ANNCast
Funny Ha Ha

by Zac Bertschy, Feb 4th 2011


ANNCast 065 - Funny Ha Ha

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Slow news week (in the world of anime) so we're right in to our panel discussion!

This week Brad Rice from Japanator and panel enthusiast Alex Leavitt joins us for a roundtable about comedy in anime. As it turns out, this is a tough subject - and a totally subjective one - so we spend a lot of time trying to nail down the chief differences between US and Japanese comedy, what the trends are and what the trends have been in anime comedy, what works for us, what doesn't really work for us, whether or not anime comedy is better than manga comedy, that sort of thing. It's a ride down an unfamiliar dirt road in a place we've never visited. Then it's Twitter Time! Join us, won't you?

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ANNCast Episode 65 Breakdown

00:20 Short first segment!

01:30 Brad Rice and Alex Leavitt introduction

06:10 What's funny in anime?

12:30 Manga: is it funnier than anime, as a general rule?

15:50 What's more impenetrable to a general audience: otaku in-joke comedy shows or hardcore moe?

19:40 Sex comedy! Anime sex comedy!

25:30 Slapstick: where does it belong?

31:00 Nabeshin and Shinbo

37:40 Finally a button on this crazy discussion

39:50 Twitter time! English comedy rewrites, Sitcom tropes, endlessly repeated gags that don't go anywhere, what anime comedy does really well, and much much more!

And that's it! See you next time!

Have questions for the ANNCast crew? Tweet 'em to @ANNZac! Or check out the community forums thread about the show, or send email questions to zac@animenewsnetwork dot com!

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