Anime Today Interviews Carl Macek


In-depth interview with industry veteran, Coming of Age Day traditions and more in Episode 32

GRIMES, IA, January 19, 2007 -- Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer The Right Stuf International welcomes Carl Macek to the latest podcast episode of ANIME TODAY.

In this two-part interview, Macek talks about Robotech, the challenges of distributing anime theatrically in the late 1980s and early '90s, the evolution of the domestic anime industry and his work on the upcoming release Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.

Macek came to the attention of anime fans as the executive producer of Harmony Gold's Robotech television series, long-considered to be one of the titles responsible for exposing a new generation of fans to anime. From there, he founded Streamline Pictures, which handled early U.S. releases of properties including Akira, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Robot Carnival and Doomed Megalopolis. He also worked with ADV Films on the DVD releases of Robotech and titles such as Aura Battler Dunbine and My Beautiful Girl Mari. This anime industry veteran's recent and current projects include consulting on Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles and script adaptation for Bleach.

Also in Episode 32 of ANIME TODAY:

Chad tells listeners “What's Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
In the “Anime and Gamers' Guide,” Kris and Judy talk about the traditions surrounding Japan's national Coming of Age Day, which was just celebrated on January 8.
Shawne divulges the details of the “Good Things Come in 3's” sale on titles from Manga Entertainment.
Marie checks out the secret world of war mages in her review of Fate/Stay Night, Vol. 1.
Vic's back with his series review of Divergence Eve.
Judy-sensei has traditional fashions on her mind in this episode's mini-Japanese 101 lesson.
Rich provides details about the current Ninja Nonsense and Gravitation site contests.
And finally, ANIME TODAY features more fan reviews from visitors.

Have questions about anime, manga or Japan? Call the Anime Today “Q and A” Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. (Fans whose questions are featured on the podcast will receive a $10 Right Stuf gift certificate.)

Visit for this episode, as well as an archive of all ANIME TODAY episodes and extended liner notes. Listeners can also download and subscribe to ANIME TODAY via the Apple iTunes Music Store.


Released every other week, ANIME TODAY is the first commercially-produced podcast aimed at enthusiasts of Japanese animation and comics (“anime” and “manga”). Each episode features fresh content and gives listeners a glimpse into what's new and what's hot in the world of anime and manga. Segments include reviews of titles from all major anime studios, insights into the industry from anime producers, tips on traveling to and around Japan, interaction with listeners, contests, prizes and more.

“If you're into anime and what's happening in the anime market then this is the podcast for you!”

- User review on iTunes


Founded in 1987, The Right Stuf International was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry. Both a giant online anime/manga retailer and a U.S. producer of anime, Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products as well as information about the anime/manga industry, in general. On the production side, Right Stuf is dedicated to creating the highest quality products and chooses to focus on a limited number of anime titles each year. With a product line ranging from anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to the most modern comedies and dramas, such as His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu, Ninja Nonsense and To Heart. Right Stuf produces quality anime for fans of all ages. For more information, visit

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