Sure we talk about him a lot, but for our sixtieth episode we’ve decided to devote the entire show to talking about the God of Manga himself, Osamu Tezuka. Daryl’s reviewing the Astro Boy TV series (take your pick), Clarissa’s reviewing the Black Jack OAVs and movie, and Gerald’s reviewing the manga Apollo’s Song.
Show notes will be put up…later! Otaku USA doesn’t write itself, you know!
Introduction (0:00 – 43:27)
Does Stan even remember his role in the Ozone Commandos? Wait, nobody can remember it, since it wasn’t released [yet]! In the emails, we’re asked our opinion on Fushigi Yuugi (which is still really expensive!). Short answer: Yu Watase is a hack. Can we recommend good romance anime? Short answer: no. What’s our thoughts on fanfiction? Short answer: just look at all the slash-related Livejournal communities Clarissa’s a member of. Wait, that’s not a very short list after all! It took us nearly 45 minutes to say this!
Promo: Greatest Movie EVER! (43:27 – 44:05)
It’s the Big Month of Dick over at the Greatest Movie EVER! podcast, where they’re talking about film adaptations of Philip K. Dick exclusively! Featuring a bunch of guest reviewers, including Jeff “Rich Lather” Tatarek, who made this promo instead of making his own podcast. As late as we are in getting shows up, his Robot Carnival review still isn’t there! In any case, we remain satisfied that people start off by listening to AWO, hear promos for Dave and Joel, Greatest Movie EVER!, Lather’s Blather, etc. then determine that they’re more entertaining to listen to than us (and shorter, too!) and stop listening to us. If we were concerned about listenership, we wouldn’t be pulling stunts like…
Review: Astro Boy (44:05 – 1:39:07)
Daryl doesn’t care that absolutely nobody in America cares about Astro Boy. He’s going to talk about the Birth of Astro Boy storyline as portrayed in the original manga, the 1960s TV series, the 1980s TV series, and the 2003 TV series, no matter how many people don’t give a crap. The cool people are interested and not at all bored to tears. Both of them.
- The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution – look forward to a review of this book in the next issue of Otaku USA! Actually, you can now read Daryl’s review here!
- Dark Horse Comics has released the original Astro Boy manga over the span of 23 volumes. You can get these for about $1-$4 each used.
- Right Stuf’s official Astro Boy site – where you can get the ultra editions of the dub-only 1960s Astro Boy series. Amazon has the sets for a lot cheaper if you want to get used ones though (Set 1, Set 2)
- Manga Video’s official New Adventures of Astro Boy site – the entire series can be had for about $20. At some point, we’ll edit and post an interview with Noboru Ishiguro, the director of this series!
- Madman Entertainment’s New Adventures of Astro Boy site – Wikipedia says that this release has the two uncut original Japanese episodes as well as more deleted scenes, and Wikipedia is never wrong
- The Astro Boy 2003 series can be had for $13 plus shipping – even Zac from ANN thinks this show is completely awesome! Too bad the series is edited, dub-only, and pan-and-scan. The Region 3 release is excellent, but it’s not easy to find. And it’s not cheap, either. Somebody buy that, make DVDRs of it, and mail the copies to me!
- For more information about the 2003 Astro Boy series, be sure to listen to AWO Show #37 where we interviewed Marc Handler, the Executive Story Editor for the series. Look forward to a follow-up interview once it’s finished being edited!
We’ll post the Black Jack and Apollo’s Song bits later. And you didn’t really think we had nothing more to say about this Geneon situation, did you?