Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 40 - Forty Episodes and Daryl Still Can't Use A Mic

The Urashiman torrent with episodes 1 - 3, 6, 12, and 26 is now available here .

We're officially over the hill. Can you believe we've been babbling for 40 episodes? Daryl--whose gain level introduced lots of static whenever he spoke--reviews the semi-obscure 1980s film The Dagger of Kamui, Gerald reviews the quite obscure 1980s TV series Future Police Urashiman, and Clarissa gets the ball rolling with Part 1 of our Jojo's Bizarre Adventure review.

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Introduction (0:00 - 33:28)
We didn't get a whole lot of responses regarding the state of your local anime clubs, but we did get a few, which we read here. Shocking as it may seem, there are some people out there actually taking our recommendations to heart and enjoying what they're watching, and so we read one letter from a male MIT college student (Chemical Engineering major...wonder if he was able to finish reading Orion?) and another from a female middleaged...not a college student. Our listenership is DIVERSE! Here now is a picture of what those evil Bostonians do to their fair city:
No wonder people from Boston were portrayed as evil in that totally lame Call of the Wild anime. Hey wait a second, Daryl's originally from Boston! Also, the winners of the Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid Vol 1 giveaway are announced! Thanks go out to Funimation for donating the prizes.

Let's News! (33:28 - 42:04)
Koichi Murata and Ken Ishikawa are dead, people. Who's going to protect us from moe now?! For those who bought the newly recently Lupin the Third movie/TV special compilation that Funimation released, it accidentally contains an edited version of The Secret of Twilight Gemini, and unlike those jerks at Bandai who won't swap out Zeta Gundam DVDs, they're letting people exchange their edited discs for the unedited one. Oh, and check out the upcoming Gunbuster DVD set. In the "huh, how about that" department, Death Note isn't actually the most popular new anime of the season since twice as many people are watching Onna no Hataraki Man. Not like Japanese popularity translates to US fan preference, but hey. Finally, ADV's licensed Sergeant Frog, presumably in the hopes that it'll be another Excel Saga for them. Here's hoping they don't let Steven Foster dub it. Or anything else ever.

Promo: Dave and Joel's Fast Karate For the Gentleman (42:04 - 43:11)
As heard in the beginning of this episode, Dave has graciously offered to host AWO if Daryl hosts Fast Karate. One dare not imagine what would result if Dave, Joel, and we were all gathered together in one podcast.

Review: The Dagger of Kamui (43:11 - 1:00:40)
Daryl tackles this one, as it was one of the first anime he ever saw in his formulative teenage years. This is a theatrical animated movie about ninjas. REAL ninjas, not those Ninja Scroll/Naruto weird dudes who claim to be ninjas. It also contains pirates, cowboys, Indians, quasi-zombies, Mark Twain, and multiple bears being chopped in half. Very special thanks go out to Michael Minnott for providing us with the OST to this film, which has been out of print for decades. Sasuga Books managed to track it down for him, so check them out even though their dealer's room booths at anime cons stock the gay porno right next to the regular artbooks.
In this picture there are forty ninjas. None of them can be seen. In this film we hope to show YOU how not to be seen.
See this, Japan? This is what REAL ninjas look like. Apparently you didn't teach this to a generation. Even Michael Dudikoff knows this.
But unlike the ninja which Michael Dudikoff and Carl Weathers would face off against, these ninja know how to LOOK UPWARDS and attack in swarms. Mr Ninja, would you stand up, please?
This demonstrates the value of not being seen. Face it, they're in black ninja outfits; they're meant to be fodder. Didn't you people ever watch WMAC Masters?!
Okay Devious, don't move! The Bishop...Tenkai! He's the one on the left, and Jiro's on the right. Told you he was big.
Jiro's got the touch. Jiro's got the power...YEAH! Yes, I'm done with the worn-out Flying Circus references. What can I say? I just got the DVD set.
This is what modern anime is missing: people being cut in half lengthwise. I think more people get cut in half lengthwise throughout this one film than in the entire history of Mortal Kombat tournaments.
With this kind of cinematography, I don't think anyone will have trouble realizing this movie's from the 80s, which for Japan is more like the 70s for us. Then they were stuck in the 80s for a while, then skipped the 90s entirely. Pretty good strategy when you consider how comicbooks turned out thanks to the 90s.
This is what Gerald means when he mentions in the next segment how Kaneto Shiozawa built his career off of voicing beautiful men. The "Unicorn Power" shirt I plan on buying is less flaming than that. GET IT? FLAMING? CAUSE THERE'S FIRE ON...eh.

