ANIME TODAY #79: Interviewing Actor Chris Patton

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It’s Anime Today’s 3rd Anniversary and we couldn’t be more thrilled that we’re still going strong after 3 years.

Joining us today is the prolific voice actor Chris Patton who’s voice talent I’m sure you’ve heard at least once in some of your favorite anime. To date, he’s been cast in over 150 shows and can currently be heard in Kanon, Welcome to the NHK and The Wallflower. For this 3 part phone conversation, Alison and Nick chat with Chris about how he got into voice acting, how he works with directors to find a character’s voice, his recent convention appearances and the other performance aspects of his career.

The music for this episode is from the CD CROSSED FINGERS by D-DAY. We’d like to thank for letting us feature this CD and a full list with the times each song was played will be posted at the bottom of this episode’s show notes at

Chad’s back with the latest picks in What’s Hot in the World of Anime and Manga and then Shawne briefs us on the final days of Radical Savings on DVDs, CDs and Merchandise from Bandai Entertainment. Next, Rich and Nick will update you on the latest contests, include a new chance to win exclusive artwork from the Emma manga. Then buckle up for the first part of our conversation with Chris Patton.

Kris and Judy then join us for the Anime and Gamer’s Guide to Japan, where they’ll be talking about the latest fad diet to hit Japan. Following that, we’ll have the second portion of our interview with Chris, followed by Nick and Rich bringing you upcoming conventions. Judy-sensei expands on the themes from the Anime and Gamer’s Guide in her Japanese 101 lesson, and then we’ll have the final portion of our interview with Chris Patton. And finally, we’ll wrap up the episode with some new customer reviews from

What's Hot?

Momoka Sendou is a martial artist, and her childhood friend, Ryuga Kou, is a Chinese magic master who banishes demons. In order to increase his power, Ryuga calls on the spirit of a dragon to possess him, but the spirit enters Momoka instead! Now the two must join forces to fight demons together when Natsumi Matsumoto’s St. Dragon Girl Graphic Novel 1 hits shelves on December 2, 2008.

It is 1742 in Paris when a coffin bearing the beautiful Lia de Baumont is found floating down the Seine. On the coffin lid is a single word written in blood – “Psalms.” De Baumont’s brother, D’Eon, seeks the reason for her mysterious murder and uncovers an evil that casts shadows in both the palaces of kings and the dark alleys of Europe. In a world blending history with horror, powers are wielded by spell-casting Poets; while an inexplicable force pulls Lia’s soul back from beyond to seize the only weapon she can possess to avenge her death – her own brother. Experience the next revolution in anime with Le Chevalier D’Eon, The Complete Series DVD Box Set on December 2nd.

Wizard Negi Springfield may be a boy, but he has a man-sized job to do! Fresh from the Academy of Magic, Negi continues his training as an instructor at Mahora Academy in Japan. But before he can get his Master’s in magic, the 31 schoolgirls of Class 3-A are going to keep him up all night cramming for a final exam in will power. Temptation aside, Negi has more on his syllabus than flirting and spells. Darkness is closing in, and Negi is going to need help from his student bodies to drive the ghouls from their school. Extra credit is available to the cuties that aren’t afraid of after hours phantom fighting – especially if it means more time with their favorite professor. Fan service school will be in session with Negima!? Season 2, Part 1 starting December 16th.

Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasure, magical beasts and even humans. Such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand pass the grueling qualification exam. Gon, our hero, might be a country boy, but he has high aspirations to follow in his father's footsteps and become a legendary Hunter. The journey begins on the long, arduous road to the Exam Hall, where he meets Leorio and Kurapika, two applicants with the same determination. Gon and his two companions must now prove their worth and earn the right to call themselves Hunters when Hunter x Hunter DVD Set 1 stalks in on December 9th.

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Shawne's Specials and the Radical Savings Sale!

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Right Stuf Contests and Updates

Maria Watches Over Us Season 1 Disc 1First up, congratulations to the winners of Right Stuf and Nozomi’s contest celebrating this month’s release of Maria Watches Over Us – Season 2, and the following fans will soon have a chance to check out the first few episodes of Season 1 on us: Sharilyn H of Madison, Nebraska; Tiffany H of Arlington, Texas; Cary G of Plano, Illinois; Carlos G of Tampa, Florida; and Kim S of McHenry, Illinois! And remember for more information about the series, be sure to visit the official site at!

The Girl Who Leapt Through TimeNext up, we’re getting a leap on Bandai Entertainment’s upcoming DVD release of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time with our newest contest! FIVE lucky winners will receive a full-sized theatrical poster featuring artwork from the movie! To enter the contest, visit our Contest page in the “What’s Hot” bar at – before November 20th. We’ll announce the winner during episode 80 of Anime Today!

Emma: A Victorian Romance WebsiteTo celebrate next week’s release of the EMMA: A Victorian Romance – Season 2 DVD Collection, we’re teaming up with CMX manga for another contest that offers a few lucky fans the chance to immerse themselves further in Kaoru Mori’s Victorian world! FIVE runners-up will receive a gift-package featuring the first volume of the EMMA manga, as well as the SHIRLEY manga! And ONE grand-prize winner will receive an exclusive high-quality replica of EMMA artwork, illustrated by Kaoru Mori! To enter the contest, visit our Contest page in the “What’s Hot” bar at before December 17th. We’ll announce the winners during Episode 82 of Anime Today! And to find out more about all things EMMA, be sure to check out, where you’ll find trailers, downloadable goodies, manga previews and much, much more.

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    0:02:26 --- 06. Watashi no Hiro to Yoru

    0:05:36 --- 01. Yacht Harbour

    0:06:40 --- 04. Night Shift

    0:08:16 --- 08. Sweet Sultan

    0:10:11 --- 13. So that Night

    0:29:17 --- 03. Peaches

    0:34:20 --- 01. Yacht Harbour

    0:35:37 --- 13. So that Night

    0:50:47 --- 10. Memory

    0:52:27 --- 05. Citron

    0:53:56 --- 13. So that Night

    1:08:48 --- 15. Hills Dream

    1:10:41 --- 14. Vale of Promises

    1:11:39 --- 17. Bokuniha Tokubetsuna Christmas

    1:12:27 --- 09. Dead End