Anime World Order Show # 163 – This Episode Appropriately Delayed Due to Severe Rainstorm

In this episode, Daryl and the gang review 2010’s Rainbow – Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, a show about criminals for which the biggest crime is how overlooked it remains. With the timing of this episode, it is likely to remain that way.

Introduction (0:00 – 30:34)
We didn’t actually get much in the way of new emails between the last episode and this one, so rather than do the responsible thing and simply read one of the thousands of existing emails, we elected instead to give our impressions of the currently airing anime season. The problem was that we recorded this one day into the new season, so most of the top favorites had yet to even start.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (30:34 – 33:53)
It’s not just for videogames anymore; one-day flash sales are all the rage over at your favorite anime/manga vendor as well! All the better to encourage us to check the site every single day. Alternatively, if you listened to our review of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and concluded “I must own this in its entirety!” (as many do), you’ll want to get your preorder in before September since you’ll save over $100.

Review: Rainbow – Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin (33:53 – 1:18:06)
The 2010 series Rainbow was one of those shows that everybody who watched it through loved it, but virtually nobody was willing to watch; a critically acclaimed flop. Fans at the time didn’t want to watch a show with so much objectionable content whose cast was pretty much entirely guys that focused so heavily on their deeply-forged bonds of friendship…but perhaps in 2018, all of these things are selling points! Hey, it could happen; people are watching Legend of the Galactic Heroes now! Alas, the streaming rights for Rainbow expired long ago and it was never released on home video in the US, so your only option is fansubs and (partial) scanlations for this one.

Anime World Order Show # 162 – We Need More BORT License Plates In the Gift Shop

We missed another month because Gerald changed his mind on what he wanted to review. So rather than have another Spriggan on our hands, have THIS review instead of the recently-concluded (for now) Land of the Lustrous!

Introduction (0:00 – 20:05)
Oh hey, we’ve done some stuff since the last episode! The June 2018 issue of Otaku USA is out, where Daryl reviewed DEVILMAN Crybaby, Pop Team Epic, Mind Game (the text of which you can read online here), and interviewed legendary voice actor Toshio Furukawa! Daryl also wrote a piece on Anime News Network, Thirty Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1988 which you should totally also check out…and then you can read his review of the Blu-Ray release of Robot Carnival when you’re done! Speaking of ANN, we updated our Guest Spots listing with our most recent appearance on the ANNCast. Hey, can that count as our February episode? No? Darn. In the emails, we go over some panel preparation advice regarding the sourcing of video clips, which is basically all that we do because we have to watch through enough PowerPoint presentations at work as it is.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (20:05 – 22:15)
The Anime Madness sale is underway, in which 32 titles are currently on sale. Fan voting determines what stays and what gets eliminated, and so even though we feel confident that several of the brackets are rigged to ensure the most coveted items remain on sale the longest, THERE’S NO TELLING WITH YOU PEOPLE so get in on that while the getting in is good!

Review: Land of the Lustrous (22:15 – 58:05)
It’s not typically the AWO style to be reviewing something that’s so recent and so currently the “in” thing among anime fans, but three months is an eternity in anime fandom time! Maybe it’s been sort of forgotten about? In any case, this is a spoiler-free overview of the series for those who did NOT pirate the ever-lovin’ crap out of this series, since during its airing it was behind the now-defunct Anime Strike paywall. As we predicted another volume of the manga did just come out by the time we got around to posting this. It’ll be a while before the anime is released in the US on Blu-Ray/DVD, but for now the manga is available to purchase here. You can also buy digital editions courtesy of Amazon, and provided you have Amazon Prime you can watch this very anime on there as well!