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Daryl has an advance review of Le Chevalier D'Eon, Gerald gets sprung with Utawarerumono, and Clarissa reflects upon Nerima Daikon Brothers. As a test to see if we can hang with REAL reviewers, all of us have decided to review just Volume 1 of shows we've never seen before, all courtesy of ADV Films. We're going nowhere fast.
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Introduction (0:00 - 19:48)
One guy on the GeekNights forums said that we answer too many emails per show and should stick to one per episode, but we'd never get through it all if we did that! Besides, if certain parts of the show aren't your bag, you can check these show notes for the timecodes for each segment so you know what to skip over. We're asked to name our Top 10 Mediocre Anime, which proves impossible for us and results in a lengthy diatribe over the usefulness and viability of quantitative ratings systems as a whole. The voicemails reveal that DARYL'S LIFE GOAL IS ACCOMPLISHED, and yet he is not the one equipped to complete the requested task to "make Gerald a real man." However, this happened in celebration of Gerald's birthday:
Let's News! (19:48 - 39:06)
Paprika didn't get nominated for an Oscar, probably because nobody saw it. Thanks, Sony! By the way, they're distributing Tekkon Kinkreet, too. And they're denying that they prohibit adult content on Blu-Ray, but of the eight or so duplication centers, they run two and Disney works with five (and apparently per their contracts, duplicators who work with Disney agree not to duplicate adult content). The identity of the remaining one is shrouded in secrecy. Speaking of secret identities, Princess Ai is getting set for another giant push. You know, the "manga" that's written by the Tokyopop CEO under the fake persona "DJ Milky"? The one that contains his poetry? Kind of like how the theme songs to Initial D, GTO, Rave Master, and Reign the Conqueror were changed to shitty things he wrote himself? Hopefully he won't throw any of his office chairs our way. Hmm, we probably won't be getting anything from Tokyopop anytime soon. Steel Jeeg's getting remade, and a lot of smaller US anime cons got canceled, too (there is a much larger story about this particular con full of drama, suspense, and Dan Woren, the voice of Roy Fokker). Also, fanboys everywhere are canceling their Gunbuster orders because the US DVD altered about a minute worth of the background music. We're told that omelettes are nutritious.
Promo: Anime Roundtable (39:06 - 39:42)
Do you like our podcast? This is sort of like, the Canadian version of us. Daryl thinks that one guy Neil sounds like he's impersonating Scott Thompson's Buddy Cole character from Kids in the Hall, and the fangirls on it are stereotypical fangirls and therefore THE ENEMY. However, one of them on the latest episode said she liked Mind Game. She will be spared in the first sweep, but we'll be sure to leave room in the oven for the next go since she thinks Ryoga's hot because of the fang. Ain't no love in the hood for Madarame, it seems.
Review: Le Chevalier D'Eon (39:42 - 1:10:03)
Daryl's pick is probably the most recent thing he's ever reviewed in the history of the podcast, as this Production IG title is still ongoing in Japan. Production IG + Kenshin + Comte de Saint Germain?! Hell yeah! They couldn't POSSIBLY screw this one up, right? If we never hear back from ADV ever again, we'll know this is the reason.
- ADV's official Le Chevalier D'Eon website - you can watch the first episode dubbed in English for free
- Production IG's official English-language Le Chevalier site - be sure to check the Special Feature section for several interviews with the crew, because otherwise you'd never find out that they marketed this series to takarazuka fans and cast the voice actress for Lady Oscar from Rose of Versailles in later episodes
- Mike Toole's Sorcerer Stabber Orphen dub/sub comparison - Internet Explorer is required to view this file, which is presented in How-They-Lied-O-Vision (copyright Corn Pone Flicks), this is one of many articles from Anime Jump that was lost when the old site died and everything moved over to the new site. Incidentally, the new site is also dead, and updates to it are basically no longer possible due to some sort of bizarre CSS debacle or something.
- Correction: Marie was not 15 when she married Louis XV, thus making Louis 8. Louis was 15, thus making Marie 22. It wasn't OUR mistake, it was the commentary track's!
You see this guy's show notes? Notes that tell you every single point that's covered in the episode that are a mere fraction of the length of this crap? And he remembered to actually put the links in rather than just write a bunch of garbage? That's the way show notes should be.
Review: Utawarerumono (1:10:40 - 1:32:54)
Gerald picked this one to review after seeing the impressive trailer for it on The Anime Network. What Gerald did not know then and knows now was that this anime is based off of a porn game yet is not a porn anime. This is truly a testament to the work of those poor interns who have to edit together trailers to make crappy shows looks decent. If we never hear back from ADV ever again, we'll know this is the reason.
- ADV's official Utawarerumono Website: Go there yourself and check out the very deceptive trailer
- Wikipedia's Entry on Utaware-whatever
- Leaf/Aquaplus' website (Japanese AND Not Work Safe A TWOFER!)
Clarissa pulled the latest work from WataNABE SHINichi (that's how you get "Nabeshin" for a nickname, kids!). It's...pretty much the same as the rest of his work. If we never hear back from ADV ever again, we'll know this is the reason.
- ADV's official Nerima Daikon Brothers site has previews and such.
- Anime News Network has info on the cast and crew, as usual
- Unlike most shows, the opening of this one gives you a pretty good idea of what you're in for, namely a hell of a lot of people singing about ridiculous things. Well, okay, so it's not exactly representative of the number of jokes about things like penises or Korean Wave pachinko parlors. (With bonus video of the voice actors/singers performing this dressed up like their characters! This is included on the DVD also.)
Daryl has once again made a guest appearance on this podcast, this time to review the Greatest Movie EVER!, Streets of Fire. Joining him on this expedition is Gerald and former guest/frequent poster Steve Harrison. Maybe we should get Paul to record special promos for those episodes as opposed to just taking music from the movie and playing it at the same time as his promo. Hmm.
Closing (1:57:28 - 2:02:32)
Next episode, it's time to get back on track, sort of. Gerald's reviewing Spirit of Wonder (as much of it as he could get a hold of), Daryl has vowed to increase the number of manga reviews he's done by reviewing the ultra-manly gekiga samurai action piece Satsuma Gishiden, and Clarissa vows to be even more manly than Daryl since she's reviewing MAZINKAISER~! Why? You don't wanna know why. Everybody ready? Get it on.