Please don't let this be your first impression of this podcast. Please? Show 54 continues with Daryl's advance review of 009-1...but due to technical difficulties and the onset of madness, Daryl decided to record the remaining segments...BY HIMSELF. As such, this is probably the single worst segment of AWO ever.
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Introduction (0:00 - 21:47)
Feedback time! Dane from Anime Pacific left a comment on this very blog you're reading now regarding our bonus discussion on bootlegs. Since he lives in Hong Kong where a lot of the bootleggers are/were located, he's got some insight. First time emailer Tim wants to know about James Bond influences in anime, and Daryl deliberately avoids mentioning Licensed By Royalty even though Jonathan Klein once said over IRC to give it more than one episode. Still, he dubbed the thing, so there's no telling what tricks are up his sleeve. Future show guest Ryan Gavigan writes to let us know the connection between anime fandom and the Chicago Cubs (other than "they're full of LOSERS! HAW HAW HAW HAW!"), and a 33 year-old geezer named Jeffrey has had his interest in Japanese cartoons rekindled thanks to us. And what's the deal with these kids today, with their hair and their clothes and their rock and roll music? He wanted suggestions for space opera anime which we hadn't already mentioned in the first 30 shows, and Daryl totally flaked.
Let's News! (21:47 - 33:25)
In lieu of Gerald's presence, Daryl presents the vital anime news of the week in a calm, objective fashion while discussing their greater ramifications. A small comicbook publisher named Seven Seas Entertainment was planning on publishing a lolicon manga in the US, but it got canceled. It's been a crazy week as far as these issues go, what with the Adam Hughes statue hubbub and the quasi-porn cover to Heroes for Hire (aka a crappy comic nobody reads because it's the Marvel equivalent to Birds of Prey), and this was just the icing on the cake. Do you suppose these tiny companies that release lots of those manga-inspired comicbooks actually benefit from all the negative publicity that results when those outside of the anime/manga/comics circles find out about some of the stuff they're putting out? Did "Yaoi Press" (which, once again, does not actually release manga) benefit from all that Wal-Mart craziness? Daryl doubts that whole "no such thing as bad publicity" thing, but he already made the Don Imus reference somewhere else.
For years people have considered the feasibility of holding an anime convention for older fans, but the Providence Anime Conference (so yeah, it's not technically a "con") is the first to actually give it a shot. It's an event solely for those over the age of 21. But despite the basic outlines stated in the FAQ, will this really be different from an ordinary anime con? I mean, it's not like every single Narutard we know isn't already over 21 anyway. And even though they say it won't be awash in pornography, isn't there a very good chance that's what the dealers and artists are going to load up on? No clue. Could be awesome, could be wretched; we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out. It's not for a whole year anyway.
Promo: R5 Central (33:25 - 34:43)
Daryl has heard several episodes of R5 Central and has played several of the promos. Therefore, he was more than capable of making his very own promo for the show. Bet you can't distinguish it from the genuine article. Mike, eternally grateful, retaliates with this, the opening to the 1960s live-action 009-1:
Review: 009-1 (34:44 - 1:00:14)
For the record: Shotaro Ishi[no]mori did indeed create "Power Rangers" with the super sentai series Himitsu Sentai Goranger from 1975. Anyway. The problem with "girls with guns" of recent years is the unnecessary loli-bait, and so it is that in order to create a floating beacon of light amidst the turmoil and darkness ("fight, Corn Dog 7! Last ditch bid for freedom!"), anime has had to reach back to a manga from 40 years ago in order to restore balance to the world. The "Dave and Joel Show Notes 2.0" style shall suffice for the rest of this, since Dave's dream is to have a girl with wide hips (and therefore, mad badonkadonk) beat him up, sleep with him, and then kill him, not necessarily in that order. Sorry Dave, but as wonderful as Black Lagoon may be, Revy is sporting one of the most hideous tattoos ever conceived. Neck/shoulder/arm? That's an instant downgrade from "hot chick" to "Mike Tyson's face." Dear humanity: stop getting tattoos. They all look crappy and only make you look uglier. Daryl Surat, Arbiter of Taste, has spoken.
This review is about:
Gerald: This is the worst episode of AWO ever.
Clarissa: Yeah, until next week.