Archive for the ‘Podcast Episodes’ Category

Let’s be honest, when something happens you’re happy about, you’re not really picky about how it happened. Especially when you think it wouldn’t happen. But then sometimes you are curious about how the loose ends got tied up

On the heels of the news of Netflix Canada acquiring the rights to stream the Studio Ghibli catalogue on Monday, Zannen Canada’s Jesse Betteridge joins the virtual table to talk about what may have happened behind the scenes to make the deal happen, and who may have lost out on a missed opportunity

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, with guest Jesse Betteridge

Links of Interest

10 Years with Miyazaki Episode 1: Ponyo is Here


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Mike opens up with some thoughts on the current anti-racist protests (1:45). Then we actually start on the regular talk going back to the digest three weeks back (12:15), with the memorial service for Zac Bertschy (13:28), and the Japanese fallout from death of Hana Kimura and the price of fame in the reality television and social media age (19:56). Kevin then returns to give his thoughts on the first segment (42:20), and then the bullets (49:22)

– Cloud Matsuri, the UK’s noteworthy shot at the virtual con. And the announcements coming from it (49:44)

Tokyo Keizai article about Anime Industry’s reservations about Netflix (1:05:00)

– Studio Ghibli streaming, HBO Max and Canada (1:11:16)

Julian Lai Hung hired by Crunchyroll after working for Netflix (1:25:25)

– Shaman King anime reboot (1:28:37)

– The unveiling of the PS5. And the change of strategy in the initial hardware release (1:34:33)

Kota Fukihara passes away (1:41:26)

Shintaro Tsuji steps down as head of Sanrio at age 92 (1:44:35)

*laid out in actual bullets

And we’ll end off with what’s on our queue’s as the pandemic finally sees some light at the end of the tunnel (1:48:39). Count how many mic cut offs happen throughout the episode…and who got cut off

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Mohamed Sharmarke, Kevin Ng


Other Links

Kimberly Jones’ powerful statement on Black Anger

Entry on the I”s live action drama

The Untamed – Opening Sequence

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We look back on a difficult weekend for fandom on what would have been the final day of Anime North. First we look back on the legacy left by Zac Bertschy in light of his sudden passing last week (2:37). Then we talk about the death of professional wrestler and Terrace House star Hana Kimura (25:44). After we actually lament the Anime North that isn’t (37:39). Then we finally lighten it up by talking about what would be one of the highlights of Anime North, the online presentation of Anime Hell (40:33). And finally we talk about the Humble Manga Bundle if you’re into reading your manga with an “e” (49:40)

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng

In light of what was talked about in this episode, if you or anyone you know are having any suicidal thoughts, help is available. National suicide prevention lines are available in the US at 1-800-273-8255, and in Canada at 1-833-456-4566, also Canada has the Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868


Links of Interest

In Memoriam: Zac Bertschy

Zac Bertschy’s Personal Blog

Article on Hana Kimura’s Death

Anime Hell’s Blogspot Page

Humble Manga Bundle eManga Deal

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The head man behind Anime Lockdown, JP joins the Roundtable for an all encompasing chat on the online convention’s aftermath (6:07), the idea of doing the convention and things that happened during it, the merits and quirks of an “online convention” (10:30), and get JP’s thoughts on the other online shows about to happen (58:55). After the break we talked a little bit about the Geek Eire guys’ involvement – aka one of our three listeners – in Lockdown (1:19:40), and then reminiced about the early days of anime podcasting (1:22:40), and how enjoying content has changed (1:34:10), and the ultimate question as to a second Lockdown and what to look forward to in the YouTube channel (1:47:00), and we’ll end with a final thought for the Anime North that won’t happen this year (2:01:55) 

All this coming in at a whopping two plus hours (not under two as Mike first thought). We were more likely boring and not brief, but it certainly wasn’t the longest episode we’ve done

Mike, James, Kevin, Mohamed, with special guest JP from Anime Lockdown


Links of Interest

Anime Lockdown on Twitter

Anime Lockdown on YouTube

Official Announcement of Momiji’s Online Experience (Anime North’s Online Show)

Ani-Gamers Podcast – Anime Lockdown Review

Geek Eire Podcast on Spotify


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In a nod to the concept of necessity being the mother of all invention, the Roundtable makes history tonight with it’s first online episode…or at least starts to technologically play catch up…one or the other

After Mike, Kevin, and Moh show some contrition for episode 17 (and James disavows any responsibility for it), Mike updates the story that was on his mind a few weeks back (5:23), then everyone else updates their lives in the pandemic lockdown (7:08), including our thoughts on console video games. Then we talk about how the pandemic has affected the actual Japanese industry (36:15), and the Toronto anime scene (43:45). On the topic of coping in the COVID era, in the second half of the show we talk about Anime Lockdown and give our quick day one impressions (50:45), and other anime streaming options (1:27:22), before ending on other tech ways people have been dealing with COVID (1:36:32)

