Anime World Order Show # 55 – Master Shake Demanded This Episode Be Three Hours Long

After over a month of no new recordings, we have returned, but our attempt to resume normal releases hit some roadblocks. This week, Daryl’s finally talking about the Sanrio film Sea Prince and the Fire Child, Gerald discusses the Gainax television series Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and Clarissa goes nuts over MPD Psycho.

The total length of this episode ended up being a little over THREE, not four, hours. We have therefore split everything up into two files that are in fact NOT of equal length: one file containing the news and the Nadia review, and the other file containing everything else.

Show 55:

Show 55a:

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Due to a power outage, the project for unknown parts of the first portion of the show got corrupted. It is very likely that there may be sections of obviously missing dialogue, or that at some point, the dialogue between Daryl and everyone else will shift out of phase.

Supplemental links will come later since this all got “finished” around 3:45 AM and I got about three hours of sleep. In the meantime, marvel at the wonders of this picture:

The following timecodes are for everything other than the news segment, which is devoted almost entirely to Anime Expo discussion, and the Nadia review.

Introduction (0:00 – 23:51)
Daryl has finished moving into his new home and has set up his computer in a large tiled room, thus giving him a constant echo for the foreseeable future from this point on until he stops being lazy and moves his computer into one of the rooms with carpet. We start things off by concluding our 009-1 Volume 1 contest (the winner has actually already responded and received their prize) and beginning a newer contest that is probably going to be semi-ongoing. Listen for the details! As far as emails go, Daryl is enlightened about the secret connection between Shojo Beat and Kazuo Koike, plus we brainstorm for titles of a very important anime genre, that of “things containing frowny-faced men with big eyebrows.” We neglected to mention very many frowny faced women with big bushy eyebrows, but we’ll blame Clarissa for forgetting about Dorothy Catalonia. Also, Gerald is officially on THE LIST for disliking Fullmetal Alchemist. Finally, just like how junk mail saved Kevin McDonald’s life, the AWO saves lives as well!

Promo: Destroy All Podcasts DX (23:51 – 24:37)
Even though Jeremy is a dirty, dirty film school graduate (and as such harbors many wrong opinions because opinions can in fact be objectively wrong if they’re contrary to our opinions) who gets mad tail yet still claims to be a nerd, we are willing to forgive his repeated transgressions. For you see, now that Daryl suggested he try using a basic diplo-sniper build, he is finally playing the original Fallout. Granted, he is doing the “cheap” evil route of just killing most everyone he encounters because he didn’t know how to access the Pip-Boy or his character stats and was somehow unaware that he needed to be searching for a water chip since he’s too used to the current age of videogames and their in-game tutorials that exist in lieu of reading the instruction manual, but one of these days he’ll come around.

Review: Sea Prince and the Fire Child aka Sirius no Densetsu (24:37 – 53:58)

o/~ I’m so in love with you / I want to wad you up into my life / Let’s roll up to be / A single star in the sky o/~
Fine, so it’s not really like Katamari Damacy at all. Still, the B.O.T. level here is something indeed.

Daryl reviews this classic feature film from Sanrio, the dub of which is long out of print. Bootleg copies can be had on eBay for about $15-$20, but just download the dual audio DVD rip for free. Sanrio doesn’t seem to be wanting to release this one on DVD in the US anyway, so this is the ONLY way that people in America can see this film in English without giving money to bootleggers. I guess now that this and Ringing Bell are out of the way, all that remains is Unico…

UPDATE: It turns out that there is a dual audio Region 2 DVD rip of the movie with English subtitles. The torrent link I used has been changed to reflect this new link.

Promo: Happy House of Hentai (53:58 – 54:20)
What better way to cap off a Sanrio discussion than by endorsing podcasts containing “Hello Kitty”? To be more accurate, this show should probably be renamed “Lord Kaos Gives Medical Advice Even Though He Is Not a Doctor,” but that’s far too long a URL to type.

Review: MPD Psycho Volume 1 (54:20 – 1:07:57)
Clarissa reviews this manga from the wonderful mind that brought us The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. This is a violence epic about people with multiple personalities possibly performing serialized killings upon other serial killers a la Dexter. Only this was made first. Right about now is when people are probably going to be experiencing Death Note withdrawal, so perhaps this can be your new fix.

Promo: Anime Pulse (1:07:57 – 1:08:28)
Daryl would pester Ichigo and company far more if they enabled user comments on their posts, since he’s trying not to register for any more forums if he can help it. Dear anime podcasters: don’t you WANT Daryl to comment on your episodes? Then please enable comments on your blog posts that don’t require registration. You probably want to throw in a word verification to avoid getting spammed into oblivion, as Dave and Joel have now realized.

Closing (1:08:28 – 1:15:29)
For the next few weeks, we are going to be BRINGING THE PAIN down on you suckers. Gerald’s closing out his Megazone 23 reviews by tackling Megazone 23 The Third (or as the Japanese say it, “Megazone 23 The Saddle”), Clarissa prescribes a cure for insomnia by reviewing Birth (as well as the Streamline dub of the same OAV entitled Planet Busters!), and Daryl in the face of this onslaught has opted to cut everyone a break and throw you guys a bone (or rather, a stick) by reviewing Demon City Shinjuku.

