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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Anime World Order Show # 135 – SeHa Girls WITH NEW ELVES and Heidi Kemps

Freelance videogame journalist Heidi Kemps of joins the battle to discuss the recently-concluded short comedy series Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls.

Introduction (0:00 – 28:12)
The year isn’t exactly off to an auspicious start, as we’ve lost two friends: Psychommu Gaijin and Anime Hell contributor Mike Horne (there’s a GoFundMe for the funeral costs), as well as Bill Thomas of the Philadelphia Animation Society, previously featured in group interviews with the “Old Farts of Anime” that we did back in 2008 and 2009. Only MD Geist and/or Laser Fantastic can turn this around. Also, since it’s been a while since the topic was approached, Daryl weighs in on Battle Angel Alita: Last Order by Yukito Kishiro, which has recently concluded. Compare it to what he wrote in his review back in 2008 for Otaku USA. That website, incidentally, is also incidentally why there’s no need to ask for a review of the ninth Crayon Shin-chan movie, The Adult Empire Strikes Back, since that review was done four years ago.

Also, here’s video of Heidi’s bad videogames/kusoge panel at MAGfest:

Review: Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls (28:12 – 1:26:23)
Heidi, Daryl, Clarissa: put down those exciting Sega products! Gerald reviews the recently-concluded simulcast (and recently announced for DVD) of perhaps the greatest of the “inanimate objects anthropomorphized as cute girls” anime: the one where you combine gdgd Fairies with Sega hardware consoles–wait, what? Oh, right. You see, kids, Sega used to have hardware consoles and…eh, forget it. Though the series primarily only focuses on three of the “Sega Hard[ware] Girls” there are quite a few more (there are some larger screenshots here). The system Daryl was forgetting the name of was Robo Pitcher, and as noted in the series it could switch between baseball and tennis.