Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 9 - Golgo 13: He Shoots, He Scores

We're back to the "regular" show format. Daryl talks about the Often Overlooked gekiga mainstay Golgo 13 and gets made fun of by shut from 4chan, Gerald reviews Cannon God Exaxxion, and we offer a sample of the upcoming Katsucon and Megacon interview segments.

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Introduction (0:00 - 23:01)
Listener email reveals that we were totally wrong about Transformers last week, among other things. Per your requests, we give our thoughts on G Gundam, Lensman (the DUB!), Harmagedon (the DUB...ABSOLUTE ZERO [NOW]!), Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Plus, Daryl reveals THE SHOCKING HIDDEN TRUTH behind Gravitation and how none of us can pronounce "yaoi" right! It must be because Daryl has the Ultimate Eye.

Let's News! (23:01 - 29:50)
As proof of how untimely podcasts are for getting news, we get around to mentioning how the hentai title Discipline got a DVD release that's as comedically entertaining as its ad copy, ADV licenses the original Area 88 OAVs (as discussed in Show #4), and Daryl uses the Ultimate Eye to deduce that the odd handling of Prefectural Earth Defense Force is all just another manufactured controversy designed to get the crazed otaku--that's us, by the way--angry in an attempt to raise awareness of the title, just like Ghost Stories was (as discussed in Show # 1). And if you want to be on the show, we give you the chance to show us how good a voice actor you are! Listen to find out how!

Often Overlooked: The Professional: Golgo 13 (29:50 - 50:53)
Daryl pulls your triggers lovingly and softly using the pulsating holster OF LOVE as he regales us all with the history of one of the most enduring characters in gekiga ("dramatic comics"), Golgo 13 "the man with the custom M-16," created by Takao Saito. This was supposed to just be about the theatrical animated feature, but ends up being about how Golgo 13 truly is the Japanese equivalent of a Jack Chick tract.

  • Official website of Jack Chick (includes Japanese editions, so help us)
  • Toastyfrog's Golgo 13: Perfect Machine of Snipe -- Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 (writeups on the out-of-print Saito Productions English releases of Golgo 13, including pictures; hurry before it's taken down like how "Chuchu Died For Your Sins" isn't there anymore)
  • Duke Togo: A Retrospective of the Localized Golgo 13 in America -- Part 1, Part 2 (excellent article which is so near identical to what Daryl said that it's not even funny; Daryl would like everyone to know that he never heard of this site or Toastyfrog's writeup until it was time to do these show notes and that he didn't plagiarize from either)
  • Scans Gerald made from the first story in the Viz release -- 1 2 3 4 (he notes the art is better in the second story)

Special Bonus Feedback: shut from 4chan Respects Daryl Highly (50:53 - 56:06)
We forgot to read this message in the beginning since it wasn't sent directly to us, but FYAD All Star and 4chan sensation shut exposes us for the snob elite indy band hipsterites we are. We hem and haw in an attempt to justify our existences, failing miserably but learning a valuable lesson in the process. We bet this is all because Daryl still can't find where he put that AMV CDR that W.T. Snacks gave him two years ago.

Review (manga): Cannon God Exaxxion (56:06 - 1:08:11)
Gerald tells us all about Kenichi Sonoda's current manga series being published in America by Dark Horse that nobody else seems to really be talking about. I guess that's why we're talking about it, though Daryl and Clarissa aren't quite sure what makes this one NOT as utterly generic as it sounds, since the plot is "guy is surrounded by harem of women and pilots robot against aliens." Listen and judge for yourself.

Special Bonus #2: Katsucon Report Preview (1:08:11 - 1:20:48)
Man, this episode is going to be like an hour and a half long because of this, and we just got an email saying "stop making the episodes over 80 minutes for the sake of the people who burn them as CD audio), but as a preview for the upcoming weeks, Daryl has decided to share with everyone one of the HOURS AND HOURS of interviews he conducted while he was off at Katsucon 12 in search of the hidden secrets of the universe, and by that he means interviewing people he deemed "worthy of the Internet." This one interview went like 10 minutes; for next week, Daryl will have to figure out if he can somehow fit in all the high points within about 15 minutes or so. And on top of that, he did interviews at Megacon this past weekend as well. Don't worry, those are forthcoming too.

