Anime World Order Show # 10 – The search for THE TRUTH begins

Fine, so we’re late this week. In our letters section we talk about anime fans outside of the US, then Gerald discusses the Often Overlooked Lensman (the DUB), Clarissa reviews the manga Homunculus, and Daryl’s search for THE TRUTH kicks off with Part 1 of his Katsucon experience. If you don’t normally read the show notes, now is the time to start.

Introduction (0:00 – 33:52)
We’ve got a Frappr map now, so be sure to go there and leave your comments while also voting on who is the best. Daryl was hoping that the votes would be even with him and Clarissa each having 50% and Gerald having 0%, but that’s not how things ended up. Listener email clarifies us on matters we didn’t quite get correct about Naruto and Serial Experiments Lain, then we get a brief idea of what it’s like being an anime fan outside of America as well as a possible reason for why US fans don’t seem to care about older anime titles the way the Japanese fans do. Plus, the differences between the Gravitation manga and anime and much more! SEND IN MORE READINGS OF THE DISCIPLINE AD COPY, DAMN YOU!

  • Jan Scott-Frazier — obscenely intelligent, but don’t let her take LSD then try to shave her legs ever again
  • Screenshot of the alternate ending to Lain as taken from the PSX game
  • Thought Experiments Lain — a Serial Experiments Lain information site
  • Kishimoto Fan Club — Naruto news, pictures, and lots more
  • Sakura-Con — wait, Ippongi Bang is still alive?!
  • Otaku Generation podcast — this week they talk about anime stuff more than usual!
  • The full text of the Discipline ad copy which you should dramatically interpret and send in to us so we can play it (NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR CHILDREN)

Often Overlooked: Lensman (the DUB!) (33:52 – 49:13)
Gerald waxes poetic over this out-of-print 1980s anime adaptation of E.E. “Doc” Smith’s genre-defining science fiction tale. Find out the secret connection between this, Clarissa, and Ninja Scroll!

  • Wikipedia entry on Lensman
  • Space Shake — one of the few online resources pertaining to this anime

Review (manga): Homunculus (49:13 – 1:02:28)
Clarissa brings us this overview of yet another masterpiece by Hideo Yamamoto, author of Ichi the Killer, among other things. This title is about this guy who’s a lot like this person who’s a friend of Daryl’s. We’d have him on the show except for the fact that he’s too much like the main character in this manga. Don’t let the name fool you: the Ultimate Eye isn’t quite the same thing here.

  • Anime News Network entry for Homunculus
  • Wikipedia entry on homunculi
  • Wikipedia entry on trepanation
  • Interview with some guy who actually went through with trepanation (includes photos, so another NWS link)
  • Salon article on trepanation
  • Quackwatch article on trepanation
  • R5 Central podcast — this guy’s editing talent puts us to SHAME; check out his review of the original Lupin the Third TV series
  • Anime Pulse podcast — they said everything we were going to say about that 4Kids script writer interview

The Search for THE TRUTH — Katsucon 12, Part 1 (1:02:28 – 1:18:03)
Daryl embarks on his quest to save his soul and somehow escape the fate which he has been struggling so hard to overcome to no avail. He’s going to do this by finding the most Internet-worthy of anime convention attendees, then interviewing them and posting pictures of them, all the while impersonating a radio news correspondent. Man, it’s no wonder Rob Landtz voted for Clarissa over him on the Frappr map even after having met him!

  • Feed link for Hot Tears of Shame, the new podcast about Patrick Macias and his journeys through the Mysterian Dome
  • GeekNights podcast — there’s actually four separate feeds for this; this is the anime one
  • Usagichan Company Search and Rescue — cosplay photos galore courtesy of Secret Agent Linus Lam
  • Daryl’s Katsucon roommates in their Team Zissou attire (pic 1 pic 2)
  • Chuck Shandry — visit the archives at Wild Violet to read his interviews with voice actors such as George Manley
  • Leeroy Jenkins — on one hand, this guy liked Go Nagai; on the other hand, there are legions of people who think running around screaming LEEROY JENKINS is funny
  • A guy in cat ears and a cat tail — Clarissa and Gerald would just like to say that Daryl is the most horrible person they know for making fun of this person; Daryl would like to say that the guy was wearing cat ears and a cat tail for crying out loud, and as such is not willing to give the guy a hand (or two)
  • Just Say No to furries at anime conventions even if they fondly remember watching Jack and the Witch in their childhood (plus the reason why this interview took a surprise turn, and if you find that arousing then we just can’t be friends)
  • The most dedicated and oldschool otaku at the convention
  • The NUMBAR ONE COSPLAYAR and self-proclaimed least dedicated otaku at the convention (IRONY)
  • THE TRUTH in its purest and most concentrated form (Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3)

Closing (1:18:03 – 1:20:05)
Something tells us that we aren’t going to adhere to this next episode preview much, but Clarissa promises a review of Gravitation, Gerald will talk about the Often Overlooked fansub title Zipang, and Daryl’s search for THE TRUTH at Katsucon will continue, just as soon as he reconstitutes his sanity and composure by rereading Volume 1 of Crying Freeman by Kazuo Koike, available now in unflipped format from Dark Horse Comics! Go and buy it now along with Cromartie High School Volume 5!

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4 Replies to “Anime World Order Show # 10 – The search for THE TRUTH begins”

  1. We’re actually putting a Death Note segment into the next episode in place of the Gravitation segment because it got pulled from the intro here.

    So no worries, you’ll hear some Death Note talk next episode!

    For Gravi fans, sorry, but I figured I’d give the one I haven’t talked about yet a chance. I can always come back and do a full segment on it later if you guys really want.

  2. The GLOMP ME girl is classic. I also liked how the Gaara cosplayer didn’t consider himself an otaku. WTF?

  3. Though I know I’m late about this, I would like to point out that there had been a few US home video releases for the Lensman dub. The earliest was the Streamline “Video Comics” tape, and a subsequent VHS release that came out from “Best Film & Video Corp.” that was mostly recorded in EP mode, and not too terribly great to watch on most VCRs unless your model happens to been made within the past few years. BF&V had released a few licensed titles from Streamline that were released on VHS such as “Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro”, “Robot Carnival” and a few others.

    The non-VHS release for Lensman was an LD release from Lumivision as well. Not sure if that one had both English and Japanese audio tracks though, but one or two Lumivision discs of Streamline material have been available that way.

    Other than being on Sci-Fi, A close friend of mine brought up he also remembers seeing this and other Streamline titles once pop up on a satellite channel called “Network One” many years before Sci-Fi started their Saturday Anime thingy.

    I think I knew TOO much about this film now, perhaps I outta hook up with that guy who operates the “Space Shake” site! Read somewhere on Wikipedia that the Estate of E.E. Doc Smith didn’t like what the Japanese producers did with Lensman in both the movie and TV series and requested nothing further to be produced with the property.

    Bringing up what you talked about 267minutes into the podcast, I can agree with you about the way anime fans around here don’t have a thing for the older material. Bringing up Family Guy, I’ve heard they did a gag last Sunday or such where they spoofed “The Great Space Coaster”. I don’t expect anyone born after 1984 to know what that show was. Also in the case with the “A-Ha” song brought up. Too often Family Guy has catered itself to those of us that were born or grew up in the 1970’s or 80’s and can relate to those gags more than the younger set. Yet I enjoy watching that stuff a lot myself! I’d rather live 20 years ago than today! I can understand how the interenet has screwed this up a lot over things becoming outdated pretty early. There’s a few people I know personally who’ll think otherwise of watching the past I do conjure up online, and I feel happy for that. Makes me feel rather important than just feeling old inside.

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