Anime Today Episode Summaries

ANIME TODAY #91: Voice Acting Special

Episode 91 Run Time: 1:09:31 | Right Stuf, Inc. tackles fans’ most frequently asked questions about anime voice acting – from getting started in the industry to vocal exercises and more – in episode 91 of ANIME TODAY.

The feature includes excerpts from the following actor interviews over the years: Greg Ayres, Luci Christian, Crispin Freeman, Kyle Hebert, Rich McNanna, Vic Mignogna, Anna Morrow, Liam O’Brien, Chris Patton, Sam Regal, Monica Rial and Sean Schemmel.

Also in Episode 91: • Chad’s back with “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of our “Bargain Bin Blowout.” • Rich and Nick reveal the next Year of the Otaku weekly prize blitz and announce the winners of the Death Note: L‚ change the WorLd tickets and the Darker Than Black starter sets, plus the winners of our two most recent "Year of the Otaku" contests. • Marie takes a look at the manga series Love Attack by Shizuru Seino. • Rich provides a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD Sparkling Music by DEAVID SOUL.

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ANIME TODAY #90: Talking TYLOR and More With Translator Neil Nadelman

Episode 90 Run Time: 1:14:33 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Neil Nadelman – an industry veteran and the translator of projects including The Irresponsible Captain Tylor and Code Geass – to episode 90 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, three-segment interview, Nadelman discusses his translation work on The Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV series and OVAs, the challenges of subtitling His and Her Circumstances, how he broke into the anime industry, how translation and adaptation standards have evolved over the years, and his current and upcoming projects.

Nadelman got his start as a fan-turned professional in the early 1990s, and he gained notoriety for his translation and subtitling work on a long list of projects, from the Macross Plus OVAs, the Slayers and Slayers Try TV series, Revolutionary Girl Utena and The Irresponsible Captain Tylor to ARIA The ANIMATION, Zegapain and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. In addition to his translation and subtitling work, he is also well-known among anime convention goers for his “Totally Lame Anime” panel.

Also in Episode 90: • Chad’s back with “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of RightStuf.com’s “Spring Cleaning In-Stock Clearance” sale. • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the first Year of the Otaku contest for RightStuf.com gift certificates. Then they remind listeners about the contest for Darker Than Black starter sets from FUNimation and the latest installment of the Year of the Otaku weekly prize blitz. • Christy offers recommendations to fans of the anime Emma: A Victorian Romance in a new “If…/Then” segment. • - Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Christy returns with a new “Anime Today Q & A” question about keeping up with the latest manga releases. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CDs Crystal Children and Camellia Japonica by Dazzle Vision.

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ANIME TODAY #89: Hitting the TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ANIME FAIR 2009

Episode 89 Run Time: 45:09 | Right Stuf, Inc. goes inside the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2009 (TAF) in episode 89 of ANIME TODAY.

In this special TAF 2009 edition of the “Anime and Gamers’ Guide to Japan,” Judy is joined by Right Stuf President and CEO Shawne Kleckner, who shares his first-hand impressions of this year’s event – which was attended by more than 129,000 people – as well as photos from the show’s exhibition hall.

Also in Episode 89: • Chad’s back with “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days to “Lock on to Savings” on DVDs, Blu-ray and CDs from Bandai Entertainment. • Chad and Nick remind listeners about the last days to enter the Year of the Otaku contest for RightStuf.com gift certificates, kick off a new contest for Darker Than Black Starter sets from FUNimation, and kick off a new, Year of the Otaku weekly prize blitz. • Marie takes a look at the manga series Gimmick!, written by Youzaburou Kanari and illustrated by Kuroko Yabuguchi. • Rich provides a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD bud by Dirty Old Men

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ANIME TODAY #88 Preparing for Convention Season With Patrick Delahanty of AnimeCons.com

Episode 88 Run Time: 37:29 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Patrick Delahanty of AnimeCons.com, to episode 88 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, Delahanty discusses the new monthly video podcast at AnimeCons.com. The podcast includes news about upcoming conventions and “how to” segments, plus feature stories, such as the “top 10 highly attended conventions of 2008” and a look at how anime cons compare to other types of fan-centered conventions.

Also in Episode 88: • Nick tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of the “Infusion of Savings” on graphic novels and books from TOKYOPOP. • Rich and Nick remind listeners about the first Year of the Otaku contest for RightStuf.com gift certificates. • Christy offers recommendations to fans of Tweeny Witches anime in a new “If…/Then” segment. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD Viva la Buzz by BUZZ DOGS.

