Episode 7: Gunbuster & Diebuster / Part 1

Warui Deshou returns with a trip into the past to explore two slices of anime all about the future: Gainax’s fifteen year spanning double bill of Gunbuster & Diebuster, two shows about giant mecha and small ladies fighting to save humanity from incomprehensible space kaiju.

Possibly Warui Deshou’s most divisive show to date, the opinions on this one are split along every axis you can imagine: Doc loves both shows, Shadon likes one and feels a bit eh about the other, and Vorgelia loves Gunbuster and wants nothing more than to shoot Diebuster into the sun. And like the sun, things will get heated!

So strap in as we give you the first half of all our all encompassing look at Gunbuster & Diebuster where we answer questions like: Was Gunbuster the very definition of the 80s before the 80s was over? Can Shadon stop referencing that one damn book he loves? Can you totally see Vorgelia’s face even though you can’t see it? And what differences are there between the two works and why do we all feel so differently about them? Find out on this episode of Warui Deshou!

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00:00:53 – Introduction & Opening Question

00:23:30 – 5.6 Billion Years In The Future

00:25:15 – My Heart’s At Zero Gravity

00:26:07 – Gunbuster & Diebuster – Background, Context & Recommendations

01:46:09 – Fanfiction, orated delightfully by the First Lady of Warui Deshou

01:55:35 – Gunbuster & Diebuster – Spoilerific Discussion (Part 1 of 2)

03:07:53 – You Got The Power

03:10:16 – S Rank

Featuring the music of:

Machine Center – Phantasy Star IV OST

Muffet’s Theme – Toby Fox (Undertale OST)

You’re The Best Around – Joe Esposito

Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai

The Royal Teens – Short Shorts

Ragtime Revolutionaries – Chicks Dig Giant Robots (Megas XLR OP)

Raison d’etre – Nightmare (Claymore OP)


Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake

Freshco – Gum Gum Rap

Stan Bush – The Touch


And clips & effects from:

The Wings of Honnemaise, Family Fortunes, Gunbuster, Diebuster, Mass Effect, Freesound.org

Zyvox’s Computer is voiced by Code Welt.

Garzey’s Wing on Mystery Bando Theater 19XX

This episode of Mystery Bando Theater 19XX we are conquered by the awful of Yoshiuki Tomino‘s 1999 dumpster fire, Garzey’s Wing. Vorgelia is back with Shadon and TheSubtleDoctor to laugh and laugh at quite possibly the worst (best?) English dub of all time.

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Shoji Meguro “The Days When My Mother Was There”
Problemz & Main Concept “Who Got The Flavor?” (instrumental mix)
Army of The Pharaohs “Tear It Down” (instrumental mix)
Michael Kelly “CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown”

Bounty Dog on Mystery Bando Theater 19XX

It’s another Mystery Bando Theater 19XX! This time out, Shadon and TheSubtleDoctor do a commentary track for 1994’s most yellow anime OAV, Bounty Dog. Get ready for the truth about the moon, slow typing and a dude that takes out an enemy by beating them with their twin. At the end, we also give a brief postmortem on the thing.

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Macross 82-99 “Bad Girl”
Moe Shop “Pretty Please”
Trifect “Pocari”
El Huervo “Jens”
Sasac “Marketing Cloud”
Michael Kelly “CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown”

GUEST SPOT – TheSubtleDoctor on Third Seat By The Window

The Subtle Doctor joins Buggy and Chris to talk about critical analysis in the anime fandom, how to get into it, and where it’s succeeding and failing.

Download (right click, save link as) | Time: 3:15:24 | iTunes | YouTube Link (coming soon)

Social Media and Correspondence

Buggy’s Twitter | Buggy’s YouTube
Chris’s Twitter
TheSubtleDoctor‘s Twitter

Other Resources

The Subtle Doctor’s Work:
Warui Deshou – Blog | iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play
Wave Motion Cannon

Mentioned Pieces:
At Least It’s An Ethos” by tamerlane
Wave Motion Conversation: Visuals Trump Narrative?
First Serial Experiment” series by Digibro
Senpai Coast to Coast episode 16 – “New Year’s Evangelion
just shittalking other anime youtubers for like half an hour, oh god what have i done” by Digibro
Just Talking with Anime YouTubers about Digibro’s Drama for like Four Hours Oh God What Have We Done” by the Weebcast
An In-Depth Discussion of How We Talk About Anime Studios” by Digibro and Canipa
Spiral Radio” by DaLadybugMan
A Love Letter to Mafuyu” by DaLadybugMan
Psycho-Pass and Philosophy” by DaLadybugMan

Mentioned Critics and Sites:
Anime Feminist
Wave Motion Cannon
The Canipa Effect
Atelier Emily – For Me In Full Bloom
illegenes on Isn’t it Electrifying
Giga Drill Breakdown

Music Used

“Ladybird Girl” by The Pillows
“Secret Sound” from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

GUEST SPOT – TheSubtleDoctor on APOSS

Doc was recently a guest on the excellent Anime Podcast of Some Sort hosted by David J. Majors and Jack.  We ran down some news items and just chewed the nerdiest of fat.  For details on what we dug into, see the show notes below that I pasted from the APOSS page.

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Jack & Djm have recovered from their respective cross-continent illness and are back in your ears!

We’re joined by The Subtle Doctor, host of Warui Deshou, to talk about Gunbuster possibly having a future, and why Dragon Maid is still inexcusable.

Sad news from Japan—the RX 78-2 Mobile Suit Gundam statue is being taken down, but all hope is not lost! We need a rave party in Tokyo!

Later, a manga “expert” dives into the numbers of successful genres of manga and why women read what they choose to read. Jack calls shenanigans on the whole thing.

