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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

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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

After weathering yet another illness, our second episode at Anime North begins with thoughts on Anime North’s second day (except for Austin, he went on another TCAF rave). Then as Neil and Geoff mention to Mike a few of the shows they’ve been watching to get him up to speed, Mike asks about where anime fandom sits in the rest of geek culture, with an amazing insight from one of AN’s longtime organizers along with memories of the Conservative Convention from 2017

Mike Nicolas, Geoff Greig, Neil Sinclair. With guest appearances by James Austin and Norm McEvoy

The return episode of Anime Roundtable starts appropriately from Anime North. After seeing illness nearly wipeout the show, it’s somehow brought back to life with late shows and pinch hitters up to our first four mic episode in the 6ixTalk incarnation. We unfortunately start by talking about the Bombay Bhel bombing in Mississauga (and how it hits close to home), day one impressions, a brief rehash on our Makoto Shinkai debates, and look forward to day two

Mike Nicolas, Kevin Ng, Don La Rosa, Geoff Greig