Anime Today Podacast Episode Index

ANIME TODAY #111: Talking ULTIMO With VIZ Media Senior Editor Joel Enos

Episode 111 Run Time: 1:08:27 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Joel Enos – VIZ Media’s senior editor for Shonen Jump manga and the editor of Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei’s ULTIMO manga – to episode 111 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, Enos talks about the storyline and premise of Ultimo, the manga collaboration between legendary U.S. comics creator Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men) and Japanese author and artist Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King). He also discusses the unique working relationship between the two comics legends and Ultimo’s appeal to both manga fans and fans of Western comics. And he also tells fans about some of the surprises – color pages and more – they can find in the pages of Ultimo’s graphic novel volumes.

Ultimo, by Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei, is currently serialized in VIZ’s English-language edition of Shonen Jump, and the first collected, graphic novel volume of Ultimo is now available.

Also in Episode 111: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Rich shares how fans can find “breakin’ bargains” on DVDs and more from Geneon. (Through Monday, March 22, 2010.) • Rich announces the latest Year of the Otaku winners, as well as the winners of the contest celebrating Viz Pictures’ release of the live-action film 20th Century Boys: The Last Hope. Then he kicks off a new contest leading up to the release of Rental Magica, Part 2 from Nozomi Entertainment. • In the new “Watch Stuf” segment, Christy and Nick chat about the recent DVD release of Hayao Miyazaki’s film Ponyo. • Marie takes a look at FUNimation’s release of Slayers Revolution, the fourth season of the long-running fantasy series. • Listen to clips from Yoko Kanno’s Earth Maiden Arjuna: Into the Another World soundtrack from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from JapanFiles.com artists SAWA (“Bubbles” from the CD Figure and Shadow) and astrid (“yes” from their self-titled CD). • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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

Episode 110 Run Time: 1:13:13 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Patrick W. Galbraith – the author of the Otaku Encyclopedia – to episode 110 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, three-segment interview, Galbraith discusses how he got into anime and manga and came to study in Japan, the ever-changing definition of the word “otaku,” Japan’s shifting perceptions of hardcore anime and manga fans, his interview with anime director Yutaka Yamamoto (Kannagi, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), how the Otaku Encyclopedia came into being, and what fans can expect to find in its pages.

(Two additional segments – focusing on 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 – will be included in an upcoming bonus podcast.)

Galbraith is a Tokyo-based journalist and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tokyo, where his research focuses on Japanese otaku and their culture. His work has appeared in Akiba Today and Akibanana, as well as Metropolis, Otaku USA and Otaku2.com. A frequent guest lecturer and panelist, he also gives weekly guided tours of Akihabara and will soon serve as a member of the faculty for “Studies in Japanese Popular Culture,” an academic program of the Temple University Japan Summer Institute.

Also in Episode 110: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne tells fans how they can discover “grand savings” on manga and other books from VIZ Media. • Rich and Nick announce the latest Year of the Otaku winners and the winner of the contest for a copy of the ARIA “Those Nightshine Chimes” limited-edition lithograph. Then Nick kicks off a new contest celebrating Viz Pictures’ release of the live-action film 20th Century Boys: The Last Hope. • As spring training kicks off, Christy offers recommendations to fans of the baseball-themed Big Windup! Oofuri anime series in a new “If… /Then…” segment. • Listen to clips from Hanaukyo Maid Team La Verite from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from JapanFiles.com artists Strawberry Machine (“Twinkle of the Stars, Little Stars, Shining Stars” from the CD crazy kilt) and Venus Peter (“Nothing Changes” from the CD Crystalized). • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

Episode 110 Bonus! Run Time: 35:33 | 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 JapanFiles.com artists Piano Master (“Gakeno Ueno Ponyo” and more from the CD Ghibli Speed) and andymori (“1984” from the CD Fanfare to Nekkyou).

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ANIME TODAY #109: Previews Season 2 of AnimeTV With Hosts Johnny Yong Bosch & Cristina Vee

Episode 109 Run Time: 57:55 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome the hosts of AnimeTV – Johnny Yong Bosch and Cristina Vee – to episode 109 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, Bosch and Vee discuss their roles as hosts of AnimeTV, as well as what fans can expect to see as part of the show’s second season, which is available via the Revision3 online television network.

