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So Mike has something on his mind, but was nowhere close to the studio mics. So he plugged in his smartphone earbuds to make the following to end of 2018

In it he asks a few questions about what to do about older DVDs as he preorders the blu rays of the same show. Looks for suggestions as he finally subscribes to other streaming services. And makes a few NHK reccomendations. All for your New Year’s listening pleasure

Mike Nicolas

Links of Interest

Entertainment Nippon 2018 on NHK World Japan – Anisong Super Live in Shanghai

Songs of Tokyo on NHK World Japan

 

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After being gone for two months, we begin with Mike giving a first impression of Oomomo, the newest entry in the trend of 100yen shops and Japanese retailers in the Toronto area (4:50). Then we take another look at the Funimation/Crunchyroll split and the broader story of what’s to come in streaming services (16:06). After sparing a thought concerning the Overwatch League (1:01:55), we do the official return of the Bullets Segment (1:06:18). In it we talk about Evangelion and Netflix (1:06:58), the live action Cowboy Bebop and Netflix (1:18:48), the reboot of the Fruits Basket anime (1:33:14), the missed items on the Toronto Anime Community Calendar (1:38:01), the Toronto International Fan Festival (1:51:01), and the Reel Asian Film Festival (1:59:14). Then we end off with some thoughts Fred Patten, John Rogers, and Stan Lee, who all passed away around the same time back in November (2:11:33)

Listeners will no doubt pass out before the end of this episode. The question is will it be because of alcohol poisoning, or boredom

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke

Links of Interest

Oomomo website

ANN article on Gen Funaka’s comments concerning Funimation and Crunchyroll

Vice on the current rise of Bit Torrent usage

Forbes writer on skepticism concerning Netflix

Petition to have original English voices return for Evangelion on Netflix

Screenrant on the casting descriptions for the live action Cowboy Bebop

ANN on the new the new cast of the Fruits Basket anime

Kurara – The Dazzling Life of Houksai’s Daughter at the JCCC

International Fan Festival Toronto

Millie Desserts (the Creperie that was at the Kiki’s Delivery Service presentation)

Actor Yu Lew’s website

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

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

 

Links of Interest

Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Houksai’s Daughter on NHK World