise

6. Good Sequel, Bad Sequel

7. Lead-out (Jupiter)

Musical Notes
- Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
- Interstitial Clips: "Afternoon of Konoha" from Naruto, "Subtitle" from Full Metal Panic!, "Eyecatch" from Revolutionary Girl Utena, "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger
- Ending Theme: "Opening Theme" from Tenchi Muyo!

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming Soon...
Our next podcast episode!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pictures!

Totoro in baby jail!

Mr. A
Otaku 5-0 Executive Producer

Zell
Otaku 5-0 Contributor-At-Large

Maka
Otaku 5-0 Technical Director

Totoro
Otaku 5-0 Creator/Executive Producer

From center clockwise, Jupiter, Mr. A, Totoro, Zell, Maka

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Top 5...Dragon Ball Characters!

Howdy, everyone! And a big "Exodia" to all who are still listening to us after all this time!

In light of our last commentary we put up (as well as not submitting a contributor report yet), I figured I'd give you all my top 5 Dragon Ball characters (that aren't Goku) and list the reasons why I think they're so awesome.

I have put some thought into this just in case you're wondering...So, on with the show!

#5. Yajirobe
Okay, I know what you're thinking. "WHAT?! Why the hell is a loser like Yajirobe even on this list?!" Well, that's because out of all the characters in the DBU (Dragon Ball Universe) Yajirobe is the only human with no Ki attacks that can still hold his own against a fair amount of people, though probably not so much after the events of the Cell and Buu sagas. That and growing up as an obese person myself, I always liked it when fat people were portrayed as something other than comic-relief...though Yajirobe can crack a few jokes when need be...

#4. Trunks (Future Version)
Mysterious and enigmatic, cool clothes, and stronger than all-get-out, what teen didn't want to be Future Trunks (who we'll just call Trunks) when he first graced the screen (or pages)? Probably one of the more "emo" characters, Trunks burst into the scene cocky as hell with a power level to back it up. One of my favorites because growing up without a father, I can identify with Trunks' longing for some kind of affection from Vegeta.

#3. Piccolo
By far the "blackest" character in the DBU, Piccolo goes from mean psychotic evil-doer to just-as-mean level-headed hero and teacher to Gohan. I honestly believe that Dragon Ball Z wouldn't have been as interesting to watch without someone like Piccolo in it. Piccolo dies sacrificing himself to save someone else more times than any other character as far as I can recall and if that kind of dedication doesn't get you into this list then I don't know what will.

#2. Gohan
The DB equivalent of Luke Skywalker, Gohan goes from whiny little brat to uber master to teacher. Arguably the main character for almost all of DBZ, Gohan is a spitting image of his father, having his incredible strength as well as his love and devotion to his family. The only down side to Gohan is he does sort of puss-out at the end of Z, getting so out of practice in GT that he isn't even able to activate his hidden power that was so generously (yeah, right) unlocked thanks to Ro Kaioshin (the Elder Kai). Still, my figure of Ultimate Gohan that I bought at Toys 'n Joys more than ten years ago is still on my shelf so that's gotta say something.

#1. Krillin
That's right, you heard me, Krillin's the man. While he's short, insecure, and not as strong as the other main characters, consider this: Not only is he the third person to master the Kamehameha, he's also the originator of one of the coolest and maybe the strongest moves in the series (Kienzan, or Destructo Disk.) Krillin is a prime example of how a sidekick can grow into a hero in his own right. Yeah, we all loved Goku when we were 6 or 7 years old, but when the pressures of high school came into our lives and all the demeaning slurs were thrown our way by the jocks, preppy kids, and anyone else who didn't like us, we undoubtedly came to identify more with Krillin and his own struggle. Krillin is the best character, at least to me, because after the events in Z, he's the one who ends up with the most normal life. A loving wife, wonderful child, and a youth he can look back on and not regret a moment of it. I think deep down, we all long for something like that.

Anyways, that's my list. If you got any comments, feel free to leave them here. Who knows, I might just cosplay as Yajirobe for the next Kawaii Kon...

Jaa matta,
~Mr. A (Executive Producer)

Otaku 5-0 Season 3: Episode 8

Aloha everybody!

It is hard to believe that we have reached the halfway point in our 3rd season. I remain very pleased with our podcast team and I hope to see the remaining episodes continue to be both entertaining and informative.

In our latest installment, myself and Zell (Contributor-at-Large) join Mr. A (Executive Producer), who puts in another stint as Moderator (I must admit, he's getting better at the job every single time), which features Jupiter (Executive Producer) taking her turn at, "The Gauntlet," our version of a shoot interview segment.

Mahalo,
~Totoro (Executive Producer)



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Show Notes
Otaku 5-0: Episode 3.8

Recording Date: September 28, 2009
Running Time: 81 minutes

Moderator
Mr. A (Executive Producer)

Panelists
Totoro (Executive Producer)
Jupiter (Executive Producer)
Zell (Contributor-at-Large)

Format
1. A Misconception About Hawaii (Totoro)

2. Lead-in (Mr. A)

3. The Top 3... Reality TV Shows

4. Please Produce This...

5. The Gauntlet - Jupiter

Questions
A. If you were given $100,000 to make one costume that you'd have to wear (at every cosplay event) for the rest of your life, what costume would you make?

B. If you could create a manga, what genre would it be?

C. What is your favorite Dragonball character, and why?

D. If you had the opportunity to visit (for a single day) a setting or period in history, where would you visit?

E. What is your opinion about the resurgence of vampire-related stories in entertainment?

F. What is your definition of the word, "happiness?"

G. What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?

H. Who are your least favorite authors?

I. If you were forced to listen to two musical groups - The Pussycat Dolls or The Jonas Brothers - for five hours straight, which group would you pick?

J. Pick an anime that you're a fan of that you'd like your daughter to be a fan of ten years from now.

K. Star Wars: Galactic Empire or Rebellion?

L. Since you live in a place perceived as a paradise, what do you perceive as a paradise?

6. Lead-out (Mr. A)

Musical Notes
- Opening Theme: "Kefka's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
- Interstitial Clips: "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger, "I'll Do It Right!" from Naruto, "Pre-Title" from His & Her Circumstances
- Ending Theme: "Breach of Contract from Ah! My Goddess

Feedback is always accepted here at Otaku 5-0. It can be either posted on this site as a comment or sent via e-mail to Otaku50podcast@gmail.com

Coming Soon...
Our next podcast episode & a feature article from Mr. A!