Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Anime World Order Show # 68 - Mur Lafferty Would Be So Proud [fingers crossed]

The full-on Podcast411-approved rig is officially in full effect! Daryl reviews The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Clarissa has the baseball anime Ookiku Furikabutte ("Swing Big"), and Gerald catches Clarissa's moe infection brought on by Potemayo as he reviews Lucky Star. Lucky Star? LUCKY STAR? NAJICA?!

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You'll get your show notes later. For now, here's just the time codes. This episode was delayed because we were placed under duress by Shingo Takagi:

That is indeed Nigel McGuinness in the background. The ultimate Nigel picture may or may not be posted at some point in the future.

Also, because Gerald came out of the Narutard closet. You'll get those pictures SOON ENOUGH.

Introduction (0:00 - 27:00)
We tackle the important questions this time, such as "who would win in a fight between John Rambo, John Matrix from Commando, and John Kyosuke Hiba from Dog Soldier?" and "what advice do we have to offer regarding running panels at anime conventions?" Also, Ikkitousen? It sucks and don't let anyone from the Teen Girl Squad tell you otherwise. And that whole simultaneous streaming thing Gonzo's got going on? It's not available to people outside the US.

Let's News! (27:00 - 45:13)
One Piece is no longer on Cartoon Network, Media Blasters licensed one of Geneon's previously defunct properties Seirei no Moribito, two animations from 90 years ago were recently discovered in a Japanese antique shop, and Dezaki/Sugino aren't working on Golgo 13 or Cobra because they're too busy making an anime out of--of all things--Ultraviolet. We suspect this came about because investors were scouring the Internet and found a webpage proclaiming Ultraviolet to be "the greatest movie ever."

Anti-Promo / Promo: Weekly Anime Review Podcast (45:13 - 46:38)
Hilarious though it may be for us to receive emails and voicemails from people proclaiming other podcasts to be terrible, it does nobody any good if you never ever bring your grievances up with the makers of said podcast themselves. Sure, you're probably thinking "well, there's no point in telling them, since they're not going to change anything anyway," but if enough people mention the same issue, most anyone will start paying attention to it. We would say that "we can only assume people do this to us as well," but as the AWO we see and hear EVERYTHING. In fact, we are watching you poop by way of our operative Jeff Goldblum. Google it if you doubt the claim. Oh, and do listen to Aaron's review of Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms with special guest host Eeeper. Not only is it released through jaPRESS which is operated by TV's Patrick Macias, it's got enough child suffering to bear the Official Justin Sevakis Seal of Approval!

Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (46:38 - 1:08:46)
With the US release finally officially forthcoming, Daryl brings out a review of a film from an up-and-coming anime director, Mamoru Hosoda. People are always talking about "who's going to be the next Miyazaki once he's gone" and such, but you know something? We don't need another guy just like Miyazaki to come along. Not when we've got people like Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda, and Masaaki Yuasa right now. All people need to do is start watching the things they make. Judging from the general fan apathy to Yuasa's new series Kaiba, that may be a while yet. Pictures to come.

This is the de facto promotional image for this film, and it's well chosen because it more or less sums up the spirit of the film in one shot. Of course, there's the matter of what happens immediately afterwards...

Review: Ookiku Furikabutte / "Swing Big" (1:08:46 - 1:29:34)
Clarissa may say that phrase translates to "swing big," but deep down she knows the TIMED BY KILLSHOK translation that read "big booty freak" is the one she carries in her heart. Actually, this show is about baseball. Specifically, pitching and catching. If you get the picture. If you don't get the picture, we'll put pictures here later.
Ah yes, baseball. And indeed, the complex strategy and interpersonal workings of the battery.

It is, of course, a sports anime about a team sport. So we should all remember that it's also about team building. Sometimes team building involves holding hands.

This show is also about Mihashi's really good facial expressions. Mihashi: example of actual moe without being a shitty waste of space? Perhaps!

OoFuri also teaches us how to compensate for a lack of female cast members by endowing one with ridiculous breasts! Except Maria's also pretty awesome.

P.S. Teenage boys are spazzes. Oh, the springtime of youth. (This is Tajima, by the way. It may be scientifically impossible not to love him.)

Promo: Podcast Pickle (1:29:34 - 1:29:44)
We figured that since we use their free Flash Pickle players on every post for the specific purpose of infuriating Steve Harrison (hint: just disable Flash entirely in your browser if it slows down the page loading so much!), we oughta actually play their promos. It's also a good site to actually find new podcasts to listen to, and if you add the shows you like to a Favorites list, you can get a OPML file of all those feeds together. This is helpful if you use feed aggregator / podcatching software.

Review: Lucky Star (1:29:44 - 2:02:39)
Gerald reveals his inner pedophile by copping to enjoying Lucky Star after the initial crappy episodes. Daryl by contrast KNOWS this show fucking blows from beginning to end, and in a few years will be completely forgotten and remembered by nobody. Actually, it's probably more like a few months. Anyway, listen in to hear how we can talk for over 30 minutes about a show with pretty much no plot at all.


Anime Tenchou

The original Anime Tenchou video created by Gainax.

Anime Tenchou's appearance in Lucky Star.

Closing (2:02:39 - 2:07:16)
Next episode, it's Show 69. This will only happen once, so it's time to do another hentai episode BY POPULAR REQUEST. Gerald's reviewing Cream Lemon, Clarissa offers up an overview on doujinshi, and Daryl follows up on the path of karate science as he reviews Wicked City.

Note: if your posts are deemed exceedingly stupid, they're getting blown away. Who's making this decision regarding what's stupid? Rambo's walking down a really long road to a farm at the moment, so it falls to this man instead, and he is not as merciful:


122 comments:

Jaime said...

Sorry for my ignorance but, who's Nigel McGuinness? Also, just out of curiosity, where was this picture taken? Because it kinda looks like a airport to me, but it kinda doesn't at the same time.

