A Manry Competition

by Zac Bertschy & Justin Sevakis,

ANNCast Episode 011 - A Manry Competition

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We had a slight hiccup this week, and the first 3 minutes or so of the show got lopped off somehow. No idea how that happened, but it did, and so there's an explanation of the few moments you missed to start the show.

After that it's a chat about Fairy Tail's second miserable episode, El Cazador de la Bruja, a few moments on Astro Boy and then a lively, rant-tastic bit about the reaction to my Astro Boy review that gets the blood flowing. Then it's Justin in Singapore.. and then Gia!

Our guest is Gia Manry, the editor-in-chief over at, who some consider to be "competition" for ANN but hey, we're all chums here. We get the lowdown on how Anime Vice got its start and why they do the wacky things they do over there. And then after that there are some Twitter questions, and all is right with the world.

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NSFW Language Warning: There's more swearing than usual in this episode, and more ranting than usual two. Those two things do tend to go hand in hand, though, so deal with it.

ANNCast Episode 011 Breakdown

00:15 Oops! Lost the first three minutes. We'll fill you in and move right on.

00:47 Fairy Tail, again.

03:58 El Cazador de la Bruja

07:29 Astro Boy; more to the point, the annoying responses to the Astro Boy review

15:00 Justin's off to an anime convention in Singapore

18:30 Break time! RIP Lou Albano, memorialized forever in the world's easiest dance

18:47 Gia Manry introduction; how Anime Vice got started

22:58 Text interviews vs. video interviews; how to make music content work

27:58 Zac has nothing to ask pop stars

29:02 The relative toughness of forum moderation; dealing with newbies

33:54 The tone and personality of Anime Vice

36:56 To review hentai or not to review hentai; Gia's diehard neutrality

41:58 Twitter questions: news that doesn't get through, females flocking toward (or away from) anime and manga, the value of Nendoroids, Scott Pilgrim, Where the Wild Things Are, older series' shot at getting licensed, anime journalists' potential struggles with the opposite sex, the new generation of anime fans coming of age, and Queen's Blade McDonald's Happy Meal Toys.

And that's all!

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 [email protected] dot com!

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