Show #44 – James Interview Part 1: Otakon 1994

Show #044 Direct Download:

OP and ED: “Just Think of Tomorrow [From Irresponsible Captain Tylor]” by Yoko Ishida, theme from Irresponsible Captain Tylor, remixed for the Para Para Max US Mix volume 2, also available on amazon for $3

Our experimental three mic two computer set-up lead to some interesting sync problems and weird echos. I did my best to fix it.

We interview James the “Angry Otaku” from Ah!Pon
– He first started reading manga with Outlanders from Studio Proteous
– He went to Otakon 1994, the first one.
– First Guest: Robert DeJesus
– Who is Brian Mah? A Metro-Anime guy.
– James watched Cream Lemon and bought Dragon Knight

Otakon 1995:
Wedding Peach!
– James buys Bondage Fairies (NSFW, NSFK, Warning: You can’t un-see Bondage Fairies. Once you find out what they are you can’t un-know it.)
Duane Johnson did something for fandom
Corn Pone video

Anime East 1994-1995
The Anime East Riots 1995

More on Apollo Smile later.
(amazingly, there is an angelfire fan page still up here.
It’s Anime Crash‘s fault.

RIP: Big Apple Anime Fest

Promo for Otaku USA Magazine as made by R5 Central.

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3 Responses to Show #44 – James Interview Part 1: Otakon 1994

  1. ranmah says:

    Hiya Brian Mah (METRO ANIME guy).

    Thanks for mentioning me.

  2. Anonymous says:

    (Daryl Surat)

    So HE’S the one responsible for Apollo Smile AND Anime Crash? More like James “The Guilt-Ridden Otaku”! Such heinous crimes usually commit one to the Lower Planes to fight in the Blood War for all eternity, but perhaps a combination of belief (via his listening to the Anime World Order podcast!) and regret (via his creating the Ah!Pon podcast as an act of anime penitence!) can change the nature of a man.

    The recollection of how anime came to be on the Sci-Fi Channel seems a little hazy. The Sci-Fi Channel started running anime around 1992 or so with Robotech and The New Adventures of Gigantor, with Anime Week starting sometime around ’93 or so; after a year or two they started the Saturday Anime block to rerun that stuff. Apollo Smile wasn’t the host of Anime Week until around 1998, about a year or two before they dropped it from the schedule.

    Also: Anime Crash totally sold SonMay music CDs and bootlegs of live-action movies like it was going out of style, so all that talk about “our prices were inflated because we sold only the real stuff and everyone else didn’t!” is a bunch of hooey. I always figured that the prices were so high because the physical store(s) was located in a pretty expensive area. I guess their anime and model kits were by and large legit, though most US dealers mark up the cost of model kits so heavily that it’s often cheaper to order things from Hobbylink Japan and pay the outrageous shipping costs from Japan than buy from them. Note to anime con dealers: the price in yen is printed directly on the boxes of those model kits.

    Martin King was the vice chairman of Anime East. Bleeping out names is for WUSSIES.

    PS: I didn’t really have much money in high school. The reason I was able to go to the comicbook store every weekend and get stuff back in the VHS era is because they rented those $30 tapes out for $2 each.

    • Anonymous says:

      James the *really* angry otaku

      every time I mention Apollo smile…

      Being there at the time is a far cry from responsibility considering I was the intern, not the decision maker. The only person who’s responsible for Apollo Smile is Apollo Smile. Outside the stores, there was no one pulling her strings but her. And those SMs got in there after the liquidation started and everything we had got put out on the shelf, the early Tai Sengs looked funky but they were legit.

      what a can of worms… all this after I defended you and your 7 Seas rant… you wound me Daryl, you wound me so.

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