Also Daryl, the picture at the end of the post is not working.

-Jaime/Karasuhebi

Onikuno said...

Hey guys, thanks for all your advice for my panel. I REALLY appreciate it. It means a lot getting advice from you guys. I'm now even more motivated to give the best panel I can.

Plus...Kiba over Matrix? That's more shocking than The Ultimate Warrior pinning Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Golgo 13!! I'm really enjoying it so far, though the slow pace of the second episode is something which is acceptable but hopefully not repeated on and on.

Keep up the good work!!

Anonymous said...

Also, woot for Mur Lafferty. I listened to a lot of her "I should be writing" podcasts...

John said...

desert punk? elfen lied? NAJICA?!

Also, It seems I've put off reading those Dog Soldier scans for far too long.

corbin said...

Jamie Nigel McGuinness is an amazing indy pro wrestler and current Ring of Honor heavyweight champion of the earth

IAmZim said...

Daryl, why are you so fin?!

Golgo 13 would be dissapointed...

Anonymous said...

Osamu Dezaki is still going to do the new Cobra show, as well as Ultraviolet.

Vince said...

Black Lagoon - The Second Barrage is showing in the US on Starz Action. My TiVo picks up two episodes every week.

VZ said...

FUCK YES CREAM LEMON!! THANK YOU GERALD!

On that note I spoke with on of the guys at Media Blasters at NYCC, he said that they're working on getting the license for Cream Lemon.

Daryl's a lost cause but at least Gerald and Clarissa enjoyed Lucky Star.

I listen to eepers and Gerald's review of Iczer-1. So awesome.

BTW When you guys talk about garage kit resin figures, it should be note that most people probably are buying mass produced figures made of PVC.

Also I'm wondering if anyone else is watching the show Kanokon. So stupid but still funny.

Erwin Rosales said...

So, yeah when are we gonna get the a new Golgo 13 review or preview?
Your final picture make think that is coming but taking in account the new rate at which you guys releace new episodes and since you guys like to review it until you finish watching it I think I will have to wait for a super celebration for show 100
Cheers and awesome show.

Andrew said...

I really though Daryl was going to review Appleseed Ex Machine after he listened to Dave and Joel's review on GTE. And shame on Gerald for taking the Lucky Star review from Clarissa.

Daryl Surat said...

So, yeah when are we gonna get the a new Golgo 13 review or preview? Your final picture make think that is coming...

If you were to do something crazy and actually read the words preceding the picture, you would see that the picture is being used to represent the notion that if your post is stupid, it's getting deleted for the crime of stupidity, as surely as Golgo 13 carries out his assassinations.

Daryl's a lost cause...Also I'm wondering if anyone else is watching the show Kanokon. So stupid but still funny.

Between you and Dan, Golgo 13's gonna be REAL busy. Especially because the next few weeks bring Otaku USA deadlines, JACON, and Gerald's final exams for this semester.

Alexander Strange said...

The guy who directed 1-4 of Lucky Star left to start his own studio (Ordet). He added most of the original stuff people liked in Haruhi/Kanon, so his leaving might be what delayed the second Haruhi season.

Harts said...

Thanks for another great episode:)

VZ said...

I'm really starting to doubt that there's going to be a second season for Haruhi.


I would like a special for Lucky Star however (like they go to America and visit Patty).

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VZ said...

The otaku that leapt through time.

http://miezaru.donmai.us/post/show/216005/izumi_konata-jump-lucky_star-parody-school_uniform

TJ said...

Goddammit!! Thanks A LOT for playing The Final Countdown before the Lucky Star review!! It's been stuck in my head for the past 36 minutes!!

Anyways, good show as usual. I definitely liked hearing your opinion on Lucky Star. I would have to agree with Daryl about that show; it's sort of funny at times, but it definitely didn't live to the hype in the same way Haruhi did.

I'm really looking forward to next episode's segment on doujinshi. I really liked it in older episodes when you did non-review segments like Creator Spotlights or Anime: Then And Now (unfortunately, Daryl's Area 88 review was the only time you ever did that segment).

That's all for now, see ya later.

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Anonymous said...

DARYL! WE NEED APOCALYPSE ZERO! We the people demand it!

David_Darko said...

Daryl, I formally request that you do an entire podcast in that voice you read that dude's Icky-Toes-In letter with. Also it needs to be in the hentai episode.

Dan said...

If you keep deleting comments, the only posts you'll get on here are requests...

Steve Harrison said...

Not true, that the only posts will be requests!

for I am mentioned and must reply.

My problem isn't the Pickle Player, altho I do have a major mad-on for websites that are all FLASH driven because not only do they take forever to load, they're almost always made of crap (I'm looking at YOU Mediablasters!)

Plus I can't access them on the iMac G3, I have to use my G5. Now that I've migrated a few final things I'm using my G5 more and more but then I can't watch TV while doing 'net stuff.

I've never really had any problem downloading the AWO 'casts, just time consuming on dial-up. This one for example took about 9 hours.

OTOH I have no idea what the deal is over at Paul's Greatest movie EVER site, It takes dozens of tries to get that 'cast. I assume it's due to the server hosting the 'cast doesn't like to be connected for several hours. Sorry, Paul! Love the work, can't listen to it because I am denied.

I am glad to see Duke Togo enforcing Rambo's Law.

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Karaoke said...

I think you guys don't really understand what "slice of life" means. Slice of life is not like Seinfeld. Slice of life is like James Joyce.

It's a literary technique where you try to make something realistic by bucking the conventional plotting and character development in fiction.

