Anime Abandon is back! Whether Sage likes it or not…
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I’m with you sage. as a kid i kind of liked the movie
This movie is excellent, actually. It’s a candy colored live-action cartoon. It’s basically the only good Wachowski film outside of the original Matrix.It is big, it’s energetic, funny, if corny and simplistic, and frankly compelling as a pure spectacle that you can’t turn your eyes from. Style-over-substance? Probably. But it was an experience. But the only way to really see it correctly is on the big screen. If you missed out on that, you have no reason to watch it.
Anyway, congrats on five years, and people actually caring about it (they do, trust me). If I can even get half your audience when I hit that mark with my dumb little show, I’d be super lucky. You’re an inspiration to the oldtaku doofus-dorks out there.
Okay, honest question, is it purely coincidental that you made a Going Bananas reference right around the time The Cinema Snob reviewed that movie?
This movie’s awesome. Kinda frustrates me that Bennett doesn’t just point out to NC WHY the movie does all the things that’s grabbing his gizzard and just gives a vague ‘misappropriation’ comment at the ass end. THE MOVIE WAS LOUD BECAUSE THE CARTOON WAS LOUD YA NUTTER! Okay, maybe ya got beefs with the particulars of what the movie was doing, but if that’s the case, TALK ABOUT IT!
Has Gabe ever considered cosplaying as Big Boss?
… Only if we can get him opposite one of the other cast members doing a Liquid Snake impression. #Bruthaaa!
I’m…unfortunately disappointed by this episode. Mainly because it felt like an NC review guest-starring Sage.
It felt like it was mostly NC doing the talking with Sage providing seemingly weak rebuttals or agreements. Nvm the shtick of how NC “doesn’t get anime” and him brushing any trivia on the original anime under the rug and it gets…annoying.
And with this apparently being the commemorative 5th Year Anniversary of Anime Abandon…not sure this is how things should’ve gone down.
It is kind of expected with the NC. This is the best you are going to get with this crossover.
I was actually fine with their Guyver co-review the way it was (technical issues with the whole audio thing aside). That one was actually properly weighted to both Sage and NC.
Doug’s best at normal reviews, not cross-overs. A lot of them are fairly cringe-worthy, and I say that as a fan of his.
And Moses supposes his toeses are roses but Moses supposes erroneously…
This movie looks as garish and obnoxious as the commecials made it look. Kind of… bad, but entertainingly bad. Like at least half of Tim Curry’s work. Plus, I think Speed accidentally went Plaid at the end of that race. O_o
Also, congratulations on 5 years of Anime Abandon! Now, we get… something next week.
EDIT: Oops! Almost forgot:
What?! I like all three of you guys! You’re fun, and entertaining too.
aw I wanted to know what the next review was going to be…oh well…was thinking Mike was going to do something bastardly to you and make you do something utterly garbagey or something at the very last second.
Congrats on the five years!
The review pretty much sums up my opinion on the film. It’s really bad, but the worst? nah. The Wachowskis have done much worse. I do wish you did a little more in terms of criticism or talking about the movie and its history in development or even how it was a gigantic financial failure….it did seem like NC did a bit more talking than you.
Gabe was of course, the best part of this episode. He was super entertaining.
I watched reruns of the original show, one of many anime shows YTV has had over the years, and someone making a movie of it did get some of my attention. Then I heard what people were saying and I wasn’t impressed. I watched it at least once when it came on TV when I was visiting relatives and then I understood what people were saying…
I have to say, I loved Gabe’s Home Alone style antics once he realized Sage wasn’t home. hehe.
Otherwise, happy anniversary.
Hell yeah YTV!
I laughed way harder than I should have at the Gabe and the ice cream scene good lord. Team Gabe all the way.
That said congrats on five years Sage. I’ve been around since the first Love Hina episode which was the tail end of the first year. Its been a hell of a journey watching your videos evolve and grow and I’ll always be a big fan of the show.
Cant wait for more years to come.
