Anime World Order Show # 217 – Chug It Down! Glug It Down! Boa Juice!

In this episode we bring Mister Kitty‘s Dave Merrill back on to talk about his favorite movie (and a Patreon request!): 1969’s The Flying Phantom Ship, adapted from a manga by Shotaro Ishinomori. DID YOU KNOW HAYAO MIYAZAKI DREW A PART OF THIS MOVIE? (Yes. Yes we do know. You can lower your hand and sit down now.)

Introduction (0:00 – 36:19)
We catch up with Dave, whom we last saw around Halloween, and reminisce for a bit about how he discovered Prince of Space before we get to the topic that’s on everybody’s minds: the death of Leiji Matsumoto, a creator for whom much of organized anime fandom in America owes itself to. Clubs, conventions, cosplay, AMVs: they started up as a result of fan affinity for his works, including but not limited to Space Battleship Yamato aka Star Blazers, Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Queen Millennia, and okay probably not so much The Cockpit but you should still check out The Cockpit. Japan Remembers Leiji Matsumoto by Tim Eldred has collected the coverage of Leiji Matsumoto’s passing, which was a globally covered event. If you didn’t pick it up back when we had Helen McCarthy on to talk about it, consider picking up Leiji Matsumoto: Essays on the Manga and Anime Legend which covers his influence in far greater detail than we can ever manage.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (36:19 – 38:52)
The best place to buy Discotek Media titles remains Right Stuf, especially for preorders. This is because Amazon charges full MSRP for their releases, whereas even when there isn’t a Discotek-specific sale, Right Stuf offers a 25%-33% discount. Plus, the packaging is better and you’ll often find they ship you titles weeks before the listed release date. Speaking of which, you might want to preorder those Gunbuster Blu-Rays. They’re set to come out at the end of the next month, after all.

Review: The Flying Phantom Ship (38:52 – 1:42:22)
Yes, once again we manage to take more time talking about a thing than it would take to simply watch it in its entirety. At least our excuse this time is that the film is only about an hour long from start to finish. Thirteen years ago, we listed this as one of our “Ten Anime You’ve Never Heard of But Must See” and Daryl recently reviewed it in the April 2023 issue of Otaku USA Magazine, but that’s got nothing on how long Dave’s been talking and writing about it, since he has writeups dating back to over 30 years ago. Here’s his more recent 2009 piece from his Let’s Anime blog. Dave is probably the first person to have extensively written about this topic in English, like period, and so it’s only fitting that he provided the commentary track for Discotek’s Blu-Ray release along with Mike Toole. We’re spoiling the whole thing, but this is something for which seeing is the only true experience.

This line at the beginning should give you an idea of exactly what you’re in for. Tonally, anyway.
Narrator: There was such a thing as a skeleton ghost. Technically.
This only happens to the inadequately plot armored, which includes all the kids being scarred for life upon seeing this.
Attack its weak spot for massive damage.

5 Replies to “Anime World Order Show # 217 – Chug It Down! Glug It Down! Boa Juice!”

  1. thanks for having me on the show, gang! It was a blast! Also, I forgot to mention that Hayao Miyazaki did some animation on this movie in one of those scenes, I forget which, I think it had a tank in it

  2. Flying Phantom Ship is one of the few things from my childhood that I remembered vividly enough to knowingly want to find later. I saw it at the age of 4, and certain iconic things from it burned into my memory. It is a flawed movie definitely, and it is dated. And leaves much to be desired in the unresolved main conflict (sorry, no sequel for you). But it was good for its time, and a decent kids’ movie today.

    Now I’ll start waiting for you to review Galaxy Express 999 in its entirety. YES, the movies have better animation and take less of your time. But the writing takes a nosedive. It is not as good of a story in movie form. Not even close.

    1. Awesome episode!
      I guess the feed has finally filled up. Episode 1 doesn’t show up on the podcatcher app [Nope, that’s just an error. It should be back now. –Daryl]

  3. Hi AWO gang, thanks for the reco. This was my first time seeing Flying Phantom Ship and I was impressed by the quality of the animation for the time.

    Was worth the watch just for the BOA juice commercial. Had me cracking up especially after Hayato tried to reveal Kuroshio as the villain.

    Keep up the stellar work as this is my fave podcast and I listen to a lot of them. Don’t change anything. Stay frosty, peace.

  4. Just found your podcast recently, and finished listening to this episode. Great episode! I had bought and watched Flying Phantom Ship before hearing this, and I really like the movie.
    I do also hope Yamato/Star Blazers gets a Blu-ray release someday out here as well.

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