Bosch first came to fan attention as “Adam” in the Power Rangers television show and is a prolific actor and musician whose vocal roles include “Ichigo” in Bleach, “Lelouch” in Code Geass, “Renton” in Eureka Seven, “Vash the Stampede” in Trigun and many more. His band, Eyeshine, also often appears as a musical guest at anime conventions across North America.

Vee was discovered by Bang Zoom! Entertainment, during a voice acting panel at Anime Expo, and she has gone on to portray several lead characters in both anime series and video games, such as “Nanoha” in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, “Louise” in The Familiar of Zero, “Machi” in Blade of the Immortal, and “Noel Vermillion” in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.

Also in Episode 109: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga • Nick announces the latest Year of the Otaku weekly winners and the winners of the 20th Century Boys gift sets from Viz Pictures. Then he kicks off a new contest where listeners have the chance to win an ARIA lithograph. • Rich provides a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Marie checks out the first volume of Moyasimon from Del Rey Manga. • Listen to clips from Gun X Sword Soundtrack 2 from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from JapanFiles.com artists cargo (“Winter Song” from the CD MARS) and FLOPPY (“Snow, Moon, and Flower” from the CD Deus ex machina). • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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ANIME TODAY #108: Holiday Special: Part 2 of “Anime & Gamer's Holiday Guide”

Episode 108 Run Time: 1:00:52 | Right Stuf, Inc. celebrates the holiday season and gears up for the new year in episode 108 of ANIME TODAY.

In the second part of the “Anime and Gamer's Holiday Guide,” Kris and Judy continue to check off items on their otaku-friendly wish list and talk about their favorite picks for several game systems, as well as stocking stuffers.

Also in Episode 108: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne gives fans the rundown on the “Merchants of Savings” sale on books from Yen Press and reminds them that the “12+ Days of Anime Savings” has been extended through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2009. • Rich announces the latest Year of the Otaku weekly winners and a new contest for a copy of Children of the Sea, Vol. 1 signed by creator Daisuke Igarashi. He also announces which fans have won the chance to check out recent Nozomi Entertainment shows, including Rental Magica and Gakuen Alice, and he kicks off a new contest for Viz Pictures’ release of the first live-action 20th Century Boys movie. • Nick and Rich preview the roster of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • In a new “If… /Then…” segment, Christy offers recommendations to fans of the Ghost Hound anime series. • Listen to clips from the Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi Soundtrack 1: Pine from Geneon Music. Also hear holiday-themed tracks from JapanFiles.com artists Swinging Popsicle (“At Christmastime” ), Vlidge (“Christmas Ha Holy Party” from the CD HIP POPs), Blue Trike (“Christmas Night” from the CD Kimi wo Omou) and Sista Five (“Merry Merry X’Mas To You” from the CD POWER TO THE PEOPLE). • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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ANIME TODAY #107: Discussing MANGA CROSS-STITCH With Writer & Anime Expert Helen McCarthy

Episode 107 Run Time: 1:08:02 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Helen McCarthy – the author of the recent books The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga and Manga Cross-Stitch – to episode 107 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, McCarthy discusses Manga Cross-Stitch, the elements shared by manga and embroidery, and how fans can draw inspiration from anime and manga into their own creative endeavors. (The rest of this interview, focusing on her other new book, The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, can be found in episode 106 of Anime Today.)

A trailblazer in the field of anime writing and journalism, McCarthy’s recent published works include 500 Essential Anime Movies, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation and The Anime Encyclopedia (co-authored with Jonathan Clements). One of the world’s foremost experts on Miyazaki and the works of Studio Ghibli, she has also curated several seasons of lectures and screenings at London’s Barbican Cinema and is a featured guest and lecturer at conventions and events worldwide, including the recent opening weekend of the Smithsonian Institution’s current exhibition, “Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, Father of Anime.”

