2014
03.30

It’s a lot less structured than usual, but Daryl rambles on about the CG Space Pirate Captain Harlock film as well as Bayonetta: Bloody Fate. At no point does he say what either are about.

Introduction (0:00 – 35:17)
We actually managed to get through more than one email for a change. How do you deal with being the person who doesn’t care for the popular currently airing series everyone’s talking about? Who the Hell are these Section23 English dubs for? What are our hopes for the upcoming Legend of the Galactic Heroes series? And what’s the deal with that new Thief game, anyway? Note: any attempt to leave feedback on or start discussion about wacky Internet pirate money will be deleted.

Review Talk About At Length: Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013) (35:17 – 43:26)
It’s not really a “review” since that would imply actual substance, but Daryl touches a bit on Shinji Aramaki’s latest foray into the realm of 3D CG anime. Short version: everything you heard everybody say about it is correct, all at once. To get an inkling of an idea of what Captain Harlock is actually about, you probably want to listen to Show 34 rather than this.

Review: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate (43:26 – 1:16:08)
This is allegedly a “review” since we certainly talked about SOMETHING regarding this new feature-length animated motion picture from…Studio Gonzo. At 90 minutes long, it’s the approximate equivalent to 3 TV episodes in length: the typical threshold after which Gonzo productions nosedive in quality. Within that 90 minutes, it adapts the storyline of the original Bayonetta videogame in its relative entirety. Videogame anime AND it’s by Studio Gonzo? Tread carefully.

  • You can still actually buy this game new, and since it sold fairly well used copies aren’t hard to come by. Due to noticeable framerate/performance as well as graphical differences, we strongly recommend the Xbox 360 version over the Playstation 3 one.
  • There’s only one video playthrough the AWO recommends, and that’s this one courtesy of Australian goon-ette Yoshesque. (We recommend the “less talky” version because that guy she’s with is NO BUYS. She does all the non-”normal playthrough” videos without him.) In addition to playing through the game to full completion, she’s also done extensive research on all of the various designs and references contained throughout. Hell, we’ve SEEN Red Photon Zillion and didn’t catch that those were supposed to be the ray guns from that anime!
  • The FuturePress hardcover guide Daryl bought (which they binded UPSIDE DOWN) is long out of print, but you can still easily get Udon’s English editions of The Eyes of Bayonetta artbook. Marvel at all the unused artwork intended for use by American publications that got rejected for being too provocative! Oh, it’s also really informative and comes with a DVD.
  • The Internet seems 100% convinced that this film was dubbed into English such that the dub track was only included on the Japanese limited edition release, but we’re calling SHENANIGANS. Everyone cites this page as their source for that, but we’re pretty sure they’re all misreading it. Yes, it does say that the deluxe edition comes with the “dubbing script” but that simply means the JAPANESE script.
2014
03.14

After two months, we spend a lot of time not talking about anime, read an email about not watching it, and then FINALLY Daryl reviews the new anime anthology Short Peace. We’re out of practice here.

Introduction (0:00 – 45:12)
For roughly the first 13:30 of this introduction, there is more or less zero anime discussion until Daryl brings up that he’s reading through the excellent Anime: A History by Jonathan Clements, who it should be noted is NOT Richard Armitage. It’s an easy mistake to make, we know. We then read an email about a tale that’s played out all too often over the years: the phenomenon that is “otaku expiration” by way of a letter from one who died at the age of 17. In place of said dead velveteen otaku is A REAL BOY. Wait, we just mixed up children’s stories.

Review: Short Peace (45:12 – 1:22:00)
Daryl reviews the new anthology collection released last year. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, since one of the segments was nominated for an Oscar this year along with some other Japanese dude’s cartoon. We understand based on a webcomic we saw that other guy whose film was nominated for an Oscar loves to smile and make merchandise and robots and totally did not write this book or this book. Short Peace will be released by Sentai Filmworks soon, and we can only hope that they translate the commentary track on this thing because boy howdy, we sure would’ve loved to have known what they said BEFORE doing this review.

  • We reviewed Freedom Project back in Show 66. Despite this being Show 124, that episode was about six years ago…
  • As further proof that he sucks, the short which Daryl declared the weakest was actually the one that won the rarely-awarded Noboru Ofuji prize. We discussed how difficult it is to win that back when we reviewed Mind Game.
  • Show 96 about Redline, 30 episodes after the 2008 episode linked above, happened three years later. We probably briefly mentioned Katsuhito Ishii at some point.
  • Despite being only one standard American comicbook in length, Farewell to Weapons has been out of print for decades so comicbook sellers are charging a lot for it. Hopefully Kodansha will reprint it.
  • What’s far more affordable is the revised edition of Matt Alt’s Yokai Attack. If you read that, then you’d understand that THE RULES were indeed followed.

Closing (1:22:00 – 1:24:10)
We’re going to have to review a Shinji Aramaki CG movie next time, aren’t we. AREN’T WE?! In the meantime between now and then, do check out the new issue of Otaku USA. Daryl wrote articles on Kill La Kill, Robot Girls Z, and the manga editions of Space Brothers as well as Summer Wars. There’s also Carl Horn’s Royal Space 25th Anniversary Fanzine, featuring articles by Gerald and other people who aren’t Gerald. “Fanzine” is a misnomer for this thing, seeing as it’s got better layout, design, binding, paper quality etc than most professional publications.