The Cockpit - Episode 6 - Bay Without The Beef

Welcome to another edition of The Cockpit Podcast! On this episode I am joined by two of my good friends Mark and Doug. Mark is the host of the Oriental Cartoon Show and Doug produces Toy Championship Wrasslin' and the Animated Action blog. 

If you follow any of us on Twitter or have heard our podcasts as part of the Oriental Cartoon Show you'll know that the three of us are all huge Transformers fans. I decided that we needed to get together to discuss the new movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction. We had a fairly off the cuff conversation about the movie and how we felt about it and how it compares to the other films.

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So How About Aldnoah Zero

Thanks to a number of friends mentioning how much the first episode of Aldnoah.Zero clicked with them I decided that I would give it a shot. The show is streaming on Crunchyroll and just went up so I sat down and watched episode one and I have to say that I'm curious about where this is going.

The show is set during an uneasy truce between the people of Earth and those that rules Mars. The show builds tension quite well as we see students training to be soldiers as part of their normal curriculum due to the fears that war with the martians, known as the Vers Empire. Some of what happens in this opening episode is cliched but it does it in a way that still manages to make me curious about what is going to happen next. 

There are some themes that appear during this first episode about being human and race that make me curious to see how they are going to be played with. While the Vers Princess talks about how their people and the humans on earth all come from the same place she is quickly rebutted with a comment about how those on Mars became a different race when they left Earth. 


The end of the episode presents us with some eerie and familiar sights to classic Gundam fans. The princess of the Vers Empire is on a good will mission to earth and while she is on her way to the meeting her envoy is attacked by what at this point appears to be terrorists. In response to that attack the Vers Empire declares war and begins the decent of their giant war ships onto earth. What we see is echoes of the colony drop from Mobile Suit Gundam as these giant ships crash onto cities.


Honestly more than anything the first episode of Aldnoah.Zero has me curious about where it could be headed. This is a Mecha show but at this point we have only seen glimmers of what that might look like. What really has me ready to come back for more is the themes of destruction, war, and race that were playing out in the first episode. If it manages to follow through on those points then I think we are in for something interesting. 

Kids Wishing On Falling War Ships Is Just Cruel

Kids Wishing On Falling War Ships Is Just Cruel

The Cockpit - Episode 5 - Build Fighters

The Cockpit is back! After a long time away I am very excited to say that I am back and ready for a whole new round of episodes for The Cockpit. I am glad to be back and I hope you enjoy it!

For episode 5 of The Cockpit I am joined by my good friend Casey Mitchem, otherwise know as Minovsky Articles on Twitter. We got together to discuss the brand new anime series Gundam Build Fighters! We were both huge fans of the show and spend most of the time gushing about what made it such a special show. 

We opened the show with a discussion about the return of The Cockpit, collecting toy robots, and Anime Boston. After that we jumped right into our discussion of Build Fighters.

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On the Speakeasy

As you all know Otakon was a couple of weeks ago. Following up another amazing year Ed Sizemore and I were on the newest episode of The Speakeasy podcast by the Reverse Thieves. We discussed the good and bad of the event, what our favorite panels and events were, and the huge news of Otakon moving to Washington DC in 2017. It was a great time to talk to all of them about an event we have all grown to love.

So be sure to give it a listen!  


The Cockpit at Otakon

For the first time I am going to be joining in on a panel at Otakon!

Alain over at the Reverse Thieves blog has been gracious enough to let me join him for his panel on Yoshiyuki Tomino this year and I am thrilled to be there.  We will be discussing the life and works of the influential and sometimes controversial director.

So be sure to check out Kill 'em All and Let Sunrise Sort 'em Out: A Yoshiyuki Tomino Panel in Panel Room 1 from 8:45 to 9:45 on Saturday night!

Can't wait to see you there!