ANIME TODAY #110: Interview with OTAKU ENCYCLOPEDIA Author Patrick W. Galbraith

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Like much of the country, we’ve gotten our fair share of snow this winter - and it seems to never stop. This has given all of us at Right Stuf plenty of opportunities to stay indoors, and take a look at a variety of anime titles. Unfortunately, we’ve also been closed a number of times due to the snow and ice, and we weren’t able to put together the Kris & Judy bonus download mentioned in the last episode. Once they’ve caught up, we should be able to get them back onto the podcast.

We’ve got a couple tracks from featured in this episode: Strawberry Machine’s “Twinkle of the Stars, Little Stars, Shining Stars” from their CD crazy kilt, and “Nothing Changes” from Venus Peter’s CD Crystalized. Be sure to check out the bottom of this episode's show notes at for direct links to the music. Purchasing your own copy of these tracks is a breeze and not only are you getting legal and DRM-free MP3s, but you'll also get them for only 99 cents a piece.

In this episode, we’re featuring our interview with Patrick Galbraith, the author of the recently released Otaku Encyclopedia. He's currently living in Japan, and Nick, Alison and Rich were fortunate to be able to spend nearly two hours with him on the phone. The topics we discussed ranged from his “gateway” anime, and what type of otaku he identifies as, how he researched the material for the Encyclopedia, to what he considers to be “Otaku Essentials.”

We’re leading off this episode with Chad giving a run-down of What’s Hot in the World of Anime and Manga, followed by our exciting Viz manga and graphic novels sale that’s kicking off today. Then, we’ll have the first part of our interview with Patrick. Rich and Nick will announce the latest contest winners and kick off two new contests followed by Strawberry Machine's 8-bit-tastic track “Twinkle of the Stars, Little Stars, Shining Stars.” Next we'll rejoin Patrick with the second part of his interview and then Christy takes a few swings at Big Windup! Oofuri in an all new If.../Then segment. We'll listen to “Nothing Changes” by Venus Peter next followed by a third part of our interview with Patrick. The two remaining portions of his interview, which actually were recorded between parts two and three, will be posted as a bonus download within the next few weeks. Be sure to stay subscribed to our feeds to check out these discussions about Toshio Okada, the so-called “Otaking,” the recent emergence of moe, and fan mania surrounding idols. Finally, new customer reviews from close out this episode.

Episode 110 Bonus: OTAKU ENCYCLOPEDIA Author Patrick W. Galbraith Talks About Moé, Toshio Okada & Fan Mania

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Patrick W. Galbraith – the author of the Otaku Encyclopedia – talks about his interview with Gainax co-founder and otaku authority Toshio Okada, the emergence of moé, and a comparison of fan mania for 2-D characters versus that for live-action idols in a new, two-segment continuation of his interview from episode 110 of ANIME TODAY.

Also in this ANIME TODAY bonus: • Nick shares how fans can find “star-struck savings” on titles from Bandai Entertainment through March 15, 2010. • Listen to tracks from artists Piano Master (“Gakeno Ueno Ponyo” and more from the CD Ghibli Speed) and andymori (“1984” from the CD Fanfare to Nekkyou).

What's Hot?

When Kanako transfers to an all-girls school, she assumes her quest to find true love will be a snap. Unfortunately, not everything goes according to plan. First, her hot new roommate turns out to be some guy in drag. Second, when she catches the eye of the most popular girl in school – a bonafide female, this time – instead of leading to romance, it only brings about the wrath of every other obsessed student in school.

Can Kanako find love amid a sea of complications and distractions?Find out when the Maria-Holic DVD Complete Collection arrives on February 23rd.

As winter melts into spring, Akari, Aika and Alice continue to work hard to become Neo-Venezia's top gondoliers. Aika starts to take on more responsibility around Himeya, Alice travels up the challenging canal near Hope Hill, and even Akari spends a day working on a huge gondola called a traghetto! But there's still so much to learn – and the final test to become a Prima, which once seemed so far off in the future, might not be so far off anymore.

Return to Aqua when the ARIA The ORIGINATION & Arietta OVA DVD Collection rows in on March 2nd.

While supplies last, customers ordering this set will also receive an exclusive set of six Aria bookmarks!

After a young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, the two begin a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery filled with moments of magic. When Ponyo’s father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her watery home, Ponyo’s wish to be human triggers unexpected and dangerous consequences. Only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore the balance of nature and still somehow make Ponyo's dreams come true.

Explore Hayao Miyazaki’s latest world on both 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray when Ponyo swims in on March 2nd.

In futuristic Metro City, Dr. Tenma creates a robot boy the likes of which no one has ever seen. With super strength, x-ray vision, and the ability to fly, Astro Boy is the greatest invention in a city filled with mechanical and electronic advances. But all Astro wants is a family and a place to call home.

When the world needs saving, he’ll find out if he was made for the challenge.

Based on the classic story by Osamu Tezuka, get ready to blast off with Astro Boy on DVD and Blu-ray on March 16th.

Lina Inverse is in trouble with the law. Her crime? Just being herself! Despite the government official hot on her trail, Lina’s got an even bigger problem in the form of a tiny, tailed furball named Pokota – a creature who possesses explosive powers a little too reminiscent of a certain sorceress with a reputation for blowing things up. With the pesky creature’s path of destruction getting pinned on Lina, it up to her and the rest of the gang to get to the bottom of Pokota’s trail of mayhem.

