It's flexible, it's metal, it's our 21st podcast as Daryl reviews Giant Robo (perhaps his favorite anime ever), Gerald reviews Combattler V, and Clarissa tackles Saint Seiya!
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Introduction (0:00 - 22:40)
You know, we have all these Discipline readings but we keep forgetting to play them. We forget this week too. In its place, the MMD calls in to complain about Jeff Tatarek's Discipline reading in Show # 17. Sensing this, Jeff "Rich Lather" Tatarek calls in to put forth a 1-2-3 Rider Kick argument as to why HE should be given our spare Patlabor Limited Edition box. You know, that ANN contest only has about four entries, people! We also answer listener feedback regarding Captain Tsubasa and what anime would appeal to military otaku. We know little about either.
Let's News! (22:40 - 30:50)
Some Japanese folks serve time for the crime of scanning manga (search for "Stiff Sentence For Uploading Manga In Japan"), and there won't be a second season of Genshiken after all because they're making an entire show out of Kujibiki Unbalance. We make sure to scream about how idiotic and bad that manuever is at least once per segment for the remainder of this episode.
- Wikipedia's article on Comiket
- Comiket's Official Website - there's a large amount of information there for English speakers so take the time to browse it
- ANN's Page on Kujibiki Unbalance - GOD, WHY IS THIS BEING MADE?!
- ANN's Page on Genshiken - God, why is more of this NOT BEING MADE?!
- Official Genshiken Website
It takes true dedication to run both this podcast as well as the theotaku.com podcast! No wonder they're about twice as popular as us. The fact that they're habitually on time probably helps with that, too. You know, technically AWO is supposed to come out on Tuesdays, but I can count the amount of times that's been managed on my fingers.
Often Overlooked: Giant Robo (31:38 - 50:47)
Daryl talks about his pick for the greatest OAV series ever made, Giant Robo The Animation: The Day the Earth Stood Still. In so doing, he reveals pretty much nothing about the show itself in the hopes of not spoiling everything, but ultimately he's just failing to convince people to watch it. He also forgot to include audio bumpers. Still, anyone who doesn't buy the brick of Giant Robo by clicking here gets THE HOSE.
Promo: R5 Central (50:47 - 51:23)
Mike Dent is probably still applying every audio filter he can find to his upcoming coverage of Anime Central 2006, so it's still not out yet. In the meantime, consider this excerpt interview from someone cool he met. You know, next week Daryl was going to tell us all THE TRUTH about JACON, but Metrocon's coming up this weekend.
Review: Combattler V (51:23 - 1:06:27)
The amount of people who wrote in to correct Gerald about Combattler V not being a Tomino show does our hearts proud, even though Gerald only got that idea because Daryl heard Rob Lantz mention Tomino's involvement with the show back at Katsucon this year. Listen on and find out all about the very first show to feature five vehicles that combine to form a giant robot! Yep, it wasn't Voltron.
Review: Saint Seiya (1:06:27 - 1:26:25)
Clarissa does the impossible and manages to coherently describe what Saint Seiya is actually about in this last segment. Complaints about ADV and DiC's handling of the property in North America is kept to a minimum since if we did that, whatever would Steve Harrison talk about once we get him on as a guest? That's totally happening now that we can do free long distance calls to the US and Canada!
- ANN's page on Saint Seiya - being a gigantic show of the 80s, the voice cast was pretty stellar, which was something that didn't make it into the episode
- Wikipedia entry for Saint Seiya - it's got some pretty good breakdowns of story arcs and world details for if you want more info than you got here
- Seiya-subtitles.net's writeup on Masami Kurumada
As if this week weren't enough to cause everyone to stop listening, next week it's going to be as otaku-concentrated as we can manage. Yes, we've only been using 20% of our full power all this time, for next time Gerald will review Otaku no Video, Clarissa will review Genshiken, and Daryl will review Welcome to the NHK! Yeah, we know. Gerald probably should have reviewed NHK since he's clearly the most like that guy of the three of us, but he's already "Mr A."