Saturday, December 15, 2007

Anime World Order Show # 63b - Crystal Triangle and the INTERNET HATE MACHINE

Show 63 concludes with Clarissa's review of the much-dreaded Crystal Triangle and our run-in with 4chan, the INTERNET HATE MACHINE, at AWA 2007. Two year anniversary? Probably.

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73 comments:

Karaoke said...

It's okay, Daryl. I have a cold and I am coughing too.

Anonymous said...

Happy 2 year anniversary gaise! Also, lol mootle.

Anonymous said...

4chan is dead again.. just an fyi
(and moot doesn't care lol)

James Leung said...

Congrats on your two year anniversary. I hope AWO remains the Intercontinental Champions! At least, until the next Summer Slam.

Daryl, I hope you feel better.

Clarissa, you had a great guest appearance on the recent Fast Karate for the Gentleman (ep. 171).

Jefferson said...

happy second anniversary.

Anonymous said...

ಠ_ಠ

TJ said...

Wow, that Crystal Triangle review made my brain explode. I definately need to check that out. Fortunately, it's available on eBay for the low low price of $2.00!!

Daryl, hope you feel better soon, and congrats on your 2 year anniversary!

VZ said...

Crystal Triangle sounds like a bad version of Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code.

Is there going to be a #63C or will the next ep be #64?

Sub said...

To be fair, if I was moot I wouldn't care either. I'd have said "oh fuck you guys" years ago.

Alexander Strange said...

Crystal Triangle pretty much makes perfect sense after reading Foucault's Pendulum.

Gilles Poitras said...

Crystal Triangle.

Added to my list of titles missed to shop for.

Anonymous said...

That run-in with 4chan is the only part of all of AWO that I've skipped, the only real bad part. Those guys were really, really uninteresting.

Dan said...

vz: A bad version of the Da Vinci Code is the Tom Hanks movie.

Dan said...

I'm still waiting to call Indy 4 a bad version of Indiana Jones, though, but I'll bet it is; and considering it's competing against Temple of Doom, that'll be even more impressive.

VZ said...

When you put up the linear notes, please post a cap of Space Grub God. I need to see this.

So when's the Roots Search review gonna come?

Tim Eldred said...

Just to be completely anal and picky, I want to point out that "Dream Hunter" started out as Hentai porn (and in fact was the first one I and most of my anime pals ever saw) but was edited for later general release. I think it lost about 2 minutes total of porn scenes, but I've never actually timed it. Not that it was any better with or without them. Just kind'a insteresting that someone thought "hey...with just a little cutting, we could actually go legit with this." Which was a good thing, since the girls in the thing looked to about, oh, 12 or so.

I hate that I can dredge up useless junk like this without trying, and yet I can't remember the exact day I met my wife...

Jog said...

I like Crystal Triangle, in the way I like every anime that concludes with the hero drinking heavily, alone.

(happy anniversary!)

VZ said...

So the notion of what God is goes from a space grub to a bratty Japanese schoolgirl whose only interested in the paranormal in 20 years time. I love you Japan.

Watched Venus Wars the other day. Actually I think it's a good movie, if only the ending didn't just teeter off like that. Beautiful artwork though.

Also so Kite for the first time and I liked it. I have no idea how they're going to turn it to a live action film though.

quartears said...

I wanna watch all the shows you guys reviewed in this epiosde. They sound amazing.

Darius Washington said...

Tim, don't let her hear you say that. She looks like she could take you, man. :)

Listening to the show now. I knew there was a reason I used to avoid getting the Crystal Triangle tape at Blockbuster back in the day. Just looked cheesy and not worth my time. This title was one of a few I just couldn't bring myself to rent along with Roots Search, The Humanoid, Lily C.A.T. and.... something else.... can't remember what... ah well.

VZ said...

There's two other anime that used Indiana Jones as a bases for its plot. One is "Ledeus" and the other is "Acrobunch".

Crystal Triangle was like one step any from adding mecha to it. Right?

Tim Eldred-I bought that comic version of M.D. Geist you drew at NYAF. Actually, I bought for the line art that was in the back of it.

nightmare said...

OMFG thanks to Clarissa's spoiler review I now know where the movie National Treasure got its plot from. Great show as always guys.

