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It’s a very Seinfeld-ish episode. Or at least one that wasn’t prepared. Geoff adds his two cents on the NFT and Scott Pilgram talk from last week, Moh shakes his head on the Netflix price increase news. Then after we look at the latest Anime North news, Mike poses a question on one of the great male protagonists of the medium before finally looking…
 
We begin 2022 with some significant stories already with the acquisitions of Sentai and Retrocrush and what could the future hold. Then we talk about a manga episode that’s not coming soon to a digital device near you…kind of like a COVID update. We end of the real talk by mentioning some Lum and NetflixNew stories, New Theme Music, New Year. Hopef…
 
In our final 2021 episode, we decided to take a peek at anime’s gossip column and talk about Runa Narumi. After we look at the changes at the winter Comiket which was set to happen. Then we wind down the year by looking back on the things that made an impression on us after a tough second pandemic filled holiday seasonMike Nicolas, James Austin, Ke…
 
The rest of the Roundtable join Mike and James for a live Space Heater Chat for Christmas Eve. After talking about hunting for PS5s (and the let down of a successful one), we try to talk at length about some of the buzz surrounding the new Rurouni Kenshin anime series, as the past its creator Nobuhiro Watsuki comes back out of the shadows again and…
 
On the happy side we talk Ken Akamatsu’s political ambitions, Discotek, and Jump Festa on the bookends. Sandwiched in between is the depressing stuff like COVID, Sayaka Kanda, and Hana Kimura in the second last Roundtable of 2021Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed SharmarkeVisit our website for more information and links:https://animeroun…
 
We look back on the first live-stream a few days back both on the presentation, and content. We talk the Totally Not Mark/Toei situation, the cancellation of Cowboy Bebop, and the deaths of both the Bebop anime’s screenwriter (among other things), and the lead man behind the NES and SNESMike Nicolas, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke, Geoff GreigVisit ou…
 
Anime Roundtable v2.0 Space Heater Chat - December 8 2021: Faces for RadioMike and James gave a live-stream a try for the first time…AND IT FAILED MISERABLY. Care to see how so? But we taped this the evening after the Totally Not Mark/Toei situation publicly broke. So we check the nuts and bolts of it, as well as give our usual thoughtsHow did we l…
 
We begin December shorthanded. But somehow we do get in a good length episode. We talk more Cowboy Bebop a couple weeks after the live action has come out, and we’ve seen more of it. Then we have a pandemic conversation as it takes another twist, as talk a little Anime NYC and Anime North in the midst of that. Geoff talks Jojo’s on Netflix, James t…
 
Some quick analysis from Mike, Moh, and Geoff after seeing a few episodes of the Cowboy Bebop live action series on Netflix, and then compare it with their blurry memories of the anime series. And how it sets the table for future live action adaptationsKevin is just along for the ride…*Oh yeah, spoiler alerts in our talk concerning Cowboy Bebop (an…
 
In our first regular episode in more than a month, we finish off the conversation that started with the Halloween Space Heater Chat. Then since Netflix talked this week, we talked Netflix, before ending off with stuff we think you should check outMike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed Sharmarke, Geoff GreigVisit our website for more informat…
 
Mike and Kevin wanted to at least get a second recording in October before it ended (so we saved it until the final hours). So we talked Halloween, Yomacon and Scans, EVA fashion, more Cowboy Bebop, some actual Japanese headlines, supply issues affecting manga, and things coming on to the Crave streaming service that caught Mike's attentionVisit ou…
 
The Canadian Thanksgiving episode was a cornucopia of little appetizers of headlines that came together for a big meal. James and Kevin talked about NYCC and the fall season. Some streaming news concerning Demon Slayer and Lupin III, a few notable (rightful or wrongful) figures passing, the new Japanese PM and his take on the country’s soft power i…
 