Welcome back Lina and her misfit crew of magic users and warriors when the Slayers: Revolution, Season 4 DVD Set explodes on the scene this March 16th.

Ah the wonders of technology! In the near-future, personal computers – persocoms – are designed to look like attractive androids.

Hideki, a poor student fresh off the farm and desperate to get in to a Tokyo university, is virtually all alone in the big city. But that all changes when he finds a persocom seemingly discarded in an alley. Upon taking the adorable ‘droid home, he discovers that she’s affectionate and sweet, but an amnesiac.

As Hideki seeks to solve the mystery of his robot’s origin, he makes the shocking discovery that she might be one of the legendary Chobits – persocoms designed to have the riskiest of functions: real emotion and free will.

Plug into CLAMPS’ Chobits Graphic Novel Omnibus 1 on March 17th.

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Shawne's Specials and the Grand Savings Sale!

Shawne's Specials and the Grand Savings Sale!

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Right Stuf Contests and Updates

  • Congratulations to our Otaku Week #41 winners: LeeAnn C of Bedford, Kentucky; Scott E of Flushing, New York; and Diane B of Olney, Maryland who will each soon receive a copy of comic software Manga Studio Debut 4.
  • Also, congratulations to our Otaku Week #42 winner! Meghan S of Albuquerque, New Mexico will soon receive a limited edition, 16" by 20" Afro Samurai lithograph autographed by Samuel L. Jackson!
  • And lastly, congratulations to the Otaku Week #43 winners: Sylvia B of Boynton Beach, Florida; Sandra L of El Paso, Texas; Carolyn B of Seguin, Texas; Diane V of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania; and Anna D of Valley Center, California, who each receive 2 puzzles featuring artwork from The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye.
  • For our new Otaku Weekly contest, five lucky K-drama fans will each win a screener disc and poster for the series The King & I.
  • To enter – and see a picture of the prize – visit for more information, and get your entry to us by the end of the day on February 24th. We’ll announce the winner on the next episode of Anime Today!

Enter the "Weekly Prize Blitz" Contest!
Enter the "Weekly Prize Blitz" Contest!

Aria the Natural Lithograph: Those Nightshine Chimes Limited Edition Congratulations to Igor A. of North Highlands, California, the winner of our ARIA The NATURAL lithograph contest. He will soon receive an ARIA The NATURAL, Those Nightshine Chimes Limited Edition Lithograph. Each print is numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity.

20th Century Boys 2 DVD: The Last Hope (S) LiveAction To celebrate the release of the second installment of the 20th Century Boys film trilogy – The Last Hope – Right Stuf and Viz are teaming up, once again, for a new contest. Ten lucky fans will each win a 20th Century Boys gift pack, including a 20th Century Boys: The Last Hope poster and button.

Just visit the contest section at and get in your entry before the end of the day on March 16th. We’ll announce the winners during the next episode of Anime Today!

Patrick Galbraith

Patrick Galbraith
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If…/then with Christy

First of all, I absolutely loved Big Windup. The episodes are bright, flow quickly, and are filled with both laughs and a heavy dose of heart.

Even the openings, which are performed by two of my favorite J-pop/rock bands – Base Ball Bear and Ikimonogakari – are excellent at setting the tone for the upcoming episode. They kind of exude a sense of motion and fun that definitely carries through as you watch.

And while baseball is a big part Big Windup, it’s one of those shows that, if you give it chance, will definitely appeal to both sports fans and to those who don’t have an interest in baseball at all. Even more than the baseball element, this show is all about the ensemble of characters – and each one of them has unique, memorable, likable quirks. It reminded me a lot of why I loved Princess Nine, as well – not really because of the sport, but because watching the characters really grow together as a team leaves you rooting for them. It’s almost as if you’ve been plopped into the series and are a part of it, too.

If you’re like me, now that Big Windup has gone by, you’re longing for another show that has a similar feel. My suggestion, rather than looking for other sports anime, of which there aren’t many currently licensed, look for series that focus more on the comedy and drama that goes along with coming of age tales centered on a group of people.

If you enjoy the heightened drama that often goes along with series centering on games (sports or otherwise), I’d recommend taking a look at the anime and manga, Prince of Tennis. While the manga and anime have a few differences, both feature characters that are funny and likable, and much like Big Windup, the dynamic of the show is focused much more on how the entire team develops, rather than just being centered on a single character. While of course, just like in Big Windup, there’s definitely a character designed to be the protagonist of the story, it doesn’t feel as though his development excludes everyone else.

For those not looking for a sports story, I think Beck is actually another awesome option. While there’s not as much zany humor and the characters make up a rock band rather than a baseball team, the relationships really strike a similar chord for me (no pun intended). It, too, has a lot of heart, and definitely relies on the development of the musicians as people, though the music does play a central roll, as well.

Do you have a suggestion for fans of Big Windup? Make sure you head to our Anime Today discussion forums on, and make a post in the Big Windup 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 Soul Eater.

You’ll also find rec threads for other potential If…/Then segments.

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