A podcast all about Japanese cartoons and comics as discussed by three self-proclaimed experts in the world of anime and manga! Plus anime news / reviews, coverage of classic anime, hentai / yaoi, and much, much more. Updated every week. We hope.
April seems like a good time to review horror anime, right? With the amount of viable horror anime picks being so slim, Gerald has opted for the 4-part OAV Demon Prince Enma, a dark reimagining of Go Nagai’s classic character Enma-kun.
Introduction (0:00 – 37:48)
Having missed the month of March, we use this opportunity to discuss the merger effort that finally occurred between Crunchyroll and FUNimation, then compare what actually transpired to what we predicted would happen. We were close enough, I guess. With the Spring 2022 anime season underway, we give some initial impressions on a few titles that caught our attention (sadly, at the time of recording, nobody had yet seen the golf one). Plus, since we know everybody just loves and adores us whenever we do this and it definitely does not earn us endless unceasing scorn, we touch the oven once again by talking about Yoshiyuki Tomino and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Because we never learn.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (37:48 – 41:10)
With so many manga titles out, it typically takes a successful anime adaptation of a manga before the fan interest REALLY takes off. Right now, the adaptation of the Shonen Jump series SPY x FAMILY by Wit Studio and CloverWorks is the big deal, and so if you’re interested in checking out the SPY x FAMILY manga, Right Stuf’s got the best deals for physical copies.
Review: Demon Prince Enma (41:10 – 1:16:57)
Gerald reviews the Bandai Visual release of the four-part OVA Demon Prince Enma from the late 2000s. It’s a remake of one of Go Nagai’s 1970s works, Dororon Enma-kun, albeit with far more objectionable content (remind you of anything?). There are also several iterations of manga, and while none have been officially released in the US, there are a decent amount of scanlations out there which you may not want to be caught reading in public depending on which manga run you end up checking out. Despite being released in the US 15 years ago and being out of print for roughly that long, copies of Demon Prince Enma are readily available for dirt cheap…BUT FOR HOW LONG?
The more “traditional” Enma-kun “modern” adaptation, the comedy TV series Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up, is also streaming for free on Tubi, for which physical copies of its long out of print release are much harder to come by
It’s our 200th episode! To celebrate, we interview the UK’s Most Dangerous anime scholar garderner/poet, Helen McCarthy! The one we did back in 2008 was technically a “bonus” and not an episode, back when we were trying to distinguish between such things!
Introduction (0:00 – 43:38)
After the obligatory shilling our stuff (Daryl was finally back on the Greatest Movie EVER! podcast to talk about Ninja in the Dragon’s Den), we get to talking some more about virtual conventions. Anime Expo’s is this weekend, and we hope it’s handled better than Fanimecon’s which just might be the single biggest debacle of all the virtual conventions we were aware of…which truth be told, is shockingly few since it’s hard to get the word out. In-person conventions are starting to come back–the wisdom of this is a bit shaky–but expect to see us at Otakon albeit with much less on our dockets. Anime Weekend Atlanta is still something of a toss up. We also talk a bit about what we’ve been watching/reading, along with what we’re looking forward to for the new Summer 2021 anime season. You know who doesn’t believe in doing less stuff during the pandemic? Tim Eldred, that’s who. Because having the single best resource in the world on Space Battleship Yamato just wasn’t enough work, July 1st looks to be the next big update to his personal website Artvalt, so head on over there for his next big compendium as it pertains to Fist of the North Star. There’s renewed interest in that now that the first volume of Viz’s Signature Edition is out (and selling out, from the looks of things). The first of multiple articles from Tim is now up: the Fist of the North Star Series Profile.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (43:38 – 46:30)
As if there weren’t enough recent major sales, the big birthday sales are going on over at Right Stuf and that means big discounts across the board along with Mega Deals that change daily along with weekly giveaways. As a PSA: if you bought Dear Brother on Blu-Ray, and you probably want to do that since it’ll go out of print in under a year’s time, open it up and double check to make sure your discs were not physically cracked in the packaging. Discotek used a standard width case along with a spindle which is very hard to remove the discs from, and while Daryl’s discs were fine there are multiple reports on social media from those who weren’t so fortunate. So if you need to get an exchange, this is something to find out now rather than once there are no more copies available.
Interview: Helen McCarthy (46:30 – 3:26:55)
We meant to get to this sooner. We’re just stricken by laziness. The same cannot be said for Helen McCarthy, which will become quite evident once you listen to this because we didn’t manage to cover everything in three hours! This was done through an international half duplex Skype connection, so there may be some occasional cutouts during cross-talk, but we mitigated this by mostly keeping quiet and listening AS YOU SHOULD TOO. But here are a few links you’ll probably want in addition to her blog which is already on the sidebar.:
Follow Helen on “the tweet tweet” as more and more people are referring to Twitter dot com even as they seem to be trying to do away with “just show me all the posts from the people I’m following in chronological order” on us
The ANN Encyclopedia’s plot synopsis for The Gigolo is as follows: “Jin is one horny hunk, a twenty-two-year-old stud with lady killer looks. He’s challenged by gorgeous Ai Mizushima to ‘make me scream with pleasure’. It’s a wager he can’t refuse, especially when the prize is a brand new sports car.”
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