Promo: R5 Central (1:00:40 - 1:01:40)
Actually Mike, most people I see pronounce GAIM as "gee aim," but any excuse to make Tomino references and throw in songs by MIO is welcome around these parts. Not like anyone here ever really cared about Heavy Metal L-Gaim in the first place...

Review: Future Police Urashiman (1:01:40 - 1:21:27)
Here's a show that was somewhat popular among American anime fandom in the very early 1980s, and since "the 1980s" is what Gerald loves most (but wait, he's never seen any of the Rocky movies, not even Rocky IV!) (Actually Gerald HAS seen Rocky and Rocky III), he takes the plunge and reviews this 52 episode series, which ranks among one of the most obscure titles we've covered. It's not licensed in the US, the DVDs are out of print in Japan, and nobody ever fansubbed this show, not even in the VHS days. So how will people ever see this show? Well, we're going to put some episodes up on BitTorrent, albeit with crappy Hong Kong bootleg subtitles. Watch this space. Oh yeah, what we said about Koji Morimoto being a protege of Katsuhiro Otomo? That wasn't quite right since Morimoto was working prior to collaborating with Otomo...on this show. And The Dagger of Kamui. Then again, Tugboat was Hulk Hogan's protege and he was wrestling prior to that, but we'd rather not remember that dark time. We'd rather remember the glory days of the Shockmaster instead.

Promo: The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast (1:21:27 - 1:22:16)
We said last week that something had to be done to straighten Paul out. That something has happened, for Daryl has guest-starred on the latest episode. Appropriate background music has been added to this promo to illustrate this fact. WE FIGHT FOR LOVE!

Review (manga): Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Part 1 (1:22:16 - 1:49:41)
Buckle up, folks. After months of putting it off, Clarissa's thrown the gauntlet down and started on what will be a series of parts dedicated to reviewing the single longest shonen fighting series ever. And one of the gayest. But also one of the most awesome and violent due to its being heavily influenced by Fist of the North Star. At least the story is pre-broken up into about seven parts (to date); this review is for Part 1 of the manga, "Phantom Blood." Like all long-running manga, the artwork and storytelling haven't quite hit their stride at this point, but at the very least, it lives up to the name.
This is Joseph Joestar. Observe the beginning of Araki drawing people in weird poses. Also the clothes are a bit strange for Victorian England, but just FYI this is nothing compared to Araki's fashion obsessed nonsense later.
This is Dio Brando, and by the way he would like you to note that he is fabulous. The first clue to his being evil is when he kicks Joseph's dog upon meeting him. Worse things will happen to that dog later. This is another ongoing thing with Jojo's: animals (also Italians) never fare very well. I think Araki might have had a traumatic experience at the zoo when he was young (I've got no clue what's going on with the Italians).
You can tell that Dio's a vampire now because 1) he makes that screeching WRYYYY sound (yes, it's spelled about four different ways throughout the manga, so all those people arguing about how many Ys are correct should shut up) and 2) he sucks people's blood. As you can maybe see, even though they have fangs vampires in Jojo's drink blood through their fingers. I don't know why, I guess biting wasn't weird enough.
For the heck of it, here's the trio. That weirdo Zeppeli (the one Gerald mentioned as having only one facial expression) is in the front, Joseph in the middle, and THE INTERFERING SPEEDWAGON smirking at his idol in the back.
Closing (1:49:41 - 1:53:29)
Next time, and by next time that's later today for us, Daryl is continuing his trend of reviewing shows with strikingly unique art styles by talking about the 2004 series by Studio Gonzo, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. Does the "Gonzo Syndrome" apply here, too? Gerald's got a manga review of Voyeur and its followup, Voyeurs Inc. by Hideo Yamamoto, author of Ichi the Killer as well as Homunculus which Clarissa reviewed way back in Show # 10. Speaking of Clarissa, she's going to review what just might be Studio Ghibli's best movie, and it's not even one of Miyazaki's: Omoide Poro Poro, better known as Only Yesterday. Thanks go out to Eeeper from the Eeeper's Choice podcast for sending the three of us the Region 2 DVD release of the film after we complained about how they played it on Turner Classic Movies but didn't release it on DVD yet in the US.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bonus - Clarissa Explains It [F]all

