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In what Gerald describes as possibly the greatest episode of AWO ever recorded, we review the 2018 Netflix anime adaptation of Baki. We thought we’d have the Gundam NT episode out before this, but we’re doing that…SOON.
Introduction (0:00 – 38:19)
It’s been a pretty momentous two months as far as anime/manga goings-on, so everyone talks about what they’ve been watching/reading lately. Or have not been watching/reading, as the case may be. We make no guarantees about future episodes being devoted to talking about Time Bokan or Locke the Superman, since depending on how much you want to look at they’re both longer-running than we’ve been alive. We also talk a bit about the trouble with preserving digital media, particularly from the late 1990s through mid 2000s, especially in an era where streaming or otherwise non-downloadable (legally) platforms are the norm.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (38:19 – 41:45)
While many classic anime fans are abuzz over the recent myriad of Discotek Media licensing announcements which you can preorder at Right Stuf, we figured we’d give the spotlight to some other classics. The aforementioned Locke the Superman Blu-Ray is up for preorder, and based on recent precedent we suspect that may go out of print rather suddenly so you may want to take advantage of the 25% off preorder discount (that stacks with Got Anime? memberships). There’s also the much pricier Irresponsible Captain Tylor Ultra Edition Blu-Ray set with artbook, which clocks in at $200 (or $350 for the autographed edition). The more preorders of that they receive, the more extras they can afford to produce for it.
Review: Baki (41:45 – 2:00:23)
Remember the end of Kingdom of Heaven, where Saladin is walking away and Balian de Ibelin asks of him “hey, what exactly happens in Baki?” upon which Saladin turns around and says “Nothing”? And then he continues to walk away, before stopping, turning around once again, and appending to his response “Everything”? Maybe that was in the secret Final Cut. You know how those Ridley Scott movies go. In any case, we’re talking about Baki here as we pretend like people somehow don’t know what it is. Join us as we speculate on whether in the future, the American fujoshi sector of anime fandom will go wild for Baki bods.
Note: Clarissa was in fact correct. Yujiro Hanma does in fact have the back muscles that form a demon’s face. It’s Baki who has the MRI done that reveals HIS brain is the one with the demon face:
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It’s MDK all f’n day as Daryl reviews BY PATREON DONOR REQUEST~! the 2018 film Batman: Ninja! And we also talk about some cartoons made 30 years ago. You know how it goes.
Introduction (0:00 – 27:50)
With so many cons being canceled, we’ve been going through some old catalog titles available for streaming courtesy of HiDive and the mobile app Retrocrush (which we’re pretty sure is the same as what’s on the Midnight Pulp website). Remember, everybody: Nadia was 14! I suppose we were probably about that same age back when we were first watching Nadia. Also, some conventions are electing to livestream select guest Q&As, musical performances, fan panels, and so on though. VOD longevity is somewhat limited though, unless the user remembers to manually save the stream AND there’s nothing in it that has to get muted or whatever. Jon Turner’s Kogaracon panel on Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro is a good example of what’s being done. Anime Lockdown this weekend also has a solid lineup, but we were too busy/too lazy/too crippled by ennui to do anything this time around. Maybe we’ll do something someday on that front, but…what could we even do that wouldn’t violate TOS?
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (27:50 – 30:50)
Every freaking commercial now has some solemn “in these unprecedented times” intro before imploring you to buy a thing, so we’ll just say that Right Stuf is offering users the chance to make contributions to provide meals to healthcare workers in $1 increments. Were we faster on the gun with the editing, we would have implored everybody to purchase individual volumes of The Wings of Rean for $0.99, but now we’re going to say that you can instead buy all of Demon Lord Dante (check Show 165 for our review!) for $15. These would be the old individual Geneon discs in a chipboard box set, not the slimmer and more recent Discotek release.
Review: Batman: Ninja (30:50 – 1:44:50)
Daryl figured that with so much discussion floating around (much of it from us) regarding Netflix’s practice of promoting so many differing types of animation as “Netflix Original Anime” that we ought to look at the opposite practice in effect of downplaying or in some instances outright concealing that something is anime or coproduced with Japan. This invariably leads to lengthy side tangents about Frosty the Snowman, Jiro Kuwata hating on The Riddler, even more salt poured over Sola Digital Arts–JESUS FUCKIN’ CHRIST THE NEW GHOST IN THE SHELL LOOKS BAD, WE TOLD YOU IT WOULD BE AND IT IS also it’s not even as well written–and mispronouncing Lou Scheimer’s name as “Lou Schemer” before actually talking about this 2018 direct-to-video 3D CG movie which is probably way more popular than most stuff we talk about considering that roughly two years after its release you can still walk into Wal-Mart and pick up a copy from their store shelves. If you’re curious about who animated the pastoral scene, we reviewed Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai back in Show 89. Even though we’re on Show 187 now, that episode was from 11 years ago (and Daryl remains the only person on the show who watched the thing). We aren’t exactly prolific in our podcasting output.