Anime World Order Show # 137 – Open the Box! Open the Box! Open the Box!

After missing an entire month, we have returned. It seemed only fitting that after being that late on an episode, Clarissa review a series that’s entirely about doing precisely that: the recently concluded Shirobako.

Introduction (0:00 – 48:20)
It’s May, so to prove how timely we are we respond to not one but TWO emails sent to us in May…2014. One has to do with everyone’s favorite least favorite topic, bad anime for group viewing purposes. But the landscape has changed between when we first started this podcast NINE YEARS AGO and today. What’s the deal with Americans in anime (F YEAH!)? And why’s it so hard to represent anime online without coming across as a freak, anyway? Why doesn’t anime seem to be truly integrated into the modern geek monoculture? The answer requires we don glasses and start drawing incomprehensible flowcharts on a chalkboard. At some point we recount our times at Florida Anime Experience 2015 as well as Clarissa’s guest appearance on the Pseudo-Random Podcast for anime/manga. Actually, her episode isn’t out just yet. BUT SOMEDAY.

Review: Shirobako (48:20 – 1:26:19)
It’s anime about making anime, only this time nobody’s being bloodily murdered at their desk and the mad automotive races to the studio contain sick drifts instead of Shonen Bat. GO EAT KRISPY KREMES, YOU KRISPY KREME MOTHERFUCKERS.

We don’t know what the next episode will be about, but it will definitely NOT be about R*botech. The less we talk about that, the better a chance it can cease to exist. Warner Brothers is already helping us along in this aspect, as the official website has been offline for the last three weeks. THANKS, WARNER BROTHERS! PS: go see Mad Max: Fury Road also known as Doomsday 2: Fury Road, which is shaping up to be one of this year’s “Daryl Surat genre” films.

Anime World Order Show # 136 – The 2000s Are Back, In Discussion Form

Wait, did we turn the clocks back to the early 2000s for this episode? Only partially, for while it’s true that we’re reviewing The Anime Encyclopedia, it’s the newly revised 3rd Edition as opposed to the older editions…which we also have…

Introduction (0:00 – 23:30)
The emails have us realizing how long we’ve been at it, as we find ourselves having to explain what was the deal with Gonzo Animation’s TV show production methodology now that it’s a generation past. In so doing, we technically give our thoughts on Samurai 7. We also give our thoughts on early 2000s comedy series such as Sexy Commando Sugoiyo! Masaru-san and Excel Saga.

Promo: Anime of Yesteryear Podcast (23:30 – 24:15)
It’s only fitting that we held off on running this promo until this episode, as they’ve decided the best way to show they’re a podcast about “yesteryear’s” anime is to do a Gundam Wing promo. At first you think “but Gundam Wing isn’t exactly–” and then you realize that show was, in fact, from 20 years ago at this point.

Review: The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (24:15 – 1:00:34)
The original Anime Encyclopedia by Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements was released in the infancy of Wikipedia, back when the Anime News Network Encyclopedia wasn’t a resource anybody got much use out of. That’s certainly not the case anymore. What, then, the utility in releasing a new “encyclopedia” in an era where nobody buys Britannica or Encarta? After all, isn’t everything you need to know just a Google search away? Ever wonder what happened to MAKE that stuff a Google search away? Listen as we compare Anime Encyclopedia entries to Wikipedia entries to ANN Encyclopedia entries, and learn why every member of the AWO has kept the various editions of this book on hand as a reference. Oh, and we touch upon what’s changed between editions as well. Disclaimer: we were each provided review copies of the 3rd Edition by the publisher, Stone Bridge Press. We don’t believe that introduces any bias towards our outlook on the book–we would’ve bought it ourselves as we had the previous two anyway–but we just want to note that for the record.

We mentioned a bunch of other resources in passing during this review. Here are links:

In other news: it’s been confirmed that we’ll be returning guests at the Florida Anime Experience April 24-26th, where we’ll be doing panels as well as a podcaster’s summit:


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