Also in Episode 107: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne tells fans how they can take part in our annual “12+ Days of Anime Savings,” which lasts through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2009. • Kris and Judy are back with their otaku-friendly anime wish list in a new “Anime and Gamer's Guide.” • Rich and Nick announce the latest Year of the Otaku winners and a new contest for an Afro Samurai print signed by Samuel L. Jackson, and they announce the winners of the Boys Over Flowers K-drama contest and Rental Magica poster contest. Then they kick off an all-new contest where fans can win the chance to check out recent Nozomi Entertainment shows, including Rental Magica and Gakuen Alice. • Rich provides a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Marie takes a look at the anime adaptation of the ninja adventure Nabari no Ou. • Listen to clips from Fafner Original Soundtrack 2: Now Here from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from JapanFiles.com artists Ato (“ryouyoku” from their self-titled CD) and Asha (“Stepping with the Snowflakes” from the CD idealized). • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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ANIME TODAY #106: Discussing the ART OF OSAMU TEZUKA With Writer & Anime Expert Helen McCarthy

Episode 106 Run Time: 1:07:21 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Helen McCarthy – the author of the recent books The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga and Manga Cross-Stitch – to episode 106 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, McCarthy discusses what anime and manga fans can gain by learning about the background of Astro Boy and Black Jack creator Dr. Osamu Tezuka, the relevance of his work to today’s audiences, how her biography’s pop culture perspective differs from a more academic examination of his career, and which Tezuka works are her very own personal favorites. (The rest of this interview, focusing on her other new book, Manga Cross-Stitch, will air in episode 107 of Anime Today on December 4, 2009.)

A trailblazer in the field of anime writing and journalism, McCarthy’s recent published works include 500 Essential Anime Movies, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation and The Anime Encyclopedia (co-authored with Jonathan Clements). One of the world’s foremost experts on Miyazaki and the works of Studio Ghibli, she has also curated several seasons of lectures and screenings at London’s Barbican Cinema and is a featured guest and lecturer at conventions and events worldwide, including the recent opening weekend of the Smithsonian Institution’s current exhibition, “Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, Father of Anime.”

Also in Episode 106: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne tells fans how they can “get in the spirit to save” on DVDs, Blu-ray and more from Media Blasters and its labels. • Rich and Nick take a look at how packages get out from RightStuf.com to customers in the third and final installment of “Best Wishes, Stuf!,” which focuses on how outgoing orders are packed and shipped to anime fans. • Rich announces the latest Year of the Otaku winners (and new weekly contest), remind fans about the contest for the Korean drama adaptation of Boys Over Flowers, and announce a new contest marking the launch of the site for Nozomi Entertainment’s release of Rental Magica. • Nick provides a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • In a new “If… /Then…” segment, Christy offers recommendations to fans of the Gakuen Alice anime series. • Listen to clips from Fafner Original Soundtrack 1: No Where from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from JapanFiles.com artists Blue Trike (“Stand up!!” from the CD Daydream) and nanocycle (“folksonomy” from the CD something burning). • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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ANIME TODAY #105: Talking PLUTO With Translators Frederik L. Schodt & Jared Cook

Episode 105 Run Time: 1:28:06 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Frederik L. Schodt and Jared Cook – the translators of the PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka manga – to episode 105 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, three-segment interview, Schodt and Cook discuss their work on Naoki Urasawa’s reimagining of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy manga, how Dr. Tezuka may have reacted to the recent adaptations of his work, and their unique, two-person translation process.

Long-time translation partners Schodt and Cook collaborated on the English translations and adaptations of Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix and Princess Knight (excerpt for Viz’s Shojo Beat magazine), prior to their work on Pluto. The author of The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom and the Manga/Anime Revolution, Schodt has been recognized with the Osamu Tezuka Culture Special Prize and by the Japanese government with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contributions to the appreciation of manga and Japanese culture worldwide.

Also in Episode 105: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Rich tells fans how they can find “Revolutionary Savings” on DVDs, Blu-ray, books and music from Bandai Entertainment. • Rich and Nick take a look at how packages get out from RightStuf.com to customers in the second installment of “Best Wishes, Stuf!,” which focuses on the customer service, accounting and warehouse departments. • Nick and Rich announce the latest Year of the Otaku winners (and new weekly contest), announce the winners of the Kimba (Jungle Emperor Leo) contest, and kick off a new contest gearing up for this month’s release of the Boys Over Flowers Korean drama. • Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Marie takes a look at the manga Karakuri Odette by Julietta Suzuki. • Listen to clips from Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 1 and the Refrain of Evangelion soundtrack from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from JapanFiles.com artists MORNING GLORY (“Time After Time” from the mini EP Remember) and ketchup mania (“Welcome to Paradise” from their Best of CD). • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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ANIME TODAY #104: Talking ASTRO BOY on the Big Screen With Director David Bowers & Producer Maryann Garger

Episode 104 Run Time: 1:01:27 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome David Bowers and Maryann Garger – the director and producer of Imagi Studios’ newly released ASTRO BOY movie – to episode 104 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, two-segment interview, Bowers and Garger discuss how they each became involved with the Astro Boy project, talk about the challenges of introducing Astro Boy to new fans while also still appealing to long-time fans of the series, share details about the film adaptation and its vocal cast, and hint at the Easter eggs fans of the original series can find throughout the movie.

