Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Anime World Order Show # 51 - Timeliness Is Not Exactly Our Strongest Suit

Daryl's gain is turned up entirely too high for the entire episode, which is even LONGER than usual. In addition to our Megacon 2007 report, Clarissa reviews Animation Runner Kuromi, Gerald revisits The Venus Wars, and Daryl finally gets around to reviewing To Terra Volume 1.

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There's going to be quite a few links this week in the full show notes for once. Eventually.

Introduction (0:00 - 18:24)
Remember, we still have a contest going where the winner will get a 100% silver keychain of our show logo. Perfect for destroying lycanthropes.

We spend a lot of time pontificating about the whole "o" versus "ou" deal when it comes to romanization. Plus, Scott from GeekNights has a VERY IMPORTANT question that requires all of our powers combined to answer. Actually, no it doesn't.

Convention Report: Megacon 2007 (18:24 - 35:29)
Megacon 2007 took place from February 16-18. Our convention report is about six weeks after the fact, and for that we apologize. Admittedly, Megacon is a multimedia event, and so anime-related activities are but a small subset of everything going on there. We apologize for failing to mention that William "Spooky Electric" Bradford won third place in the Barbarian Battles, but perhaps we are just highly bitter that despite Daryl's endorsing him to be chosen as Planet Smoothie's Cupman, he failed to emerge victorious. We will be editing this post to include links to several pictures taken at the convention, but for now, here is the horrifying pizza picture we warned you about:

There was no need for Daryl's archnemesis/would-be doppleganger to spend months constructing an enormous Shinigami out of PVC pipe (aka Death Plastic), thus keeping her rooted to one location for the day. All that was needed to kill one's victims was that pizza, which was given to her by a total stranger. PS: when she enters that Death Note lookalike contest, vote for her so we can take credit for her victory!

You know what else we don't need? To use a flash or perform contrast/color correction on photos taken of Virgil for the entertainment of the Death Valley Driver forums. Next on the list: getting footage of The Iron Shiek raping B. Brian Blair "to make him humble." Bryan Alvarez was ROBBED in that Sweeney match, and mark our words: the ICW ICWA Texarcana Television Championship WILL be rechristened the Frank A. Gotch Collar-and-Elbow Memorial Championship. After all, Larry Sweeney and William "Spooky Electric" Bradford are the same man.

Let's News! (35:29 - 1:12:22)
There was no news last week, and now this week, the news is two news segments strung together such that this segment alone is the recommended length of an entire podcast. We covered a lot of ground and, man, I hope next time our news segment isn't as horribly long, but, well that's the nature of the beast.

Anyway, Media Blasters has decided to essentially shut down most of their non-yaoi manga line. Of course, this means that Daryl's favorite porn ever, Apocalypse Zero, [Daryl: it's not porn if you don't draw the dick, and seinen is TOO CLASSY for that. Even though without his dick, there's no way even Eikichi could hope to defeat Kakugo] is now no longer being published. This leads to a discussion on whether there's much of a "fandom" for seinen at all and what this could mean for getting more manga here that's meant for an older audience. QUICK, GO OUT AND BUY GOLGO 13!

On the subject of manga, many big deal manga artists have sued a site for distributing their manga. Coming from a country where manga is super cheap, this is pretty bad. There's also an interesting interview with Mamoru Oshii online, however, because it takes too damned long for our episodes to come out, it now requires a free registration to read (Bugmenot might help). Also, Anime Classic did a great job on restoring the crazy MTV-like 80's anime To-Y, so go watch it and try to make sense of it (hopefully the tracker will be up since it seems to be down as I write this)! CPM's also in big trouble over releasing yaoi manga that the Japanese company claims CPM is distributing without authorization. Clarissa is happy that the titles might be moved to someone who doesn't charge more to watch dudes be rude when she can get her equivalent DBR quotient for less money from other publishers, while Gerald isn't cool with the whole "changing of a license overseas and the US publisher has to pay for it again." We, of course, know nothing and maybe things will become clearer in the coming weeks.

