Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Anime World Order Show # 71 - Depression, Suicide, and Vanilla Ice

The remainder of Show 71 is quite lengthy, but let it tide you over for a while since we've got conventions coming up. Gerald reviews Nobody's Boy Remi, Clarissa reviews the anime version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Daryl finally covers Part 3 of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

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Full show notes may take a little while, but in the meantime here's the segment timecodes because this one runs pretty long.

Introduction (0:00 - 28:32)
In lieu of reading emails, Daryl gives his convention report on the 2008 Florida Supercon. Photos to possibly be added here soon, but in the meantime, here's over a thousand for you to look at. Witness THE TRUTH of the convention that Daryl wasn't mentally prepared to confront. One word: W-rock. [That's short for "wizard rock." You know, garage bands that sing songs about Harry Potter. There's LOTS OF THEM NOW.]

Promo: R5 Central (28:32 - 29:15)
The Otakon-bound Mike Dent managed to post an interview with Mark Musashi, tokusatsu fan soon to be seen on Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight. Mike fails to spend the entirety of this 2-part interview talking about the fact that Mark did motion capture for God Hand and Thunderbolt Volgin in Metal Gear Solid 3. He better watch out for errant bolts of lightning from God as punishment. Kuwabara, kuwabara...

Review: Nobody's Boy Remi (29:15 - 56:50)
Gerald takes on this TMS' 1977 attempt to recreate Nippon Animation's success with the World Masterpiece Theater series brought to us by Osamu Dezaki and Akio Sugino. It's an anime adaptation of Hector Malot's novel Sans Famille, and it's so depressing and features sufficient quantities of child suffering that it bears the Official Justin Sevakis Seal of Approval (Tm). Note that this series was remade in the 90s as Nobody's Girl Remi, but we won't talk about that because that one was terrible enough that it got canceled halfway through. In fact, while we're at it let's pretend that recent World Masterpiece Theater production Les Misérables doesn't exist either. Not like we watched that. But we saw a picture of the helpless little moe girl they decided to make it about instead, and figured that was enough.

Promo: Robotronic Dynamite (56:50 - 57:53)
We have yet to play Ninja Gaiden 2 beyond the demo, but word on the street is that we should wait for it to drop to about half price anyway. Anyway, this podcast features Otaku USA's own Joseph Luster and his merry band of merry men as they talk about movies, videogames, and stuff. In the latest episode, they all seem to have gone to the San Diego Comic-Con, so if you can't get enough of people talking about Watchmen this is the show for you. For the record, Watchmen is BO-RING no matter what the rest of the world claims, and don't you fucking tell me I didn't get it or link me to that goddamned annotations site. Nobody in Watchmen matters besides Rorschach anyway. Oh, you can try to claim otherwise, but you'll have to deny the 90s happened on account that everyone wanted their heroes to be like Rorschach (and DKR Batman). Good luck with THAT.

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Superman Legend (57:53 - 1:33:00)
Clarissa proves once and for all that the Japanese can screw up American properties with equal if not greater efficiency than we can screw up theirs! Whether or not this iteration of the Ninja Turtles is superior to the version that EE "Doc" Finnegan is working on will be judged by history. OR HISTORIANS. Fair warning: Hironobu Kageyama probably will not be performing the theme song to this one as part of his Otakon set. Maybe "review" up there should go in quotation marks, because we really don't want you to watch this. Under any circumstances. So don't watch it.

Review: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Part 3 (1:33:00 - 2:17:48)
TJ calls in to let us know that he greatly enjoyed Kaiji upon hearing our review of it, and so can you! Daryl put this one off for a year, but he finally broke down and decided to reread through, rewatch, and replay Part 3 of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, more commonly known as "the greatest part of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure." This is the big one that all the swingin' cats know about; a tale of Stands, really big belts, and members of the United States Senate being treated with the respect they deserve. The obscene running length would suggest this review should have just been released as its own podcast, but accessibility was never our trump card. Daryl stopped his own heart about 8 times during the editing of this, and his heart is still stopping every so often even though it's done now. Maybe it's just heartburn. He's got a problem, but if you listen to this review in full, yo you'll solve it.

Closing (2:17:48 - 2:23:18)
Show 72 may be a while, so consider yourselves FORTUNATE that Show 71 is as long as it is, because you'll have plenty of time to listen to it all. Preferably not while you're grinding levels in World of Warcraft! Next time, Daryl's back in the Madhouse as he reviews Cyber City Oedo, Clarissa reviews the BL title Dog Style (shockingly, Yasuomi Umetsu is not involved), and Gerald's administering the lead enemas with Burn Up! In the interim we might post a few bonuses since this week and next week we're caught up in anime conventions and preparations for same. See you at Otakon!