Eeeper said...

I'm currently getting through Crystal Triangle in segments. God I can't stop laughing and crying at the same time!

Odin, come back! ALL IS FORGIVEN!!!

Sub said...

I think we can safely say that CPM's "LET'S JUST THROW SHIT IN THE AIR AND SEE WHO GETS IT" funtime at the end of the con was the only time you will ever see a bunch of anime fans in a dealer's room causing a near-riot situation over MD Geist. I didn't get one of the books but I did get to elbow a Naruto cosplayer in the gut (HE KNOCKED MY SUNGLASSES OUT OF MY POCKET AND THEN ALMOST STEPPED ON THEM OK), and that felt good.

djdrastic said...

Congrats on your second year of terror and destruction on the internet.

Naidyah said...

Happy 2 year anniversary!

You know, screw y'all, I'm going to watch everything you talked about this week.

Dan said...

Apparently, there was *gasp* nudity on the Famicom version of G13. http://youtube.com/watch?v=9IvNBuMiaXU&feature=related

VZ said...

I watched Angel Cop two days ago (except for ep.4 since there was no download for it). I was throughly entertained. It was something alright. The first episode was the best just for the crazy detail. I tried
to find on Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary to see if "Colorado Style Shooting" is a real term.

I need to see Genocyber next. Kids getting exploded, lovely stuff.

TJ said...

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but did you guys mention what you're going to be reviewing for the next show?

Nightmare said...

I don't even think they know what's going to be happening for the next show because of the holidays and they are probably trying to finish up their articles and such for the next Otaku USA coming out in January. But that's just a guess.

TJ said...

Yeah, I guess that makes sense.

Darkliger said...

Happy two year Aniversary

Daryl with all your Giant Robo love, I'm surprises you didn't make a Big Fire joke during the Crystal Triange review

anyway feel better and have a Happy Holidays

Mahlon said...

Thank the powers that be for visa gift cards. Now I can buy Machine Robo. ^_^

Happy Jinglechris, everyone. Oh, and I got you some cake for your anniversary, but Hunny ate it all.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r307/Thelorax_28/th1aaaahani-ungry.gif

That little rascal.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Eeeper said...
I'm currently getting through Crystal Triangle in segments. God I can't stop laughing and crying at the same time!

Odin, come back! ALL IS FORGIVEN!!!


I felt that way after having watched this goddamn production!

Dan said...
Apparently, there was *gasp* nudity on the Famicom version of G13.


Anything on the Famicom tends to be better than the NES! I'm hoping to buy one someday for antiquity purposes!

Here's my thoughts over Crystal Triangle from the observations and your podcast! (cracking fingers and writsts)

The whole "--XX" bit is so overrated in anime! In the case of this OAV, I kinda wish it just stated "Present Day" or "In the near future..." if only to not make it sound so dated by the time CPM licensed it (199X would've worked too).

I wish I could live without the Engrlish/Lussian in this film, but I guess we can't have it either way!

Glad the AK-74 mess got straighten out in the end, or else we would've been stuck thinking they were AK-47's instead here. It was worth the battle!

Kamishiro's assistants come off acting like they belong in a completely different show, perhaps some typical high school romance crap than to be assistants here. Perhaps Kamishiro's standards is just low enough to allow for those with a passing interesting in archeology to work for him.

Not having seen the OVA until after the podcast, I sorta wish the KGB agent (Rasputin's decedent) would sport a beard, he just looks naked without one!

The whole losing your shirt such as what happens to Kamishiro while at Kukai's Temple is such a common bit I've seen way too many times such as with Incredible Hulk, they're just so modest not to go after the pants next! Too bad Kamishiro doesn't lose his shirt when he battles Kukai at the end of this.

Given the way this film ends in such an interesting standpoint, there's at least a few options open to emo Kamishiro if he bothers to lift a finger on it.

1. Suicide
2. Suicide
3. Just ignore the world, get fat and turn incomprehensibly insane! (I like this option personally)

Really, if there was a better ending to throw in there, I would've had him open up that coffee shop he bragged about back at the motel, perhaps call it "God's Message" just to be cute about it! Perhaps the best excuse for him to release the message would be to do so right at 1999 just so that he'd have a decade of time to blow off beforehand!

