Anime World Order Show # 165 – No Fushigi Mystery That Boning Is Greater Than Science

Why did two months pass without a new episode? Some cartoons break even the strongest of spirits. But finally, Clarissa reviews Go Nagai’s precursor to Devilman, Demon Lord Dante.

Introduction (0:00 – 42:45)
Now that we’ve made it back from AnimeNEXT and the latest issue of Otaku USA Magazine is arriving in subscriber mailboxes, we have time to record a new episode! For those itching for CONTENT, in the interim Daryl was a guest on the Zannen Canada Podcast to talk about Mobile Suit Gundam SEED to the best of his unreliable memory. This discussion was edited down to 2 hours and 40 minutes. Over in the emails, we puzzle over the intentions of a question regarding well-realized fictional sociopolitical landscapes in Japanese animation. Golgo 13 was not mentioned, since its sociopolitical landscape is nonfiction, despite all “this work is fiction” disclaimers it alleges.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (17:38 – 23:46)
We kind of organically mixed this one into the introduction, hence the overlapping time codes. Right Stuf is having their month-long 31st Golden Birthday Sale throughout July, where not only is practically everything on sale all month, but every day there’s also a Mega Deal (and Adult Mega Deal) on popular items. Since the discounts are already quite high, the Got Anime? membership discounts will NOT stack with the Mega Deal, Featured Products, or Bundles. But it will work on the other items, including preorders. GET YOUR ANGEL COP BLU-RAY AND BEAST FIGHTER THE APOCALYPSE DVD PREORDERS IN NOW. But wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves:

Review: Demon Lord Dante aka Mao Dante (42:45 – 1:37:55)
You’ve got to hand it to Clarissa, because after this one the few remaining strands on the low thread count sheets of sanity are just barely hanging on. With everyone being so keen on Devilman Crybaby this year, we figured we may as well go back to Go Nagai’s initial concept which was later retooled to result in Devilman. The original story got abandoned for 40 years before being resurrected in the early 2000s, and that means THEY HAD TO WING IT~! FOR THE ENDING. Listen on as the structure and fabric of the universe fade away in this 100% spoiler-filled review slash synopsis. Perhaps someday, this will end up streaming on Midnight Pulp alongside other titles by Discotek as well as Animeigo, but for now it can only be seen by those bold and daring enough to own it on DVD. ALL YOU CONTENT CREATORS WHO GO VIRAL AS A RESULT OF TALKING ABOUT THIS CARTOON HAD BETTER REMEMBER WHO POINTED YOU TOWARDS IT.

Otakon is a few weeks away, and the schedule is live! Our panels are as follows:

Friday 9:45 PM: History of Hentai (18+)
Friday 12:00 AM: Twenty Years Ago: Anime in 1998
Saturday 9:00 AM (no 8 hours sleep for us!): Cancelled Anime: Gone Before Their Time
Saturday 11:00 PM: Anime’s Craziest Deaths (18+)
Sunday 12:45 PM: Outsourced: The Japanese Animation of “Western” Cartoons

Hmm. We should probably uh, get started with working on those…HEY WAIT, WE FORGOT TO MENTION THAT WE WERE PANELISTS AT CEO GAMING! We did the panel “Fighting Game Anime: It’s (Mostly) Terrible” and this is the list of titles that we showed there:

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Street Fighter V (that’s the letter V, not the Roman numeral V as the current Street Fighter game is known)
Street Fighter Alpha
Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
Fatal Fury OAVs
Samurai Shodown
Art of Fighting
King of Fighters: Another Day
Battle Arena Toshinden
Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
Virtua Fighter
Power Stone
Tekken: The Motion Picture
Tekken: Blood Vengeance

Anime World Order Show # 129 – Even Robot Unicorns Dance on Rainbows

In this episode we free our souls from the weight of gravity and gain true understanding of one another as you belong to me, I belong to you, we belong to Earth, and Daryl reviews the 7-part OAV series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.

Introduction (0:00 – 19:06)
It takes us approximately 20 minutes to answer one email. It covered multiple topics, but unless we’re intentionally jumbling the topics into one mega-topic, it was about whether we remember the love of chemically imbalanced gay teenage boys and marmalade, some of whom may be pregnant, and how this all pertains to the mecha offerings of Shoji Kawamori, Ryousuke Takahashi, and Go Nagai. Or maybe that’s what we turned it into? These things happen. Regardless, the answer to all question is that New Getter Robo is finally on Hulu.

Review: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (19:06 – 1:21:10)
Although Daryl still believes there is relatively little utility for anyone, anywhere, to review any portion of Mobile Suit Gundam–everyone already has their set thoughts on Gundam, so they don’t need anyone’s review to decide upon what they’re going to comment–he’s nevertheless decided to revisit the topic since episode 3 was a long time gone. Much has changed in anime fandom in the 8.5 years since that episode, but this probably isn’t one of them. But perhaps you really CAN change your destiny beyond the time after all? Just the possibility is enough, so with that in mind this review does not really contain much as far as plot or character specifics.

  • The New York Times wrote about Harutoshi Fukui in 2005, where he was described as “a Japanese Tom Clancy”
  • Not mentioned on the show but written down as a note: the key indicator that Gundam Unicorn comes from a good place is the fact that the enemy robot is named the “Sinanju” which is the name of the mystical martial art practiced by REMO WILLIAMS from the Destroyer books and REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS~!, soon to be rebooted by Shane Black.
  • There is no free streaming option for Gundam Unicorn. The least convoluted place to get a list of what Gundam titles are in fact legally streaming online with English translation of some sort isn’t Daisuki or (inexplicably) the website but’s Youtube channel. The reason for why things like Char’s Counterattack and “HD Remasters” of Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny are only uploaded in SD is the same reason for every goofball decision that gets made regarding Gundam releases outside of Japan. Note: as ZZ Gundam fans will attest, these streams will get taken down on short/zero notice.
  • The quality of G-Reco and Origin is unclear at this time, but let it be known that Gundam-san is the jam. WHY ISN’T THAT SIMULCASTING, HUH SUNRISE
  • The HD streaming rentals are a little more affordable, but Gundam Unicorn on Blu-Ray isn’t cheap or easy to come by. Amazon is basically your only real option for the 7 Blu-Rays. Compared to the rest the first episode is a little cheaper, but since the stocks are kept low (made on demand?) later episodes go out of stock resulting in outlandish listings like this one asking for $430 for a single Blu-Ray.
  • Right Stuf is your main source for the DVDs, though all 4 will run you about $90 (Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4). Sometimes they stock the Blu-Rays but the price won’t be any different than when Amazon has them in stock.

Closing (1:21:10 – 1:23:43)
Did we forget to record a proper closing? Eh, whatever. Next time, as threatened in Show 128, be grateful to democracy as Gerald will be reviewing the recently (once again) re-released Lupin the Third: The Mystery of Mamo. When that next time will be is to be determined, since now that Daryl’s pushing Blue Blazes on everyone, Honoo’s work ethic is spreading far and wide.