Hang onto your valuables, this time we’re delving into the car, treasure and girl chasing world of Lupin III. Or are we? Nakama Britannica 14: The Podcast Called Fujiko Mine To mark the upcoming UK release of The Woman Called … Continue reading
Time to fill that anime-podcast-shaped hole in your life by joining us in conversation with fearless leader of Anime Limited, czar of Scotland Loves Anime and all-round top bloke Andrew Partridge. Nakama Britannica XII: Interviewcast! Andrew Partridge Edition iTunes iVailable … Continue reading
Recently recovered from the wilds of darkest Edinburgh, it’s…
In a special bonus episode, we forgo social pleasantries such as research and preparation to bring you the low-down on SLA Edinburgh – a report so fresh, it was partially recorded in the Filmhouse bar! Sadly this lead to me not saying much in the first part, as I was convinced the middle-aged hard-man at the next table was about to tell us to shut up, but never mind. Stagger on.
01.45 Tokyo Marble Chocolate and Phoenix Wright. Contains no actual confectionary, nor objectionable content.
07.55 From Up On Poppy Hill and Mass Effect. Goro rides again, Production I.G. Lose their paragons.
15.35 After School Midnighters. SCIENCE!
23.45 Berserk and Berserk II: Berserk Harder. “I like swords!”
38.20 Nerawareta Gakuen. We attend a world premiere! Sadly, the world is not impressed.
55.40 The Anime Mirai Project. Juju the Weightless Spider Girl Who Pretended Not to See Buuta.
65.06 Wolf Children Ame and Yuki. In which I find out what the word “nadir” actually means.
83.46 Closing – Aria (Susumu Hirasawa)
Breaking from our usual schedule of complaining about how things were better in [Insert Hippest Decade Here], this time we’re joined by author, translator, occasional voice director and general Renaissance Man of East-Asian culture, Jonathan Clements, to seek his wisdom about the extent to which anime reflects Japanese culture. In a sign of things to come, we also wind up talking about Scotland Loves Anime – whatever that is…
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0:00 The loss of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis, the great unseen anime, disappeared from the record in an unfortunate boating accident. Scotland Loves Anime — the logistics of getting Japanese guests to Glasgow.
10:00 What is Anime? Nowhere near as dull a question as it sounds, leading to all sorts of gossip about the battle for anime’s soul between the spirits of Osamu Tezuka and Hayao Miyazaki. Includes the words: “Communists”, “witchhunts” and “crappy”.
20:00 Anime as Soft Power. The size of otakudom. The meaning of TV ratings. How anime form follows function. How much is the anime business worth? Includes the words: “chimpanzee”, “over-engineering” and “popular”.
30:00 What is a silver otaku? The impact of Heidi and Yamato.The phenomenology of fandom and misremembering Evangelion and Gundam.
40:00 Traditional concepts of storytelling, and how unlikely you are to find them. How “traditional” was the Hakkenden. The ethics of tying anime directors to chairs and slapping them. Noh drama and Gasaraki. Jinzo Toriumi’s Introduction to Anime Scenario Writing. Includes the words: “fallacy”, “posh” and “pervy”.
47:00 Wimmin. Do 125 million Japanese people all like hentai? The demographics of female anime fans and the birth of Noitamina. Fujiko Mine and the line between sexy and sexist. The role of women within the anime industry. Includes the words: “mind bleach”, “boobs” and “jellyfist”.
57:00 The chivalry of chauvinism and its impact on anime staff rosters. The evolutionary role of colour recognition. Women in powerful positions, like CLAMP. Includes the words: “xerography”, “concordance” and “primal.”
67:00 Aloha Higa and the unpleasantness over Polar Bear Cafe. How many fingers am I holding up? Includes the words: “sod off”, “Disney”, and “torpid”.
69:00 The nature of originality: giant robots and schoolgirl witches. Downton Abbey the anime, and what a production committee might do to it. Creativity among limits. Includes the words: “tropes”, “Metallica” and “Minovsky particles”.
73:00 Three trends for the future: Kickstarter, mobiles and China. The size of the informal anime market. Issues for intellectual property. What’s changed in Sino-Japanese relations since the publication of the Dorama Encyclopedia. Includes the words: “crowd-sourcing”, “Margaret Thatcher cyborg”, and “sandwich-making”.
84:00 The Death Note backlash in north-east China. Cosplay in China. And goodbye. includes the words “boobs” and “grabbed”.
Thanks once again to Mr Clements for sharing his time with us, kindly providing the timeline for this episode and generally being a top bloke.
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So, a ninja, a vampire and an immortal Scotsman walk into a bar in…
00.00 – Intro – Yakitori (Yoko Kanno)
02.44 – “Journey to the West”: 1993-2007 – Jubei (Kaoru Wada)
In the concluding part of our retrospective, we tie some monofilament wire round the hilt of our katana to discuss Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Highlander: Search for Vengeance. When asked about the possibility of a sequel to Search for Vengeance, Kawajiri replied “No, there can be only one”.
Followed by: “Sandmantas Rest Area” (Marco D’Ambrosio)
1.22.07 – Closing – Forces (Susumu Hirasawa)
Thanks once again to daichi383 for his work on the edit.
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Coming to you direct from space prison, it’s…
00.00 – Intro – Yakitori (Yoko Kanno)
02.22 – “City on Fire”: 1987-1991 – Burning World (Hidemi Miura)
In this first installment of our retrospective on action director extraordinaire, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, we walk softly and carry a wooden sword to investigate the ‘city trilogy’ of Wicked City, Demon City Shinjuku and Cyber City Oedo 808. Anyone who suggests having the word ‘city’ in the title is not sufficient grounds to call something a trilogy, will automatically have fifty years added to their sentence.
Followed by: “I May Be In Love With You” (Hidemi Miura)
1.01.24 – Closing – Forces (Susumu Hirasawa)
Massive thanks as always to daichi383 for his work on the edit. We’re also still looking for additional audio editors, so if you are the true successor of Audioshin-ken, we’d love to hear from you. It would help us get the episodes out that bit quicker.
This episode is now available in iTunes! Find is in the iTunes store by searching for “Nakama Britannica”.
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And with any luck we’ll get a ‘listener mail’ up and running soon. If there’s anything you’d particularly like us to discuss, we’re open to requests too. Within reason. Extended discussions of Shining Moe Waifu Chan Z may be out of our depth…
Brace yourself for some bad pronounciation, because this time we’re tackling the seinen manga adventures of Gesicht, Germany’s premier android detective, as he attempts to unravel the mystery of a serial killer targeting the world’s greatest robots. Apparently some kid called Astro Boy turns up as well.
Every effort has been made to keep this episode free of spoilers, but be aware that it’s more of an extended discussion than a straightforward review.
00.00 – Preamble (Yakitori – Yoko Kanno)
01.06 – Part A (Tetsuwan Atom – Kamitakada Shounen Gasshoudan)
41.29 – Part B (For the Love of Life – David Sylvian)
1.35.19 – Epilogue (Fujii Fumiya – Boys Heart, Mirai ni Mukatte – Anku & Forces – Susumu Hirasawa)
Thanks as ever to Daichi383 for help with the edit.
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