Thursday, July 27, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 29 - Better Late Than Never

Better late than never, I guess. Daryl reviews the horror anime Requiem From the Darkness, Clarissa reminisces on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya now that it's ended, and Gerald talks about his favorite anime of all time, Gall Force.

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Introduction (0:00 - 25:10)
Gerald starts things off by making a joke about how "Ichi" is pronounced the same as "itchy" that's so subtle he didn't even know he was doing it. In the emails department, Patrick M. writes in to tell us all about the other Osamu Tezuka that was mentioned back in the Shadow Skill segment of Show # 26, the Popcorn Samurai likens Gerald to Eagle from The Muppets, Area 88 mega-fan Cloudy-Sky likens Gerald to Butthead and Stephen Hawking while expressing approval over Daryl's review of Area 88 back in Show # 4 (by the way, it's out on DVD now!), and we explain the reason why we haven't reviewed too many television series to date. Plus Keith over at Teleport City reveals an even grimmer secret about MD Geist that we neglected to reveal in our recent review. Since there's really no news this week, we close things off by mentioning that Intersound Inc, where the Harmony Gold/Streamline Pictures releases were dubbed, is going out of business and is selling off all their equipment. This leads into a brief discussion on anime dubs.

Promo: Fast Karate for the Gentleman (25:10 - 26:14)
Dave and Joel's gaming and anime podcast is one of Daryl's favorites, and it's not just because they frequently talk about how awesome Daryl is. It's because they provide him with jokes to steal. If you're going to Otakon, stop by the Artist's Alley and check them out!

Overlooked: Requiem From the Darkness (26:14 - 46:40)
In an attempt to be more contemporary, Daryl talks about this 13-episode horror-themed anime series released by Geneon about a year or two ago which absolutely nobody cared about except for about three of us over in ADTRW. He was planning to show a clip of it at Anime Festival Orlando, but ran out of panel time. Laugh to yourselves as a guy who knows nothing about art or visual aesthetics tries feebly to describe a show whose primary characteristic is the fact that it looks like nothing you've ever seen before! Sample screenshots are posted below.

Screenshots don't adequately reflect the effect that the CG and camerawork has on the show, but there's quite a bit of that too. After this segment had finished recording, Gerald mentioned how he thought the style of this show was just too confusing to follow what was happening. He should have mentioned it while the recorder was on!

Review: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (46:40 - 1:05:11)
Clarissa trumps all of us in attempting to review something recent for a change by tackling what was the most popular anime series in Japan last season. We weren't sure whether to bother with it since everywhere you go there's people who won't shut up about this series, but apparently people want to hear our thoughts. This one was pretty tough to review, since roughly 15 minutes were excised from this segment for the sake of removing spoilers.

Promo: Popcorn Samurai (1:05:11 - 1:06:39)
Here's a brand-new podcast that just started up which is all about samurai movies! In the first episode, he talks about Seven Samurai and starts off the first part of what will be an extensive piece dedicated to the Zatoichi films. Hmm, now that we've got a podcast all about chambara, I wonder if there's anything out there dedicated entirely to 70s Shaw Brothers kung fu pictures? Could this be a job for Jules Carrozza aka "Kojiro Abe"?! Note to self: get the Celestial remastered version of Heroes of the East.

Review: Gall Force (1:06:39 - 1:25:25)
Gerald reviews what is his favorite anime ever, the OAV series Gall Force. Despite being OAVs, Gall Force is not his favorite OAV series--Gunbuster is--and by his own admission, Gall Force is not the best anime ever made. This also ended up being a really long segment: for time constraints, all instances of screaming about how awesome laser beams that fire out in one direction then change direction are have been removed. That alone probably took up ten minutes.

Closing (1:25:25 - 1:30:05)
It's 1:30 AM as I write this, and the gist of the matter is that we were all occupied with getting ready for our panels at Anime Festival Orlando this weekend. I had 24 hours to compile, capture, then author a DVD containing two hours of assorted video clips. Did I mention I didn't actually know how to not suck at authoring DVDs? It took me 3 days to put together a DVD that ended up being about 30 minutes. It's not the DVD layouts and menus that'll kill you, it's encoding/converting everything over to MPEG-2. Gerald and Clarissa had similar obligations, and on top of that both of them are experiencing grievous computer hardware troubles.

