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We may be losing our grasp on the passage of time, but it’s still almost the end of 2020 and we never finished our 2010s Decade In Review. We’d better get 2018 out of the way RIGHT NOW.
Introduction (0:00 – 37:30)
In the emails, we are asked the question every K-12 teacher has to deal with: what does any of this old convention fandom stuff we talk about even MATTER now, anyway? We’re never going to actually USE this information! OR WILL YOU? Is there value or worth in talking about these anime generational gaps, or is this podcast a grand monument to wasting your time with useless ephemera? Eventually this becomes a discussion regarding THE ALGORITHM, as all things eventually must. Note: the Youtube channel Gerald was referring to but forgot to actually name was the one for Corn Pone Flicks mastermind Matt Murray, whose YouTube name is a reference to the villain from Magnos the Robot.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (37:30 – 41:50)
Time is running out (“ti-ti ti, time is running out” cue Blow It Up from the Red Alert 2 soundtrack) for you to preorder the Irresponsible Captain Tylor Ultra Edition Blu-Ray set. Only two stretch goals remain, and you have until the end of this week* to get your preorders in and lock in what those extras will be, in order to ensure that the set makes its April 2021 release date. (That’s right: unlike those OTHER crowdfund efforts, Right Stuf understands that you can’t just leave stretch goals open indefinitely and that the more stretch goals you have, the longer it can take to finish the project.) We were sent check discs of the set and it’s looking great, even though it defaulted to the English dub on us, and then the Spanish dub which we didn’t remember even existed.
The DECADE IN REVIEW~!: 2018 (41:50 – 2:54:16)
We’re almost done. ALMOST done. As another strong candidate for best year of the decade, a decent amount of what we mention as noteworthy from the year 2018 are still pending physical media releases in North America. In fact, quite a few are ones that we just reviewed a few episodes ago. Then again, this podcast’s release schedule is highly irregular, albeit not as irregular as Barnacle Jim who died as he lived: disrespecting his hole.
This year extracts a heavy toll, indeed.
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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.