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Anime Roundtable #78

After four months of sitting (and a load of wondering from a few places), here’s the episode taped on May 29th 2010, the second night of Anime North. I am sure plenty is out of date still but some things remain timeless…like issues in the biz, Christopher Handley, our annual appearance by Norm, and the fact that Mike is once again in hiding. Although you may find it interesting when Adam leans on the Lawyer side of his “Hentai Lawyer” title.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant, Megan Swaine (1:42:10)

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So after almost a year, the Roundtable comes out of hiding at Anime North. In the return episode, the group shoots the breeze talking about cosplay as an indicator of what’s still popular, convention going at AN, culture shocks as an anime fan after being in Japan, and how times have passed with the end of clubs and the death of a pioneer. Well that’s what we talk about in terms of relevant stuff…but longtime listeners know how this really goes. All presented in one long take.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Geoff Greig, Angela Jordan (1:52:30)

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Anime Roundtable #76

In this episode, allergies hit the roundtable so hard that it knocks out one of them. Unfortunately for Mike, he wasn’t one of those hit. Therefore he has no excuse for taking almost two weeks to put this up. In this episode, which was already outdated at the time of taping, we talk about further fallout from the Handley case, Funimation taking One Piece out of streaming, EVA 1.0′s North American Theatrical release, and the great CPM auction. We’ll even go non anime with Apple’s moves at the WWDC and the death of a legendary Japanese Pro Wrestler. Taped on June 16.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant, Megan Swaine, with James Chow (1:51:30)

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So after Adam takes a few drinks, some impressions of day two as well as Adam’s appearance on Bite TV with The Conventioneers. After we talk about the Christopher Handley guilty plea and what it’ll mean in the future. Anime North organizer Norm McEvoy then sits for the bullets segment, talking about Taro Aso with Miss Japan, some Funimation news from other conventions, and even what Japan likes to drink. All this while Adam has his eye on one of the girls in the audience (and you know what that’s likely to mean). The landmark 75th episode at where else…Anime North.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant, Enrico Bianco, with appearance by Norm McEvoy (2:01:36)

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    Here’s Taro Aso’s meeting with Miss Universe Japan…the first thing that’ll jump out at you is the camera work.

    ANN update on the Christopher Handley guilty plea
    Japan’s favourite “soft drinks
    The Peanuts Gang as teenaged manga characters
    and as an apology for being late…
    The most awesome looking flash drive yet…too bad it’s only in 2GB

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    Night number one from Anime North, so of course we start off with first day impressions along with wondering how the H1N1 flu and the recession have affected the attendance numbers. Then we talk a little bit more about elitism and fan behaviour in light of recent incidents. Among the bullets, Capcom releases, publishers getting into the used book trade, and even thoughts on an OVA bringing together some of the more beloved characters in history….while Mike braces himself for the Saturday taping.

    Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Megan Swaine, Geoff Greig (1:31:20)

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  • Links of Interest

    In Search of Number Nine: Why Elitist Arguments Suck
    Lupin III vs Detective Conan OVA info
    Article on Japanese Students getting H1N1 in Canada
    Followup article on Students with H1N1

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    So with Anime North about 10 days away, the gang talks about what we’ll be doing there…at the end. But before that, thoughts on the flu (which has now hit the Roundtable), Star Trek, the anime bubble, the vultures around CPM, and Sakura Wars sort of making it to North America. This time sort of in order.

    Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant, Megan Swaine (2:14:24)

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    Anime Roundtable #72

    After a week off, Mike is so rusty that everything he talked about this week is really a blur. He does remember Megan returning, and quite a bit of the conversation centering on her ex. Then he recalls some stuff about further eManga prospects, and Pirate Bay. And that’s before the bullets, which he can’t recall as this is being written. Mike realizes he’ll have to listen to that again to find out what they were, and suggests you guys do the same too.

    Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant, Megan Swaine (2:22:42)

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  • Links of Interest

    Brent Chittenden’s Appearance on Explore Music on Bite TV (click on episode 15 under “ExploreMusicTV”)
    ComicZeal
    Interview about ComicZeal’s prospects on Wired.com
    Lexcycle
    Gutenberg Website
    Deadliest Warrior Official Website
    Pirate Bay Trial Judge in Conflict of Interest?

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    Anime Roundtable #71

    This week, after complaining about the Toronto transit system and a brief history about SNK (while playing various Samurai Shodown games), we start with two items, one about Amazon and its treatment of mature material, the other about the Philippines and its version of a loli porn ban. In the bullets, James singles out a few shows in the new anime season, comment on Viz finally acting on long awaited anime properties, and Viz acting on a new manga property from an old favourite.

    Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant (1:53:36)

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    Retroware TV episode 11: SNK Retrospective
    Sankaku Complex on proposed Philippine ban on loli porn (NSFW)
    Official release from Philippine Congress on the ban

    Promos
    TATANS
    Anime Genesis

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    Anime Roundtable #70

    Mike decides to take a week off from taping, and returns after dragging James and Adam to see Dog Sees God, and spends the entire first segment reviewing it and talking about fan fiction in the process. Then we tape the bullets twice because of technical difficulties with Mike’s MacBook, where we talk about Taro Aso’s economic stimulus plan for Japan (built on straw pillars), threats to mangaka, manga re-releases, and perhaps some High School Panic. Also some further Apple thoughts, and an Easter Carol Mike said he had been searching for.

    Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant (1:54:06)

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    Dog Sees God in Toronto (Running until April 18)
    Aso’s economic plan and vow to create 500000 jobs
    The announcement on the Japanese National Anime Shrine
    Website of Matthew Shultz (the Easter Carol guy)

    Promo
    Anime World Order

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    Anime Roundtable #69

    Mike rationalizes this episode as something to nicely prepare him for the headache that’ll be taping at Anime North. The episode takes many different tangents as there is no real topic this week. Mike does remember talking quite a bit about the mini convention that passed last weekend in Toronto, the end of yet another Anime magazine and the coverage of it, and something about one of Adam’s favourite hentai game titles getting an official english release (nicely in line with it being episode 69). Also some thoughts on the play “Dog Sees God” which was mentioned last episode, a quick overview of the MacBook now recording this show, and the results of the contest with answers and the winner. Of course not necessarily in that order.

    Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant, Brent Chittenden (2:22:18)

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    Producer’s Note: We used a feature on the latest edition of Garageband called “Auto Normalize”. The idea being two fold, first to bring up to acceptable levels sounds that might be too low, and second (which often applies here) to reduce clipping if the levels are too high. The trade off is that it may reduce the max volume of the final file. Please let us know what your preferences are, and whether or not we should continue to use this feature.


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  • Links of Interest

    Last Blood Trailer
    Da Capo on Mangagamer.com

    And on the topic of the contest, here’s some videos to show you who these wrestlers are.


    A video featuring Kenta Kobashi, Mitsuharu Misawa, and Jun Akiyama in their heyday in the 90s. Set to “Invoke” the first opening to Gundam SEED by TM Revolution


    The 2003 match between Kobashi and Misawa for the NOAH GHC Heavyweight Championship. Considered by many to be the match of the year and amongst the greatest in the last 10 years, mainly for its atmosphere and status of the two wrestlers.


    A 1996 match between Jushin Thunder Liger and Great Muta. Famous because for the first time, Liger lost his cool.


    A 2006 match between KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji for the NOAH GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. These two were long time tag team partners, but seem to be pretty easy rivals too.


    Kenta Kobashi making his first public appearance since announcing he had Cancer at the end of 2006. Notable for the cheers he got, something Japanese fans rarely do in such a way.

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