Closing (1:20:48 - 1:22:58)
Somehow, the shows keep getting longer and longer despite Daryl's feeble attempts to keep things at about an hour's length. We've heard plenty of people saying that the length isn't an issue, but be honest: if you think the show is too long (or if you start listening to episodes but stop before they're done), we want to hear from you too! Next time, Clarissa reviews the manga Homunculus (though she is not certain whether or not it contains the Ultimate Eye), Gerald talks about a favorite of his, the Often Overlooked Lensman (the DUB), and Daryl kicks off his quest for THE TRUTH and THE AMERICAN DREAM (no, not Ron Killings and Dusty Rhodes) as he interviews YOU, the anime convention-attending populace at large! Be ready for lots more pictures of really cool people! ABSOLUTE ZERO, NOW!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 8 - Rape Me Up, Scotty

It's a much dreaded hentai-themed episode as Gerald talks about Gonad the Barbarian in what is technically the end of the Patrick Macias interview. Actually, we have nearly two more hours worth. We also talk about cyberpunk anime as well as follow up on Prefectural Earth Defense Force.

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If you downloaded this before 11:30 PM on Tuesday, please redownload it. The audio goes all weird at about the 23:00 minute mark on the old file.

Introduction (0:00 - 23:20)
We answer emails and voicemails, talking about the Naruto dub cast, our thoughts on Trigun and Outlaw Star, and how Dog Soldier permanently alters lives. We then talk about cyberpunk anime, which is mostly us arguing about what cyberpunk is. 23 minutes answering emails? Well, with Daryl out at Katsucon this weekend, the editing for this show was left in the capable hands of Gerald. Even as long as this is, we still cut out entire sections about Cowboy Bebop and how steampunk fits into the cyberpunk equation.

Promo: JPop Blast (14:46 - 15:24)
Robbie Fargo is one man with a mission, and that mission for over half a year and counting is to teach people all about the finer details of Japanese pop music. And one of the ways he does this is by playing a bunch of it, so head on over.

Let's News! (23:21 - 47:49)
Media Blasters is releasing Tekkaman Blade in both cut and uncut versions, Funimation licenses Crayon Shin-Chan in what will hopefully not be another Case Closed for them, and ADV has decided that Prefectural Earth Defense Force is only going to be available via their website instead of being available in stores everywhere. Take one guess as to what we spend most of the time talking about here.

Promo: Josh in Japan (47:49 - 48:35)
Josh in Japan is a pretty popular podcast out there compared to ours, and as the name suggests, it's about a guy named Josh who lives in Japan. Check out his show if you want to know about things like the Japanese healthcare system, the Japanese public safety system, grocery shopping, and the Japanese criminal justice system. You mean to say it's not like it is in Phoenix Wright?!

Interview: Patrick Macias, Honky Tonk Man lookalike in training (48:35 - 1:23:26)
With this installment, our Patrick Macias interview comes to a end...sort of. We've still got like, two more hours of discussion we could use! Anyway, this segment of the interview is devoted to HENTAI. Gerald's decided to review a hentai title from the 80s called Gonad the Barbarian, which is absolutely terrible in all aspects. Which of course is why we're talking about it. Includes sound effects!
Closing (1:23:26 - 1:25:16)
If you were actually able to sit down and listen to this whole episode, let us know! Next week Gerald will review the manga title Cannon God Exaxxion and Daryl is going to talk about the now-Often Overlooked film The Professional: Golgo 13. After having shown this movie--which Daryl described as "the film adaptation of the Walker, Texas Ranger lever from Conan O'Brien"--to Gerald and Clarissa (who themselves had never seen it), they were so thoroughly and deeply affected by the film that they will never be the same again.

Especially Clarissa.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 7 - Kazuo Koike, master of "Jigoku Manga"

The Patrick Macias interview rolls on, as we talk about "jigoku manga," best embodied by the works of Kazuo Koike! Plus Space Battlecruiser Yamato and uh...Anna Miller's.

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Introduction (0:00 - 23:42)

We got a lot of feedback from our previous show when we said that videogame tournaments have no place at an anime convention (that's an oversimplification, but if you want the rest, check out last week's episode). Most of it was us getting our butts kicked, but amazingly enough, someone out there agreed with our Ushicon comments!

We have no Let's News! segment this week since there wasn't very much news that was worth talking about. Since we have no interest in just reading off news items that have no significant bearing on anything, we thought we'd compile the few news stories from this week into next week.

Promo: Anime Pulse podcast
While we're trying (and failing) to cover as wide a range of anime as we can, these guys are all about being on the cutting edge of what's out in Japan right now! If you're big into Naruto and Bleach, these guys discuss the latest episodes of both every week, so check them out.