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ANIME TODAY #87 Goes Inside the Anime Industry With Writer & Anime Expert Jonathan Clements

Episode 87 Run Time: 1:29:37 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome writer, translator, lecturer and anime-industry insider Jonathan Clements to episode 87 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, four-segment interview, Clements discusses his new book – Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade – a collection of columns, speeches, interviews, insights and more from his nearly 20 years of writing about anime and the anime industry. He also discusses how the industry and its fans have evolved over the past two decades, the mainstream media’s perception of anime, whether any subjects are “off limits,” and his future projects.

Best known to North American anime fans as the co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia (with Helen McCarthy) and for his series of columns in Newtype USA, Clements’ anime writing career started in the United Kingdom as a student of Asian studies. He went on to work as a translator, screenwriter, voice director/actor, analyst and commentator inside the anime industry, in addition to covering it for organizations such as NEO Magazine, Manga Max, the Sci-Fi Channel and the BBC. Beyond his anime-focused work, he is the author of The Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama, The Pirate King: Coxinga and the Fall of the Ming Dynasty and Confucius: A Biography. He has also written official audio dramas, short stories and novels for cult favorites, including Strontium Dog, Judge Dredd and Doctor Who.

Also in Episode 87: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of our “Revved Up” deals on most DVDs from Geneon Animation. • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the Death Note II: The Last Name contest and remind listeners about the first Year of the Otaku contest for RightStuf.com gift certificates. • Marie takes a look at the CMX Manga series Penguin Revolution by Sakura Tsukuba. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CDs Do the Vacation!! and More the Vacation!! by the duo Sweet Vacation.

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ANIME TODAY #86: Previewing KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games With Joe Earle of the Japan Society of New York

Episode 86 Run Time: 1:10:09 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Joe Earle, the director of the Japan Society of New York’s gallery, to episode 86 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, Earle previews KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games, a new exhibit that will open at the Japan Society on March 13 and runs through June 14, 2009. He discusses the different forms of media presented in the show, its immersive environment (designed by the Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow), how attendees will be able to interact with the exhibits, and special anime screenings and cosplay events scheduled to coincide with the show.

Artists (and their works) featured in the exhibit include… • Anime: Ichiro Itano (Super Dimension Fortress Macross), Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Wolf’s Rain), Satoshi Kon (Paprika), Mamoru Oshii (Patlabor 2: The Movie), Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), Makoto Shinkai (The Place Promised in Our Early Days), and Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game). • Manga: Moyoco Anno (Sakuran), Hisashi Eguchi (Stop!! Hibari-kun!), Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkon Kinkreet: Black & White), Junko Mizuno (Pure Trance), Mamoru Nagano (The Five Star Stories), Hitoshi Odajima (Mu: For Sale), Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), and Yuichi Yokoyama (New Engineering). • Video Games: Toru Iwatani (Pac-Man) and Shigeru Miyamoto (Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)

Also in Episode 86: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of the “Soulful Savings” on most DVDs and all manga and books from VIZ Media. • Kris and Judy indulge with Japanese Valentine’s Day sweets in the new“Anime and Gamer's Guide.” • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the Gunslinger Girl contest, announce a new contest for Death Note II: The Last Name DVDs and posters from Viz Pictures, and kick off the Year of the Otaku with a contest for RightStuf.com gift certificates. • In a new “If…/Then” segment, Christy offers recommendations to fans of the Gainax anime Gurren Lagann. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CDs Planet Rita and Plutonium by tokyo pinsalocks.

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ANIME TODAY #85: Previewing SWORD OF THE STRANGER With Bandai Entertainment’s Robert Napton & Taku Otsuka

Episode 85 Run Time: 46:32 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Bandai Entertainment Marketing Director Robert Napton and SWORD OF THE STRANGER Producer Taku Otsuka to episode 85 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, Napton and Otsuka preview Bandai Entertainment’s theatrical release of the anime film Sword of the Stranger, another creation from BONES (Cowboy Bebop), and share details about the behind-the-scenes featurette that will be shown exclusively during the screenings. Sword of the Stranger will be in movie theaters across the United States for one night only on Thursday, February 5, 2009.

