ANIME TODAY #102: Talking Acting, Directing and Eureka Seven With Stephanie ShehPosted on: Friday, September 25, 2009
Episode run down:
It is amazing how fast this summer has flown by here at Right Stuf. All our local sweet corn vendors have started selling pumpkins instead of sweet corn, the leaves are starting to fall, and its a great time to start thinking about hanging out indoors during the cool evenings and watching some anime.
Later in this episode, we’re going to talk with Stephanie Sheh. She has a sizable list of voice acting credits, and recently revisited her role of Eureka in Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers. We’ll talk about how her experience in our industry prior to being a voice actor influenced her, the challenges of revisiting a character in a “retelling” rather than a “continuation” of the story, and other characters she’d like to revisit.
The music for this episode is from JapanFiles.com’s mama manner, interphone and birdless CDs by mothercoat. We’d like to thank JapanFiles.com for letting us feature music from their CDs, a full list with the times each song was played will be posted at the bottom of this episode’s show notes at AnimeToday.com.
This episode is kicking off with Chad and What’s Hot in the World of Anime and Manga, then Shawne will tells you how to Blast Off with Bargains on Right Stuf releases. I’ll then be back with our Otaku week 25 and 26 winners, and a new contest for the Rumbling Hearts DVD box set. If you’re a gamer, we also have a new contest where you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Suguri Perfect Edition game.
We begin our two part interview with Stephanie talking about how she got into anime and then into the crazy world of anime voice acting. Christy returns with a rockin' new segment, If you like the Nana anime, then... followed by our AnimeCons.com upcoming conventions update. Kris and Judy return this episode to chat about the recent privacy issues many Japanese people are having with Google Map's Street View feature. Next, the second part of Stephanie's interview will focus on other areas of anime production she's ventured into, as well as other creative endeavors she's currently exploring. We close things out with a few customer reviews from RightStuf.com, but first, here’s Chad with What’s Hot.
Manji is a crass, violent and skilled samurai with an insurmountable advantage against any opponent – Manji cannot die. Cursed with immortality as punishment for past misdeeds, he wanders Japan on a quest to fulfill the requirement to lift his curse. He must kill 1000 evil men in order to find eternal rest.
Follow Manji as he seeks his own mortality when Blade of the Immortal DVD 1: Life is Not Precious slashes in on September 29th.
After intensive training under legendary Sannin Jiraiya, Naruto is back and older, wiser and a whole lot stronger than ever before. Not to be outdone, Sakura’s been furiously studying with Sannin Tsunade, as well, and can now call herself an accomplished medic ninja with an arsenal of impressive skills of her own.
To test out their new moves, Naruto and Sakura face off against their former master, Kakashi. As the three battle it out, Akatsuki infiltrates the Village Hidden in the Sand in order to get their hands on the new Kazekage of the Sand – Naruto’s old rival, Gaara!
Dust off your ninja powers when Naruto: Shippuden DVD 1 Uncut arrives on September 29th.
In a future where science fiction is reality, Dr. Boynton creates a super-robot in his deceased son's image. Named Astro Boy, the robot can swim oceans, leap over mountains and even fly into space - but he can't replace the doctor's son. Abandoned and disowned, soon Astro Boy is befriended by Dr. Packadermus J. Elefun of the Institute of Science, and together, they embark upon an amazing adventure. With super strength, rocket-powered flight, a selfless heart and a kind demeanor, Astro Boy fights a never-ending crusade against the forces of evil!
An enchanting adventure of friendship, jungle survival and harmony, Kimba, the White Lion follows a young lion cub as he follows in the footsteps of his late father, the great lion king. Each masterfully restored episode is presented in order according to Osamu Tezuka's original storyline.
Experience the expansive worlds of early Tezuka when the Astro Boy DVD Mini Collections 1, Astro Boy DVD Mini Collections 2, Astro Boy: The Beginning DVD and Kimba, the White Lion DVD Mini Collection 1 street this October 6th.
Teenage millionaire Yoshikata is in a bind. He lives on his own in a gorgeous mansion, but he’s just fired all the original housemaids! To help with the emergency upkeep, Yoshikata hires Izumi, Mitsuki and Anna as live-in maids. The eccentric young master must now figure out how to share his space with three lovely young women.
Join in the laughter and goofball antics when He is My Master Complete Collection cleans up on October 6th.
Attention manga fans! Be on the lookout as two fan-favorite series exploring the darker side of society arrive in newly published editions.
Tokyo was completely destroyed in a blast that triggered World War III, and from the ashes and rubble, Neo-Tokyo arose. When paranormal abilities begin to awaken in Tetsuo – a teenaged Neo-Tokyo citizen – an agency shrouded in secrets targets him, and it is up to his friend Kaneda to find the truth behind all the mystery and lies. He discovers that the center of the agency’s motivation is an all-consuming fear of a monstrous power known only as Akira.
