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It’s the moment Gerald has been waiting for all year: the annual pre-Thanksgiving trivia episode! This time our guest is Zac Bertschy from Anime News Network, a site which you have probably heard of.
Round 1 (0:00 – 54:50)
Listen. There is no valid reason for us to timecode the beginning and end of each round in a trivia show where none of the contestants bothers to remember to keep score (and the host is similarly inclined). But we’re doing it anyway, just in case.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (54:50 -58:03)
Thanksgiving means it’s Black Friday, which now lasts an entire week rather than just a Friday. This is then followed by Cyber Monday, which also now lasts an entire week rather than just a Monday. That in turn is then followed by a month-long Holiday sale. What we’re saying here is that you’d better check the site each day throughout all of that to see what the Mega Deal is. Because they’re pretty darned good deals.
Round 2 (58:03 – 1:44:40)
This was the round most prone to audio mishaps on our end, but thanks to the magic of post-production you the listener will not be subject to 95% of it. That is Daryl’s official justification for every question he failed to answer correctly, even when it was something he owns and likes. Any allegations that Daryl has never actually watched these anime he purports to enjoy are to be dismissed as enemy propaganda.
Round 3 (1:44:40 – 2:25:42)
We thought about including old fighting game announcer quotes under each of these “Round X” announcements but we realized that doing so would mean we’d have to leave out some major developer of note. I suppose Arc System Works has the reputation for the most ornate pre-round introductions, and the years have softened our souls to the goofiness level of the later Capcom fighting game announcers. GO FOR IT, MAN!
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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.