Mike started off talking about venturing into someone else’s fandom (being a casual eSports watcher), and that leads to a conversation about a trio of articles that highlight the industry’s current crossroads as its fandom increases. And that leads to talk again about upcoming live actions and Hollywood Adaptations. And that leads to Kevin finally …
 
We begin the 50th episode of 2.0 by sharing our memories on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Then with summer ending, we look back on it by revisiting some of the stories coming from there in a pretty much all bullets rewindMike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Geoff GreigVisit our website for more information and links:https://animeroundtable.wordpre…
 
So how do we spend the 50th recording of the Pandemic Series…well it isn’t a proper RoundtableSPOILER WARNING!! We do talk a fair amount about the plot of the movie. So if you haven’t seen it yet and don't want to be surprised…Yup we saw Shang Chi. Yup we have thoughts on it. We’ll talk about it in terms of certain plot specifics, the dynamics of t…
 
James returns to the table for the first time in almost a month for a chat. So we talk video game stores, COVID, Olympics and Paralympics and scandals, Sony ruling the world, EVA ruling the world, an industry thought with Comic Con and Sentai, before finally talking about what’s presently in our queues with a thought on NHK World at the endVisit ou…
 
We quiz Geoff on last week’s Space Heater chat, which he didn’t listen to, and still passed. Then we talked about the Crunchyroll/Sony deal which had been examined by the US Department of Justice, and still passed. Moh experiments with a new gameshow idea, and Mike failed it miserably. And we acknowledge the passing of pioneer Fred LaddMike Nicolas…
 
Anime Roundtable v2.0 Space Heater Chat - August 7 2021: We’re Talking MangaMike, Moh, and Kevin decided to sit around the space heater and give their takes on what the manga industry said at their Comic Con Panel a few weeks ago. Really they tried to tie in what was said at the panel with many of the other stories and themes that have already been…
 
We talk Olympics one week in and look for more pop culture references within it. Then we talk the French in relation to Japanese Pop Culutre. In brief we talk about the head of Kadokawa and stuff he said, and GameStop and what they said about their Canadian presence. Then we encourage you on some panels to watch, convention to attend, and eBooks to…
 
Mike and Moh shoot the breeze and talk Olympics and some of the Japanese and Pop Cultural reference noticed as its first weekend winds down in this very tangental, unvarnished, and unedited chatCorrections: Mike gave the wrong name of CBC’s Japanese Cultural contributor, author and lawyer Mark Sakamoto. He apologizes for the error, and encouages li…
 
We begin by looking back on Anime Lockdown and the parts of it which caught our attention. Then we look back on what happened during the Anime Tube Kickstarter controversy and compare it with other companies that tried to come into the Japanese Pop Culture space. Among the items we talk about in brief, weapon plushies, Judgement, and Demon Slayer a…
 
This week we start to look at how the second summer convention season in pandemic times is shaping up. Then we take a brief look at Olympic promotions; the latest on Gundam, Robotech, and Evangelion on various streaming services; Rumiko Takahashi’s work habits as an anniversary comes for one of her earlier titles, Hikaru Utada, and some manga items…
 
We wanted to do just an episode full of Bullet headlines, but it got cannonballed by a thread of Demon Slayer headlines, anchored by an article by Friend of the Show Matt Alt on the phenomenon and how it can shake things up in the future. When we finally got off the Demon Slayer train, we talked about another manga digital service, and the sex driv…
 
We stick with a music theme in our Anime North hangover episode. We talk about what was on Mike’s mind a few days back with his story about Kozo Murashita and his 1983 pop classic Hatsukoi. Then try to help Mike understand Hatsune Miku. Then we quickly talk Yoko Kanno, the Kenshin movies on Netflix, and Discotek’s presentation on Twitch. Before end…
 
Mike makes a guarantee that by the end of this, he’ll make you sick of one specific song. This time he tells the story of that song, its appearance in multiple anime titles (and how it got him to watch one of them), its original artist from almost 40 years ago, and how another song he performed was in one of the most beloved anime love stories from…
 
