Anime World Order Show # 171 – Idiots! Watch the Damn Matrix! But Stop Before NUMBER TWO!

To kick off our 13th year of anime podcasting, we talk a bit about yuri manga before Clarissa reviews the largely overlooked and recently concluded spinoff to Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor, 2018’s Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues.

Introduction (0:00 – 33:49)
Now that we’re 13, we can say all sorts of dumb things with absolute certainty as if we know what we’re talking about…you know, like how we’ve always done! After briefly touching upon some noteworthy titles of 2018–don’t worry, come the end of this year it’ll be time for yet ANOTHER decade in review!–we dive into the emails and touch upon some issues a listener has with yuri manga. This is a really extensive topic, so if you’re interested, by all means be sure to read and listen to Erica Friedman over at Okazu, since this is her topic of expertise.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (28:12 – 31:00)
With the new season upon us and several of the most anticipated series being sequels to previously popular shows, now’s a perfect time to collect physical editions of those shows. Right Stuf has you covered, since there’s currently a sale on anime titles like My Hero Academia, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Mob Psycho 100, Boogiepop Phantom, and more. Now that Daryl has his G Gundam Ultra Edition box set, the next on the to-get preorder list for him are the Galaxy Express 999 movie Blu-Rays which come out next month.

Review: Mr Tonegawa Middle Management Blues (33:49 – 1:17:04)
We so do not want to face the fact that the episode we talked about GAMBLING APOCALYPSE KAIJI, THE SUFFERING PARIAH, THE ULTIMATE SURVIVOR was nearly eleven years ago. Since then, the works of author Nobuyuki Fukumoto have developed enough of a following that legal releases of his works in America are becoming more frequent, be they Netflix, Crunchyroll, or Denpa Books who is set to release the manga starting in late April. But this series is not a tense, nail biting saga with life or death on the line. It’s an office comedy featuring the villains of that series tasked with coming up with said life or death scenarios…as well as learning how to effectively Tweet, trying to impress one’s boss as he insists that you simply MUST watch Armageddon with him, and learning the finer details of Wentworth Miller dramas. Prior knowledge of Kaiji is not a must, but now that all of Kaiji is up on Crunchyroll, you really should watch that dang thing if you haven’t.

8 Replies to “Anime World Order Show # 171 – Idiots! Watch the Damn Matrix! But Stop Before NUMBER TWO!”

  1. I watched Tonegawa in my own bubble so I was a little surprised that it sounds like most people passed on this show. I would have figured the (I guess niche) following of Kaiji fans would have been down, although then again Tonegawa is a totally different kind-of show. Another reminder to be conscious of my own bubble versus the rest of fandom at large.

    I’ve considered rewatching portions of Kaiji (especially the first “arc”) for the multiplicative comedy factor now that we have the context from Tonegawa. Too much anime to see, even in 2018 as this episode indicates.

    I’ve also been waiting for the Kaiji manga to end before resuming where I left off… 6 years ago. Perhaps I should just give up that idea, as I have with Berserk.

  2. To the person asking for yuri recs – I’m surprised none of you have heard of After Hours by Yuhta Nishio. It’s a short one, as Viz just put out the third and final volume. While the ending is apparently kind of underwhelming, it is about a young 20-something woman who hooks up with a DJ and ends up getting into the VJ scene. I’d recommend that one.

    There’s also a lot more OL-centric yuri coming out this year. I know both Seven Seas and Yen Press have books like that coming out this year, and I’d be shocked if we don’t get more as the year goes on.

    Sadly, the only licensed yuri I know of that’s written by a lesbian woman is the manga adaptation of Yuri Kuma Arashi by Akiko Morishima (who did the character designs for the show). So long as you can stomach giving your money to Tokyopop, that too should be coming out this year.

    1. Thank you for this, I keep forgetting about After Hours, it defs looks like the sorta thing I might dig and Yuri Kuma Arashi looks delightfully bonkers.

  3. Just being a nitpicker here. The narrator in the Winning Eleven Series is Jon (not Jay) Kabira, who is actually one of the funniest voices on the business. If he was actually on this show, I’d simply freak out šŸ™‚

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