This week we have a whole new set of audio problems as Clarissa sounds like a chipmunk that’s been chipmunked already (maybe we should do an entire show like this?). This week Daryl reviews the seminal Record of Lodoss War, Gerald reviews our first actual book without pictures in The Notenki Memoirs and Clarissa review the BL anthology J-Boy.
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Also, just so you know what we were doing over at JACON:
Those Getbackers box sets were well earned.
Yes, blame the delays in episode releases on con panels, job interviews, finding a new condo, moving, and other things that betray the notion that we MAY have a semblance of a life. Media Blasters sent us Princess Princess, which I’m sure Clarissa will review one day...or maybe Daryl. Who knows? Also, we have worked out our issues with Right Stuf International and we’re no longer considered bootleggers to them, so please can stop sending them hate mail. Wow. We never said to boycott them, and it seems like that’s the natural step some of you took.
Introduction (0:00 – 19:58)
Our contest for the silver keychain is finally over! Yes, instead of doing something simple like T-shirts, we went straight to silver keychains. Up next, gold spinning hubcaps…maybe. Also, we completely corrupted one man’s life with--what else--KAZUO KOIKE!
Let’s News (19:59 – 51:27)
In what is probably the oldest and most irrelevant segment of news we’ve ever done (sorry folks, the next show will be marginally more up to date) we take a look at the stuff you’re all bored with talking about, like the Sakura-con Bandai Visual panel and how Bandai Visual’s pricing is insane. Also, Imaginasian TV is going to be releasing Orguss, Nobody’s Girl Remi, and Cat’s Eye in the US in an on demand DVDR format for roughly $10.00 a disk. TAKE THAT BANDAI VISUAL! We also reference this post on Patrick Macias’ blog. Clarissa seems to be unhappy with the release, but Gerald is looking forward to Orguss.
Lather’s Blather Podcast (51:28 – 52:33)
Jeff Tatarek’s own podcast has BEGUN! Now you have even LESS of a reason to listen to us, as if the incredibly long delays, irrelevant news, and reviews about shows from 17 years ago weren't enough.
Review: Record of Lodoss War (52:34 – 1:40:34)
Daryl takes a look at what is probably one of the largest OAV projects in anime history. It’s the dream of every Dungeon & Dragons player come true [ELF CHICKS]. Actually, the whole story is based off of a Japanese D&D campaign from the 80s, so we're talking 1st Edition, pre-Forgotten Realms. Listen to this barely-edited review that's the length of most podcasts to find out why you should (or shouldn’t?) watch a show with a main character whose fighting style consists of running forward with his sword drawn to see if he hits something.
Review: The Notenki Memoirs: Studio Gainax And The Men Who Created Evangelion (1:40:35 – 1:56:56)
Gerald does a book report on The Notenki Memoirs, which is probably the furthest we’ve ever gone from just anime and manga. Still, like Mechademia, at least it's a book ABOUT anime and manga! He probably shouldn’t do book reviews since he tends to forget things and mix names up. Still, the book's a good read if you’re interested in Gainax, and it's cheap too!
Promo: R5 Central (1:56:57 – 1:57:26)
Dave and Joel may not have been able to get Atomic Warrior Valiant Denim out in time for their 100th episode, but worry not, for Mike Dent does the equivalent in well, every episode of R5 Central. Something tells me this is the kind of thing that's funny to do once or twice, but once it's every episode, there's no joke. Wait, what do you mean this is supposed to be serious?
Review: J-Boy Manga Anthology (1:57:27 – 2:10:05)
Clarissa takes a look at a new one shot BL anthology based on a Japanese anthology of the same name. We say "one shot" because this seems to be a testing of the BL waters to see if this is viable. Why is her segment and Gerald's so short in comparison to Daryl's? Because they did a better job on editing.
Promo: Greatest Movie EVER! (2:10:06 – 2:10:58)
Listen. You can't do a 360 in a helicopter. You just can't. It's impossible. It simply can't be done. Except Roy Scheider says otherwise.
Closing (2:10:59 – 2:15:29)
Next time...more delays! Daryl was going to review Sirius no Densetsu aka Sea Prince and the Fire Child aka That Other Movie Sanrio Released In the 80s That Wasn't Ringing Bell, but instead he's got an advance review of 009-1 to do. Gerald's reviewing Black Lion, and if you haven't heard of that, all you need to know is that it's by Go Nagai and it contains ninjas. Really, that's the entire review right there. Finally, Clarissa reviews the infamous Ai no Kusabi. It's by Gerald's favorite director!
Or so we claim. What's probably going to happen is that we'll release a fairly lengthy JACON report first, then to stall for time, we'll release the segments that would ordinarily comprise a single show individually over the course of the next few weeks. Daryl is currently in an undisclosed bunker where the Internet connection isn't exactly reliable, and with Otaku USA deadlines, real estate closings, and other things that involve money eating up time, this is probably the only way to release at least SOME content on a fairly regular basis until June or so.