Anime World Order Show # 171 – Idiots! Watch the Damn Matrix! But Stop Before NUMBER TWO!

To kick off our 13th year of anime podcasting, we talk a bit about yuri manga before Clarissa reviews the largely overlooked and recently concluded spinoff to Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor, 2018’s Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues.

Introduction (0:00 – 33:49)
Now that we’re 13, we can say all sorts of dumb things with absolute certainty as if we know what we’re talking about…you know, like how we’ve always done! After briefly touching upon some noteworthy titles of 2018–don’t worry, come the end of this year it’ll be time for yet ANOTHER decade in review!–we dive into the emails and touch upon some issues a listener has with yuri manga. This is a really extensive topic, so if you’re interested, by all means be sure to read and listen to Erica Friedman over at Okazu, since this is her topic of expertise.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (28:12 – 31:00)
With the new season upon us and several of the most anticipated series being sequels to previously popular shows, now’s a perfect time to collect physical editions of those shows. Right Stuf has you covered, since there’s currently a sale on anime titles like My Hero Academia, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Mob Psycho 100, Boogiepop Phantom, and more. Now that Daryl has his G Gundam Ultra Edition box set, the next on the to-get preorder list for him are the Galaxy Express 999 movie Blu-Rays which come out next month.

Review: Mr Tonegawa Middle Management Blues (33:49 – 1:17:04)
We so do not want to face the fact that the episode we talked about GAMBLING APOCALYPSE KAIJI, THE SUFFERING PARIAH, THE ULTIMATE SURVIVOR was nearly eleven years ago. Since then, the works of author Nobuyuki Fukumoto have developed enough of a following that legal releases of his works in America are becoming more frequent, be they Netflix, Crunchyroll, or Denpa Books who is set to release the manga starting in late April. But this series is not a tense, nail biting saga with life or death on the line. It’s an office comedy featuring the villains of that series tasked with coming up with said life or death scenarios…as well as learning how to effectively Tweet, trying to impress one’s boss as he insists that you simply MUST watch Armageddon with him, and learning the finer details of Wentworth Miller dramas. Prior knowledge of Kaiji is not a must, but now that all of Kaiji is up on Crunchyroll, you really should watch that dang thing if you haven’t.

Anime World Order Show # 147 – The Sharpest Blades Use the Tears of Orphans for Cleaning

With Anime Fan Fest 2016 concluded and our writing deadlines met, we’ve got a short window before AnimeNEXT 2016 where we’ll all be guests and be presenting panels to record and release a new episode. In this episode, Daryl reviews Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma.

Introduction (0:00 – 38:33)
Daryl offers his thoughts on his attending Anime Fan Fest 2016, where our previously released episode was recorded. Due to repeated mishaps with our manual RSS feed editing–a task which is no longer done–the last two times we released new episodes ended up marking every single episode as new. Hopefully that will not happen a THIRD time. On the other hand, a few of you took this as an opportunity to listen back to either every single episode or select older installments, and so we answer questions about this stuff to the best of our ability. This involves us discussing what Tekkaman Blade is, who is Steve “Stevie B” Bennett, and why Ichiro Itano is the Nico Yazawa of being an anime director. Don’t worry. We would never actually use the “N” word on this podcast (unless paid to).

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (38:33 – 40:06)
Currently, Right Stuf is not only doing a sale on FUNimation titles, they’ve also got a selection of Sentai Filmworks releases for $10 or less. Several of these titles are worth watching, and Hulu removing a whole lot of anime titles starting in June is a strong reminder that there’s still worth in buying the shows you like on physical media.

Review: Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (40:06 – 1:41:44)
Daryl reviews what’s probably his favorite consistently running title in Shonen Jump: a series about competitive cooking done in the style of a battle manga, much like Yakitate! Japan which we reviewed back in 2009. The anime adaptations of both series are available on Crunchyroll, and the original manga for both series are released in English courtesy of Viz Manga.

The second anime series for Food Wars! starts next season, but for those who can’t wait Volume 7 is roughly where the first anime series concludes and the second will start from. Note that Kindle editions now double as comiXology editions and are, as a rule, less expensive than what Viz will charge through their digital store and app. However, because Viz will occasionally do bundle sales that’ll make their editions cheaper than Kindle/comiXology, and since the Viz Manga app is the same app you use to read Weekly Shonen Jump anyway, you may prefer to just keep everything in one place.

For those curious: the comically large knife Daryl owns is this one. A more reasonable person would get this 8-inch knife instead, but Daryl was presumably thinking that he could get 2 more inches of knife for just a few dollars more, without giving thought to where one would store such a thing.

Here’s the Ogiue Maniax blog post we mentioned. The Many Levels of Fanservice in Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma.