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It’s been entirely too long since we’ve reviewed something from before the 1980s, so we all checked out the Toei Douga 1975 film adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Introduction (0:00 – 34:30)
There are multiple things sapping us of willpower lately, and only a few of them pertain to the anime we’re watching. Be that as it may, we give our answer to a question that doesn’t strictly have any one correct response: how do you come up with ideas for what to do at anime conventions? We’ve talked about it before, but perhaps not in this level of detail. Or perhaps we keep saying the same thing over and over but have no short or long term memory anymore.
This episode is brought to you by Right Stuf Anime, whose current sale (that probably expires in a few hours) is on Discotek Media titles, such as what we’re reviewing this episode. Note: we did not plan for that. We were going to review this anyway.
Review: The Little Mermaid (34:30 – 1:15:36)
We probably ought to state that, for the sake of avoiding customer confusion aka “parents/grandparents bought you the wrong thing because they got tricked into thinking it was the other, more famous thing” this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is the 1975 Japanese animated Toei version in which the lead character is blonde instead of a redhead. This selection from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Science and Culture may not be quite as technically proficient as the 1989 Walt Disney musical everyone knows (except Daryl, who’s never seen it), but it does have going for it the things which make anime inherently superior. Namely, added VIOLENCE and TOPLESS BABES. Okay fine, those are not things which are featured with much prominence in either this film or our review of it, BUT IT’S THERE. Gerald ended up not only watching this film and reading the original story, he also watched the Russian animated version, Rusalochka. Russia actually made more than one version, since one was from the 1960s and another was from the 1970s, released shortly after this film. You can see them on Youtube should you wish to weigh in on what YOU think may have been “borrowed” or “inspiring” for the template of the modern Walt Disney song and dance routine cartoon.
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It’s a podcast. It’s a special podcast. It’s got super discussions about Code Geass, Berserk Season 2, Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016, and Gerald’s review of a Most Dangerous film from 1986, Ai City.
Introduction (0:00 – 58:28)
The emails ask the question that is either from or will summon That One Guy Who Always Comments Whenever We Mention Code Geass, since it’s about what we think about Code Geass aka “a show for which our thoughts on it have made people we know stop talking to us for years.” After about 17 or so minutes of that, the remainder of this introduction segment is dedicated to a convention report since Daryl and Gerald went to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016 as Press. Actually, this ends up also becoming about Berserk Season 2, 91 Days, and the Takarazuka Revue’s production of Lupin the Third:
Promo: RightStuf Anime (58:28 – 1:04:45)
Normally, the promotion spot does not take over 6 minutes. But this time, we have to Get Our Shit In because Lupin the Third Part II Collection 1 is now available for preorder, and it features three episode-length commentary tracks by Daryl. The set ships on 12/20/16, just before Christmas, so preorder now to ensure your Christmas bounties are well, depleted because Lupin is a thief. On the subject of bounties and thieves, Daryl’s Twitch page with donations is here for those inclined to chip in now that he’s finally, FINALLY committing to the previous bounty incentive, Gundam 00.
Review: Ai City (1:04:45 – 1:54:34)
Gerald reviews this Most Dangerous anime from thirty years ago, in 1986. The article Daryl was referring to which he wrote is available to read on Anime News Network: Thirty Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1986 (note: Project EDEN should probably be considered a 1987 release, as I can’t find the proof that it premiered 4 months earlier ahead of the Japanese theatrical debut.) There was a follow-up as well, Twenty Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1996 (And Some Others Too). What is Ai City about? Let’s try to find out together. And don’t you jump in the comments to “correct” us after having read the Wikipedia entry for it either, because approximately 0% of that information is taken from what transpires in THIS movie.