Aside from that disclaimer, there was also a copyright warning in English, and a bit that Movic and Sony Video Software International copyrighted this in '87. I was also amused to see the entire end credits were also translated following this, I guess I should thank Neil for doing so if he did, or else I wouldn't have known who the English/Russian Language Adviser was on this slop.

Glad I never rented this back when tapes were still widespread or I would've destroyed it and say my VCR did it when I took it back! :-P

Apart from Spriggan (which I'm glad for not having seen yet), I'm reminded of a crappy live-action somewhat sci-fi/musical romp from 1980, "The Apple", god that film was silly and stupid (what else can you expect from Cannon Films)!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BY9cvgrP1c

Following the review, those guys were so annoying!

However... (falls out of chair, goes splat on floor) :-)

Chris Sobieniak said...

Oh yeah, I'll also send my holiday wishes to you guys and hope for another 2 years of enjoyment for the future!

Jaime said...

Holy shit, we can listen to the latest show over our phones? aWo wins yet again!! (360) 526-6386 ftw!!

Is there a way to listen to older eps in the phone, though? Or is it only the latest one?

-Jaime

nightmare said...

If I didn't know better I'd say the japanese anime companies are listening to AWO. In a fairly recent article on Anime News Network states that Golgo 13 will be made into a television series, this is slated to begin Spring of next year. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-12-22/golgo-13-television-anime-greenlit

Daryl Surat said...

So it's been nearly three weeks and there's no new episode posted. This has not gone unnoticed by me, rest assured.

We have not yet recorded Show 64, nor do we 100% know what we're all talking about. The next thing we're going to upload is probably going to be our conversation with Walter Amos and Rob Fenelon that was conducted at AWA back in September. Gerald is doing all of the editing for this.

Gerald also just moved to a new house. karaokeninja states that this is no excuse, but he doesn't have to edit ME talking. Out of the five or six segments each running about 20 minutes that this took up, I believe he's got two done.

So why haven't I edited the show? Short answer: negligence.

The much longer answer (feel free to skip this entire block of text): I built a new computer (with great difficulty; my Antec TPQ-850 power supply would not fit into my P182 case easily due to the large fan, which took several hours, scratches on the case, and cuts to my fingers), and like clockwork, one of my hard drives died. 250 GB gone; the drive would still be occasionally seen in the BIOS (after a VERY lengthy delay, and then it's still not viewable in Windows Disk Management) and could partially be read if and only if I booted into Knoppix (which I've never heard of or used prior to this). In that, I could see that all my files were indeed still there. I just couldn't physically copy them to anywhere else since it'd stall constantly and take 60 minutes to copy about 20 MB. So I tried to fix the MBR. This command was inadvertently applied to a second hard drive as well, thus bringing the body count to 550 GB. That is over half a terabyte of things, including my entire Anime Hell archive. I believe the second drive is actually perfectly fine though; I plugged it into the newer computer and it saw all the folders just fine. With any luck the files themselves are still readable too. After the attempt to fix the MBR (can't do it with the Windows CD since the XP installer doesn't see the drive), not even Knoppix can read or mount the partition. Manual command attempts make no difference. I'm trying to use testdisk or ddrescue, but nothing much is resulting from either. Best I'm able to manage is that the drive is RMA'd (with about 21 days before the warranty expired) and I got text files made of the contents of the drive so I know exactly what's gone. I'm going to try getting a SATA drive enclosure to see if that'll at least get Windows to detect the drive (at which point I could use some recovery tools), but with the world returning their gifts now, that'll take forever. And tonight I'm supposed to watch stuff and then record podcasts.

The gist of all that is that my time spent dealing with this is time not spent on editing, recording, or watching/reading things for the podcast. I haven't lost any essential data--the drive that died was just for miscellaneous file storage--but I'd prefer to not lose it all in any case. You can't easily burn 250 GB to DVD, and Gerald's repeated and sustained bad luck with RAID arrays have convinced me to never, ever, ever use them. At least I've only lost ONE drive.

Robert Peterson said...

