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After two months, we spend a lot of time not talking about anime, read an email about not watching it, and then FINALLY Daryl reviews the new anime anthology Short Peace. We’re out of practice here.
Introduction (0:00 – 45:12)
For roughly the first 13:30 of this introduction, there is more or less zero anime discussion until Daryl brings up that he’s reading through the excellent Anime: A History by Jonathan Clements, who it should be noted is NOT Richard Armitage. It’s an easy mistake to make, we know. We then read an email about a tale that’s played out all too often over the years: the phenomenon that is “otaku expiration” by way of a letter from one who died at the age of 17. In place of said dead velveteen otaku is A REAL BOY. Wait, we just mixed up children’s stories.
Review: Short Peace (45:12 – 1:22:00)
Daryl reviews the new anthology collection released last year. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, since one of the segments was nominated for an Oscar this year along with some other Japanese dude’s cartoon. We understand based on a webcomic we saw that other guy whose film was nominated for an Oscar loves to smile and make merchandise and robots and totally did not write this book or this book. Short Peace will be released by Sentai Filmworks soon, and we can only hope that they translate the commentary track on this thing because boy howdy, we sure would’ve loved to have known what they said BEFORE doing this review.
- We reviewed Freedom Project back in Show 66. Despite this being Show 124, that episode was about six years ago…
- As further proof that he sucks, the short which Daryl declared the weakest was actually the one that won the rarely-awarded Noboru Ofuji prize. We discussed how difficult it is to win that back when we reviewed Mind Game.
- Show 96 about Redline, 30 episodes after the 2008 episode linked above, happened three years later. We probably briefly mentioned Katsuhito Ishii at some point.
- Despite being only one standard American comicbook in length, Farewell to Weapons has been out of print for decades so comicbook sellers are charging a lot for it. Hopefully Kodansha will reprint it.
- What’s far more affordable is the revised edition of Matt Alt’s Yokai Attack. If you read that, then you’d understand that THE RULES were indeed followed.
Closing (1:22:00 – 1:24:10)
We’re going to have to review a Shinji Aramaki CG movie next time, aren’t we. AREN’T WE?! In the meantime between now and then, do check out the new issue of Otaku USA. Daryl wrote articles on Kill La Kill, Robot Girls Z, and the manga editions of Space Brothers as well as Summer Wars. There’s also Carl Horn’s Royal Space 25th Anniversary Fanzine, featuring articles by Gerald and other people who aren’t Gerald. “Fanzine” is a misnomer for this thing, seeing as it’s got better layout, design, binding, paper quality etc than most professional publications.
Here is a list of the titles shown at AWO’s panels held at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013. Want to learn more? Listen to our podcast if you aren’t already. To receive new episodes automatically, you can subscribe via iTunes or any RSS feed-based readers using the links above. We’ve been around for years, so don’t worry about listening to every episode unless you really want to. Take a look at the Review Index via the link at the top of this page to see if we’ve covered anything that interests you.
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Here now is the list of titles shown at each of our panels, in (hopefully!) the order presented. Much of what we’ve shown has been reviewed, so we’ll link to those where applicable.
Great Anime Never Released in the US:
Gag Manga Biyori
Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Ring ni Kakero
The Legend of Koizumi
Astro Boy, 2003 series unedited
On Your Mark
Otaku USA’s Anime Worth Watching:
Michiko & Hatchin
Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
The Rose of Versailles
Watamote (aka “No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!”)
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Dirty Pair: Project E.D.E.N.
Detroit Metal City
Demon City Shinjuku
Great Anime Openings:
(parody) Attack on Thomas the Tank Engine
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Overman King Gainer
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Aim for the Ace
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Detroit Metal City
Kimagure Orange Road
Superdimensional Fortress Macross
Superdimensional Cavalry Southern Cross
Genesis Climber Mospeada
(parody) Attack on Miffy
Tiger and Bunny
Gargantia on the Verduous Planet
Card Captor Sakura
Darker than Black
Dirty Pair OAV (or we would’ve; the encode didn’t play as punishment for us picking this over Russian Roulette and Safari Eyes)
The Big O
Mobile Police Patlabor 1st OAV
Dragon Ball Kai
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
Ranma 1/2 OAV
Queen’s Blade Rebellion
(parody) Attack on Baccano!
Polar Bear Cafe
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex: 2nd Gig
Revolutionary Girl Utena
(parody) Revolutionary Guy Lupin the Third
Space Pirate Captain Harlock
Captain Harlock (1980s English Disco Edition)
The Rose of Versailles
(parody) Attack on 4chan
Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Panzer World Galient
Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger
We only had 90 minutes this year, and we tried to run about 60% new selections compared to last year. So if you’re reading this and are shocked–SHOCKED!–that we didn’t show Cowboy Bebop, Sengoku Basara, or other “obvious picks” past favorites…those are the two reasons why. No fun showing the same clips of the same stuff each year…well, more than half the time, anyway! Depending on your point of view, we then ended Openings/started DOOM! using the promotional video for the upcoming Space Dandy. We’ll try and get a DOOM! report up on the Anime Hell blog soon enough and link to it here.