Thursday, October 25, 2007

Anime World Order Show # 60c - Osamu Tezuka, Whose Zone Caused Dinosaur Extinction

This is the third and final part of our 60th show and Osamu Tezuka spotlight, featuring Clarissa's review of the Black Jack OAVs and movie from the 1990s.

Click Here to Download Part 3 - Black Jack


Took a little while to up this one, but Otaku USA Issue 3 is now on sale! Please buy it so it doesn't suffer the same fate as Pulp.

Review: Black Jack (0:00 - 49:25)
Clarissa reviews the only Black Jack anime that was commercially released in the US: the 1990s OAVs as well as the 1990s movie. It's a somewhat different take on the character, since it's by the dynamic duo who brought us such fine classics as Golgo 13, Space Adventure Cobra, and possibly Mad Bull 34. In other words, this anime is awesome. If you already know the basic premise of Black Jack, feel free to skip to about the 25 minute mark.

Promo: World's Manliest Podcast (49:35 - 50:00)
Listen up. All you people who listen to Fast Karate then run off and start your own podcasts need to understand something: Dave and Joel don't love you. Have THEY ever played your promo? HUH? That's right, they have not. They only want you for your body, whereas the AWO wants you for your eternal souls. This is a podcast by two foreigners screaming about awesome things in an disorganized fashion. Daryl tried to set them straight by informing them that Nastasha Zabigov > Rain Mikamura, but they just wouldn't listen. Perhaps playing their promo will make them live up to their names. If so, we demand this as tribute. Also, if not.

Closing (50:00 - 54:04)
It took an entire month for us to release what is technically one single episode. How much lower can we go at this point, really? The answer: our second all-mecha episode! Daryl's turning all the dials to 11 and setting his age past 99 to 999 when he reviews Godannar, Clarissa's doing her part to keep Masami Obari employed by reviewing Gravion and its followup Gravion Zwei, and Gerald realized that reviewing Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann would make people actually WANT to listen, so he's breaking our Yoshiyuki Tomino seal with Space Runaway Ideon. Be fortunate, all of you, that we no longer live in the era of violence.

DAVID VIOLENCE.


90 comments:

Jaime/Karasuhebi said...

From the beginning of the show notes:
"If you already know the general premise of Black Jack, feel free to skip to about 25 minutes in."

From the end of that same paragraph:
"If you already know the basic premise of Black Jack, feel free to skip to about the 25 minute mark."

I'll forgive you Daryl, since you released this at 2AM, but you should probably fix that. :-P

Also, is that video at the end of the show notes from the nerd prom? Or is that from an earlier AWA?

-Jaime

Jaime/Karasuhebi said...

Black Jack Movie (Manga Entertainment) for $15.66:
http://www.dvdpacific.com/item.asp?ID=1213

Black Jack Box 1 (CPM) for $17.60:
http://www.dvdpacific.com/item.asp?ID=619609

Black Jack Box 2 (CPM) for $17.60:
http://www.dvdpacific.com/item.asp?ID=646755

Enjoy ^_^
-Jaime

tissuekins said...

Well mister Surat, if you had a forum, maybe I'd pay more attention to you, atleast those two may love me for mah body, but atleast they have a forum. Also thanks man, gonna listen on the bus ride yo, keep podcasting and when you get the promo, I'll whore it for you like a cheap prostitute, yeah!

ScottGreen said...

Speaking of Tezuka, it looks like we're getting a new Unico release http://www.newgalaxyanime.com/

VZ said...

Yeah, another mecha themed show for next time!

Except that it'll be about Godanner and Gravion, ugh.

I saw one ep of Gravion (ep 5.) at an anime convention. Came off as a retarded version of Gaogaigar (a series I really like). It's like those show's are all about BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS and some mecha then it's more BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS. And I LIKE BOOBS mind you. The mecha just comes off really generic and recycled (Kunio, you freaken rehash hack). The only thing that stuck out from that ep was when the MEGA BOOB girl Mizuki put another girl's (or was it a guy?) head inbetween her chest.

I know exactly what the trend for these shows is that you mentioned. Useless fanservice. Now I do like fanservice mind you, but not at the expense of the robot action which should be the primary focus of a robot show.

I think a mecha show where the fanservice came off better was Iczer-1 but maybe because that primarely wasn't a mecha anime, so much as a mish mash of alot different genres which IMO payed off. So I think fanservice in a mecha show needs to be subtle most of the time.

I'll discuss more about that when your next show comes out.

Erwin Rosales said...

Black Jack is pure awosemenes. And I can't wait to watch the last two OAVs on my Ipod. I must say that my favorite is the the one with the big tree.
I wrote on the FKFG forums that Black Jack is the Osamu Tezuka Golgo 13.
Also after watching the very first episodes of Doctor Who I came with the realization the the first Doctor and Black wear the same outfit :P

Also a more extensive e-mail is to come ... (of course it will never be answer since you only answer 2 line e-mails but whatever) :P

Anonymous said...

erwin: I didn't care as much for the Dezaki movie, because it seemed like a Golgo 13 movie which happened to feature Black Jack. But the OVAs were great, and I highly recommend they be snatched before CPM loses the license. It took them a lot of wrangling with Tezuka Pro to get them on R1 dvd in the first place, and supporting is the only way to get that SD tv show out here one day.

