Anime Today Episode Summaries

ANIME TODAY #81: Talking BACCANO! With FUNimation ADR Director Tyler Walker

Episode 81 Run Time: 1:03:40 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Tyler Walker – the ADR director for FUNimation’s upcoming release Baccano! – to episode 81 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, two-segment interview, Walker – who has directed the English-language dubs of series including Black Cat, Basilisk, Ghost Hunt and Hell Girl – talks about the challenges of directing and adapting an anime that depicts a distinctly American time and place, the intensive process of auditioning actors to portray its huge cast of characters, and how he personally prepared to take on the project.

Also in Episode 81: •Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last few days of our Thanksgiving “Incredible Deals” sale on almost everything found on RightStuf.com. • Kris and Judy talk about some of the notable recent video game releases in Japan during this episode’s “Anime and Gamer's Guide.” • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the FUNimation My Santa contest. They also remind listeners about the last two weeks to enter the EMMA: A Victorian Romance contest for a replica of creator Kaoru Mori’s Emma art and copies of the Emma and Shirley graphic novels from CMX Manga. Then, they kick off a new contest celebrating Vertical’s release of the Black Jack manga by Osamu Tezuka. • Marie checks out Mars, another manga by the Fuyumi Soryo, the creator of E.S. (Eternal Sabbath). • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD Ni do to arukoto wa by Twenty Four Page.

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ANIME TODAY #80: Talking TOWARD THE TERRA TV With Bandai Entertainment

Episode 80 Run Time: 57:59 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome the team responsible for Bandai Entertainment's release of the Toward the Terra television series to episode 80 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, two-segment interview, Richard Kekahuna (series producer), Brian Cutts (series assistant producer), Robert Napton (director of marketing) and Anthony Foronda (marketing coordinator) share details about the series’ production, including how they decided upon its release format. They also discuss their exclusive video interview with the creator of the To Terra… manga, Keiko Takemiya, as well as why they feel Toward the Terra is a classic sci-fi story. And finally, they offer hints about future projects.

Also in Episode 80: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. •Shawne details how fans can find “Charming Deals” on manga and books from Del Rey. • Judy discusses the various “walking assist” devices being developed in Japan in this episode’s “Anime and Gamer's Guide.” • Rich and Nick announce the winners of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time contest from Bandai Entertainment and remind listeners about the new EMMA: A Victorian Romance contest for a replica of creator Kaoru Mori’s Emma art and copies of the Emma and Shirley graphic novels from CMX Manga. Then they kick off a holiday-themed My Santa contest from FUNimation. • Marie checks out Hideaki Sorachi’s Gin Tama manga, released by VIZ Media. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD MUSIC by girugamesh. • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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ANIME TODAY #79: Interviewing Actor Chris Patton

Episode 79 Run Time: 1:14:28 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome actor Chris Patton – who has been cast in more than 120 different anime series and whose roles include “Sosuke Sagara” in Full Metal Panic!, “Fakir” in Princess Tutu and “Greed” in Fullmetal Alchemist – to the third anniversary episode of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, three-segment interview, Patton discusses his background as a performer, the process of finding a character’s sound, and his recent characters of “Tatsuhiro Sato” in Welcome to the NHK, “Ranmaru” in The Wallflower, “J.C.” in Red Garden and “Reiji Sagaya” in Tokyo Majin. He then shares some news about his future projects and upcoming convention appearances.

Also in Episode 79: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne briefs fans on the last days of “Radical Savings” on DVDs and more from Bandai Entertainment. • Kris and Judy talk about Japanese diet fads in a new installment of the “Anime and Gamer's Guide.” • Rich and Nick announce the winners of Nozomi Entertainment’s Maria Watches Over Us contest and remind listeners about The Girl Who Leapt Through Time contest from Bandai Entertainment. Then they kick off a new EMMA: A Victorian Romance contest for a replica of creator Kaoru Mori’s Emma art and copies of the Emma and Shirley graphic novels from CMX Manga. • Judy-sensei checks in with a new mini Japanese 101 lesson. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD CROSSED FINGERS by D-Day.