I wish my blogs had as many comments as yours gets. Anyway, I enjoy the podcasts, good job.

Chris Sobieniak said...

That's OK Daryl, take your time, it would be worth it to hear from Walter Amos and Rob Fenelon once it's up!

In the meantime, here's something I stumbled upon on YouTube of itnerest here I got a kick out of!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s07dvMzcyAY

Dan said...

nightmare: If the Japanese companies were listening, TMS wouldn't screw me out of a Dezaki commentary for the R1 Professional. ;-; Oh, well, at least I got the CG bullet-riddled skull in this version...
http://youtube.com/watch?v=jIK4UDlchOc

TJ said...

Daryl, thanks a lot for the update. I've been looking forward to hearing the Walter Amos/Rob Fenelon interview since you first mentioned it on the show.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Dan said...
nightmare: If the Japanese companies were listening, TMS wouldn't screw me out of a Dezaki commentary for the R1 Professional. ;-; Oh, well, at least I got the CG bullet-riddled skull in this version...
http://youtube.com/watch?v=jIK4UDlchOc


And as usual, TMS gets to stick their English credits in just to peeve the fans a little!

Dan said...

Now I definitely wish Tezuka was alive, if only to be able to bring back Black Jack for a comment on this.... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071229/ap_on_re_as/japan_tainted_blood

Anonymous said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/80006297/Crystal_Triangle.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/80014650/Crystal_Triangle.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/80024850/Crystal_Triangle.part3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/80039166/Crystal_Triangle.part4.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/80055359/Crystal_Triangle.part5.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/80073793/Crystal_Triangle.part6.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/80108464/Crystal_Triangle.part7.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/80119289/Crystal_Triangle.part8.rar

Password (no quotes) is: "Himiko's: The Archeophile Coffee Shop"

Note all the capitalizations and stuff... You should probably copy and paste it!

Heh if you watch all the way through, you'll see that some guy named Hideaki Anno did some key animation for the film! Now where did I hear that name before....

Chris Sobieniak said...

Anonymous said...

A bunch of Rapidshare links I don't feel like mentioning (since I already downloaded this off BitTorrent).

Password (no quotes) is: "Himiko's: The Archeophile Coffee Shop"

What Kamishiro should invest his future in!

Note all the capitalizations and stuff... You should probably copy and paste it!

You think we didn't know that? :-)

Heh if you watch all the way through, you'll see that some guy named Hideaki Anno did some key animation for the film! Now where did I hear that name before....

It's already been mentioned in the podcast otherwise.

Having to think about it some more, "Attack of the Super Monsters", when having to see it for the first time, gave me the impression I was watching Gary Anderson, Yoram Gross and Sid & Marty Krofft in a blender! You'd pretty much understand what I mean by watching just a few minutes of this (though I suspect most to know know of Yoram Gross at all, to those, watch "Dot & The Kangaroo" and you'll know what I'm talking about)! The dubbing sounded like it was done by the Intersound crew as well though hardly any names were attached to this wreck.

Noticed this link has a better explanation of the 84 minutes of mayhem that await those for find this tape!
http://members.iimetro.com.au/~mwhitley/supermonsters.htm

VZ said...

I wonder if Crystal Triangle was based off a novel?

Anyway, my present to AWO. Found from a Russian site.

http://rapidshare.com/files/76635288/Odin-Loudness.zip.html

BTW Nadesico is coming out on a thinpack DVD boxset and I'm wondering if I should get it? I know Daryl hated it. I'm curious to see it even though Keiji Gotoh's character designs are hit or miss for me.

ScottGreen said...

I think the knock on Nadesico is the prominence of the Ruri character, who garnered all sorts of unsightly attention.

The strength and the flaw of Nadesico is that it tries to a lot. It has some interesting notions like a corporate battle ship, and it has some welcome homages to classic giant robot and sci-fi epic anime. Then it crams in relationship comedy, a huge cast and the like. It gets a bit messy, more so if you factor in the movie and its attempts to become a multi-media franchise.

Enough of it is done well that I recommend seeing it, or purchasing it, especially given that's now out in a complete set with a $50 SRP.

