Friday, March 31, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 13 - It really is unlucky: Pluto, Eroica, and Katsuhito Akiyama

WARNING: in addition to being released later than promised, the audio levels are not properly balanced. I think it's because we mentioned Megatokyo, and the mere mention of its name must have caused us to inherit Fred's laughably deficient work ethic. This week Daryl talks about the currently-running manga series Pluto, Clarissa talks about the really old but also currently-running manga series from Eroica With Love, and Gerald tells us all about the works of director Katsuhito Akiyama.

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Introduction (0:00 - 29:10)
This time we answer a backlog of emails and respond to such things as the new TokyoPop format for Shonan Junai-gumi, modern fandom, and *gasp* a metahuman (Nightwing LOL) the horror of MegaTokyo. We also go into a gigantic number of older shows to check out (there were a TON more but we cut them out), reminisce about Arctic Animation and check out a really great old schooler who uploaded some episodes of a classic F1 racing anime for all of you to check out. Download them here
, but be kind and do not destroy his bandwidth. He also asked for some feedback on the show so be sure to email him your thoughts at mieko2_99 AT yahoo DOT co DOT jp

Let's News! (29:10 - 35:47)
Gerald reports on his experiences attending the Production IG lecture in which the main speaker didn't actually show up. We were hoping to get an interview with him, but that obviously couldn't happen, so the only news item is that IGPX has been faring really poorly in America. Wait, how is THAT news to anyone?!

Promo: Ninja Consultant (35:47 - 36:56)
Erin and Noah have come up with a new promo for their show, and we're more than happy to play it since they're officially a Better Podcast Than Us. Daryl made sure to put this promo directly after the news segment for maximum joke potential.

Review: Pluto (36:57 - 52:06)
In this review, Daryl talks about the manga Pluto by Naoki Urasawa, the same creator of Monster which Gerald and Clarissa reviewed last week. It's a retelling of one of the more well-remembered Astro Boy stories, only done in a style very much like Monster. Contains some spoilers for the first 26 chapters, which is all that's out so far, as well as for the original Astro Boy tale.

Promo: Anime Genesis (52:07 - 52:44)
Before you ask: IT'S A JOKE, PEOPLE. The URL for the podcast has actually changed since this promo was done, so use the one we've linked to here instead of the one in the promo. In one of their latest episodes, they mention how "Anime World Order really likes Kazuo Koike." It's a pity that Benu voted wrong on the Frappr map.

Often Overlooked: From Eroica With Love (52:45 - 1:15:48)
Clarissa commits a cardinal sin when reviewing From Eroica With Love and uses the term "gay" as a noun, but Daryl and Gerald stay quiet as she recounts the series that's basically Lupin for girls who like guys who like guys. Marvel at how we all alternate between pronounciations of "Lupin"!
Promo: Otaku Generation (1:15:49 - 1:16:08)
It's a pretty clever promo centering around the tried-and-true bumper promo format. We would do something different, but we lack their immense technical expertise. If you thought our show runs long, they've been running two and a half hour episodes as of late!

Creator's Spotlight: Katsuhito Akiyama (1:16:09 - 1:31:56)
Gerald takes a look at his favorite director, the very unknown Katsuhito Akiyama, director of such show as the original Bubble Gum Crisis, Gall Force (again, this is Gerald's personal fansite so be careful), Sol Bianca, Magical Project S, and recently the new Guyver TV series. An unusual choice? Yes, but that's what we're about here at AWO, the unexpected.

