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Two episodes in a month! It’s practically an AWO double decker, so it’s only fitting that Clarissa review the surprisingly overlooked Tiger and Bunny spinoff of sorts, Double Decker! Doug and Kirill.
Introduction (0:00 – 48:48)
Despite lengthy technical errors and chat derailments into egregiously off-topic areas, the charity stream was a success! You can watch a VOD of the entire thing here. We’ve also got a Patreon set up, but it’s basically a tip jar. We’re not so sure about tier rewards and all that, but it seems that a few of you have already found it thanks to our tweeting about it one time. Over in the emails, we hear from Artist Alley crafter The Lumbering Blacksmith (who also has a Facebook page) on a rarely-seen way to engage fans of Japanese animation: woodworking! As the Reiwa era dawns–we got this episode out just under the wire–we bid farewell to two Most Dangerous seinen manga pioneers, Monkey Punch and Kazuo Koike, both of whom died recently of pneumonia in their 80s. There have been quite a few obituary tributes written for both, but we think Jog’s writeup over at The Comics Journal is the one to beat. He’s the only one bold and daring enough to include pages from Golgo 13, The Starving Man, and Offered. When we grow up, we hope to be as awesome as he–wait, what do you mean we’re the same age?!
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (48:48 – 51:15)
Megalobox is coming to Blu-Ray, and Right Stuf has an exclusive bonus for those wishing to get the Limited Edition. You’ll get 6 character art cards, each done in the style of a fight poster. Sure, right now as of this writing Megalobox is streaming on Crunchyroll and just wrapped up its Adult Swim broadcast last month. But years from now, who’s to say it won’t just suddenly vanish with little to no warning? We just saw that happen with Cat’s Eye, after all. If you liked that series and have the means to do so, you may want to consider buying the set just so that it’s always accessible for you.
Review: Double Decker! Doug and Kirill (51:15 – 1:43:51)
Clarissa reviews this recently concluded spinoff of sorts to the 2011 hit anime series Tiger and Bunny, which awakened a generation to their desire for dream daddies. If you never saw T&B on account that it happened at the start of the decade, back when it being simulcast was novel and Hulu was still free, don’t worry because the two are rather different despite having very similar appeal and production staff. Though we will note that for now, Tiger and Bunny remains in print on Blu-Ray and is currently streaming on Netflix, both dub and sub. Double Decker isn’t about superheroes, but it is about dynamic duos fighting super-criminals nevertheless. We talk about what makes this show so darned great and speculate as to why it just hasn’t quite caught on in the United States to anywhere near the degree it seems to have in Japan.
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Two episodes ago we told you to go check out Erica Friedman and her blog Okazu, but much like a rogue outlaw space idol singer this Most Dangerous Erica has come to us so that we can talk about the 2018 yuri anime Kase-san and Morning Glories.
Introduction (0:00 – 39:35)
On Saturday, April 6th 2019 we’ll be doing a retro anime videogame charity stream on Gerald’s Twitch channel starting around 1 PM Eastern or thereabouts. Here’s a VOD of last year’s, to give you an idea. We are once again raising money for War Child UK as part of RE-PLAY, and while we won’t rake in those big Yogscast bucks, every little bit helps. Gerald will be making another brisket.
But that’s not what this segment is about! We talk to Erica about her myriad of accomplishments as far as bringing information about yuri to the English-speaking anime fanbase for over 20 years and counting! Sailor Moon and Utena discussion will ensue throughout. Please note that a yuri Bodhisattva does not attain “yuri Buddhahood.” Rather, they become “the lesbian Go Nagai.” Erica’s run conventions, publishing companies, a really comprehensive blog as linked to above, and of course panels to the point where for years we (okay, just Daryl) associated her raw power level with the Mike Awesome theme song, which we would have used as her intro music here except Mike Awesome has been dead for several years. Also, she may or may not have once upon a time had the same hair as Mike Awesome.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (39:35 – 42:10)
The wait is over, as Seven Seas Entertainment has now released all five volumes of the Kase-san manga from which this anime is derived. We also recommend getting your preorder in for Gundam: The Origin – Chronicle of the Loum Battlefield Collection and the Limited Edition of Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Part 1. But, since there’s currently a Sentai Filmworks sale going, you may want to grab the entirety of the original Armored Trooper VOTOMS TV series plus compilation films for $29.99.
Review: Kase-san and Morning Glories (42:10 – 1:27:59)
This review is almost “pulling a Gerald” since it’s a title that is, so far, not licensed for release in the United States with no legal streaming availability for which we’re all just going to talk about how incredibly great it is. What’s more, the link that we ordered it from (Amazon JP) currently lists it as out of stock with a restock estimate of “1 to 2 months.” That said, even if you import it from Japan it is NOT outrageously expensive since it’s a Pony Canyon release (plus you get a bunch of nice extras), and it DOES include a professional quality English subtitle track. This one hour OVA/theatrical anime adaptation of Hiromi Takashima’s manga from roughly Volume 3 on (available both in print and digital) is quite different from so many other yuri anime in that it begins at the point where most of them conclude, and between its narrative focus and stellar production values Erica declares this a must-see and own. Kase-san and Morning Glories has screened at multiple anime conventions in the US, so a domestic release seems a question of “when” more than “if.”