Essentially, think of slice of life as a single day's diary entry for a real person. You do not have to worry about a beginning, middle, and end. You do not have to worry about a climax or a dénouement, ongoing plotlines, or character development. Real life frequently has none of those things. Maybe you select a day in the life of a character where they have an epiphany, but if so, that is the only climax or moment of character development, and it's often some quiet, introspective thing. Joyce especially is very, very low key, no hyperbolic screaming even when a sad alcoholic is ruining Christmas.

The idea was to focus on everyday people and everyday life. Lucky Star seems diametrically opposed to this line of thinking.

If slice of life features ANY comedy (as slice of life is usually pretty serious), it's usually just one character making jokes. It does not feature pratfalls or sight gags or pies in the face, because as a rule, such things do not occur in real life.

Seinfeld, unlike, say, Dubliners, is a classic sitcom. A sitcom features a very limited set of characters in a very limited set of locations, and the humor is based around the things that happen to these characters. There is rarely much continuity between episodes, almost never are there ongoing plotlines, and character development is rare, and when it happens, it's usually an abrupt change in a "very special episode".

Contrast this with sketch comedy, where there are not really recurring characters, every sketch can be in a totally different location and about a different thing. Also contrast this with musical comedies, vaudeville, et cetera.

The sitcom is a specific type of comedy, and as the name implies, the jokes are based on the situations. Seinfeld is humor about unmarried middle class people living in a city, Saved By The Bell is humor about too smart teenagers living in California, Married... With Children is about a depressed shoe salesman living in a crappy house with a shallow harpy wife. Seinfeld makes jokes about odd sexual experiences, food, that kind of thing. Saved by the Bell makes jokes about school, dating, that kind of thing. Married makes jokes about selling shoes, how terrible Al Bundy's life is, his wife wasting the meager money he does earn, that kind of thing.

This is pretty different than Saturday Night Live where they make jokes about politics or popular music or Laurel & Hardy where it's two guys falling on each other for 15 minutes.

I am not really interested in watching Lucky Star, but what you describe sounds more like a sitcom with some hyperbolic "zany anime comedy" moments.

And that's the end of my essay!

Andrew said...

Jeremy, you wrote more than Steve H.

Daryl Surat said...

I really liked it in older episodes when you did non-review segments like Creator Spotlights or Anime: Then And Now (unfortunately, Daryl's Area 88 review was the only time you ever did that segment).

Yeah, we could probably benefit from more creator spotlight bits, but the truth is that they're actually harder to do than reviews since you have to watch several things in preparation instead of just one thing. As it turns out, I was thinking of doing one for Makoto Shinkai in the next episode, but Show 69 derailed me from this course. To be fair, usually when we talk about a director we do mention some stuff about him as well as other things they've done. Perhaps the segment is slightly redundant because in a sense we do it anyway?

That's basically why you haven't seen any other "then and now" bits. We do them anyway, only without explicitly labeling them as such. Any time we've review something that's a remake of a classic title (Mazinkaiser, Raoh Gaiden...) we inevitably mention the original and how the updated version differs anyway.

I am glad to see Duke Togo enforcing Rambo's Law.

Actually, Golgo 13 transcends all laws and is not bound to uphold or abide by any judicial decrees. If he had a house in Florida, he would water the lawn seven days a week in flagrant violation of drought restrictions, and he'd get away with it scot-free. He is merely carrying out a job he was hired to do.

The Girl Who Leapt Through time has been picked up by Bandai Entertainment I think. They're going to put it out this year or something.

Why, however did you discover such amazing news? Was it the part where the very post you're replying to contains the phrase "with the US release finally officially forthcoming," the part where we spent time on the show talking about the fact that Bandai Entertainment has the US rights, or the part where you didn't actually listen to the show or read the post before leaving a comment OH SNAP YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS BUT AT LEAST YOUR POST WILL LIVE ON IN MEMORY BY WAY OF ITALICIZED QUOTATIONS

Dan said...

daryl: "If he had a house in Florida, he would water the lawn seven days a week in flagrant violation of drought restrictions, and he'd get away with it scot-free."

But would he have an illegal dog-fighting ring?

Anyway, I'm surprised Steve hasn't extolled the greatness that is Contra 4 yet.

Steve Harrison said...

Contra 4? there's a Contra 4? There's still arcades?!

Man, I loved playing Contra, that wacky control setup where the joystick also rotated, and the funny tubby little Rambos marching along dealing DEATH, jumping in and out of tanks and stuff..

Carl said...

"Take notes from Eazy-E, the violent hero."
--Eazy-E, "We're All in the Same Gang."

Although it seems you have the scans now, I really should haul out to AWA my precious 1987 copy of YJ with that chapter of Dog Soldier where Hiba...where he...no, it's impossible for someone to have put THAT MUCH ACTION into one manga chapter. All these years I must have been imagining it. The same issue also contained a light-hearted manga about a porn star from Lemon Angel's Jun Watabe, with light-hearted enemas. All in all, it could be said to have dropped a sixteen year-old head first into the mass-market manga of the time when, as Daryl so well put it, Japan was "King Shit of the World."

Karaoke said...

Contra 4 is exclusively for the DS.

Regan Stongblood said...

Mr.Daryl Surat far as I have read Osamu Dezaki is still going to do the new Cobra show,are you sure hes not doing it now???????Please let me know for I am going to cry if hes not doing it.

Behonkiss said...

Daryl, I salute you for not being sucked in by whatever has latched so many people to Lucky Star. The voices are awful (That DBZ cover played at the end), the character designs are pedotastic (They look like 12? More like 6.), and I don't really see the awesome humor in stuff like how you eat a pastry or put mayonnaise on something.

I'm curious about the doujin segment because I want to see if you actually cover some that ISN'T just porn. I was at Otakon last year and saw a doujin booth with a big sign saying something along the lines of "STUFF FOR ALL AGES", opened a folder, and found the cover to be Winry lying naked on a bed. I left.

