ANNCast
A Song of Vice and Fire

by Zac Bertschy and Justin Sevakis, Apr 29th 2011


ANNCast 074- A Song of Vice and Fire

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Up top, Associate Editor Gia Manry stops by for a quick little chat; a little Game of Thrones, a little Eden of the East, and a little more Anime Boston.

Then it's right to the interview: this week we're delighted to have Jake Adelstein, the acclaimed author of Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, noted Yakuza expert. We get in to all things Yakuza, including their influence on the Japanese entertainment industry, the best Yakuza movies and manga, the popular video game series and oh, so much more.

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NSFW Language Warning: Some swearin' but not much.

Additional Disclaimer: Jake Adelstein and the hosts of this program wish to remind the listener that much of the yakuza involvement in the entertainment industry is alleged and hard to prove and to avoid charges of libel he would like to make that clear.

ANNCast Episode 74 Breakdown

00:20 Host introductions, Gia on Anime Boston

15:45 Jake Adelstein introduction and his early days in Japan

35:30 The Western image of Japan as super safe and clean

41:20 The day-to-day routine for the modern Yakuza

44:10 The sorts of businesses that are Yakuza fronts

56:00 The Yakuza influence on the Japanese entertainment business

01:08:20 What Japan is like for Jake now

01:14:00 The Yakuza series of games vs. reality

01:25:00 Twitter time! The Western understanding of Yakuza, Japanese softball journalism, Sanctuary and 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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