Friday, April 21, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 16 - Now With Bonus Futanari Discussion

The show was running long this week, so we're pushing the Megacon report back yet another week. Clarissa explains it all about Eyeshield 21 and Gerald reviews the classic anime Taro the Dragon Boy.

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Introduction (0:00 - 37:08)
We caught up on answering emails last week, and this week we catch up on answering voicemail. As always, we spent forever answering even the simplest of questions, so in order to keep this from taking up half the show, we put one of our longer responses here in the show notes. If you don't read these notes, then phooey to you! One of our readers, Patrick E. "Lobotomoy," does read the show notes. He decided to take a comment we had on the last show to heart and Photoshop the Karas logo. Here it is:

I guess that's officially our first fanart contribution other than the email from Golgo 13! Hmm, wonder if we should start asking for that stuff?

Promo: R5 Central - listen to the Year of Heroes episode for a sped-up complete history of sentai (30 years worth!) . JET-TO JET-TO JETMAN, LET'S GO TOBIDASE!

Let's News! (37:08 - 51:30)
We finally get around to mentioning how Media Blasters licensed Voltron and plans to release it in its original and English forms. Bandai acknowledges that everything we've been telling you about the US anime market all these weeks is true, and the Street Fighter II movie--one of the few videogame-to-anime adaptations that isn't absolutely awful--is finally going to be released uncut in America with the original Japanese track included.

Promo: Anime Pulse - go and answer their trivia questions so Daryl doesn't have to! There's prizes involved!

Review: Eyeshield 21 (51:30 - 1:15:13)
Clarissa reviews both the anime and manga for this currently-running Shonen Jump sports anime title. This quickly spirals out of control into a catch-all discussion on sports anime in general, namely the fact that so much of it is good stuff that nobody in America watches or reads. With any luck, we'll change a few people's minds on that.
Promo: Otaku Generation - this week their guest is their friend who was away teaching English in Korea for some time; listen to his stories on the online multiplayer gaming scene there if you want to know why Daryl gave up on real-time strategy games over a decade ago. "KEKEKE ZERG RUSH" indeed.

Often Overlooked: Taro the Dragon Boy (1:15:13 - 1:28:18)
Gerald follows up his review of Discotek's release of Animal Treasure Island by reviewing their release of this classic theatrical anime film. To think he edited out the really good "Anime Bites" reference that Daryl and Clarissa made. Doesn't he realize that lending out that laserdisc to Seishun Shitemasu is the one worthwhile thing that Peter Payne has ever offered to anime fandom?! Now all he does is sell porno and T-shirts that say "looking for a Japanese girlfriend." This is what he bases his sense of self-worth on.

Closing (1:28:18 - 1:29:28)
We're going to be skipping a week due to us all having to prepare for Jacon next week. Whether that's next week or the week after next is anyone's guess, but we promise that Daryl's Search for THE TRUTH: Megacon Edition will be present. In fact, that whole show will probably just be answering emails, talking about the news, and that segment. Consider yourselves warned.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 15 - Listener email and nothing but, with special guest Ichigo from Anime Pulse

If your download of this episode has overlapping audio for about ten seconds at 24:40, redownload the file. This was a problem in the first version that was uploaded that has been fixed.

This week we're breaking new grounds in laziness as we not only catch up on reading listener emails, we try out new microphones that sound well, bad. Fortunately, Ichigo from Anime Pulse is our guest to offer his unique and robotic-sounding perspective!

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Since we're at the point where we have to beg for this stuff, please review us on iTunes! Also, vote for us at Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle, Yahoo, and Digital Podcast. That apparently has to be done once every month, but fortunately it only takes a few seconds.

As we discussed on the show, here is the link to the official website for the anime Karas as provided by Jacqueline Ghaemmaghami, the Grassroots Campaign Director of M80 Marketing:

We should be getting a DVD review copy of Karas in the near future, so look forward to that review.

Next week, Gerald reviews the Often Overlooked theatrical anime title Taro the Dragon Boy, Clarissa talks about both the anime and manga for Eyeshield 21, and Daryl's search for THE TRUTH makes its triumphant and long-delayed return as he FINALLY get to reporting on what happened at Megacon, a sci-fi con aka garage sale with a lot of anime folks present.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 14 - Tim Eldred: VOTOMS scholar, Star Blazers expert, and so much more

This week we depart from the standard show format to conduct an interview with Tim Eldred, who's been an anime fan for about as long as we've been alive. Tim is a huge fan of Space Battleship Yamato (aka Star Blazers) as well as Armored Trooper VOTOMS and Fist of the North Star. In addition, he has written comicbooks and does work in Western animated works such as Teen Titans, MTV's Spider-Man, and much more.

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Full show notes below. Sorry for the delay in getting those up, but the post was made at 3:30 AM and I got about four hours of sleep since I stayed up finishing this to make up for last week's episode coming out so late.

Part 1 (0:00 - 20:19)
The interview starts off and we talk about how Tim first became interested in Japanese animation back in the early 1980s. The only reason I call this Part 1 is because Tim's phone--this entire interview was conducted while Tim was in his car, first while he was driving and then while he was parked in his driveway--lost its connection and we had to get him back, so we used that time to take a break. This would not be the only time that we lost the signal, but it is the only time we actually left it in the show.

Promo: Weekly Anime Review (20:19 - 20:51)
We probably should have played more promos this episode given the fact that it's all one giant segment, but we weren't thinking. Anyway, true to the name, each week (or so) Aaron reviews a different anime title and reads user-submitted reviews as well. C'mon man, when are you going to follow our lead and review Odin like we did in Show #12?! And where's your ad copy reading of you know what?

Part 2 (20:51 - 1:28:32)
There's no additional breaks really in this interview since we edit this in teams and all the other technical mishaps were removed so as to provide the illusion of our competance. The interview resumes, discussing the difference between Gundam and VOTOMS, how Tim got into the comicbook and US animation industries, what led to his involvement with Voyager Entertainment (who owns Star Blazers) and Central Park Media (who owns VOTOMS), and what he's up to now, such as the new Scooby Doo series on Kids' WB. Does that involve the dreaded Scrappy Doo? Listen and find out!

Next week we'll just be answering listener email with our special guests, the host(s) of the Anime Pulse podcast. Lots of "what do you think about this anime" stuff, so don't think we're slacking off that much even though the reason we're doing this episode is to catch up!

Slightly inaudible line that Tim said as we were referring to The Nish: "I think they [Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Barry Winston] met because they were in a yacht club together." I think we just may have pinpointed whose howitzer shells those REALLY belonged to after all.