Archive for May, 2008

Mike and James apologize and look back on the headache that was the Saturday night (early Sunday) taping of the historic episode 50 at Anime North. Despite all of the off topic talk (which was edited out and will be made available on a later date), we did manage to talk for a very long time about the Jojo’s controversy. Then our annual visit from Norm as he chimes in on the controversy and how the convention had gone to that point. Then Mike and James apologize again. Sho Ga Nai (It can’t be helped)

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Neil Sinclair, Adam Grant, with appearance by Norm McEvoy (1:00:23)

Also a quick reminder to check out pics from the tapings from our Facebook group.


Promo: ANime ONline Podcast (formerly ATTO)



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And almost right on cue after taping the 50th episode with both Adam and Neil…I need a few days to both recover AND decide what to do with what was recorded. Because of that, the episode won’t come on for at least a few days. If you were at the actual recording of the episode at Anime North on Saturday night, you’ll know what I mean.

Anyway, I have to continue recovering…

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I don’t know if it was us trying to deal with the feedback with the speakers in the room (something we rarely use), or the fact it was 11:30pm and we were all very tired, but it might sound a little faded. Apologies in advance.

In our first episode this year from Anime North, we once again come back to Makoto Shinkai. Then talk about the themes in the Animania documentary taped at AN in 2006. Finally three bullets, Japanese takes on manga with heart, Takeshi Murakami’s 15 million dollar sale, and Jojo’s tension with Islam.

And at the end of it all, we say goodbye to Angela who will be heading for Japan to teach english beginning in August.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Angela Jordan, Mohamed Sharmarke (1:05:35)


Links of Interest

What Japan Thinks are their most moving manga

Icarus Blog on the Murakami figure auction with picture of “Hiropon” (NSFW)

Gawker Blog on the auction with a picture of the figure “My Lonesome Cowboy” (NSFW…what a surprise)

Japan Probe on the Jojo’s Muslim controversy


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Here are the details for our second year of shows at Canada’s biggest Anime convention.

We’ll be taping two episodes of the podcast live at Anime North on Friday and Saturday night at 11pm in the New York Room (aka Video Room 4) in the Doubletree Hotel. This will be part of the Late Night Programming. Check the Anime North website for the entire schedule.

The taping session is usually about 2 hours long because we’ll be fully setting up the studio from scratch, hopefully actually taping around 11:30 each time. But we hope you can drop on by right from 11pm, we’ll be having a few giveaways and surprises as things go from start to finish.  Just so you know, the best parts are always likely to happen when the tape recorder is off.

If you miss the tapings don’t worry, we’ll be putting up each episode before 6am the following morning. Consider it a good way to wake up before each day of the con.

And to answer the question now, Neil and Adam are set to do the Saturday episode together…..consider that your warning in advance.

We hope you can join me and the rest of the crew for a fun evening of anime talk and con news as it happens. Or at least come out and actually put a face to the voices you regularly hear on the show. See you on Friday Night!!

Update: Since a few of you have asked. We should let you know who’s set to do which episode. Mike and James will be doing both episodes. Mohamed and Angela will join us on Friday, and Neil and Adam as mentioned will be on tap for Saturday. Now to cover my ass I’ll also add these are subject to change. There may be a few surprises in store.

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In our first episode in more than a month, and the final one before Anime North, we talk about the licenses that happened around another convention, and the questions that have arisen from them. Then our attention turns to Japan. First what they feel are the best anime features of all time, and then bad behavior in Akihabara.

And we do it with two Austins. Trust me, when you hear them, you’ll know they’re related.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Enrico Bianco, Matt Austin. (1:05:45)

Links of Interest

Pictures of the Limited Edition Lucky Star t-shirts (you know you want to see this).

Increased patrols in Akihabara.

Asuka Sawamoto’s arrest in Akihabara.

Anime Genesis

Since we mentioned this. Here’s what happened when Howie Mandel saw the models from the Filipino version of Deal or No Deal make their entrance.

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