Prior to directing Astro Boy, David Bowers co-directed the 2006 computer-animated film Flushed Away, served as the storyboard supervisor for Aardman Animations’ Chicken Run, and worked as an animator and story artist for projects including Balto and the Dreamworks’ feature films The Prince of Egypt and The Road to El Dorado. Maryann Garger’s credits include serving as co-producer for Flushed Away and producer for the animated short First Flight, as well as work on Madagascar, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, The Prince of Egypt and Pocahontas.

Also in Episode 104: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Rich tells fans how they can “Unleash Fierce Savings” on manga from Go! Comi. • Rich and Nick take a look at how packages get out from RightStuf.com to customers in the first installment of “Best Wishes, Stuf!,” a special feature in anticipation of Anime Today’s fourth anniversary. • Nick and Rich announce the latest Year of the Otaku winners (and new weekly contest), announce the winners of the Rockin’ Android SUGURI Perfect Edition contest, and kick-off a new contest for an official Jungle Emperor Leo (Kimba) collectible wrist watch. • Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Christy offers recommendations to fans of the original Dragon Ball anime in a new “If…/Then” segment. • Listen to clips from the Read or Die (R.O.D.) OVA Original Soundtrack and Read or Die (R.O.D.) TV Original Soundtracks 1 and 2 from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from JapanFiles.com artists SKYBEAVER (“For a Long Time” from the CD The First Countdown) and HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR (“you” from the CD swamp man). • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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ANIME TODAY #103: Tokyo Game Show Special

Episode 103 Run Time: 47:47 | Right Stuf, Inc. examines the highlights of this year’s Tokyo Game Show, looks at the debut volume of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, kicks off new contests, and much more in episode 103 of ANIME TODAY.

In a special, two-segment edition of the “Anime and Gamer's Guide to Japan,” Kris and Judy talk about some announcements that are of particular interest to Final Fantasy fans, plus White Knight Chronicles for the PlayStation 3, Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii, Joy Ride for the Xbox 360, and Infinite Space, Ghost Trick and Tsumuji for the Nintendo DS.

Also in Episode 103: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne reminds fans about the last days to find “Supernatural Savings” on manga and books from Viz Media. • Rich announces the latest Year of the Otaku winners (and new weekly contest) and reminds fans about the contest for copies of Rockin’ Android’s PC game SUGURI Perfect Edition. • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Marie takes a look at the first volume of the manga Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee by Hiroyuki Asada. • Listen to clips from the Yoko Ishida CDs All of Me and Sweets from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from JapanFiles.com artists GUARDIAN HACKER (“Burn Me Away” from the CD FLARE IN REVERBERATION) and Furil (“Aurora” from the CD ether). • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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ANIME TODAY #102: Talking Acting, Directing and Eureka Seven With Stephanie Sheh

Episode 102 Run Time: 56:25 | Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome actor, writer and director Stephanie Sheh – who is best known to fans as “Eureka” in Eureka Seven, “Orihime” in Bleach and “Mikuru” in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – to episode 102 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, two-part interview, Sheh discusses how she transitioned from working behind the scenes, in a production capacity, to voice acting, her work as an ADR director and script adapter, and her current projects.

Also in Episode 102: • Chad shares “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga. • Shawne tells fans how they can “blast off with bargains” and find deals on everything from Right Stuf, its Nozomi Entertainment division and more. • Rich announces the latest Year of the Otaku winners (and new weekly contest), announce the winner of a limited-edition Fruits Basket print, and kick off a new contest for copies of Rockin’ Android’s PC game SUGURI Perfect Edition. • Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of AnimeCons.com. • Christy offers recommendations to fans of the NANA anime in a new “If…/Then” segment. • Kris and Judy discuss Japanese citizens’ privacy concerns about Google Maps’ street view feature. • Listen to musical clips from the JapanFiles.com CDs mama manner, interphone and birdless by the band mothercoat. • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.

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