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Episode 5 is finally here. And in it, Mike and the younger Mohamed do their best to fend off a nagging cold that Kevin was in the middle of battling. All the while giving their take on Neil and old Mohamed’s July appearance (Yonge Street again, and overseas fandom) (12:53), the September Nerd Market (26:20), the live action Bleach movie (spoiler alert) and why this worked for Mohamed (37:00), Flavors of Youth and why it resonated so much with Kevin (53:28), a quick aside on Aum Shinrikyo (1:09:23), a first blush on the Crunchyroll and Funimation split (1:12:08) along with an interesting rant by Kevin as to his issues with streaming services (1:19:37), and a quick thought on the Kimono documentary (1:33:42) 

Oh and we’ll let you know if Mike or Moh get sick (smart money is on Moh…he was sitting beside Kevin)

Mike Nicolas, Mohamed Shamarke, and Kevin Ng

 

Links of Interest

Sex Doll Brothel Cancellation in North York

Haruki Murakami on the Aum Shinrikyo Executions

ANN on the Funimation/Crunchyroll split

Yoshimasa Takakura’s First Appearance on NHK World on his One World Kimono Project

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Another Month, and another no show of episode 5. So Mike wanted to share a few other things on his mind…namely a past tense entry on the Toronto Anime Community Calendar, and three Netflix recommendations

Something quick and easy to listen while we continue to assemble the Roundtable

Links of Interest

 

 

James sits in for a solo for the first time. So what’s on his mind? A lot of Nintendo and the issues he has with their new online services

Links of Interest

Two months on, and Mike and James get off their asses and turn on the mics for a digest and talk about a load of things that have happened in those two months, and would like to talk about more. Lets see…mature Yonge St., X-Japan, a few angles on Kimagure Orange Road, Mike Toole and Canada, the Toronto Anime Community Calendar, BiSH, Angela’s appearance on another podcast, and Kimonos

A digest full of bullets

Mike Nicolas and James Austin

Links of interest

Angela O’Hara’s Appearance on the Polygamers Podcast

Mike Toole on Canada’s Anime Legacy

NHK World Japan Documentary “Kimono Revolution”

CTV News story on Yoshiki and X-Japan’s search for success in the West

 

 

So very much at the last second, Mike and Neil decided to do an episode with an old friend from a distant past, who was in town to visit family. So they turn on the mics and catch up on fandom in old times, fandom in current times, and fandom in the Middle East; differing views on Yonge St since the van attack, explaining Miyazaki to a parent, and a recommendation from Mike (he’s actually watched something), with a reminder how old and forgetful all everyone around the table has become over the years

*Bonus for the people who can figure out where the washroom break happened in the middle of the taping…and who took it

Mike Nicolas, Neil Sinclair, Mohamed Abdel Hady

Another old face from the past returns around the table as Mo finally joins the others. This time a complete mix of stuff starting with Anthony Bourdain, Ontario politics and the World Cup on the eve of the Round of 16. Then we get a little more on topic with thoughts on Chris Hardwick and Nobuhiro Watsuki’s problems, Pacific Mall, streaming video services (with Mike finally having watched some Battleship Tiramisu and Attack on Titan). Then Mo gives some advice to Mike and Kevin on watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Mike Nicolas, Mohamed Sharmarke, Kevin Ng, James Austin

In the newly renamed segment, Mike gives a thought on Anthony Bourdain, and then comes back to the Toronto Congress Centre and two very different events there over the last few weeks. With a personal anecdote from the latter