The Knights of the Anime Roundtable made its live stream debut as part of the recent Anime North Stay at Home Edition. So in the 70 or so minutes we were given, we looked back on the legacy of the late Kentaro Miura and wonder what’s to become of his beloved title Berzerk. Then we play a full edition of Yes or No, with thoughts on Yasuke, Miyazaki,…
 
In the final episode before the live edition at the Anime North Stay at Home Edition, we look back on last week’s Space Heater Chat by recaping TCAF and trying to explain Canadian Parliament Bill C-10 in fifteen minutes or less (big fail), then we do some bullet headlines on what Japanese want in terms of live actions, what Yen Press wants in terms…
 
Mike and James return in another unvarnished and unedited talk. We tried to rush this in mainly because Mike wanted to get back to watching the final of the first Overwatch League tournament of the season. But you know that’s wishful thinkingWe come back to the Sony and their backtrack on their decision to close their legacy Playstation Stores with…
 
This week, after looking back on some lingering thoughts between fan and industry convention post pandemic, we look at the latest Asian battle lines in the evolving competition between video streaming services at length. Then in brief we talk the North American Box Office, WWE getting into the anime game, J-Novel Club having a new majority owner, t…
 
JP from Anime Lockdown pays the Roundtable a visit to talk at length about the future of the online convention one year later and how things have changed in that time. Then he sits in on the bullets, where we talk about company moves on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and manga print runs in Japan during the pandemicThat’s the quick summary, of c…
 
We start this week by talking Anime North with Social Media Coordinator Chris Nebelsky as he helps peel back the curtain a little bit behind the scenes. We talk about the move away from in person conventions during the pandemic, to the online versions that took place last year and the upcoming one in MayThen the rest of the Roundtable gathers with …
 
Mike and James go unvarnished and unedited again, with the thinking that this will now be a regular featureWe start by talking the latest in the local COVID fight (spoiler: on the ropes, with a possible TKO coming), which leads into Canadian movie theatre plans for things like the upcoming Violet Evergarden and Demon Slayer movie runs. With a thoug…
 
After acknowledging both Atlanta and COVID, we talk about Canadian movie theatres preparing to sell tickets for the Violet Evergarden and Demon Slayer movies this week. Then we talk about the US DOJ wanting to take an extended anti trust investigation into the Sony/Crunchyroll deal. Then we talk at length about the Japan America Society of Dallas/F…
 
We seriously begin by looking back on both the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the verdict in the deadly Yonge Street Van Attack before asking the others to look back on the podcast’s 15th anniversaryWhen we finally start talking anime, we end up talking Discotek, take aways from Icv2’s manga week interviews, Playstation Ne…
 
There have been many people who have been in and out sitting around the Anime Roundtable throught the years, but two guys have remained a constantMike Nicolas and James Austin sit down and reminisce on the Roundtable’s fifteen year journey. From its beginnings at a university anime club, to the highs of Official Status at Anime North, to the lows o…
 
We didn’t realize that this would be the 15th anniversary episode until we were almost done taping it. But we do celebrate like we always have. First we reserve some kind words for My Hero Academia translator Caleb Cook, who’s been receiving some backlash for reaching a breaking point with certain segments of its English fandom. Then we talk Anime …
 
In our Valentine’s/Lunar New Year special, we look back on the Japan Foundation’s Japan Film Festival Plus on the final weekend of its Canadian leg, the World Premier of the Memories english dub the weekend before, and headlines in brief about copyright, censorship, animation schools, and collectionsNothing says I love you or Gong Hai Fat Choy than…
 
In an episode befitting of Groundhog Day. We present an episode taped over two days, and presented in the reverse from the order they were recorded…oh technologyIn the first half (which had to be retaped on the Sunday) we look at the predictions of industry analysts and journalists in terms of what they think will happen for the rest of 2021. In th…
 
