Anime Roundtable v2.0 #31 – December 27 2020

The final episode of 2020 begins with our White Christmas with the usual COVID updates and confessions with a nice anime link to the first vaccine shots in Canada

12:20 – Moh gives his thoughts as we follow up on the Crunchyroll/Funimation Sony situation

26:17 – Kent State University and Ohio State lawmakers clash over a Susan Napier book on Anime

Promo – The Skeleton House Podcast: This is like the third time we’ve played their promo. So yeah, we can use more promos. If you’re a podcast, let us know if you have one

49:47 – Discotek did another Twitch presentation, and it was spectacular. We give our takeaways, the licenses we’re looking forward to, and out thoughts on some of the technical details they mentioned

1:14:14 – Kodansha vs illegal uploads

1:22:13 – Anime North 2021 rescheduled for July. What will be different? What will be the same? And most importantly, will it actually happen?

Then we bring back Final Insults for the first time in version two (1:29:43)

1:30:27 – Kevin looks back on his waning faith in humanity and leadership during the pandemic. And then gives a thought for Japanese singer ELISA. With Mike pointing out that unfortunately this is yet another in a string of such incidents

1:35:25 – Moh gives an emphatic thumbs down to Wonder Woman 1984. And Kevin joins in

1:40:59 – James expresses his frustration with Funimation on a few recent fronts, from their Switch app, to their handling of their release of Violet Evergarden (especially as a tribute to the KyoAni fire victims), to Akira in 4k BluRay. And Kevin joins in

1:50:30 – Mike looks back on the darkest personal moments of the pandemic, and wonders if he’s spent his sudden free time wisely. While at the same time admitting that it both helped him rediscover being a fan again, and made the podcast better

1:55:20 – Finally we give details on an upcoming special episode

This week’s drinking game: Take a shot everytime you hear the word “upshot”, then take one more to say “up yours” to 2020 at the end

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke

(Opening Theme provided by Scott Holmes Music)

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