Chronicling the rise of anime and its journey from Japan to Saturday-morning cartoons in America. Western fans have since swarmed to anime...but not without some drama and bloodshed. Crunchyroll presents Anime in America hosted by Yedoye Travis.

Episode 1

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

Episode 2

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!

Episode 3

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

Episode 3.5

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.

Episode 4

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

Yedoye Travis

Host

Yedoye Travis

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.

Instagram: @ProfessorDoye

Twitter: @YedoyeOT

  • Produced By

    Yedoye Travis, Jesse Gouldsbury, Peter Fobian, Braith Miller

  • Edited By

    Chris Lightbody

  • Written By

    Bamboo Dong, Peter Fobian, Yedoye Travis, Mamoudou N’Diaye