Anime World Order Show # 164 – Where’s Airline Pilot Nicolas Cage When You Need Him

We’re all guest panelists at AnimeNEXT June 8-10, even if the website doesn’t list us because we’ll bring down the prestige of the REAL guest panelists on account of our lousy work ethics and lack of proper portrait photos! This leaves us with a limited window in which to get an episode out, and so Gerald has elected to talk about the recently-concluded (for now?) Girls’ Last Tour.

Introduction (0:00 – 26:17)
After neglecting to read any emails last time, this time we’re back on the track as we talk about Android Kikaider and Bandai Entertainment’s peculiar decisions when it came to advertising Japanese animation in this country. We can remember these things, but not who ran the dang thing. Par for the course with us GET IT GET HUH YOU GET IT PAR FOR THE COURSE IT’S ABOUT GOLF. Anyway, we know there is a truckload of great anime airing right now, but you will find it in your best interests to begin prioritizing Space Battleship Yamato 2202 since it’s finally available in English for the first time courtesy of Crunchyroll and FUNimation. If you didn’t see Space Battleship Yamato 2199, worry not because the entire series is available for streaming right now, both with Japanese subtitles as well as English dubbed.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (26:17 – 28:35)
We strongly considered just having this promo be in honor of the fact that as we post this, the current publisher sale is for Fakku and thus everything in the sale is porno. We considered it might be good to read title covers and advertising copy. But ad copy for porno is no good until it’s written in questionable English. And don’t you start with us by talking about some “clever” pun some bored ad person thought up which summarizes the Softcel / Kitty etc approach. We’re talking about FACTS here, such as the FACT that Goku: Midnight Eye is a fine mystery anime, with the great mystery behind it being “why didn’t they just keep letting Yoshiaki Kawajiri make more of this since the manga went on way further?”

Review: Girls’ Last Tour (26:17 – 1:00:01)
In general, we are an anti-spoiler heavy podcast since in most cases, knowing too much about something you’re about to see deprives you of the intended experience of discovering it at the moment the narrative intends you to. So it goes with this somewhat cryptic review of Girls’ Last Tour, in which Gerald implores you, dear listener, to trust in his past judgment which has never led you astray before and just go watch this series. But for the rest of you who still remember that time Gerald tricked you into watching Harmagedon, there is this review which is more or less spoiler-free while still conveying its appeal. Namely, moe blobs, Axis hardware, and environmental storytelling superior to that Bethesda crap or “dying person wrote several words in blood” stuff videogames have overused. Will his warm reception to this change Gerald’s mind on Haibane Renmei, 11 years later? We’ll just have to wait and see.

6 Replies to “Anime World Order Show # 164 – Where’s Airline Pilot Nicolas Cage When You Need Him”

  1. I cannot, and will not bring myself to watch anything with moeblob girls designed blatantly to pander to male otakus (many being single). I am not becoming one of those men.

  2. I never would have thought of Aria as an dystopian show. My assumption was that humanity is so advanced that they can transport Venice to Mars just for the LOLz. Going to Neo Venezia is like going to Hawaii. But now that I think about it, they say so little about Earth, that maybe Aria is a side story of Fist Of The North Star. Either way I’m a huge fan of Aria. Whenever I watch an Iyashikei show, highest compliment I can give is “It’s very good, but not as good as Aria”.

  3. Girls’ Last Tour was an interesting show. The character style were interesting with the grim reality of the world around them. It’s a nice contrast to what would have been an otherwise crippling depressing reality that they live in.

    Each episode has an theme to it that it tries to teach you and it was has an somewhat melancholic theme towards the end. While the ‘plot’ is vague, the manga near the end has some good stuff where the ending was a bit…interesting. It is expected given everything what we know so far.

    Anyway, I like the show. It’s one of the newer show that catches my attention every few years and reinvigorate my interest in anime again. And the manga is finished too so it is complete which is a plus.

    It’s rare to see an end to a post end of the world, and the end of that.

  4. Not sure how you could get the idea that Aria is a post apocalyptic show. Neo-Venezia is only that way because they accidentally melted the ice caps too much. Man-Home (Earth) still seems to be populated since people mainly come to Aqua (Mars) for a vacation. [I’m gonna go with that second sentence there. –Daryl]

    1. @Daryl

      Well, I wouldn’t really call that the end of the world though. Tourism is quite active, and the landscape shots show that Neo-Venezia is quite large.

      Anyways, thanks for at least mentioning Aria. The AAA podcast didn’t at all in this week’s episode despite them talking about iyashikei…

  5. HOLY CRAP, you mentioned Flying Phantom Ship! That strange movie is my actual childhood. Saw it at the tender age of 4, and re-watched only a few years back. Despite how weird and incomplete it is, I still love it.

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