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We may be losing our grasp on the passage of time, but it’s still almost the end of 2020 and we never finished our 2010s Decade In Review. We’d better get 2018 out of the way RIGHT NOW.
Introduction (0:00 – 37:30)
In the emails, we are asked the question every K-12 teacher has to deal with: what does any of this old convention fandom stuff we talk about even MATTER now, anyway? We’re never going to actually USE this information! OR WILL YOU? Is there value or worth in talking about these anime generational gaps, or is this podcast a grand monument to wasting your time with useless ephemera? Eventually this becomes a discussion regarding THE ALGORITHM, as all things eventually must. Note: the Youtube channel Gerald was referring to but forgot to actually name was the one for Corn Pone Flicks mastermind Matt Murray, whose YouTube name is a reference to the villain from Magnos the Robot.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (37:30 – 41:50)
Time is running out (“ti-ti ti, time is running out” cue Blow It Up from the Red Alert 2 soundtrack) for you to preorder the Irresponsible Captain Tylor Ultra Edition Blu-Ray set. Only two stretch goals remain, and you have until the end of this week* to get your preorders in and lock in what those extras will be, in order to ensure that the set makes its April 2021 release date. (That’s right: unlike those OTHER crowdfund efforts, Right Stuf understands that you can’t just leave stretch goals open indefinitely and that the more stretch goals you have, the longer it can take to finish the project.) We were sent check discs of the set and it’s looking great, even though it defaulted to the English dub on us, and then the Spanish dub which we didn’t remember even existed.
The DECADE IN REVIEW~!: 2018 (41:50 – 2:54:16)
We’re almost done. ALMOST done. As another strong candidate for best year of the decade, a decent amount of what we mention as noteworthy from the year 2018 are still pending physical media releases in North America. In fact, quite a few are ones that we just reviewed a few episodes ago. Then again, this podcast’s release schedule is highly irregular, albeit not as irregular as Barnacle Jim who died as he lived: disrespecting his hole.
This year extracts a heavy toll, indeed.
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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: