Bonus – All We Want For Christmas is to Answer Emails and Get Angry

Not only is this is not actually an episode proper since all we do is answer emails, but it’s also several weeks late, so if you’ve never heard us before, don’t start by listening to this one, okay? We were supposed to put this up during the Christmas/New Year’s hiatus, but then the entire project got corrupted and the whole thing had to be hastily re-edited and processed. As a result, the first 30 minutes or so may sound like we recorded this in a tin can. Also, there is no music at the beginning or end.

Introduction (0:00 – 5:00)
We’re too lazy for exact times this week. It’s not really enough to be a news segment proper, but this thread on the Anime on DVD forums states that the Dirty Pair novels will be released in English later this year. Plus, after seeing how nobody bought the previous Internet anime fan darling Azumanga Daioh, this website/video has been created by Kadokawa/Bandai in the hopes of appealing to Internet people. There’s also a Myspace page because Myspace is the HIP way to market what you’re selling now!

The rest of the time is spent answering emails. Here’s a basic outline.

5:00- 14:00 or so: A 14 year-old fan writes in regarding her thoughts on showing Cowboy Bebop or Samurai Champloo to people as their first anime, why she hasn’t bought the uncut Naruto DVD set, and how Moon Phase.

14:00 – 23:20: We’re informed of some more recent horror anime titles we neglected to mention when we were trying to think of horror anime titles. There’s not a whole lot of them, and we pontificate as to why that is. Somehow Gantz gets mentioned. Also, Clarissa is recommended to watch Soukou no Strain.

23:20 – 31:00: Which DVDs we saw this year had the best extras for our money? The discussion turns towards box sets and thinpaks and the shenanigans surrounding those and extras.

31:00 – 32:00: We’re asked our opinion on our thoughts between Kujibiki and Kujibiki Unbalance. Since we totally do not care about this, we didn’t realize this was the question being asked of us.

32:00 – 35:30: What are our thoughts on the Welcome to the NHK anime (and other things can be answered by checking our Review Index)?

35:30 – 50:20: What advice can we offer that’ll save three would-be anime club officers from joining the ranks of the types of anime fans we find annoying? After much discussion, we conclude that the answer is “not a whole lot, actually.”

50:20 – 56:20: We’re directed to a Livejournal post by one of Tokyopop’s translators outlining the guidelines she follows when translating manga.

56:20 – 1:04:30: We’re informed that we’re [still] the Worst Podcast EVER since the writer’s local high school anime club preferred watching Prefectural Earth Defense Force over Fullmetal Alchemist. However, Fist of the North Star is indeed awesome, no matter what Clarissa says. Also, does Osamu Tezuka hate women or something? We’re thinking no considering the time his stories were written and the fact that he created Princess Knight, which laid the ground for shojo in general.

1:04:30 – 1:08:50: Keith from Teleport City writes in to ask us when we’re going to talk about The Nish’s other grand accomplishment besides Blue Noah and Odin (and something or other called Space Battleship Yamato) , Overfiend. Seeing that 80% of the people who come to this site do so mistakenly while searching for porn, we conclude that Gerald had best get to it.

1:08:50 – 1:09:30: Chris “Robotech Master” Meadows of rec.arts.anime fame, more recent known for his Castle of Cagliostro commentary track, has a talkcast called Space Station Liberty. If you can’t tell from the name, then it’s probably not the talkcast for you! It’s all about Robotech, and he’s been doing interviews with a lot of those Harmony Gold USA guys as of late. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s asked them to sing the Goldwing theme song, BUT HE SHOULD. On Friday, January 12th, he’s having a live interview with Chase Masterson, who was in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and is in Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, which is being released by Funimation. Anyway, head on over there at 10:00 PM EST and listen in live, or call in with your questions! The real Robotech fans all saw Shadow Chronicles last year, and the real anime reviewers saw this weeks ago, but we’ll be seeing it once it’s officially out. Daryl read that Prelude to Shadow Chronicles comicbook that Udon released, and is of the opinion that the character designs are kind of weird. Maybe he’s just not used to seeing Rick Hunter and company with like, actual lips.

Closing (1:09:30 – 1:10:58)
Next week, our special guest will be Joe Vecchio, Corn Pone Flicks alumni, C/FO veteran, founding member of JACO, and convention organizer. Since Joe’s around, the theme for next week’s show is unfettered optimism in the face of adversity. In keeping with this theme, Daryl’s reviewing Studio 4C’s highly acclaimed yet highly overlooked theatrical film entitled Mind Game, Gerald’s finished reading Vertical Inc’s 832-page release of Osamu Tezuka’s manga Ode to Kirihito, and to assure things don’t get too stuffy, Clarissa reviews what’s out so far of the Yotsuba&! manga. Better hide the water pistols.

Anime World Order Show # 43 – Hey Sanrio, Release Ringing Bell on DVD Already

Daryl reviews the obscure and INCREDIBLY DEPRESSING 1970s film Ringing Bell (from the people who brought you Hello Kitty!), Gerald is quite let down by Kishin Corps, and Clarissa saves the day with Part 2 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. This is perhaps the last episode of 2006, what with Christmas and New Year’s coming.

Introduction (0:00 – 39:34)
We spend all this time talking about two things. First, Daryl lists off all the website changes and mentions that Podcast Pickle is resetting all the favorites counts to 0 again on December 29th, so you’ll have to add us again. We’ve been #2 for several months, so perhaps we can be #1 eventually! Also, we’re now listed on Digg Podcasts, which has a pretty good chance of eclipsing all the other podcast directories aside from maybe iTunes since its voting system is a lot more helpful. If you don’t know what Digg is, GeekNights will explain it for you. If you do know and you use it, go there and like, vote for us. More importantly, vote for the episodes of AWO you liked most of all and if you want, leave some comments there since we have no forums.

Second, Walter Amos left us a voicemail, and since it was ten minutes long, we opted to respond to it in pieces since all of it was interesting. Walter even does our legwork for us, being gracious enough to provide us with the following links:

Let’s News! (39:34 – 1:06:19)
ADV’s licensed Season 2 of Ah My Goddess! Wonder how well that’ll do for them? Guess we’ll never know since the reason they don’t publicize their sales figures is because…hey, look over there! Plus, that new Studio Ghibli movie that apparently isn’t all that good, Gedo Senki, is getting released in the UK (and possibly Japan) before it hits the US. And Masako Nozawa, the voice of Goku but NOT the voice of Doraemon as we stated (that’s Nobuyo Oyama, and she’s the Arkanoid friggin’ MASTER), thinks modern seiyuu are the pits.

Review: Ringing Bell (1:06:19 – 1:29:14)
This is the part where Daryl tries to impersonate Justin Sevakis, but comes up oh so short. This was a movie from the 1970s released by Sanrio–best known for Hello Kitty–under the name Chirin no Suzu. It was dubbed and released here in 1983, completely intact and with nothing done to hide that it was a Japanese cartoon. However, it’s been out of print for decades and there’s no DVD. Daryl’s invoking the statute of limitations on spoilers for this one, but suffice it to say that this might just be the most depressing children’s story ever. Click here to download a 700MB torrent of a VHS capture of this. This has been out of print for decades, so hopefully Sanrio’s lawyers will not have us thrown in jail for the crime of wanting people to see this.

Daryl has some nerve to say that he isn’t sure of where the story originated from considering it says so right in the opening credits.
Here’s Chirin at the start of the tale. Aww, he’s so cute that people the world over would spend millions of dollars on Chirin brand air conditioning units.
Until the Wolf King swoops in and fucks up his Christmas. Daryl wishes he could talk like the Wolf King, or at least find the mixer settings that would enable such a thing.
And that’s when things officially start to take a turn for the nightmarish…

Review: Alien Defender Geo-Armor aka Kishin Corps (1:29:14 – 1:48:30)
Gerald picked this one up at Otakon since he hadn’t seen it and it was something that’s been out in the US since the laserdisc days. People always compared it to Giant Robo. How bad could it possibly be? Well…

Review (manga): Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Part 2 (1:48:30 – 2:03:40)
We strongly recommend you listen to Clarissa’s review of Part 1 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure before proceeding. Otherwise, this probably won’t make sense. But who are we kidding? Jojo’s probably wouldn’t make sense anyway. But who cares when there’s FIGHTING and GORE GORE GORE? And of course poison “wedding rings” with special antidotes.

This is Joseph Joestar, and he’s a dork. I don’t know why he’s wearing what appears to be three hats stacked on top of each other. I guess one hat just wasn’t enough for the Joestar majesty. Well, at least it’s not merged with his hair. (If you’re not familiar with the hair hat, then you haven’t read Part 3. Don’t worry, we’ll review that one too.)
Joseph tends to use his Hamon for overly elaborate ways of throwing things at people, like coke bottle lids, or tripping them. Of course it’s hard to keep thinking of him as a badass when he does this sort of thing.
This is Joseph with Caesar, his best friend and ally. They’re also both dorks, as evidenced by the fact that they do stupid things like have fights with pasta (and somehow also pigeons and girls) and have dumb moments like this.
This is LisaLisa, and she will totally mess you up. She’s also very mature and level headed, which is good when you’re working with a couple of tards like Joseph and Caesar.
Behold the ultimate asskicking life forms, Wham, AC/DC and Cars. Santana’s not there, but I assure you he was even more naked. Araki sort of rectified the lack of homoeroticism from Part 1 in one fell swoop with these guys.
This is something I think makes Jojo’s fights far more awesome than most shonen fighting show battles. CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS, BITCHES.
Of course, chariot races with vampire horses help too. What, did you think we were joking about that?
Come on, you know you want to be there for this.

Closing (2:03:40 – 2:05:22)
Next time, whenever that is, we’re going to do another “we answer emails” episode. We promise that we’ll actually manage to answer more emails than we got through when we had Dave Merrill on the show back in Show # 33, an episode which is one of our personal favorites.