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This week we take on the relatively recent Aldnoah.Zero, and Ian naturally takes the opportunity to rant about the Fate franchise. We talk about Aldnoah's strengths (its fights) and its weaknesses (almost everything else), and we still come out the other side mostly enjoying it.Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We go back in time to the distant year of 1998 to discuss this prequel Macross OVA. We talk a lot about this series' use of CGI, its poorly organized plot, and its surprisingly interesting ramifications for the Macross franchise as a whole. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We finish up Getter Robo Armageddon and are left feeling very lukewarm. We talk about the characters (eh), the wayward plot (eh), and the giant robot fights (yeah!!!!). Does anyone ever actually read these? I can never decide whether to use first or third person in the blurbs. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
Fresh off our background reading, we dive into the "standalone" OVA series, Getter Robo Armageddon! We talk through the references, art style, and Extremely Noticeable Director Change of the first half of this show. We also finally have a real, lengthy mech corner. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We take on our second ever manga this week as we prepare to watch Getter Robo Armageddon. Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa's classic Getter Robo series gives us a chance to talk about the ways shonen manga have changed over the years, the early days of super robot, and the ways we think about genre. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
This week we take on our first ever piece of Western animation and Ian reveals that they know more about Disney than previously thought. A favorite from our childhood, we see if Disney's Atlantis holds up, has mechs, and also there's like a Confederate loyalist in this movie. We talk about stylistic differences between American and Japanese animation, storytelling, and influences. Finally, Ian goes on a prolonged rant about Disney's pathological aversion to risk. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
It's the last six episodes of Vision of Escaflowne and they manage to cram like twelve episodes of plot in there. We try to break down the various twists (of varying quality) as well as meditate on exactly how annoyed we are by the final pairings. Also, once again, Ian gets mad about time travel. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecralwer 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
Escaflowne really gets moving this week as we uncover the identity of the villain, find new allies, and have eight back-to-back dream sequences. We talk through the revelations of the plot, Dryden's extreme chad energy, and also the increasingly complicated (and compelling) romance plot. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
This week we ponder the age gaps between Allen and the rest of the cast, and also talk about the rest of the show. Angels, Atlantis, and romance abound on this middle set of Escaflowne episodes. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We embark on the fantasy shoujo isekai mech action adventure romance journey of a lifetime. We break down the genre pile-up that is Vision of Escaflowne, talk through the characters and their tropes, and reflect on late-90s anime production.  Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
It's our longest episode yet as we cover the end of Gundam Unicorn. We talk about Newtypes, whether Laplace's Box makes any sense, Full Frontal's identity, and then spend a long time talking about the future of Gundam as a franchise, and where it goes from Unicorn. We also answer some fun listener questions! Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
Gundam Unicorn gets unusually tense this week. We talk through how much character development everyone gets, how difficult it is to balance new characters with long-time favorites, and discuss the political ramifications of Full Frontal's plans for the Earth Sphere. It's another long episode, but there's a lot to cover. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail..com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
It's another monster episode as we take on the second two episodes of Gundam Unicorn. We try to break down all the different kinds of Zeons, and how they have evolved ideologically, as well as the split within the Federation. There's some great action, some real Newtype stuff, and we get a little closer to breaking down the themes of Unicorn. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadpodcast.
We finally decide it's time to watch Gundam Unicorn! Fair warning: these episodes are going to be especially long because we have a lot to talk about. We discuss the ways the Universal Century has changed since Char's Counterattack, as well as break down our characters and the major themes of the show. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We finish up our brush with manga with Pluto's finale! We talk about whether we're satisfied with the way things wrap up, make some comparisons to Tezuka's original, and talk about some craftsmanship things specific to Urasawa and manga. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadpodcast.
Pluto takes some serious twists and turns this week as we tackle the running mecha theme of fathers and sons, as well as Urasawa's takes on artificial intelligence, white supremacy, and drawing old men. Things are heating up in Pluto, and Dan is deep
We take on our first ever manga on the podcast, Naoki Urasawa's Pluto! This adaptation series of Astro Boy has a lot going on, so we try to break down both the mystery plot and all the worldbuilding in the first 23 chapters. Watch in wonder as Ian tries so hard not to accidentally mention something that will spoil the story for Dan. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We take on our first ever manga on the podcast, Naoki Urasawa's Pluto! This adaptation series of Astro Boy has a lot going on, so we try to break down both the mystery plot and all the worldbuilding in the first 23 chapters. Watch in wonder as Ian tries so hard not to accidentally mention something that will spoil the story for Dan. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We wrap up the Giant Robo OVA series! We talk about all the references and origins for these characters, spend some more time talking about dads, and then break down this ending. We have some beef with the way this show ends, in what may be our most controversial episode yet. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We wrap up the Giant Robo OVA series! We talk about all the references and origins for these characters, spend some more time talking about dads, and then break down this ending. We have some beef with the way this show ends, in what may be our most controversial episode yet. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We reach the midpoint of Giant Robo, the reckoning with the father, the low point, the bad things happen portion of the program. We talk about the emotional twists this show takes, its preoccupation with fatherhood, and whether this show works for non-established anime fans. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We reach the midpoint of Giant Robo, the reckoning with the father, the low point, the bad things happen portion of the program. We talk about the emotional twists this show takes, its preoccupation with fatherhood, and whether this show works for non-established anime fans. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We dive into the classic 90s Giant Robo OVA, and are completely blown away. This show has everything: giant robots, martial arts, psychics, and a horse that turns into a lady. We try to figure out all of this shows' influences, how it uses the super robot formula, and then gush over how nice it looks and sounds. Be sure to give this a watch! Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
We dive into the classic 90s Giant Robo OVA, and are completely blown away. This show has everything: giant robots, martial arts, psychics, and a horse that turns into a lady. We try to figure out all of this shows' influences, how it uses the super robot formula, and then gush over how nice it looks and sounds. Be sure to give this a watch! Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
For our two year anniversary, we attempt to figure exactly what makes the mecha genre so distinctive, and what makes mechs so crucial to the shows they appear in. Then, Ian puts Dan's thinking brain to the test with a game of "Is It a Mech," resulting in our completely perfect, infallible, syllogistic definition of a mech. Our theme song is Street Dancing by Timecrawler 82. You can reach us at mechadoaboutnothing@gmail.com, our website is mechado.moe, and our Twitter account is @mechadopodcast.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Mech Ado About Nothing
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Aug 20th, 2018
Latest Episode
Apr 9th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
233
Avg. Episode Length
11 months
Explicit
Yes
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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