The Other Side examines the phenomena of anime’s focus on Oda Nobunaga

Episode Title: Just Say No(bunaga)
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Cody Baier, Max Vader, Andrew Erickson
Executive Producer: Sean Russell
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Opening: Daisuka Ishiwatari – Momentary Life (from the Guilty Gear XX Soundtrack)

For reasons no one can really understand, anime directors and manga authors have a bizarre obsession with Oda Nobunaga. So much material has been made with him in it–if not outright focusing on him–that you could make a genre out of the guy. Luckily, one of the members of the Other Side crew just happens to be one helluva history buff! Can he explain this bizarre phenomena? Also, stay tuned for the tangent extravaganza in this episode, where the boys discuss the origins of Japan and why samurai were pretty evil; lazy trends in anime; a blasphemous sullying of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; and crazy Code Geass doujins. All this, plus you get to learn what Cody’s “trigger” is!’

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The ever-controversial shock jock of Anime3000, and host of The Other Side (alongside Andrew Erickson and Max-Vader), and frequent guest on the A3K Podcast. Blunt, unfiltered, and politically incorrect, Cody's podcast appearances are not for the thin skinned. And be sure to check out his 90's cartoon throwback comic, Cloudscratcher!
  • Kerberous

    Care to guess how Japan handles the death penalty ? Hanging.

  • TheEmprah

    Cody’s redneck voice is actually fairly impressive.

  • Soybeans

    It’s funny to know that in Gintama, the main character beats the shit out of many katana-wielding warriors using a piece of wood.

  • James Tuddrussell

    Brings up terrible shows with terrible titles and Milky Holmes doesn’t get a mention.

    • Max-Vader

      If we were to mention every single one of those shows, we’d be recording forever.

  • Clefugly

    This episode inspired me to draw this

  • DarthYan

    Wow, I knew Nobunaga was popular but I really had no idea just how overrated the guy was. I mostly knew him as the big bad in the onimusha series (hideyoshi is the big bad in the fourth game

    Though technically other countries have less murderers

    and honestly a lot of the bush hatred was actually pretty spot on (it wasn’t just the accent, he was also not very intelligent). John Stewart’s gone after liberals (and obama) as well and for the most part his critique is reserved for conservatives who really are that crazy and that stupid (he’s interviewed quite a few conservative pundits on the show in recent years, and he mostly just trims the fat and keeps the main essence intact

    • Cody Baier

      “Jon Stewart’s gone after liberals”

      Maybe when they need to fill time in between obsessive Fox News bashing and Jon Stewart acting like a cartoonish caricature of a clown. maybe then. And say what you will about Bush, the man went to Harvard, Yale, and was a fighter pilot before getting into politics. You can say a lot about him and his policies, but regardless of your political leaning and the way you view the world, he wasn’t stupid.

      Now Dan Quayle. There was an idiot. That fuckin’ “Potatoe” moment…

      And I’m well aware Stewart’s interviewed conservatives; I’ve watched many an interview with him being a condescending dick to people who don’t share his worldview. I’m pretty sure pre-2004 Stewart would punch post-2004 Stewart in the dick. Or at least I like to believe he would.

      And no, a lot of the Bush hatred was not spot on. He wasn’t Hitler, he wasn’t retarded, he wasn’t a war criminal, he wasn’t dancing to the tune of his puppetmaster (Cheney or Rove, depending on who you asked), and those items I listed weren’t hyperbole. These idiots actually said these things.

      I’d say a good solid 90% of people with political opinions aren’t smart or informed enough to be allowed to have political opinions. And that includes every single solitary webcomic author who has ever farted their political worldviews into their godawful comics.

      • DarthYan

        No he wasn’t hitler; however for the first three years he had a 77/100 average and he largely got in because he was a legacy (that was more common back tgan). He wasn’t retarded but he wasn’t particularly smart (mediocre is a good word.) he largely was in the reserve because his dad pulled strings. That republicans tried to slander john Kerry’s war record when it was more distinguished is another reason bush got attacked

        From what I’ve seen of stewart interviewing conservatives he’s been fairly courteous even when those guests (charles krauthammer) have no real credibility (for the record if your talking about that time when william kristol said “my sources say things in Iraq are getting better” and stewart said “my sources say otherwise”
        A.) kristol was invested in the Iraq war meaning he had every reason to lie through his teeth or ignore information that contradicted his world view. Stewart would have been an idiot to take him at his word. B.) bill kristol has made a shiton of faulty predictions blatant errors and contradictions. simply put he has no credibility.

        Stewart hasn’t really misquoted any republicans; he might trim the fat but by and large the conservatives he’s slammed really have been that stupid and that dishonest. Republican politicians and the guys on fox really do make themselves easy targets to lampoon.

        By the way he’s made more than a few swipes at Obama and was entirely on the money when he attacked jim Kramer and tucker Carlson.

      • DarthYan

        as a matter of fact the recent episode I watched had a large segment which initially attacked conservatives for global warming…..and than proceeded to do a 180 and start attacking liberals for denying the effectiveness of vaccines (samantha bee interviewed health bloggers who denied vaccines work) evidently if conservatives are in denial about climate change liberals are in denial about vaccines

  • Dreamsicle

    I always thought the folding thing was because their steel/iron whatever metal they used to make katanas was pretty bad at best. Because I don’t know shit about swords, I’d like to know what other factors made katanas bad.

    • Andrew Erickson

      Japanese iron deposits tend to have a lot of carbon, which means it has to be worked more thoroughly than ore with a higher purity, hence all the folding. Japanese swordmaking techniques result in a very sharp blade, but folding the steel so many times also makes it more brittle. This is one of the reasons that katanas are supposed to be used for slashes, not stabbing (the other big reason being that Japan didn’t develop the kind of heavy plate armor European armies did, preferring leather armor with partial plate or mail coverage that allowed soldiers to move more easily).

      Katanas worked within the role they were intended for, especially since they generally weren’t a samurai’s primary weapon. But they don’t compare very well with European swords from similar periods.

      The one weapon I know of that Japan excelled at producing during the time was flintlock rifles. They figured guns out pretty well immediately after the Portuguese showed up.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Good to know this stuff.

  • RyanJM

    I hate to be that guy (espeically four months later) but Samurai Champloo was actually during the Edo-Period. Samurai Champloo represented how the samurai actually were pretty nicely, besides Jin most of the samurai in the show were pretty much scum bags.

  • Ravuf

    Anime where History goes to Die