Ninja Consultant is Leaving Livejournal; Seeking WordPress Designer

After many years, I've decided to stop using Livejournal and switch to WordPress. This might mean a feed change, but I'm not sure yet.

In the interim, I'm looking for someone to make a nice WordPress theme for the page.  Not for free, but I don't have a huge budget, either, so think flat fee and not an hourly rate.  Email ninjaconsultant (at) gmail if you're interested.

Things I'm hoping the migration will solve:

  1. You'll be able to see old episodes in the feed, instead of just two or three episode.
  2. A better search function.  It's freaking impossible to search through old livejournal entries.
  3. Not owned by Russians.
  4. Less comment spam…?

I'm not all that fond of WordPress either, but I know how to use it, and there's a Livejournal migration tool.

Show #109 – Wolf Children From Up on Poppy Hill

Show #109 – Direct Download:

Break and ED: TBA

We're not quite dead. I think I'll go for a walk!

10:30~ish:  Talking about Summer Wars
13:20~ being talking about Wolf Children
15:35 Wolf Children inciting incident, I don't consider this a spoiler because it happens in the first 20 minutes of the film.
25:30 brief mention of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
37:45 ~ mid-film spoilers
39:25 Final 1/3 of the film spoilers
39:50 BEGIN End of film spoilers
40:30 No more spoilers, just some jokes
41:25 Back to spoilers
42:10: Analysis
43:26 END OF WOLF CHILDREN SPOILERS
50:40 From Up on Poppy Hill talking begins
51:00 But first Earthsea and Little Norse Prince
56:20 the real Poppy Hill review begins
1:07:50 mid-film details
1:09:40 Minor Spoilers Begin (mid-film-ish stuff)
1:16:50 Bigger spoilers of the end
~ A lot of good jokes and analysis ~
1:20:55 Some more end of film details, but not exactly a huge spoiler
1:22:42 Serious ass SPOILERS from the end of the film where we read the ending details off Wikipedia.
1:23:22 We speculate about things in the film that are not explicitly stated, but if you think Noah's "theory" is a "spoiler" skip this bit, too.
1:24:20 I don't think what I'm saying is a spoiler here.
1:24:55 The end of major spoilers and beginning of amazingness.
1:26:00 – 1:26:17  Ok I guess that part is a spoiler… kind of?  But it's not a romance spoiler

Show #108 – NYCC 2012 Convention Coverage

Show #108 – Direct Download:

Break and ED: "Venus to Jesus" by Etsuko Yakushimaru from Arakawa Under the Bridge.

Where we talk a bit about:

And then we discuss if Ripley used an exoskeleton or exo-suit or power loader in Alien?

Recorded live at New York Comic Con:

Show #106 – Otakon 2012 Report

Show #106 – Direct Download:
ED: “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from “Mulan”

With special guest stars:

Evan from Ani-Gamers,
@VinnieAve_AGC from All Geeks Considered,
Ink from Ani-Gamers.

Includes a long excerpt from Dave‘s panel on Videogame Criticism. You know Dave from podcast such as Fast Karate, and Ajay from barroom colleges such as The Brooklyn Institute.

Show #104 – Felipe Smith

Show #104 – Direct Download:

OP & ED “Tough Boy” by TOM*CAT (from Fist of the North Star)

We finally caught up with Felipe Smith at MangaNext 2012. Felipe did the MBQ series after placing in Tokyopop’s Rising Stars of Manga. Then he moved to Japan and wrote and drew a series called Peepo Choo for Morning 2 Magazine, which has been imported to the U.S. by Vertical books.

We had a long talk with Felipe about what it’s like to work in Japan, and whether or not Bakuman is true to life.

Where to get his books:

Peepo Choo

MBQ volume 1
MBQ volume 2
MBQ volume 3

Show #103 – Steve Harrison Rambling in a Mall (you can really hear the mall)

Show #103 – Direct Download:

OP: Symphonic Suite Yamato
INT: Various Gundam eyecatches
ED: Giant Gorg OP

Here we interview Steve Harrison, one of the grand old men of [American] anime [fandom]. (Although, honestly, I don’t think he’s that old.) We were fooled into thinking this would be a good idea by Daryl Surat, who claimed Steve Harrison was his future self, but not himself from the future. Apparently in the future Daryl grows a beard and learns how to be polite and charming.

The sound quality is extremely poor, as I brought a USB to XLR adapter that decided to not work with my laptop, so we would up recording using the laptop speaker and my iphone, and then I mixed the two sources together, slowly and painfully over several months, as they kept going out of sync. You can really hear every chair scraping the floor in the mall, and the occasional piece of food court muzak.

News: Ninjaconsultants at MangaNext and Genericon


We’re going to MangaNext, February 24th-26th!
Panels:
MangaNext 3:30 Friday – Comiket Survival 101, Events Room B
MangaNext 6pm Saturday – Unusual Manga Genres, Events Room B
MangaNext 1pm Sunday – Culinary Manga, Panel 2

We’re also going to Genericon!

March 2nd – 4th
Genericon 9am Saturday – Recent Trends in Anthropomorphization, Panels 2 (337)
Genericon 4pm Saturday – Culinary Manga, Panels 2 (337)
Genericon 6pm Saturday – Alcohol and Manga, Panels 1 (318)
Genericon 12pm Sunday – Unusual Manga Genres, Panels 2 (337)