History WebVideo / BennettTheSage

29th Oct '17 7:51:59 PM Willbyr
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** In the ''Wild Cardz'' review, the introduction of the racist Chinese caricature leads Sage to point out that a scene in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' featuring the Taiwanese Shenhua threatening to kill Revy for making fun of her bad English doesn't have mearly the same impact in the original Japanese audio.

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** In the ''Wild Cardz'' review, the introduction of the racist Chinese caricature leads Sage to point out that a scene in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' featuring in which the Taiwanese Shenhua threatening threatens to kill Revy for making fun of her bad English doesn't have mearly nearly the same impact in the original Japanese audio.



* AwesomeMusic: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Sage for ''Manga/DominionTankPolice''[='s=] opening theme.
-->So...cheesy...yet...so...awesome... [...] What ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' is to the Creator/{{Disney}} kids, ''Tank Police'' is to 30-something otakus.

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* AwesomeMusic: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Sage for ''Manga/DominionTankPolice''[='s=] ''Dominion Tank Police''[='s=] opening theme.
-->So...cheesy...yet...so...awesome... awesome! [...] What ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' is to the Creator/{{Disney}} kids, ''Tank Police'' is to 30-something otakus.



* CasanovaWannabe: Suave, complete with smoking jacket and glass of scotch, doing his best to channel [[Magazine/{{Playboy}} Hugh Hefner]]. Sage spends the entire ''Manga/GoldenBoy'' review as Suave, listing off techniques for getting the ladies that the anime's lead character puts to work. Suave also does the review of ''Eiken'' in a similarly sleazy manner, leading Sage to yell at the end of the review that he's never doing another one again, although he comes back for the ''Viper GTS'' and ''Manga/IDreamOfMimi'' reviews.

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* CasanovaWannabe: Suave, complete with smoking jacket and glass of scotch, doing his best to channel [[Magazine/{{Playboy}} Hugh Hefner]]. Sage spends the entire ''Manga/GoldenBoy'' review as Suave, listing off techniques for getting the ladies that the anime's lead character puts to work. Suave also does the review of ''Eiken'' in a similarly sleazy manner, leading Sage to yell at the end of the review that he's never doing another one again, although he comes back for the ''Viper GTS'' and ''Manga/IDreamOfMimi'' reviews. More often, Suave just shows up in several reviews to add perverted commentary to certain scenes, usually annoying Sage in the process.



* TheDogBitesBack: In the "Nuts and Bolts" commentary for ''Ninja Resurrection'', Marc notes that for every ten terrible things that the Sage character does to Gabe, on the eleventh Gabe manages to get back at him in some manner.

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* TheDogBitesBack: In the "Nuts and Bolts" commentary for ''Ninja Resurrection'', Marc notes that for every ten terrible things that the Sage character does to Gabe, on the eleventh Gabe manages to get back at him in some manner.



** In a bit of {{Irony}}, Critic ultimately [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis ends up acting like the person he thinks Sage still is]] when he kidnaps him for the ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' review, [[EvilIsPetty apparently for smaller things that happened in his later cameos]]. [[spoiler:He intended to go as far as keep him there for who knows how long; [[HumiliationConga but then Rob immediately walks in, scolds him for the kidnapping, offers Sage a flight back home, and allows him to take advantage of the offer by making Critic pay first-class for it under the threat of sending him to jail.]]]]

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** In a bit of {{Irony}}, Critic ultimately [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis ends up acting like the person he thinks Sage still is]] when he kidnaps him for the ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' ''Film/SpeedRacer'' review, [[EvilIsPetty apparently for smaller things that happened in his later cameos]]. [[spoiler:He intended to go as far as keep him there for who knows how long; long, [[HumiliationConga but then Rob immediately walks in, scolds him for the kidnapping, offers Sage a flight back home, and allows him to take advantage of the offer by making Critic pay first-class for it under the threat of sending him to jail.]]]]