Clarissa said...

behonkiss -

We will try to talk about non porn doujinshi, but unfortunately all of us live in America and have never had the opportunity to actually go to Japan.

Resellers over here generally stick to porn books since they know that's what the majority of the people want and can understand without knowing Japanese. Most Japanese circles or stores won't ship to America, and due to proxy fees those sites and auctions are fairly expensive to buy doujins from. (For example, I wanted to buy some JoJo's Bizarre Adventure doujins and a couple of Mobile Suit Gundam ones. They were mostly 600 yen and under; once all the Japanese bank transfer fees, within Japan shipping and proxy fees were totaled up, the books would have been nearing $20 each and that's not even counting the international shipping to get them to me.) The scanning community also doesn't tend to do very much with non-porn books.

So it's a bit difficult for us to see very many "regular" doujinshi and our knowledge of that is rather limited. Also, out of the three of us I'm the only one who knows any Japanese and I'm far from fluency (I've only passed JLPT 3 and am beginning studying for 2), so even we can't really read that much of the non porn stuff.

Gerald and I do have a few books that aren't porn, so I promise we'll talk about it. But we really can't speak extensively on the subject.

wildarmsheero said...

Ah yes, Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo. I saw this at an MIT event, and they even brought Hosoda along with them for some hot Q&A.

Also Daryl, please, open up to the moe. You'll be a happier person for it!!

Also 2: I think you guys should review Akagi. Just because.

Gooberzilla said...

Oh, you can try to front, Daryl, but I've got your number. I remember all those late night Instant Messenger conversations we had, the tantalizing exchanges of "You got hemo blood on me!" and "Are you mental?". I remember every instance in which we each expressed disappointment that the Blu-Ray release of Ultraviolet is the theatrical cut, rather than the far superior Unrated Director's Cut. I remember every time we lamented that the original, 3+ hour version of the film has not yet been - and may sadly never be - released. I know how you really feel, in that black and twisted mass of tissues you call a heart, in regards to Ultraviolet...

I still maintain the film is one of the profoundest examples of metafiction in existence, since the actions of the character mirror the actions of the audience. Oh, I don't mean the audience goes out and slaughters 700 generic thugs in ceramic armor and motorcycle helmets, no. I mean that Violet's feelings of self-loathing mirror those of the people watching the film, and when Violet wants to blow her brains out, the audience does too.

There can be no doubt, Ultraviolet is a powerful film threat. Weaker minds cannot withstand the onslaught. The trick is to divert the aggro away from yourself onto some unsuspecting slob, like a Level 70 Troll Hunter casting Misdirection. Always view Ultraviolet with a friend, family member, or loved one...and watch them SQUIRM.

Carl said...

That one episode of CREAM LEMON that's really worth talking about--you had better mean "Don't Do It Mako: Sexy Symphony II."

VZ said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emq0Xf6zVDw

So Daryl, what don't you like about the Lucky Star character designs? Just wondering.

Also I'm almost finish watching the original Macross (barely saw anything Robotech in my youth) and surprised how well the show holds up.

Dan said...

Carl: Any chance Dark Horse would be interested in renewing the license for Lupin: World's Most Wanted?

Brack said...

From my understanding The Girl Who Leapt Through Time's failing at the Japanese box office wasn't so much due to people not wanting to watch it, as there being a lack of places to watch it. I recall reading that it opened in just one cinema in Tokyo.

Hopefully the critical success will mean whatever Hosoda does next (I believe he has another film lined up with Madhouse) gets better distribution so he can become the household name he should be.

Dan said...

Girl Who Leapt Through Time failed? I heard it did well as a limited release.

oceanmonsterotaku@gmail.com said...

Damn, will someone hurry up and get the rights to Black Lagoon? I love that show.

Are all of you(almost all) currently going to school?

nckl said...

I second the guy who said "thanks a lot" for the Final Countdown theme before the Lucky Star OP theme. I actually LOL'ed at that. It was brilliant. Kudos to whoever came up with that. I also second the guy who said someone has to review Apocalypse Zero one day. I think that series is made for AWO, especially since it has some of the most retarded attack names ever (ultra sucking hand attack comes to mind).

Regarding the Girl Who Leapt review, I too agree that the movie doesn't excel at anything in particular but is still very enjoyable to watch. Are there any other anime movies like this where it's just good despite being average in almost every aspect?

And finally, I don't know about anybody else, but that version of Cha-la-la at the end of the Lucky Star review seriously made me want to kill something. I found it that infuriating and annoying. Thank you AWO for making me feel strong emotions again.

VZ said...

Konata singing the DBZ OP and other songs is supposed to be bad on purpose. It's karaoke.

I third the review for Apocalypse Zero. I want the ED song by Hirobu Kabeyama for that SO bad.

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nckl said...

@dan & @vz: Yup, I know it was karaoke and sung badly on purpose, but (at least for me) it's still unbearable!

Speaking of unbearable, I've been listening to Final Countdown on a loop for the entire afternoon now. I'm sick of it but I can't stop listening to it. Someone has to pay for this.

Dan said...

nckl: Will http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5LX16zia2k
make you feel better? BTW, is it just me or does it sound like they're saying, "We're heading for penis?"

Alexandra said...

Nice Ookiku Furikabutte review, Clarissa. I never thought I'd be interested in baseball but I'm definitely going to check this one out when I have time.

I've been meaning to ask all of you if you've heard of Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji. Somehow it seems like the type of show you'd review since it's relatively obscure here, perhaps due to the "ugly" art (read: noses that can pierce anything and a dude sporting a mullet).

If I describe the plot to you - loser gambles to escape debt - it sounds boring but it's one of the best new shows I've watched lately. I don't really know how to describe why it's great except that Kaiji trying to escape a life and death situation by playing rock, paper scissors is awesome (and that's just the first arc). There's also something extremely cathartic about watching Kaiji cry.