At least we remembered to hit the unmute buttons on the microphones

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke


Links of Interest

Report on the death of Kumiko Okae

Report on the death of Shu Wada

Anime Lockdown

Hoopla Digital Website

Sora News Report on Adult Video site offering free movies, and the site crashing

Anime Roundtable · 6ixTalk – Anime Roundtable v2.0 #18 – May 1 2020

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Producers note: This was taped before the COVID 19 pandemic reached serious levels, and before Anime North got cancelled. So this is even more out of date than usual. But we did want to share our thoughts at the time

Mike encourages people to count how many times he got wrong how many years had passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake as we start the episode by reflecting on it on its anniversary (5:05). Then we give our initial thoughts about COVID 19 as it started to make its mark on society and the anime industry (13:40). Then we talked about the success of the Korean movie Parasite (31:30). And finally we give thoughts on the current crop of movies in theatres (50:55), a Netflix recommendation (1:00:10), and some final convention thoughts (1:03) 

It’s amazing how much has changed since then

Mike Nicolas, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke


Links of Interest Coming Soon


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We start our first ramune filled episode of 2020 talking about Bell Let’s Talk Day (the episode was taped on January 29th), and Moh’s appearance in this year’s promotional ad. Then we talk about the North American theatrical run of Weathering with You (7:45), and the interview with Makoto Shinkai (25:05). Then G-Kids in theatres and a tangent on what James and Kevin are buying these days (43:20), and a shout out to a recovering Fred Schodt (52:00). With a final apology for being so long with this episode (54:05). 

Hopefully the next episode isn’t at Anime North

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke


Links of Interest 

Young Mohamed appearing in this year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day Promo


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There’s a lot to catch up on in two months. But we start way off topic with talking about the sports talk shows that were in the inspirations for the Roundtable with a brief history of sports and radio broadcasting in Toronto (4:50). Then we actually start talking anime, and the limited theatrical release of Promare in late September, and the gang’s individual experiences in going out to see it and the extra interviews at the end (31:21), and Mike’s thoughts as to fire being a recent theme in anime especially in light of the Kyoto Animation Fire and the culture of fire fighting and prevention (58:24)

In the Bullets Segment, we talk about more recent thoughts on the Cowboy Bebop live action (1:15:03), Rei Tanaka’s Anime Central Announcement…oh and her upcoming photo book (1:20:38), two shows that caught Mike’s attention on Netflix recently (1:28:00), Overwatch 2 with Toronto mentioned as a map (1:33:26), James and Mike give some thoughts on things worth watching including a Sherlock adaptation and an NHK World music show (1:46:33), and Kevin suggestions one final movie screening (2:02:20). And finally we give our reactions as IFF 2020 announces their first guest (2:04:45)

Hopefully we’re all caught up until December

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng

Links of Interest

Since we briefly mentioned it. The Reel Asian Film Festival

Bob McCown signs off for final time

Erin Davis’ book about loss

ESPN Tribute to John Saunders

The Toronto Mike’d Podcast

NHK Page Roots of Tokyo: Edo City of Fire

Netflix Live Action Cowboy Bebop Trailer

Rei Tanaka Does a Photoshoot

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 Promo

Midnight Diner Tokyo Stories Season Two Trailer

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We begin tonight on a reflective note as we commemorate 18 years since 9/11. Then we get to the episode young Moh wanted to do, but could attend the taping of himself as James and Kevin talk about seeing the North American premier of Weathering with You at the Toronto International Film Festival, with Makoto Shinkai in attendance (6:58). In the aftermath of the discussion, Mike brings up a book he’s been meaning to read that does use the 2011 earthquake as a plot device (43:50). Then he celebrates the end of the KOR Manga Kickstarter Oddesey (45:50)

We begin the bullets segment with further thoughts from the Kyoto Animation Fire (48:37), the latest in the Vic Mignogna saga in hopefully the shortest bullet ever (55:30), and some PR trouble for group for group that runs IFF/AnimeRevolution (58:38). And finally the latest in online buying (1:04:20), and the Community Calendar (1:13:48)

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng

Links of Interest

Makoto Shinkai’s Tweet as he arrived in Toronto for TIFF

When Toronto thinks “Sunshine Girl”, it’s likely something like this

New York Times Book Review of “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki

ANN article on AniRevo’s decision to let a serial harasser and sex offender attend

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The Kyoto Animation Studio arson dominates the start of this episode, more than three weeks afterwards. We take a step back and give our thoughts on the coverage and the immediate and long term affects on the industry, and remember some of the victims (22:50)

As we come back from the break we regard James and Neil’s lack of appearance (31:25), then we go into the Toronto Anime Community calendar with the Mississauga Japan Fest (35:50), Weathering with You’s North American premier at TIFF (38:35), screenings at the JCCC, and end off with Kevin talking about his upcoming trip to K-Con in LA (55:10)

Mike Nicolas, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke

Links of Interest

CBC News on the Kyoto Animation Arson

Susan Napier on the long term affects of the Kyoto Animation Arson

John Ledford Interview on NHK World’s Newsroom Tokyo

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