A podcast all about Japanese cartoons and comics as discussed by three self-proclaimed experts in the world of anime and manga! Plus anime news / reviews, coverage of classic anime, hentai / yaoi, and much, much more. Updated every week. We hope.
We’re graced by a dangerous duo of mecha/mahjong enthusiasts this time around: Dave Cabrera (@Sasuraiger) and Carl (@SDShamshel) join us for a convention report of Otakon 2022 which was held in Washington D.C.
We were initially going to jump directly into the con report, but wouldn’t you know it 24 hours prior to the recording it was revealed that Sony’s monopoly of the anime industry continues to grow, as Crunchyroll has acquired Right Stuf Anime. What does this acquisition mean for anime fandom in the US? We don’t know. Are we still going to be sponsored by Right Stuf now that they are under the Sony umbrella? That we also don’t know; note there’s no promo this time around since well, who do we even invoice now? For now, the only thing we DO know is that all merchandise previously classified as “erotica” has been de-listed, to now be sold on another site…which doesn’t yet exist. It’s possible that future episodes will be sponsored by Right Stuf once more, but now is probably a good time for us to start setting up that Discord and pushing some more Patreon incentives, huh?
Convention Report: Otakon 2022 (22:54 – 2:09:37)
The downside of going to conventions is that you don’t REALLY get to see people a lot, especially not in this COVID era (yes, contrary to what you see on TV, COVID is still very much a dangerous thing) which leaves us personally still gun shy about going to room parties and group dinners and what have you. If you see someone, it’s often in passing while they’re on the way to attending one thing and you’re on the way to attending another. On the bright side, it does enable us to expand our coverage of the convention, as Dave, Carl, and ourselves each went and saw a variety of things. There were, of course, multiple instances where all of us were present for the same event or guest, so all of us can weigh in on our thoughts.
There are also things we totally forgot to talk about at all which happened over the weekend, but that’s what the pictures are for:
Once upon a time, this would have been labeled as a “bonus” episode since we don’t even introduce ourselves or say the episode number, but since the last time we had him on was over a decade ago we decided to catch up with Jim Kaposztas, creator of the first AMV and certified “oldtaku” to talk about anime fandom, conventions, and creative fan endeavors in both the pre-Internet era as well as today.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (37:58 – 41:00)
The great day has arrived, as Angel Cop Remastered on Blu-Ray is out. Oh sure, we bought the original Blu-Ray but this is the true HD remaster in the original aspect ratio! Also coming at you is Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos in its entirety! We were only able to review the first 15 episodes back in 2007, so we’ve been waiting over 15 years to see the rest of this madness unfold. And while we can’t be certain, with it now streaming on Netflix and removed from HiDive/the Sentai Filmworks site, there’s a good chance that they no longer have the rights to Den-Noh Coil, so unless you think Netflix of all places will do a home video release, you will want to buy the Den-Noh Coil Complete Collection while the supplies of it still exist. We get the feeling that it might not be reprinted.
Synced Together: AMVs and Their Editors is a feature-length documentary 5 years in the making which will be premiering at various anime conventions this year, beginning with Sakuracon in April; there’s probably actually going to be a segment on the “I Ship It” drama in here