Awesome / Bennett the Sage

  • His review of Grave of the Fireflies, which he explains was very hard to do, considering the reputation it has would make any dissenting opinion of his come off as petty and/or nitpicky. Regardless, he flat out nails it, going into detail about how the movie seemed to be less of a stand alone story and more of a cautionary tale for the youth of Japan. Bennett even brings up statistics of how crime rates amongst the youth skyrocketed in the 1980's because of conflicts between the privileged newer generation, who were enjoying the wealth and success of Japanese industry and their parents, who had to live in Japan after the second world war. He states at the beginning that he didn't like this movie for more personal reasons rather than just because it was sad. After deconstructing the movie's purpose (guilt tripping the youth of Japan into respecting the sacrifices their parents had made just growing up), he just demonstrates an amazing sort of bravery to get so involved and determined to critique a movie of such acclaimed proportions. It was a very impressive, sobering review, and you can watch it here.
    • Just the fact that he gives a negative review of a critically acclaimed film is a CMOA in-and-of itself. In an age where reviews are considered to be the absolute word on the quality of a film, it's nothing short of amazing to see someone give a rather detailed and emotionally-involved explanation as to why he dislikes a film while still understanding its significance. Sage could've simply gone the old Accentuate the Negative approach but doesn't, and it makes the reasoning for his opinion all the stronger for it. It shows that a movie doesn't have to be "bad" for someone to not like it.
  • Credit where it's due for Bennett, but after two crappy movies, he finally breaks JesuOtaku with Highschool of the Dead, seeming to pass the torch to him. The fact that he also managed to get Linkara, Angry Joe and Marzgurl out of their rooms long enough for the review, and that he broke Jesu enough to show them some kind of horror (Remember that Linkara has fought The Entity, which threatened to consume the entire world, and that Joe and Marzgurl fought off Zod's troops in To Boldly Flee) just tops it off.
    • That's not what tops it off. If one watches JO's other crossovers, he's kind of a Creator's Pet in them (The Film Brain crossover is pretty much nothing but one Double Standard joke after another), so seeing him lose, just once, is awesome.
  • At the end of the second part of his Macross Plus review, Bennett goes on a speech on how anime fans have lost their standards, and how as such anime has seemed to drop in quality from the times of Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, Princess Mononoke, Ghost in the Shell, and such - the time of an apex reached by fan devotion and contribution. He remarks on how Fanservice, Ho Yay, and other eye-catchers have been used by studios to get more money, and thus general quantity has overtaken quality and such has become the standard for anime in general—he does note, however, that these tropes have always had a place and they are not inherently bad. He reaches the climax of this speech by beseeching fans of all kinds to demand better from the studios and creators, as they will never have the strength and courage to venture into the unknown reaches and go for more originality without fan outcry and subsequent reward for their efforts.
  • In his review of Odin, Sage demonstrates impressive knowledge in physics during his ripping apart of the movie's lack of logic during a scene where the spaceship demonstrates its hyperspace drive capable of reaching relativistic speeds while going after an SOS signal it was seeking out, six days after departing from base.
  • In the review of 8 Man After he learns that the hero of the original 8 Man series was just deleted from his cyborg body, Killed Off for Real basically, with no explanation as to why or how. A comparison of how DC Comics does character death more gracefully has Linkara cameo to remind us of Ted Kord, to which Sage angrily counters (to the point his shouting causes feedback in the audio) that Ted got some final lines and an on panel death, whereas the hero of the original anime got none of this. Linkara, whose Nerd Rage is practically legendary, backed off.
    • He also called out Sachiko on calling out the new 8 Man, as she was making it look like she was in favor of the psychotic football-playing cyborgs that murdered a stadium full of people.
    • It's also linked to something many have wanted Sage to review, as at the end, Sage revealed that he was gonna review Devilman, from the creator of Violence Jack.
  • At the end of the Devilman review, he takes out Violence Jack as if it were the next review. It's even the uncut version, so rare that it can't even be found as a torrent... and he keeps it that way, throwing the rare VHS off a bridge into a stream with a 'good riddance' and spit.
    • Though, to by the look of things with the cryptic after-credit bit, looks like it isn't gonna be the last time we seen that VHS tape as due to the darkness and red light coming out of the box before briefly on screen the words "VIOLENCE IS COMING" pops up in red before cutting to black. Either he didn't really throw the tape off the bridge or he's just not doing the uncut version.
      • Or maybe it was a bootleg tape; but, only time will tell...
  • In A Wind Named Amnesia, once it's revealed that aliens were the ones responsible for enforcing Laser-Guided Amnesia upon humanity and reduced them to rioting savages and that the reason they did it was both because they wanted to eliminate a threat and to make humans be happy, Sage simply called them out on their bullshit, going with a rant about the hypocrisy of using technology to essentially destroy humanity as a civilized species... out of fear that humanity might become advanced enough to do the same thing to the aliens.
  • In the Guyver film review, Sage getting tired of Critic's insults, calling him out and refusing to apologize or back down. Especially satisfying for anyone angry at the latter for acting like an asshole in reboot reviews.
    Critic: How can you not see it as bad? Was your brain and soul a package deal when you sold them?
    Sage: Critic! Shut up. Alright? I just wanted you to have some fun riffing on a dumb movie with me, okay? You don't need to insult me.
  • In the Violence Jack review, the entire episode is about him working up the bravery to admit, on camera, that sometimes you need to admit that sometimes there isn't a way to do something, and that rarely, you have to Know When to Fold 'Em. In a quite good mini-movie.
    • Not to mention, despite the fact that he can't show the anime itself, he manages to clearly show how horrible and gruesome it is, just by talking about the content and playing the audio in one scene.
  • During his Ĉon Flux review, Oancitizen comes on to criticize him for lackluster analysis of Gnosticism within the show. By the end of his review, Oancitizen is applauding.
  • In each of his Love Hina reviews, he repeatedly calls the show out for its blatant misandry and unwarranted abuse of its male lead, simply because he's male and possibly has a love life, while playing all of it for laughs.
  • In a sort of meta sense, his Toonami Month. When you think about it, Bennett managed to get not only the ability to use Toonami footage added to his intros, but also convinced Steve Blum to record lines as Tom for the event. We have no idea what influence he has in the world of anime VAs to not only get the occasional VA cameo on the show, but also acquire the footage and audio needed to make the Toonami Month intros and commercial breaks, but it must be pretty strong.
  • Mark the Engineer earns one in the Super Toolshed episode "Knight Makes Right," which was made right after he got in a car accident with his beloved Cool Car. While the whole situation sucked, he was quite proud of the fact that he was able to replace a single broken part and drive his car home... meanwhile, the other people in the accident probably had to total their car.
  • Putting in four hours of work to make the panty-shot counting gag in the Agent Aika review have all the shots. That's dedication.
  • His analysis of how screwed up Inuyasha and Kagome's relationship is. He perfectly lays out how much of a Yandere Kagome is and even goes so far as to compare her abusive treatment of Inuyasha to a bad S&M relationship.
    • He also calls out the Status Quo Is God ending to the third movie, noting that to get a new necklace on Inuyasha Kagome pretty much tricks him and then refuses to remove it even after the danger's past, admitting out loud she doesn't want to remove it. And then she tells him to sit. Bonus points occur when Bennett and Mark view this scene in the Nuts & Bolts commentary on this episode, with Mark outright calling Kagome a sociopath when she does this.
  • The ending of his review of Fake, a gay anime, has Bennett reveal that the reason he chose to review it was because of an email from a fan. Said fan wanted to know if there was any gay-themed anime that wasn't yaoi or shonen-ai, and despite Bennett's searching, he couldn't find one. Bennett goes on to say that even lesbians have positive portrayals in anime, but gay men have none, which is "fucked up" and "depressing no matter how you slice it."
  • In his review of De:vadasy, Sage is unafraid to tackle the thorny subject of Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male - specifically, the scene in the second episode of the OVA where the scientist Misako sexually assaults the male protagonist Kei, ostensibly to gauge his compatibility to pilot the titular robot. He points out not only the squickiness of the scene due to the age differences between the two parties (Misako is an adult, but Kei is still a young teenage boy), or the fact that Misako is never called out on her behavior, but also that it— like many other scenes in the OVA—blatantly rips off a similar scene from Neon Genesis Evangelion without attempting to understand its original context.Explanation