There are officially too many good videogames coming out right now, but we resist the urge to slack off just barely. Daryl talks about The Twelve Kingdoms, Clarissa gives us her thoughts on the first few episodes of both Death Note and D. Gray-Man, and we somehow manage to talk about our experiences at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2006 in 30 minutes instead of 2 hours.
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We were going to write in the rest of the show notes, but these videogames aren't going to play themselves, okay?! Well, the ones that aren't Final Fantasy 12, anyway.
Introduction (0:00 - 23:28)
We've got three copies of Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid Volume 1 to give away, courtesy of Funimation. It's simple: just email us your name and address (and while you're at it, include some feedback about the podcast!) and then we'll choose the winners at random from the entries we receive by the 16th or so. Actually, the 16th is Thanksgiving, isn't it. Eh, whatever; we're otaku who live in isolation. To us, Thanksgiving is just another day! If we were smart, we'd choose the winners randomly from the people who've added us as favorites on Podcast Pickle, but we're not. Oh yeah, and we answer your emails: somehow, discussion on Rumiko Takahashi turns into discussion on Akira Toriyama. No wonder Keith Allison sent us this:
Let's News! (23:28 - 31:49)
We talk about Vertical's licensing of the manga Terra E or Toward the Terra by Keiko Takemiya the writer of some shonen ai stuff, HOWEVER Terra E is NOT shonen ai. Gerald is furious with the movie because his VHS tape of it died five minutes before the end forever depriving him of knowing the outcome. Production IG is also continuing the 70's robot show Raideen which was remade previously in '96. Also, Japanese companies are not being paid on their licenses, perhaps because they're insane on their licensing costs.
Promo: R5 Central (31:49 - 33:14)
Mike's just a little despondent over the news that the Wachowskis are going to be the ones making the upcoming live-action Speed Racer movie. The GAIM promo was originally what was in this space, but then everything got thrown into disarray when we heard that Rym and Scott pronounce it "Gee Aim."
Review: The Twelve Kingdoms (33:14 - 53:49)
Daryl summarizes it this way: it's like Fushigi Yuugi. Only it doesn't suck. This was another excellent newer show that was pretty much ignored by the vast majority of anime fans, which is a crying shame because it's awesome. If you're into epic fantasy tales of political intrigue, this is the show for you.
- Anime News Network's entry for The Twelve Kingdoms - come on otaku, Aya Hisakawa is the voice of the main character! And it's got Takehito Koyasu playing the role he always plays! In fact, there's a lot of famous seiyuu in this, so you Hitoshi Doi types HAVE to watch it now!
- Twelve Kingdoms Encyclopedia of Terms - both in English and Japanese; the index page is a 404 so I'm just linking to the "K" page because there's a lot of entries there and it inspires dread
- Incomplete fan translations of the novel which picked up where the anime ended: The Shore in Twilight, The Sky in Daybreak Vol 1, Vol 2 - too bad the translation was never completed
Early Impressions: Death Note and D. Gray-Man (53:49 - 1:04:11)
By listener request, Clarissa's gone ahead and checked out some of the new shows currently airing in Japan so we can talk about something new for once. Here's what she thinks so far about these two anime adaptations of popular Shonen Jump series.
Promo: Eeeper's Choice (1:04:11 - 1:05:03)
Eeeper bought each of us copies of the Region 2 DVD of Only Yesterday just because we complained on an earlier episode that Turner Classic Movies aired it but there's still no R1 DVD. We figure the least we can do to pay him back is play his promo.
Con Report: Anime Weekend Atlanta 2006 (1:05:03 - 1:33:58)
Nobody else in the Orlando area who goes to AWA seems to enjoy it at all except for us. This is mysterious and terrifying. Anyway, AWA was Daryl's first convention, and it's still his favorite. Listen on and discover why!
Promo: Otaku Generation (1:33:58 - 1:34:24)
OG's got the right idea. Take goofy excerpts from your podcast and make THOSE your promos, that way you can have TONS of them. We should rip that idea off from them just like how we rip everything else off from them! Only we'll claim we ripped off Dave and Joel instead. BRILLIANT!
Closing (1:34:24 - 1:39:38)
This segment STINGS, and that's a shoot! Next week, we're actually probably just going to put up the rest of Clarissa's take on the Fall 2006 season, but the week after THAT is when we'll stick to what we said here. Gerald is going to live up to William Bradford's expectations by reviewing "obscure bootleg anime from the 80s" since he'll be talking about Future Police Urashiman. Daryl's going to review obscure non-bootleg anime from the 80s since he's going to talk about a movie he likes that everyone else hates (other than crazy old men who refuse to get broadband), The Dagger of Kamui. Finally, now that Daryl caved in on reviewing Fist of the North Star, Clarissa's caving and reviewing Jojo's Bizarre Adventure! Just Part 1 for now, otherwise it'd take up the entire show.
You know who'd make a good Jojo's Bizarre Adventure/Fist of the North Star character? That's right: Carl Horn!
The flattened-out pointed hand is the most vital element to mastery of both Hokuto Shinken and Stands alike.