By popular demand, here's what we--and by we I mean Clarissa--think of the Fall 2006 anime lineup. What we watched of it, anyway. Death Note and D. Gray-Man were covered in Show # 39.

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Introduction (0:00 - 29:29)
This episode proves why all audio editing should be done while wearing headphones. In trying out the new equipment, the resulting recording varied wildly in audio levels. Much of the audio had to be amplified a lot, which introduced a lot of static. We tried using the Noise Removal feature of Audacity at a very low setting, and while it sounds okay on speakers, on headphones you can hear this near-constant distortion/static in the background. Oh well, I suppose it's steps that must be taken to learn how non-headset microphones, preamps, and all that jazz actually work.

Be that as it may, we read some more emails. Miraculously, someone went and read Phoenix per our recommendations! Perhaps it would be more than that if only people could actually FIND places selling it, since even online stores like Amazon don't tend to have it. We then talk about the state of horror in anime, or rather the lack thereof. Dear Japan: vampires do not a horror anime make. We also give our thoughts on Hellsing as well as Lone Wolf & Cub. Plus, Michael Wishlow sent all of us a bunch of crazy untranslated things on DVD. Gerald reveals that the only thing in this world that causes him fear is the thought of nonhuman entities aboard spaceships, and in anime's defense, it's at least got a good bit of that. No wonder Michael gave him the copy of Roots Search.

Oh, one more thing. The Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid Vol 1 contest giveaway has concluded. We did the drawing on 11/16, so the winners will probably receive their prizes long before Show # 40 actually gets edited and uploaded.

Let's News! (29:29 - 43:16)
The RahXephon thinpack set which ADV released actually has all the extras intact on it, Satoshi Kon's new movie Paprika might be eligible for an Academy Award, Media Blasters isn't licensing the second season of Ah My Goddess, Gerald's hero Tomonobu Itagaki (whom Daryl refers to as "the Japanese Joey Snackpants" or "JapaNabbe" because of those shades he wears) is getting sued for sexual harassment, and DeepDiscountDVD had their 20% off sale this week. And to think, this time ADV didn't remove all their titles from the sale! They only do two sales a year, so the next one's in April.

This is the image Gerald was talking about when ADV has their sale, be sure to look carefully at the price they cross out and the price you buy it for (you'll probably need to click on the image since it's a bit small):

Promo: Chibi-Tokyo (43:16 - 43:52)
Ed and Dan went to PMX, which is officially the BEST CONVENTION EVER because it had an arcade Punchmania 2 cabinet. Let it be known that Daryl will pay the money to own such a machine in his home. He has tried contacting various arcade distributors, but since it's a Japan-only game, the websites that stock it don't tend to have sites that are in English. No point in getting the "Fighting Mania" game (English language release of the original Punchmania) because Punchmania 2 includes all the levels from that and then some.

Fall 2006 Preview
The rest of Clarissa's initial impressions of the Fall 2006 season, as continued from last week.

Code GEASS (43:52 - 47:08)
Super Robot Wars Original Generation (47:08 - 50:29)
Bartender (50:29 - 54:51)
Red Garden (54:51 - 56:27)
Pumpkin Scissors (56:27 - 1:03:45)
Souten no Ken/Fist of the Blue Sky (1:03:45 - 1:09:38)

Promo: Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast (1:09:38 - 1:10:23)
Dear Gooberzilla: The Chronicles of Riddick and Ryuhei Kitamura are totally awesome. Accept this. The Dolph Lundgren Punisher, Tank Girl, Underworld: Evolution, and Stealth are not awesome. Something's going to have to be done to straighten you out, STAT.

Sumomo Momomomo (1:10:23 - 1:13:45)
--> Kanon (1:13:45 - 1:20:38) <--
Black Blood Brothers...and more Kanon (1:20:38 - 1:22:05)
The Gargoyles of the Yoshinagas...and more Kanon (1:22:05 - 1:24:00)

Closing (1:24:00 - 1:28:10)
We wrap things up by mentioning a few of the shows we didn't get around to watching. Daryl will tell you why the watermelon is there later.


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 39 - Death Note, D. Gray Man, AWA, and That Show Nobody Else Watched

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.

See this map? MEMORIZE IT. There will be a test later.
Long straight red hair is second only in superiority to long straight black hair. Someday all the "redheads" of the world will have red hair like Jennifer Garner's in the first episode of Alias.
This is why The Twelve Kingdoms succeeds where Fushigi Yuugi and all the rest fail. NO CRAPPY ROMANCE STORY.

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.


This is Allen Walker. Observe, you can tell it's the Victorian era by his stylish Black Jack ensemble.
This is Allen's parasite-type anti-Akuma weapon, aka his left arm.
What is akuma? (Lady don't hurt me.)
Okay, this is an akuma. I was going to pull a screencap, but none of them give a full view on one screen without being too tiny and dark to make out.
The Earl of the Millenium and his easy Akuma model kit! It only looks innocent until the soul of your loved one gets trapped in it and it kills you, then wears you like a flesh suit.
And because I like them and I felt like it, here's Allen and a couple other Exorcists in their semi-gothy uniforms.

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.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 38 - Rape is Hilarious, But Only As a Theoretical Concept

In perhaps the manliest (and longest) episode to date, Gerald reviews the Kazuo Koike jigoku manga masterpiece Lady Snowblood, Daryl opines on the new Fist of the North Star movie Raoh Gaiden, and Clarissa weighs in with her thoughts on the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

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Introduction (0:00 - 19:07)
The good news is that we're finally starting to use the new audio equipment. The bad news is that both Daryl and Gerald have colds! To compensate, we play what is perhaps the ultimate Discipline reading. We also issue a retraction regarding the Manga Video Astro Boy box set's episode count, and delude ourselves into thinking we're affecting people's lives for the better as we read an email from someone who started watching Blackjack because of us. Oh yeah, remember the AWO fanart/doujinshi that we requested? Well, here's what we got:

The Almighty...er, Mysterious person who drew the Daryl Surat vs Dave Riley picture appears to be at it again, this time drawing what we'd previously mentioned about Masamune Shirow:


Devoted AWO listener Erwin Rosales drew us this four page masterpiece, which is actually a very accurate depiction of what goes on here at the Anime World Order:








MasterPete over at Pete Universe informs us that the following edition of his new webcomic was directly inspired by us, except for the whole moe part aka "the punchline":

The strip which follows this makes mention of Odin. Man. That's rough.

Let's News! (19:07 - 37:28)
"News" is probably not the right word, given how late we are to the ball, but Gedo Senki probably won't come out in the US until 2009 because of the Sci-Fi Channel, the website for the new Giant Robo series is in English, legitimate copies of Monster (reviewed in Show # 12) are available on R3 DVD, the Osamu Tezuka Ode to Kirihito manga is out in English and everyone should buy it because it's 832 pages and costs $15, they're making a new Dancougar series (we didn't know about the new Reideen at the time), Bandai Visual's upcoming Region 1 DVD of Gunbuster won't be cheap, Seven Seas has launched a yuri line consisting of a bunch of lame stuff, and we offer up some speculation regarding why The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (reviewed in Show # 29) hasn't been licensed for release in the US yet. This segment features the AWO debut of the DeCoster Scream. The Dark Lord Cromdor/Kramdar has some competition now.

