Anime World Order Show # 127 – You Need Credibility Before You Can Lose It

Seriously? We missed the entire month of June yet still say this thing is updated weekly? What kind of miring sweaty mass of lameness is that? Do we need Soundgarden to headbang in a circle with a camera underneath to express how lame that is? No matter, what’s done is done. Or rather, what’s not done is done. For this episode, Gerald reviews the classic 1980s Sunrise mecha series Giant Gorg.

Intro (0:00 – 30:31)
We received another rather unique method of how fans pick which anime titles to show at group meetings, so we’re throwing that out there. Also, is there a recommended order for watching Urusei Yatsura, putting aside the fact that you can’t exactly procure it all that easily in 2014? Man, was it really four years ago that Daryl wrote that Urusei Yatsura article for Otaku USA? Someone graduated an entire level of their education in that time.

Review: Giant Gorg (30:31 – 1:08:52)
Yoshikazu “Yaz” Yasuhiko only directed one anime television series, and it was this one from 1984. Spoken about with reverence by the generation of American anime fans that have physical copies of the Baycon 1986 program guide, it’s only now–thirty years later–that it’s finally all been fansubbed in English. Information has been scarce until now–can you believe Dave Merrill’s Let’s Anime post on Giant Gorg was five years ago?–but Gerald and Clarissa have watched all 26 episodes of this serial robot war adventure story and have this to say about it.

At no point did anybody mention that this is the sort of cartoon with a Hanna Barbera-esque dog sidekick or go into detail about the fashion intricacies of what precisely Lady Lynx is wearing. That’s for you to see/Google on your own time.

Conclusion (1:08:52 – 1:14:19)
In the month we were off, Daryl was a guest on GME! Anime Fun Time to talk about Masaaki Yuasa’s TV series The Tatami Galaxy…and then Gerald was a guest to talk about Crusher Joe, though that episode isn’t out just yet. Seeing as that podcast comes out monthly, at least we got this episode out before two episodes of that came out. As far as anime conventions, Anime Festival Orlando is two weeks away and we’ve got panels…that we’d better get started on! Then a few weeks later it’s Otakon, whose fan panel roster can be viewed here. We’ve got four:

  • Anime’s Craziest Deaths (18+) — if you have a title I’ve never run anything from, let me know and I’ll take a look…and yes, I saw Akame ga Kill
  • Kill La Kill: Spot the References, Beginner’s Edition — please don’t attend if you already seek out this stuff since that seat can go to someone who actually needs it
  • Ninja in Anime: The Sweet and (Mostly) the Stupid — there are multiple ninja panels this year, but only THIS one knows the proper pluralization of “ninja”!
  • The Classic Anime and Japanese Pro Wrestling Connection — not just Tiger Mask, Jushin Liger, Mushiking Terry, Kinnikuman etc stuff; I’m focusing on narrative/character convention in anime that may not necessarily have anything to do with pro wrestling at all despite being influenced

The first two of those panels are ones that have been done before. The second two are ones that will debut at AFO. See? We know what we’re doing here. Trust us. Even though we recorded this podcast. See you at the safehouse; I’ll show you the plans…

List of Titles Shown at AnimeNEXT 2014

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What follows is a list of the titles shown at the con for our panels (aside from The History of Hentai, which was 18+). For a list of what got shown at the Stupid Video Panel OF DOOM!, please go to this post at the Anime Hell blog.

Kill la Kill: Spot the References, Beginner’s Edition
Gutsy Frog (actually I forgot to show this once people were actually in the room, so I felt double bad when Trigger mentioned it by name during their panel)
The Sensational Harris
Sukeban Deka
Fist of the North Star
Project A-Ko
Armored Trooper VOTOMS
Aim for the Ace
Space Runaway Ideon
Urusei Yatsura
The Dagger of Kamui
Tomorrow’s Joe
Charge! Men’s School
Blazing Transfer Student
Kekko Kamen
Invincible Superman Zambot 3

Short Anime
Prosthetic Moses
Short Peace – Opening Credits
Robot Carnival – Opening Credits
Azumanga Daioh: The Extremely Short Movie
Daicon IV
Devil of Smoke
The Animatrix – Program
Kigeki (“Comedy”)
Osamu Tezuka’s Broken Down Film
Gdgd Fairies
Miss Critical Moment
NEXT-A Class commercial
On Your Mark

Great Anime Openings
Kill La Kill OP2
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders x Kill La Kill OP2
No Game No Life
Dirty Pair OVA
Black Lagoon
Macross Frontier OP2
City Hunter OP3
Polar Bear Cafe (the laptop couldn’t handle this one)
Attack on Titan OP1
The Vision of Escaflowne
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Kodomo no Omocha OP1
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman
Cromartie High School
Mazinkaiser SKL
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Lupin the Third, 2nd Series
Revolutionary Girl Utena x Lupin the Third
Sailor Moon S
Samurai Flamenco (laptop couldn’t handle THIS either)
Cowboy Bebop
Nadia : The Secret of Blue Water
Dragon Ball Z OP1
Paranoia Agent
Soul Eater
Bakuretsu Hunters
Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Space Adventure Cobra
Air Master