Closing (1:31:57 - 1:33:47)
This week was a very strange one for us. We're very late and on top of that, this episode sounds about as bad as our first one. We'd offer excuses, but nobody wants to hear those. I guess this is the glamorous world of anime podcasts for you. Next week's episode will consist entirely of an interview with Tim Eldred, who in addition to being a huge fan of VOTOMS and Space Battleship Yamato (and Fist of the North Star!) is also a published comicbook artist and has done extensive work in Western animation such as Teen Titans, MTV's Spider-Man series, and Wing Commander Academy (that one's not listed in IMDB or Anime News Network or anything, but Daryl knows it off the top of his head since he was a Wing Commander nut once upon a time when that game franchise wasn't dead). Tim was there when anime fandom first started in the US, and we'll be talking at length about all of these things and then some. We're not splitting this one up like the Patrick Macias interview, so be ready for it.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 12 - Searching for Odin, My Love!

Our guest this week is Mike Toole from Anime Jump, who's been putting the "dumb" in anime fandom since 1998! Gerald and Clarissa review the excellent series Monster, and Mike and Daryl review the Often Overlooked (and notoriously terrible) Odin: Photon Space Sailer Starlight. Yes, that's spelled correctly.

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Introduction (0:00 - 19:26)
Our guest for the episode, Mike Toole, joins us from the start and we immediately dive right into talking about our ideal anime convention. Wait, didn't someone ask us this already? Whatever, Mike's here this time! If you want to play Mario Kart DS with him, his Friend Code is 137506166547. Wait, weren't you not supposed to give those out over the Internet or something?

Let's News! (19:26 - 29:28)
Rather abrupt transition into the news this week. The 2005 profits for 4Kids Entertainment are down 60% from 2004 because the kids who grew up on Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh now realize that their little kid brothers or whatever are into the same thing and therefore it can't possibly be cool. In other news, everything about Bleach is licensed worldwide by Viz Media. Expect people to continue fansubbing and scanning it anyway without even having the decency to say "yeah, we're doing this because we're thieves and want to watch/read this for free." At least software and movie pirates own up to what they are.

Promo: Ninja Consultant (29:28 - 31:14)
Erin from Ninja Consultant is probably our #1 fan among other podcasters, but Noah thinks Daryl is a stupid head for saying that Hols, Prince of the Sun was merely "good" instead of "the best thing ever made." This type of criticism is normally levied towards Daryl by American comicbook fans who just can't fathom the concept of someone not liking Watchmen / Sandman / Transmetropolitan / Preacher / insert decent-but-not-incredible thing written by someone from the British Isles here. The absolute worst is when those comics people say "oh, well CLEARLY you didn't understand it! Read it again!" Anyway, listen to the Ninja Consultant podcast, even though this promo is like, twice as long as most promos.

Synopsis/Review: Monster [CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST FOUR EPISODES OR SO] (31:14 - 48:34)
Clarissa and Gerald both wanted to do a segment about Naoki Urasawa's long-running manga series turned anime, but hadn't done so until now since they were still watching the show. Not that it matters, since you can't really talk about anything that happens without giving the series away. This segment is essentially a plot synopsis of the first few episodes (so that's basically the first volume of the manga), but it's not like they're ruining the series for you or even giving away much of anything. Still, we're putting the warning there. Buy this you geeks.


Promo: Corn Pone Flicks (48:34 - 49:37)
Leader Desslok has a plan to stick it to the man in this 1999 short which can be viewed on the CPF website or on Google Video. A "Cocaine Howitzer" production? Why, whatever is it that Matt Murray could have been referring to with that joke? Perhaps the next segment will shed some light on the matter!
PS: read Matt's movie reviews. He just did a really good one on V for Vendetta. Incidentally, the comicbook to that is also "just okay" and not "the greatest thing ever committed to the printed medium by the greatest author to ever live" no matter what comicbook fans say.

Often Overlooked: Odin: Photon Space Sailer Starlight (49:37 - 1:27:03)
When Daryl ran into Mike at Katsucon 12, it was only for a brief moment since Mike was on staff and had matters to attend to. But he insisted that he be on the show when we did our review of Odin, so we waited until this fateful day. Look people, when you start talking about "worst anime ever made," you are not qualified to speak on the subject unless you've seen Odin, okay? This is one of the single biggest disasters in anime history, and Mike and Daryl will tell you all about exactly why that is with the help of quite a few audio clips. Listen on and be forever enlightened.