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ANIME TODAY #78: Talking New Media With Anime News Network’s Justin Sevakis

Episode 78 Run Time: 53:19 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Justin Sevakis – Anime News Network’s director of new media – to episode 78 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, Sevakis discusses the video section of the Anime News Network (ANN) site, which currently hosts more than 300 anime trailers, episodes of ANNtv, news features and convention coverage. Sevakis also talks about how the section developed, from concept to execution, and shares ANN’s future online media plans.

Also in Episode 78: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime. Shawne shares how fans can “Fall Into BIG Savings” on DVDs and manga from VIZ Media. • Rich and Nick announce the winners for the I Really, Really Like You Korean drama contest and remind listeners about the contest celebrating Nozomi Entertainment’s November DVD release of Maria Watches Over Us - Season 2. Plus, they kick off a new contest centered around Bandai Entertainment’s release of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. • Marie takes a look at FUNimation’s complete series, box set release of the Jyu-Oh-Sei anime. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD akai itazura by kunoichipanda.

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ANIME TODAY #77: Previewing MORIBITO with Media Blasters’ Merideth Mulroney

Episode 77 Run Time: 43:53 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Merideth Mulroney, Media Blasters’ senior graphic designer, to episode 77 of ANIME TODAY.

An industry veteran and long-time anime fan, Mulroney offers an in-depth look at the upcoming DVD release of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (Serei no Moribito), including what drew her company to the title and her role in bringing it to North American audiences. Based upon the best-selling fantasy novel by Nahoko Uehashi, the Moribito anime was produced by Production I.G. and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex).

Also in Episode 77: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime. • Shawne shares a “Banquet of Bargains” on books and manga from TOKYOPOP. • Rich and Nick kick off a new contest celebrating Nozomi Entertainment’s November DVD release of Maria Watches Over Us - Season 2 and continue a month-long contest for the Korean drama I Really, Really Like You from YA Entertainment. • Marie takes a look at the Code Geass anime. • In a new Q&A segment, Rich tackles a question about high-definition video formats. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com release F.L.A.G. by Ketchup Mania.

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ANIME TODAY #76: Discussing the State of Anime on TV with ICv2.com V.P. Tom Flinn

Episode 76 Run Time: 1:05:44 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Tom Flinn, ICv2.com’s vice president of content, to episode 76 of ANIME TODAY.

A long-time industry observer who writes the regular “Anime on American TV” column for the ICv2 Guide to Anime and Manga, Flinn provides a historical perspective on the effect television has had on the North American anime industry. Also, Flinn discusses the impact television trends have had on “Region 1” licensing decisions and the introduction of new fans to anime. And he shares his thoughts about the current state of anime on television, the most recent programming trends, who is driving these trends, and how fans can constructively voice their opinions to decision makers.

Also in Episode 76: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime. • Shawne shares how fans can “Sink Their Teeth Into Savings” on DVDs from Geneon Entertainment. • Kris and Judy talk about Webkare, a new virtual boyfriend social dating site in Japan, in a new installment of the “Anime and Gamer's Guide.” • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the My Girl and New York Anime Festival contests and kick off a new month-long contest celebrating the release of the Korean drama I Really, Really Like You from YA Entertainment. • Marie takes a look at Monkey High, a shoujo manga by Shouko Akira. • Judy-sensei checks in with a new mini Japanese 101 lesson. • Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com release Transit by Swinging Popsicle.

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ANIME TODAY #75: Interviewing New York Anime Festival Organizers Lance Fensterman & Peter Tatara

Episode 75 Run Time: 54:11 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Lance Fensterman and Peter Tatara – the show manager and programming manager for the New York Anime Festival – to episode 75 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, Tatara and Fensterman discuss the array of special guests appearing at the New York Anime Festival over the weekend of September 26-28, 2008. Guests include Vampire Hunter D creator and novelist Hideyuki Kikuchi, artist Yoshitaka Amano, “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese voice actor Rie Tanaka, and fashion house Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, plus musical acts and a variety of guests from all facets of the North American anime and manga publishing industries.

