In an attempt to more accurately reflect what this podcast is SUPPOSED to be, Gerald reviews the new(ish) anime Fantastic Children, Clarissa reviews the not-so-surprisingly forgotten A Wind Named Amnesia, and Daryl’s search for THE TRUTH at anime conventions continues with Part 2 of The Japanese Animation Convention is Decadent and Depraved!
Introduction (00:00 – 27:55)
We play some voicemails that are are reactions to the GeekNights voicemail from last week: SimHuman’s got issues with live action vs animated porn and has a super idea regarding segregating cosplayers from the rest of the convention, then Jeff Tatarek shares with us his long experience with cosplay and AMVs. Not content to stop there, Jeff dons his Zecter to defeat the Maharaja Mack Daddy once and for all, undoubtedly to prepare him for his second guest appearance on the Otaku Generation podcast. Chad Clayton also writes in regarding whether or not Project A-Ko was obviously a comedy given that there are people in this world who don’t realize Commando is a real-time documentary, which somehow results in us discussing the state of comedy in anime overall. Finally, we talk about why the Japanese haven’t updated their distribution system, even though we don’t have any qualifications to answer such a question. Then again we don’t have the qualifications to answer any questions.
- Mangacast – this man is a MACHINE because of the number of episodes this guy is up to, but unfortunately there’s no way to navigate through them
Let’s News! (27:56 – 35:40)
We take a look at a supremely bad business plan involving several Japanese companies releasing manga from the 1920’s and also some of the first work of some of the manga greats like Leiji Matsumoto. The Director of CMX also reveals why they took the only good thing about Tenjou Tenge out of it. We also discuss the top ten list of what ICv2 considers the most powerful people in the American anime industry. Daryl would like to semi-retract the statement he made regarding Diamond owning ICv2, as he can find no concrete evidence of this being the case despite there being very strong ties. Sort of like Dick Cheney and Halliburton. We also discuss the entry of into the anime distribution marketplace. Clearly, CPM having money problems wasn’t a hint that the market was oversaturated!
- Comipress translated article for classic manga boom
- ANN’s Page on Metropolis Manga
- Tezuka World’s Official Site on Metropolis Manga
- Dark Horse’s Official Site on Metropolis Manga
- Ultra Jump’s Official Site
- Business Jump’s Official Site (Japanese) – this was the anthology that originally ran Battle Angel until it switched over to Ultra Jump
Overlooked Anime: A Wind Named Amnesia (35:41 – 52:59)
Clarissa takes a look an a the sadly overlooked 1990 movie A Wind Named Amnesia. This is what happens when thoughtbird gets too greedy. Find out the secret hidden connections between this, Galaxy Express 999 and the not-in-real-time documentary Johnny Mnemonic!
Review: Fantastic Children (53:00 – 1:07:12)
Gerald tries to actually catch up with what everyone else out there is watching by reviewing a show that was released two years ago. Unfortunately, despite NOTHING but positive reviews online and no one daring to say anything negative about the show, Gerald is unable to find much to like about it (well at least the first 10 episodes). This probably comes from the vast amount of scenes of people looking at something and being TERRIFIED before everything fades to black, which annoys him when it’s done over five times per episode.
- ANN’s Page on Fantastic Children
- Official Japanese Fantastic Children Site – the official Japanese site gives away everything about the show, so if you can read Japanese be warned…though if you CAN read Japanese, you should be spending your time at better endeavors, like translating Sakigake! Otoko Juku!
THE TRUTH about anime fandom: The Japanese Animation Convention is Decadent and Depraved, Part 2 (1:06:14 – 1:29:40)
Daryl’s ongoing journey to bridge the divide between modern anime fandom and himself for the sake of his own salvation continues now, with Part Two of this special wannabe gonzo tell-all. Part 1 is here in Show 23.
- The Corner Raver – he emailed us months ago asking when this report would be up; video of him in action can be supplied if there is demand
- Girls Love the Revolutionary Wii Controller – this is how Ted Bundy would operate
- Clarissa’s brother – well no, not really; he was one of many Truth Underminers
- The Brain Smith in his yaoi attendant uniform – you can see more of The Brain at Risingsun.net; he most recently resorted to dressing up as Captain Jack Sparrow to get a free movie ticket
- The highly vocal, highly visible majority that dominates the face of anime conventions
- The guys in the video that the people in the previous link showed me – an interview with them was conducted but was omitted for time constraints; the picture says it all anyway
- Picture of a girl soliciting sexual favors – photo taken by Daryl around 11 AM
- Picture of the same girl being taken up on her offer – photo taken by Gerald roughly 12 hours later; we’re pretty sure she didn’t move from that spot all day. Note the very important dollar bill.
- A Florida anime club president and her husband – we’ll be seeing them again at AWA
Closing (1:29:40 – 1:33:39)
Can it be that some of the things we say actually result in people watching the stuff we’d be talking about? Better mention how Animeigo is selling Crusher Joe for like $6 with free shipping, plus their other stuff is going for awfully cheap too! The box your orders will ship in look like they were personally stomped upon by Robert Woodhead himself, but the contents should still be fine. Next time, it’s Daryl’s turn to watch something recent–and by his standards that means “from only a few years back”–so he’s going to watch the 13 episode series, Natsuhiko Kyogoku’s Requiem From the Darkness. Now that the series is over, Clarissa is going to acquiesce the demands of the masses and review something that actually IS recent, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Finally, Gerald is going to review one of his favorite anime, Gall Force.