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We’ve got a short window between conventions, writing assignments, and natural disasters to release an episode, so let’s take advantage! We give our convention report for Otakon 2019, have stern objections to Netflix’s marketing/propaganda wing, and then fulfill a Patreon goal by reviewing the listener-suggested Macross II: Lovers Again.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (0:00 – 4:27)
Normally, the promo goes in the middle of the episode, but this one’s time sensitive and we figure most people download the episode within 24 hours of release. There are less than two days remaining if you want to donate to help Kyoto Animation in the aftermath of the July arson attack which made global headlines. 100% of your donation will go to Kyoto Animation (so no deductions for processing/administrative/transfer fees or whatever). Plus, any amount donated will go towards the free shipping spending limit ($50 for US, $250 for Canada).
Introduction (4:27 – 1:11:34)
All of us attended Otakon 2019 in Washington DC and weigh in on our experiences, shared though they may be. Topics discussed include the Walter E Washington Convention Center as a venue, the premieres of City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes as well as Promare, how our panels went, STEVE BENNETT~!, and how Johnny Kitagawa was undeniably The Man.
Review: Macross II -Lovers Again- (1:11:34 – 2:43:02)
With the final goal (for now) having been met on our Patreon months ago, we figured we’d best actually deliver on our hollow promises for a change. Gerald, after having refused every other suggestion, agreed to cover this 1992 6-episode OVA series on account that we last reviewed a Macross title on this podcast twelve years ago in 2007 and that it holds strong nostalgia for his early days as an anime fan. All that Daryl could remember about it prior to this rewatch was that there were red ships and Banana Moon Love. Clarissa has never seen Macross II until now, knowing only of its reputation as “worst Macross anime ever.” In the resulting 90 minutes, we’ll finally get to the bottom of the decade-spanning question that is “is this the worst Macross anime ever…or the SECOND worst?”
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As convention prep comes down to the wire, we’re joined once again by Mike Toole to do what we do best with him. Namely, talk about some Discotek Media developments and review anime from Yoshiyuki Tomino! This time around, it’s Blue Gale Xabungle aka Combat Mecha Xabungle.
Introduction (0:00 – 19:33)
We’ve got panels at Otakon 2019! Friday 8:30 PM Daryl’s got Anime’s Craziest Deaths (18+, with room clear at 8:00 PM), then Saturday at 11 PM Gerald is doing Anime in Non-Anime (18+). Finally, Sunday at 12:45 PM Mike will be running the Discotek Media panel, then once that’s over, at 2 PM Daryl has Twenty Years Ago: Anime in 1999 which will hopefully cover roughly double what his Anime News Network feature was able to get to. Now that this episode is posted, those are the things we’ve got to get back to working on!
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (19:33 -22:03)
It’s July, and that means it’s another month-long birthday sale! In celebration of 32 years, this year’s theme is “32-bit” but once again each day brings you a new daily Mega Deal (and Adult Mega Deal) in addition to store-wide discounts on practically everything. We recommend pre-ordering the Blu-Ray set of Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix. That show came out 15 years ago, and we reviewed it…er, well, thirteen years ago…
Review: Xabungle (22:03 – 1:55:35)
After over thirty years, fans in the US can finally legally watch this 1982 mecha series courtesy of HiDive (and also VRV). You can also purchase it on Blu-Ray (standard definition), though we hear that release may be flawed. Still, the physical release is the only way to see the Xabungle Graffiti compilation movie with the (slightly) revised ending. Xabungle’s reputation has been built up over the years thanks to its appearances in Super Robot Wars and being cited as a major influence on Gurren Lagann. It’s also the first series to feature a song from MIO! We talk about what works and what doesn’t, but if there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that we’d definitely rather watch Xabungle than the sort of cartoons America was making in 1982 such as The Gary Coleman Show.