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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.
Here is our list of anime titles shown at the panels that we did at Otakon 2016. If you have feedback to leave that you would like for us to see, go ahead and leave a comment here. If you have feedback to leave that you would like the Otakon staff to see, please post on the Otakon message boards, as they aren’t checking this page. If you were at the con, please rate our panels using the Guidebook app.
If you don’t know who we are, we’re an audio show which has run for over ten years reviewing anime. You don’t have to listen to every episode, though. Click the Review Index for a list of every title we’ve discussed to date. If you like what you hear or just thought our panels were interesting, consider following us on social media and/or subscribing to the podcast; most do so via iTunes. We also write for Otaku USA Magazine, which also has a magazine you can subscribe to either in print or digitally. In addition to the anime reviews, we occasionally write opinion pieces such as As Geek Culture Assimilates, Otaku Remain Outcast which partially inspired our Anime’s Appearances in Western Media/Non-Anime panel (note: those titles aren’t listed here because that was a panel about NON-anime!). You can also see some of our writings on the Anime News Network, most recently in this feature Ten Old-School Anime Classics You Can Watch Streaming Right Now.
Disclaimer: of COURSE we brought far more titles than we had time to show! Especially Anime’s Craziest Deaths, which had 1 hour of new material until it was realized that the entire panel was 1 hour total. We did what we could to get as much in as possible. Anime 1986 also had to jettison a few titles, but we are confident we can deal with anyone feeling slighted that we “forgot” Del Power X.
Greatest Forgotten Anime Openings — note: “forgotten” means 1. if it was on TV it can’t have aired for 10-15 years 2. if it was ever on VHS/DVD it must be well out of print 3. it cannot be currently streaming on any legal streaming service 4. it cannot be in the fandom zeitgeist (so no Evangelion)
Blazing Transfer Student
Bakuso Kyodai Let’s & Go!!
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Red Ninja Akakage
Legend of Black Heaven
Aim for the Ace
Battle Athletes Victory
El Hazard: The Magnificent World
Heaven Wars Shurato
Metal Fighter Miku
Armored Trooper VOTOMS
Dominion Tank Police
Aura Battler Dunbine
City Hunter 2
Magical Project S
Saber Marionette J
Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi-yo!! Masaru-san
Dual: Parallel Trouble Adventure
Anime’s Craziest Deaths
[Pre-Show]Cat Shit One
[Pre-Show]Captain Harlock SSX
Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Fist of the North Star TV
Fist of the North Star: The Movie
Cyborg 009 vs Devilman
Under the Dog
Project Itoh: Harmony
Megazone 23 Part II
Space Runaway Ideon Movie 2
Black Jack: The Movie
Golgo 13: The Professional
Attack on Titan
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Battle Royal High School
Psycho-Pass: The Movie
Berserk: The Golden Age
Fang of the Sun Dougram
Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou
Thirty Years Ago: Anime in 1986
Megazone 23 Part II
Call Me Tonight
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
Fist of the North Star: The Movie
Neo-Tokyo (segment: The Running Man)
Guyver: Out of Control
Dirty Pair the Movie: Project EDEN
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Time Stranger – Toki no Tabibito
They Were Eleven
Gall Force: Eternal Story
Double Zeta Gundam
Phoenix – Karma Chapter
Urusei Yatsura Movie 4: Lum the Forever
The Supergal aka Maris the Chojo
Prefectural Earth Defense Force
Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos
Grey: Digital Target
Super Mario Brothers