In what is likely but hopefully not our last episode of the year, thus silently celebrating another podcasting anniversary (12 years!), we partially fulfill the donation goal requests by reviewing the 1991 one-shot OAV that is Judge aka Judge: The Magistrate of Darkness.
Introduction (0:00 – 33:17)
After reading an email espousing the wonders of Angel Cop and the Blockbuster Video “Japanimation” section, we pay our respects to the recently departed Fred Patten, a key founder of anime (and yes, furry) fandom in America whose book Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews is still readily available both in print as well as digitally. That link is for Kindle but you can also get it on Nook in the event people still use that. Be sure to also read the archives of his Cartoon Research column, which was about all kinds of animation rather than just anime, while you’re at it. Fred died on the same day as Stan Lee, but the world doesn’t need much help remembering Stan and what he did. One of the best write-ups on Fred’s passing was from Jonathan Clements, since he often tends to be a guy doing the best write-ups on things in general.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (10:12 – 12:39)
The holiday sale is still going strong, and Clarissa already has spent over $500 and change on various otaku-related insanity. That G Gundam Ultra Edition Blu-Ray set starts shipping in mere days, so get your preorders in now and save $100+ from the regular price!
Review: Judge, Magistrate of Darkness (33:17 – 1:22:17)
You asked for it! Or well, one of you asked for it, and that’s good enough for us! This one-shot OAV from 1991 has been posted to Youtube in its entirety, both in the English dub and Japanese subtitled versions, because not even the Japanese care enough to issue a copyright strike on this long out-of-print curiosity, for which we can only scratch our heads over. A great silent pact among all anime fans is being broken by our doing this review, and we can only hope that by mispronouncing it “ne-GHEE-SHEE” instead of saying it properly that the psychic barrier wardings will remain intact.
Closing (1:22:17 – 1:30:19)
We talk a bit about non-anime media stuff and contemplate whether it’s possible to do another episode before the end of the year. Ideally, it’d be something holiday themed but most of the holiday-themed anime are individual episodes of a series rather than standalone titles. Also, can I just say how much I hate this new WordPress 5.0? This episode date is now one day off from the date of the post and the podcast filename because of how dumb everything is, and you can’t revert the UI / functionality.