Anime World Order Show # 150 – Clobbering Chuunibyou In the Name of Goodness

It’s a podcast. It’s a special podcast. It’s got super discussions about Code Geass, Berserk Season 2, Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016, and Gerald’s review of a Most Dangerous film from 1986, Ai City.

Introduction (0:00 – 58:28)
The emails ask the question that is either from or will summon That One Guy Who Always Comments Whenever We Mention Code Geass, since it’s about what we think about Code Geass aka “a show for which our thoughts on it have made people we know stop talking to us for years.” After about 17 or so minutes of that, the remainder of this introduction segment is dedicated to a convention report since Daryl and Gerald went to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016 as Press. Actually, this ends up also becoming about Berserk Season 2, 91 Days, and the Takarazuka Revue’s production of Lupin the Third:

Promo: RightStuf Anime (58:28 – 1:04:45)
Normally, the promotion spot does not take over 6 minutes. But this time, we have to Get Our Shit In because Lupin the Third Part II Collection 1 is now available for preorder, and it features three episode-length commentary tracks by Daryl. The set ships on 12/20/16, just before Christmas, so preorder now to ensure your Christmas bounties are well, depleted because Lupin is a thief. On the subject of bounties and thieves, Daryl’s Twitch page with donations is here for those inclined to chip in now that he’s finally, FINALLY committing to the previous bounty incentive, Gundam 00.

Review: Ai City (1:04:45 – 1:54:34)
Gerald reviews this Most Dangerous anime from thirty years ago, in 1986. The article Daryl was referring to which he wrote is available to read on Anime News Network: Thirty Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1986 (note: Project EDEN should probably be considered a 1987 release, as I can’t find the proof that it premiered 4 months earlier ahead of the Japanese theatrical debut.) There was a follow-up as well, Twenty Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1996 (And Some Others Too). What is Ai City about? Let’s try to find out together. And don’t you jump in the comments to “correct” us after having read the Wikipedia entry for it either, because approximately 0% of that information is taken from what transpires in THIS movie.

Anime World Order Show # 149 – Otakon 2016 and This Time It’s The GUY Who Leapt Through Time

We missed the entire month of August, so we may as well double up with our con report on Otakon 2016 as well as Clarissa’s review of the recent NoitaminA series Erased.

Introduction and Con Report: Otakon 2016 (0:00 – 1:03:00)
So why did we miss a month? Mostly writing deadlines and making Otakon panels; here’s what we showed at the latter. Daryl opted to put the two together, so you can head over to Anime News Network and read his online write-up version of Thirty Years Ago: Anime in 1986. If you attended our Otakon panels and would like to leave feedback that the convention staff will see, you may do so here.

All three of us were guests on the Ani-Gamers podcast to discuss Otakon 2016, along with the Reverse Thieves (who’ve also covered Otakon 2016 in blogs and their own podcast, The Speakeasy) as well as Carl from Ogiue Maniax. Fine, we’re late to this party.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (1:03:00 – 1:04:39)
The preorder page for Big Windup Season 2 is finally live. We reviewed the series way back in 2008, and since it did infamously poorly for FUNimation such that they won’t be licensing any more sports anime (and haven’t really since!), if you find yourself liking modern sports series then this upcoming release from Nozomi Entertainment / Lucky Penny is one you’ll want to support.

Review: Erased (1:04:39 – 1:53:33)
Clarissa reviews this recently-concluded suspense anime series that is referred to in the original Japanese (and on the pirate sites) as “Boku Dake ga Inai Machi,” which does NOT translate directly to “Erased” but we’re still going to call it “Erased” anyway. Please note we start venturing into spoiler territory about halfway through the review, but we do preface when that happens. If you haven’t seen the series yet, it’s currently available via multiple streaming services (Crunchyroll, FUNimation, Hulu, Daisuki). We recommend watching it that way before committing to the physical media release which is one of Aniplex’s.

Closing (1:53:33 – 1:54:33)
Anime Weekend Atlanta is just a few weeks away, so our next episode will most likely be after that. That’s typically our last anime convention of the year, though. With Anime in 1986 fresh on our minds, Gerald has stepped up to keep his vow he’s silently kept for many months now and review Ai City, a gem of a feature-length anime title which has remained largely ignored for the past 30 years. Perhaps we shouldn’t have said up front this is what we’re reviewing, since now by the time our episode comes out someone else will have churned something out to beat us to the punch, but being first to anything was never our strong suit.