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Macek Training

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.

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!

Special thanks to Phillip Harrington for designing and creating the ANNCast logo.

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