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Staff Infection II: Outbreak!

by Zac Bertschy,

ANNCast Episode 057 - Staff Infection II: Outbreak!

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It's an all-ANN staff extravaganza (again) this week! Up top Brian Hanson (also known around here as Answerman) joins us to chat about Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt and the original Dirty Pair, and then it's everyone's favorite time of the year - time for Oscar punditry! What are the odds Summer Wars will pull out a nomination?

Then Right Turn Only!! author and longtime ANN manga critic Carlo Santos pops in to take us on a magical journey through the wild world of hardcore AKB48 fandom. If you're as mystified by idol fandom as I am, this is a real eye-opener!

Finally, The X Button's Todd Ciolek shows up to chat about games, the decline of Japan as the world's gaming superpower and what he's been playing lately. There's also a whole lot of chatter about whether or not visual novels are a viable niche industry in the US! FUN!!

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NSFW Language Warning: Yeah, there's some swearing. You'll live.

ANNCast Episode 57 Breakdown

00:20 Brian Hanson introduction, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt and Dirty Pair TV

13:30 Oscar chat!

23:35 Carlo Santos introduction and the world of AKB48 fans!

48:40 Just what the heck is is this Vocaloid thing all about anyway?

54:40 Todd Ciolek introduction and what he's been playing lately Correction: in this segment we discuss Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and were unsure if it had ended on Adult Swim, and came to the conclusion that it had. I was wrong about that - the show has only aired up to episode 26. Thanks to Charred Knight for the correction.

01:11 Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage

01:13 Twitter time! Games worth importing, Touhou, visual novels 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!

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