Also in Episode 75: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne tells fans about the “Amazing Deals” they can find on DVDs and merchandise from ADV Films. • Kris and Judy are back with a wedding-themed installment of the “Anime and Gamer's Guide.” • Rich and Nick remind listeners about a month-long contest centered around the Korean television series My Girl. They also kick-off two new contests: one for tickets to theatrical screenings of Death Note II: The Last Name and a second for passes to the New York Anime Festival. • Marie checks out the YuYu Hakusho Season 1 DVD Box Set. • Judy-sensei returns with a new mini Japanese 101 lesson about how to congratulate newlyweds and new parents. • Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com release Pregnant Fantasy by TsuShiMaMiRe, a rock trio that will be performing at the New York Anime Festival.

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ANIME TODAY #74: Talking Manga & More With YEN PLUS’ Co-Publishing Director Kurt Hassler & Senior Editor JuYoun Lee

Episode 74 Run Time: 1:04:20 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome the team behind Yen Press’ new YEN PLUS monthly anthology – Co-Publishing Director Kurt Hassler and Senior Editor JuYoun Lee – to episode 74 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, Hassler and Lee discuss YEN PLUS’ launch, the role they feel anthologies can play in the North American manga and graphic novel market, the selection process to determine which titles appeared in the debut issue, and what fans can expect to see in future issues.

Also in Episode 74: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans how they can “Start the New Term” with deals on products from FUNimation. (Just a few days left!) • New Anime Today contributor Brett interviews fans and cosplayers attending the recent Anime Iowa convention in Coralville, Iowa. • Rich and Nick announce the winner of the K-drama contest for YA Entertainment’s DVD release of A Delicious Proposal, announce the winners of the contest for preview discs of Emma: A Victorian Romance – Season 1, and kick-off a new month-long contest centered around the Korean television series My Girl. • Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD Chiptop Lips by MOTOCOMPO.

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ANIME TODAY #73: Interviewing Actor & Podcaster Kyle Hebert

Episode 73 Run Time: 1:06:16 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome actor and podcaster Kyle Hebert – who can currently be heard as “Kamina” in Gurren Lagann, “Aizen” in Bleach and “Kiba” in Naruto – to episode 73 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, two-part interview, Hebert discusses his career as a broadcaster-turned-actor, the challenges of tackling roles in fan-favorite series, why he feels interacting with fans is important, and his long-running “Big Bald Broadcast” podcast.

Also in Episode 73: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of “Dino-Mite Deals” on manga and more from DC Comics. • Rich and Nick announce the winner of the K-drama contest for YA Entertainment’s DVD release of Palace, remind listeners about their chance to win a preview of Emma: A Victorian Romance – Season 1, and kick-off a new K-drama contest for a copy of Delicious Proposal. • Marie takes a look at the josei anime The Story of Saiunkoku. • Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD Mushimonogatari by Poplar.

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ANIME TODAY #72: Talking Gaming & E3

Episode 72 Run Time: 37:07 | Right Stuf, Inc. examines the announcements from this year’s E3 tradeshow, kicks off new contests, and much more in episode 71 of ANIME TODAY.

In a special edition of the “Anime and Gamer's Guide to Japan” segment, Kris and Judy talk about the recent announcements of particular interest to anime fans who are gamers, including news about Final Fantasy XIII, Animal Crossing, Prince of Persia, Resident Evil and the Nintendo Wii.

Also in Episode 72: • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of “Super-Saiyan Savings” on most things Dragon Ball. • Rich and Nick announce the winners of our FUNimation contest celebrating this week’s box set release of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad and the winner of the K-drama contest for Be Strong, Geum-soon! Then they kick off two new giveaways: A contest centered around YA Entertainment’s DVD release of Palace, a K-drama with a manwha connection, and a chance to preview the first season of Emma: A Victorian Romance. • Marie prepares for Nozomi’s 2009 release of Gakuen Alice by taking a look at Tachibana Higuchi’s original manga. • Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CD next by the group raw bit ambience of electro.

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