We totally missed December entirely because we couldn’t think of a suitable Christmas title, but with this new year Daryl elects to review the anime adventures of Locke the Superman.
Introduction (0:00 – 32:06)
Just because we missed a month of the podcast doesn’t mean we didn’t watch a bunch of things and give our thoughts on them. Daryl wrote a bunch of articles for Otaku USA, Gerald went to the movies a few times (for now we’ll stick to the Fathom Events theatrical showing of Macross Plus), and Clarissa watched several of the currently airing series. Also, all of us found ourselves interested in the recent happenings of the Italian Parliament!
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (32:06 – 34:50)
The holiday sales may be over, and we certainly bought a bunch of stuff there, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t new deals worth checking out! This week it’s 30% off titles from Denpa and Udon, so get your orders in for Kaiji, The Men Who Created Gundam, and the (currently out of stock, but not out of print) Rose of Versailles. Worry not, for if you order an out of stock item, Right Stuf will honor the sale price once it arrives and your credit card will not be charged until the order actually ships out.
Review: Locke the Superman (34:50 – 1:49:00)
Daryl weighs in on the various animated installments for one of the most enduring characters in Japanese comics and animation: Locke the Superman. The main focus is on the 1984 theatrical film, since as of this recording that is the only episode legally available in the US as you can watch it streaming on HiDive or purchase it on Blu-Ray. We also talk about the OVAs: Lord Leon, New World Command, and Mirror Ring.
- Right Stuf link for Locke the Superman on Blu-Ray – as it turns out, this new cover art is illustrated by Yuki Hijiri and was created for the Blu-Ray release, so we’ll take that as a sign that he likes the movie and his comments about the animation being bad were probably regarding Mirror Ring or something
- Tim Eldred’s interview with Yuki Hijiri
- The original 1979 pilot animation for Locke the Superman (music only, no voices or sound effects) which also depicts the plot of the film albeit in about 10 minutes rather than 2 hours
- The international trailer that Daryl just can’t get over
- Mike Toole ripped the “Space Warriors” theme song and posted it to YouTube in left audio mono only, but a fixed mono audio version is here