Anime World Order Show # 147 – The Sharpest Blades Use the Tears of Orphans for Cleaning

With Anime Fan Fest 2016 concluded and our writing deadlines met, we’ve got a short window before AnimeNEXT 2016 where we’ll all be guests and be presenting panels to record and release a new episode. In this episode, Daryl reviews Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma.

Introduction (0:00 – 38:33)
Daryl offers his thoughts on his attending Anime Fan Fest 2016, where our previously released episode was recorded. Due to repeated mishaps with our manual RSS feed editing–a task which is no longer done–the last two times we released new episodes ended up marking every single episode as new. Hopefully that will not happen a THIRD time. On the other hand, a few of you took this as an opportunity to listen back to either every single episode or select older installments, and so we answer questions about this stuff to the best of our ability. This involves us discussing what Tekkaman Blade is, who is Steve “Stevie B” Bennett, and why Ichiro Itano is the Nico Yazawa of being an anime director. Don’t worry. We would never actually use the “N” word on this podcast (unless paid to).

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (38:33 – 40:06)
Currently, Right Stuf is not only doing a sale on FUNimation titles, they’ve also got a selection of Sentai Filmworks releases for $10 or less. Several of these titles are worth watching, and Hulu removing a whole lot of anime titles starting in June is a strong reminder that there’s still worth in buying the shows you like on physical media.

Review: Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (40:06 – 1:41:44)
Daryl reviews what’s probably his favorite consistently running title in Shonen Jump: a series about competitive cooking done in the style of a battle manga, much like Yakitate! Japan which we reviewed back in 2009. The anime adaptations of both series are available on Crunchyroll, and the original manga for both series are released in English courtesy of Viz Manga.

The second anime series for Food Wars! starts next season, but for those who can’t wait Volume 7 is roughly where the first anime series concludes and the second will start from. Note that Kindle editions now double as comiXology editions and are, as a rule, less expensive than what Viz will charge through their digital store and app. However, because Viz will occasionally do bundle sales that’ll make their editions cheaper than Kindle/comiXology, and since the Viz Manga app is the same app you use to read Weekly Shonen Jump anyway, you may prefer to just keep everything in one place.

For those curious: the comically large knife Daryl owns is this one. A more reasonable person would get this 8-inch knife instead, but Daryl was presumably thinking that he could get 2 more inches of knife for just a few dollars more, without giving thought to where one would store such a thing.

Here’s the Ogiue Maniax blog post we mentioned. The Many Levels of Fanservice in Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma.

Anime World Order Show # 146 – Live From Anime Fan Fest 2016

Daryl was a guest at Anime Fan Fest 2016, and used the opportunity to finally get some time with Charles Dunbar, Darius Washington, and Sean O’Mara. The topic was allegedly “How to Stay Excited Over Anime After Decades” but it was early in the morning and everyone just talked at one another about who knows what. Same as usual, minus the early in the morning part I suppose.

This episode is brought to you by Right Stuf Anime, who as of this posting is doing a sale on Media Blasters titles. And you know what THAT means: yep, bargain prices on the Apocalypse Zero manga!