Also, Bandai Visual, in a "planned failure" move, is releasing Freedom and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (one of Gerald's favorite movies ever) undubbed for horribly inflated prices. FUCK YOU JAPAN AND YOUR PRICING!

Want to see just how clueless Bandai Visual really is? Read their explanation for why they priced the DVDs the way they did. Didn't everyone learn after ADV's Kaleido Star debacle that the forum posters on Anime on DVD should all be completely ignored? At least, that's the only place on the Internet where we could envision someone being STUPID enough to agree with this line of thought.

Promo: The Big Bald Broadcast (1:12:22 - 1:13:29)
Kyle Hebert is not only an anime voice actor, he's a podcaster who's been doing his show for longer than we've been around. We've just never played his promo because well, I don't think he actually HAD one. This one is actually fan-submitted, and so we'll forgive it for not actually mentioning Kyle's involvement or stating the website. That's what these show notes are for!

Review: Animation Runner Kuromi (1:13:29 - 1:28:07)
Who needs to cosplay for ego validation when we've got voicemails that do it for us? Clarissa tells us all about this 99% totally accurate and not at all exaggerated tale of working in the anime industry, as directed by Akitaro Daichi. Gerald cites this as one of the few anime to contain ska music, but Daryl cannot for the life of him remember any other music being used throughout this other than the BGM played at the start of the segment.

Promo: Dave and Joel's Fast Karate for the Gentleman (1:28:07 - 1:28:38)
Dave and Joel have also been podcasting long before we were on the scene, but Daryl likes to run around saying he put them on the map anyway. This is also a fan-made promo, as whoever made it and sent it to them forgot to remove the 2 minutes of BGM from the beginning. Personally, we were hoping that the bluetooth headset audio clip was going to be about beating up people while telling them to remove said headset, thus bringing everything full circle as their original promo was about beating someone up while telling them to remove their stupid hat.

Review: Venus Wars (1:28:38 -1:50:15)
For the record, we were not THAT late to play that voicemail about Transformers: The Movie being released on DVD. It had been out for a little while by the time he called in. Many people who remember Anime Week/Saturday Anime on the Sci-Fi Channel wrote in to us asking about this one, and so the task falls to Gerald, as he'd already reviewed Crusher Joe back in Show # 24. This is the final film directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, and upon rewatching it and removing the haze of nostalgia, perhaps we'll find out why that might have been the case. Incidentally, he also directed the anime adaptation of The Song of Wind and Trees, one of the more well-known of Keiko Takemiya's works. You can get Venus Wars for about $10 on Amazon.

Promo: Chibi Tokyo (1:50:15 - 1:50:51)
Chibi Tokyo is like, the West Coast equivalent of Fast Karate for the Gentleman. Except in addition to Fist of the North Star, they also like Captain Tsubasa a lot. More people should listen to this podcast. In the time since this promo was made, they've actually added a third cohost, so perhaps they need an updated promo more than us! Be sure to listen to the two-year anniversary of Anime Genesis to hear their special commemorative song they composed and performed.

Review: To Terra Volume 1 (1:50:51 - 2:26:15)
The reason we don't use ProTools is because we lack the competence to actually USE it properly. At least, Daryl does. Exhausted from having worked on crunch time schedule for the past two weeks, Daryl rambles and rambles AND RAMBLES his way through this latest offering by Vertical Inc such that this segment alone is the length of what a typical Internet podcast is. Fortunately, he's got it together just enough to convey all the relevant information, albeit in a highly decompressed, roundabout manner. This is a sci-fi manga by Keiko Takemiya, but don't make the mistake we made a few weeks back: despite being part of the Showa 24 Group, To Terra is technically a shonen work, which is what makes it so important. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

Closing (2:26:15 - 2:30:59)
Next time, the theme is either robots or shows that seemed like they were going to be one type of thing going into it, but ended up being something else. Take your pick. Daryl's reviewing Ergo Proxy, Gerald's reviewing Megazone 23 Part 2 (DOGGY STYLE), and Clarissa will cover Hades Project Zeorymer.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Anime World Order Show # 50 - Watch Everything We Talk About This Week, Okay?

