ANIME TODAY #118: Talking Acting, Directing & More With NYAV Post's Michael Sinterniklaas

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For episode 118, we've got a fantastic 3 part interview for you with the very busy voice actor and ADR Director Michael Sinterniklaas. He's also the founder of NYAV POST, a bi-coastal voiceover studio with the ability to draw from the large talent pools in both New York City and Los Angeles. In the first part of his interview, we'll touch on a few of the many characters he's voiced, including Xellos in the recent Slayers Revolution and Evolution-R dubs, and how being an actor first has helped him greatly when directing. The second part will touch on his role of Leonardo in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, how that differs from his work in anime, such as his recent role in Eden of the East, as well as my penchant for naked men and ice cream. In the final portion of Michael's interview, we'll talk about his involvement with the Kurokami simulcast before catching up on all of his current projects.

The music you'll be listening to during the show embraces the craziness of the Halloween spirit. From Geneon Music, we'll explore tracks from the Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Soundtrack. Then from, we'll check on “Trick of Treat” from Sweet Vacation, “BONES” from MUFAS and “Light my fire” from malin harue + yancy. Buy and download your own copies of these, and many more for only 99 cents a piece at

Chad's up first with “What's Hot in the World of Anime and Manga” and then Rich will remind you of the final few days in our Spectacular Savings sale on DVDs & Blu-ray From Section23! Sweet Vacation returns to Anime Today with the song “Trick or Treat” and then Nick and Alison jump right into interviewing the energetic Michael Sinterniklaas. Rich will then be back with the winners of a couple contests we have wrapping up this week - the Assault Girls contest and our Halloween Prize Blitz. We’ll then have the song “BONES” from MUFAS, followed by the second part of our interview with Michael. Christy will then be bringing you a new If.../Then segment on the Shigofumi anime, followed by another track, “Light my fire” from malin harue + yancy. Following that will be the last part of our interview with Michael, and then we’ll wrap up this episode with some customer reviews from our store at


What's Hot?

In an instant, your entire world can turn upside down. Fifteen year old Oz Vessalius goes from leading a rich and privileged life to struggling to survive after he is drawn into a mystical prison during his Coming of Age Ceremony. Trapped with no clue as to what’s caused his imprisonment, Oz is saved by two curious beings - a girl named Alice and the Bloody Black Rabbit. Oz and his allies work together to solve the mysteries surrounding them, all in hopes of learning about the shrouded “Pandora” organization!

Unlock the secrets of the Premium Edition Pandora Hearts Box Set 1 this October 26th.

Kei and Yuri are operatives dispatched by the for-profit World Welfare Works Association to resolve crises throughout the universe. Their preferred codename may be "Lovely Angels," but their on-the-job effectiveness - rivaled only by the path of destruction left in their wake - has earned them a very public, very unwanted nickname: the "Dirty Pair."

Dirty Pair TV Series Collection 1 explodes on the scene November 2nd.

Due to strict rules imposed by a draconian magistrate, citizens of Edo must do without almost all of life’s luxuries. But some rules are made to be broken, particularly those that keep fireworks maker Seikichi from doing what he loves most. Though fireworks have also been banned, nothing can stop Seikichi from trying to fulfill the request of a strange patron who asks for a firework that can reach to the moon.

Oh! Edo Rocket Season 1 Part 1 and Part 2 blast off on November 2nd.

It’s 1925, and Japan is going through an era of rapid changes - from the right to vote to sailor suit school uniforms. One constant throughout the country, though, is the presence of baseball as the national pastime.

Though baseball is considered exclusive to men, after a player mocks a group of female students by saying they’re far better suited to being housewives than scholars, Koume and Akiko set out to prove him wrong and eventually form an all-girls baseball team. Though first viewed as scandalous, the nine girls end up at the center of something far greater than anything they had imagined.

Get ready for a grand slam homerun when Taisho Baseball Girls Complete Collection loads the bases on November 16th.

Though he’s always dreamed of becoming a singer-songwriter of poppy love songs, sweet and shy Soichi Negishi somehow finds himself the frontman of death metal band Detroit Metal City, a.k.a. DMC. Garbed in an armored costume and covered in makeup, Soichi transforms into the band’s vulgar lead singer each time he steps on stage. But what happens when his death metal hating crush, Yuri Aikawa, finds out about his alter ego? To make matters even worse, DMC catches the attention of legendary death metal artist Jack ill Dark himself, who challenges Soichi to an all-out musical duel.

Get ready to rock when live-action movie Detroit Metal City takes the stage November 9th.

Cross Academy’s student body is made up of two groups – the Day Class and the Night Class. Once twilight falls, the two groups briefly cross paths before the Night Class makes its way into school and the Day Class heads to the dorms. What the Day Class doesn’t know, though, is that the unusually attractive students making up the Night Class are all vampires, and it’s up to Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu to help protect the academy’s secret. But what happens when things don’t go exactly to plan?

Take a bite out of the Vampire Knight manga series when the graphic novel box set containing volumes 1 through 10 hits shelves November 16th.

Shawne's Specials and the Spectacular Savings Sale!

Shawne's Specials and the Spectacular Savings Sale!