Derek said...

I've never seen any of Black Jack but I think I will have to check it out now. Sounds very interesting. Great review!

Did you guys get that email I sent you about Super Robot Wars and other mecha video games? I didn't get a response back so I was just curious. I guess it makes sense if you're saving it for your all mecha show next episode.

Daryl, how do you like Dead Rising and Marvel Ultimate Alliance? I love MUA and I've played through it several times. The whole time limit thing on Dead Rising really takes away from the game and the people you have to rescue are complete dumb asses and usually end up getting themselves killed. Other then that, it is really fun just screwing around killing zombies with all the various weapons lying around.

Gerald, how is the single player in Chromehounds? I've heard it's a popular multiplayer game but I don't know how the single player campaign is.

I'm currently playing Dynasty Warriors Gundam. I like it a lot even though it has its issues (camera, allied AI, few levels). It's too bad it doesn't have any online multiplayer modes. I just completed Official mode last night with all the characters (Gundam, Zeta Gundam and ZZ Gundam storylines).

Karaoke said...

Oh man, is this going to be Gerald ranting for 45 minutes about how wrong I am about Ideon?

Gerald said...

Oh man, is this going to be Gerald ranting for 45 minutes about how wrong I am about Ideon?

Fortunately Jeremy I didn't listen to your Ideon episode until after I watched and reviewed the show, but yes, I think we have some pretty big disagreements :).

Also Derek, it may be that we're an anime podcast so we don't spend much if any time talking about videogames since there are about a billion other anime and videogame podcasts out there. But yeah, Chromehounds single player is a mixed bag, but it solidifies my feeling that I just don't like that philosophy towards mech design. I really don't like the big, slow, lumbering tanks that dominate the American style of mechs (even though Chromehounds was done by a Japanese company, I have to mention that since nerds can't wait to get you on that stuff, ugh) and I prefer the faster, and more sleek style of mechs ie. Gundam and Kunio stuff, etc... Throughout the entire game all I wanted to do was to be able to jump and glide but, nope, all you can do is walk glacially slow around the map and pick off other mechs from four miles away. I did enjoy it, but it's not really my ideal sort of mech game. Now if I could get a remake of Robot Alchemic Drive, then I'd be set!

Derek said...

Gerald, yes I realize this is an anime podcast, I just noticed you had been playing Chromehounds and I wanted to see what you thought of it. I wouldn't have brought up video games if Daryl hadn't mentioned them in the last two episodes. Sorry.

halojones-fan said...

If the theme is BOOBS, then why aren't you reviewing Kotetsu Shin Jeeg?

It makes me sad when people hate on "Godannar". I like that show..."Why are we moving this big heavy thing all by ourselves?" "I was just about to ask that!" KERSPLOOOSH! "Oh no, now we're all covered in sticky oil! We have to go take showers right away!"

tissuekins said...

That's the exact reaosn I hate Goddanar, and the fact the couples have such wide age discrepancies that they could be father-daughter, and the whole incest thing. Goddannar is horrible.

Karaoke said...

Well, keep in mind that I ONLY watched the Ideon movies. Andrew watched the show (some of the show?) Anyway, my interpretation is based entirely on that.

nj said...

Black Jack is one of those franchises I've heard a lot about (mostly positive buzz) but never seen a single frame of. Guess I'll try to change that in the future, in part thanks to this review.

Also, I've been looking at some old Dezaki stuff recently (Space Adventure Cobra, Takarajima), so that might fit right in with the theme...or maybe not. In any case, I'm interested.

And count me in as another horrible person who doesn't totally hate Godannar. The boobs and asses can be distracting (even for an honest perv such as I), but the Super Robot mecha action was right on, the humor mostly worked and the plot had a couple of nice (if usually predictable) twists. The OST is kind of good too.

Not top ten material but, if nothing else, it did help me get over the unnecessary drama/angst-filled-fest which was Rumbling Hearts. That has to count for something in my book. :P

Never seen Gravion though, and Ideon is still somewhere on my ridiculously long "to watch" list...so I'm looking forward to the next podcast.

Erwin Rosales said...

I do not want AWO to review kotetsu Shin Jeeg until it is release here in the USA and I get to watch it all, again.

VZ said...

I really haven't been into the modern mecha anime except for those remakes of Go Nagai stuff like New Getter Robo since I felt it's the right way to do a robot series.

I'd love it if you did a Mamoru Nagano themed show and review L-Gaim, FSS (manga and movie) and maybe Brain Powered. One of my favorite mecha designers.

Carl Horn said...

Regarding OTAKU USA's prospects, I hope Warren Ellis will not mind if I quote a recent post of his on print magazines:

"Mediapost says the magazine is not dead.

"Since 1996, with the dissemination of the new media that’s supposed to kill print, the total number of magazines has grown 15 percent, and total magazine readership has grown by 9 percent. An accelerating growth: There were 12 percent more magazine launches in 2006 than in 2002.
Nope. Definitely not dead.