Dan said...

scott: $35 on DVDEmpire. Anyway, it'd be nice if ADV re-released the movie. I wonder if they'll put it in a cheap set like they did with Puni Puni Poemi.

Chris Sobieniak said...

VZ said...
I wonder if Crystal Triangle was based off a novel?


You wish!

Anyway, my present to AWO. Found from a Russian site.

Thanks for ruining me!

And because I wasn't lying when I said I saw Vampire Hunter D, Robot Carnival and Twilight of the Cockroaches on CN, here's proof!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_x7l_7O8Pg

Told ya!

(of course I don't know why they grouped them under "Night of the Vampire Robots", but that's besides the point)

Dan said...

I never did catch Twilight of the Cockroaches or its "remake", Joe's Apartment. The idea just didn't appeal to me as much as, say, Pom Poko. Maybe I'll try to salvage the Streamline VHS tape one of these days from whichever Blockbuster still has it in their archives. They actually had a screening of the Japanese dvd of Robot Carnival at AX '04 or '06, and the Japanese version of "Tale of Two Robots" was one of the few times I would argue the Streamline dub was better. I was glad to have seen it in its original form without having to pay one hundred bucks, but I'm guessing that that'll end up being the price here, too, when Bandai Visual snatches it up. Of course, the good Bandai managed to get the Silent Moebius movies, so there's always a possibility they'll pay APPP whatever ransom money it expects for it.

I still remember when people were bitching about the Jojo OVA dvd prices, though; and now, they look downright cheap next to the likes of Tokyo SOS Explorers.
But if Broccoli hadn't stiffed STA,
and if Viz didn't take half a decade to release the manga, the latter company wouldn't have gone the way of Illumitoon.

Dan said...

Oh, and the other time I found the Streamline dub to be better was on Wicked City. The Japanese actors didn't seem to get the point of the film as much as their American counterparts.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Dan said...
I never did catch Twilight of the Cockroaches or its "remake", Joe's Apartment.


Heh, noticed a few who'd say that!

The idea just didn't appeal to me as much as, say, Pom Poko. Maybe I'll try to salvage the Streamline VHS tape one of these days from whichever Blockbuster still has it in their archives.

Heh, I have both the English dubbed edition and an English subtitled LD release! Perhaps I should stick it up on YouTube for kicks! I would say it has it's quirky and weird moments (like the talking turd), but I thought it was a more effective use of live-action/animation blending that Attack of the Super Monsters really lacked in! I personally enjoyed the film otherwise if only for it's story and execution.

They actually had a screening of the Japanese dvd of Robot Carnival at AX '04 or '06, and the Japanese version of "Tale of Two Robots" was one of the few times I would argue the Streamline dub was better.

Good to hear that. I would argue that Robot Carnival for me was more an "anime primer" of sorts that really works if it was one of the first things you've seen to get a taste of what Japanese cartoons could do, and despite the acting in "A Tale of Two Robots", it didn't really put it too far off from what the normal public might perceive of Japanese culture if closed-minded before.

The only thing that put things in an interesting mood of noticing that dedication at the end of the Streamline dub to the women who voiced the robot girl in "Presence" and in "A Tale of Two Robots" who had passed away after this was released (say what you will about those end credits, but at least they bother translating most of the Japanese staff/studios anyway). Who knows what future projects she could've played in later Streamline releases.

I was glad to have seen it in its original form without having to pay one hundred bucks, but I'm guessing that that'll end up being the price here, too, when Bandai Visual snatches it up.

True, watch that baby get released in Blu-Ray with most of us not even having the extra cash handy after having to update our entertainment systems to stay on to par.

Of course, the good Bandai managed to get the Silent Moebius movies, so there's always a possibility they'll pay APPP whatever ransom money it expects for it.

We can only hope.

Too bad I bother blowing my cash on cels like this!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=220171454511
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=220171454114
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=220171454071

Too bad they're stuck to the papers now, but so is the pain of being a cel collector (and watching the outlines fade into a reddish mess due to the paint eating away at the thermography)!

exedore said...

Nadesico is awesome, but be aware that ADV have the TV version, and not the LD/DVD edition with a significant portion of redone and cleaned up animation. If you want that, you'll need the Japanese or Korean releases.

Rheinhard said...

