With this week being the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mike shares his thoughts on what perhaps the most least appreciated english translated manga set during that time. And the legacy of the story on the discussion of the bombing itself

Links of Interest

Wikipedia Entry on Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

Asian Wiki Entry on 2018 TV Adaptation

Asian Wiki Entry on 2008 Movie Adaptation

Moh couldn’t make it tonight and sent his regards. The scraps left over talked about the previous weekend’s online convention offerings (10:35) with Anime North’s Momiji’s Online Experience (13:08), and Comic Con @Home (36:07), along with their differences, what was actually seen, and how both their online versions were pretty similar to their traditional convention counterparts

In the second half of the show we briefly talk about Toshihiro Nagoshi’s (Yakuza’s Director) praise of Ghosts of Tsushima and how video game development differs in Japan and other parts of the world (51:53), the current issues with Sentai Filmworks in light of Crunchyroll taking down a chunk of their titles (1:05:25). Then each member of the roundtable makes a single recommendation to read or watch right now (1:14:45), and we end off on a follow up to a story we mentioned two years ago on the One World Kimono Project (1:30:10)

All this before Mike finally finished Yakuza 0 a few hours later

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng

Links of Interest to Come


Editor’s Note: It took Mike more than ten days between taping this episode and eventually posting it. If you listen very closely, you’ll know why that happened pretty quickly

We give our recaps of Funimation Con, Anime Expo Lite, and Aniplex Online a week after they had happened. Kevin and James talk at length on the licenses announced peppered with further thoughts on the digital and physical distribution of manga, light novels, and even video games (3:10). Then a thought on the concerts seen (37:30). And we finish by looking ahead to Anime North and Otakuthon’s online offerings (45:22)

Hopefully the turnaround for the next episode won’t take double digit days

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke

Links of Interest to come

We start the talk that matters with Mike’s thoughts after finishing the Wotakoi anime and starting Yakuza 0 (5:15), then first impressions of Funimation Con and Anime Expo Lite and look ahead to the continuation of those and Aniplex Online (14:39)

In the second segment, we’ll revisit the Terrace House/Hana Kimura fallout (47:08), and Ghibli on Netflix Canada story with Mohamed (51:12), and wonder where do Canadian Anime fans sit in the grand scheme of worldwide fandom (54:40). And then we end of on something concerning a life sized Re:Zero model (1:10:24)

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke

Links of Interest to Come

Let’s be honest, when something happens you’re happy about, you’re not really picky about how it happened. Especially when you think it wouldn’t happen. But then sometimes you are curious about how the loose ends got tied up

On the heels of the news of Netflix Canada acquiring the rights to stream the Studio Ghibli catalogue on Monday, Zannen Canada’s Jesse Betteridge joins the virtual table to talk about what may have happened behind the scenes to make the deal happen, and who may have lost out on a missed opportunity

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, with guest Jesse Betteridge

Links of Interest

10 Years with Miyazaki Episode 1: Ponyo is Here


Mike opens up with some thoughts on the current anti-racist protests (1:45). Then we actually start on the regular talk going back to the digest three weeks back (12:15), with the memorial service for Zac Bertschy (13:28), and the Japanese fallout from death of Hana Kimura and the price of fame in the reality television and social media age (19:56). Kevin then returns to give his thoughts on the first segment (42:20), and then the bullets (49:22)

– Cloud Matsuri, the UK’s noteworthy shot at the virtual con. And the announcements coming from it (49:44)

Tokyo Keizai article about Anime Industry’s reservations about Netflix (1:05:00)

– Studio Ghibli streaming, HBO Max and Canada (1:11:16)

Julian Lai Hung hired by Crunchyroll after working for Netflix (1:25:25)

– Shaman King anime reboot (1:28:37)

– The unveiling of the PS5. And the change of strategy in the initial hardware release (1:34:33)

Kota Fukihara passes away (1:41:26)