Anyway, I dunno if I've convinced you or not but I hope you'll give it a try and review it in the future.

nckl said...

@dan - Thanks man. That was awesome. :D How did you know I've been in a 80's mood lately? (Listening to City Hunter music right now in fact).

Btw, regarding next week's "hentai 69 show," since Wicked City is being reviewed, does that validate my position that the movie watches like a semi-porno? (Yeah, for some reason I consider it only a "semi-porno" even though IIRC it had a lot of sex, rape of just about every imaginable kind, and some of the awesomest vagina imagery ever seen.)

Carl said...

As far as the Lupin manga is concerned, it would certainly be an honor to publish it, but the first thing I'd want to consider are the exact reasons the license became available.

Dan said...

carl: According to Tokyopop, it tanked, so they gave up on it. Cyborg 009 is also free for the same reason, I hear. But Lupin is closer in style to your Koike/Trigun stuff, so I figured you could sell it better than the competition.

TJ said...

I second that recommendation to publish Lupin. Another random recommendation: Kimba The White Lion. We have Astro Boy, we're getting Black Jack later this year, so if we got Kimba, we'd have all 3 of Tezuka's most popular creations

Dan said...

tj: I asked Toren about Kimba, and he claimed it'd be tough to sell, due to certain stereotypical images. But really, with that "Jazz Singer" movie finally out, and frequent rumours of Song of the South heading to dvd, how much worse can it be?

Eeeper said...

Just to say I've downloaded The Tower of Druaga and BLASSREITER from BOST TV and while it's only got DVD quaility and is an mp4 file, the site allowed me to download from outside US/Canada and the price for episodes works at about $1-2 per episode, based on BOST's pricing.

Just wish I could DL from Madhouse instad of GONZO...

VZ said...

Hey Clarissa, I'm downloading the torrent for Potemayo (I've only seen a couple of episodes already).
I wonder what your thoughts on Manabi Straight and Hidemari Sketch are?

BTW Is it wrong that I can find as much enjoyment in 80's OVA's as I do with modern moe (but not necessarily creepy or overly pedo).

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The Moogle Master said...

I have been waiting for a review of Wicked City for along fucking time! I have yet to watch it my self (still waiting to find a copy).


Speaking of hentai, does anyone know if Bondage Game is going to be released over here. Because Pigeon Blood is comeing out very soon (The U.S Title is House of 100Tounges, it was advertised in Heavy Metal).

Carl said...

"Koike/Trigun"? ^_^ I personally would not be so quick to lump the two together--they have somewhat different audience bases (how often do you see Itto and Daigoro cosplayers?) But I would never rule anything out.

Dan said...

moogle master: http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-City-Gregory-Snegoff/dp/B00004YZGB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1209412209&sr=1-1

carl: Yeah, actually, I was gonna change it to Koike and Sonoda.

Daryl Surat said...

But would he have an illegal dog-fighting ring?

Your Michael Vick would be funny except for the part where he was in Virginia, not Florida. And so it is that you're completely wrong, just like every other thing you post OH BURN

Daryl, please, open up to the moe. You'll be a happier person for it!!

"So you lie to yourself to be happy. There's nothing wrong with that. We all do it. But you don't want the truth. You make up your own truth."

I've got an Otaku USA article to write on this subject--and I bet so do you!--but that's the gist of it. And I know you agree with it because I read what you write.

I think you guys should review Akagi. Just because.

Since other podcasts have done Akagi (Anime-Pulse said it was "okay" and given the nature of their complaints, I don't think GeekNights understands the true nature of mahjong manga as revealed so many years ago by Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga), I might do Kaiji since the last episode just came out. I will however have to go through the entire series. I was THIS close to deleting the previous post mentioning Kaiji since the first episode works out so much better if you DON'T know what the show is about, but it's so hard to convince people to even watch the show without giving that bit away.

I know how you really feel, in that black and twisted mass of tissues you call a heart, in regards to Ultraviolet...

What I really feel is that Ultraviolet embodies everything that is wrong with the current state of action movies. It's like the live-action equivalent of an anime produced by Bee Train. I get the same emotional response from Ultraviolet as I do from watching Noir, Madlax, Avenger, etc (the Blade of the Immortal trailer is so depressing that they sucked all the life out of that manga), and you'll never see me enjoying them from a "so bad it's good" perspective because they're just plain lame. That is how I feel about Ultraviolet.

Which is why I watched it again yesterday. You know, to make sure there were no funny clips I could pull from that movie. There weren't; it's definitely "The Humanoid" type of bad. I still say the CG helicopters in the Golgo 13 movie have more polygons than the CG helicopters in Ultraviolet. Even the CG helicopters in Zaizen Jotaro have Ultraviolet beat.

Hmm, maybe I could run various clips all pertaining to CG helicopters...

Are all of you(almost all) currently going to school?

Gerald is the only one in school. He's studying for his MBA. As of this week, he's two semesters through, which by my count means he's got two semesters to go.

Régis said...

"People are always talking about "who's going to be the next Miyazaki once he's gone" and such, but you know something? We don't need another guy just like Miyazaki to come along. Not when we've got people like Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda, and Masaaki Yuasa right now. All people need to do is start watching the things they make. Judging from the general fan apathy to Yuasa's new series Kaiba, that may be a while yet."

yeah Daryl, you tell'em man! And tell people to watch more Kaiba, and Kemonozume and Hosoda and Tokikake, and to lay off the moe crap, and to keep it real and not get excited by Bee Train anime even , and and... ... okay I ran out of steam.

Awesome show AWO, can't wait or the next.

Also, this may be jumping the gun, but seeing as show #70 is coming, why not make another themed show, let's say with anime from the 1970's, (I still think people don't really know about Future Boy Conan.) The AWO episodes that covered some of those old shows turned really great, and I was wondering if you'd go back to that.

