Anime World Order Show # 130 – I WAS a Fan of Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart

In this episode, Gerald reviews the 1978 theatrical film Lupin the Third: The Mystery of Mamo. Be forewarned that this episode is heavier on spoilers than usual, perhaps because the film in question is roughly 36 years old, has been released multiple times in the US, and has been legally streaming for a few years now. Also be forewarned that the person we are likely to model our pronunciation of “Lupin” after is Dennis Moore. Dennis Moore. Dum de dum. The night.

Introduction (0:00 – 22:50)
We’re getting set for Anime Weekend Atlanta which is now one week away. Better get started on those panels, huh. Especially now that the schedule’s online. In the emails, we’re asked a question about why more US anime fans don’t create their own animation which is mired within the same ol’ “what IS anime, man?” arguments we got completely and utterly sick of having a decade ago. I guess that goes to show how much traction our arguments had (none whatsoever).

Review – Lupin the Third: The Mystery of Mamo (22:50 – 1:10:49)
Gerald figured the Discotek re-re-release (that’s this one) was the ideal excuse to spring this movie upon Clarissa, who’d never seen it until this point. People may never agree on whether they love or hate it for hewing closest to the tone of the original manga source material compared to other Lupin anime, which of the four English dubs is their favorite–there is officially no love in the hood for the Manga UK dub–or whether or not that ending is perfect or just total bullshit, but one thing’s for sure: this is the best US release of the film to date until a Blu-Ray comes out, and after nearly two years it’s safe to say “just get this one for now before it goes out of print.” On one hand, the greater overarching plot of this film is pretty thoroughly spoiled. On the other hand, what TRULY makes this movie is all the little things such as that goddamned cigar lighter and the subtly altered advertisement for Clark bars. We said nothing about THAT stuff.

Next time, by popular demand, Clarissa cleans up Daryl’s mess and gives everyone a proper review of Shinji Aramaki’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Because you deserve it. Also, because it’s now on Netflix in both Japanese and Steven Fosterized English and thus requires minimal effort to watch.