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Looks like Mohamed has scored big in the pool with the pick up of his long shot Tokyo Majin. On top of that he gets the full points for guessing that ADV would pick it up and announce it in a press release. Once again, with triple points on long shots, that’s 15 points.

Here’s the updated scores.

Mohamed Sharmarke: 19
James Austin: 11
Dean Colak: 4
Mike Nicolas: 4

And once again, Anime Expo is this weekend. Expect things to get interesting.

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License Pool Update

Looks like all four of us are now on the board since we all guessed that 5cm per Second would get licensed. No surprise, it was taken by ADV. Theatrical release is planned for the fall, and a DVD is set for December. I am looking forward to it.

However James Austin gets a full five points for this because he guessed the announcement would come via press release, which it did via ICv2. So to update the scores…

James Austin: 11
Dean Colak: 4
Mike Nicolas: 4
Mohamed Sharmarke: 4

James has opened up a 7 point lead with Anime Expo a little more than a week away.

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Our special with the owners of The Comic Den Mississauga continues. We’ll start with giving some respect for Seven Seas over the Nymphet controversy, and some memories of Canada Customs. Then, a bullets segment where we talk about Death Note in China, and crime in Akihabara. Also, more phone calls and knocks at the door. And ramune now joins the ranks of pop rocks and rock candy as stuff that make themselves heard on the mics.

This topping off the longest episode yet. And it was as good as it was long.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Terry Visser, Anthony Visser. (41:25)

Listen to it here, or download from the links below.

Links of Interest:

Articles on banning of Death Note in China, and the student backlash

Details on Daily Yomiuri report on increasing crime in Akihabara

Twelve Girls Band Official Website

Charcot Marie Tooth Association. Information on the disorder that Terry Visser has

Promo: Anime Pacific


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Part one of our special episode with the owners of The Comic Den Mississauga. First up we’ll reminisce over the last 28 years in business. Then we’ll talk about the Nymphet controversy…you expect us not to talk about it?

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Terry Visser, Anthony Visser. (57:25)

Listen to it here, or download directly from the links below.

Links of Interest:

Translation of Blog Entry by the Nymphet creator Kaworu Watashiya on the North American Cancellation

Blog Entry by Seven Seas President Jason DeAngelis on the Nymphet cancellation

Promo: Fast Karate For the Gentleman


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James and I taped the Comic Den episode earlier this afternoon with the owners in their soon to be emptied former location. It was one of the longest episodes we ever did, and the conversation was as good as it was long. And we taped it while people were coming by to pick up various fixtures and shelves from the store they had sold.

This was the day after the store had closed for the final time and I’ll tell you that there was still quite the flurry of people looking for deals there. James actually found one final deal before we left after the taping.

The episode will be in two parts, and will hopefully be up by Tuesday morning. Please give it a listen, you’ll hear some great insight from two guys who have been in the comics, anime, and manga selling business for almost three decades. I’ll be giving this a top priority edit this evening.

Even though they will still be spending the rest of June packing up the location, James and I couldn’t help but think that we just stepped out of the store for the absolute final time.

Update: Sorry for the delay.  Decided to add some pics for the Enhanced version.  Encoding going on as I type.

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21 is Anime Roundtable’s 13 or 4. So here’s what we decided to put up from the ill fated episode from our first night at Anime North. First, a brief re-hash of our conversation on the controversy surrounding manga cafes and rental shops in Asia and North America. Then we will have a word from Anime North as one of the organizers come on the show. Also we will talk about what happened to ep. 21, version 1. Hopefully putting the ghosts of 21 finally to rest.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Mohamed Sharmarke, Angela Jordan. With special guest Norm McEvoy. (38:14)

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I mentioned during the last episode that we were planning to tape our show at Comic Den in Mississauga on the last day they’re in business, which is this Sunday. Unfortunately we won’t be able to do that on Sunday, I have to work in the evening.

However, we will be taping an episode with the owners of the store not too long after, hopefully a day or so later. So please look forward to it. It should come up faster than ep. 21…I should get to that soon.

In the meantime, please give them a visit before it’s all said and done on Sunday. Link is on the side there, and there’s plenty of good stuff still to be had.

Update:  We’re aiming to tape early Monday afternoon, June 11th.  What we’re gonna talk about is rather obvious.  Comic Den heard about the controversy concerning Kodomo no Jikan, but until yesterday hadn’t seen visuals…

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Special thanks to Mohamed for paying attention. Here’s the listing of our licensing picks as mentioned in Digest #3 back in April. In addition, here’s Mohamed’s picks as well.

Mike Nicolas
1. Magical Girls Lyrical Nanoha by Geneon at Anime Expo
2. Haruhi light novels by Bandai at Anime Expo
3. Kujibiki Unbalance by Media Blaster at Otakon
4. Ouran High School Host Club by ADV at Anime Expo
5. Da Capo by Funimation at Anime Expo
6. Code Geass by Geneon at Anime Expo
7. D.Gray-Man by ADV at Otakon
8. 5 Centimeters Per Second by ADV at Anime Expo
9. Koihime 2 by Media Blaster, it will be done internal
10. End of Summer (complete) by Critical Mass also done internal

Long Shots
Kimagure Orange Road by Viz at ComicCon
Kanon 2006 by Funimation at A-kon

Dean Colak
1. Claymore by Viz – Press
2. Hidamari Sketch by ADV – Press
3. Hayate the Combat Butler by Geneon – Some con
4. Code Geass by Bandai – Some con
5. Buso Renkin by Viz – Press
6. Negima!?
7. Lucky Star by RightStuf at Anime Expo
8. Romeo x Juliet by Funimation at A-kon
9. Strawberry Panic! by ADV
10. 5 Centimeters Per Second by ADV at Anime Expo

Long Shot
Hajime No Ippo manga
Kanon 2006 by Media Blaster – Press

James Austin
1. Eva movies by ADV at Anime Expo
2. 5 Centimeters Per Second by ADV – Press
3. Welcome to the NHK by Funimation at A-kon
4. Darker then Black by Bandai at Anime Expo
5. Nana by Viz at Anime Expo
6. Strawberry Marshmallow OVA by Geneon, it will be done internal
7. Ouran High School Host Club by ADV at Otakon
8. Pumkin Scissors by Funimation at Otakon
9. Romeo x Juliet by Geneon at Anime Expo
10. Emma by Geneon, it will be done internal

Long Shot
Vulgar Ghost Daydream by Darkhorse ComicCon
Monster by Geneon, it will be done internal

Mohamed Sharmarke
1. Buso Renkin by Funimation at Anime Expo
2. Magical Girls Lyrical Nanoha by Geneon at Anime Expo
3. Code Geass by Bandai at Anime Expo
4. Ouran High School Host Club by ADV at Anime Expo
5. Kaze no Stigma by Funimation at Otakon
6. D.Gray-Man by Geneon at Otakon
7. 5 Centimeters Per Second by ADV at Anime Expo
8. Lucky Star by ADV at AWA
9. Romeo x Juliet by Funimation at Anime Expo
10. Darker than Black by ADV at Anime Expo

Long Shot
Tokyo Underground manga by viz – Press
Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho! Tou by ADV – Press

Just a quick reminder on the points system, 3 points for guessing the title correctly, and 1 each for company and convention/method announced. And with the long shot picks, triple the points.

A quick scoring update. Austin currently leads with 6 points by guessing Welcome to the NHK, and Pumpkin Scissors. Didn’t get the full points though, but he’s on the board.

And a part of me is really hoping my long shot doesn’t hit now. If you want to know why, listen to the episode to find out.

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