"…a number of magazines are thriving. The New Yorker (revenue up 7.5 percent from 2006), Vanity Fair (+21.7 percent), Wired (+10.7 percent) and Fast Company (+13.9 percent) have all seen their ad pages grow in the last year. The Internet has not siphoned away readers from them as it has from newspapers. The big exceptions, of course, are magazines whose raison d'etre is providing news - like Time (-14.6 percent) and Newsweek (-0.3 percent). There simply is no reason for either publication to exist today, at least with their historic missions. If a newspaper is a day late with news, what does that make a weekly news magazine?"

Steve Harrison said...

Yet, sadly, niche magazines have a very, very tough time.

One of my favorite mags, Wings/Airpower, folded after something like 40-some years of publication due to declining store sales. I feel there's a few reasons for this on top of that, some choices made at the start of '07 that I think hurt them at the wholesale level and some editoral choices that chased away long term readers, but in the end none of it matters because they're gone and I'm sad because I loved getting my airplane data on. Who else is going to do a 4 issue exam of the SR-71? Nobody.

Right now, as I see it, the magazine business is more about making sure you've got a rock solid relationship with a major distro company, and you're staying in the face of the buyers at the corporate level, both of which I think Otaku USA are solid on.

I miss my Wings/Airpower.

david e said...

Not a fan of House here, but the premise of Black Jack sounds interesting. Given that Clarissa talked about so much its nice to have a full review.

Speaking of reviews.. On Space Runaway Ideon, after watching it about halfway through the series I gave up. Why? That redheaded afro kid was just too damn annoying! Maybe the review will encourage me to pick it up again I don't know...

Though I've only watched halfway through the series I really couldn't see the huge resemblance to Evangelion. I guess the Ideon itself could count, given its ungodly powers (from what I'm told). If I had to compare, its more like a cross between Gundam and Orguss. Gundam shouldn't be surprising, simply put the Original Series side-by-side and you get a familiar feel. Orgus for the simple plot point of one group of people against everyone else. Both had that 80's anime style to them....

adm: I'm sure its on the list of "things to do," but a review of Legend of the Galactic Heros should be in order.

Anonymous said...

I'm beginning to wonder if anyone in Japan or the U.S. actually owns Legend of The Galactic Heroes!

exedore said...

Anonymous Coward wrote:
I'm beginning to wonder if anyone in Japan or the U.S. actually owns Legend of The Galactic Heroes!

I've got three of the six LD boxes, and I know a couple other people who have all of the LDs or the main series and movies on LD. None of us felt like paying another $2000 for the crapped up DVD releases.

Brian said...

Well very good 3 part series to the man himself Tezuka, I really couldn't see this type of show going any other way. Clever use of a Prince of Tennis reference, and yes what are you trying to Gerald chase everyone away with your next review? Just kidding but seriously could one of you do a Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann review in show 62 and/or maybe a fall preview show to give listeners and idea of what has the potential to be a good anime for the fall season. Brian/Nightmare

VZ said...

Not releated to anything discuss in the show but take a look at this and maybe you can use it in the "Let's News" segment for the next show.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-10-25/japanese-poll-87-percent-accept-manga-child-porn-regulation

nj said...

VZ: That's newsworthy, I think, though the wording of the poll does leave a lot of room for debate. How much and what kind of "regulation" does it imply, for example. Regulation isn't necessarily equal to a ban, though it doesn't rule it out either.

Some restrictions on those things could be welcome, considering the extreme examples one can easily find, but the rest of the details are unclear.

And well...considering how much of that stuff is produced in Japan and how many people get it, even a total ban would have to face a persisting underground movement willing to produce and distribute such materials, no matter what others may think of them.

david e said...

exedore
>None of us felt like paying another $2000 for the crapped up DVD releases.

Yeah, I wish I could get a nicely done legit copy, but I'm cheap enough as it is, yet alone $2,000. I got fansub copy...

vz
>http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-10-25/japanese-poll-87-percent-accept-manga-child-porn-regulation

This survey is a joke.. polling in general is a joke.. Imagine if they tried that survey here in the States...

Today I surveyed 5000 people in person. I asked simply if they were an "asshole". 99% responded no, 1% said yes (though its said 70% of that were trying to be funny)

Aaron said...

Thanks for reminding me that I have all of Ideon sitting on my hard drive. I really need to watch that.

TJ said...

Hey guys, great show, as usual.

First, I wanna try and clear up some of the confusion concerning Osamu Dezaki, and what he has and hasn't directed. Osamu Dezaki actually has an older brother named Tetsu Dezaki (sometimes credited as Satoshi Dezaki) who is also an anime director. Although he has directed a few good things (They Were 11 being one of them), the majority of the things he's directed are garbage. He's the one responsible for Mad Bull and Wounded Man and the like. The fact that they're brothers is probably the reason why some of Tetsu's stuff is accidently credited to Osamu. Here's a link to his ANN entry...

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=11271

I'm really looking forward to the next show, especially Gerald's review of Ideon. I keep hearing people on the internet say stuff like "Evangelion is basically Ideon with a different name", but I think they're fairly different from each other (although they are similar in some respects). Although, I have read on Wikipedia (which is always 100% accurate!) that certain shots from Ideon: Be Invoked are mirrored almost exactly in The End Of Evangelion, so go figure.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to take a nap.

VZ said...

