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Diabolical Ruh-minations

by Zac Bertschy & Justin Sevakis,

ANNCast Episode 032 - Diabolical Ruh-minations

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We're back after a 2-week hiatus that involved horrifying jetlag, and we've got lots to talk about. Before getting into the spring season, we just have to talk about the live-action Van Von Hunter movie that debuted at Sakuracon and on Crunchyroll last weekend, and what a stupefying nightmare it is. Then it's on to the surprising quality of the Spring 2010 anime season, with shows like Night Raid, Kaichō wa Maid-sama! and Big Windup! Season 2 (which unfortunately probably won't see a release in the US). Then Justin goes into why there are so few simulcasts and just what kind of pain the Japanese anime industry is in.

Next up we bring in Brian Ruh who talks about his book and the films of Mamoru Oshii, and the world of anime academia in general, including what a tiny little pool it seems to be. We ask Brian what shows he's been watching lately and about the finer points of Patlabor 2, and then it's Twitter time. Fun!

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NSFW Language Warning: More swearing than usual. Blame Van Von Hunter.

ANNCast Episode 32 Breakdown

00:19 Host intros, jetlag and the baffling Van Von Hunter

06:54 The spring 2010 season: Big Windup!, Kaichō wa Maid-sama!, Heroman, Working!! and more

18:55 The lack of simulcasts and what in the world is happening to the Japanese industry

31:19 Brian Ruh introduction, his new ANN column and how he got involved in anime academia

38:50 The tiny, tiny world of anime scholarship and the few people who actually write books about anime

43:30 Mamoru Oshii chat starts here!

53:29 Cremaster Cycle reference included here in bold attempt to win an award for obscure reference

55:36 Oshii's relative lack of restraint when it comes to self-indulgence

57:27 What anime Brian's into now

01:07:23 Twitter time! Brian's next book, if he'd consider releasing an updated version of his Oshii book, his penchant for puns and more!

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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