In the not-too-distant future, the line between man and machine becomes inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants, and robots are upgraded with human tissue. Cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi tracks down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers" who exploit the human/machine interface and reprogram humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers' criminal ends.
When Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology, where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside down.
Shawne's Specials and the Make Time for Bargains Sale!
Right Stuf Contests and Updates
Congratulations to our Otaku Week #25 winner, Chalyn C of Newark, California, who will soon receive a copy of Soul Calibur IV for the PS3.
And congratulations to our Week #26 winner, Andrew G of Reminderville, Ohio, who will soon receive a limited-edition Karas pocket watch.
This week, one lucky fan will win the Rumbling Hearts DVD box set, including the original art box and volumes 1 through 3.
To enter for this week’s contest – and see a picture of the prize – visit otaku.rightstuf.com for more information and get your entry to us by the end of the day on October 1st, 2009. And keep checking back: The next contest after that kicks off on October 2nd, 2009! We’ll announce both sets of winners via Twitter and on the next episode of Anime Today!
Right Stuf and FUNimation are excited to congratulate the winner of our Fruits Basket lithograph contest! Louis S of Sacramento, California will receive a Fruits Basket limited-edition lithograph that is signed by the voice actors who played Yuki, Kyo, Tohru and Shigure in FUNimation’s English-language adaptation!
Right Stuf and Rockin’ Android are teaming for a new contest that offers gamers a chance to win one of five copies of the Suguri Perfect Edition game for Windows PCs, one of the most acclaimed side-scrolling shooter/fighter titles to emerge from Japan’s indie gaming scene! Each Perfect Edition DVD includes two complete games as well as the games' original soundtracks!
Visit the contest section at RightStuf.com and get your entry in before Thursday, October 22nd. We’ll be announcing the winners during the October 23rd episode of Anime Today!
If…/then with Christy
As with countless other fans, I’ve been anticipating the first box set release of Nana for ages, now. I wondered if the animated versions of characters I’ve come to know over the years would live up to all my expectations, and I’m happy to say that they are as complex and fascinating as I’d hoped.
Nana centers around two young women who happen to have the same name and who meet through chance and develop a friendship that will ultimately affect the rest of their lives. Hachi and Nana are at times infuriating and at others sympathetic, along with everything in between. They are multifaceted, layered characters and are not necessarily the way they seem when we first meet them.
The series combines drama, comedy and excellent music and results in a highly entertaining show. By the end of the first box set, we only scratch the surface of what’s to come, leaving fans longing for the next installment.
If you aren’t already following the manga, I would strongly recommend starting. Yazawa’s art and storytelling is awesome and definitely worth following in conjunction with the anime. As with many manga series, certain scenes and characters are given a little more time to flesh out and sink in. And if you’re of a fairly impatient nature, like me, you can read ahead of where the first Nana box set ends, as you wait for next to street.
Nana also received the live-action treatment a few years ago, which resulted in a stylish movie starring Aoi Miyazaki as Hachi and singer Mika Nakashima as Nana O. The film also boasts a couple of pretty fabulous songs penned by Hyde of L'Arc~en~Ciel fame.
If you weren’t already familiar with Ai Yazawa’s work and enjoyed the visuals and overall feel of Nana, you definitely want to give Paradise Kiss a chance. ParaKiss follows Yukari as she goes from being an average high-school girl, to a young woman who knows her own mind and makes her own decisions. These changes are catalyzed when she meets a group of colorful young fashion designers who make her question the way she sees the world.
ParaKiss is about growing up, navigating first loves and finding and following dreams, all told with Yazawa’s familiar, stylish flair.
If you were drawn to the rock vibe of Nana, but could have used a little more romance, you might want to give Mayu Shinjo’s manga, Sensual Phrase, a read. Filled with page after page of drama, the story follows the lives of a young woman and fledgling songwriter named Aine and Sakuya, the attractive lead singer of a popular rock band, Lucifer. The relationship that quickly develops between the two is filled with ups and downs, drama, and a high level of intensity, which makes the volumes fly by.
Do you have a suggestion for fans of Nana? Make sure you head to our Anime Today discussion forums on AnimeToday.com, and make a post in the Nana If…/Then thread.
Or, if you want to get a head start on making recommendations for next time, we’ve also posted the thread for our next If…/Then feature, which will cover the recently released Uncut Dragon Ball Season 1.
You’ll also find rec threads for other potential If…/Then segments.
We love getting feedback, and you never know -- you just might hear your recommendations on a future episode.
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This episode features music from:
00:00 --- 03. yoku to bou
09:40 --- 02. party
48:49 --- 04. odoru taiyou
53:01 --- 05. galileo
07:52 --- 05. No Beatles
29:07 --- 02. potofu
31:05 --- 06. anju no chi
03:08 --- 02. recipe
11:43 --- 05. silent
25:22 --- 01. letter
35:33 --- 05. silent
52:15 --- 03. story