Closing (1:27:03 - 1:34:25)
Sorry this episode was even later than usual, but Daryl had gotten word that his grandmother had died right before we recorded this episode, and was attending the funeral during the days he would normally spend editing the show (fortunately Gerald and Clarissa did most of the work in his absence). We close things up by playing what is easily the greatest Discipline ad copy reading we've received to date, courtesy of our friend Max, aka the "Lensman...THE DUB" guy from a few episodes back. Next week--and that's next week for you, later today for us--Gerald brings back the Creator Spotlight segment by talking about his favorite director, Katsuhito Akiyama. Clarissa will review the long-running yet Often Overlooked manga series From Eroica With Love by Yasuko Aoike, and Daryl will review a currently-running manga by Naoki Urasawa entitled Pluto.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 11 - Death Note, Zipang, and the Unlabored Flawlessness OF TRUTH

We're testing to see if recording in mono sounds better or worse. PLEASE let us know if it sounds bad. This week we read lots of email, Gerald conveys his thoughts on Zipang, Clarissa finally reviews Death Note, and Daryl's search for THE TRUTH continues!

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Introduction (0:00 - 32:08)
Hey, we got mentioned on Ain't It Cool News! We love to read your email and play your voice mail messages, and it shows since we spend more and more time doing it each week. Among many other things, we talk about some of our favorite opening credits sequences, dubs vs subs (AAARGH), how Daryl's giving gekiga a bad rap, and THE SECRET BEHIND DOG SOLDIER!


Let's News! (32:08 - 40:53)
Just as Daryl predicted, Wallace and Gromit won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Plus, we're not generally ones to mention videogame news, but Super Robot Wars Original Generation 1 and 2 are coming out for the Gameboy Advance! Too bad they're the Original Generation games (which means there's no pre-established anime characters in them), but the gameplay, animations, storyline, etc are still top-rate, so place your preorders now lest you not get a copy once it goes out of print within a week after coming out! Last but not least, Dark Horse Comics has put up a 2002 interview with Kazuo Koike, and they talk about AIUEO Boy aka The Starving Man! If you connect the dots, read between the lines, and believe hard enough, we'll be getting The Starving Man in English in no time!

Promo: Weekly Anime Review podcast (40:54 - 41:27)
A pretty sizeable amount of people get to the AWO webpage via the Weekly Anime Review site, and with any luck, the opposite is true as well.

Often Overlooked: Zipang (40:53 - 55:08)
Proof positive that "Often Overlooked" does not necessarily imply "oldschool," Gerald talks about this military science fiction series from about two years ago which seemed to slip under the radars of many people. And it's not like you can use the "well, that's what submarines are supposed to do" excuse like in Silent Service, either! Listen and find out what you're missing.
  • ANN entry for Zipang
  • There would have been a link about Eagle here but it's not on Viz's site anymore, WTF man do you guys hate America or something

Review (manga): Death Note (55:08 - 1:13:08)
People weren't too keen on the decision to omit the 20 minutes of Clarissa talking about Death Note from last week's episode, so we've moved it here instead. Actually, we should have just pasted in what we'd already recorded, but instead we just talked about it again. This one's pretty massively popular with the fangirls due to the artwork, but don't let that scare you off guys. After all, this is a Shonen Jump property with a fair share of well, death. And notes.

And the POUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNCE.

PERIOD.



Promo: Happy House of Hentai (link not safe for work) podcast (1:13:08 - 1:13:30)
It's a podcast entirely about hentai. Except it's also got reviews of regular porn. And stuff about Hello Kitty that has nothing to do with hentai or porn. Someone's got a Swiftboating coming their way.

