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, Kaichou 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, Kaichou 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.
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