Wait, did we turn the clocks back to the early 2000s for this episode? Only partially, for while it’s true that we’re reviewing The Anime Encyclopedia, it’s the newly revised 3rd Edition as opposed to the older editions…which we also have…
Introduction (0:00 – 23:30)
The emails have us realizing how long we’ve been at it, as we find ourselves having to explain what was the deal with Gonzo Animation’s TV show production methodology now that it’s a generation past. In so doing, we technically give our thoughts on Samurai 7. We also give our thoughts on early 2000s comedy series such as Sexy Commando Sugoiyo! Masaru-san and Excel Saga.
Promo: Anime of Yesteryear Podcast (23:30 – 24:15)
It’s only fitting that we held off on running this promo until this episode, as they’ve decided the best way to show they’re a podcast about “yesteryear’s” anime is to do a Gundam Wing promo. At first you think “but Gundam Wing isn’t exactly–” and then you realize that show was, in fact, from 20 years ago at this point.
Review: The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (24:15 – 1:00:34)
The original Anime Encyclopedia by Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements was released in the infancy of Wikipedia, back when the Anime News Network Encyclopedia wasn’t a resource anybody got much use out of. That’s certainly not the case anymore. What, then, the utility in releasing a new “encyclopedia” in an era where nobody buys Britannica or Encarta? After all, isn’t everything you need to know just a Google search away? Ever wonder what happened to MAKE that stuff a Google search away? Listen as we compare Anime Encyclopedia entries to Wikipedia entries to ANN Encyclopedia entries, and learn why every member of the AWO has kept the various editions of this book on hand as a reference. Oh, and we touch upon what’s changed between editions as well. Disclaimer: we were each provided review copies of the 3rd Edition by the publisher, Stone Bridge Press. We don’t believe that introduces any bias towards our outlook on the book–we would’ve bought it ourselves as we had the previous two anyway–but we just want to note that for the record.
We mentioned a bunch of other resources in passing during this review. Here are links:
- Jonathan Clements is not a man; much like Brian Cage, he is in fact a fucking machine. For not only did he co-author this encyclopedia, he also co-authored The Dorama Encyclopedia AND wrote Anime: A History. And then some.
- Jonathan Clements on RightStuf’s Anime Today podcast
- The Erotic Anime Movie Guide (great for kids!)
- The Anime Movie Guide
- A Brief History of Manga
- Which isn’t the same as Jason Thompson‘s Manga: The Complete Guide
In other news: it’s been confirmed that we’ll be returning guests at the Florida Anime Experience April 24-26th, where we’ll be doing panels as well as a podcaster’s summit:
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