Anime World Order Show # 121 – More Anime82 Questions, Part 2

Here’s the second of three parts in which we answer another batch of Anime82’s questions.

Below is an approximation of said questions along with a timecode:

4:52 – What is the most under-appreciated anime of all time?

9:47 – Who’s the next “big dog” in anime, or is there any dogs at all?

18:14 – What’s your favorite magical girl anime? And yes, you must pick one.

22:29 – What is an aspect of contemporary anime that you feel has really improved when compared to earlier times?

28:13 – What’s the most important anime of the non-“golden era”? [In retrospect, he might have actually been asking about the “known golden era” but Canadian accents are screwy.]

35:37 – What’s your favorite anime of the 80s, and what’s your favorite anime of the 90s? Why?

41:57 – The most popular anime of today, much like videogames, tend to be set in more realistic settings compared to the past. What are your thoughts on this?

9 thoughts on “Anime World Order Show # 121 – More Anime82 Questions, Part 2

  1. About anime and the Academy Awards: Kunio Kato’s La Maison en Petits Cubes won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2008. It’s a neat little film!

    • I would vouch for that one myself. Hardly everyone even talks about that forgotten gem (though if you have seen similar films like “Anna & Bella”, “Crac” or “Harvie Krumpet”, it’s in that vein).

  2. I just wanted to say that Gerald is not the only one to like Gall Force. I have the first trilogy, Gall Force Eternal Story, Gall Force Destruction and Gall Force Stardust War on dvd (very bad video quality, it seems the publisher simply transfered the VHS version onto dvd). And I love the first chapter, Eternal Story. I even had the VHS version (so I bought Gall Force trilogy 2 times. How sad is that ? ^_^) and the audio cd (this one unfortunately of the sm variety some 11 years ago). Th next 2 chapters are so so, but the first one is simply epic.
    Good music, nice characters, tragedy, alien type horror, space combat and suprising ending all mixed into one. And who doesn’t like aliens as badass as the inbits ?
    Way way better than Bubblegum Crisis (except maybe in the music department).

    As for where the golden era of anime ends and the new era begins. I guess as has been said in the podcast you could choose Evangelion as the milestone. There is a pre-Eva type of anime and a post-Eva type of anime. And yet in my opinion the end of the golden era is not so much determined by Evangelion as by the moment the animation industry by and large started rolling back from producing anime to as the french would say ” le grand public”, to joe six pack. When they ran away from tv and concentrated mostly on the otaku public. That is in my opinion the watershed moment and I don’t think it coincides with the 1995 date.

    Now about citing some less well known anime. Hmm I guess I could cite Space Warrior Baldios, which the US didn’t get at least the tv series. I know the 2 hour film was supposedly published but excised of 30 minutes. So there you go. How many of you have seen this film ? I have to say that while most people regard Gundam 0079 as the founding stone of the real robot genre, it is not the only one to have had an influence in the genre. Looking back, Baldios also had a definite influence in the real robot genre. Now mind you, Gundam 0079 and Baldios carry the super robot stigma of the late seventies, early eighties. Yet while Gundam introduced semi realism into anime, Baldios introduces an epic scope you simply don’t have in Gundam. It’s pure science fiction, with an almost shojo like quality to it. And while the tv series never had an ending because the plug was pulled 3 episodes from the end, the film delivers. And delivers an ending that is a double downer. Very very shojo like. It’s pure melodrama. I guess you could make say that Baldios is the Brother Dear Brother of science fiction if that makes any sense.
    The tv series is worth watching (only 40 episodes) and the film is worthy as well. Watch the film after the tv series otherwise you’ll lose some fine points.

  3. I’d just like to say that this is the only anime podcast I listen to, and the only one that still rouses my old love of anime. I don’t sit and watch the stuff very often anymore, but after listening to one of these, I still make the effort to reconnect with the industry.

  4. Lovin’ the answers, guys. Thanks for posting. As for Black Lion, I remember watching a dubbed VHS copy of that in the 90s at my friend’s house and having no idea what I was watching. Weird movie and a great answer to that particular question.

  5. Interesting to hear Gerald’s thoughts on Disney’s “Frozen”, yet people still flock to it hook, line and sinker. I’ll certainly miss it anyway since I don’t have the same attachment to those 90’s Disney features many do.

  6. Having done video reviews on youtube intermittently for the past several years, I am guilty of reviewing shows I’ve only heard about by reading Sevakis’s columns on ANN and not giving proper credit to him. I’ve never claimed to have actually discovered anything though and I’ll be more careful to note wherever I first heard about a show in future.

  7. “I haven’t liked ANYTHING Gen Urobochi has done” – Gerald Rathkolb

    “Madoka Magica was good” – Gerald Rathkolb

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