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We give our thoughts on the virtual anime convention Anime Lockdown, and then the Decade In Review continues on as we get to 2-2-2016!!!! NOTE: this episode was recorded several weeks ago, and so we did not talk about the recent passing of ANN’s Zac Bertschy, but if you wish to do so there is a call for speakers for his online memorial this Friday. For those wishing to hear his final guest appearance on our show, that was in our most recent trivia episode, Show # 182 from November. We’ve added a Trivia category on the right hand side of this site for ease of access.
Introduction (0:00 – 37:40)
By coincidence, we open Show 188 by talking about Area 88, which Daryl reviewed back in Show 4 which probably hasn’t aged well as far as usage of once-contemporary Internet humor is concerned since that episode was from about fourteen years ago, back in 2006. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in even more anime series going on hiatus, even though Tokyo has lifted the state of emergency about a week earlier than projected. Unlike the US, they will reinstate their state of emergency if new confirmed cases go above 50. (Over here, the amount of new confirmed cases only continues to rise yet states are ordering reopenings to avoid paying out unemployment.) We ruminate for a bit about the possible sale of Crunchyroll to Sony, and then discuss our experience attending the virtual convention Anime Lockdown. Between this recording and the next we will have attended a few other virtual conventions, but Lockdown will serve as our baseline measuring stick. Daryl was a guest on the Ani-Gamers podcast where this was discussed in greater detail.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (37:40 – 40:09)
Some fans express jubiliation at the idea of Crunchyroll being sold to Sony, because then everything would be owned by FUNimation. We express hesitance at the idea of any one company owning too much. That said, FUNimation does already have a massive chunk of the Blu-Ray and DVD rights to anime series released in the US, and since there’s currently a FUNimation sale going on that means tons of titles are on sale for up to 60% off. We recommend Red Photon Zillion even though it’s temporarily out of stock as of this posting. Don’t worry; it’s not out of print! YET.
The DECADE IN REVIEW~!: 2-2-2016~! (40:09 – 3:00:14)
We heard that Ghana meme videos are all the rage right now in 2020! No doubt it’s this one. Even when you edit out the 40 minutes of crutch words, it still took 2 hours and 20 minutes for us to get through the notable highlights of 2016, which just might have been the strongest single year of the entire 2010s. Still, there were so many titles released (nearly 400!) that we’re sure to have missed something major (and to think, we were actually present for the Cannon Busters pilot screening that year). Anyway, if you have any thoughts on any of the titles mentioned or wish to point out any titles you consider worthy of mention that we did not, by all means let’s have it in the comments. And no, we did not forget to mention Galko-chan:
But sometimes Galko-chan forgets:
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It’s MDK all f’n day as Daryl reviews BY PATREON DONOR REQUEST~! the 2018 film Batman: Ninja! And we also talk about some cartoons made 30 years ago. You know how it goes.
Introduction (0:00 – 27:50)
With so many cons being canceled, we’ve been going through some old catalog titles available for streaming courtesy of HiDive and the mobile app Retrocrush (which we’re pretty sure is the same as what’s on the Midnight Pulp website). Remember, everybody: Nadia was 14! I suppose we were probably about that same age back when we were first watching Nadia. Also, some conventions are electing to livestream select guest Q&As, musical performances, fan panels, and so on though. VOD longevity is somewhat limited though, unless the user remembers to manually save the stream AND there’s nothing in it that has to get muted or whatever. Jon Turner’s Kogaracon panel on Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro is a good example of what’s being done. Anime Lockdown this weekend also has a solid lineup, but we were too busy/too lazy/too crippled by ennui to do anything this time around. Maybe we’ll do something someday on that front, but…what could we even do that wouldn’t violate TOS?
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (27:50 – 30:50)
Every freaking commercial now has some solemn “in these unprecedented times” intro before imploring you to buy a thing, so we’ll just say that Right Stuf is offering users the chance to make contributions to provide meals to healthcare workers in $1 increments. Were we faster on the gun with the editing, we would have implored everybody to purchase individual volumes of The Wings of Rean for $0.99, but now we’re going to say that you can instead buy all of Demon Lord Dante (check Show 165 for our review!) for $15. These would be the old individual Geneon discs in a chipboard box set, not the slimmer and more recent Discotek release.
Review: Batman: Ninja (30:50 – 1:44:50)
Daryl figured that with so much discussion floating around (much of it from us) regarding Netflix’s practice of promoting so many differing types of animation as “Netflix Original Anime” that we ought to look at the opposite practice in effect of downplaying or in some instances outright concealing that something is anime or coproduced with Japan. This invariably leads to lengthy side tangents about Frosty the Snowman, Jiro Kuwata hating on The Riddler, even more salt poured over Sola Digital Arts–JESUS FUCKIN’ CHRIST THE NEW GHOST IN THE SHELL LOOKS BAD, WE TOLD YOU IT WOULD BE AND IT IS also it’s not even as well written–and mispronouncing Lou Scheimer’s name as “Lou Schemer” before actually talking about this 2018 direct-to-video 3D CG movie which is probably way more popular than most stuff we talk about considering that roughly two years after its release you can still walk into Wal-Mart and pick up a copy from their store shelves. If you’re curious about who animated the pastoral scene, we reviewed Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai back in Show 89. Even though we’re on Show 187 now, that episode was from 11 years ago (and Daryl remains the only person on the show who watched the thing). We aren’t exactly prolific in our podcasting output.