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:


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Anime World Order Show # 67 - The Synthesizer Has Not Been Stolen Yet

Daryl gets back on the horse [heroin...?] with his review of Paprika, Clarissa's tackling School Rumble, and Gerald double-dips on Detonator Orgun.

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This episode of the Anime World Order podcast is brought to you by Sweet and Sour Inc. Of course, perhaps we should have informed them that this was the case before we went and depleted one of their accounts at the Redondo Beach Savings and Loan:

IS LARRY SWEENEY LOOKIN' GOOD TONIGHT OR WHAT?

Introduction (0:00 - 19:22)
We decide to try recording ourselves separately then synchronizing the tracks like all real podcasts do, but the last time we tried this was in episode 4 or something and it didn't turn out well. Do vote in that poll on the sidebar and let us know if there's any discernable audio quality difference. With so many folks listening to the show from school or work, people might be able to pick up on that weird underwater robotic distortion that the old Audacity Noise Removal filter induces. Daryl uses the beta version of Audacity which supposedly has better noise removal capabilities. Let us know. And while you're at it, since there's so many other podcasts out there--anime or otherwise--let us know about your show already! If you want any of us on as guests on your podcast, we'll be glad to do it! As long as we don't have to edit anything.

As far as emails go, "Kira" from Koibito Anime, an anime blog written by a husband/wife duo, wants recommendations from us regarding what anime is good for couples to watch since they're currently spending most of their posts watching filth like Clannad and ef - A Tale of Memories. Eff A Tale of Memories, indeed! For the record, guys: the most recent season of 24 was the worst season of 24 EVER. Maybe now that there's no 24 this year they'll take the extra year to actually write out the full story in advance like they did for the first half of Season 1 instead of just taking spin upon spin at the Xanatos Roulette table. On the subject of those, the rest of Prison Break had better get made STAT. It turns out we can't really offer much help regarding their question, even though Gerald and Clarissa also watch anime together every week for about 7 hours. Such is otakudom.

Let's News! (19:22 - 44:12)
We finally talk about the now-three-weeks-old news bit regarding how the website Crunchyroll got $4 million for streaming fansubs (also, DVD rips! We neglected to mention that part! Seriously, read this and then try and argue these people are on the up-and-up), which judging from their response here didn't exactly sit well with FUNimation, Bandai Entertainment, or anyone not retarded. That last bit of course rules out the masters of "quantity over quality" themselves, Gonzo since they decided they'd partner up with Crunchyroll and Youtube to stream their newest inevitable disappointments. Perhaps this move will someday lead to an actual worthwhile studio taking similar measures with websites that are NOT infested with Trojan viruses and the like, so it's almost a guarantee that studio WON'T be Bandai Visual, who in this press release noted that they've got to delay the release of a few of their titles since--surprise!--nobody's buying any of their stuff. As the US executive branch often says, "nobody could have possibly foreseen this turn of events." Well, except for everyone who DID that subsequently got ignored. Speaking of stuff getting ignored, two more volumes of the Barefoot Gen manga were released in English (which nobody here will buy) AND we're getting even more Fist of the North Star anime (which nobody here will license)! Everyone will probably be going nuts over Slayers Revolution and Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2 instead. Plus, there's a Blade of the Immortal anime coming soon, but unfortunately it's being made by Bee Train, which if we're not mistaken has never made a single good anime ever.

Promo: Viga the Otagal (44:12 - 45:02)
Victoria Gadson may not have been watching anime for THAT long, but she's got enough savvy to know how to come up with a nickname derived from taking the first syllables of words and smashing them together. Not to be confused with Vigo, the villain from Ghostbusters 2, Viga releases three episodes a week through the power of working that sweet Creative Commons magic. Be sure to check her out! Then remind her that "intershiz" is the most infuriating word this side of "blogosphere" or worse yet "podcastosphere"!

Review: Paprika (45:02 - 1:26:15)
Daryl decides it's time to MAN UP~! by reviewing Satoshi Kon's latest movie, available on DVD as well as Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Only he probably forgot to talk about the movie with any degree of substance within the span of these 45 minutes. OR DID HE? Paul Chapman aka "White Daryl" (or as certain cosplay MEAN-kos say, "Light Daryl" implying that Daryl is "Dark Daryl" the way that there's "Dark Gerald" in comparison to Gerald!) will not be pleased since we didn't talk about the very end of the movie. Or the beginning or the middle.

Promo: Destroy All Podcasts DX (1:26:15 - 1:27:31)
The best part of this promo is when Jeremy (aka "White Tony") starts talking all INTENSE AND SERIOUS-like. Their latest episode is about Black Belt Jones, and all kung fu related episodes of DAPDX (or DAPST) inevitably result in people asking "do they even LIKE kung fu movies?" The answer apparently is yes. Maybe.

Review: School Rumble (1:27:31 - 1:44:15)
Clarissa reviews the first season of yet another anime that's been highly requested, even though there is zero fighting in the show despite the name. It's actually a romantic comedy, only the main characters are blithering idiots. On purpose, for a change! Do check out Otaku USA magazine to see Clarissa's print review of School Rumble as well. If you're going to notice any audio quality difference brought on by the different versions of the Audacity Noise Removal filter, from this point on would be the place.

Promo: Eeeper's Choice (1:44:15 - 1:45:33)
Good idea: our favorite Irish anime fan has a new promo out! Bad idea: he assumes that people know how to spell "Eeeper" just by hearing it. How do we know it's not "Ypres Choice," man?! This is like that time he mailed us those DVD-Rs of Osamu Tezuka's experimental films as well as Phoenix 2772 (dub and sub!), but then he wrote on the back of the paper sleeves with ballpoint pen, thus destroying the backs of the discs. Must be all the alcohol mixed with the DEEDLY DEE, POTATOES!

Review: Detonator Orgun (1:45:33 - 2:01:19)
Gerald wraps things up by talking about this short OAV by Masami Obari that he also covered in a recent episode of Destroy All Podcasts DX. The DVD of this one is kind of hard to find, plus there's an annoying audio problem that could've been caught had someone just...WATCHED the disc first, but oh well. If you like Tekkaman Blade, you'll want to hear about this one.

Closing (2:01:19 - 2:04:09)
The next episode was originally just going to be an all-moe episode out of nowhere, but Clarissa jumped the gun with Potemayo already! So next time the rest of us are putting our moe cards on the line: Daryl's going to cover The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Gerald's breaking down and reviewing Lucky Star. Lucky Star? LUCKY STAR?! Potemayo? Shuffle? ...NAJICA?! Gerald and Clarissa are clearly venturing into Koibito Anime territory at this rate! Clarissa incidentally is opting to pace herself now that she's prematurely jumped the gun so to speak, and since all the advice manuals on this subject state to "think about baseball," next episode she'll be reviewing the baseball anime Ookiku Furikabutte aka Swing Big.