So basically, that's why Show # 29 was late. Actually, this is all a lie; all of the segments were complete days ago with the exception of the Gall Force review and the closing. Anyway, next time on AWO, it's one of two things. Either we're fast-tracking our Anime Festival Orlando coverage--probably no TRUTH report this time around since Daryl ended up becoming part of it--or we're reviewing the things we mentioned in the show. Daryl's going to be talking about another Geneon series which nobody bought, New Getter Robo. People clearly mistakenly thought it was about robots when it is really about KARATE. Another fine offering from Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa. In stark contrast to that, Clarissa's going to review the manga Antique Bakery, and Gerald's going to review the limited edition box set of Patlabor the Movie 2, which is one of our favorite films.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 28 - Fantastic Child Thoughtbird OF TRUTH: The Movie

In an attempt to more accurately reflect what this podcast is SUPPOSED to be, Gerald reviews the new(ish) anime Fantastic Children, Clarissa reviews the not-so-surprisingly forgotten A Wind Named Amnesia, and Daryl's search for THE TRUTH at anime conventions continues with Part 2 of The Japanese Animation Convention is Decadent and Depraved!

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Introduction (00:00 - 27:55)
We play some voicemails that are are reactions to the GeekNights voicemail from last week: SimHuman's got issues with live action vs animated porn and has a super idea regarding segregating cosplayers from the rest of the convention, then Jeff Tatarek shares with us his long experience with cosplay and AMVs. Not content to stop there, Jeff dons his Zecter to defeat the Maharaja Mack Daddy once and for all, undoubtedly to prepare him for his second guest appearance on the Otaku Generation podcast. Chad Clayton also writes in regarding whether or not Project A-Ko was obviously a comedy given that there are people in this world who don't realize Commando is a real-time documentary, which somehow results in us discussing the state of comedy in anime overall. Finally, we talk about why the Japanese haven't updated their distribution system, even though we don't have any qualifications to answer such a question. Then again we don't have the qualifications to answer any questions.

  • Mangacast - this man is a MACHINE because of the number of episodes this guy is up to, but unfortunately there's no way to navigate through them
Let's News! (27:56 - 35:40)
We take a look at a supremely bad business plan involving several Japanese companies releasing manga from the 1920's and also some of the first work of some of the manga greats like Leiji Matsumoto. The Director of CMX also reveals why they took the only good thing about Tenjou Tenge out of it. We also discuss the top ten list of what ICv2 considers the most powerful people in the American anime industry. Daryl would like to semi-retract the statement he made regarding Diamond owning ICv2, as he can find no concrete evidence of this being the case despite there being very strong ties. Sort of like Dick Cheney and Halliburton. We also discuss the entry of Illumitoon into the anime distribution marketplace. Clearly, CPM having money problems wasn't a hint that the market was oversaturated!

Overlooked Anime: A Wind Named Amnesia (35:41 - 52:59)
Clarissa takes a look an a the sadly overlooked 1990 movie A Wind Named Amnesia. This is what happens when thoughtbird gets too greedy. Find out the secret hidden connections between this, Galaxy Express 999 and the not-in-real-time documentary Johnny Mnemonic!

Review: Fantastic Children (53:00 - 1:07:12)
Gerald tries to actually catch up with what everyone else out there is watching by reviewing a show that was released two years ago. Unfortunately, despite NOTHING but positive reviews online and no one daring to say anything negative about the show, Gerald is unable to find much to like about it (well at least the first 10 episodes). This probably comes from the vast amount of scenes of people looking at something and being TERRIFIED before everything fades to black, which annoys him when it's done over five times per episode.

THE TRUTH about anime fandom: The Japanese Animation Convention is Decadent and Depraved, Part 2 (1:06:14 - 1:29:40)
Daryl's ongoing journey to bridge the divide between modern anime fandom and himself for the sake of his own salvation continues now, with Part Two of this special wannabe gonzo tell-all. Part 1 is here in Show 23.