For the article I posted before. Not to make this into politics but myself having a libertarian view and being an artist, I feel that people should draw whatever they want because it's only ink on paper and that doesn't hurt anybody. Although you can make the argument that stuff like lolicon and guro is what influenced a person like the OTHER Miyazaki, but he was deranged already since he was bullied for having deformed hands. Should Evangelion be banned just because there wass that one person that killed his mother because what he got from Eva that humans aren't worth saving or something like that?

Besides, you wouldn't want Aki Uchiyama or Waita Uziga out of a job now would you?

Chris Sobieniak said...

> ScottGreen said...
>
> Speaking of Tezuka, it looks like we're getting a new Unico release http://www.newgalaxyanime.com/

Guess my little effort paid off!

Still, I've never heard of this company before, and do hesitate to wonder if they'll stay afloat or not, only time will tell.

Being reminded of having bought the first Blackjack OAV episode nearly 10-11 years ago, and getting that impression Clarissa mentioned, and not being sure whether to continue or not. I couldn't have skipped it since it was the very first volume that was released, and I bothered to pick it up at a Record Town/Saturday Matinee when it retailed for whatever bloated price tag those tapes used to be. Glad to hear the remainder of the series was nothing like that first (don't remember why I wanted to see it in the first place other than for the lack of Tezuka-related stuff we had back then).

In closing, I like to quote the rumored last words of our god of manga himself...
"I'm begging you, let me work!" :-)

Anonymous said...

exedore: "Anonymous Coward"

Coward, huh? So then when are you gonna enlist in the armed forces?

Anonymous said...

Looks like someone spliced the audio from the Matrix trailer into Megazone 23. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKjqU9ie9iI&NR=1

Anonymous said...

Oh, and speaking of Black Jack, this is a cute reminder asking Japanese fans to turn off their cell phones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou362uhMyE0

exedore said...

Coward, huh? So then when are you gonna enlist in the armed forces?

Someone doesn't read slashdot...

Anonymous said...

Hey exedore

Thanks for releasing Giant Gorg

Clarissa said...

Yeah, that reminder is from the new Black Jack movie that's tied in with the recent TV show. Very cute.

They also did a short with Pinoko that ran leading up to the movie in the theater, which was subbed and distributed with the movie along with that cell phone reminder.

VZ said...

So why do you guys think the mecha genre is the least popular as far as anime goes even though anime itself is largely associated with mecha? I'd say 85-90% of the anime I watch or own is mecha based. Even though I like both super and real robot mecha, I prefer super a bit more because I like it when the show is about the mecha. Im fine with the mecha as tools idea in realistic mecha anime but then the problem is they usually become boring as they like to insert philosophical BS (which is why I was never big on the Patlabor or any of Oshi's movies).

I think mecha's limited popularity has to do with the demegraphics being mostly female and girls don't like mecha/ If they do, it's like Evangelion or Gundam Wing for the characters. Im not saying characters aren't important. Iprefer the type of characters seen in New Getter Robo and the little I saw of L-Gaim's characters over Eva's characters or Gundam Wing's.

I figure this will be good discussion fodder for the next episode of your show.

BTW, now that Transformers has made a gazillion dollers dispite the insipid script, do you think we'll see Japan start making live action versions of something like MMazinger Z or Getter Robo? Has anyone seen the Tetsujin 28 LA film? The CG in that looked awful from the trailer.

Anonymous said...

vz: "So why do you guys think the mecha genre is the least popular as far as anime goes even though anime itself is largely associated with mecha?"

Least popular now? Least popular in this country? Or least popular in Japan now? As far as I'm concerned, I'd blame Evangelion. It's so annoying, that even anime fans willingly chose to lower their IQs to "enjoy" Transformers. People claim it innovated the genre, but in reality, it subjected the viewer to more annoying teen shows and less action shows. So, now when people hear the word mecha, they think it's mostly boring verbal exchanges regarding recycled Star Trek jargon, rather than robot porn.

"Im fine with the mecha as tools idea in realistic mecha anime but then the problem is they usually become boring as they like to insert philosophical BS (which is why I was never big on the Patlabor or any of Oshi's movies)."

You really should see the show and OVAs, as the movies are just one approach to the series. But I'm going to have to disagree with you about it being boring. [Well, maybe the second film, but it was supposed to add insight into the least interesting character on the force, so it probably suffers as a result. What's weird is that Japanese poll I saw a while back[I think ANN.] which ranked it the best of his work, even though the current trend seems to be towards the harem genre-so you'd figure UY would be number 1.]

Anyway, if you just focus on the story, you're more likely to enjoy Oshii's stuff than if you concern yourself with his philosophical ramblings. [With the exception, once again, of the Blood novel...]

"I think mecha's limited popularity has to do with the demegraphics being mostly female and girls don't like mecha/ If they do, it's like Evangelion or Gundam Wing for the characters."

I really don't know any chicks who dig Eva. It's probably because Anno's a misogynist, but then they seem to get a kick out of Arina Tanemura, so who knows what they're thinking?

"BTW, now that Transformers has made a gazillion dollers dispite the insipid script, do you think we'll see Japan start making live action versions of something like MMazinger Z or Getter Robo?"

I fucking hope so, but if whoever owns Starvengers is still holding back the rights to the original series like whoever holds Macross: DYRL, then it might be a Japan-only thing. Though that also depends on whether people are still willing to invest in live-action Go Nagai properties, period, after Devil Man and Cutie Honey did so poorly. (I'm aware of the new CT tv show, but they probably did it, because it was cheap like the live-action Sailor Moon. Whether they'd do the same for a movie is a different story.)

