Episode 5555: Interstella / Part 1

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It’s been a long time coming.  We recorded this show back in August.  We have no excuse…but better late than never!  And, at least this podcast is about an excellent anime, Leiji Matsumoto and Daft Punk’s sci-fi masterpiece Interstella 5555.

In this first part of our Interstella show, we talk about what the thing is, how it came together, our personal histories with it, and some high-level, spoiler-free stuff we really really like about it.  If you’ve never seen this anime, we hope we can sell you on it, and if you have seen it, then we hope you’ll hear about it ONE MORE TIME.

Also: what is the best scene in anime involving a shark?  Who was the actress that inspired Leiji Matsumoto’s iconic female character design?  Did Shadon spoil Harry Potter for you?  Let us know.

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Time Codes:

00:00:00 – Story Time

00:02:00 – A Daft Intro

00:03:16 – Pre-show Banter

00:06:54 – Introductions & Opening Question

00:22:12 – Catch up with the Hosts

01:04:12 – Interstella 5555: A History

01:56:40 – Plot Summary, Conceptual Overview & Recommendations

 

Anime We Talk About:

Interstella 5555

 

Video Games We Talk About:

Resident Evil Franchise, Undertale, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, Persona 5

 

Playlist

Tsutchie – Sincerely

Michael Kelly – Every Day Is Night

Daft Punk – Aerodynamic (Daft Punk Remix)

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (Instrumental)

マクロスMACROSS 82-99 x Lotus Cloud ft. Le Real – Back At It

Toby Fox – Megalovania

Shoji Meguro – Life Will Change

TRUE – Divine Spell

Aloe Island Posse – High Tide

LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House

Daft Punk – One More Time

Motorhead – Ace of Spades

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Neptunes Remix)

Antgry ft. Conscious Thoughts – Orange Road

Hannaah Medina – Become Meguca

Desired – In Love

KOIKA – Karma

Michael Kelly – Every Day Is Night

Michael Kelly – CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown

Halloween Special – ZYVOX REVIEWS: MOUSE

Shadon found this on his hard drive. He listened to it and is still in a coma as a result, but we reckon he’ll be fine after a few weeks in bed. However, we believe an extradimensional monstrosity known as Zyvox the Unyielding apparently took it upon himself to review Mouse, Shadon’s most hated anime of all time, and left him this recording as an early birthday present. Listener discretion is advised as neither the show nor Zyvox are for the weak of heart. But if you want to be truly terrified as you learn about Exposition University, bizarre Terry Pratchett references, and the delusional hatred that Mouse’s creators show for women, then strap in this Halloween for Mouse: the only anime proven to carry the bubonic plague.

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TIMECODES:

00:00:00 – Zyvox Gets An OKCupid! Review

00:01:12 – Zyvox Speaks With Katsuhiko Takayama, one of the creators of Mouse

00:02:17 – Zyvox Unleashes The Nightmare (Lights Out – Nightmare Boss Theme – Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Lashmush)

00:03:27 – Zyvox Destroys Your Mind With A Review On Mouse

00:18:52 – Zyvox’s Favourite Anime OP

With music and audio from: Freesound.org, OCRemix.org, Final Fantasy VII & yes, The Great British Bake Off.

With “music” from: Mouse

Zyvox’s Computer Voiced by Code Welt

Shadon’s Postscript:

Don’t watch Mouse, for god’s sake. Don’t be an idiot like me and watch this on a dare (the dare being “Recommend me the worst anime imaginable!”) Also, Happy Halloween from everyone here at Warui Deshou!

BONUS EPISODE – Gimme Shelter

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On October 18, the year-long collabo between Porter Robinson, Madeon and A-1 Pictures bore fruit in the form of a gorgeous, six-minute music video.  It’s 2016, and this is the internet, so naturally a couple of controversies sprang up around the video’s launch.  Mods of the anime subreddit declared a ban on the discussion of Shelter, since it didn’t conform to the site’s stated definition of anime.  This ruling would be overturned later, but what couldn’t be taken back were the death threats lobbed at the moderators.

Vorgelia, Shadon and The Subtle Doctor dive in and discuss what makes anime anime, whether or not artists should be responsible for behavior their art may incite, making bikes, the moons of Jupiter, Hulk Hogan, and…oh, they also discuss the music video itself!

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Time Codes

00:00:00 – Description and discussion of Shelter: The Animation

00:37:19 – How do you define anime?

01:16:48 – Are artists responsible for the behavior their art may lead to?

01:44:56 – Closing, contact info, etc.

Playlist

Porter Robinson ft. Madeon – Shelter

Kohei Tanaka – Final Fusion

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On

Rick Derringer  – Real American

Ray LaMontagne – Shelter


Watch Shelter via Porter Robinson’s official YT Channel or at CrunchyRoll.

In light of the recent discussion of the demarcation problem of anime, ANN posted a list of co-productions designed to further facilitate discourse.

BONUS EPISODE – Code Orange

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The Subtle Doctor and Shadon grab their mics to discuss a recent anime (shocking I know!) named Orange, which aired in the Summer 2016 season.

Orange is a show that broaches a topic often not discussed in media or fiction: suicide. It’s mature and sombre depiction of the matter is worth praise and discussion, although the show isn’t without its flaws (Shadon in particular almost had an aneurysm at one point).

So join us with this bonus slice of Warui Deshou as Doc and Shads discuss Orange in depth and offer their thoughts both on the serious and the silly moments of the show, and of how we all can learn from it to be more open with each other and that there is always help out there for those traveling a darker road.

