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It’s our Sweet Sixteenth year of podcasting! To celebrate, Daryl decides we need more Ken Ishikawa so we review 1989’s Kyomu Senshi Miroku. But we think it’s probably Kyomu Senki Miroku? Whatever, you’ll surely be hearing about this from the YouTubers soon enough.
Introduction (0:00 – 30:21)
We kick off year sixteen of AWO by catching up on what we’ve been watching, which leads to some conversation and speculations regarding the Sony buyout of Crunchyroll from AT&T that is hopefully less anger-inducing to Justin Sevakis than the one he heard on YouTube with the 750K views. We observe that a ton of the new anime this season is NOT on Crunchyroll…and that nobody’s really talking about those shows. The anime landscape is undergoing yet another shift, but it’ll most likely be a year before the major changes become evident to us industry outsiders.
- Anime Specific, the new podcast from Regan of Anime82 and Dane from Anime Pacific we were talking about
- There is in fact a standard edition Blu-Ray release of Demon Slayer courtesy of FUNimation. Here’s Volume 1, and here’s Volume 2.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (30:21 – 33:08)
The 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Bartender is finally out, so you can see for yourselves that there’s more to “iyashikei” anime than young girls eating cake. You can also have young LADIES drinking BOOZE. Or old dads…drinking BOOZE. We’re just saying, it’s a broad umbrella term. You can also preorder your Cyber City Oedo 808 Blu-Ray, though most of the healing in that comes from throwing cyber vampires out into the cold blackness of space, causing them to decompress but then recompress. See? It’s healing.
Review: Kyomu Senshi Miroku or as we insist, Kyomu Senki Miroku (30:21 – 1:29:57)
I believed you were different? I hoped you were different! What started off as a casual name drop from Blacotaku1 in Show 194 has given rise to what lies before you now. We recommend you listen to Show 184 first before listening to this (and that in turn recommended you listen to Show 165 first, as our ongoing ploy to keep you listening to us), but really this is the spiritual successor to Show 54 because that was when Gerald reviewed Black Lion by Go Nagai. Well, Ken Ishikawa took a look at Black Lion and said “pfft, that’s nothing” as Ken Ishikawa would do when looking at everything Go Nagai did. The result is this six episode onslaught of NINJANIGANS, and you’re either not ready to handle it or years of listening to AWO have steeled your resolve.
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It’s 4th of July as we post this, so what better way to commemorate than by Clarissa reviewing a tale of the pursuit of the American Dream gone awry? I guess you could say that’s what 2018’s Banana Fish was about…
Introduction (0:00 – 46:32)
So much happens in between each episode lately, it seems. It’s been over a month now since the final episode of ANNCast in memoriam of Zac Bertschy, who was our guest on our recent annual trivia episode. There have been a ton of protests brought on in response to police violence, which despite the lack of televised news coverage are all STILL GOING ON RIGHT NOW. And the virtual anime conventions have massively proliferated; as we post this, there are four simultaneous virtual anime conventions going on (that we’re aware of). No wonder we haven’t found time to read any emails lately. WELL, WE’RE READING AN EMAIL THIS TIME AND IT’S A GOOD ONE.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (46:32 – 51:45)
It’s Right Stuf’s 33rd birthday, which means savings averaging about 45% off most items! That means you only have to pay about $9.98 for Kase-san and Morning Glories rather than the $80 or so that was required to own it back when we did Show 173. You can also now preorder Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, which comes out in early October. On that note, we are now at 90% progress towards the Patreon goal of us having to review Gundam NT with Mike Toole. Will it happen before October? Will we say that we reached the goal but it doesn’t count until we have the goal amount in our pocket, which means we now have to potentially take into account sales tax per backing when we really shouldn’t since we’re not offering physical goods? Or even digital ones, really? We shall see.
Review: Banana Fish (51:45 – 2:15:22)
Clarissa never thought the day would come when Akimi Yoshida’s shojo crime drama Banana Fish would become an anime. The Viz release of the manga only finally completed last year, after roughly twenty years. Despite originally being written in the 1980s and set in the 1980s, the 2018 anime which you can watch on Amazon Prime is set instead in 2018. We go over what changed and what stayed the same, though partway through we issue a spoiler warning so we can talk a bit about the later developments.