"Has anyone seen the Tetsujin 28 LA film? The CG in that looked awful from the trailer."

I kinda wanted to, but the child actors didn't come off very believable.

kevin g said...

I've been wondering about a possible rise in robots in American Cinema since Transformers release. I, myself, wouldn't mind seeing a Hollywood budget live-action anime remake of some of the shows previously mentioned.

Then again, Hollywood hasn't exactly been at the top of it's game, and I fear it would turn into another slew of crap releases, ala the superhero boom which only now seems to be ending.

Anonymous Coward wrote:
Coward, huh? So then when are you gonna enlist in the armed forces?

Funny, I served in Kosovo with the 101 Screaming Eagles and I still post my name.

Anonymous said...

kevin: "Funny, I served in Kosovo with the 101 Screaming Eagles and I still post my name."

Bombing a city from the convenience of a fighter jet ain't brave. Just ask the pilots who hit Dresden.

Anonymous said...

I should have clarified that I meant bombing a city which is nearly done for, anyway.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Clarissa said...
Yeah, that reminder is from the new Black Jack movie that's tied in with the recent TV show. Very cute.


Heh, I thought that was really cute! Kinda reminded me of this little PSA made for AMC Theatres that mocked a rather Lion King-ish style trailer that was seen sometime ago (heard they pulled it though)...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGlRJU4pGbE

I thought it was rather a nice effective way of reminding people while getting a silly spoof of a typical Disney-like G-rated flick in the process!

And I'll give thumbs up to that bitchin' Megazone 23/Matrix trailer too! Great to see someone showing off that talent! :-)

Can't wait for the Ideon review soon!

Chris Sobieniak said...

Incidentally, I feel a little pissed I can't find a copy of "Projext X - Cup Noodle" at all online, it appears it might not out-of-print now and it sucks I missed out on getting a copy someone had up eBay recently. If anyone out there can help me out in tracking down that book, let me know, I'm desperate!

VZ said...

Another mevha show Iiked that had fanservice (sadly didn't really have nudity) was Vandread. Not the best but enjoyable (saw it on the Encore Action channel).

I've been trying to compile a list of mecha or sci-fi anime that have a 98% female cast.

Vandread
Iczer-1
Simoun
Galaxy Fraulein Yuna
Gall Force

Any others?

Anonymous said...

BTW, don't bother teaching English in Japan. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071026/bs_afp/japaneducationbankruptcycompanynova_071026182954

Mahlon said...

Yes! Finally, another Mecha show... I am in bliss. Thank you.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Anonymous said...
BTW, don't bother teaching English in Japan.


You don't have to remind me, my friend already told me a couple days ago. Have to talk to him about what he might plan to do now. Shame to see this happen, right after he already had luck getting there in the first place (having had so many setbacks in the 8 or so years I have kept in touch with him).

kenc said...

Chris said
Incidentally, I feel a little pissed I can't find a copy of "Projext X - Cup Noodle" at all online

Have you tried abebooks.com? Right now there's one seller there (with two listings - the first is apparently for used copies, the second for new, not overly expensive).

Also, searching with the isbn (1569709599) on google should throw up a few no-name shops with current stock, if you want to go that route.

Anonymous said...

So it looks like the guy who fucked up LXG is no longer directing Akira...

Oscar nominated Irish director Ruairi Robinson ("Silent City") is tipped to be up for helming Warner Bros. Pictures live-action remake of the classic 1988 post-apocalyptic manga feature "Akira". The project is tipped to be moving forward pre-strike..."

Source: http://www.darkhorizons.com/news07/071029c.php

VZ said...

I hope you guys don't mind me posting alot here. i have much to say, that's all.

Anyway, rumor has it that Lucky Star has been licensed.

YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

Also, just for discussion fodder for the next ep. There's practically no mecha manga out in the U.S. There's various Gundam one but most aren't interesting to me (I want Side Story of Z), Evangelion, Brain Powered and also Five Stars Stories (which was difficult to get since it's not the standard manga format).

Seriously, I'd like some mecha manga but ther really isn't any in the U.S.

Darius Washington said...

Hey, gang. How goes? Haven't been listening lately but will attempt to rectify that now. See I have a 3-part show to listen to. Knowing you cover two of my favorite anime creators (Dezaki and Tezuka) made me ashamed for not having listened of late but does my heart good knowing someone's out promoting these legends. Especially looking forward to hearing your take on Black Jack since you already know my thoughts on the OAVs and movie. Think we'll ever see the more recent TV/OAVs fare over here? I'm thinking not, myself given the current state of the U.S. market, but hey I never stop hoping.

Oh, someone asked about female-focused mecha-sci fi shows. Umm... Bubble Gum Crisis comes to mind. And although there a re many male characters, you could add Patlabor as well.

Anyways, till next time...

Oh PS: When're you gonna give your thoughts on AWA 13? :P

Carl Horn said...

Dear Clarissa,

On the Wikipedia entry for HOUSE, it asserts that he decided to become a doctor at age 14 in Japan, after witnessing a burakumin doctor solve a case no other physician could cure. Is that true (I've only seen one episode of the series)? If so, that does sound straight out of Tezuka.

