Anime World Order Show # 192 – My Gundam Is a Bird; Your Argument is Invalid

You asked for this. Literally. Thanks to Patreon support, we have brought The Internet’s Mike Toole on to discuss the theatrical film Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, whose US Blu-Ray release is now but mere days away. Oh boy. It’s one of THOSE episodes.

Introduction (0:00 – 25:22)
We catch up with what Mike’s been up to since his last appearance, such as putting on his Otakon Online panel as well as running Discotek Media’s recent virtual panel that was rife with new announcements, while also discussing what titles each of us have been watching over the past two months. Or not watching, as the case may be. This invariably gets us talking about Mamoru Oshii as well as Jungle de Ikou. And, of course, COLUMBO~!

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (25:22 – 28:20)
This episode is about Gundam Narrative, and so it’s only fitting that we point out that you have mere DAYS to get your preorder in for Gundam NT: Special Edition on Blu-Ray, the features of which we break down in the course of the review. PSA: Daryl did not actually take Xanax, which he has never taken. It was Tylenol PM that Daryl took. He had gotten his flu shot and about 5 fillings done, and did the recording around 1:00 AM. SO IT’S NOT DRUG MISUSE, OKAY?

Review: Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (28:20 – 2:16:52)
The runtime of the film is just under 90 minutes, so it’s only fair that we spend more time talking about it than it takes to just watch for yourselves. As a sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn which we previously reviewed, we strongly recommend watching that first before watching Narrative because it kind of has to give away Unicorn’s conclusion. If you’re unfamiliar with the traditional “Universal Century” Gundam setting, we gave a brief explanation of it prior to discussing the alternate universe series Gundam 00.

We um, have issues with this production and its potential implications on not just future Gundam installments, but past ones. But don’t worry. We will discuss them in a calm, rational, mature manner. This episode definitely did not result in four people screaming over one another, which was definitely not resolved through editing to make it seem like one person was talking at a time.

Anime World Order Show # 185 – Closeup on His Eyeballs Getting Pushed Out From the Other Side of His Skull

In this episode, we technically do but don’t fulfill a Patreon review request as Gerald reviews the greatest OAV of all by Koichi Ohata, the 5-part saga of Genocyber. Yes, there really are five parts and not three. And it’s the greatest because uh, it’s the longest one.

Introduction (0:00 – 31:25)
Since the last episode came out, there have been a fair share of short-run theatrical engagements for a variety of anime films; so many, in fact, that we were only able to see a few! We need to ensure we maintain our foothold within the anime podcast SEO algorithm, and put out the request to listeners to leave us positive reviews on iTunes since we haven’t received any in a few months. In preparation for the review, we also take the opportunity to talk about what Netflix is up to with regards to their anime selections, actual and otherwise.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (31:25 – 35:52)
We were hoping to have the episode out last week since then we could mention that Beast Fighter: The Apocalypse was on sale for the benefit of all those morbidly curious after our review last episode, but it was not to be. Instead, we note that Vertical, Udon and Dark Horse titles are currently on sale, for everybody interested in deluxe editions of Berserk/Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service or those hardcover Rose of Versailles volumes. And of course the Street Fighter Swimsuit Special in spooge-resistant hardcover. Note: spooge-resistance is relative to digital screen resistances versus glossy paper.

Review: Genocyber or perhaps it’s Gene O’Saibur (35:52 – 2:01:10)
We considered spending more time talking about the long out of print and never license rescued Genocyber than the actual length of the anime, but unlike the rest of “Mecha Master” Koichi Ohata’s Central Park Media glory trifecta this one runs for a few hours. Gerald takes a trip down memory line to remind the world of Central Park Media and the J. Jonah Jameson of anime, John O’Donnell, so that we might better understand Genocyber and its lasting influence on Blockbuster Video anime rental shelves nationwide, right next to Project A-Ko and copies of My Neighbor Totoro with a “must be 17 to rent” sticker on it. Is this another triumphant work of 1990s OAV glory that we once dismissed as trash in our adolescence only to now realize its brilliance? Or does it still suck now even though multiple luminaries in the anime industry both in America and Japan cite Genocyber as a formative piece of their fandom lives? FIND OUT FOR YOURSELVES. Unless perhaps you are one of the Genocyber faithful, having held on to¬† your Viz releases of the manga that were released in flipped floppys, one chapter at a time. Then you already know.

Conclusion (2:01:10 – 2:06:41)
For the rest of this month, Gundam Thunderbolt is free to watch streaming on Gundam.info (December Sky is first, then Bandit Flower). And for the spooky scary weekend of Friday the 13th, Gundam Narrative will be streaming for free on there. Perhaps you should watch that for free and then wonder “what would our review of that movie be like” before trekking over to our Patreon page so that we might eventually reach the goal of reviewing that. Note that this is probably the last episode of AWO before Daryl turns 40, and so he may just suddenly die at any moment. In fact, this may be the very last–