Anime World Order Show # 165 – No Fushigi Mystery That Boning Is Greater Than Science

Why did two months pass without a new episode? Some cartoons break even the strongest of spirits. But finally, Clarissa reviews Go Nagai’s precursor to Devilman, Demon Lord Dante.

Introduction (0:00 – 42:45)
Now that we’ve made it back from AnimeNEXT and the latest issue of Otaku USA Magazine is arriving in subscriber mailboxes, we have time to record a new episode! For those itching for CONTENT, in the interim Daryl was a guest on the Zannen Canada Podcast to talk about Mobile Suit Gundam SEED to the best of his unreliable memory. This discussion was edited down to 2 hours and 40 minutes. Over in the emails, we puzzle over the intentions of a question regarding well-realized fictional sociopolitical landscapes in Japanese animation. Golgo 13 was not mentioned, since its sociopolitical landscape is nonfiction, despite all “this work is fiction” disclaimers it alleges.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (17:38 – 23:46)
We kind of organically mixed this one into the introduction, hence the overlapping time codes. Right Stuf is having their month-long 31st Golden Birthday Sale throughout July, where not only is practically everything on sale all month, but every day there’s also a Mega Deal (and Adult Mega Deal) on popular items. Since the discounts are already quite high, the Got Anime? membership discounts will NOT stack with the Mega Deal, Featured Products, or Bundles. But it will work on the other items, including preorders. GET YOUR ANGEL COP BLU-RAY AND BEAST FIGHTER THE APOCALYPSE DVD PREORDERS IN NOW. But wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves:

Review: Demon Lord Dante aka Mao Dante (42:45 – 1:37:55)
You’ve got to hand it to Clarissa, because after this one the few remaining strands on the low thread count sheets of sanity are just barely hanging on. With everyone being so keen on Devilman Crybaby this year, we figured we may as well go back to Go Nagai’s initial concept which was later retooled to result in Devilman. The original story got abandoned for 40 years before being resurrected in the early 2000s, and that means THEY HAD TO WING IT~! FOR THE ENDING. Listen on as the structure and fabric of the universe fade away in this 100% spoiler-filled review slash synopsis. Perhaps someday, this will end up streaming on Midnight Pulp alongside other titles by Discotek as well as Animeigo, but for now it can only be seen by those bold and daring enough to own it on DVD. ALL YOU CONTENT CREATORS WHO GO VIRAL AS A RESULT OF TALKING ABOUT THIS CARTOON HAD BETTER REMEMBER WHO POINTED YOU TOWARDS IT.

Otakon is a few weeks away, and the schedule is live! Our panels are as follows:

Friday 9:45 PM: History of Hentai (18+)
Friday 12:00 AM: Twenty Years Ago: Anime in 1998
Saturday 9:00 AM (no 8 hours sleep for us!): Cancelled Anime: Gone Before Their Time
Saturday 11:00 PM: Anime’s Craziest Deaths (18+)
Sunday 12:45 PM: Outsourced: The Japanese Animation of “Western” Cartoons

Hmm. We should probably uh, get started with working on those…HEY WAIT, WE FORGOT TO MENTION THAT WE WERE PANELISTS AT CEO GAMING! We did the panel “Fighting Game Anime: It’s (Mostly) Terrible” and this is the list of titles that we showed there:

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Street Fighter V (that’s the letter V, not the Roman numeral V as the current Street Fighter game is known)
Street Fighter Alpha
Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
Fatal Fury OAVs
Samurai Shodown
Art of Fighting
King of Fighters: Another Day
Battle Arena Toshinden
Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
Virtua Fighter
Power Stone
Tekken: The Motion Picture
Tekken: Blood Vengeance

Anime World Order Show # 164 – Where’s Airline Pilot Nicolas Cage When You Need Him

We’re all guest panelists at AnimeNEXT June 8-10, even if the website doesn’t list us because we’ll bring down the prestige of the REAL guest panelists on account of our lousy work ethics and lack of proper portrait photos! This leaves us with a limited window in which to get an episode out, and so Gerald has elected to talk about the recently-concluded (for now?) Girls’ Last Tour.

Introduction (0:00 – 26:17)
After neglecting to read any emails last time, this time we’re back on the track as we talk about Android Kikaider and Bandai Entertainment’s peculiar decisions when it came to advertising Japanese animation in this country. We can remember these things, but not who ran the dang thing. Par for the course with us GET IT GET HUH YOU GET IT PAR FOR THE COURSE IT’S ABOUT GOLF. Anyway, we know there is a truckload of great anime airing right now, but you will find it in your best interests to begin prioritizing Space Battleship Yamato 2202 since it’s finally available in English for the first time courtesy of Crunchyroll and FUNimation. If you didn’t see Space Battleship Yamato 2199, worry not because the entire series is available for streaming right now, both with Japanese subtitles as well as English dubbed.

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (26:17 – 28:35)
We strongly considered just having this promo be in honor of the fact that as we post this, the current publisher sale is for Fakku and thus everything in the sale is porno. We considered it might be good to read title covers and advertising copy. But ad copy for porno is no good until it’s written in questionable English. And don’t you start with us by talking about some “clever” pun some bored ad person thought up which summarizes the Softcel / Kitty etc approach. We’re talking about FACTS here, such as the FACT that Goku: Midnight Eye is a fine mystery anime, with the great mystery behind it being “why didn’t they just keep letting Yoshiaki Kawajiri make more of this since the manga went on way further?”

Review: Girls’ Last Tour (26:17 – 1:00:01)
In general, we are an anti-spoiler heavy podcast since in most cases, knowing too much about something you’re about to see deprives you of the intended experience of discovering it at the moment the narrative intends you to. So it goes with this somewhat cryptic review of Girls’ Last Tour, in which Gerald implores you, dear listener, to trust in his past judgment which has never led you astray before and just go watch this series. But for the rest of you who still remember that time Gerald tricked you into watching Harmagedon, there is this review which is more or less spoiler-free while still conveying its appeal. Namely, moe blobs, Axis hardware, and environmental storytelling superior to that Bethesda crap or “dying person wrote several words in blood” stuff videogames have overused. Will his warm reception to this change Gerald’s mind on Haibane Renmei, 11 years later? We’ll just have to wait and see.