IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS FANSUBS
Before you could go online to watch literally any and every anime...you had to send a letter, a check, and wait a few months for a VHS of maybe 4 episodes. Also, doing that was a crime.
Guest: Justin Sevakis
ROBOTS, REAL ESTATE, AND SILVIO BERLUSCONI
Localization is a messy world, especially in the 80s’, but that doesn’t stop Harmony Gold (a company, not a person) from mashing up a few shows to create the first big anime, Robotech. Also, you’ll never believe how former Italian prime minister and known criminal Silvio Berlusconi is involved!
THE LONG CON(VENTION)
From humble beginnings, conventions were 5 people in a room huddled around a VCR and a tube television. Now they’re attended by hundreds of thousands of people and take an army to put on. Also, the world of being a professional cosplayer. What a world!
Guests: Jim Kaposztas, Sue Monroe, Lance Heiskell, Adam Sheehan, Charlene Ingram
3.33 You Can (Not) Attend
Things have changed since the recording of our convention episode so we’re bringing you a special bonus episode to talk about the new convention landscape in a Covid world.
YES I DO, HENTAI TOO
Your average American has a very specific view of Anime and most of the time they think it’s tentacles and anime babes but we’re here to set the record straight. Also, It’s called Hentai and it’s ART.
Guest: Jacob Grady
MANGA IN AMERICA
If you’re tired of every movie being based on a comic book in the states….boy do I have bad news for you. Manga (Japanese comics) is a major part of the anime industry in Japan...but they’ve have and continue to have a hard time in America.
Guests: Rachel Thorne, Nick Rowe
AT THE MOVIES… EVENTUALLY
Who would have guessed it was tough getting any store to pick up AKIRA or the arduous road to get a single Ghibli film to the states for it to be the only anime film to eventually win an Oscar.
Guest: Jerry Beck
RAISED BY TV
Remember how many failed attempts there were to get Dragon Ball onto TV? Yeah, neither did I but here we are. We also take a dive into what most millennials credit as their first taste of anime with Toonami.
Guests: Jason Demarco, Roland Kelts
THE STREAMING WARS
They say love can’t bloom on the battlefield but does that apply to anime? In the finale of Anime in America we catch up on where anime is now, streaming’s impact on the anime industry, and answers life's biggest questions: What IS anime?
Guests: Kun Gao, Grace Opigo
Comedian, actor, and writer from Atlanta, GA. A host for Frederator's Get in the Robot channel, he is also the creator and host of the Dark Tank podcast, which AV Club called “one of the most deliciously daring shows of the moment.” Named a New Face at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival in 2017, he has appeared as a guest on networks like BET and Comedy Central, and as a writer for Viceland and Netflix.
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