Anime Roundtable v2.0 #44 – June 12 2021: The Anime North Hangover

The return episode from Anime North begins by looking back on The Stay At Home Edition. Mainly the things Mike missed, like current references, and the fact that familiar people were watching in the Twitch stream

Then we start our episode with music as a common thread. First with the On Mike’s Mind story from a few days ago (12:04)

13:50 – We talked about the difference between the anime and manga versions of Boys Be

15:08 – We talk about how the different covers and the original version of Hatsukoi were different. And how City Pop was the original version? Geoff give’s Mike a quick opinion

18:11 – We attempt to answer the question Mike asked in the story. And other common sounds in fandom

Then we do a nice little trasition in talking about Miku Expo Online. With the gang trying to give Mike a quick primer on the current Miku world and virtual idol universe (24:00)

26:10 – Geoff and Kevin have differing views on whether or not Miku’s popularity is waning. With Geoff pointing to how the pandemic has hurt short term, and Kevin feeling that competition will have a long term impact. With a talk about how the visual technology behind Miku’s appearance has evolved, and the culture of watching streamers in general (virtual blurring into reality in a different way)

34:05 – Then the business of the virtual idol. First with merchandise, and then an acknowledgement of the tradtional idol industry’s role in all this

37:31 – Kevin has a traumatic flashback to his experience at a Toronto Miku Concert…to the point we can imagine the blood coming out of his ears

41:00 – Mike comes back to the audio technology of Vocaloid and some of the complications of replicating tradtional singing voices

44:28 – Finally, the idea of the Miku universe giving rise to amature “dojin” songwriters and musicians. So what constitutes “official” here? And how that’s started to confuse Mike when looking for Hatsune Miku music on streaming services

Then we get right into the Bullets Segment (49:00)

49:26 – Yoko Kanno confirmed to be composing original music for the live action Cowboy Bebop series. It was well received news, but ultimately wasn’t surprising to Mike and James

54:00 – Netflix picking up the latest two live action Rurouni Kenshin movies. We talk about the acquisition and how the personal failings of its creator couldn’t hinder it. With another angle on the “how much should the Japanese entertainment industry (should) care about the international audience” discussion

1:02:16 – Discotek’s quarterly mini panel and what was announced, with a very superficial discussion as to how well received the announcements were (really it’s very subjective)

And to end off we recap items on the Community Calendar 1:10:52

1:11:13 – The Toronto Japanese Film Festival Online is ongoing. Full festival passes are sold out, but individual tickets are still available

1:13:18 – The Japan Foundation Toronto’s Parallel Worlds translating manga discussions

1:14:24 – And a reminder of Anime Roundtable’s playlist on Spotify. With a story behind one of the songs on it, and its tie to a former Toronto Blue Jay’s appearance on the Korean version of the Masked Singer

This Week’s Drinking Game: Take a shot everytime you hear Moh’s voice (which kinda tells you how much he spoke in the episode)

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke, Geoff Greig

Theme song provided by Scott Holmes Music

Links of Interest to Come

Apparently you hear this piece a lot in various anime shows
Hatsune Miku’s 2014 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman
Remote Control from the Toronto stop of Miku Expo 2016
Former MLB (Blue Jays, Mariners, Brewers, Nationals), KBO (NC Dinos), and current Yomiuri Giant, Eric Thames on the Korean Masked Singer

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