Chris Sobieniak said...

kenc said...
Have you tried abebooks.com? Right now there's one seller there (with two listings - the first is apparently for used copies, the second for new, not overly expensive).
Also, searching with the isbn (1569709599) on google should throw up a few no-name shops with current stock, if you want to go that route.


Thanks Kenc for the options. I hadn't thought about using them yet, though I didn't think about the ISBN numbers yet in my search.

Anonymous said...
So it looks like the guy who fucked up LXG is no longer directing Akira...

Oscar nominated Irish director Ruairi Robinson ("Silent City") is tipped to be up for helming Warner Bros. Pictures live-action remake of the classic 1988 post-apocalyptic manga feature "Akira". The project is tipped to be moving forward pre-strike..."


Hmmm, so the guy who made this really amusing 3 minute piece that got him that Oscar-nominated distinction will give us his take on the classic epic, might prove interesting (still I hardly saw anything else he's done than this)....
http://www.ruairirobinson.com/fiftypercentgrey.htm
http://www.youtube.com/v/H6JdJ4kxeVk

Anonymous said...

Man, I used to think the Rocky Horror fans were crazy to suggest that Shock Treatment had catchy songs, but now I'm actually youtubing them, too...

ScottGreen said...

I just heard from Organic USA than they're releasing the 4" Tezuka Moderno Labo Series this December for $9.50 each. The figures include Atom, Pinoko, Pluto, Tink, Unico and Leo & Coco. The design is more cutesy than Tezuka's originals, but still pretty cool.

ScottGreen said...

... and now Black Jack is coming back http://tinyurl.com/3d9oea

exedore said...

Anonymous Coward wrote:
Man, I used to think the Rocky Horror fans were crazy to suggest that Shock Treatment had catchy songs, but now I'm actually youtubing them, too...

I didn't get to see Shock Treatment until early this year, but I really think that its reputation is undeserved - Rocky fans expected more of the same (which it wasn't), and more importantly, the film was ages ahead of its time. The thing Shock Treatment satirizes most effectively (reality TV) didn't exist when the film came out. Viewed through a modern eye, it's biting stuff and well worth revisiting - it's a very smart film despite its lame ending.

Oh, and "Bitchin' in the Kitchen" and the title song are made of total win.

Anonymous said...

Looks like hell has frozen over, as a Takashi Miike movie is number one in Japan. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117975053.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

kevin g, ex-Army said...

I apologize in advance AWO. Unfortunately, there is no way to private message someone who is anonymous.

Anonymous:

The 101 is an Airborne/Air Assault unit. We also have a SF unit. Repelling from helicopters is somewhat different then bombing from an aircraft.

Yes, you may have served time as well. And if this is the case, I would like to hope you still had the integrity to not hide behind the internet. Or perhaps you have forgotten your Army values.

In any case, why do you insist on the "My dad can beat up your dad" argument? Is it really so necessary to try and convince yourself of how awesome you are?

Sorry, AWO. I try not to repeat myself so this should be the last time I post something like this.

Just do yourself a favor, anonymous, and post under a name.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Thanks for the info Scott Green!

Still rather amusing to spot the flaws in this article!
An older version of the Black Jack anime, originally created in the 1980s, was made available unofficially by fans over the Internet and is now available on iTunes.

Dan said...

kevin: Out of respect for defending my country, and not being part of the Iraq genocide, er, I mean war, I decided to "come out" for your sake. I'm sorry I assumed you were one of the Bosnian carpet-bombers, but I really don't like a President who invades a country to avoid being impeached for a blowjob any more than a President who invades a country, because he wants to impress his daddy.

I don't personally have any combat experience, [And I hope they don't bring back the draft, because Bush needs to expand his gas line to Iran.] but I've met a few vets over the years, and I've noticed that talking to them is almost like being there.

Anyway, I was just hiding, because I was lazy, but anyone who calls me a coward from the convenience of their own PC, while their brethren are taking it up the ass from IEDs on the battlefield ( http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-10-22/family-honors-anime-fan-killed-while-serving-in-iraq
) doesn't know shit about real bravery. Goddamn assholes are watching crappy rendered robots duke it out, while real people are dying two continents away from them.

If you want to call me a coward, fine. Your experience entitles you to take a few pot-shots at me. (Although I appreciate you being polite.) But I'm not gonna let some
random geek use that word on me until they choose to stop masturbating to Metal Gear Solid, and experience the real thing.

Daryl Surat said...

Goddamn assholes are watching crappy rendered robots duke it out, while real people are dying two continents away from them.

Considering that my blog and podcast is largely devoted to the fine art of my being a goddamn asshole who watches robots duke it out despite the fact that real people are dying on the other side of the world, I am at this point going to ask that anyone wishing to argue about things such as who is or is not a real soldier or other exponentially more worthless topics [especially if it's musical theater], to take that stuff where it belongs: the IMDB forums.

Dan said...

daryl: I was referring to people who resort to name-calling meant to question other people's masculinity while not doing anything remotely tough. Sorry if my random comment accidentally encompassed you.

Alexander Strange said...

Considering how anonymity has only done good things for Japan's internet, I'm always surprised to see how upset people get about it here.

