Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Anime World Order Show # 18 - JACON Report, with Ken Nabbe aka "Joey Snackpants, Esquire"

Our special guest (via a kind of flaky telephone line) is Ken Nabbe aka Joey Snackpants, the chair of JACON, a local Florida anime convention which all of us attended and ran panels at. We talk about the history of the convention and the club which founded it, what happened at JACON 2006, and what we can expect from JACON in the future. THE TRUTH about JACON will be revealed at a later date.

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I have no idea why this episode isn't showing up in some of the feed readers. This episode's nearly two hours long, and since over half of it is the interview / anime con report, here's hoping that sounds okay. If you have audio engineering know-how and think we completely failed at making this listenable, let us know how not to fail.

Introduction (0:00 - 15:25)
With JACON, finals, and Gerald's graduation over and done with, we can once again get back to this podcast. Knowing full well that the interview was going to take up most of this episode, we try to keep this to about 15 minutes, and for once we sort of succeed. We answer listener emails about End of Evangelion, anime fandom in South Africa or the lack thereof, and people on the Internet who think Clarissa sounds hot. Actually, most of this time is spent talking about what we think of Fullmetal Alchemist. Thanks go out to all the other podcasts who've run our promos in recent weeks. Since this episode was already terrifyingly long on time and short on segments, we just mentioned them by name (hope we didn't forget any) and included links on the sidebar of our homepage instead of running all the individual promos.

Let's News! (15:25 - 33:56)
ADV has officially announced that their release of the Area 88 OAVs (as discussed in Show # 4) is going to come out on 7/25 as one packaged deal for $30 MSRP, so everyone has to buy that, okay? International Correspondence version 2 estimates their size of the US manga market and offers speculations as to why, and in the "why are we reporting on this" department, there's supposedly going to be live-action film adaptations of Metal Gear Solid and Star Blazers. Folks, don't believe any live-action anime rumors until filming actually starts, okay? Tokyopop is gearing up to start releasing more novels, and Kitty Media is planning to release English editions of the hentai games for Bible Black and Discipline [Note from Daryl: This cannot be confirmed through any official sources, and so we plan on retracting this in Show # 20]. Hmm, I wonder if there's anyone out there who could tell us what Discipline is about by way of a voicemail message?

Promo: Kick Ass Mystic Ninjas (33:56 - 34:25)
If we had to pick one podcast that ours is the most similar to, this would be it. This is a podcast where two guys and a girl talk about works of classic science fiction, most of which people haven't heard of. They tend to stick only to old things though, and we try and keep a balance, though perhaps that hasn't been working out too well as of late. Daryl is quite proud of the fact that he knows all about Zardoz and these ALLEGED ninjas do not. Includes capsule anime reviews courtesy of the Weekly Anime Review podcast!

Interview: Ken Nabbe aka "Joey Snackpants," JACO member and JACON chair (34:25 - 1:46:55)
Yeah, this segment is about as long as we initially thought entire episodes would be. We explore just how cool do you have to be to be Ken Nabbe as we talk to him about JACON's past, present, and future. Oh, and we offer a convention report too, but it's not like it's THE TRUTH about JACON. Give Daryl some time on that.

Closing (1:46:55 - 1:52:24)
Next week, it's back to what is supposed to be our normal format which we seemingly never abide by, only it's our special "Resu Bean" episode. Gerald will be reviewing the hentai title Another Lady Innocent, Clarissa takes on the moe juggernaut of Maria-sama ga Miteru, and Daryl ignores the theme of the episode by discussing the Often Overlooked triumph of SCIENCE, Ippatsu Kikimusume.


12 comments:

Gilles Poitras said...

Yes there are anime fans in South Africe.

There is even a very interesting online magazine:

http://www.lomagazine.co.za/

The full back file is downloadable as PDF files.

Gerald said...