Closing (1:29:40 - 1:33:39)
Can it be that some of the things we say actually result in people watching the stuff we'd be talking about? Better mention how Animeigo is selling Crusher Joe for like $6 with free shipping, plus their other stuff is going for awfully cheap too! The box your orders will ship in look like they were personally stomped upon by Robert Woodhead himself, but the contents should still be fine. Next time, it's Daryl's turn to watch something recent--and by his standards that means "from only a few years back"--so he's going to watch the 13 episode series, Natsuhiko Kyogoku's Requiem From the Darkness. Now that the series is over, Clarissa is going to acquiesce the demands of the masses and review something that actually IS recent, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Finally, Gerald is going to review one of his favorite anime, Gall Force.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 27 - Beware of Clown Pistols and Cat Musketeers

It's another 90 minutes of mirth as Gerald talks about Goshogun: The Time Etranger aka. Time Stranger in the newer DVD release, Daryl reviews Discotek's latest classic anime DVD release Puss n' Boots, and Clarissa gawks over little boys more than even Michael Jackson would as she discusses CLAMP Campus Detectives!

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Introduction (0:00 - 22:12)
Everyone is dismayed this week. The Ninja Consultants are dismayed that we didn't play their message sooner, the Maharaja Mack Daddy is dismayed that we don't have control over Google, and Jeff "Rich Lather" Tatarek is dismayed that his voicemail messages are so darned lengthy. Clarissa is dismayed that 12 year-old girls keep asking her to provide them with gay porn, Gerald is dismayed that Daryl shot him with a clown pistol (twice, as if the stabbing wasn't enough), and Daryl is dismayed over the fact that not only was this podcast done immediately after completing Show 26, but also that he just had to write "dismayed" so many times.

But there is at least a cure for Daryl, and it's in YOUR hands! If you're planning to attend the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday July 22nd, you are ORDERED to attend Kazuo Koike's panel. Don't be like those comicbook fandom killjoys who think Lone Wolf and Cub is real! Ask him about the GOOD STUFF. Mad Bull 34, Offered, Wounded Man, and all of his other real-time sequential art documentaries that we talked about! Click your heels together and wish hard enough, and maybe they'll feel the joy in the room and officially announce an English language edition of The Starving Man right then and there! Yoshihiro Tatsumi, author of The Push Man and Other Stories and basically the man who kicked off the gekiga movement (of which Golgo 13 is a fine example) will also have a panel that day. So show up to these, record their panels, and send them to us! Or if SDCC forbids that, then take notes with a pen and paper during these sessions and send them to us! And while you're at it, check out Jerry Beck's panel where he shows the worst cartoons ever! If only we could get copies. :(

Let's News! (22:12 - 37:51)
This is the first show we've done since Anime Expo's reached its conclusion, so we talk about what went on there. Sort of. Reading off all the licenses and news is for wussies, so Gerald opts instead to talk about the few things he found which he deemed interesting. And this time he's got a John Sirabella post to back him up!

Promo: The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast (37:51 - 38:36)
Paul Chapman somehow managed to beat Dave Riley to the punch by getting a promo of his podcast made per Daryl's insistence, and so we play it here. This podcast is about reviewing the "best" movies ever, such as Red Sonja, Alien vs Predator, Underworld, and American Ninja. Of course, much of the opinions and personal preferences expressed in this program are completely wrong, particularly if it's his girlfriend talking about how Alien vs Predator was enjoyable, but them's the breaks. We have been promised reviews of Ghosts of Mars and The Chronicles of Riddick, with the latter being the only film that he will temporarily rename the podcast to "The Worst Movie EVER! Podcast."

Often Overlooked: Puss 'n Boots (38:36 - 53:58)
Daryl continues the tried and true AWO tradition of reviewing Discotek Media's classic anime releases that nobody else outside of this podcast's listenership gives a crap about. This time around, it's Toei Animation's 1969 adaptation of the classic Mother Goose fairy tale, which is still used as Toei Animation's mascot to this very day. As a correction to what was said in the episode, Charles Perrault was not actually Mother Goose, but he did edit the very first collection of Mother Goose stories. Unless of course, Wikipedia is full of it.