* GratuitousRape: He's brought up several times that he hates it when shows use this trope just for shock value. He takes special issue with the incestuous rape subplot in ''[[Literature/TeitoMonogatari Doomed Megalopolis]]'' and seriously considered ending the review right then because he'll just continue to be pissed off about it for the rest of the review[[note]]And while Bennett doesn't mention this in the review, in the novel the movie was based on the BrotherSisterIncest [[AdaptationalConsent was actually consensual]], making it even more gratuitous[[/note]]. Rather ironic considering how he acts [[TheSociopath in character]]. He even lampshades it:

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* GratuitousRape: He's brought up several times that he hates it when shows use this trope just for shock value. He takes special issue with the incestuous rape subplot in ''[[Literature/TeitoMonogatari Doomed Megalopolis]]'' ''Doomed Megalopolis'' and seriously considered ending the review right then because he'll just continue to be pissed off about it for the rest of the review[[note]]And while Bennett doesn't mention this in the review, in the novel the movie was based on the BrotherSisterIncest [[AdaptationalConsent was actually consensual]], making it even more gratuitous[[/note]]. Rather ironic considering how he acts [[TheSociopath in character]]. He even lampshades it:



** Has something to this effect towards ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The End of Evangelion]]'', pondering his life choices.
** Sage himself has one when he ''tries'' to review ''Manga/ViolenceJack'' due to his moral boundaries, to the point where [[spoiler:the entire review is him and Marc trying to puzzle out a format he thinks he can stomach, until [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he decides to not do a review at all]]]].

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** Has something to this effect towards ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The ''The End of Evangelion]]'', Evangelion'', pondering his life choices.
** Sage himself has one when he ''tries'' to review ''Manga/ViolenceJack'' ''Violence Jack'' due to his moral boundaries, to the point where [[spoiler:the entire review is him and Marc trying to puzzle out a format he thinks he can stomach, until [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he decides to not do a review at all]]]].


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* SpitefulSpit: Done by Sage after he throws the ''Violence Jack'' tape off a bridge.
29th Oct '17 6:29:22 PM Willbyr
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* ActionGirl: Usually called a "Valkyrie Bitch" by Sage, this tends to be one of his favorite character types when done correctly, most prominently seen in his review of ''Anime/DominionTankPolice''.

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* ActionGirl: Usually called a "Valkyrie Bitch" by Sage, this tends to be one of his favorite character types when done correctly, most prominently seen in his review of exemplified by Leona from ''Anime/DominionTankPolice''.



* AnimeAccentAbsence: Sage notes in his review of ''Manga/{{Fake}}'' that the plot makes no sense when the show isn't a dub, because the reveal that the (British) killer, who has been targeting Japanese tourists, now attacks a specific main character based on someone noting that one of the (American) characters is half Japanese makes no sense when ''everyone, even the killer'', is speaking flawless Japanese.

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* AnimeAccentAbsence: AnimeAccentAbsence:
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Sage notes in his review of ''Manga/{{Fake}}'' that the plot makes no sense when the show isn't a dub, because the reveal that the (British) killer, who has been targeting Japanese tourists, now attacks a specific main character based on someone noting that one of the (American) characters is half Japanese makes no sense when ''everyone, even the killer'', is speaking flawless Japanese.Japanese.
** In the ''Wild Cardz'' review, the introduction of the racist Chinese caricature leads Sage to point out that a scene in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' featuring the Taiwanese Shenhua threatening to kill Revy for making fun of her bad English doesn't have mearly the same impact in the original Japanese audio.
---> All I'm saying is that this moment, and many more like it, make ''way'' more sense in English than it does in Japanese. If you're going to have your character speak a language other than what the audience is hearing, ''don't draw attention to it''.


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* AwesomeMusic: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Sage for ''Manga/DominionTankPolice''[='s=] opening theme.
-->So...cheesy...yet...so...awesome... [...] What ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' is to the Creator/{{Disney}} kids, ''Tank Police'' is to 30-something otakus.


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* CatGirl: {{Discussed|Trope}} in the ''Dominion Tank Police'' review, in regards to the cat girl twins who are recurring antagonists. Sage notes that living with cats as a child soured him on the fanservice aspect of this particular character type. He's then distracted from his talk by the scene of Anni and Una doing a striptease...until a flashback to a cat yarking up a hairball wrecks everything.
29th Oct '17 11:54:43 AM Willbyr
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** [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] shows up in AA episodes for ''Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned '',''Literature/DemonCityShinjuku'' and ''Manga/{{Baoh}}'', plus two episodes of ''Masterpiece Fanfic Theatre'' (one of which had [[OldShame a fic by Linkara himself!]]).

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** [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] shows up in AA episodes for ''Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned '',''Literature/DemonCityShinjuku'' '', ''Literature/DemonCityShinjuku'', ''Anime/EighthMan After'' and ''Manga/{{Baoh}}'', plus two episodes of ''Masterpiece Fanfic Theatre'' (one of which had [[OldShame a fic by Linkara himself!]]).
29th Oct '17 9:13:15 AM ClintEastwood
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Many of Sage's older works are considerably harsher, angrier, and contain some hypocritical content. Contrast to now, where he is somewhat more laid back and has a much more consistent moral compass.
24th Oct '17 9:59:01 PM Willbyr
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* {{Engrish}}: Invoked for parody with the "Spot the Engrish" gag where Sage shows a still clip and asks the viewers to spot the goofup, such as "carate" as Ryo Sakazaki's martial art in the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' OVA review.

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Invoked for parody with the "Spot the Engrish" gag where Sage shows a still clip and asks the viewers to spot the goofup, such as "carate" as Ryo Sakazaki's martial art in the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' OVA review.review.
** Censor Kaiser 1.0 spoke in horribly broken English with a stereotypical Japanese accent.



** Played straight with his review of ''Violence Jack'', where he couldn't bring himself to actually review it. That's right, the only person to make the Ask That Guy squeamish found something even he was too put off by to review. When commenters called him out on his apparent hypocrisy for reviewing the hyper-violent ''Ellen Lied'', he countered in its ''Nuts and Bolts'' by noting that it has genuine moments of heart and lightness that counter its gore and make it able to be talked about, something completely absent from ''Violence Jack''.

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** Played straight with his review of ''Violence Jack'', where he couldn't bring himself to actually review it. That's right, the only person to make the Ask That Guy squeamish found something even he was too put off by to review. When commenters called him out on his apparent hypocrisy for reviewing the hyper-violent ''Ellen ''Elfen Lied'', he countered in its ''Nuts and Bolts'' by noting that it has genuine moments of heart and lightness that counter its gore and make it able to be talked about, something completely absent from ''Violence Jack''.
19th Oct '17 6:03:06 AM Willbyr
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** During the ''Anime/GhostInTheShell 2: Innocence'' review, as Sage makes a joke about what people will do for high-def (in reference to the coroner plugging a fancy cable into a socket behind her eyes), Gabe proceeds to stick the business end of a VGA cable into his good eye.

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** During the ''Anime/GhostInTheShell 2: Innocence'' review, as Sage makes a joke about what people will do for high-def (in reference to the coroner plugging a fancy cable into a socket behind her eyes), Gabe proceeds to stick the business one end of a VGA cable into his good eye.
17th Oct '17 8:39:26 PM Willbyr
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* ''Anime/BurnUp W''

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* ''Anime/BurnUp W''''Anime/BurnUp'' and ''Burn Up! W'' (separate reviews)


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* ''Anime/SailorMoonRTheMovie''
17th Oct '17 8:03:12 PM Willbyr
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17th Oct '17 4:20:56 PM Willbyr
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* ShoutOut:
** {{Defied|Trope}} in ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko''. There will be no ''Series/DoctorWho'' references.
** Censor Kaiser's HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:and subsequent rebirth]] in the ''Anime/ApocalypseZero'' review is a trifecta of references. His [[spoiler:death]] is an homage to the Air Conditioner from ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''.[[spoiler:His resurrection is a nod to the birth of [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]]]]. His new design is a shout out to [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex the Laughing Man]].
** During the ''Manga/YuYuHakusho: Poltergeist Report'' review, the visual style briefly mimics that of ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''.
** In his ''VideoGame/VoltageFighterGowcaizer'' review, he mocks the CallingYourAttacks trope by uninterestingly mumbling "Wave Motion Fist" (which happens to be the English translation of one of [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu and Ken's]] signature attacks, the Hadouken) and making the Hadouken shooting gesture.
** In his review of ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' he awards Rally the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 Leon S. Kennedy]] award for fucking physics up the ass when she jumps off a warehouse railing to the ground on her feet wearing high heels, with the runner up being Sawa in ''Anime/{{Kite}}'' and seriously considers also giving the award to [[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro Lupin]]. Speaking of...
** When he hears Creator/DavidHayter providing the voice his reaction is, [[VideoGame/MetalGear "Snake? Snaaaaaake!!!!!!"]]
*** Gabe's ponytail, facial hair, and eyepatch combination make him look a bit like [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Venom Snake]].
** Fax Headspace is an {{Expy}} of ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' with a lot of design cues taken from ''Franchise/LupinIII.'' In the commentary they state his jacket colors were a reference to ''{{Film/Virtuosity}}''.
** He frequently uses clips from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''.
--->Remember, kids, an ''Archer'' clip for every occasion. That's the ''Anime Abandon'' difference!
** The ''Anime/AmonSaga'' review features one to ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'''s [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E20SpaceMutiny review]] of ''Film/SpaceMutiny'', as Sage refers to one muscle-bound character with a bunch of the nicknames given to Creator/RebBrown's character in that film.
** While Sage isn't keen on ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', he does occasionally pose as Gendo, FingerTenting and all, when he wants to say something mysterious, lampshade something that's supposed to be mysterious in the anime being reviewed, or wants to highlight an abusive parent's mentality within the work in question.
** ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' gets a couple of prominent mentions:
*** When trying to figure out the meaning of the "sister-brother" reference in ''Maze'', Sage notes the comic's use of the term to describe Desire, who was referred to in this way by the other Endless.
*** In the ‘’Lady Death’’ review, Sage mentions that his favorite interpretation of the Devil is Lucifer in the ''Season of Mists'' arc, and contrasts him with the abysmal portrayal in ''Lady Death''.
17th Oct '17 4:08:11 PM Willbyr
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** One for Censor Kaiser in ''Anime/ApocalypseZero'', as Bennett's need to show certain risque footage conflicts with his need to censor nudity, resulting in a LogicBomb that ''causes him to explode.'' [[spoiler:He got better, however.]]



* HeroicRROD: Increasingly during the ''Ninja Resurrection'' review as he starts remembering watching it before, symbolized by a ringing sound and blood coming out of Sage's nose and mouth.

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Increasingly during the ''Ninja Resurrection'' review as he starts remembering watching it before, symbolized by a ringing sound and blood coming out of Sage's nose and mouth.mouth.
** Censor Kaiser has one in the ''Apocalypse Zero'' review, when Sage badgering him to not censor a particular shot causes him to rage so hard that he explodes. This, of course, leads to his aforementioned resurrection...and he still refuses to show the scene.



* LogicBomb: It is ''not'' a good idea to ask Censor Kaiser to not censor something.



** This is also done in the ‘’Mezzo Forte’’ review during the second pornographic sequence. Sage notes that he can’t show what’s happening but plays the audio from the last few scenes, which is ‘’very’’ clear about what’s happening.

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** This is also done in the ‘’Mezzo Forte’’ ''Mezzo Forte'' review during the second pornographic sequence. Sage notes that he can’t show what’s happening but plays the audio from the last few scenes, which is ‘’very’’ ''very'' clear about what’s happening.



** When trying to figure out the meaning of the "sister-brother" reference in ''Maze'', Sage notes the use of the term in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' to describe Desire, who was referred to in this way by the other Endless. He also mentions in the ‘’Lady Death’’ review that his favorite interpretation of the Devil is Lucifer from the “Season of Mist” arc of ‘’Sandman’’.

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** ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' gets a couple of prominent mentions:
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When trying to figure out the meaning of the "sister-brother" reference in ''Maze'', Sage notes the comic's use of the term in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' to describe Desire, who was referred to in this way by the other Endless. He also mentions in Endless.
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the ‘’Lady Death’’ review review, Sage mentions that his favorite interpretation of the Devil is Lucifer from in the “Season ''Season of Mist” arc of ‘’Sandman’’.Mists'' arc, and contrasts him with the abysmal portrayal in ''Lady Death''.



* SoundtrackDissonance: "Ultra" by Music/{{KMFDM}}, the opening song for ''Anime Abandon'', set to images from various anime he's reviewed (usually incredibly violent or sexual scenes). It's fairly appropriate, given its harsh tone and extreme distortion... right up until Bennett cuts in [[SlasherSmile to smile at the camera]]. This is an early hint for new viewers that Bennett [[AxeCrazy may not be the most stable individual out there]].

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* SoundtrackDissonance: "Ultra" by Music/{{KMFDM}}, the opening song for ''Anime Abandon'', set to images from various anime he's reviewed (usually incredibly violent or sexual scenes). It's fairly appropriate, given its harsh tone and extreme distortion... right up until Bennett cuts in [[SlasherSmile to smile at the camera]]. This is an early hint for new viewers that Bennett [[AxeCrazy may not be the most stable individual out there]].
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