I love John Goodman and Susan Serandon(sp) in this movie. Their facial expressions alone make their performance memorable for me. I get that this movie had problems but I thought it was fun and silly enough to pass for popcorn entertainment. Congratulations on your 5 year aniversaarry Sage!
Great episode, sir! I wish you many years of success.
Could you please review Dragon Ball: Evolution? Seriously, it’s like 2016 and no one has reviewed it yet.
Actually, quite a few people have looked it over – most notably Sean, Paw, Lordkat, Y: Ruler of Time, MasakoX and RolloT if I’m not mistaken about… five, six years ago?
Though I would like to know your thoughts on Astro Boy. I know it’s not good by any large measure, but seems relatively harmless.
Great to have the show back, Sage. I loved hearing your thoughts on the film… honestly I think this may be a good gateway review into doing crap like Dragonball Evolution. But ultimately that’s your choice (though I don’t doubt that people will bug you about it anyway :P)
Lookin’ forward to your next video, and congrats on the anniversary!
The cut from the serious monologue to the kid and the chimp racing was probably intended to disprove his point about racing only being about power. While he thinks it’s only about power, the kid and the chimp are having unadulterated fun racing for the simple joy of racing. That’s how I interpreted it, anyway.
They missed the line “Get that weak shit off my track”
I always liked this one parody video about the naming conventions in the Racer family.
Spritol: Why are our parents so bad at naming us?
Pop: I don’t wanna hear it ya little brat! My wife’s name is Mom. MOM! Do you have any idea how awkward dat is for me? Do you have any idea how awkward dat is DURING SEX?!
Gabe is the man! He deserves three extra large pizzas and a sundae the size of the freaking Titanic!
Also, congrats on 5 years, Sage.
Since Gabe is a giant manchild, does he suckle at Ben’s giant mantits?
Yeah considering at multiple points I actually yelled “Oh fuck off” at Doug’s complaints…this was a painful sit. Bennett is constantly bringing up valid points only to be shot down with the argument, “Well that’s just too dumb/fast/silly/colorful/unrealistic.” Doug must really hate the original show then considering those are the foundations of it. “These sliding cuts are too weird!” “This fast editing is too hard to watch!” “Cars could never actually do any of those things!” How dare the Wichowzki’s do something visually stylistic and different from all the wide shot to close shot to wide shot style that almost all summer blockbusters are edited/filmed. I’m sorry that a fun racing movie can’t be as realistic as Brazil, oh wait.
That’s the current Nostalgia Critic character. Angry. Dismissive. Still can’t get the point of something just for a joke. This started way back in Drop Dead Fred (if not earlier) when The Nostalgia Critic completely ignored that the Imaginary Friends in Drop Dead Fred were REAL, and not attached to any one person, save the person they chose to help.
*Shrugs.* I got some good laughs out of it, especially at Gabe’s antics.
That was *always* the Nostalgia Critic character.
Where have you been? 😛
Well, I did just stop watching The Nostalgia Critic for a couple years. Not long after the character came back after To Boldly Flee.
Personally, I see a marked difference in pre-To Boldly Flee and post To Boldly Flee Nostalgia Critic characterization. Not a change, mostly. Just a difference in how harsh the character is, and how fans/fanboys are portrayed.
He hasn’t really changed much in my opinion, other than having better production values and other actors. I have really appreciated the new blood, especially Malcolm Ray (whom I feel does one of the best Devils). A lot of people want it to be just him (usual dislike of progress), but I feel the overall show is better when he doesn’t steal said show and has others to play the “straight people” to his occasional nuttiness.
Batman and Robin is easily one of his harshest reviews for example, and that was made back in 2008.
In my opinion, some of his best material has come after To Boldly Flee — like Timothy Green or Bridge to Terabithia.
I’ve been watching AA for years and I got so excited when I saw this title card! Happy Fifth Anniversary! Thanks for a ton of laughs and some really touching moments. Can’t wait to see what you do next!
Guys, the bit is over.. you no longer need to keep the eye patch joke going.
