As promised in Show 170, we’re fulfilling the latest donation marker met by once again are reviewing a listener suggestion as Daryl and gang talk about the 2005 sci-fi western series, Gun x Sword.
Introduction (0:00 – 28:38)
Daryl was a guest on the Blake and Spencer Get Jumped podcast (they’ll be Press at Anime Central this year!), where they asked him on to talk about 1998’s Spriggan: The Movie. He was also a guest on the latest episode of Ani-Gamers chipping in on their review of the 2019 live-action feature film Alita: Battle Angel, a movie which has been in development for about as long as Spriggan is old. On the subject of Jump-related things, we take this opportunity to hate on Jump Force (which due to developer ineptitude is accidentally open source; the mods to replace Vegeta with Ultra Instinct Shaggy are already out) and wish that City Hunter was more readily available in the US. Whatever happened to those Chinese movie adaptations they said they were making like, three years ago, anyway?
On that note, in the emails we talk about the effect of Chinese government censorship on the entertainment which we consume. This is now extending over into anime, and people should probably give it far more weight and discussion than they currently do since it’s got a way bigger effect than a couple of people sending Tweets at light novel authors on your entertainment. Besides, if you want to talk about the real effect of Twitter on your anime/manga/light novel entertainment, it’d be the tweets the authors make themselves…
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (28:38 – 33:08)
The current sale is for FUNimation titles, which means it’s a gigantic one. Everything–including Gun x Sword–is on sale and everything beats the Amazon pricing, some much more so than others. We picked out a few titles you might be interested in; as always, if you visit their site through our affiliate links, we get a small commission.
Review: Gun x Sword (33:08 – 1:35:48)
This is the second half of our Twitch donation goal marker incentive. We contemplated leaving it at just Judge, but we elected to also take on a TV series closer to the 26 episode limit. Goro Taniguchi these days is best known for Code Geass, but this is the series he made just before that. At first glance, it’s easy to write this one off as a Trigun copycat, as most people did since the resemblance is not accidental, but is that all there is to it? Daryl had tried to conceal the fact that Gun x Sword is in fact a giant robot show–this detail is also concealed on practically all US promotional materials–but the prominent inclusion of Gun x Sword in the upcoming Super Robot Wars T ruined the surprise.