It's our glorious 50th episode! Gerald reviews Megazone 23 Part 1, Clarissa's got Princess Tutu, and Daryl rambles about Macross: Do You Remember Love? for nearly an hour. Judge for yourselves whether we condone bootlegging/are as bad as Coultergeist.

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The loudness levels might be a little weird this episode, but hopefully the clipping is minimal. With any luck, everything is still intelligible.

Introduction/News/Contest Announcement (0:00 - 41:03)
Reintroductions are in order, even though we aren't exactly in order ourselves. In the emails, the emails, what what, the emails: we get more speculation regarding why anime companies don't publicize much in the way of numbers, respond to allegations of spreading hate speech, reveal the truth about THE TRUTH, and try to find out whether we have any favorite anime genres or not. We don't have any news really, but Patrick Macias (as seen on television) aka MD Patrick has been named Editor-in-Chief of the upcoming print magazine Otaku USA. The first issue comes out in June, but we have a SHOCKING REVELATION about the content of this publication that you can find out by listening right now!

On the subject of conventions, we were asked to mention this before April 1st, and because we doubt that the next episode will be out before then, so we'll mention it here. On Sunday April 1st from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Zenkaikon is holding a nerd prom! Yep, it's their Spring Formal and it'll be held at the Valley Forge Scanticon in King of Prussia, PA (that's where the Otaku Generation podcast guys are based out of). Actually, it's semi-formal, but there is going to be a King and Queen voted on and chosen by attendees, and nothing says King Of Nerd Prom better than winning Best Buy gift cards. Like all nerd proms, it does cost money to attend, and while registration closes in five days, there's special pricing for AWO listeners. And by "listeners" I mean "readers": $23.00 flat for the formal (even if they're not attending the convention itself in October). $33.00 to combine the formal and registration. Mention us by name and get $1.00 off admission! Think of it this way: you'll be getting access to a full Asian buffet including dessert!

Oh yeah. If you've got a con or event or something you want us to promote on the air (like how we didn't just do), let us know and we'll work something out. Also, if you're reading this and you buy things from Right Stuf, write in "Anime World Order Podcast" in the "how did you hear about this site" field since they seem to think we actively encourage bootlegging. If enough people do that, it'll be a good joke. Still, it gives us a contest idea. Listen to the show and find out what it is!

We're probably too lazy to give timecodes for the voicemails, but since Mike Toole's sexy voice out-sexies them all, we figured you'd want to know about it. If you couldn't get enough after hearing his rendition of the Moon Phase theme song, he's got more vocal stylings in store for you here.

Review: Megazone 23 Part 1 (42:40 - 1:02:22)
Yes, it's pronounced "two three" and not "twenty three." Just ask someone who legally changed their name to Megazone that I think listens to this show even though he's never written in. This is a really important feature-length OAV as far as American anime fandom is concerned, as it served as a "gateway anime" for many people even though you don't usually hear it mentioned much anymore. Gerald invokes the statute of limitations regarding spoilers on this one, but this one was always more about the SUPER DUPER 1980s-ness of everything than the plot itself so don't let that stop you from listening.

Promo: The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast (1:02:22 - 1:02:53)
Paul Chapman is a resentful shell of a man on the grounds that his movie ideas are completely wrong roughly 1/3 to 2/3 of the time and he does not have a sexy voice. Also, his mom gets all the fan mail. But just so everyone listening knows, that was his weak arm.

Review: Princess Tutu (1:02:53 - 1:25:35)
Aaron from WARP calls in to mention how much better Clarissa sounds now with the new microphone, but perhaps the fact that Daryl not only uses the Levelator but also the Audacity beta Leveler tool on top of that since he forgets that he used the Levelator invalidates any such improvements. This one's a semi-recent magical girl that's an awful lot like Revolutionary Girl Utena in many aspects, but unlike Utena this totally didn't catch on in the US despite positive reviews, and that's a shame. We speculate as to why that might have been the case, though perhaps the split reactions among us with regards to this show sums it all up.