There really doesn’t need to be continuity in comedic reviews, hell it may be funnier if like a cartoon you go back to normal every episode.
Any chance of getting Spoony to review “Highlander The Anime” with you one day?
So um, my roommate pointed it out..
I honestly did not notice the giant man-tits till he started laughing his ass off… so um.. there’s that.
Why does anyone work for you?
That’s a very good question, Bennett.
Yay! Anime Abandon is back, and I’d really like to hear Bennett talk about Speed Racer, and- waaaaait…
Is that Doug Walker on the title card?
Bye. I’ll watch you next time Sage.
Okay, I gotta ask, what’s your beef with Doug Walker?
yeah what is your beef with Doug? sure, he had some flaws in this review and he did more talking than Sage, but really?
My problems with Doug are his business practices and how he treats producers that appear on his site. If you want to learn more about it, look into what happened with Obscurus Lupa. Once you learn how he and the other staff behave behind the scenes it’s really difficult to watch him “act” like a belligerent egomaniac.
And even if he was the best thing in this video, I’ll never know. Ad revenue doesn’t mean jack these days, but I will not do anything to support him. I don’t watch anything he’s in and, if he has a surprise cameo, I’ll close the video.
People are still on about that? That was over a year ago.
It was over a year ago that it came to light just how he and his company injured the livelihoods, reputations, and well being of multiple producers while taking their ideas as his own. That said, there’s no statute of limitations on finding someone’s presence unpalatable.
As I said to you above, none of the producers have stated Doug was the issue in lieu of Mike. The worst Lupa could say about him was, “The site has ALWAYS been about Doug, and they don’t care about anyone else there.”
Is…is that the statute of limitations we give now for people who fuck with someone’s livelyhood? It’s been over a year so you’re cleared of all wrongdoing! Hooray!
Look, I still watched the video cause I simply don’t care. As he said, not viewing it is a completely impotent gesture, but on that note, criticizing him for beefing at legitimately shit behavior simply because a year passed is the most asinine thing I’ve heard today.
I’m honestly curious what happened now.
If you bother to read Lupa’s actual description of what happened, Mike Michaud had way more to do with that than Doug (and he was also the problem in Phelous’ case).
It’s also public knowledge that Doug isn’t the CEO (Channel Awesome’s management in other words). Do some actual research before you talk shit about real people.
If you re-read my description of why I don’t watch videos featuring Doug you’ll see that I said the (core) staff of TGWTG/CA are the problem. It’s tempting to lay all the blame on Mike but, whether through action or inaction, Doug and Rob condoned what happened and are just as culpable.
If I seemed to single out Doug unfairly, bear in mind that he’s the one who appears on camera and so his is the public face of the problem.
I think it’s painfully obvious that Doug and Rob don’t get too involved in the business side of things, especially when he seems to leave that sort of thing to Mike (and has a habit of remaining silent when there are issues with that end).
The worst you can say about him in that instance is that he stayed quiet, but pretending he “condoned what happened” is quite the stretch to make. The fact is, I don’t know what kind of deal Doug has with Channel Awesome — and you don’t, either. So let’s not make presumptions of guilt until we see legitimate evidence of his wrongdoing. Neither of the people involved laid into him like you have in these comments.
I feel like you may have missed my point: I find Doug to be unwatchable because of all the baggage attached to him. Everything else is semantics.
Since your research somehow omitted the relationship between Doug and CA; CA is Doug’s brand and he is their face:
Doug became known as “that guy with the glasses” due to his his appearance in early videos.
The TGWTG website was founded and existed for several years to promote videos starring Doug.
When Doug didn’t want to do the TGWTG character anymore, the site name became inaccurate and so the entire business was rebranded to Channel Awesome.
Doug has indeed claimed ignorance about the business side of his own brand. Multiple times. Even if that wasn’t an attempt to avoid acknowledging the situation, and even if it somehow excused the problems going unresolved, it doesn’t change the reason I no longer watch him:
His presence in a video is a reminder of the underhanded things that were done by one or more people who continue to benefit from his videos.
