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The Eldred Scrolls

by Zac Bertschy & Justin Sevakis,

ANNCast Episode 043 - The Eldred Scrolls

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So here's how this week was supposed to start out: Justin and I talked about how busy July is for us and a little about San Diego Comic-con next week, then we moved on to lament the decidedly lackluster offerings for the summer anime season and Justin waxed rhapsodical about his discovery of good moe shows like Kannagi and Toradora!.

That's how it was supposed to go.

Some incredibly weird technical mishap destroyed most of the audio from that segment, which Justin and I had already done 3 takes on, so we just threw up our hands in the face of adversity, which is a fairly common reaction on Friday afternoons, right? Anyway there's no first segment this week but our interview with animator, illustrator and all-around awesome guy Tim Eldred is good enough to fill the entire show itself so who even needs a first segment, am I right??

Tim's got a long history with anime and is probably the nation's most knowledgeable guy when it comes to all things Star Blazers and Armored Trooper Votoms, so we get into the red meat on those series and talk a lot about World War II's impact on Japanese creative media. It's a fun conversation with a guy who really seriously knows his stuff! LISTEN TO IT!!

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ANNCast Episode 43 Breakdown

00:20 Being a brief explanation of what happened to our mysteriously missing first segment

2:00 Tim Eldred introduction and his awesome job working on hit animated shows like Batman: The Brave and the Bold

06:30 Tim's first exposure to Star Blazers and his professional involvement with the franchise

11:35 The differences between working on storyboards versus graphic novel panel art

14:40 The stark contrast between becoming an anime fan in the 80s versus the 90s

20:30 The uniqueness of Japan's media output after having lost a major war

26:00 How much creative control Tim really had over the official Star Blazers comics he wrote and illustrated

28:40 Where's a good place for a neophyte to start with these sprawling epic sci-fi war anime?

36:45 Is it a good idea to marathon shows like Star Blazers or Votoms?

41:20 The fading pioneers of the 80s and cranky ol' Tomino

45:20 Tim's take on live-action Yamato and the intricacies of adapting stuff for the big screen

53:00 What recent stuff Tim would recommend, anime-wise

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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