Glückliches Neujahr!

Wow, so not only was AWO crazy enough to bother doing an interview with Rob and myself, there are actually people (tj, chris) who are anxiously awaiting it??! What's wrong with you people?

Well, in preparation for whever y'all get around to putting up your AWA interviews with Ishiguro and such, I finally managed to find a great way to extract the content off a DVD track/VOB file into a muxed Quicktime sufficiently compressed that it was uploadable to YouTube. So now when you get around to talking about Ishiguro, you can point to the Mushishi promotional music video that was shown at his panel on Saturday at AWA!

Rheinhard said...

Oh and Daryl...

Get a Mac.

(Seriously, when I had a drive on one of mac's internal raids start to go south, I had no problem getting the data off to an external and then replacing it...)

Behonkiss said...

Went and made a screencap of Space Grub God. It turned out to be even more ridiculous-looking than I imagined:

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/7286/godxd9.jpg

I'm really, really surprised that most of the reviews I've read about Crystal Triangle don't mention this at all. I can't see why, because in a movie full of ridiculous stuff, this- God being a giant four-year-old floating bug in a spaceship- is literally one of the most ridiculous things ever.

TJ said...

Rhinehard: I know, I'm crazy right?? Haha. But seriously, you guys have been anime fans for longer than I've been alive, so I'm interested to hear what you have to say. And besides, anyone whose username is based off a Legend of the Galactic Heroes character has to be pretty cool.

vz: Daryl is the only person I know of that actually hates Nadesico. The vast majority of reviews I've seen of the show give it a very positive review. I say, if you can find it for a good price, check it out.

Dan said...

Any thoughts on Michael Bay's wonderful grasp of the English language? "The new robots are really really unique and there are a lot of them this time."

Source: http://www.darkhorizons.com/news08/080103e.php

Chris Sobieniak said...

Behonkiss said...
Went and made a screencap of Space Grub God. It turned out to be even more ridiculous-looking than I imagined:
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/7286/godxd9.jpg


Yep, it's beyond belief!

I'm really, really surprised that most of the reviews I've read about Crystal Triangle don't mention this at all. I can't see why, because in a movie full of ridiculous stuff, this- God being a giant four-year-old floating bug in a spaceship- is literally one of the most ridiculous things ever.

Who knows, perhaps they shut that part of the movie out of their minds like it was nothing!

(too bad the screengrab couldn't have been from when it goes "However..." just for dramatic impact that we don't get to hear anymore from it! We'll never know what else God had to say since we killed it, DAMN US, DAMN US ALL TO HELL!)

TJ said...
Rhinehard: I know, I'm crazy right?? Haha. But seriously, you guys have been anime fans for longer than I've been alive, so I'm interested to hear what you have to say. And besides, anyone whose username is based off a Legend of the Galactic Heroes character has to be pretty cool.


Ditto for me too (if only for historical sake since I hope to be a animation historian someday if ever).

kevin g said...

Daryl, you should try Spinrite on the drive. Works wonders for recovery.

http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm

Daryl Surat said...

While I appreciate the suggestions, none of them really help in this situation. Regardless of platform, regardless of operating system, regardless of file system, regardless of RAID arrays, if the drive is physically damaged to the point where half the time the BIOS will not recognize that it is there and the other half of the time when it does recognize it's there, a hard I/O lock results during POST (thus preventing ANY OS from loading), then no software solutions will work. I tried putting the drive in an external enclosure so that I could boot up an OS, then connect the drive, but the instant I hook the drive up, everything locks up.

I think I fixed the boot sector and the MBR, but I'd still have to somehow fix the file table (ddrescue crashes with a Segmentation Fault immediately) before I could do a low-level sector-by-sector copying over of the files.

Although the drive doesn't click, I think there is some degree of physical damage. Data recovery services said they'd charge about $1000 to recover this thing since it'd require use of a clean room and replacement parts. Nothing on that drive couldn't conceivably be recovered, so I'll just save my money. Gerald incidentally had a 750 GB drive die on him as a result of his air conditioner breaking on him, but Windows Home Server was able to reconstruct the whole thing after several hours. His was much more of a traditional type of failure than mine though.