Review: Goshogun The Time Etranger (53:58 - 1:10:40)
Gerald tells us about this theatrical film that's a followup to a giant robot series which was never quite released in the US, only this movie contains no giant robots at all. Don't get this confused with "Toki no Tabibito - Time Stranger" which is another movie that came out a year after this and was done by Madhouse (the studio responsible for Ninja Scroll, Card Captor Sakura and other works that go so well together). FEEL THE POWER as Daryl can't help but sing yet another of Haim Saban and Shuki Levy's greatest hits. We're all kicking ourselves for never having the courage to contact the porn company that doubled as the Just For Kids outfit. THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN, DEAR LISTENERS! Also for anyone out there who has all of Macron 1 or Goshogun raw, contact us since we need these. Payment will be provided in the form of photographs of Daryl's porno shoot (picture not exactly work safe), once someone finds and sends us the rest of those photos. Mind you, no woman actually likes Daryl enough to physically touch him in any capacity even for the sake of beating him senseless, so that's a celebrity lookalike.

Review: CLAMP Campus Detectives (1:10:40 - 1:26:31)
Clarissa reviews a title that's currently not available on DVD in the US despite the fact that it's a creation of the most beloved pedophiles in manga, CLAMP. Or maybe their fanbase consists largely of pedophiles and people who will grow up to be pedophiles. 4Chan is a fair and accurate representation of fandom, right?

Promo: R5 Central (1:26:31 - 1:26:50)
The first part of Mike's Anime Central 2006 audio coverage is up, but it's more like a one hour personal audio log rather than a TRUTH report. Marvel at how Carl Horn totally delayed his Ultraman panel by about an hour, thus making it such that everyone was off screaming "ANIME WORLD ORDER" in unison during Anime Hell instead. Oh yeah, and Daryl did the most recent Three Minute Recommend! So um, if you like Daryl a lot, check it out!

Closing (1:26:50 - 1:30:03)
Next time, Gerald will make a feeble attempt to review something RECENT for a change by reviewing Fantastic Children, which just came out on DVD in the US. That counts, right? Or does it only count if it aired last week in Japan? Clarissa will tell everyone about the Often Overlooked smorgasborg of sex, violence, philosophy, and thoughtbirds known as A Wind Named Amnesia. Finally, Daryl's foray into the depths of insanity resumes, because next time he continues his search for THE TRUTH behind the modern anime fandom with Part Two of The Japanese Animation Convention is Decadent and Depraved.

Time remaining until Anime Festival Orlando: about two weeks. Total number of panels at AFO that Daryl is on: 2. Total he has prepared for: 0. Gerald, like Daryl hasn't yet started on his giant robot panel and it's likely that Clarissa hasn't started on hers either, so that hiatus may be after the next show. Or not.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 26 - We Have No Idea What We're Talking About

This week, our special guest is Steve Harrison, which is fitting because this week none of us have a clue what we're talking about! Gerald rants about the state of the anime industry, Daryl does a braindump of MD Geist, and Clarissa reviews Shinesman! Informed viewpoints? What are those?!

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Introduction (0:00 - 10:04)
Ten minutes only? Well, that's because the one audio feedback we played was responded to over the course of about 90 minutes (edited down to 60), and it's available as a separate download. Wait, it still takes us ten minutes just to say "hey, this is who we are and this is what we're doing this week"?! Normally when we edit this show, we all edit our own segments, then Daryl pieces everything together and listens to the whole thing to make sure that everything sounds okay. This week, the "listens to the whole thing" part was skipped since there was so much to edit through. Whether or not this resulted in tragedy has yet to be conveyed to us by our listeners.

  • Bonus one hour long response to the voicemail sent to us by GeekNights - we were going to start this off by all saying LET'S DO THIS in unison, but we couldn't actually...say that in unison, so we gave up; actually this entire account is a fabrication for the sake of entertainment
  • Anime News Network's entry for John Swasey - he's an ADV dub actor/director guy who worked on their Gamera releases; even got to put a full-on parody dub of Gamera on the actual official DVD
  • Space Webzine Yamato - we linked to this before and we're doing it again now that Steve's on the show!
  • Mur Lafferty - she's a person who does podcasts and wrote a book about podcasting containing lots of advice we don't follow yet due to lack of funds/stupidity

Promo: GeekNights (10:04 - 11:14)
Since most people who listen to podcasts are well, other podcasters, you probably know what we mean when we say that coming up with a promo that doesn't sound totally awful and contrary to the nature of your show is really hard work, no matter how many actual podcasts you've got under your belt. It took us forever just to come up with our one AWO promo, and even that sounds kind of...fake. Rym and Scott agree, and even though they've recorded hundreds of podcasts, they never got around to doing any promos until now.