The Search for THE TRUTH: Katsucon 12, Part 2 (1:13:30 - 1:24:05)
Daryl's journey to discover THE TRUTH continues from where it left off last week. Following his unprepared exposure to the Source, he chooses instead to focus on the proliferation of the Unlabored Flawlessness at anime conventions in recent months. There are so many more TRUTH worthy pictures, but many of them don't have corresponding interviews. There's no telling what will be done with them at this point.

Closing (1:24:05 - 1:26:43)
We've gotten repeated emails from Megacon attendees that were bearers of THE TRUTH requesting their interview segments be played, but alas the Megacon segment will have to be put off a week. But fret thee not, for next week Gerald and Clarissa will both be reviewing Naoki Urasawa's Monster. It would have happened sooner except they wanted to watch through most all of it first. Then Daryl informed them that they couldn't talk about more than the first few episodes anyway without totally spoiling it, so here we are. Balance is key, and since Gerald and Clarissa are reviewing something as good as Monster, Daryl reaches into the "worst anime titles ever made" vault and review the Often Overlooked (with good reason) anime film...

ODIN: PHOTON SPACE SAILER [sic] STARLIGHT.

Consider yourselves warned. And since he DEMANDED to be present for the Odin love-fest, our guest will be Mike Toole, aka The Guy Who Read the Discipline Ad Copy in Show 10 (send in MORE recordings, people!). Oh, and he also runs Anime Jump which is an anime review site that all the cool people read and post on.


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 10 - The search for THE TRUTH begins

Fine, so we're late this week. In our letters section we talk about anime fans outside of the US, then Gerald discusses the Often Overlooked Lensman (the DUB), Clarissa reviews the manga Homunculus, and Daryl's search for THE TRUTH kicks off with Part 1 of his Katsucon experience. If you don't normally read the show notes, now is the time to start.

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Introduction (0:00 - 33:52)
We've got a Frappr map now, so be sure to go there and leave your comments while also voting on who is the best. Daryl was hoping that the votes would be even with him and Clarissa each having 50% and Gerald having 0%, but that's not how things ended up. Listener email clarifies us on matters we didn't quite get correct about Naruto and Serial Experiments Lain, then we get a brief idea of what it's like being an anime fan outside of America as well as a possible reason for why US fans don't seem to care about older anime titles the way the Japanese fans do. Plus, the differences between the Gravitation manga and anime and much more! SEND IN MORE READINGS OF THE DISCIPLINE AD COPY, DAMN YOU!


Often Overlooked: Lensman (the DUB!) (33:52 - 49:13)
Gerald waxes poetic over this out-of-print 1980s anime adaptation of E.E. "Doc" Smith's genre-defining science fiction tale. Find out the secret connection between this, Clarissa, and Ninja Scroll!


Review (manga): Homunculus (49:13 - 1:02:28)
Clarissa brings us this overview of yet another masterpiece by Hideo Yamamoto, author of Ichi the Killer, among other things. This title is about this guy who's a lot like this person who's a friend of Daryl's. We'd have him on the show except for the fact that he's too much like the main character in this manga. Don't let the name fool you: the Ultimate Eye isn't quite the same thing here.


The Search for THE TRUTH -- Katsucon 12, Part 1 (1:02:28 - 1:18:03)
Daryl embarks on his quest to save his soul and somehow escape the fate which he has been struggling so hard to overcome to no avail. He's going to do this by finding the most Internet-worthy of anime convention attendees, then interviewing them and posting pictures of them, all the while impersonating a radio news correspondent. Man, it's no wonder Rob Landtz voted for Clarissa over him on the Frappr map even after having met him!


Closing (1:18:03 - 1:20:05)
Something tells us that we aren't going to adhere to this next episode preview much, but Clarissa promises a review of Gravitation, Gerald will talk about the Often Overlooked fansub title Zipang, and Daryl's search for THE TRUTH at Katsucon will continue, just as soon as he reconstitutes his sanity and composure by rereading Volume 1 of Crying Freeman by Kazuo Koike, available now in unflipped format from Dark Horse Comics! Go and buy it now along with Cromartie High School Volume 5!