This week, with five around the table, we talk for a little bit about Toronto owned fan fiction app Wattpad being sold to Korean based Naver, the group behind the LINE and Webtoon apps. Then a few other thoughts on the fallout from the Shuesha copyright call controversy, Studio Ghibli’s first CG feature, and Anime leaving Amazon Prime. Along with o…
 
We start the New Year with an old face returning. In it we start looking back on Mike and James’ conversation with Matt Alt and the things that stuck out to the others. Then we do a Bullets Segment with items seemingly tied to Japan’s newly inacted copyright laws. Mike then finishes it off with a couple of modest proposalsMike Nicolas, Kevin Ng, Ge…
 
Author and translator Matt Alt honours us with his presence to come by and talk about his TV work on NHK World, his formative years learning Japanese, reading the works of Frederick Schodt, how being a nerd became cool, and the recent developments concerning the topics of his latest book “Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World”…
 
In the final episode of 2020, we give follow up on our thoughts on the Crunchyroll with Moh finally giving his thoughts. Then we talk a little bit about Kent State University’s dispute with some Ohio State lawmakers over a Susan Napier book on their reading lists. Afterwards some thoughts on Discotek’s latest list of pick ups, Kodansha warning woul…
 
Of course the big story this week is the not so surprising acquisition of Crunchyroll by Sony. But before that we’ll talk about goings on at the Japan Foundation in both Toronto and New York. And after that we’ll talk Anime Dallas and the Lupin III manga, among other thingsMike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin NgVisit our website for more information a…
 
We start this week with the COVID news in the Toronto Area, and a COVID movie run for James and Moh to see the latest Fate/Stay Movie. Then we talk a variety of topics. Like the delivery of Angela’s Kickstarter Comic, remembering Kirby, Maradona, and Tony Hsieh, Simon and Schuster being sold to Penguin Random House, Anime Matsuri, online events at …
 
After following up on the pandemic situation in Toronto (which probably sucks as much as it would in your part of the world), and Kevin gives his thoughts on Kat Callahan’s appearance, we talk at length about Netflix’s foray into Anime with Wired’s talk with their chief anime producer. Then we talk about Seven Seas going deeper into light novels, M…
 
SPOILER ALERT: LOTS OF KIMAGURE ORANGE ROAD ONES IN THIS EPISODEA special tribute edition commemorating the late Izumi Matsumoto and his most famous work, Kimagure Orange RoadJournalist and writer Kat Callahan shares her memories of Matsumoto and KOR with Mike by doing a deep dive into the story and characters, the impact on both the overseas fando…
 
We start the Halloween episode reminiscing about trick or treating past, and the one that isn’t presently happening. Kevin’s downtown shopping trip of various geek places. A preview of the Orange Road special with Kat Callahan. Sony and Crunchyroll looking like a thing. Netflix and Anime being a thing. Amazon responding to a digital downloads lawsu…
 
In between some Toronto related pandemic news (which of course would be of interest to fans), we talk about the death of Izumi Matsumoto and the legacy left by Kimagure Orange Road, and a bullets segment where Evangelion, Haruhi, and Viz manga pick ups are brought upMike Nicolas, James Austin, Kevin Ng, Mohamed SharmarkeVisit our website for full s…
 
Zannen Canada host Jesse Betteridge joins us to talk about Sailor Moon’s appearance on Canadian streaming service Crave, and the business dealings behind the scenes that led to the pick up. After catching our breath from that conversation, we talk about the ghost towns that are movie theatres (with Moh risking his life having gone to see Akira in 4…
 
First, a quick Raptors thought (and a little schattenfreude towards the Clippers and Bucks). Then we continue our Zoom-tastic journey with thoughts of Crunchyroll Expo (7:09), and CR’s various partnerships (8:52), Media Blasters showing some life on blue ray (13:05), Right Stuf thoughts and the status of their adult label and special editions (15:1…
 
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