Sakura-con 2008: Roland Kelts

We’re proud to present you an interview with Roland Kelts. He is a lecturer at Tokyo University and author of the book “Japanamerica: How Japanese pop culture has invaded the US”. We talk a lot about cultural and business differences between the US and Japan. I really enjoyed talking with him and I hope you enjoy this great interview.

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Ichigo with Roland

Sakura-con 2008: Yutaka Izubuchi

We’re proud to present you an interview with one of my personal heroes, Yutaka Izubuchi. His record speaks for himself, but just the fact that he is responsible for the creation and designs of my favorite series, RahXephon is enough to make me giddy. So I hope you enjoy this.

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Ichigo with Izubuchi-san

Sakura-con 2008: State of the Industry Panel

As promised, here is the audio from the State of the Industry panel at Sakura-Con 2008, hosted by Derek Stephen Prince (Voice Actor), Roland Kelts (Author of Japanamerica) and Lilian Diaz-Przbyl (Editor from Tokyopop). If you listen hard you might hear a certain podcaster ask a question as well.

Sakura-con 2008: Day 1 summary

So Batou and I didn’t get into Sakura-con until 2pm because our plane was delayed out of Denver for two hours, and then the shuttle driver skipped our stop. Idiot. Anyways, we got there in time to catch some of Penny Arcade’s panel. Then we spent some time getting a feel for the center and going through the Exhibition hall. There is a really good selection of stuff here, especially if you want swords or cat ears for some reason. Then we met up with Someguy, MissAnonymous and friends for a quick snack, as we hadn’t eaten since basically 8am Pacific time. We snapped some cosplay photos, took a quick video and then headed to the “State of the Industry” panel. Derek Stephen Prince (Voice Actor), Roland Kelts (Author of Japanamerica) and Lilian Diaz-Przbyl (Editor from Tokyopop).

So here we are, at a State of the Industry panel, and not a single person from management in the Anime industry. We have a VA, an author and an editor from a Manga label. It started off positively with Lilian telling the person who first brought up the fact that the Japanese can watch Anime for free on TV in Japan, that it was a “fatuous argument” (fatuous is a synonym for foolish). So she called him an idiot without anyone knowing. But I could rant about this woman for a long time. Then they trotted out the age-old argument that Geneon, CPM and ADV’s issues are all due to illegal downloading, and not, say, bad business practices and decisions.

Lilian basically monopolized the entire conversation with her whining about how these new kids these days with their lack of responsibility, etc, etc. Then when I asked about how they correlated their “OMGEZ downloading!! Industry Crisis!!” arguments with the fact that that morning at Funimation’s panel the Funimation rep said “There is no crisis, we’re doing just fine”, along with the fact that Gonzo just announced simultaneous subtitled releases along with Japanese TV releases online for free via BOST and Youtube. Of course, Lilian said that Funimation licensed DB and FMA and so they’re living the good life, and when I retorted that those are business decisions, not fansubbing issues, she hardly acknowledged it. Then she said that “Gonzo’s an innovator, I hope it works for them”. I then retorted that they’re doing the same thing as fansubbers (ie. giving it away free subtitled online) and she said “no, it’s not the same at all because it’s under the corporate umbrella”. Now that’s what I call a fatuous argument.

Anyways, while not really a “State of the Industry” panel, it was still an interesting conversation. I recorded it, so audio will be coming soon.

Then we went to the guest dinner. I was dressed to impress, so we got waved right in like VIPs, instead of waiting like everyone else, and had dinner and chatted for a couple hours with Jerry, Mike, Robert and Amber from Penny Arcade. Robert is their business manager and Amber runs PAX. They are great guys and that pretty much topped off the day. Then we hit a bar for a bit, caught the 2nd half of the AMV contest and looked in on the “Neko Dance”.

All in all, once we got there we had a great time, and so far are very happy we came. On today’s schedule is an individual interview with Izubuchi Yutaka (RahXephon, Lodoss, Gundam, Patlabor, Jin-Roh…..) and one with Roland Kelts, as well as theOtaku.com meetup and show recording. So if you’re in Seattle meet us at the lounge inside the main entrance at 1pm.

Thanks,

Ichigo

Episode 124: Anime Boston, the line con.

We’ve got a great show this week. Rangiku joins us to provide the lowdown on the fiasco that was the Anime Boston registration lines. We also do the news and review Heroic Age and Ashita no Kita Yoshio. It’s a great show so check it out. Note that at a certain point Rangi’s audio stream got a few seconds of lag, and since it was recording to the same stream I couldn’t separate it out. It’s new software and I’ll have that sorted out next time.

Ashita no Kita Yoshio – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Heroic Age – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Gravitation by Angela from Heroic Age
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

Reviews

Ashita no Kita Yoshio
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Official Site

Heroic Age
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Anime News Network
Official Site

Manga Pulse 19: Dramacon… Blood + Profit?

This week Tim and Weltall have a great show, they review Dramacon and Blood+, as well as their trademark discussions. Check it out.

Dramacon – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Blood+ – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Kasanaru Kage by Hearts Grow from Gintama
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

Reviews

Dramacon
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Author’s Official Site

Blood+
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Anime News Network
Official Site

Episode 123: Sketch the Mnemosyne

We’ve got a good show this week. We talk about the news and Bleach. We also review Sketchbook ~full color’S~ and Mnemosyne no Musumetachi. Check it out.

Mnemosyne no Musumetachi – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Sketchbook ~full color’S~ – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Alsatia by Galneryus from Mnemosyne
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

Reviews

Mnemosyne no Musumetachi
Wikipedia
Anime News Network
Official Site

Sketchbook ~full color’S~
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Anime News Network
Official Site

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