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Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas

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Right Stuf Contests and Updates

  • Congratulations to our Otaku Blitz #65 winners! Orlando N of Thornton, Colorado; Shelby P of Elk River, Minnesota; Julian R of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Rajat A of Madison, Wisconsin; and Paul K of Tallahassee, Florida who will each soon receive Maria Watches Over Us screener discs.
  • Also, congratulations to our Otaku Blitz #66 winners! James S of Scottsdale, Arizona; Scott L of Guilford, Connecticut; and Erin G of Touchet, Washington just won grab bags full of anime related goodies - from T-shirts and squeeze toys to keychains and sampler discs!
  • Congrats go out to Otaku Blitz #67 winners: Sigiri S of Garland, Texas; Telena C of New Market, Tennessee; Mike R, Columbia, Missouri; Susan V of Belfast, Maine; and Jonathan T of Alameda, California. They will each receive a Halloween gift package including screener discs from Rental Magica and Boogiepop Phantom.
  • For our new Otaku Blitz contest, we're giving another 3 lucky contestants each the chance to win one of our grab bags full of anime prizes.


    To enter, visit for more information, and get your entry to us by the end of the day on November 10th. We'll announce the winners on the next episode of Anime Today!

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

TAKAO SAITO Stamps Congratulations to Dean S of Glassport, Pennsylvania, winner of our Takao Saito Japanese Stamp contest! He will soon receive a collection of Japanese stamps featuring artwork from a number of Takao Saito’s series!

Casshern Sins DVD Part 1 (Hyb) Congratulations also to Lisa K of Grand Forks, North Dakota and Angel M of Chico California, winners of our Casshern Sins contest! They will each receive an awesome Casshern Sins prize pack, including Casshern Sins, Part 1 on DVD and a signed metal poster featuring dramatic series artwork!

Assault Girls DVD (S) LiveAction

Assault Girls Blu-ray (S) LiveActionLast but not least, congrats go out to Jason L of Pittsboro, North Carolina; Nathan P of Tucson, Arizona; Tif S of Jefferson, Wisconsin; and Mayra O of Los Angeles, California, winners of our Assault Girls contest. Copies of the DVD or Blu-ray of director Mamoru Oshii's live-action Assault Girls film will soon be winging their way to them.

Detroit Metal City For our new giveaway, we've partnered with VIZ Pictures and lined up a special contest celebrating the upcoming DVD release of the Detroit Metal City live-action film adaptation! Enter now for the chance to win 1 of 5 Detroit Metal City prize packs, including posters and stickers featuring images from the movie.

To participate, visit's contest page before the end of the day on December 1st.

Sekirei DVD Complete Series (Hyb)

If…/then with Christy

I remember when I first read the synopsis for Shigofumi back when it was initially announced for U.S. release in 2008. My immediate thought was, “This is exactly my type of show,” followed quickly by, “But it’s not scheduled for release until May (2008, of course)! Whatever will I do?!”

Two years later… I finally got my hands on the DVD collection.

For those not familiar with the series, in Shigofumi, beings tantamount to otherworldly postmen deliver the final messages of recently departed souls to their destined recipients. The exchanges give glimpses of both the recipients’ lives and the lives of the mail carriers – one carrier, Fumika, in particular.

Though Shigofumi starts out as a fairly episodic series, there’s a mystery regarding Fumika that threads its way through the show and ends up being a focal point of the story.

Shigofumi can be pretty dark – complemented with a very fitting background score – but every once in a while, the show flips a switch to present a lighter, quietly amusing side. The moments of brevity keep it from ever becoming overly dreary, so in the end you really feel the intensity of the heavier scenes because they’re so cleverly juxtaposed.

So was Shigofumi worth the wait? I think so. It may not have exceeded my expectations, but it very definitely lived up to them, and I strongly recommend the series if you’ve not yet picked it up.

If you enjoyed Shigofumi, and you’re interested in having a look at another series’ take on everyday humans dealing with death and supernatural beings, you might want to give the Hell Girl anime a try.

It’s interesting to see how different moods and even colors can pull stories with somewhat similar themes in very different directions. The moments of menace in Shigofumi are a little more on the subtle side – most often to be found lurking quietly beneath the surface, but in Hell Girl it’s very much more in-your-face. Also, while the coloring in Shigofumi is fairly simple in its intensity, some of the colors in Hell Girl really pop and go along with forward feeling of the show.

As the title might suggest, Hell Girl is definitely more of a supernatural horror show.

If you were more intrigued by the letter delivery aspect of Shigofumi, then you might pick up Hiroyuki Asada’s Tegami Bachi manga, which follows the character, Lag Seeing, on his dangerous delivery adventures.

The packages themselves aren’t necessarily dangerous. Because the world the Tegami Bachi characters inhabit is also populated with deadly creatures, it’s actually the mail routes that make Lag’s chosen profession so perilous. I’d describe it as much more of an adventure story than either Shigofumi or Hell Girl.

And for a few final quick picks of shows that just have a generally similar air, if you liked the overall feel of Shigofumi, I also recommend Boogiepop Phantom, Ghost Hound, and Kino’s Journey.

Do you have a suggestion for fans of Shigofumi? Make sure you head to our Anime Today discussion forums on, and make a post in the Shigofumi If…/Then thread.

You’ll also find rec threads for other 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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