Anime World Order Show # 14 – Tim Eldred: VOTOMS scholar, Star Blazers expert, and so much more

This week we depart from the standard show format to conduct an interview with Tim Eldred, who’s been an anime fan for about as long as we’ve been alive. Tim is a huge fan of Space Battleship Yamato (aka Star Blazers) as well as Armored Trooper VOTOMS and Fist of the North Star. In addition, he has written comicbooks and does work in Western animated works such as Teen Titans, MTV’s Spider-Man, and much more.

Full show notes below. Sorry for the delay in getting those up, but the post was made at 3:30 AM and I got about four hours of sleep since I stayed up finishing this to make up for last week’s episode coming out so late.

Part 1 (0:00 – 20:19)
The interview starts off and we talk about how Tim first became interested in Japanese animation back in the early 1980s. The only reason I call this Part 1 is because Tim’s phone–this entire interview was conducted while Tim was in his car, first while he was driving and then while he was parked in his driveway–lost its connection and we had to get him back, so we used that time to take a break. This would not be the only time that we lost the signal, but it is the only time we actually left it in the show.

Promo: Weekly Anime Review (20:19 – 20:51)
We probably should have played more promos this episode given the fact that it’s all one giant segment, but we weren’t thinking. Anyway, true to the name, each week (or so) Aaron reviews a different anime title and reads user-submitted reviews as well. C’mon man, when are you going to follow our lead and review Odin like we did in Show #12?! And where’s your ad copy reading of you know what?

Part 2 (20:51 – 1:28:32)
There’s no additional breaks really in this interview since we edit this in teams and all the other technical mishaps were removed so as to provide the illusion of our competance. The interview resumes, discussing the difference between Gundam and VOTOMS, how Tim got into the comicbook and US animation industries, what led to his involvement with Voyager Entertainment (who owns Star Blazers) and Central Park Media (who owns VOTOMS), and what he’s up to now, such as the new Scooby Doo series on Kids’ WB. Does that involve the dreaded Scrappy Doo? Listen and find out!

Next week we’ll just be answering listener email with our special guests, the host(s) of the Anime Pulse podcast. Lots of “what do you think about this anime” stuff, so don’t think we’re slacking off that much even though the reason we’re doing this episode is to catch up!

Slightly inaudible line that Tim said as we were referring to The Nish: “I think they [Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Barry Winston] met because they were in a yacht club together.” I think we just may have pinpointed whose howitzer shells those REALLY belonged to after all.