Anime World Order Show # 183 – On The Darkest Day We Summon the Dark Lord

For our last show of the year, we interview Right Stuf co-founder Shawne Kleckner and tick off another year of the 2010s Decade in Review. That’s our way of saying this show is over three hours long. What better way to celebrate the winter solstice?

Introduction (0:00 – 27:30)
We are now listed on Spotify, so you may want to download every single episode of the podcast in the event that our hosting gets canceled for some copyright violation strike since uh, none of us actually have the episodes downloaded. The Explicit tag generally means we don’t talk too much about anime titles for very young children, so when we’re put on the spot to recommend suitable titles that are both in print and have an English dub option available that isn’t terrible, we find ourselves in a minor bind. If you have any noteworthy suggestions, let’s hear them in the comments!

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (27:30 – 30:17)
The Holiday sale continues on, so be sure to check out the new Mega Deals each day. Plus, Right Stuf is now starting to sell vinyl record anime soundtracks, for those of you willing to risk being eaten by the monster in Patlabor WXIII. Pre-orders are 25% off, and so we feel obligated to mention that, just in time for our Decade in Review segment, the complete box set for Kill la Kill is being reissued. It’s still pretty expensive, though not as much as it was when the series was being released.

Interview: Shawne Kleckner (30:17 – 1:24:24)
This is TECHNICALLY not part of the Right Stuf promo above, but if you want to accuse us of doing an informercial you are welcome to do so. Still, as co-founder of Right Stuf Anime from during a time before anime was commercially sold in the US, Shawne regales us with tales of film reel trading, snail mail letter writing, long distance phone calls, and other exciting analog innovations in the quest to get anime in days before home computers even had modems at all. There’s also a fair bit of talk about how the anime industry and licensing process works now, in 2019.

The Decade in Review: 2013 (1:24:24 – 3:11:34)
Daryl was a guest on the longest episode of ANNCast to date, in which the Top 10 Anime of the 2010s was discussed. As you might surmise, we’ve been bringing up on average about 30 shows of note for each year. That means there are something like 300 really great shows of the decade, so to pick just 10 means you’re guaranteed to omit something like 90%-95% of absolutely viable candidates. Therefore, don’t consider any of those lists ironclad. Still, it took over four hours for everyone to talk about their ten picks, so in our estimates the fact that we take two hours to cover more than that many per year means we’re being TIME EFFICIENT~! as we start to see the emergence of 57th Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe‘s plans to solve the declining birthright through the power of soft culture.

Anime World Order Show # 173 – 100 Years of Yuri with Most Dangerous Erica Friedman, Yuri Bodhisattva

HEY EVERYONE IT'S BRAD, WHO LIKES NARUTO AND WANTS A T-SHIRT

Two episodes ago we told you to go check out Erica Friedman and her blog Okazu, but much like a rogue outlaw space idol singer this Most Dangerous Erica has come to us so that we can talk about the 2018 yuri anime Kase-san and Morning Glories.

Introduction (0:00 – 39:35)
On Saturday, April 6th 2019 we’ll be doing a retro anime videogame charity stream on Gerald’s Twitch channel starting around 1 PM Eastern or thereabouts. Here’s a VOD of last year’s, to give you an idea. We are once again raising money for War Child UK as part of RE-PLAY, and while we won’t rake in those big Yogscast bucks, every little bit helps. Gerald will be making another brisket.

But that’s not what this segment is about! We talk to Erica about her myriad of accomplishments as far as bringing information about yuri to the English-speaking anime fanbase for over 20 years and counting! Sailor Moon and Utena discussion will ensue throughout. Please note that a yuri Bodhisattva does not attain “yuri Buddhahood.” Rather, they become “the lesbian Go Nagai.” Erica’s run conventions, publishing companies, a really comprehensive blog as linked to above, and of course panels to the point where for years we (okay, just Daryl) associated her raw power level with the Mike Awesome theme song, which we would have used as her intro music here except Mike Awesome has been dead for several years. Also, she may or may not have once upon a time had the same hair as Mike Awesome. 

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (39:35 – 42:10)
The wait is over, as Seven Seas Entertainment has now released all five volumes of the Kase-san manga from which this anime is derived. We also recommend getting your preorder in for Gundam: The Origin – Chronicle of the Loum Battlefield Collection and the Limited Edition of Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Part 1. But, since there’s currently a Sentai Filmworks sale going, you may want to grab the entirety of the original Armored Trooper VOTOMS TV series plus compilation films for $29.99.

Review: Kase-san and Morning Glories (42:10 – 1:27:59)
This review is almost “pulling a Gerald” since it’s a title that is, so far, not licensed for release in the United States with no legal streaming availability for which we’re all just going to talk about how incredibly great it is. What’s more, the link that we ordered it from (Amazon JP) currently lists it as out of stock with a restock estimate of “1 to 2 months.” That said, even if you import it from Japan it is NOT outrageously expensive since it’s a Pony Canyon release (plus you get a bunch of nice extras), and it DOES include a professional quality English subtitle track. This one hour OVA/theatrical anime adaptation of Hiromi Takashima’s manga from roughly Volume 3 on (available both in print and digital) is quite different from so many other yuri anime in that it begins at the point where most of them conclude, and between its narrative focus and stellar production values Erica declares this a must-see and own. Kase-san and Morning Glories has screened at multiple anime conventions in the US, so a domestic release seems a question of “when” more than “if.”