We'll try and post the interview over the weekend. I probably shouldn't have tasked Gerald with editing the entire thing, considering he spent the better part of the past month moving into a new house. In the future, I think I'll just start throwing AWO guest appearances on other podcasts into the feed, even though the listener overlap on shows we'd make guest appearances on is probably pretty substantial.

Chris Oarr, who is out to get us, sent me the Nadesico thinpak collection. I'll review it...at some point...

Huxlhey said...

"Chris Oarr, who is out to get us, sent me the Nadesico thinpak collection. I'll review it...at some point..."

Fuck that. Where's my Princess Princes Review?

Dan said...

I wonder if Bandai Visual is smarting over releasing Freedom in the losing format.

exedore said...

Dan: It's not like they were selling more than 20 copies to begin with...maybe they'd get 30 if they sold blu-ray?

VZ said...

One booth at NYAF was trying to sell me the first three Volumes of Freedom for $100. I wanted to curse him out and them him BV is insane but restrained myself. Im not interested in the series anyway, it's just the insane price point that was the principle.

Darth Nader said...

Just wanted to say that I started watching Monster. Thank you guys for turning me on to this. Its really great so far.

Behonkiss said...

Aaahugagahuuugh.

Aaagle glaagle.

I'm starting to think you guys are bad for my health. Though you have been able to introduce me to stuff like Phoenix, Welcome to the NHK and Sea Prince & the Fire Child, my b-movie fanaticism has caused me to seek out far too many of the crap you've reviewed. Let me remember:

- Buying (Yes, BUYING) MD Geist.

- Watching the first 20 minutes of Odin before shutting it off (It really is that dull).

- Squirming through Overfiend (Not my cup of tea).

- Laughing at Crystal Triangle, Black Lion and Demon City Shinjuku (Enjoyable in their stupidness).

However, I just did something I should not have done. I went to Boxtorrents and downloaded Roots Search.

WHAT ON EARTH WAS THAT? How could something that awful be made, and be considered for licensing by an American company? Didn't someone on the staff realize it wasn't working at some point? Why were there big name seiyuu in it? What was with the ending? Aaaaargh.

I don't know if there should be a review of this, because it will encourage many people to go find it. I get the feeling my post might do the same, though.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Behonkiss said...
I'm starting to think you guys are bad for my health. Though you have been able to introduce me to stuff like Phoenix, Welcome to the NHK and Sea Prince & the Fire Child, my b-movie fanaticism has caused me to seek out far too many of the crap you've reviewed. Let me remember:


Snipping all of it because it's of no concern to me!

However, I just did something I should not have done. I went to Boxtorrents and downloaded Roots Search.

WHAT ON EARTH WAS THAT? How could something that awful be made, and be considered for licensing by an American company? Didn't someone on the staff realize it wasn't working at some point? Why were there big name seiyuu in it? What was with the ending? Aaaaargh.

I don't know if there should be a review of this, because it will encourage many people to go find it. I get the feeling my post might do the same, though.


You just got me interested in leeching it, if only to get the same idea in the end and bitch about it later on to a group of clueless noobs whom'll never tough it in a zillion years!

Eeeper said...

To make everyone feel better after Roots Search and the Crystal Triangle, I've found out that the newly remastered version of Macross:DYRL that was released in Japan in the last few months has been fansubbed so the audio and video is as good as it can be. So have a google around for it.

Anonymous said...

If any one is interested, The Upanishads is part of the Hindu scripture. As such, it would be odd for them to be taught by Tibetan monks who are mostly Buddhist or Bon. There are many stories of Siddhis, who are Tibetan and Indian mystics who've developed superpowers, such as flying. So that's probably where this popular myth come from.

Separately, Crystal Traingle follows the well worn pattern of Asian B movies of trying to jam every popular myths and fads into one film. Even "City Hunter" jammed in the "Gambler Saint" just because gambling movies were popular at that time in Hong Kong. There are too many live action movies that are just as silly as this anime.

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Prede said...

LoL...great podcast. I love CPM. They have some really bizarre titles, and some really great gems as well. I think they were one of the best R1's easily...Anyway I'm so subcribing to this. Loved the Ak-47 CPM story too lol...