I believe Patrick mentioned that magazine since he was interviewed for it a while ago. I was interested in finding out more about the South African anime fandom because I remember watching Robotech for the first time on TV ONE in South Africa when I was very young and I'm sure it must have created a following. I remember checking up on a few South African anime club sites some time ago and one of them had to temporarily shut down because their entire anime collection had been stolen. That was a couple of years ago and I saw it happening a couple of times which fits into that tragically hilarious category.

Sub said...

Wasn't that classic anime Tekken an ADV dubtitle?

Daryl Surat said...

I just spot-checked Tekken, and the English dub matches the subtitles with the exception of one or two words every here and there. I didn't spot-check the Japanese track though, so I don't know if it was a dubtitle.

I guess it's not quite a dubtitle, but for some reason I'm reminded of ADV's release of the Anime That Sucks mainstay Sin: The Movie (oh hey, Sin Episodes is out now on Steam), wherein there were different scripts for the Japanese and English and ADV marketed that on the box as "two movies in one." As a result of wacky hijinks, Gerald actually owns the Special "Collecters" Edition of Sin: The Movie. Why yes, that IS how they spell it on the box.

I did show Gerald that online magazine months ago since as he noted, it had an interview with both Tomo and Patrick in it. Of course, since Gerald is from South Africa I always have to remind him that there can't be THAT much of an anime fandom in South Africa since THEY ALL DIED OF AIDS, HAW HAW HAW HAW ROCK ON JACOB ZUMA

I'm just KIDDING, Clarissa. No true otaku would ever be screwing anyone, let alone be following that "take a shower" advice of Zuma's anyway!

Scott Green said...

The mention of the Tekken anime reminds me, are you guys reading the AniPages Daily blog? I found it from Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi's Cartoon Brew a while back, and they recently plugged it again. It's one of the best commentaries on anime as a craft I've seen, with a deep perspective on the creators involved. He recently had some interesting things to say about Street Fighter Alpha: Generations. Speaking of recent discussions, he just looked at the evolution of Crayon Shinchan design. Despite a few missed speculations due to his apparent unfamiliarity with the manga, it's great comparative analysis.

Dave Riley said...

Sort of off topic, but Daryl mentioned Sin Episodes.

Avoid it. You will not be pleased.

Shame, the first game was halfway decent. I've prudently avoided the anime, however.

robert Why said...

Why isn't the new episode updating in iTunes? OR is it just not updating in MY iTunes?

Daryl Surat said...

It's not just you. There's something weird going on. For a while, Podcast Pickle wasn't showing ANY of our episodes anymore, so I republished everything and reported the error to them. It's fine now. But Odeo still won't display Episode 18, and now ALL OF OUR SHOWS ARE GONE ON ITUNES.

There's a Kodocha song title describing what is going through my mind now, but I probably shouldn't even be writing this considering I just got a warning today from my boss about how I use the Internet too much at work. In my defense, I have no actual work to DO.

Katie said...

Just thought I would TRY to cheer up Daryl and advise that iTunes Australia still has all the AWO episodes including ep.18, I had to check straight away seeing as that last post gave me a freaking heart attack.

Gerald said...

I just checked iTunes and it appears that everything is back to normal on the American iTunes so hopefully it was just a momentary set back.

robert Why said...

Okay after five days of nuthin' now iTunes is AWO update-a-riffic.

Bertus said...

Hi, I am the editor of LO Magazine. Anime fans are actually still alive and well in South Africa and continueing to grow in support. There is even a publication in printed format available for the locals. I stopped LO Magazine (PDF Magazine) last year, but has since then resurrected the concept as an online web-magazine. Currently there is only general anime, manga, games, etc. news available, but we will be expanding on the content again (as we had in LO Magazine electronic - interviews with popular CG artist, designers, manga artists, etc.). Our first new article will include a three part series on a local animation studio (largest in Africa) who is the team behind Urbo: The Adventures of Pax Africa (a kewl sci-fi-future-Cape-Town-series).