Archive for June, 2007

Looks like Mohamed has scored big in the pool with the pick up of his long shot Tokyo Majin. On top of that he gets the full points for guessing that ADV would pick it up and announce it in a press release. Once again, with triple points on long shots, that’s 15 points.

Here’s the updated scores.

Mohamed Sharmarke: 19
James Austin: 11
Dean Colak: 4
Mike Nicolas: 4

And once again, Anime Expo is this weekend. Expect things to get interesting.

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License Pool Update

Looks like all four of us are now on the board since we all guessed that 5cm per Second would get licensed. No surprise, it was taken by ADV. Theatrical release is planned for the fall, and a DVD is set for December. I am looking forward to it.

However James Austin gets a full five points for this because he guessed the announcement would come via press release, which it did via ICv2. So to update the scores…

James Austin: 11
Dean Colak: 4
Mike Nicolas: 4
Mohamed Sharmarke: 4

James has opened up a 7 point lead with Anime Expo a little more than a week away.

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Our special with the owners of The Comic Den Mississauga continues. We’ll start with giving some respect for Seven Seas over the Nymphet controversy, and some memories of Canada Customs. Then, a bullets segment where we talk about Death Note in China, and crime in Akihabara. Also, more phone calls and knocks at the door. And ramune now joins the ranks of pop rocks and rock candy as stuff that make themselves heard on the mics.

This topping off the longest episode yet. And it was as good as it was long.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Terry Visser, Anthony Visser. (41:25)

Listen to it here, or download from the links below.

Links of Interest:

Articles on banning of Death Note in China, and the student backlash

Details on Daily Yomiuri report on increasing crime in Akihabara

Twelve Girls Band Official Website

Charcot Marie Tooth Association. Information on the disorder that Terry Visser has

Promo: Anime Pacific

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Part one of our special episode with the owners of The Comic Den Mississauga. First up we’ll reminisce over the last 28 years in business. Then we’ll talk about the Nymphet controversy…you expect us not to talk about it?

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Terry Visser, Anthony Visser. (57:25)

Listen to it here, or download directly from the links below.

Links of Interest:

Translation of Blog Entry by the Nymphet creator Kaworu Watashiya on the North American Cancellation

Blog Entry by Seven Seas President Jason DeAngelis on the Nymphet cancellation

Promo: Fast Karate For the Gentleman

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James and I taped the Comic Den episode earlier this afternoon with the owners in their soon to be emptied former location. It was one of the longest episodes we ever did, and the conversation was as good as it was long. And we taped it while people were coming by to pick up various fixtures and shelves from the store they had sold.

This was the day after the store had closed for the final time and I’ll tell you that there was still quite the flurry of people looking for deals there. James actually found one final deal before we left after the taping.

The episode will be in two parts, and will hopefully be up by Tuesday morning. Please give it a listen, you’ll hear some great insight from two guys who have been in the comics, anime, and manga selling business for almost three decades. I’ll be giving this a top priority edit this evening.

Even though they will still be spending the rest of June packing up the location, James and I couldn’t help but think that we just stepped out of the store for the absolute final time.

Update: Sorry for the delay.  Decided to add some pics for the Enhanced version.  Encoding going on as I type.

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21 is Anime Roundtable’s 13 or 4. So here’s what we decided to put up from the ill fated episode from our first night at Anime North. First, a brief re-hash of our conversation on the controversy surrounding manga cafes and rental shops in Asia and North America. Then we will have a word from Anime North as one of the organizers come on the show. Also we will talk about what happened to ep. 21, version 1. Hopefully putting the ghosts of 21 finally to rest.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Mohamed Sharmarke, Angela Jordan. With special guest Norm McEvoy. (38:14)

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I mentioned during the last episode that we were planning to tape our show at Comic Den in Mississauga on the last day they’re in business, which is this Sunday. Unfortunately we won’t be able to do that on Sunday, I have to work in the evening.

However, we will be taping an episode with the owners of the store not too long after, hopefully a day or so later. So please look forward to it. It should come up faster than ep. 21…I should get to that soon.

In the meantime, please give them a visit before it’s all said and done on Sunday. Link is on the side there, and there’s plenty of good stuff still to be had.

Update:  We’re aiming to tape early Monday afternoon, June 11th.  What we’re gonna talk about is rather obvious.  Comic Den heard about the controversy concerning Kodomo no Jikan, but until yesterday hadn’t seen visuals…

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