Destroy All Podcasts on the OTHER, other part of Robotech ...

As The Masters pointed out last week, the irreverent 70's/80's anime-focused podcast Destroy All Podcasts DX's July 5th show was all about Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross. (Click here to give it a whirl.) So, of course, what are they covering in their latest? Why, Genesis Climber Mospeada, naturally. Listen here.

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  • well, these guys are obviously not Robotech fans, they bash it from memory but unfortunately memory is not perfect, and I disagree with them on alot of their opinions.

    By Blogger Treiz, at 16 July, 2007 23:21  

  • yeah, these guys are definately Japanophiles, not my scene...

    By Blogger Treiz, at 17 July, 2007 00:03  

  • Oh yeah, I am totally not a Robotech fan, which is why I totally didn't go to the Shadow Chronicles showing in Berkeley and send Darkwater information about it, and which is why I totally haven't had an account on since it launched, and totally wasn't on the Robotech mailing list back in the day, and totally don't have every Robotech novel and hundreds of comics.

    It's not like I have an original Robotech The Movie poster or anything.

    Yeah, I don't like Robotech at all.

    Thanks for playing.

    By Blogger Ginrai, at 17 July, 2007 13:29  

  • I was talkin' to Karaoke the other day, and he admitted that Robotech was his gateway into anime. He also admitted his secret man-crush on Mamoru Oshii, and that Dallos is actually his favorite OAV of all time. (Okay, that last part is a lie.)

    By Blogger Gooberzilla, at 17 July, 2007 17:19  

  • Yeah, I don't like Robotech at all.

    Thanks for playing.

    Is this one of the DX guys. I'd hate to think that a self proclaimed devoted Robotech fan would make so many factual errors about the show in a pod cast. Half of the points pointed out against Robotech in comparision to the originals were incorrect or had explanations in the show. Obviously the guys making the comparisons haven't seen the show in a long time, their memory is a bit fuzzy as far as I can tell.

    By Blogger Treiz, at 18 July, 2007 02:27  

  • Okay, I have not watched the Robotech version in a few months, but I did just finish reading the novels. So if you want to call us on factual errors, how about, I don't know, LISTING one or two?

    By Blogger Ginrai, at 18 July, 2007 13:50  

  • I actually had the same thoughts as well when I listened to the pod cast, so I’ll try to list several (if you want me to go in depth, I can, but I will throw out a few for now). I think the main problem is just a seeming mischaracterization of certain things, which is probably more of an issue of tone than anything else – For example, the statement was made to the effect that Robotech “missed” how long the Invid had been on Earth. I think the choice of “missed” is a poor one as the timeline difference is not due to an oversight (i.e. forgetting) but due to the reworking of the story to fit the Robotech time line. Granted, Robotech is hardly consistent with the length of the Invid occupation (the books, TV series and other sources differ by as much as a decade – so you could argue internal inconsistencies), but the point is that such a difference is not a result of forgetfulness. While not a huge deal, examples such as this does give the impression of a certain level of ignorance with respect to Robotech, which judging by your response above is apparently unwarranted. In that respect, I am sorry for thinking otherwise.

    One that stuck out in my mind concerned the Sue Graham character. It was actually made quite specific in the show that she was more of an advance scout than a TV reporter/documenter. I don’t remember her conversation verbatim, but she said something to the effect that she was gathering the footage so that Admiral Hunter could understand the Invid. Now, if you are going by the book continuity, I can understand the difference as I believe she has an additional back-story which may have involved video journalism, but it is pretty explicit in other sources that she is an intell officer and made fairly clear in the TV series as well.

    Although the geography of the first part of the Mospeada was fairly ambiguous (no landmarks) there was an episode that clearly showed a map of South America and their path (or a path). They did do a lot of illogical zigzagging in North America though (Denver to NY back to the great lakes :P ).

    I’ll have to go back and review the Southern Cross portion to get examples from there. I do remember several comments that rubbed me the wrong way, but I think it was more due to the dismissive tone (and seemingly feigned confusion concerning plot points – but then, Robotech is convoluted, so maybe that is unfair) than any factual errors. But again, as you stated above and in the pod cast, you do have an interest in Robotech, so I don’t want to come off as too nit picky or overly harsh.

    My fiancé does totally agree with your assessment of Scott though ;)

    By Blogger Niff, at 22 July, 2007 21:31  

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