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It’s our fourth year anniversary! (Actually, it’s probably the third year anniversary. But we already HAD a third year anniversary LAST year!) Our special guest is Otaku USA’s Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide, so we’re doing an all-manga edition of AWO. Clarissa spirals into madness with Uzumaki, Gerald lets fly with Crying Freeman, and Daryl passes on to the next life courtesy of Violence Hero Riki-Oh! For this episode we offer the option of downloading the show per segment, should you prefer. Just click on the segment name and its running length.
Introduction (0:00 – 37:51)
Who is the mysterious Jason Thompson? Whatever could have inspired him to write Manga: The Complete Guide and King of RPGs ? How can one man give away so much manga for free every day for a year? How does he manage to write for not just Otaku USA but also Comixology? And how many websites can one dude have, anyway? His Twitter account just isn’t enough to answer all this. Though for the record, the short answer is “because he hit his Otaku Expiration Date.” Indeed, he just got engaged a few days ago! If our kung fu were as strong as Joe McCulloch’s, we would have remembered this first half of his writeup on the English language comics anthology “Manga” when we asked the question about it. But we forgot. Since the time of the recording, the second half of his writeup has been posted. Read those, retain their knowledge, and you shall be a Formidable Opponent (TM).
Review: Uzumaki (37:51 – 1:01:47)
Clarissa reviews this horror manga by Junji Ito. Like you even need to specify that it’s “horror” when it comes to this crazy cat. Why, if you buy from the links we provide, we get about ten cents…eventually! Here are links for Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3.
Review: Crying Freeman (1:01:47 – 1:33:42)
Gerald reviews the most well-known collaboration between ultimate manga master Kazuo Koike and artist Ryoichi Ikegami among US readers. This was the first manga Paul Chapman ever saw when he was a young child. He opened it to a random page and saw a dude getting–as he phrases it–“a hummer.” Speaking of which, look for Daryl to make another guest appearance on the Greatest Movie EVER! podcast once Paul figures out that, rather than waiting until the end of the month, he can delete an old episode to free up space on his Libsyn account in order to post a new episode. Like what we just ended up doing to bring you this! [12/10 update: here you go! We talked about Crank, Crank 2: High Voltage, and Gamer. I kind of sucked here since this was on short notice and I didn’t actually rewatch the films prior to recording.] Here are AWO-supportive Amazon links to buy this: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, and Volume 5.
Review: Violence Hero Riki-Oh (1:33:42 – 2:13:25)
There’s a good chance that you’ve seen the live-action movie, as its infamy and legend helped shape Media Blasters into the entity it is today. If you have NOT seen it, then your life is incomplete until you remedy the situation. But that is merely scratching the surface of what awaits you in this manga. Sadly, it cannot be purchased in the US, but there are full scanlations available. What is Riki-Oh about? What is going on in this comicbook? That…is the question.
Closing (2:13:25 – 2:21:58)
Next time, which to be honest will probably not be until next year at this rate, Clarissa will be reviewing Helen McCarthy’s new book, The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga. Gerald will be reviewing the somewhat experimental–and until recently, virtually impossible to find–anime Bobby’s Girl (aka Bobby’s In Deep!), and Daryl fulfills a promise that he’s put off for too many years by finally getting around to answering the question…GOD DAMMIT WHERE THE HELL IS JACK? (FUCKIN’ CHICKENSHIT. FUCKIN’, FUCKIN’, SHIT, FUCKIN’ SHIT!). For it shall be the second pillar of the Holy Manga Video Trinity of Suck, Violence Jack. The first pillar of course was the glorious Angel Cop, reviewed back in 2007. He was spacing them out so as not to run out, but this was probably too much spacing.