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Anime Diet Radio Episode 16–Spoiled Turkey in a Bowl

Thanksgiving is over.

Man it’s been a while! This was recorded on Thanksgiving weekend, hence the Turkey Bowl and the Thanksgiving references, but I was unable to find time to edit due to school, the plane not having plugs, and most consequentially, a family medical emergency this week. But here it is…our sweet 16 episode, in which we take on Death Notes in Virginia, Pizza Hut in anime, and Odex all over the world (snicker). Our roundtable “Turkey Bowl” talks about the year’s projected winners and losers, including Gundam 00, Claymore, Lucky Star, ef-a tale of memories, Hayate no Gotoku, Ghost Hound–just to name a few. And Monty Python references.

I wanted to include more sound effects, but I don’t have the time…it’s also my first time using Soundtrack Pro rather than Garageband to put this one together. Soundtrack Pro is a sweeeeet piece of Apple software, and it makes certain editing tasks so much easier. I’m still learning the ropes, though.

Show Notes

  • OP: “Sora ni Saku (宇宙(そら)に咲く)” by Lisa Komine (Rental Magica OP)
  • ED: “STAR RISE” by Ryou Hirohashi, Megumi Toyoguchi, Sachiko Kojima, Houko Kuwashima & Rina Satou” (Bamboo Blade ED)
  • All Monty Python sound clips are from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • The story about the Virginia Death Note can be found at Anime News Network (1). See the electronic Death Note site here (2).
  • The story about the Marimite Pizza Hut promotion can be found at ANN (3). See our exclusive interview with Yukana here (4).
  • The story about the Odex international incident is here at ANN (5). See a backup of the hacked website here (6).

References

  1. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-11-22/virginian-teen-suspended-over-names-in-death-note
  2. http://www.deathnoteonline.com/
  3. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-11-19/marimite-pizza-hut-japan-campaign-fan-disk-announced
  4. http://animediet.net/archives/2883
  5. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-11-21/baytsp-acknowledges-sending-warning-notices-by-mistake
  6. http://www.darkmirage.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/22_odexhacked.html

Anime Diet Radio Episode 15 – The Legendary Cursed Episode…

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This special episode was supposed to be released on Halloween, but certain…curses of sorts fell on me that very day. I’m still picking up the pieces from that scariest of days. This is a simple episode, in which we talk about only a few things–the mailbag, and the GOOD, the BAD, and the HORRIBLE of the fall season! (Shows include: ef-a tale of memories, Minami-ke, Gundam 00, Ghost Hound, Kaiji, Genshiken, Kimikiss Pure Rouge, and Kawaii Jenny.)

Also, if you noticed that this podcast sounds a little different, it’s because Ray so kindly volunteered to edit it! [Editor’s note: I don’t use Apple so no AAC, and Mike is swamped with work to edit it and make it AAC format. Gomen nasai!] I think you’ll agree he did a great job.So, enjoy this very late Halloween episode…if you dare. Bwahahahahaha!

Show Order

Show Notes

  • OP – “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni,” Eiko Shimamiya (OP of When They Cry – Higurashi)
  • ED – “Poltergeist,” Kojima Mayumi (OP of Ghost Hound)
  • Music clips – “Fearful Experience,” Meguro Masashi, “Kiru,” Eitetsu Hayashi & Kaoru Wada, SAMURAI 7 Image Album, “Girls on Film,” Duran Duran. “Eva 01,” Evangelion soundtrack, and various music clips from Lucky Star.
  • Sound clips -From “Jigoku Shojo,” “Suzumiya Haruhi,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “From Dusk till Dawn.”
  • Read the comments from Random 11, korosora here (9). Read the comments from Benu and Daniel here (10).
  • CalAggie – sorry we didn’t get your comment on 13 before we recorded 15. So perhaps we’ll read your mail next time.
  • asdf – sorry we didn’t get your new comment on 14 before we recorded 15. So perhaps we’ll read your mail next time.
  • We are J-List affiliates. Click here (11) to visit J-List, and if you buy something via this click, you help to support this site!

References

  • (0) http://anime.meetup.com/447
  • (1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46m2BvJ471Y
  • (2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Hound
  • (3) http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8550
  • (4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam_00
  • (5) http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=7985
  • (6) http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8192
  • (7) http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8536
  • (8) http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8210
  • (9) http://animediet.net/archives/1848#comments
  • (10) http://animediet.net/archives/2487#comments
  • (11) http://affiliates.jlist.com/click/19?url=http://www.jlist.com/


Ghost Hound ep1 – ghost out of a shell.

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I’m going to say this straight up. I wasn’t impressed by this episode much and I felt bored from time to time, however, that doesn’t mean this episode was awfully boring with low production values, it just means that I wasn’t into it.

So far, there aren’t any philosophical elements introduced, only tiny hints and pieces plus that bigger piece hinting about some philosophical view during the preview for the next episode. What this episode does is it lays the ground work for whatever will come later.

I do realize not every show can be terribly exciting from the beginning, but I have to be fair – this episode didn’t grab me. I watched it twice, but I’d fall asleep if I were to watch it a 3rd time. Maybe I’m just getting more mainstream or just getting older, but philosophical shows aren’t terribly exciting to me. I wasn’t impressed by Eva or Lain and they meant nothing to me until Mike explained their true meanings.

We learn 3 major things in this episode: 1. Komori and his sister were abducted 11 years ago. He survived but his sister…died, I guess, and his family is still pretty traumatized till this day. 2. He has the ability to dream about out of body experiences, which I suspect are real – that his “ghost” really gets out of his “shell”. 3. His experience is connected to something major that’ll happen later.

Deconstructing these points apart, and I got these conclusions: 1. His “out f body experiences” is very similar to Kusaragi’s “Dive” experiences, except instead of electrical information, he gets images (real time?). 2. There was a rather special reason that he and his sister were kidnapped, and fast forward to today, the transfer student apparently know a lot about it and he’s poking his nose into the lives of the people related to this event. 3. His sister knew something and tried to tell him but he forgot what it was.

The 3 pretty boys, Komori, Ogami, and Nakajima will obviously come together and solve this mysterious connection between the kidnap, the out of body experience, oh and the ghost seeing girl ‘s (Miyako’s) ability.

Overall, the sound effects and the background tunes  gives off a strong sense of “Lain”. The animation is superb (did you see that fly??? Damn it’s super detailed!) and the sound effects give that creepy “Lain” feel. But, because I’ve had many interesting dreams in real life in real life (full) colors that are way weird or more interesting than this, and I saw “Lain” and Boogipop Phantom before I saw this, I wasn’t impressed much. At the end of the day, I’d say,

82% recommended for your daily anime diet. Keep in mind that I’ve seen many things not just in the anime world, and “Out of body experience” may indeed be fascinating subject to many, but to me it’s actually nothing new. Great animation and fairly interesting concept is keeping this afloat, however.

My reaction after watching the Promotional clips of Ghost Hound.

Seeing that the director and the script writer of Lain is involved, I was naturally thinking that it’ll be like a philosophical exercise more than anything.

My feeling is that, the music sounded more like some of the government conspiracy music from GitS, but with the theme and the overall suggested mood, it’ll probably be more thoughful than action-oriented.

With Shirow, production I.G. and the director and writer of Lain, what would be the show like?

I’d say it’ll be very conspiracy-filled with X-File like elements.

The animation looked excellent, the music sounded OK. I don’t know if Yoko Kanno is doing the music. If she does the show can’t be bad anyway.

This is another show that I’m looking forward to.