Anime World Order Show # 166 – Otakon 2018 and the Murder Schnauzer Needs the D…Agency

In this episode, we have returned from our voyage to Otakon 2018, and offer up our press coverage of same. Then Daryl subjects the gang to the 2016 anime adaptation of the spy mystery series Joker Game.

Introduction (0:00 – 1:04:00)
All three of us were at Otakon in Washington, DC earlier this month. In fact, we were all guests on the Anigamers podcast talking about the convention shortly after it wrapped up on Sunday. THAT IS THE TRUE ONE HUNDRETH EPISODE OF ANI-GAMERS DESPITE CLAIMS OTHERWISE. We give our thoughts on the convention as we experienced it, which–as is true for everyone–is merely a fraction of what went on there. If you 1. were present at Otakon 2. attended our events 3. actually liked them, then please go ahead and leave a post on their message boards. Getting panels at Otakon isn’t easy–even some of ours got turned down!–so favorable feedback helps ensure we continue to get panels approved for next time around.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (1:04:00 – 1:06:58)
The Mobile Fighter G Gundam Ultra Edition Blu-Ray set is now available for pre-order, and it is a Right Stuf exclusive! Get yours in now, since it ships out in December and I think the preorder price is actually going to increase after some point. Everyone else is excited about the shot glass extra, but personally we want to walk around with the replica photograph and ask passersby whether they’ve seen this person. Currently, we have to use the photo of that naked girl Steven Seagal was showing everyone in that one movie. You know, the one where he beat up everybody and nobody laid a finger on him. That one.

Review: Joker Game (1:06:58 – 1:51:34)
Although this entire thing is sure to disappoint Mark Artem, nevertheless we feel compelled to discuss the 12-episode 2016 period piece spy mystery anime Joker Game, for while the anime version was only around for a few short months it turns out that the series has gone on for roughly ten years in one medium or another. Indeed, stage plays for Joker Game are coming out in 2018. Someone out there is digging it. Maybe not Gerald, who simply COULD NOT DEAL with the POWER, but enough people. You just have to suspend your disbelief a little bit. Just a little bit. Opinions are somewhat divided, but if there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that at least this is better than boring-ol’ Night Raid.

List of Titles Shown at Otakon 2018

For those of who came to Otakon 2018, here’s a list of all the titles shown during our panels. We did say we’d put this up so you wouldn’t have to write everything down, didn’t we? The Otakon staff look at their message board to help determine who to bring back next year, so if you liked what you saw, please let them know here!

Twenty Years Ago: Anime in 1998
Cowboy Bebop
Outlaw Star
Serial Experiments Lain
Brain Powerd
His and Her Circumstances
Knight Hunters: Weiss Kreuz
Tekken: The Motion Picture
Cardcaptor Sakura
Getter Robo: Armageddon
Sexy Commando: That’s Incredible, Masaru-san!
Ninja Resurrection
Princess Nine
Golgo 13: Queen Bee
Initial D

Cancelled Anime: Gone Before Their Time
Mobile Suit Gundam
After War Gundam X
Iczer-Girl Iczelion
Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross
Tenamonya Voyagers
Battle Programmer Shirase
Bubblegum Crisis
Mighty Space Miners
Legend of the Last Labyrinth
New Life+: Young Again in Another World
Odin: Photon Space Sailer Starlight

Anime’s Craziest Deaths
Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon
Gegege no Kitaro (2018)
Kurokami: The Animation
Fist of the North Star: The Movie
Fist of the North Star
Astro Boy (1980)
Baki (2018)
Cells at Work
Princess Mononoke
Golden Kamuy
Devilman Crybaby
Space Transformers
Mardock Scramble
Elfen Lied
Violence Jack
Junji Ito Collection
Sword for Truth
Sword of the Stranger
Iczer-Girl Iczelion
Brave Express Might Gaine
Macross Plus: The Movie
Battle Angel
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
Apocalypse Zero
Angel Cop
Goku: Midnight Eye
F-Zero: Legend of Falcon
Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
Cowboy Bebop

Outsourced: The Japanese Animation of “Western” Cartoons
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Thundercats (1985)
Jackson 5ive
The Hobbit
Flight of Dragons
Bionic Six
Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light
GI Joe: A Real American Hero
Jem and the Holograms
GI Joe: The Movie
Transformers: The Movie
Batman: The Animated Series
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (which is NOT the pilot as stated, but it WAS outsourced animation to TMS as we said)
Halo Legends: Odd One Out
Thundercats (2011)
GI Joe: Sigma Six