This is going to get worse before it gets better, and we might need to bring Neil Nadelman in soon to get in on this. Here’s timecodes for the second half.

Let’s News! (0:00 – 1:08:19)
We spend pretty much all of this time talking about the various developments that emerged from Anime Expo 2007. The Anime News Network con report is pretty much all you need as far as links go.

Promo: Otaku USA Magazine (1:08:19 – 1:10:11)
Mike Dent from R5 Central throws down this shockingly audible endorsement of a magazine headed up by TV’s Patrick Macias with anime (and soon, some manga) reviews by us crazy yokels. If you think Daryl and Clarissa are lazy as far as getting this podcast released, you should see us when we’re trying to come up with ideas for anime reviews!

Review: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1:10:11 – 1:58:56)
Gerald takes a very long time (over 45 minutes) to talk about what is probably the most uneven show, in terms of quality, to ever come out of anime. The only anime out there to feature FRENCH PEOPLE, Miyazaki, getting high on mushroom, planting another sun in the sky, the KKK, and the most selfish bitch anime has ever created. HOWEVER, she was fighting for second place (with Belldandy of all people) as the greatest female character of all time for a good part of the 90’s. Witness how we talk so long about the show and focus on the Island Episodes so much that there’s no way anyone listening would want to watch this show!

76 Replies to “Anime World Order Show # 55 – Master Shake Demanded This Episode Be Three Hours Long”

  1. I really need to start watching more of these shows Daryl recommends, I’ve never found him to be wrong, except perhaps in that Haibane Renmei’s praises weren’t sung as well as deserved.

  2. You know…as has been the case more than once on AWO, looking back, I find that I preferred the Streamline dub…even though I thought they were going to dub this in English! ENGLISH MOTHERFUCKER! DO YOU SPEAK IT?!


  3. E. Bernhard Warg wrote:

    People remember Nadia sixteen years after it aired. Atlantis is forgotten a mere six years later.

    Heh, even I forgot about Atlantis, yet I saw that in the theaters! But I can remember the bitchstorm that brewed when that was out.

  4. Utena was the has way wasn’t it. Some episodes in the show you could show on Saturday morning cartoons. Other episodes you can only show on cable i.e. Black Rose episodes for example (Very dark episodes about the human condition. I love Utena allot, but some of the episodes did feel like that has well.

  5. Just how *cold* Daryl sounds when he suggests we check the quality of the dub by the crying is absolutely awesome.

    Also, I do not believe Nadia ever turned up on TV in the UK.


    Master Shake, unsatisfied with the fact that just this episode was three hours long, demanded that we do ANOTHER episode that was nearly three hours long. Unfortunately, since Gerald is headed to Otakon and I have not yet even begun to edit the next episode, we opted to invade Otaku Generation.

    Otaku Generation Show # 110 is their Otakon preparation guide, but I didn’t let the fact that I’m not going to be at Otakon stop me at all, no sir.

    This marks my second impromptu appearance on OG, as I was also present for Show # 91. So for all of you who just need to hear me screaming about stuff, you can get some of it there in the meantime since the three of us are going to be crunched as far as Otaku USA deadlines and Anime Festival Orlando preparation is concerned for the next week or two.

    But I’ll try and get Show # 56 edited and uploaded by week’s end.

  7. Maybe this gets mentioned in the podcast -I am three episodes behind at the moment, but you guys are next on the playlist!- but the thing to do with Nadia is A) skip the damn island episodes, and B) SKIP THE FINAL EPISODE!!!

    Watch the next to last one where they go all-out and shoot stuff and reuse the old Yamato sound effects. It’s a rocking episode. So watch that one and just stop. Instead of actually watching the finale, imagine one in your head. Pretty much no matter WHAT you imagine, it will be better than what they actually did for the ending.

    Anyway, I actually liked Yoshino Takamori as Nadia and Noriko Hidaka as Jean. Noriko’s done some awesome songs -though NOT so much on this show- and I just totally dig Takamori’s voice. It makes me melt nicely.

  8. … Yeah don’t be dissing on Birth. It’s got a fantastic soundtrack from everybody’s hero Joe Hisaishi.

    Never seen the video but the music is worth getting. Lots of homages to the music Hisaishi did for Tecnopolice and especially Mospeada. The song “Shade, the sacred sword” is basically the Mospeada open slightly reworked. Good stuff.

  9. Okay, so I had another comment on this episode, but I decide to consult with my panel of experts before talking out of my ass. On hearing that the big concert at Expo was delayed for 2 hours, I was disgusted. If they want to become an industry show, they’d better get their acts together. A delay like this is possibly the result of recalcitrant guests, but it seems more likely that it was the product of poor planning. Somebody underestimated set-up times, technical problems multiply, and magically a two-hour delay appears in your schedule. I desperately want to speculate more about this, but since I haven’t seen Anime Expo’s schedule, I’ll leave that part alone.