Since the con report's backed up through Otakon you'll probably never hear our interview about AWA. Be glad.

Dan said...

Oh, and the final cut of Blade Runner got expanded. For the uninitiated, it's like Bubblegum Crisis with actual cyberpunk elements. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34675

Nadiyah said...

Tee hee, "Black Jack the Whale Whisperer".

I loved that episode. :D

VZ said...

I asked this the last time but no one responded. Has there ever been a documentry or biographical film on Osamu Tezeka? Do they even do films like that in Japan?

Dan said...

Man, MW has got to be the most suspenseful and creepy manga I've ever read. The ending is predictable, but the way it's done is still jarring. And unlike Kirihito, the mature material doesn't come off as inserted for the purpose of shock value. Plus it doesn't feel as dated, even though Tezuka clearly alludes to Patty Hearst and the Lockheed Scandal. It's a shame it's probably responsible for the introduction of shota into manga and anime, though...Still, if you want a post-Death Note series where the word bubbles don't take up most of the panels, this is the way to go.

VZ said...

How come AWO doesn't do crator spotlights anymore. I liked those. I think you've only done 2-3.

Do one on my favorite character designers Toshihiro Hirano, Haruhiko Mikomoto and Kenichi Sonoda.

Clarissa said...

Carl,

I do remember him talking about that in an episode. Though it's been a while since I watched it, and I can't remember whether that story was true or some BS he made up on the spot (as House has been known to do such things merely to annoy/distract/get rid of people).

I think I need to go back and watch that episode again to see.

John Hummel said...

I happened to see this:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6495413.html?nid=2789&

"Japanese pulp fiction and classic manga publisher Vertical Inc. announced plans to publish Black Jack, legendary mangaka Osamu Tezuka’s popular series about a genius surgeon, in its entirety beginning in fall 2008."

So - I guess folks had better delete their scanlations ;).

Seriously - after hearing Ms. Clarissa talk about it, this is good news to me.

Joe said...

Nothing to do with anything, but I got the Princess Tutu complete collection in the mail on Friday and I just thought I'd say that I'm enjoying despite it being centered on ballet. I'm a fan of things like Adaptation, so the multiple story levels based around fictional storytelling hit the spot, and I wouldn't have known about these things if it wasn't for Clarissa's review. So thank you. I should also note that I recently got the original Area 88 OVAs and loved the HELL out of them, but since "UN Squadron" is one of my favorite games, I was going to get that sooner or later.

Clarissa said...

John -

Yes, there was much cheering when we heard about that. We'll definitely be talking about it on the news here, though unfortunately it's come along with some much more depressing news (for me, anyway, I'm sure a lot of people could care less).

I'm not really a fan of Vertical's policy of flipping their manga, but their translations have seemed very solid and their physical release quality quite good (with maybe just a couple of wonky covers) so it's a good thing they're the ones to pick it up. I trust them with the doctor.

I'm really glad that people are interested in Black Jack after the review. Hopefully you'll like it after you check it out.


Joe -

I'm glad they're releasing that complete collection, since I was worried that anybody who might be interested in checking it out would have a hard time finding it. I was just looking online for the single DVDs the other day, and could only find a few of them available.

Good to hear you're liking it, even without the ballet hook to hold it up. Also glad you dug Area 88.

Dan said...

joe: The Area 88 tv series is pretty cool, too. It'd be nice if Viz re-released the manga, but they might end up passing on that one.

clarissa: Their translations for Buddha "updated" the anti-war protests for Iraq, and changed a political reference to refer to the Dems... Plus their mw translation didn't bother explaining certain Japanese terms like gaijin in liner notes.

And yeah, I really hate when they flip them, especially when the character is talking about their arm or leg, and it's really the opposite of the one translated. (*cough* Akira, Adolf *cough*)

Joe said...

Dan-I like the TV series (And it should be noted it follows more realistic dogfighting than the OVAs, where the pilots would often shoot off their entire cache of missiles in the first five seconds of battle), but the OVAs keep a simple intensity of character and purpose that makes it consistently entertaining and briskly paced, even if they occasionally skim things like the Wolfpack (They come off as total pusses in the OVAs). I guess it's natural when you have more time to tell things, but the TV series does have points where it drags.

halojones-fan said...

EELEASE NA REPISODE

seriously we don't care if it's four hours long and a 500-megabyte mp3, just GIVE US SOME CONTENT

quartears said...

have you guys ever considered taking turns and only doing on review per episode? Like Daryl do his review on whatever, then Gerald or Clarissa the next? Maybe doing that can shorten the length of the show and help the process speed up.

Anonymous said...

How about instead of cheaping out and releasing one episode as three, you release it as one (with an option for three separate downloads).

I sure I'm not alone when I say that you are the best anime 'cast out there and I could listen to you talk forever.

Get Daryl off his damn XBOX and give us more AWO!

VZ said...

Completly OT but Im compiling a list of anime DVD's I want to get.

Im want to get Angel Cop but can't find it anywhere online except from aftersellers on Amazon that want $50-80 for it (like hell). Is there anywhere online that sells out of print DVDs?

Daryl Surat said...

I know of no such sites. Angel Cop is out of print and the rights have lapsed. Just download it already. I know there's dual-audio DVD rips recently made, no doubt as a result of the AWO/Not-So-Fast Karate barrage.

have you guys ever considered taking turns and only doing on review per episode?

