Anime Roundtable v2.0 #62 – February 20 2022: Who’s the Good Boy?

Who says dogs don’t smile? This episode is dedicated to Timmy (2008-2022)

We begin after yet another week off in the middle of a long weekend in the Toronto area, how the holiday is called different things in different parts of the country, with James giving a history lesson behind a version of that holiday out west (which was also a really good historical graphic novel), and a COVID update as the Ottawa protests come to an end (cue the PSA)

Find out on how this conversation somehow links to a talk on Mamoru Hosoda

Then we talk the end of the Winter Olympics with Mike talking about Japan’s silver in Women’s Curling. Which leads to a talk about the popularity of the sport in Japan and the US. Would a hit anime or manga help?

Then getting to business…

37:07 – Mike gives the Coles Notes of the Japan Society online presentation on Japanese Pop Culture: Connecting the World through Manga and Anime with Roland Kelts, Julia Mechler, and Bill Tsutsui

And then we do The Bullets (1:30:05)

1:32:50 – Nintendo is closing their 3DS and WiiU eShops in 2023. We talk about the concerns that this announcement has brought up, on the topic of legacy

1:59:11 – And finally the Anime Community Calendar with the ongoing Japan Foundation Film Festival Plus, and panel submissions and hotel reservations for Anime North begin on March 1st

This week’s drinking game: Take a shot after getting through two hours of this. It’s been a while

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

Opening Theme: “FUBUKI – Snowstorm” performed by Pico Masaki

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