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Time Codes

00:00:00 – Intro – Shadon Gets A Letter

00:01:05 – Orange Opening – Hikari no Hahen – Takahashi Yuu

00:02:25 – CODE ORANGE – Full, unscripted, as the crow flies discussion of the show

02:01:28 – Outro – Everything Will Be Alright – Michael Kelly (VA-11 HALL-A OST)

With music from Orange, VA-11 HALL-A, and sound clips from http://www.freesound.org.

Orange can be watched on Crunchyroll here.


Information and help regarding suicide:

UNITED KINGDOM:

The Samartians – http://www.samaritans.org/

CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – http://www.thecalmzone.net.gridhosted.co.uk/

UNITED STATES:

Crisis Text Line – http://www.crisistextline.org/

Suicide Prevention Lifeline – http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Episode 5: Phantom Requiem For The Phantom / Part 2

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Warui Deshou returns with Part 2 of its near fatal encounter with the little anime that couldn’t: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. In this episode the crew discuss broader topics on adaptation, tone, Star Wars Kinect and other hot topics, while also answering your correspondence! How will Warui Deshou defeat Scythe Master, the best comedy villain since Dr Evil? Find out, in this completely silly conclusion to Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom!

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Featuring music and sound effects from: Daft Punk, VA-11 HALL-A, OCRemix.org, Freesound.org, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Phantom: Requiem For The Phantom OST, John Williams, Looney Tunes, Elfen Lied, The Office and elevator music

With special thanks to our guest Yellow Redfield for his insights and to DaLadybugMan for his invaluable assistance on the “A Golden Opportunity” bonus content.

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Time Codes

00:00:05 – Welcome Sir, I’m So Delighted (Phantom of the Opera Metal Cover – Luke Hatton)

00:00:46 – One Last Weabooze (featuring “Shawn’s Got The Shotgun” – Doom Metal)

00:01:33 – The Fall of Warui Deshou – La Resistance (featuring “The Search for Ambrosia” – Deus Ex Remix by Jillian Aversa & zircon)

00:02:03 – In Depth Topics & Polls
00:53:56 – The Fall of Warui Deshou – An Unlikely Ally

00:56:05 – Northern Cross – May’n

00:57:02 – The Fall of Warui Deshou – Gratitude

00:57:37 – Correspondence & Wrap Up

02:35:56 – Finale – One More Time?

02:39:04 – Bonus Content – Warui Deshou Solid: The Phantom Requiem for the Phantom Pain

02:41:47 – Bonus Content – A Golden Opportunity

BONUS EPISODE – Gundam Thunderbolt: Hope, Despair, Sakuga

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In what can only be described as the most self-indulgent thing I’ve ever done, I have created this audio essay on Gundam Thunderbolt, the 2015-16 ONA from Sunrise.  There are roughly three sections: (1) the thing Thunderbolt does best (2) the unforgivable things it does (3) I tie my criticisms of the deification of narrow, empirical, Sakuga-based analysis of anime to how that method cannot speak to what is wrong with this ONA.

Special thanks to Tamerlane and Josh Dunham for inspiration.

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Playlist:

Michael Kelly/Garoad – Every Day is Night

Oneohtrix Point Never – Power of Persuasion

Michael Kelly/Garoad – Hopes and Dreams

Michael Kelly/Garoad – Welcome to VA11 HALL-A

Magic Sword – In the Face of Evil

Yuzo Koshiro – Into the Storm

Falcom Sound Team – After School Hours

Michael Kelly/Garoad – CALICOMP 1.1 Shutdown

Episode 5: Phantom Requiem For The Phantom / Part 1

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Ein, Zwei, Drei… why, oh, why did this happen? Well, in Shadon’s hands we once again ended up watching something less than appealing, an anime from his past named Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. And by “less than appealing” we really mean “like a ten car train derailment”.

An adaptation of a Nitroplus visual novel of the same name, Phantom is a show that had all the necessary ingredients to be good: original material by Gen Urubuchi, Yousuke Kuroda at the helm, and a potentially compelling story about identity, the loss thereof and rediscovering one’s humanity. But alas, it was not to be.

With Vorgelia returning from a brief break and special guest Yellow Redfield bringing his knowledge of the visual novel to the table, can Warui Deshou survive another round of a terrible anime? Will Shadon ever pick a good show to watch? Will the name Scythe Master ever not cause uncontrollable laughter? Find out in Part One of Warui Deshou’s discussion of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom!

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Anime we talk about:

Berserk (2016), Orange, Re:Zero, Wolf Children

 

Video games/interactive experiences we talk about:

Earth Defense Force, Street Fighter V, DOOM, VA-11 HALL-A

 

With additional music and sound effects from: Freesound.org, Captain Scarlet, Archer, GITS SAC: Individual 11, Kuuchu Burankou, Cheers, VA-11 HALL-A, Darker Than Black, CSI and ????

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Time Codes

00:00:05 – Every Day Is Nig£$*&+”£$”£# (Michael Kelly – VA-11 HALL-A OST)

00:00:22 – The Unyielding
00:00:28 – Drei… Zwei… Ein… (Sonne – Rammstein)

00:01:47 – Introduction & Catch Up

01:11:19 – YOU IDIOTS (Your Best Nightmare (Metal) – Undertale – RichardEB / Toby Fox)

01:12:00 – The Duchess

01:12:40 – The Fall of Warui Deshou – 1-ZANA-G1

01:13:22 – Non Spoiler Overview & The Ending

02:32:26 – Does it feel good, knowing you tried? (Divide – Jeff Williams ft Casey Lee Williams – RWBY Vol 3 OST)

02:33:51 – Hashashins
02:34:52 – The Fall of Warui Deshou – A Man Who Makes Poor Life Choices

02:35:31 – Spoiler Filled Discussion – Positives & Negatives

04:35:51 – The Fall of Warui Deshou – An Unbearable Encounter

04:37:27 – Better Luck Next Time (Michael Kelly – VA-11 HALL-A OST)