Nothing Remotely Resembling a Coherent Review: Superdimensional Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1:25:35 - 2:09:22)
Megazone 23 Part 1 may best encompass the 80s look, but this movie, which incidentally featured much of the same staff, best encompasses the 80s anime spirit. Daryl knew full well that he could never put together a proper review of this, since the Egan Loos of the world that know the exact missile capacities of the fighters would have his head, so he opts not to have done any research or taken any notes before speaking. The result is a segment that by itself is the length of most typical podcasts. Normally we don't bother with this approach, but this is Show # 50 and, more importantly, this is DYRL we're talking about here. Since this movie will not be seeing a US release any time soon, here is a BitTorrent link.

Otaku may not necessarily remember love, but at least we can remember that once upon a time, we weren't all dead inside. Listen and perhaps you'll find out why.

Closing (2:09:22 - 2:16:01)
Next time, Daryl's going to try and do some more things he's weeks/months late in doing by discussing Megacon 2007 and also reviewing To Terra Volume 1, released by Vertical Inc. In addition to that, Clarissa's reviewing Animation Runner Kuromi and Gerald's reviewing The Venus Wars. Our sidebar has all those podcast directories as well as our contact information in the event you're interested in that stuff.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Bonus - Voicemails We Put Off Answering For Too Long

We keep asking for voicemails, but we never seem to play them. Here we shall rectify this and also procrastinate on releasing Show # 50.

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This one's pretty short compared to what we usually do, but that's because we all had nightmarish tasks to contend with. Here's some time markers:

Introduction / Let's News! (0:00 - 15:10)
The American Anime Awards winners were announced a while back, and everyone's said their piece on the matter and let it die already...EXCEPT FOR US. Beating that dead horse aside, Broccoli Books is launching a new BL imprint entitled Boysenberry and the trailer for Paprika is on the Apple website. Daryl is intentionally NOT watching that trailer since there is a good chance that the movie won't show in Florida at all and he'll have to catch it on DVD, much as he doesn't want to know anything about The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Damn you New Yorkers and your children's film festivals!

The remainder is voicemails. Here's the time each of them start:

16:00 - Michael Wishlow's review of F

22:18 - Fan-made promo by The Comics Interpreter

27:20 - Roberto from Chicago, IL (actually Italy, so hide the Arctic Circle candy) wants to know what we think of Berserk and Wolf's Rain

32:41 - Jonathan from Winter Haven, FL lets us know his thoughts on Anime Festival Orlando. 2006. Yeah, we're way too late in playing this, but he sent us like ten other messages we have to get through eventually and this is a start.

34:38 - In one of our few critique messages, "General Beefy" (who really should just leave one comment instead of multiple ones in a row) is let down at how our show notes haven't exactly had much in the way of actual informational content for some time. Namely, download links.

38:06 - Anthony from New York was losing interest in anime until we and Anime Pulse came along. He talks about Project A-Ko and asks us our thoughts on Here is Greenwood.

43:16 - Allie from Michigan likes our diversity of titles and the fact that we reviewed Monster and Zipang. Guess we're doing SOMETHING right!


49:18 - Carter Vance asks a question that was previously asked, though perhaps it was asked after he sent this one in: is it possible to "save" people who only seem to enjoy harem/manufactured moe sorts of anime? And what do we think of Eureka 7 and Fafner?

56:57 - Megan from AMERICA and her friend speak on behalf of the Fangirl Overmind and demand more yaoi reviews! Hmm, we actually haven't done very many.

58:23 - The fact that we encouraged and enabled this message to happen is probably the lowest achievement in our lives.

1:00:51 - The fact that we encouraged and enabled this message to happen is probably the highest achievement in our lives. Or at least, this episode. After this, we can go no further and wrap things up.