I proposed this a few weeks ago since doing so would effectively make each episode the standard 30-45 minute length, but that idea was vehemently shot down since everyone else thinks that if that were done, then a significant percentage of people would not download certain segments which in turn would lead to ego-related drama. My second idea of having the regular feed along with a second feed containing the exact same show only with each segment as its own download was opposed for the same reason.

That officially makes me completely out of ideas for ways to shorten the length of the show without actually removing content. For the record, of all the three parts of Show 60 we put up, the Astro Boy segment--which was mine--was listened to by far, far fewer people compared to the other two despite being out for substantially longer. I'm talking like, 50% as many. Personally, I don't care; I figure as long as at least 100 people listen to me, that's good enough.

Get Daryl off his damn XBOX and give us more AWO!

I barely play videogames. There are no less than about five or six Xbox 360 games that I just bought but have yet to even begin playing, and one of those is Halo 3. I have not actually been playing PC, Xbox, PS2, PS3, Wii, PSP, or DS lately. I have new games to play for all of them, with a ridiculous amount more all coming out at the same time. I played a tiny amount of Phoenix Wright 3 and that's it. I bought a Xbox Live Gold subscription and played Marvel Ultimate Alliance for about an hour or two three weeks ago. That's the only time I have ever actually played online with it.

The problem is not that I'm playing too many videogames. I also have not been watching anime or reading manga. In fact, I don't know WHERE my spare time is going, since I'm not actually getting anything done. Regardless, I will try to release Show 61 tonight. Nearly the entire show has actually been done since last week, but we held off on recording the news segment in the hopes of making it less outdated. The show is something like three hours, which only lends credibility to Destroy All Podcasts ST not having much of anything to say that was insulting to us on the grounds that they've never been able to listen all the way through an entire episode due to being bored by my monotonous droning.

Kevin G said...

I love the three review format. If only for that fact that I find out about more shows more quickly.

Perhaps you should all plan for 30 minute segments; for the opening, and each subsequent review as an example.

On a side note; I'm this close (holds fingers slightly apart) to buying a used copy of Angel Cop. It's the collector in me. I've got to have the box.

Jaime/Karasuhebi said...

@VZ:
http://search.product.ebay.com/Angel-Cop-The-Collection_UPC_660200406325_W0QQfvcsZ1177QQsoprZ3334416

The Angry Otaku said...

I like the length limit as it is now. Any longer and would be a bit tough to get through.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you guys select one title and give it a three-input gangbang? As opposed to the current format of one person plowing the field while the other two fluff the talent? The shows would be shorter without having to be All-Gerald/All-Daryl/All-Clarissa.

halojones-fan said...

anon: That's pretty much what they do now.

Pixy Misa said...

I think the current three-review format works fine, whether it's split up or not. I don't care if it's one 3-hour megaepisode or three 1-hour pieces, I just want my AWO fix!

Carl Horn said...

How am I supposed to copy-edit THE KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE Vol. 5 without a new AWO?

Did you know--he said casually--that Publisher's Weekly just picked MPD-PSYCHO as one of the top dozen graphic novels of 2007? It shares the list with such titles as Tezuka's MW and Morrison and Quietly's ALL-STAR SUPERMAN.

Anonymous said...

Loved the review, Clarissa, and I'll be on those Vertical releases like white on rice.

Interestingly enough, I just discovered an anime and manga series called RAY. The first volume or so was released by ADV's manga line before it bit the dust. It's basically the same premise: unlicensed doctor with some kind of disfigurement performs amazing medical procedures for fantasic amounts of money.

Only Ray's a hot chick who grew up on an organ farm. Apparently she was inspired to become a doctor by the man who gave her her new eye: a mysterious - and strangely familiar - figure known only as B.J.

Coincidence? I think not.

~KK

Clarissa said...

KK -

Yeah, since Black Jack's pretty popular he gets referenced or parodied every now and again.

Heck, apparently that (Nickelodeon?) cartoon Kappa Mikey just had a Black Jack reference in it a while ago.

I keep meaning to check out Ray one of these days.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to add that one other appearance of Black Jack is available commercially in the US: BJ and Pinoko (and several other Tezuka characters) feature prominently in an episode of the second Astro Boy series (episode 27 in original broadcast order, 26 on Manga Video's DVD, 36 by the Austrailian and iTunes numbering). The original title is ブラック・ジャックの大作戦 (Burakku Jakku no Daisakusen) - "Black Jack's Grand Operation" ("Operation" as in "Operation: Cover-Up" or "Operation: Petticoat," not as in "Surgery," though that would seem appropriate). The dub, unfortunately, not only uses the more generic title "The Time Machine," but also renames Black Jack and Pinoko "Dr. Roget" and "Penny." On the plus side, I don't think the episode was edited (one of these days I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and watch my LD's simultaneously with the DVD's and check for every single edit...)

E. Bernhard Warg
Otakon Classic Track

PS: Forgive me if I posted this previously, but I find it interesting that the first three CPM Black Jack OAV DVD's (at least in their original release) say "No information regarding the Japanese voice actors is currently available." I guess at some point before the second box set someone found this (which was up long before the first US DVD was released).