by Zac Bertschy & Justin Sevakis,
ANNCast Episode 023 - Macek Training
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This week's ANNCast is a little special: our guest is none other than Carl Macek, who needs little introduction. We go through the man's entire career, from his earliest days promoting genre films, to the creation and success of Robotech, to the Streamline days in the 1980s, all the way through his recent history at ADV Films. It's a really long interview, clocking in at just under 2 and a half hours, but it's worth it, we promise!
Obviously we won't be making shows this long a habit, but if you're interested at all in the history of anime in America, then this is probably worth a listen. We start out the show with a pretty brief first segment about Durarara!! and the new Space Adventure Cobra, but it's over pretty quick as we just wanted to get to the interview. Enjoy!
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NSFW Language Warning: Actually there's hardly any swearing in this episode! Glory be!
ANNCast Episode 23 Breakdown
00:17 Host introductions, Durarara!! and Space Adventure Cobra
08:05 Short break!
08:22 Carl Macek introduction
13:41 Carl's hand in promoting Star Wars in 1977
23:41 All things Robotech and Harmony Gold
43:23 Carl witnesses the birth of Ren & Stimpy
49:00 Akira and Streamline Pictures
01:11:00 Post-Streamline, pre-ADV, Heavy Metal FAKK 2
01:13:00 ADV Films and the tragedy of Lady Death
01:35:56 Post-ADV, freelance screenwriting, and the future of the anime industry
01:44:11 Twitter time! Carl's favorite Streamline films, the "Uncle Carl" moniker, who's better at running the industry into the ground, and the popularity of Fist of the North Star.
Then Justin basically runs down a list of odd films Macek has worked on, including Captain Harlock, Megazone 23 Part II: International Edition, and Windaria; there are some great, great stories in here!
And that's it! See you next week.
Special thanks to Phillip Harrington for designing and creating the ANNCast logo.
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