Anime World Order Show # 181 – Sophisticated Adults-Only Animation That Is NOT Kids’ Stuff

It’s a double-length episode as we report on Anime Weekend Atlanta 2019, review the 2009 film Mai Mai Miracle, and continue on with the Decade in Review!

Introduction (0:00 – 44:59)
Daryl and Gerald went to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2019, which marks Gerald’s return to the convention after having missed the previous two years in a row. AWA 4 was Daryl’s very first anime convention, and 21 cons later it’s becoming harder and harder for him to find others willing to go with him. Indeed, the last time Gerald went, he had feelings that the vibe of the convention was starting to shift away from what it used to be, and this year marked another major shift, with AWA being a month later than usual on Halloween. The logistics of this one are gradually making out of state attendance increasingly challenging, and as the attendance grows and the panel rooms shrink, we have to ask: are we so out of touch? No, it’s the children who are wrong.

Review: Mai Mai Miracle (44:59 – 1:25:33)
Daryl, having not learned his lesson after Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, forces Gerald and Clarissa to watch yet another theatrical film they’ve never heard of, and the results are even less successful than last time since this time around NOBODY else likes the movie. Sunao Katabuchi’s 2009 film may have been strongly beloved by Helen McCarthy (her blog writeup Daryl read from can be read in full here), and its status as a foundational work upon which In This Corner of the World is built upon cannot be denied, but maybe this sat unlicensed for a decade for a reason. Is Daryl so out of touch? No, it’s the children who are wrong.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (1:25:33 -1:28:21)
As the inevitable Black Friday sale draws near, there’s a Pre-Holiday Sale going on in which the average discount on featured titles is 85% off! Not gonna lie, we’re a little concerned at the steep discounts on some of these Maiden Japan titles, especially when they’re being listed as “No Longer Available” on both Right Stuf’s site and Sentai Filmworks’ site alike. Are the days of the Maiden Japan label numbered now that Sentai Filmworks lists itself as “a Cool Japan Fund portfolio company” in its press releases? Or are they just clearing out stock like normal?

The DECADE IN REVIEW~! Is Not Gonna Solve That Declining Birth Rate (1:28:21 – 2:51:36)
Okay, look. Fine. We confess. Each of these Decade In Review segments has only managed to cover one single year such that this one is only going to be about the discussion of things that came out in the year 2012. And yes, this probably could have been its own episode. In fact, we recorded this and edited it over a month ago but never posted it because we had to get ready for AWA. But listen. We can’t have no episodes one month and then three episodes the next month. There has to be SOME balance at play, people. But how can none of us have anything particularly positive to say about what may just be the definitive show of the decade, called by one AWA panelist “the anime that saved anime”? Are we so out of touch? No, it’s the children who are wrong.

List of Titles Shown at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2019

In the event that someone went to our panels at Anime Weekend Atlanta, took a card, and actually came to this site, we are living up to our totally not hollow promise and listing every title shown RIGHT HERE. If you liked what you saw, consider listening to our show! We’ve been around for a while, and you don’t have to listen to every episode, so feel free to check the Review Index up above to get a feel for what we thought about a title you enjoyed. Hopefully at some point we talked about at least one of those.

Thirty Years Ago: Anime in 1989

  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Ranma 1/2
  • Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Riding Bean
  • Goku: Midnight Eye
  • The Venus Wars
  • Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai
  • Baoh
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
  • Lupin the Third: Bye Bye Liberty
  • Five Star Stories
  • Cipher the Video
  • Idol Densetsu Eriko
  • Heaven Wars Shurato
  • Angel Cop

And all of these titles can still be watched today, subtitled! Many of them legally, even! Alas, there was not enough time for Dog Soldier: Shadows of the Past, Cybernetics Guardian, Garaga, or Ys. (I only feel bad about not showing the first two.)

Stupid Video Panel OF DOOM!

  • (pre-show) Mobile Suit Gundam: Light of Life Chronicle UC
  • Orange Cassidy vs Stokely Hathaway
  • Furret Walk
  • A Definitely Real Sony Ad
  • Mom Buys an Ahegao Shirt
  • Live-Action Yakuza, 2006
  • Violence Voyager
  • Live-Action Sailor Mars on Grocery Cart
  • Hai Karate Aftershave Ads
  • Nicky Larson and the Perfume of Cupid (French Live-Action City Hunter)
  • Cream Heroes: Faking My Death in Front of My Cats
  • Hellhound Liner 0011
  • Andrew Zimmerman Visits a Japanese Mayonnaise Restaurant
  • Meme Machine Trailer
  • The Magnificent Zubat demonstrates who’s truly the best in Japan
  • Propane Genesis Evangelion
  • King of the Hill in Japanese
  • Neo Yokio in Japanese
  • Commercial for Toilet Death Ejector
  • A Definitely Real 90s Video Game PSA about Tetris
  • Grover Totally Says the F Word
  • Hayao Miyazaki is Shown AI-Generated Animation
  • Sci-Fi Buzz goes to Anime Expo 1994
  • Commercial for Yoplait, Best Friends
  • Naruto Mirror Run
  • Black Jesus Loves John Witherspoon by Default
  • Commercial, Mom Too Busy With Cosplay to Buy Her Son Hot Sauce
  • Ghana Chocolate Ad by Rie Matsumoto
  • Commercial, Flushing Frenzy
  • In Living Color, Bolt 45 Commercial
  • Dio and Jotaro Face Off at Uno
  • Lion King vs Kimba the White Lion
  • Mr Show, Monks vs Fat Kids
  • Hayao Miyazaki Wants a Copy of Himself
  • It’s Okay, I Got That Weed Card
  • Dragon Ball Super, How to Make Cops Hold Their Fire
  • Promare Party Rock Anthem
  • Tokusatsu Doctor Who
  • Strange Wilderness, Monkeys
  • Orange Cassidy Falls Asleep Vs Gentleman Jervis
  • Commercial, Sneak Magazine with Balinese Monkey Chants & Girl Exploding
  • Rinshi!! (Near Death!) Ekoda-chan
  • Cilvanis, Drug x Dealer
  • Trailer, NINJA DRAGON
  • Japan Animator Expo, Bureau of Proto Society
  • Max Headroom Interviews Rutger Hauer
  • Fist of the North Star Rugby Battle
  • Undefeatable, Final Fight Scene