Dan said...

daryl: Technically, it was an interstate deal.

Anyway,
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/435574

Carl said...

I agree from a creative standpoint there are already other fine anime directors besides Miyazaki (and, despite trying to find a successor himself over the years, he would say the same thing), but there is no other anime director without either 1.) having that last name, or 2.) adapting an already-successful franchise, who has shown themselves capable of bringing in a US$100 or 200 million-dollar box office in Japan. That's at least part of what people are talking about when they mean "the next Miyazaki."

Carl said...

Daryl, you ask "How much more black could this coffee be?" And the answer is "None...none more black."

http://mainichi.jp/enta/mantan/graph/manga/20080429/3.html

Hitting the stores in May!

Superdeformed said...

Fun episode.

I was in the same boat as Daryl when it came to Lucky Star. But then I saw a few episodes and I enjoy it for what it is, not the best ever, but still a good Anime in Moe disguise.

Karaoke - I think you are somewhat right on your assessment of the Slice of Life genre, but I think Lucky Star adheres to enough of the basic conventions to at the very least have it mentioned at it's co-genra, say "Slice of Life Comedy" or something like that.

It's like the bastard child of Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko and Excel Saga, kinda. The more I think about it not really. I forget the point I was trying to make.

Anyway, I support a Kaiji review over an Akagi one since I've already watched Akagi.

On a pretty much unrelated note:
I watched Raw for the first time in about 2 years (I could not finish it). Why the fuck was Trevor Murdock singing "I've got friends in Low Places"?!

Can't wait until the next episode.

Clarissa said...

vz -

I have watched neither Manabi Straight or Hidamari Sketch, so I can't help you there.

Karaoke said...

@Superdeformed: What elements of slice of life do you seen in Lucky Star specifically? Nothing AWO described on the show really seemed like it to me.

Superdeformed said...

Oh, the elements are in the setting and what actually takes place.

The comedic gags are there, but they are not the bulk or even the focus.

The show is basically 4 school girls sitting around and talking
and doing mundane things such as going home and doing homework, playing WOW, or simply going to bed.

For the most part it's very much Slice of life but in small pieces. The Family Guy-esque gags are about one or two an episode and is not always the real funny part of the episode. In fact one of the funnest gags in the show was just one character washing her hair and reciting the name brand of an old shampoo, no change in scenery no off the wall visual, just some kid being stupid while taking a bath.

The humor is very dry and built up much in the same way a "you had to be there" kind of joke comes about when you are conversing with some friends.

Initial reactions are usually "oh it's another gag anime." But it doesn't really dawn on you just how slice of life it is until you get through a few episodes.

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Andrew said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5KH9Z383hE

Timotei~

Karaoke said...

How is the story itself structured?

Like I said before, sitcoms can be about the mundane too.

Regan Stongblood said...

Daryl I replied to your email question,perhaps you have not have time to read/respond to it yet.Let me know when you have the time.

I hope I have not just crossed Rambos law ...(gulp)

Karaoke said...

Does Lucky Star include dudes zooming around the store like they have jetpacks as they scream heroically? Because that's sure not a slice of MY life...

Slice of life is about realism and is often really dull because hey, real life is usually dull.

Alexander Strange said...

Manabi Straight is a ufotable show, which means it has a great ED video and is otherwise disappointing.

Hidamari Sketch is an Akiyuki Shinbo show that hasn't been already reviewed here and isn't SoulTaker, which means it's great. But they seemed to take a while to work up to it, so it has GGG syndrome.

Keith said...

ULTRAVIOLET!!! Perhaps the only film that can make me think, "Man, I wish I was watching A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD."

Dr. Uwe Boll's IN THE NAME OF THE KING, however, was awesome.

halojones-fan said...

Lucky Star PLAMOO version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4DUYVghsyc

Hare Hare Yukai PLAMOO version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrmUiSZjYMg

Clarissa said...

karaoke -

It does include that in the Anime Tenchou scenes, but there are about two of those in the whole show. Everything else is pretty much girls going to school and hanging out and having silly conversations.

Karaoke said...

Doesn't it also include a tiny moe grim reaper or something? And drill punching? Or was that a different show?

Clarissa said...

@ karaoke

The tiny grim reaper I think is from Risky/Safety. I don't remember any drill punching off hand, though Konata did mention drill robots at least once.

Dan said...

Terasawa's selling Cobra gun replicas. http://www.buichi.com/goods/index2.html

Gooberzilla said...

God, if I hear the phrase Slice of Life one more time, I swear...

Karaoke's right. A lot of stuff is being mislabeled "slice of life" when it is in fact situational comedy. Even Azumanga Daioh isn't technically slice of life, even though it has relatively normal settings, characters, and conflicts. A slice of life work would for example be about someone waking up, getting showered, eating breakfast, going to work, eating lunch, finishing work, coming home, watching Ultraviolet, and going to sleep. You know, a normal day's activity. Whacky humor doesn't really enter into it. Often, there is no conflict whatsoever, no character growth, nothing.

Also, I ordered the Japanese Blu-Ray release of the Unrated Director's cut of Ultraviolet, even though I an well aware that it is a terrible movie.

DON'T MESS WITH ME! I'M CRAZY!

VZ said...

To Gerald- Unless your segment has been recored already when you talk about Cream Lemon, mention how a bunch of well know artist got their directorial debut in that such as Satoshi Urushihara (White Shadow) and Mon Mon (I forgot the name but was one of the early 90's ones before CL took a decade long hiatus). I think Cream Lemon is something worthy to talk about because even if it's porn, the stories for most of them were quite interested and you can tell that the people that worked on them wanted to do something with the (new at the time) OVA format that would elevate the medium. One OVA made around the same time called Lolicon Angel was pretty bad compared to CL.