FANBOY RAGE RANT TIME: The Anime Industry's Licensing Practices Are Stupid (11:14 - 51:50)
Gerald brings us back to our roots, since we haven't done a full-on rant segment since Show # 2. There's really not much structure to this, and truth be told it's doubtful that any of what is said here is supported by the actual facts, but since when does THAT ever stop anyone on the Internet, huh?! Or the news. Or the current best-selling book in the US.

Promo: Anime Pulse (51:50 - 52:20)
This episode was so long that it was decided to just cut out all that music in the beginning since hey, everyone (except us) has heard that Bleach song a hundred times by now! Anyway, not only is Anime Pulse one of the most popular anime podcasts out there, but we won their Podcast Pickle contest and in so doing received the Tenchi Universe box set, a Death Note (like a notebook that looks like the Death Note), and signed yaoi fanart of Ichigo and Batou as drawn by Erin from the Ninja Consultant podcast. Clarissa called dibs on the Death Note, and since these things all look the same, Daryl went and wrote her name in it so that if it ever got lost, people would know it was her Death Note. Gerald said he hated Hiroshi Negishi during the Shadow Skill segment last week, so that meant he couldn't have the Tenchi Universe boxed set since he directed that too, which means that Gerald gets the yaoi fanart and Daryl gets the DVD set. Hey, it's what they asked for!

Not Really a Review of the Second Worst Anime Ever Made: MD Geist Director's Cut (52:20 - 1:22:41)
We may never agree on what the worst anime ever made is, but after you hear Daryl's summary description of MD Geist (as was requested of him!), we should all be able to reach the consensus that MD Geist is the second worst. Naturally, it has been CPM's company spokesmecha since the inception of the company...even though MD Geist is not a mecha or a robot or anything like that. MD Geist is actually one of the best-selling anime titles OF ALL TIME, but listen to this so you never need actually watch it for yourself. Even though we know you're all going to go see it now.

  • ANN's entry for MD Geist - there are two people we know that actually like this and they're both anime con staffers
  • ANN's entry for MD Geist II: Death Force - this is even lamer than part 1, but it all counts as "MD Geist" okay?!
  • Anime on DVD's review of MD Geist - Chris Beveridge gives MD Geist a "D" for content, and it's not like he's using Anime Jump's review system where the "F" rating was hilariously bad and the "D" rating is the real worst rating; also, he says that MD Geist II has "a good narrative and streamlined a lot of things"

Review: Shinesman (1:22:41 - 1:38:38)
Fulfilling another listener request, Clarissa reviews this beauty of an OAV, a parody sentai anime with one of the most entertaining (albeit not exactly accurate) dubs ever made. So when the heck is someone going to release the manga for this one, anyway?! Come on, Media Blasters!

Closing (1:38:38 - 1:45:43)
This episode nearly ruined all of our lives. Next week, Gerald's going to review Goshogun: The Time Etranger, which is also known as Time Stranger. It is not to be confused with the Rintaro movie of the same name, but apparently it's confusing enough that even the back of the DVD case calls the thing by two different names. Daryl's bouncing over to the other end of the good/bad spectrum by reviewing Discotek Media's latest classic anime release, Puss n' Boots! Finally, who likes short shorts on little boys? That's right, Michael Jackson and Clarissa. She's going to be reviewing CLAMP Campus Detectives.

Just so everyone knows, we may have to take a short bit of time off soon. With Anime Festival Orlando coming up--which we've all got panels to prepare for--and then Otakon the week right after that, things are going to get pretty hectic for all of us near the end of this month and the time we'd spend on the podcast is going to have to be spent putting our presentations together. Maybe we can be superhuman and accomplish both tasks, but in case we can't, we're letting you know now and in the weeks to come.