Interview -- Patrick Macias: The man who knows more about Japan than the Japanese, Part 3(23:43 - 1:14:47)

We delve into the realm of Kazuo Koike as we go in depth on the subject of "jigoku manga" with the amazing Patrick Macias in part three of our interview. To fit with the jumbled mess of logic that is a Kazuo Koike narrative, Daryl decided to leave this section relatively unedited. We haven't done this before, and chances are you listeners probably wouldn't like us if we did it again.

Promo: Anime Hell
A blog and soon to be podcast devoted to the anime convention mainstay featuring extremely strange audio-visual detritus that's not necessarily anime-related, as this trailer for Scream Blackula Scream indicates. DEMAND Anime Hell (or if you live in Florida, the Panel OF DOOM! as hosted by Daryl Surat!) to convention organizers near you!

Closing (1:14:47 - 1:16:34)

We finally decided to shell out the money for the domain, so www.animeworldorder.com will now redirect you to this page. Next time, we're going to have a hentai-centric episode as the Patrick Macias interview concludes (sort of) with Gerald reviewing the really, really, really awful hentai title known as Gonad the Barbarian. I know, you want to buy it based on the name alone, but we're going to tell you why that sort of thinking is a huge mistake.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 6 - Thoughtbird and Other Stories

In this episode we talk about why harem shows all suck, why you NEED to buy Prefectural Earth Defense Force when it comes out, and how to fix conventions so the only people who'll attend them is us. Plus part two of the Patrick Macias interview!

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Now then, the full show notes. Do people actually READ these things?

Introduction (0:00 - 12:37)

We respond to listener voice mail regarding Fist of the North Star, DearS, Love Hina, and Chobits. Daryl steals ideas from posts made by other people at Anime Jump without actively thinking of it. That site has INFLUENCE, so you should go there and check out their reviews and user forums.

Let's News! (12:37 -25:55 or so)

Howl's Moving Castle got nominated for an Oscar, so we discuss whether it has a chance of actually winning. Manga Video lost the licenses to a bunch of titles, so we cross our fingers and hope that means someone will pick them up and give them proper releases. Plus, Prefectural Earth Defense Force got licensed, so we tell everyone why it's absolutely imperative for the sake of future anime releases that you go out and BUY that one. It'll only cost around $13, folks!

  • List of Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature Film

  • Howl's Moving Castle on the invaluable Nausicaa.net

  • Spirited Away on Nausicaa.net

  • Bandai Visual's US homepage

  • A very good Gunbuster fansite

  • ANN's Prefectural Earth Defense Force entry

  • Synopsis and mini review of Prefectural Earth Defense Force

  • AnimeDB's entry for Arion

    • At This Point The News Gets Hijacked So We Can Alienate All Our Listeners (25:57 - 37:00)

      Daryl starts talking about how Ushicon out in Texas has decided to not run conventions anymore, which eventually turns into him and Gerald talking about how everybody in the world of anime fandom sucks except for them. It's not quite the Final Solution, but outlandishly modest proposals are put forth regarding how to "fix" anime conventions. Note that despite our big talk, none of us is willing to put our money where our mouths are and actually staff a convention ourselves so we should really just shut up. Only if we did that, we'd have no show.

      Interview -- Patrick Macias, Your F'in Gaijin Of Darkness, Part 2 (39:15 - 1:07:30)

      The interview with Patrick that started in Show # 5 continues. Cromdor screams and thoughtbirds are afoot, as the notes for this segment illustrate. As with the rest of the interview segments, the volume on Daryl's mic is rather low. Don't worry, it doesn't matter what he says anyway.

      Closing (1:07:30 - 1:09:34)

      This show wasn't supposed to be quite this long, but the Ushicon-prompted Ten Minute Hate bumped things up a bit. We could have just cut it out, but that would have ensured people would actually LIKE us before we have the nerve to beg for votes at Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle, and all that other stuff. Tune in next week when we do one solid hour of the Patrick Macias interview, featuring a Creator Spotlight on Kazuo Koike that spirals about as madly out of control as one of his plotlines!


      Otaku Generation -- Talk about professional-grade production values: just look at their setup! This podcast only spends a portion of its time talking about anime and manga since a lot of the discussion focuses on technology type stuff, but make no mistake. They are to be feared even more than a soaking wet, revolver-toting, bathrobe-clad Ray Liotta.

      Ninja Consultant -- The terrifying influence of Neil Nadelman's Totally Lame Anime panels extends to the farthest reaches of the Internet! This podcast is actually a lot like our podcast, except with smarter hosts and more Naruto discussion. What can we say, they both majored in film!