Next time, we hit a PODCASTING MILESTONE with Show # 50. Well, technically it's the 56th thing we released counting bonus stuff, but don't let facts get in the way of our glory! In celebration of releasing 50 episodes of nonsense, we're bringing out the big guns. Gerald's reviewing Megazone 23 Part 1, Clarissa's reviewing the criminally-overlooked Princess Tutu, and Daryl knuckles up and reviews something terrifying that you don't see a lot of people reviewing out of justifiable fear. You'll know it when you hear it.

1:09:12 - We know we already played one from "General Beefy," but we couldn't NOT play this one concerning his thoughts on GeekNights. Wonder if other podcasts get emails like this about us and just don't play them?

Friday, March 02, 2007

Anime World Order Show # 49 - Actuaries Are Not That Cool In Real Life

Daryl keeps the manga reviews coming with a review of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Clarissa gets back her shojo mojo talking about Loveless, and Gerald celebrates its 20th anniversary by reviewing Dirty Pair: Project E.D.E.N.

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I guess I can at least put some timecode stuff up soon. We've really been failing at the "additional information links" as of late, though. Still, we can't possibly be becoming dumb, as this online quiz we found on Livejournal CLEARLY demonstrates: says I'm 2% Stupid! How stupid are you? Click Here!

Somehow we get the feeling that EVERYONE gets told that only 2% of the people who took the test are less stupid than they are, to make themselves feel better about themselves. Note to self: AWO Myspace/Livejournal/Facebook is probably a bad idea because of things like this.

Introduction (0:00 - 28:08)
In the emails, we get firsthand confirmation on Overfiend's negative effects on anime fandom in the UK (BEHOLD! The Ultimate Anime Collection!), as well as firsthand confirmation that Princess Ai does, in fact, suck. Also, we clarify some finer points regarding Giant Robo and exactly what the difference between "shonen ai" and "yaoi" is. Because yes, there is a difference.

Let's News! (28:08 - 36:39)
The DVD for Arcadia of My Youth is going out of print, Hiroyuki Hoshiyama is dead, and in celebration of their tenth anniversary, Tokyopop is revising their manga ratings system. How exactly is it going to help parents by saying that a comic contains "fanservice"? Like they'd really know what that term means. Also, Steven Foster truly doesn't understand why the Internet is so mad at him.

Promo: Weekly Anime Review Podcast (36:39 - 37:12)
Aaron's been missing in action for the last few well, months, but he is back in business! The show may be undergoing alterations to its name and release schedule, but with any luck he'll still be around, fighting the good fight.

Review (manga): The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Volume 1 (37:12 - 59:04)
Daryl reviews yet another tricky-to-find Dark Horse manga that is basically "BIZARRO~! Genshiken." You will be happy to know that a few weeks after this recording, Daryl did manage to locate Volume 2 of this. He has not, however, taken any steps to become an actuary.

Review: Loveless (59:04 - 1:20:36)
Nekomimi...Nekomimi Mode! Nekomimi...oh wait, different show. Clarissa hasn't done a shojo review in a while, and something had to be done to rid herself of the Austin Powers-level chest hair she developed as a result of watching MAZINKAISER~! last week. Loveless is the answer. It is not to be confused with the Vertigo comicbook by Brian Azzarello that takes place in the Old West and has all kinds of people totally getting shot and killed. We can only wonder how many people there are out there who go into the comicbook shop asking for one and ending up with the other.

Review: Dirty Pair: Project E.D.E.N. (1:20:36 - 1:45:50)
The following details were considered TOO INTENSE for the broadcast, but readers of the show notes may know of it: this anime contains a space butler samurai with a laser sword. Spoilers, schmoilers: this movie is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. Suffice it to say that this anime is still awesome to the max. You know what else we forgot to mention? The reason that opening credits sequence is so rad is because it was done by KOJI FUCKIN' MORIMOTO:

Closing (1:45:50 - 1:48:19)
Next time, in an attempt to delay releasing something named Show # 50 by just that much more, we decide to take it easy and do an episode where we do nothing but answer voicemails. You know how we keep telling people to call or use the Odeo MP3 link, but we don't seem to actually PLAY them that much? Yeah, that's our bad. We're going to try and fix that, but first things first: we gotta clear out what we got.