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A Peek At Chu

by Zac Bertschy & Justin Sevakis,

ANNCast 101 - A Peek At Chu

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You've been waiting for this one! Former Marketing Manager for Bandai Entertainment USA Jerry Chu stops by to chat up the old days, the boom years, when money flowed like so much water and Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto sounded like a good idea. We cover all of it, including a boatload o' Gundam questions, including Jerry's fondness for the inimitable Yoshiyuki Tomino (photo provided by Jerry!) , the Honneamise project, and of course, Dan Doh!!. And then there's a whole bunch of Twitter time!

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NSFW Language Warning: There may not be any swearing this time but you can never be too sure.

ANNCast Episode 101 Breakdown

00:30 Jerry Chu introduction and his earliest days at Bandai

05:20 Anime Village! Remember those VHS clamshell cases?

08:00 Beginning of Gundam chat

13:40 What it was like in the Bandai offices back then

16:40 That old rumor that Bandai paid Cartoon Network to air stuff

23:00 Gundam 0079 probably killed the franchise's chances

30:10 Shows that Jerry was behind that didn't take off

37:40 When was it time to start downsizing?

43:40 More Gundam chat, to Jerry's chagrin

52:50 Bandai Visual USA!

01:03:00 The moment you've been waiting for: exactly why they licensed Dan Doh!!

01:14:00 Twitter time! The singles format lingering around, more Gundam chat, Jerry's AE86 and more!

And that's it! See you next week!

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Theme Song: "Bucharest" by The New Division. Check them out on iTunes!

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