BTW I've the moderns ones that were done (sans the one that extends the Escalation saga) and they SUCKED. Defeats the purpose of having them be part of Cream Lemon but not feature any sex or even any sort of nudity. I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Hidamari Sketch is an Akiyuki Shinbo show that hasn't been already reviewed here and isn't SoulTaker, which means it's great. But they seemed to take a while to work up to it, so it has GGG syndrome.

You mean like moon phase and Nanoha?

Alexander Strange said...

Read the quote again.
(You didn't like the dinner scene in Nanoha?)

halojones-fan said...

karaokeninja: "tiny moe grim reaper" sounds like Guchiko from Potemayo.

gooberzilla: Worried about being obsessed with Ultraviolet? Don't be. Just ask karaokeninja how much Mamoru Oshii stuff he has, even though he professes to detest the guy. He's got like an entire bookshelf full of it.

Dan said...

How the hell can you hate *Oshii*?! Anno and Obari I understand, but not Oshii.

VZ said...

There's going to be an OVA for Lucky Star.

OH HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE

Daryl Surat said...

Lucky Star OAV? Pfft. In the REAL news, all the cool anime fans who actually have their priorities in order are far more interested that The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is getting sub/dub theatrical showings in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle (big Japanese population there, as taught to me by Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President). No showings in Florida, but we already knew that'd happen.

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Anonymous said...

Surat......
What is with all the Lucky Star hate?
Ya the show might not be for every and, ya it is a show about nothing, but it's not like Kana: Little Sister level moe-a creep fest.
Be the bigger person Surat and let it go.
Also what is whit all of the stupid fan hate lately? I thought you would have realized by now that a prerequisite to being a supper inter net fan meant you have a short attention span and you say inane things all the time. That is half the fun of the internet saying stooped stuff with no repercussion
with total unanimity. Now don't get me wrong this is your guy's blog and you should run it how ever you want and, it's not like your as bad as the one dude in that episone of Cromartie High School that was about the one guy who looks like a real bad ass but is a moderater on a message board. Ya I bought Cromartie on your guy's recommendation it is grate buy the the way.
Well I totally lost the thread of what I was talking about. O-well any way my copy of Ode To Kirihito came in to day. I have only hat time to read about 25-30 pages but it is very good so far. thank you guy's for the recommendation and, thank you in general for talking about Dr. Tezuka's works.
Not enough people do.

VZ said...

Hey Daryl, I share some of the same tastes as you and even bought Dagger of Kamui and New Getter Robo on your recommendation (both were really good, especially NGR), but I just happen to like shows like Lucky Star and Potemayo as well.

You seem to feel that ALL moe is bad but there's still good and bad examples.

I only enjoyed the little I've seen of Moetan out of the sheer ludicrousness of how far they went with it.

Gerald, you plan to do a review for Demon Legend Ledeus sometime?

Dan said...

I'm really wondering why Sony included the "making of" supplement for TK, when the 4c staff clearly trashes it at the end. I swear, this has got to be the mostunintentionally hilarious documentary not made for an Uwe Boll film.

I also can't tell whether or not the band members from Plaid are being sarcastic in the interview segment. And I can't believe Mike used the phrase "art school" with no irony!

Carl said...

Wow, Daryl actually read EAGLE! It's about a young, liberal, minority U.S. senator who challenges a First Lady for the Democratic nomination, to run against a white-haired Republican Vietnam hero opponent. Of course, nothing so melodramatic would ever happen in real life.

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Onikuno said...

You all must realize that ANY positive energy given to the dread spectre of moe is a bad thing. It's like the pink slime from Ghostbusters 2. Instead it's POSITIVE energy that makes it stronger and not the negative. We need to gather everyone at Otakon and Anime Expo...even better...AWA and have everyone in unison sing Go Nagai Super Robot themes, Tough Boy from Fist of the North Star, and the opening theme from Otokojuku. Only as a united front can we rid the world of this evil once and for all.

If you think I'm overreacting...take a look at what happened to the mighty warrior zentradi race in Macross Frontier....that's right....MOE ZENTRADI!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Eagle, is it still in print. I only ever saw it is the dollar bin at my local comic depo.
I was abal to score the first two volumes. Witch where huge, like 500+
PAGES! The guy at shop told me that it was out of print, but he could have bin full of shit. Actually that guy is always full of shit.
O well I guess I am off to Books A Million to pace an order.
O buy the way i saw Crying Free Man on the shelves at Books A Million. I promptly bought it. I also ordered every other volume that they could get from there warehouse, so hopefully they will stock it now. It worked for Kurosagi Corpse Delivery. They have
like 3 or four volumes last time I checked. I take it as proof that the system can work when you rig it!
On a side note, is there any way to get a list of manga Carl Gustav Horn has worked on. I really like his work.
Sorry if it sounds like I am kissing ass but what ever it takes to get good translations of manga HELL I AM DOWN WITH!

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John said...

I don't fault Lucky Star for being a moe show because, hey it sells apparently. I have to fault it for not being funny at all, at least not to me. The art seems pretty amateurish and though Lucky Channel is occasionally entertaining, I don't really want to suffer though 20 minutes to get to it. I guess if I appreciated the humor it would be another story, but I really can't get into Lucky Star.

zrism said...

Nice collection of anime couple graphics ...

VZ said...

Hey Gerald. Remember when I asked where I can find a d/l for Lensman? I found a torrent the other day on btmon.com I'm watching it right now. Yep, it's THE DUB, but I don't care. Has Hebrew subtitles though.

ScottGreen said...

"anonymous," Eagle is out of print, like a lot of Viz releases from that time frame. I'm guessing that many of those titles are no longer licensed. It may have made some sense to re-release Eagle this year. And, it would have made some sense to re-release Blood: 2002 along side Blood+

Personally, I found the Eagle's drama compelling in a Shakespearian way, but the flaws in its portrayal of the mechanics of American politics bothered me. Fund raising, and controlling news cycles seemed to get some of the spirit right, but not the details Given the scarcity of comics that deal with the subject, I was a disappointed that the one we got wasn't better.

