This week, it's titles that for one reason or another just aren't for everyone. More so than usual, anyway. Daryl reviews the 2004 Gonzo anime series Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Gerald reviews the manga Voyeur and its followup Voyeurs Inc, and Clarissa reviews the Studio Ghibli film Omoide Poroporo, aka Only Yesterday.
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In an attempt to combat the audio issues from the last episode, we tried recording this episode with us on separate channels then downmixing to mono during the final encode. The initial file we uploaded had all the parts with us speaking as rather soft, with the sound effects and music being louder. The current file, which is exactly the same filesize as the old file so hopefully the feed won't flip out, should hopefully not exhibit that. Also, we might have messed up the sync at points. Please let us know if anything's messed up.
This was supposed to be uploaded last week, but Clarissa had college finals/JET applications to finish up and Gerald had the GMAT to study for. We'll get the show notes up later today.
Introduction (0:00 - 37:52)
Man, next year is our one year anniversary...and we probably won't even have an episode. Somehow, that's appropriate. These allegations from Ireland that our pronounciation of manga is almost D4 in its silliness--and for the record, we'd vastly prefer people send criticism to us directly so that we can actually respond to it--are false, we say! False! Clearly, Ireland has been duped by MANGA MAN:
Responding to your emails and voicemails, we reveal: what do we think about FLCL? Have we played Jump Ultimate Stars (which you can play wifi multiplayer against Japanese people), the only game with both Kenshiro and Kochikame fighting side by side? How much of all that oldschool stuff people like and defend is actually GOOD and how much of it is just stuff we like because we saw it way back when or had to make a big effort to get? Marc Handler wrote in to offer some corrections and additions to our interview with him in Show # 37, and here's a correction to THIS episode: the second Voltron set is NOT out. Want to find out who's REALLY responsible for casting dub voice actors? Marc tells us here. How come Gerald and Daryl haven't taken up learning Japanese? And what do we REALLY think about Noir?
- Definition of what D4 means since it's not a term used by anyone in America - a "fake shallow gay accent which is put on to make them feel more important." Essentially, we're accused of talking all "no more buttered scones for me, Mater, I'm off to play the GRAHND PIAHNO. PAHRDON me while I FLHY my AEROPLANE" like. This is where we point out that the "main-ga" pronounciation is not how the Japanese say the word; no seriously, listen to them say it. See that? You saying they're saying it wrong, huh? Yeah, so it's not that we've got a fake pretentious pronounciation, it's that Manga Entertainment can't even say their own motherfucking name right.
Promo: The Anime/Videogame Podcast (37:52 - 39:32)
People often wonder why we play the same set of promos over and over. Well, it's because other podcasts don't send us their promos to play! Send us your promos, and we'll play them. One of our listeners, Victor "Fake_Brasilian" Chaves, has started his own anime/videogame podcast, so we're helping him out by playing his promo. See? That wasn't hard! We do however feel compelled to point out that searching for "anime/videogame" under iTunes returns no results and "anime/video game" returns one result that we thought wasn't theirs because it's called "The Super Anime/Video Game Podcast." But that is indeed it, so remember that it's "video game" and not "videogame." Oh, and by the way, guys: the US courts have ruled that it still counts as kiddy porn if it's drawn.
Review: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (39:32 - 1:07:21)
Daryl takes on this 2004 reimagining of the Alexander Dumas novel, courtesy of Studio Gonzo. Is this show crappy like practically every other Gonzo show ever made? Or did Mahiro Maeda pull it off? This segment was incredibly long, so things like Gerald explaining how much he can't stand to look at this show and Daryl's in-depth analysis comparing the Count of Monte Cristo to the Monte Cristo sandwich at Bennigan's has been removed. Believe it or not, it's a spoiler to properly explain just how similar the two are. Suffice it to say that the manner in which one would defeat the Count, were such a thing possible, is exactly the same method one would use to defeat Daryl Surat.
Promo: StarShipSofa (1:07:21 - 1:08:49)
Tony Smith and Ciaran O'Carroll <--- IRELAND ALERT are running this podcast dedicated to classic SF literature and such. Maybe you know about the authors they talk about, but they tend to talk about the more overlooked books. Mind you, these guys like Doctor Who, and Doctor Who fans are rightfully mocked by even the rest of sci-fi fandom PS: Clarissa is a Doctor Who fan.
Review (manga): Voyeur / Voyeurs Inc (1:08:49 - 1:26:40) Gerald reviews this manga by Hideo Yamamoto, author of Ichi the Killer as well as Homunculus which we reviewed in Show # 10. Only instead of being super violent and gory, this one's all about super gross sex. And that's Gerald's speciality!
Clarissa bites the bullet and does a first for this podcast: a review of a Studio Ghibli film. We originally figured "well, everyone knows about Studio Ghibli already," but this one's by Ghibli's other main creative talent Isao Takahata, who is somewhat glossed over by anime fans. Despite airing on TV in January, there is still no DVD of this film in America. We already had VHS fansubs (timed by Enrique Conty, RECOGNIZE), but the DVD of this was sent to us all the way from...
Promo: Eeepers Choice (1:49:17 - 1:50:10)
IRELAND ALERT! Yes, thanks go out to Eeeper once more, even though he's seriously treading on Daryl's dreams by saying Kimagure Orange Road is as good as Giant Robo. He's watching DN Angel (which we can confirm is David Williams' favorite show, having beaten out Dirty Pair) so we don't have to.
Closing (1:50:10 - 1:55:00)
Our one-year anniversary is coming up next week, but we said we'd be taking a week off to...play videogames. Hmm. Perhaps we should upload SOMETHING next week. In any case, the next time a show is recorded, Daryl's going to review the Special Edition of Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie (and he'll have to spoil the TV series somewhat to do that), Clarissa's got Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid, and Gerald is the luckiest man alive since he'll be doing our very first moe show review, Moon Phase. Hey, he's read through Voyeur and Voyeurs Inc and is BEGGING for more. Why, this shouldn't even faze him! PS: this week there is a stinger.