Review: Lady Snowblood (manga) (37:28 - 57:52)
Gerald reviews this 4-volume revenge epic released in English courtesy of Dark Horse Comics, for which the film adaptation was a primary inspiration for Kill Bill. Of course, since it's by Kazuo Koike, the plot is absolutely ludicrous and there's tons of fighting and fucking for no good reason. Here is the long awaited image that best sums up Lady Snowblood.
Also, here is a scan of the writer from the manga version:
And the very slight differences he went through in the movie version, notice the haircut is in no way anachronistic because Yasuaki Kurata is ETERNAL:


Review: Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden (57:52 - 1:29:06)
Yeah, so Fist of the North Star. Best. Anime. Ever. After nearly a year of threats, Daryl breaks down and talks about the series that started the whole shonen fighting genre. He would have talked more about the new movie, but it still has not been fansubbed. It is now time for...pictures! [Update: As of 1/27/07, Heart of Madness has fansubbed the "Director's Cut" of this movie]

This is Kenshiro, the successor to Hokuto Shinken. Do not fuck with this man.
See these guys? These are generic Hokuto no Ken thugs who always fuck with Kenshiro. Remember what I said about not doing that? They are what make this the best anime ever.
Kenshiro's adopted brothers, Raoh and Toki. Toki is the one who looks like Jesus. Nobody fucks with the Jesus.
Daryl's dead-on impersonation of Raoh, the King of Fists.
Reina is a character created for this movie and is Raoh's second-in-command, but she spends most of the movie like this. THANKS, JAPAN!
Shuu, the Star of Benevolence, may be blind, but he sees...WITH HIS HEART. Listen, Fist of the North Star is MANLY melodrama. Haters better vacate, especially if they thought it was cool when Usui from Rurouni Kenshin totally ripped off Shuu's gimmick.
The Holy Emperor Souther has the finest hybrid throne/motorcycle child slave labor can construct.
Blood of the Emperor, the immortal body! I never retreat! I never beg! I never quit!
Yet despite this being a theatrical film, the animators still forgot to draw the rest of Souther's vest in this quick shot. [Update: This error was fixed on the Director's Cut DVD, along with another one earlier in the film that I didn't put up a picture for since it would have spoiled things]. They probably got confused for a second and thought he was from Part 5 of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Still, when your kung fu is strong enough, you can dress HOWEVER YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE.
What, you think Dragon Ball Z invented that whole characters hair turning blonde as they power up? WRONG. MUSO TENSEI, BITCHES. Okay fine, so this isn't Muso Tensei and the hair color doesn't change in the anime, and the manga's black and white so who can really tell...

Perhaps this entire podcast and blog should be rededicated to nothing but Fist of the North Star screencaps and captions.
  • Heart of Madness - a fansub label reserved solely for Fist of the North Star titles, so expect them to be the ones who sub this movie [Update: they have done so]
  • Hokuto Renkitouza - it's a Geocities site (that place still exists?), but it's still the best Hokuto no Ken resource out there
  • Fist of the North Star Games - a Yahoo group that was pretty busy once upon a time, the folks on here are probably the most dedicated HnK fans around
Review: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (1:29:06 - 1:54:02)
Wait, what? Why the heck didn't we just end the episode there? Because there hasn't been enough Clarissa on this show for the last few weeks, that's why! Since everyone already knows about Ghost in the Shell, show notes aren't really necessary. So, click here for that picture of Kusanagi's butt.
Closing (1:54:02 - 2:00:40)
Next week's episode will be shorter. Really. By popular demand, we're going to give our con report on Anime Weekend Atlanta 12, only we WON'T spend the entire show doing it like the other con reports. Also, by listener request we're going to talk about the shows from the current anime season that we're watching. See? Your requests don't fall on deaf ears after all! Finally, Daryl's going to review The Twelve Kingdoms like he was supposed to do this week.