Show #106 – Otakon 2012 Report

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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 #98 – Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011 Part 1 Emily, Dave, and Ko

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OP: “Mamboleo” by Elissa
INT: “Friday” by Matt Mulholland
ED: “Right here right now” by Fatboy Slim – Various

We talk to our friends Emily and Dave about their recent trip to Japan, post-Earthquake, where they watched sumo and visited a Hakone onsen I recommended. They also compare AWA to DragonCon.

Then I talk to @kransomwastaken about what it’s like to run the videogame room at AWA for like 11 years, and outsider art from Nosferatu.

Here’s a list of the AWA AMVs, which we also talk about. Below, the winning video:

Show #81 – Otakon 2010

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Music: The Yoshida Brothers (who were guests at Otakon 2010, and I really ought to have gone to that concert)

Starring podcast superstars:

Daryl, Clarissa, and Gerald of Anime World Order and Dave and Joel from Fast Karate.

At 23:20, we Erin interviews Ed Chavez of Vertical Inc. (and the MangaCast) about the sales of Chi’s Sweet Home.

Also starring:

David Cabrera of Subatomic Brainfreeze and Colony Drop, Evan Minto from Ani-Gamers and Tyler from the Rangercast.

There are two other people in this show, and I’ve forgotten their names (again).

Part of the show is devoted to discussing a single issue of Ageha magazine (pictured above).

Show #72 – NYAF 2009 Part 1: The Rough Guide to Anime

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OP: Only Yesterday clip
ED: Multilanguage version of Ponyo end theme, including the abysmal English language remix.

An interview with Simon Richmond, author of the Rough Guide to Anime (and the very useful Rough Guide to Japan) conducted at NYAF 2009. Here’s my Otaku USA NYAF coverage.  Here’s my PW interview with Simon.

Daryl’s comment is worth noting in the show notes:

In my review of the book in Otaku USA, I said that if I had to pick *one* book that every anime fan should read, The Rough Guide to Anime was it. It’s not just because I briefly met Simon at Anime Boston thanks to your interviewing him, either. If everyone knew (or at least read through and partially retained) the information contained within it and watched the 50 recommended anime titles (well, you can skip Steamboy. And if you absolutely MUST watch Evangelion, save it for last so you can properly contextualize it), then anime fandom would be substantially better off for it. It’s not a big book, it’s not expensive, and despite being really information-dense it’s got a lot of pictures and sidebars so as not to overwhelm people.

At every con I go to where I do some sort of anime recommendations panel (such as this weekend’s upcoming EXPCon in St. Augustine, FL!), I tell people to go out and get this book. My actual success rate is unknown, as I’m still the only person I know to have read it, but it’s simultaneously “newbie-friendly” while containing more worthwhile, lasting information worth retaining than pretty much any other anime book on the shelves.

If there ever came a day when 1. I figured out what the heck I’d write a book about, and 2. I managed to actually write said book and get it published, key in my mind would be “does this book I’m writing handle [whatever its subject material would be] as good as if not better than The Rough Guide to Anime?” Were that day to ever come, I’m not fully sure the answer would be “yes.”

Show #65 – NYAF 2008 OtakuUSA Magazine Panel

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Music: OtakuUSA Magazine theme song by Marxy

Recorded live at New York Anime Festival 2008. My computer crashed mid-way through our already short panel.

Be sure to check out this month’s issue, where Erin has a Claymore feature, a review of Blue Dragon, and a couple of paragraphs on Death Note merchandise.

Erin and Jeff Knight (not pictured), the ad sales guy, at the OtakuUSA panel at NYAF (not pictured).

I can’t believe you missed the Ninja Consultant panel at San Diego Comic Con!