    I do think it’s laughable to try to set yourself up as an industry leader when you have such a poor handle on logistics.

    Additionally, anonymous to anonymous I’m all aquiver at the manliness of your anonymous invocations of irony and your anonymous quotations of quotations of quotations. I hope you’re not an anonymous girl. Then I would have been wrong to call your anonymity manly. I guess I am wrong to call you manly. What you are is a hero. Like Condor Joe, you are a straight shooter.

    And anonymous.

    Also, I think n15pca might not be a native speaker of English.

    Wait was that why you made those anonymous posts?

  10. Re: Hellsing Ultimate dub – it’s fantastic. I used to live in UK and I can’t stand the fake English accents so often used… but these were actually really well done. I especially loved Victoria Harwood’s Integra, and Katherine Gray’s Victoria Seras was pretty entertaining too (although she’s actually American – very good job still).

  11. Even though I sign my emails and private messages with “-C.”, I would just like to note that Anonymous and I are not the same person.

    But that may have already been obvious, as I don’t quote Tarantino movies if there’s any way I can possibly avoid it.

  12. The anonymous poster I was speaking to is not the anonymous who signs his messages -C. That person is a model of civility and, I suspect, has the discernment not to use the word ironic so carelessly. I was responding to the anonymous poster who is not a model of civility. As I myself am not.

  13. Damn, I guess that’ll teach me to read through the comments quickly — the anonymous posts blended into each other.

    Apologies to “-C.” for the misunderstanding. It should have occurred to me that I had read and enjoyed his posts before, but it didn’t.

  14. You know, the first thing I thought of when I heard you guys were doing a Nadia review was a random comment thread from one of the earlier episodes; mentioning an AWO doujin starring Daryl as Nadia.

  15. on AX being the offical industry con:

    AX has, from my outsider’s POV, always sought that position, to be for anime what VSDA is for the home video business, or E3 for Games, Gencon, SDCC, and so on. It’s never really gotten there. For some odd reason the Industry itself has resisted, instead tending to focus on SDCC (generally) as their Big Event. I assume because the Eyes of Hollywood have lately gathered there, and the Industry still wants at some level to be recognized as ‘Important’ and ‘legit’ and not the niche product it is.

    And of course now the New York anime con is getting a push, because that allows studios to cozy up to Diamond more….

    On Nadia:

    I echo Tim, the story ‘back in the day’ was that there was this huge, terrible fire that took out all manner of finished footage and scripts and stuff at Gainex, thus ‘forcing’ them to toss together a batch of ‘off story’ episodes to placehold until they could pick up the pieces and get back to the ‘real’ story.

    Which, frankly, always sounded like so much horse doody, knowing *something* about the long production line that is even one episode. It’s not like a live show that could ‘wing it’ for a few weeks…

    But I don’t think the problem was NHK demanding new episodes out of the blue either. That also sounds bogus, given the reality of animation production.

    No, I suspect the problem with the existance of the Island episodes rest on Anno’s shoulders as he had a mental hiccup that kept shifting the focus of the story. I mean, think about it. At the start, Gargoyle was just this guy who, like Robur the Air Pirate, wanted to become the Master of the World. It was clear he had huge resources, and access to powerful people, and the concept seemed to be he was using bits and fragments of Atlantian technology to leapfrog the tech level and science of the time. Take his giant airship, totally within the tech of the 19th century but with just a little more. Semi-auto rifles for his army when CARTRIGES were a recent invention and the bolt action single shot rifle was the bleeding edge tech. His Garfish submarines…

    Then suddenly it’s all Atlantis, and all the stuff is from Space, and Where the HELL did he get those goofy 3-armed flying ships?

    Meanwhile Nemo is taking the backstory from Latitude Zero almost wholesale…except NO, his ship was REALLY a spaceship from the past!

    And there were Giants in the Earth….

    Bah. Big-Little book of Von Daneken, and toss in some Yamato at the end to make the otaku giggle…

  16. Elizabeth –

    I’m not a big romance novel person, but I think an otaku-centered one with a guy who lives in Reno cosplay demands my attention. Who’s the author on those, so I can keep an eye out?

  17. DARN YOU, AWO! Where is episode 56, the one that magically coincides with my birthday? WHERE, I beg of you?

  18. The author is Anne Stuart, and the character’s first appearance is in the book Blue Ice. He’s going to appear as a secondary character in a book that’s due out this fall. He’ll be the hero of a book that is not yet written.

  19. What I want to know is if the Lost Universe re-release will contain original version of the infamous yashigani episode. If it doesn’t, fuck that, that’s about the only reason I’d even care about the stupid thing.

  20. I have to wonder: have you gotten any ranting fan e-mails taking you to task for not appreciating the island episodes of Nadia? You know there’s gotta be at least one person out there… [Nothing comes to mind. It’s been a few years, but time hasn’t been very kind to Nadia. –Daryl]

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