Also in Episode 85: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of the “Battle for Bargains” on titles from ADV Films. • Kris and Judy talk about Japan’s T-34 robot and the Wii Fit Body Channel during a new “Anime and Gamer's Guide.” • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the K-drama contest for posters and preview DVDs of YA Entertainment’s The King and I and winners of passes to Bandai Entertainment’s upcoming theatrical screenings of Sword of the Stranger. Then they kick off a new Gunslinger Girl contest. • Marie takes a look at the newly released Kiba DVD Collection 1. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD METROPOLIS by the band noodles.

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ANIME TODAY #84: Talking Anime Movies & More With Writer & Anime Expert Helen McCarthy

Episode 84 Run Time: 1:28:06 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome anime writer, lecturer and advocate Helen McCarthy to episode 84 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, McCarthy talks about her newest book – 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide – and how she worked to narrow the list to “just” 500 picks. She also discusses how writing about anime has changed over the years, the globalization of anime, and her upcoming projects.

A trailblazer in the field of anime writing and journalism, McCarthy started writing about anime in the United Kingdom during the 1980s and went on to pen books including Anime! A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Animation, The Anime Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation and 500 Manga Heroes and Villains, in addition to co-authoring The Erotic Anime Movie Guide and The Anime Encyclopedia, both with Jonathan Clements. One of the Western world’s foremost experts on Hayao Miyazaki and the works of Studio Ghibli, she has also curated several seasons of lectures and screenings at London’s Barbican Cinema, including a week-long celebration of Osamu Tezuka’s works in Fall 2008.

Also in Episode 84: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of the FUNimation “Dossier of Deals.” • Kris and Judy talk about their recent video gaming experiences during a new “Anime and Gamer's Guide.” • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the FUNimation Claymore DVD 1 contest and remind listeners about the K-drama contest for posters and preview DVDs of YA Entertainment’s The King and I. Then they kick off a new contest for passes to Bandai Entertainment’s upcoming theatrical screenings of Sword of the Stranger. • In a new “If…/Then” segment, Christy offers recommendations to fans of the Ouran High School Host Club anime. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD Shiawase no Elephant by MIX MARKET.

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ANIME TODAY #83: Exploring ANIME VICE With Managing Editor Gia Manry

Episode 83 Run Time: 51:26 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Gia Manry – the managing editor of ANIME VICE – to episode 83 of ANIME TODAY.

During this interview, Manry talks about the recently launched site’s focus, its user-driven content and extensive wiki-style database, and its relationship with sibling sites Giant Bomb (gaming) and Comic Vine (comics). In addition to Anime Vice, her writing and reporting can be found in Anime Insider and has appeared online at theOtaku.com and animeOnline.com.

Also in Episode 83: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of RightStuf.com’s big year-end clearance sale. • Rich and Nick announce the winners of The Grand Chef contest, remind listeners about the current FUNimation Claymore DVD 1 contest, and kick off a new K-drama contest for posters and preview DVDs of YA Entertainment’s The King and I. • Marie checks out Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara, the writer/creator of The Good Witch of the West novel series. • In the Anime Today Q & A segment, Christy fields a question from a caller who asks if Hayao Miyazaki will be directing more films. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD Pomposo by HIMAWARI.

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ANIME TODAY #82:Talking ASTRO BOY & Anime With Fred Ladd

Episode 82 Run Time: 1:33:30 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Mr. Fred Ladd – the producer of anime classics including Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion and the author of the upcoming book Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas – to episode 82 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, four-segment interview, Ladd talks about what fans can find in his new book, his recent trip to Japan for the celebration of Osamu Tezuka’s 80th birthday, the similarities between “Kimba” and “Simba,” the history of anime in the U.S., the live-action Speed Racer movie, and his early impressions of Imagi’s CGI Astro Boy movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2009.

Also in Episode 82: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • The Right Stuf staff sings a rousing chorus of “The 12+ Days of Anime” and reminds fans about the last few days the sale. The special items may be ordered through 11:59 p.m. CST on December 21, 2008. • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the Black Jack contest and the EMMA: A Victorian Romance contest. Then they kick off two new contests: One for copies of Claymore DVD 1, from FUNimation, and a second for posters and preview DVDs of The Grand Chef, the latest K-drama from YA Entertainment. • Christy launches a new segment, If… Then, which suggests titles that fans of the ARIA anime may enjoy. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CDs Quietude and Good Melodies by the AUTOMATICS.

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