Archive for February, 2009

Ever wondered what the show would sound like if it was recorded on just the default mic of the recording laptop? Well that’s what happened for the first 45 mins this week as Mike forgot to properly hook the board in before recording. Didn’t help when Garageband stalled a few times during the episode, or in the last ten minutes of the segment when the iBook’s cooling fan come on…

Anyway in all of that, some Canadian related items, seyuu stalkers hoping to strike back, Makoto Shinkai Day, the use of video game controllers in crime, and music that helps girls “bust out”.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant (1:45:20)

Links of Interest

Canadian libraries looking to ban literature?
Haruna Ikezawa’s alleged stalker looking to sue? (NSFW)
Brazilian man holding woman hostage with a Sega light gun
Music helping increase bust size?
Japan Foundation Toronto hosting anime lectures

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Anime Roundtable #65

Mike had wished to keep the episode under two hours. But when Megan’s ex-boyfriend and Adam’s co-host makes his first appearance on the show, Mike can just keep wishing. In this two plus hour infomercial for TATANS, we talk about the relevance of cultures in fiction (especially anime) in light of the last couple weeks, more Japanese crime related to anime, more moe related products, and more on Funimation’s buying spree and the wishlist for stuff they’re already doing. Then Mike unveils details on the show’s very first contest…no seriously.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant, Brent Chittenden (2:15:18)

Links of Interest

Moé Scale product page
Funimation’s Fan Wishlist

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Mike sighs as he needs Rant Space to once again talk about credentials and credibility in the anime fandom and industry circles in North America. This after being called ignorant and disrespectful to the industry, by a member of the industry. Mike wonders if this was worth his time in the end, but spent it to show respect to this particular member of the industry. Clearly more than what this person really deserves.

Mike Nicolas (15:37)


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Megan uses her cell phone to Gabcast her dating tips to geeks, and her thoughts about dating in the the geek sense. It really isn’t all that complicating.

Megan Swaine (3:20)



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Anime Roundtable #64

Plenty of everything this week, anger, laughter, insults, and time (lots of it). Oh yeah, and maybe some good material to ponder too. We start this week by answering a call out on the blog. Then we talk at length about Valentines Day in Japan, and the latest in gifts for the girls this year. Finally in the bullets themselves, we briefly look at some of the announcements from the New York Comic Con, dramatic news from the companies in Japan, and a controversial hentai game (even by typical hentai standards), being pulled from Amazon.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant, Enrico Bianco (2:00:07)


Links of Interest

The comments for Space to Rant #1
Japanese Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day This Year
Valentine’s Day FAIL!!
News on Amazon’s pulling of Rapelay in the Belfast Telegraph
J-Babe of the Week #19: Nina Minami (Sooooo safe for work)
A preview of Ed Jacob’s book on Love Hotels

Anime Genesis
ANime ONline Podcast

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The other members of the Roundtable finally begin to take up some Rant Space. So while we wait for the taping of the next episode, Enrico looks back one of our last episodes of 2008 and gives his honest feelings about Crunchyroll’s current direction.

Enrico Bianco (5:11)

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Anime Roundtable #63

Adam talks about the weird experience watching Kodocha without the original theme song, which leads to a discussion about the use of likeness in Japanese media. Then, not much in the way of news this week, so the group plays Over/Under in looking ahead to the year in the anime and manga industry. Bullets wise, we look at the disturbing case of a missing 14 year old girl with a 43 year old man headed for an anime con and wonder why it doesn’t happen more, thoughts on the tease concerning the next Haruhi anime series, and adult items being promoted with adult titles…which may or may not make any sense.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Adam Grant (1:34:20)


Links of Interests

Catholic Priest in Osaka arrested for molestation
Condoms with a hentai twist
Danny Choo’s Awesome Oppai Mouse Pad Experience (NSFW)
Dead or Alive Kasumi Mouse Pad

Ninja Consultant
Dave and Joel’s Fast Karate For The Gentleman

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