Shintaro Tsuji steps down as head of Sanrio at age 92 (1:44:35)

*laid out in actual bullets

And we’ll end off with what’s on our queue’s as the pandemic finally sees some light at the end of the tunnel (1:48:39). Count how many mic cut offs happen throughout the episode…and who got cut off

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Mohamed Sharmarke, Kevin Ng


Other Links

Kimberly Jones’ powerful statement on Black Anger

Entry on the I”s live action drama

The Untamed – Opening Sequence

We look back on a difficult weekend for fandom on what would have been the final day of Anime North. First we look back on the legacy left by Zac Bertschy in light of his sudden passing last week (2:37). Then we talk about the death of professional wrestler and Terrace House star Hana Kimura (25:44). After we actually lament the Anime North that isn’t (37:39). Then we finally lighten it up by talking about what would be one of the highlights of Anime North, the online presentation of Anime Hell (40:33). And finally we talk about the Humble Manga Bundle if you’re into reading your manga with an “e” (49:40)

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng

In light of what was talked about in this episode, if you or anyone you know are having any suicidal thoughts, help is available. National suicide prevention lines are available in the US at 1-800-273-8255, and in Canada at 1-833-456-4566, also Canada has the Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868


Links of Interest

In Memoriam: Zac Bertschy

Zac Bertschy’s Personal Blog

Article on Hana Kimura’s Death

Anime Hell’s Blogspot Page

Humble Manga Bundle eManga Deal

The head man behind Anime Lockdown, JP joins the Roundtable for an all encompasing chat on the online convention’s aftermath (6:07), the idea of doing the convention and things that happened during it, the merits and quirks of an “online convention” (10:30), and get JP’s thoughts on the other online shows about to happen (58:55). After the break we talked a little bit about the Geek Eire guys’ involvement – aka one of our three listeners – in Lockdown (1:19:40), and then reminiced about the early days of anime podcasting (1:22:40), and how enjoying content has changed (1:34:10), and the ultimate question as to a second Lockdown and what to look forward to in the YouTube channel (1:47:00), and we’ll end with a final thought for the Anime North that won’t happen this year (2:01:55) 

All this coming in at a whopping two plus hours (not under two as Mike first thought). We were more likely boring and not brief, but it certainly wasn’t the longest episode we’ve done

Mike, James, Kevin, Mohamed, with special guest JP from Anime Lockdown


Links of Interest

Anime Lockdown on Twitter

Anime Lockdown on YouTube

Official Announcement of Momiji’s Online Experience (Anime North’s Online Show)

Ani-Gamers Podcast – Anime Lockdown Review

Geek Eire Podcast on Spotify


In a nod to the concept of necessity being the mother of all invention, the Roundtable makes history tonight with it’s first online episode…or at least starts to technologically play catch up…one or the other

After Mike, Kevin, and Moh show some contrition for episode 17 (and James disavows any responsibility for it), Mike updates the story that was on his mind a few weeks back (5:23), then everyone else updates their lives in the pandemic lockdown (7:08), including our thoughts on console video games. Then we talk about how the pandemic has affected the actual Japanese industry (36:15), and the Toronto anime scene (43:45). On the topic of coping in the COVID era, in the second half of the show we talk about Anime Lockdown and give our quick day one impressions (50:45), and other anime streaming options (1:27:22), before ending on other tech ways people have been dealing with COVID (1:36:32)

At least we remembered to hit the unmute buttons on the microphones

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke


Links of Interest

Report on the death of Kumiko Okae

Report on the death of Shu Wada

Anime Lockdown

Hoopla Digital Website

Sora News Report on Adult Video site offering free movies, and the site crashing

Anime Roundtable · 6ixTalk – Anime Roundtable v2.0 #18 – May 1 2020

Mike wanted to try and gather the others for a social distancing Roundtable. However he’s just left isolated instead and only has this story to tell about the Roundtable’s return a few years ago and the guy who told him to bring it back to the basics