Djm & Subs (Mr. The, if you’re nasty) pontificate over what the hell Steve Aoki was thinking with that Ghost in the Shell song remix, and just how far does David’s pretentious sci-fi love take him.

All this, and the Nintendo Switch. There was no cartridge licking.

Follow the Subtle Doctor on Twitter @thesubtledoctor
Listen to Warui Deshou!
Wave Motion Cannon


Valhalla - Image 2

Happy St Patricks Day everyone! Warui Deshou is getting the next round in with a bonus cast on a very special game called VA-11 HALL-A. Developed by Sukeban Games and published by Ysbryd Games in 2016, VA-11 HALL-A is exactly what it says on the tin: Cyberpunk Bartending Action.

Or is it? Is there more to the bar and the people who frequent it? Can dogs really talk? Can an AI experience an orgasm? Is social media subtly eroding our senses of reservation and personal privacy? And is it possible for someone to own a pet bear?

All of these issues and more are discussed within the cast, so crack open a cold one and join The Subtle Doctor and Shadon as they discuss their mutual GOTY 2016, complete with positives and negatives, plus discussion of dystopian fiction, drinking games, mousemats with boobs and of course booze, glorious, glorious booze.

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Sukeban Games Website

Michael Kelly’s Bandcamp

Buy VA-11 HALL-A on Steam

Featuring the music of T Pain ft. Akon, Reel Big Fish, and of course Michael Kelly.

Speaking of whom, massive shout outs to Michael Kelly aka Garoad for his continuing permission to use his music on the podcast. We’re immensely grateful for this and would highly recommend you give him a shout out on Twitter for creating such a brilliant OST.

A few things re the cast and what’s happened since it was recorded:

  • This podcast was recorded in two parts which have been gelled into one, so there may be some slight differences in audio levels after a certain point.
  • Also, Shadon recorded at 0600 his time on both occasions, hence why his voice sounds like he’s been gargling gravel. It’s probably better than his usual voice.
  • Since the recording of this podcast, an update for VA-11 HALL-A has come out that gives players both the Demo and the Prologue content for free, as if you needed a further reason to buy this amazing game.
  • The Demo, best we can tell, is no longer available to download as a standalone sadly. But trust us, it’s well worth the asking price for the full product.

Valhalla - Image 1

Time Codes:

00:00:17 – T-Pain ft Akon – Bartender

00:01:48 – A 45% ABV full bottle of VA-11 HALL-A discussion, story, characters, music, the works. Expect spoilers throughout.

03:24:57 – Reel Big Fish – Beer

Episode 6: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Fujiko Mine, Mine Fujiko. Teacher, resistance fighter, consort, betrothed, spy, thief. Is she all of these things? Or none of them? Just who is the Woman Named Fujiko Mine? A slippery question, but Warui Deshou never turns down a challenge.

Helmed creatively by Sayo Yamamoto (whom you might know from a popular recent anime about some ice skaters or something), Lupin III: The Woman Named Fujiko Mine was created to celebrate the franchise’s 40th anniversary while also taking it in a direction it was not particularly known for: more noir and supremely sexy and confident in itself, not to mention it did not focus on Lupin himself, but rather a character who had been ill defined previously.

With special guest Alexander Smit, join Warui Deshou as we discuss topics raised within the show such as sexuality and gender identity, and also the anime itself. Oh, and we also go off topic into things such as bat nipples and cold ones in the shower. As you do.

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Alexander’s article on The Big O can be found here.

Vorgelia’s game, Cyber Chicken, can be found here.
With special thanks to Alex for coming on the show and providing his insights, Grant The Thief for his assistance in the “Shady Dealings – The BLT” outro, and to BBB/Jahvin Baxter of Yakage Force Studios for his incredible Sheryl Nome by way of Pulp Fiction album art.

Featuring the music of:

The New Wuthering Heights – Naruyoshi Kikuchi

Lupin’s Theme – Naruyoshi Kikuchi

Goemon’s Theme – Naruyoshi Kikuchi

Oh Bondage, Up Yours! – X-Ray Spex

She’s A Carnival – Siouxsie & The Banshees

Pizzicato Playtime – Sam Fonteyn (from Ren & Stimpy)

Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini

History Maker – Dean Fujioka

Atomic – Blondie

The Four Seasons – Vivaldi

The Naked Gun Theme – Ira Newborn

Rules of Nature – Jamie Christopherson (Metal Gear Rising OST)

Pomp & Circumstance – Sir Edward William Elgar (Randy Savage Theme)

Hot For Teacher – Van Halen

Peter Gunn – James Newton Howard (The Blues Brothers OST)

My Name Is – Eminem

CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown – Michael Kelly

It’s A Small World – Literally Satan Himself


And clips & effects from:

The Fifth Element, The Naked Gun, Vampire’s Kiss, Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom, Futurama, Cowboy Bebop, The Simpsons, Freesound.org & The Woman Named Fujiko Mine.



00:00:18 – “I Couldn’t Believe It Was Her”

00:01:05 – Oh Bondage, Up Yours! – X-Ray Spex

00:02:12 – Introduction & Opening Question

01:03:36 – Atomic – Blondie

01:04:42 – Shady Dealings – The Case

01:06:28 – The Woman Named Fujiko Mine – History, Context & Overview

01:47:11 – Food for Your Weeb Life – Guest Spot by Alexander Smit

01:51:40 – Fanfiction, orated delightfully by the First Lady of Warui Deshou

01:59:10 – The Woman Named Fujiko Mine – In Depth Discussion

03:58:31 – She’s A Carnival – Siouxsie & The Banshees

03:59:29 – Shady Dealings – WITWICS?

03:59:47 – Shout Out – Yakage Force Studios

04:00:25 – Poker Alice

04:01:20 – Correspondence & Any Other Business

05:24:09 – Shady Dealings – The BLT