Breaking Silence

Mike speaks for the first time in almost two years as he looks back on the podcast’s past on the sixth anniversary of the first episode.  He also shares some of his thoughts on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on the eve of the first anniversary, and the offerings of NHK World beyond its news coverage.

Mike Nicolas (13:00)

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Links of Interest

NHK World

Here’s Masayoshi Yamazaki performing One More Time, One More Chance at the Kouhaku Uta Gassen in 2005.

The Music Video for Haru Yo Koi by Yumi Matsutoya.


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 I am sure plenty is out of date still but some things remain timeless…like issues in the biz, Christopher Handley, our annual appearance by Norm, and the fact that Mike is once again in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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Anime Roundtable #77

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 North 2010

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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 In this episode, which was already outdated at the time of taping, we talk about further fallout from the Handley case, Funimation taking One Piece out of streaming, EVA 1.0’s North American Theatrical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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Since it was brought up extensively in the last few days, here’s Adam’s appearance on BiteTV’s The Surf with The Conventioneers. It was actually really good. It’s actually worth watching the rest of the show too, so check it out.


Also for those of you wondering, Mike will hopefully add the links of interests for the last three episodes within 24 hours…he just needs to find where he put that list…after he’s recovered from his Post Convention Syndrome.

Update: Links of Interest now added for Anime North episodes. Mike is wondering if there’s something he forgot…

Anime Roundtable #75

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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  • Links of Interest

    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