VZ said...

The only manga I ever bought from VIZ was Gyo and Marionette Generation. I think at least one of those need an AWO review.

Dan said...

Shouldn't show 69 also cover Kekko Kamen?

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VZ said...
Hey Gerald. Remember when I asked where I can find a d/l for Lensman? I found a torrent the other day on btmon.com I'm watching it right now. Yep, it's THE DUB, but I don't care. Has Hebrew subtitles though.


That's the Harmony Gold version, not Streamline's edition since this one predated it by about a few years. I've downloaded that AVI too so I should now. Though I think some of the VA's are the same in both versions, HG's doesn't use the original BGM from the film and adapts the film closer to the books as I've heard. I now have the Streamline dub as an LD myself and could bother ripping that as an AVI anytime I want.

Because I'm late as usual in responding to this episode, I'll make it short 'n sweet...

- Girl Who Leapt Through Time rules!
- Have to check out Swing Big since it sounds quite unique.
- Still haven't seen Lucky Star, but I'll think about it.
- Cartoon Network sucks indefinitely!

VZ said...

Yeah, I'd like a torrent for the Streamline version of Lensmen. Thanks Chris.

The interesting this was I knew something was familar with the way the animation looked and then I looked at the credits from ANN and I knew that it was Koji Morimoto. Very fluid animation! I really hope that someone like Media Blasters decides to release it on DVD.

Dan said...

Oh, and for show 69, can you finally mention Ecchi Attack?

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed said...

Just popping in to say I'm interested to hear Clarissa's doujinshi segment. I'm a doujinshi collector of sorts, and I also think this podcast needs more gay.

Dan said...

So I guess that Speed Racer second-place, $20 million box office pretty much sums up the anime market here....

Carl said...

I don't think it necessarily has anything to say about the anime market, per se. After all, the comic book market isn't that great either, and that didn't prevent IRON MAN from being a success.

Dan said...

carl: I guess. I can't wait to see Akira and DBZ bomb from bad writing and set designs.

Chris Sobieniak said...

VZ said...
Yeah, I'd like a torrent for the Streamline version of Lensmen. Thanks Chris.


In many ways, I'd like to "make a difference" to those that aren't ready to make the commitment I did to get to where I am now.

The interesting this was I knew something was familar with the way the animation looked and then I looked at the credits from ANN and I knew that it was Koji Morimoto. Very fluid animation! I really hope that someone like Media Blasters decides to release it on DVD.

Assuming any company would want to pick it up at all. I feel like I'm the only one qualified for stuff like this anyway. Hell I'd like to pick up the renmants of stuff Streamline had as well as those Geneon titles MB passed up on.

Dan said...
carl: I guess. I can't wait to see Akira and DBZ bomb from bad writing and set designs.


Don't we all! :-)

Superdeformed said...

Is that a Glamour Shot? Umm anyway.

Has anyone found a fansub of the Lensman TV series? I can't even begin to imagine 25 episodes of that badness.

But Lensman was the first "Official" Anime VHS I've ever purchased.

enju don't like the arts said...

I marathoned Potemayo, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Lucky Star in anticipation for their AWO reviews. If you had told a year ago that I'd end up loving two moe shows and a movie about a clumsy schoolgirl, I'd have given you three punches to the face.

But if I may regurgitate Daryl's thoughts, just because other people have nauseatingly overused certain genres or subject matter, talented creators can spin gold out of shit.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time does this by forming an exciting and dramatic story out of mundane components. When a character takes a nasty tumble on the street, it's heart wrenching. Lucky Star almost literally shits gold, given how awful the original 4-koma are. I found the show to have some topical elements, but this is mostly window dressing, and not integral to understanding the jokes. The vast majority of the the humor is character-based, not referential. When they do a 24 reference, it's in service of a joke about Konata staying out late; people who know not of Jack Bauer will still understand the gag.

(I was hoping Clarissa would do Legend of the Blue Wolves for the next hentai episode, but I guess there's always show 169.)

Carl said...

Daryl, I'm still going through the latest issue of OTAKU USA, but I liked your references to robot insurance in the Vexille article, as well as your crack about Snow Sugar pillows. Among the things I like about the magazine is that between, say, wildarmsheero and yourself, it's like watching the different political factions in "Homage to Catalonia"--or perhaps more appropriately, "The Seven Days of Fire." I have an ironic story to tell about Snow Sugar sometime. It may not seem possible to tell an ironic story about Snow Sugar, and yet there it is.

subatomic brainfreeze said...

I, uh, don't think DBZ's success ever lay in the quality of its writing.

Dan said...

enju: "But if I may regurgitate Daryl's thoughts, just because other people have nauseatingly overused certain genres or subject matter, talented creators can spin gold out of shit."

If you want to be technical, the Tokikake novel predates all the schoolgirl cliches we see in anime and manga, so that's why the anime doesn't suck. [I can't vouch for the live-action movie, though...]

subatomic: "I, uh, don't think DBZ's success ever lay in the quality of its writing."

True, but at least it had *some* writing. I imagine the Hollywood version will just wing it, since "The One" hack is directing, and all...

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enju don't like the arts said...

If you want to be technical, the Tokikake novel predates all the schoolgirl cliches we see in anime and manga, so that's why the anime doesn't suck.

Well, if I may be totally pedantic, the anime is a sequel, takes place decades after the events in the novel, and has a mostly new cast. And being a sequel to a successful work that doesn't directly involve the original author, its potential crap factor is over 9000.

The fact that it's such a winning movie despite having (IMO) so many hurdles in its way, makes me like it even more.