I don’t think you understand what semantics means.
You have NO PROOF that Doug makes the business decisions for Channel Awesome, and the evidence we have suggests the situation is to the contrary. Suggesting he’s involved because he’s the “face” doesn’t tell us anything.
Here’s an example for you, from Jason “LordKaT” Pullara (one of those same producers you’re defending):
“Michaud himself doesn’t actually [make] any company statements, set any goals, provide a vision, or execute any sort of leadership within the company – he’s busy spending 12 hours a day playing on Xbox Live (at least, that’s what he did when I was around). When management is that bad any product you launch is going to be equally as terrible.”
Austin Yorski (former editor-in-chief of BT) added:
“It’s tempting to throw Mike Michaud under the bus for everything that happened. Whether it was Joe or I in charge, whenever [Blistered Thumbs] wanted to get something done, we had to go to Mike to make it happen. So when the inevitable happened and [Channel Awesome] was unable or unwilling to help, Mike ended up as the face of obstruction. Whether or not that narrative reflects the reality of the situation is difficult to say, however. I was not present for the management meetings that ultimately doomed [Blistered Thumbs], so it’s entirely possible that Mike represented our interests fully and competently and was simply overruled.”
You have cited one example where Mike IS the problem at CA and one where he only MIGHT be the problem at CA. Either way, you are acknowledging that there IS a problem.
Since this was the basis for the opinion you have been arguing against I will simply say ‘thank you’ and move on.
Obviously, there’s a problem. So why are you punishing Doug with your spite (you didn’t mention Mike a SINGLE time in ANY of your original posts), when from all appearances he’s trying his best to remain a content creator and little else? Your response is like shooting an actor over what a producer did to someone else. Rob probably does more for Channel Awesome’s business end than Doug does.
Once again, you should go back and reread what I wrote. If you do, you’ll see that I mentioned CA staff (which includes Mike, Doug, and Rob) multiple times as the problem, with Doug serving as the visible representation. I am “punishing” all of them for their actions and inactions alike.
Not going to lie, I immediately saw Doug and groaned… and even considered not seeing this episode altogether. Though in my case it is because I outright stopped liking his review style.
I watch now purely because I HOPE that Sage kind of lifts the review up to watchable.
I’m the only on who wouldn’t mind a Gabe show on this website?
So I’m the only one who finds Rex hot? Oh, okay.
Ok this wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.
I liked the Speed Racer movie. When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought I was going to hate it, too far from the original source material.
But I sat down to watch it, and man did I love it. I loved the races and the “weird”swiping cuts, and the over the top color palettes. I loved John Goodman and still to this day wish for a prequel movie to this one, which involves him racing in Japan, if for no other reason to give insight to his line from this movie; “More like a nonja, shameful what passes for a ninja these days”
And that final race, they called it, heart pounding. I was up out of my chair cheering and shouting for Speed to win the race.
Maybe it’s because I had such low expectations, but I always make a point to watch this movie at least once a year.
Thank you for reminding me why I stopped watching the Nostagia Critic stuff. Also Gabe has given me the idea to try cereal with melted ice cream insteam of milk. I have no clue how well it will work.
I fucking love this movie. maybe in my top 10 moives of the last decade. Though is was fun to watch you and Doug pick it apart. Happy 5th anniversary. Where does the time go? To many more!!
Well, I might be in the minority (and a bit late, sicne I apparently last checked the site just before this came out), but I thoroughly enoyed this crossover, myself. A grand job, sage, by all. But why stop at merely five more years! Onwards and ipwards!
Was that gabe ending symbolic of the speed racer live action movie perhaps? hmmm…..
Is Gabe watching Cool Devices in Sage’s house!? Awesome!
Also, great review of a movie that I also like, but fully realize is deeply flawed. On the other hand, the “Nostalgia” Critic was certainly lacking in it. I know he never watched the anime, but still, Speed Racer is ALL about nostalgia, which is ironic.
BTW, did you guys eat that glorious ice cream and sweets mountain? I’m tempted to make one for myself, yum.