Everything this week causes pain one way or another as Daryl reviews Demon City Shinjuku, Clarissa reviews Birth / Planet Busters, and Gerald wraps things up with Megazone 23 III.
Introduction (00:00 – 32:38)
This week we get a letter from the vice chair of the Providence Anime Conference, who informs us that while they are not looking for staff now, they will be in the near future. All of us at Anime World Order hope that this event DOES NOT turn into some horrible “adult sci-fi” convention, many of which feature such panel topics as “Polyamory,” “Bondage or S&M,” “Filking,” and other horrible things like the “18+ Costume Contest.” We’ll keep our hopes up. We also address the question of TV anime censorship and the different ways it’s handled (see TOTALLY work safe picture below).
Finally, we talk about the possibility of showing anime in theaters and the issues with that. Apparently, buying that $8.00 popcorn can be pretty important.
Let’s News! (32:39 – 44:20)
Megatokyo is NOT MANGA just because it’s being published in Japan. That is all.
Zac Bertschy interviews Chase Wang, (did he seriously choose that as his English name?) and makes him answer the hard questions as to why things were so disorganized at Anime Expo this year. Starting a concert three hours late is fine, right? We also wonder why Viz had such a small presence at the convention and Del Rey was nowhere to be seen. Apparently, according to some new standards those filthy doujinshi authors will start having to put their names on their Card Captor Sakura loliporn works and label all the contents.
Promo: R5 Central (44:21 – 45:02)
Behold a preview of the R5 Central Otakon episodes to come. That dastardly Mike Dent is the only one who got a bumper recording out of Tomokazu Seki, and as a result we don’t have one. This shall not be forgotten. No, it shall not.
Review: Demon City Shinjuku (45:03 – 1:21:52)
An OAV that’s very familiar to anyone who used to watch Saturday Anime on the Sci-Fi Channel in the 90’s…OH GOD, MEMORIES OF APOLLO SMILE FLOODING BACK! “Live Action Anime Girl” my ass! The plot to this anime is not only completely unimportant, it’s also nearly 20 years old. As a result, Daryl goes through the entire show (to Gerald’s silent disapproval for SPOILING IT ALL) since the only REAL reason to watch this cartoon is for the action scenes. Also, its laughably bad dub in which British people try to convince us that they can pull off every accent under the sun. Listen and find out for yourself what happens when you mix spirits with sulfuric acid. Certified 100% Johnny Mnemonic approved, and we’re talking about the Region 2 version with even more Beat Takeshi. Pictures forthcoming, but for now I WANT ROOM SERVICE!
Promo: Otaku USA Magazine (1:21:53 – 1:44:06)
Just a reminder that Issue 2 should be arriving in stores soon and that you need to not only buy the magazine and read it, but post on their terrifying messageboard proclaiming the absolute superiority of the articles WE wrote over everyone else’s. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha.
Review: Megazone 23 The Third, Part 1 and Part 2 (1:22:47 – 1:44:06)
Gerald takes a look at a show that does a fine job of beating a classic franchise to the ground, ensuring it can never arise again. The less said about that Playstation 3 videogame of this coming out really soon, the better. Megazone 23 The Third proves that even after 1,000 years, it’s still possible for an idol singer to be on the top of the charts. Below are the spectacular videos we were talking about that are sure to give you a Hard-On:
Promo: Otaku Generation (1:44:07 – 1:44:47)
Dismayed over the fact that episodes of AWO are now somehow longer than Otaku Generation episodes, Daryl and Gerald invaded their show last week to guarantee that it was the longest recorded episode they’d done to date. Alan had to stay up until about 2 AM editing it down to an acceptable length. WELCOME TO OUR WORLD!
Review: Birth aka Planet Busters (1:44:48 – 2:09:09)
Another “classic” from the Streamline Pictures catalog of work that was re-released and re-dubbed by ADV Films. Clarissa tries her best to make sense out of this madness, but we’re talking about a cartoon that somehow manages to make chase sequences involving killer robots that are the size of planets boring. Max from Jacksonville provides us with another voicemail, and it’s far more exciting than the anime itself. Don’t let anyone try and tell you otherwise.
Closing (2:09:10 – 2:15:55)
Prepare yourselves. If you thought this week we talked about some terrifying things, next week’s vast collection of total suck might prove second only to Uwe Boll’s filmography. Daryl will be giving us justice or a b-[CLASSIFIED TOP SECRET] by reviewing the six-part OAV series Angel Cop. You won’t find more lovingly crafted optic nerves anywhere else. Clarissa will be taking a look at a show that is AWESOME and features a man whose superhuman power is being incredibly rich. No, not Batman (face it, “unlimited money” is Batman’s REAL super power). No, not Iron Man either. She will be reviewing the first six episodes of “Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyosei Torishimarikan Zaizen Jotaro” or Zaizen Jotaro for short. Why just the first six, even though this show’s from about a year ago? Well, that’s all that got fansubbed, but after this review you all need to contact the responsible parties, perhaps via IRC, and DEMAND the rest. Trust us, it’ll be DA BOMB! Finally, Gerald is given the Herculean task of getting through one of the most unforgivingly bad shows released in the 1980’s, a one-shot OAV that was released purely to cash in on Hajime Sorayama‘s Sexy Robots (I TRIPLE DOG DARE you to check out that site while at work), The Humanoid.
Also, everyone who submitted entries for the “name your favorite anime” contest who didn’t A.) give us clear reasons WHY that particular show was your favorite and B.) DIDN’T GIVE US YOUR GOD DAMN ADDRESS will have to resubmit their entry. Any and all entries that do not include these things will be deleted because it’s taking too much time for us to email everyone back and say “hey, you forgot to do this right.”