Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Episode 101: Denver Weeps...

In this very "spotty" 101st episode, amongst other things, we discuss the disturbing plethora of Anime industry deaths, on both sides of the Pacific. We also discuss an atrocious article that suggests some classic anime that need a remake.!?

Download Episode 101, here.

Shootin' The Breeze

Noir, may very well become a live action TV series. Personally, I'm relatively apathetic towards this. Alex is excited; perhaps very excited eh.

Promo #1: Beyond the Cast Shadowhare DuoMatrix returns!

Anime Industry Deaths of 2010

It's alarming how many pivotal figures in the Anime industry have died in the last few months. Upon examining these figures and their causes of death we learnt several things:

* The animation industry is full of smokers
* Smoking is BAD FOR YOU.

Carl Macek (1951 - 2010)

Carl Macek: the Anime pioneer. Looking back at Streamline picture's anime library, they housed some of my favorite anime titles of all time. Whilst dub-only, their dubs are still far superior to what we have today.

Listen ANN's very informative review which was posted earlier this year, here.

Peter Fernandez (1927 - 2010)

Another early contributor to English speaking Anime, Peter Fernandez was actively involved in the animation fan community until his death.

Satoshi Kon (1963 - 2010)

One of the only remaining rays of sunshine, in an otherwise cloudy Anime industry. Of all mentioned here, Kon's death will have the greatest rippling effect on the anime industry as it stands now. Unlike the others on this list, Kon had several potential decades left in him.

Yoshinobu Nishizaki (1934-2010)

Yoshinobu Nishizaki's life was perhaps best summarized by Al Pacino's wonderful performance in the semi-biographical film, Scarface. [citation needed] (They toned down the use of automatic firearms and cocaine in the film).

Before his tragic death aboard the Yamato (That, I did not make up), "The Nish" was perhaps best known as the co-creator of..well.. Space Battleship Yamato.

The Nish's West Cape Corporation, before it went belly up, brought us such classics as Urotsukidoji   and "Freakin'" Odin!

Shojuro Yamauchi (19?? - 2010) 

Key animator for a lot of the classics, his pen shall be missed. He deserves a place in history for the The Castle of Cagliostro, alone.

Takeshi Shudo (1949 - 2010)

One of the Anime "fathers" of Pokemon and more importantly, Gold Lightan The only Mecha that doubles as a cigarette lighter. Ironically, he died in an airport smoking room due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage, something in which smoking contributes greatly to the risk factor of it occurring. Damn you, Lightan!

Peter Keefe (1952 - 2010)

Just based off of this picture alone, I love this guy. He can largely be attributed to Voltron (the Golion butcher job) and Dragonball Z's overseas success. More importantly, he single handily averted the world from chaos and ushered in a new era of global peace and prosperity with his creation of Denver the Last Dinosaur. This further facilitated First Contact, as upon viewing Denver the Last Dinosaur, extra-terrestrial life had decided that humanity had demonstrated it's worthiness in being propelled to the galactic stage.
Denver was one of the few American shows that were broadcast in mainland China throughout the 1980's.

Promos Played: Up A Paddle  - Despite his dislike of Italians, Kent is a lovely chap. Thank you for introducing us to Jack Hoff; he's changed our life.

Anime Pulp : 65 episodes in and I never heard of it!?

News & Wrapup

What 80's Mecha anime should be remade? Simple answer: NONE.


A blossoming adult video star in Japan is discovered to be just 16, So what happened next? Japanese auction websites were flooded with her DVD's which are going for exorbitant prices!

And on that note, we bid you adieu until next time!