Anime World Order Show # 209 – So THIS is the Power of the Handle God

We’re picking another one from the Patreon request tier this time around, as Daryl reviews the 2009 series Basquash!, which despite being Satelight’s highly anticipated follow-up to Macross Frontier was not released in the US until a full decade later. LET’S SPECULATE WHY.

Introduction (0:00 – 41:35)
Now that the current season of anime is a month or so in, we weigh in on the surprising number of titles we’ve been keeping up with. But we’re also watching older titles, and–get this–REWATCHING things that we last reviewed 10-15 years ago. Do our reviews and assessments still hold up? What’s changed between now and then? We also talk about that Hollywood Reporter article on anime that is just beaming with joy at all the immense money which anime is bringing in, which segues nicely into the fact that the employees of Seven Seas Entertainment are attempting to unionize on account that all that money doesn’t seem to be translating to more reasonable hours, pay, benefits etc. That effort is currently being met by…spending what is likely far more money to fight the requests of the union than it would cost to simply recognize the union. Follow UW7S on Twitter for updates on that.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (41:35 – 44:48)
SPY x FAMILY is all the rage right now, but it’s a split season and in just a few short weeks that first half will be over. In the meantime, you may want to read the manga, for which the print editions contain bonus chapters as well as concept sketches which are not in the (bi)weekly Shonen Jump digital editions. If that’s what you want to do, consider that all volumes are currently on sale! As are other Most Dangerous anime titles, many of which are from the mad lads over at Discotek Media. If you click on our affiliate links here to make your purchases, we’ll get a small commission which helps pay for our hosting bills.

Review: Basquash! (44:38 – 2:07:46)
By request of our $10 tier Patreon backers, Daryl reviews this 2009 anime from anime studio Satelight, aka the mailed fist of Visionary Director Shoji Kawamori. What starts off as “giant robots piloted by kids from the hood to play basketball in the hopes of getting healthcare” quickly mutates into “idol singers from the Moon piloting giant robots to play basketball” which mutates two more times and ends up being one of those things that sounds way, WAY more awesome when you describe it compared to what you actually get. We try to piece together what happened when.

Shots such as this one are not excised entirely from the Blu-Ray. Just shortened.

A scan of Tatsuo Sato’s interview in Comiket 78. We can’t read it ourselves.

Anime World Order Show # 208 – Wait, This Just Became Giallo

April seems like a good time to review horror anime, right? With the amount of viable horror anime picks being so slim, Gerald has opted for the 4-part OAV Demon Prince Enma, a dark reimagining of Go Nagai’s classic character Enma-kun.

Introduction (0:00 – 37:48)
Having missed the month of March, we use this opportunity to discuss the merger effort that finally occurred between Crunchyroll and FUNimation, then compare what actually transpired to what we predicted would happen. We were close enough, I guess. With the Spring 2022 anime season underway, we give some initial impressions on a few titles that caught our attention (sadly, at the time of recording, nobody had yet seen the golf one). Plus, since we know everybody just loves and adores us whenever we do this and it definitely does not earn us endless unceasing scorn, we touch the oven once again by talking about Yoshiyuki Tomino and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Because we never learn.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (37:48 – 41:10)
With so many manga titles out, it typically takes a successful anime adaptation of a manga before the fan interest REALLY takes off. Right now, the adaptation of the Shonen Jump series SPY x FAMILY by Wit Studio and CloverWorks is the big deal, and so if you’re interested in checking out the SPY x FAMILY manga, Right Stuf’s got the best deals for physical copies.

Review: Demon Prince Enma (41:10 – 1:16:57)
Gerald reviews the Bandai Visual release of the four-part OVA Demon Prince Enma from the late 2000s. It’s a remake of one of Go Nagai’s 1970s works, Dororon Enma-kun, albeit with far more objectionable content (remind you of anything?). There are also several iterations of manga, and while none have been officially released in the US, there are a decent amount of scanlations out there which you may not want to be caught reading in public depending on which manga run you end up checking out. Despite being released in the US 15 years ago and being out of print for roughly that long, copies of Demon Prince Enma are readily available for dirt cheap…BUT FOR HOW LONG?

Intentional or not, we deem this an effective use of 3D CG.