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Anime Diet Radio Episode 39 – Losing Weight and Losing Cred

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Apparently, for this 39th episode of Anime Diet Radio, we have a lot of stories about otakus themselves: otakus losing weight, pulling stunts with stars, and getting ruder by the minute! Because we all love to make fools of ourselves, right? But yes, those are the contents of our news items for this episode: the Otaking writing a diet book, an otaku blogger drinking Minorin’s bottle, and a roundtable about whether otaku have gotten less considerate in recent years. Oh, and there’s a story about how some Buddhists in Japan are using moe to draw new converts, a mixing of tradition and, uh, a study of modern visual culture if there was one.

We also have a slightly different mailbag this time–we had only received one comment on the previous episode when this was recorded (yes, this was late–Comic Con got in the way), and so we not only answer that but also some comments from our Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour panel at Anime Expo. Thanks for coming out and seeing us there! For the ones that got away we’ll answer your mail in the next episode.

We’re also proud to note that we are finalists for the Parsec Awards for “best anime podcast”! The Parsec Awards are given for the best speculative fiction (sf/fantasy/horror/etc) podcasts in various categories and is sponsored by the big SF convention in Atlanta, DragonCon. Thanks for listening and supporting us for the 2.5 half years we’ve been on the air and for helping make this one of the best anime podcasts on the net! If we win the big prize, we’ll be sure to thank you all.

Show Order

  • –00:00 – Intro
  • –02:56 – News 1: The Otaking’s Diet Book
  • –11:18 – News 2: Buddhism + moe = Epic Win?
  • –19:34 – News 3: Blogger Steals Minorin’s Water Bottle
  • –29:13 – Mailbag
  • –36:48 – Roundtable: Otaku Devolution?
  • –54:07 – Conclusion

Show Notes

  • –OP: “Super Noisy Nova” by Sphere (OP to Sora no Manimani)
  • –ED: “Kimi no Uta (キミノウタ)” by abingdon boys school (OP to Tokyo Magnitude 8.0)
  • –The original story about the Otaking’s diet book can be found at ANN [http://tinyurl.com/mjatst]. You can buy the book from Amazon here! [http://tinyurl.com/nnm5ln]
  • –Sankaku Complex carries the story about the moeficatin of Buddhism here [http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2009/07/16/moe-buddhism-draws-otaku-converts/].
  • –The drama about Minori’s water bottle all begins over here [http://www.atalude.net/2009/07/13/daicon-the-minori-ty-report/].
  • –Missed our panel, the Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour? Watch the video in HD here! [http://animediet.net/conventions/indecent-otaku-comedy-hour-official-video]

Anime Diet Radio Episode 38: The “Come to Our Panel and Buy Our Zine” AX Extra Special Episode

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This is not only just the new episode of Anime Diet Radio–it’s a final pitch to come to our AX Events: the Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour TOMORROW at 9 AM, LP3 (live stream available), and to buy our zine at Artists Alley table D24! In the Roundtable we talk a bit of the work and process that went into making it all happen. But there’s still time to actually go and check it out. So come–and if you can’t come, watch the live stream, on this very website!

There are also a few news items–about otaku bride preferences, the Evangelion 3rd movie, and Lucky Star uniforms in a real town in a real school. But all that isn’t as important as to drive home the point that we want to see you at our panel tomorrow morning! And buy our zine!

Show Order

  • (00:00-00:05:38) Intro
  • (05:39-10:01) News 1: Lucky Star Uniforms in Saitama Prefecture
  • (10:02-19:18) News 2: Who Otaku Want to Marry
  • (19:19-28:07) News 3: Evangelion 3.0 Title Announced, “Q Quickening”
  • (28:08-33:55) Mailbag
  • (33:56-48:02) Roundtable about Our Zine and Panel
  • (48:03-end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • OP, ED from Haruhi Suzumiya S2
  • All the news items are from Anime News Network: news 1 here [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-06-25/group-discusses-lucky-star-uniforms-to-boost-local-tourism], news 2 here [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/bbs/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=118861], news 3 here [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-06-27/3rd-eva-remake-film-to-be-titled-q-quickening].

Anime Diet Radio Episode 37 – Hello Sailor

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Anime Diet Radio returns! Sorry for the slight lateness. In this very special episode of Anime Diet Radio, we have a special guest for an interview–Chuu Aino, aka “Director-chan,” of the SoCal Sera Myu Sailor Moon Movie Project! She’s here to talk about the fan-made musical film of Sailor Moon that is currently in production and due out in 2010. It was a great interview, and we decided to not only offer the edited version in this podcast, but also have the full unedited (and full of Sailor Moon otaku nerdfacts) interview available for download too. It was a privilege talking to her and we wish the project all the best!

Of course, we have our usual news items, this time about schoolgirl fashions being influenced by anime, a government romance anime about jury duty, and an otaku pretending to give up the faith. Plus, there’s always the mailbag section as well.

A few minor technical hiccups occurred along the way–a very small bit of Ray’s intro was missing, in which he accused me of not being as funny as I could be, hence the exchange later on. :) There was also very slight crackling during the interview as well, though some of it is more apparent in the uncut version than in the edited version. Apologies for all that!

Show Order

  • –(00:00-04:12) Intro
  • –(04:13-10:22) News 1: Jury Duty Romance Anime
  • –(10:23-17:07) News 2: Anime Swings Girls Back to Seifuku
  • –(17:08-25:24) News 3: Melonpan Pretends to Give Up Otaku Faith
  • –(25:25-38:39) Mailbag
  • –(38:40-58:49) Interview with Chuu Aino about Sailor Moon Musical Film
  • –(58:50-end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • OP: “Future Stream” by Sphere (OP to Hatsukoi Limited)
  • ED: “Parallel Hearts” by FictionJunction (OP to Pandora Hearts
  • The story about the Jury Duty Romance anime is at Anime News Network [http://tinyurl.com/qgxqso]. You can watch an untranslated version on Youtube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOklCEw4QDE].
  • The story about the school uniform comeback is at Sankaku Complex.[http://tinyurl.com/ofnhmv]
  • The story about Melonpan is at Sankaku Complex [http://tinyurl.com/ly4o6s], with more pictures of him and his “dating” a body pillow at Danny Choo [http://www.dannychoo.com/adp/eng/1476/Bern+Switzerland.html]. You can even see his original ‘resignation’ post here (in German) [http://www.meidocafe.jp/2009/04/08/out-of-moe/].
  • SoCal Sera Myu [http://www.freewebs.com/last-change/socalmyu.htm] is the group producing the Sailor Moon Movie Project. You can see a small clip on Youtube of what they’ve done so far, too [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-kpADklKbo].

Anime Diet Radio Episode 36 – The Revenge of the Krauser

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Your thoughts have summoned him from hell! Anime Diet’s own hellspawn, Johannes Krauser III, makes an inglorious reappearance on Anime Diet Radio, as we talk about the Detroit Metal City live action movie, respond to your, uh, critiques, and talk about the usual strange news items about the PM’s anime museum, the legs of a Gundam, and “boy ranches” for Japanese women.

As if that weren’t enough, Krauser’s appearance shook the earth!This episode was recorded in the midst of LA’s 4.7 earthquake…and we have the sounds to prove it, as Jeremy (“from Redondo Beach”) lived close to the center of it all. Hear his things tumble and clatter to the ground! See our outtakes file, which also includes a discussion of Swedish pop and Norwegian wood. Har har har!

Show Order

  • –(00:00-03:40) Intro
  • –(03:41-11:20) News 1: National Anime Museum
  • –(11:21-18:10) News 2: Gundam Legs
  • –(18:11-28:22) News 3: Boy Ranch for Women
  • –(28:23-42:35) Mailbag with Krauser
  • –(42:36-54:19) Roundtable: DMC Movie
  • –(54:20-end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • –OP: “Cagayake! GIRLS” (OP to K-ON!)
  • –ED: “SATSUGAI,” by Detroit Metal City
  • The original story about the PM’s plan to open a museum can be found at Anime News Network [http://tinyurl.com/ppovpu].
  • Sankaku Complex has both the story about the Gundam legs [http://tinyurl.com/or7yxl] and the boy ranch [http://tinyurl.com/r694jf]. Danny Choo took excellent pictures of the Gundam legs, too. [http://tinyurl.com/qdkrcm]

Anime Diet Radio Episode 35 – I Need To See Your Johnny

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Well–this is the special, raw, and extra long sitcom edition of Anime Diet Radio, in which we discuss Johnnies of all kinds: and not just the one mentioned in our roundtable topic, that memorable show Eden of the East! For one, there’s a news story about a real Negishi-like pop star with a Johnny-shaped haircut; another one about an anime exercise video that might strengthen your Johnny muscles along with your legs and your arms; and finally, one where a random stranger wants to blow the birthplace of Lucky Star to bits with a bomb.

This episode was edited by Ray, our illustrious co-founder, as I didn’t have the time or energy to do anything other than write these show notes as I always do. All props go to him for lightening my load this week! He would like to mention that this episode is “best listened when drunk and even better stoned.” Perhaps those of you who care to do just that can fill in this nice, innocent, seminary student about what that experience is like? :)

Errata: since the recording of this podcast, we’ve learned that the pop star in question in News Item 3–Hideki Kaji–is in fact the one who sings Negishi’s song in Detroit Metal City and is definitely the basis for that character. That’s thanks to an ANN article we somehow missed as we checked that story out. Also, in a fit of liberal arts majorness* at the end of the Introduction, I proclaim that this was episode 34 when, in fact, it is episode 35. I’m just in denial about this podcast’s age, I guess.

Show Order
–(00:00-04:48) Introduction
–(04:49-12:11) News 1: The Lucky Star Terrorist
–(12:12-20:37) News 2: Training with Hinako
–(20:38-29:30) News 3: Pineapple Negishi Man Beat Up in the Home of Swedish Pop
–(29:31-43:13) Mailbag
–(43:14-62:29) Roundtable: Eden of the East
–(62:30-end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • –OP: “Falling Down,” by Oasis (OP to Eden of the East.
  • –ED: “Futuristic Imagination,” by School Food Punishment (ED to Eden of the East
  • –The story about the Lucky Star terrorist is at Anime News Network [http://tinyurl.com/d3njh8].
  • –The story about Training with Hinako is at Sankaku Complex. [http://tinyurl.com/d3h6qs]. And you can watch it all over the place…
  • –The story about “Negishi,” in its fullest form, is at Anime News Network [http://tinyurl.com/chbtnl]. You can watch a video of him here on Youtube, penis haircut and all [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgcdVZZ0v74].

*I have an English literature degree, people. Stop the hate mail. I totally relate to this song…[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK6ksA0QyE4]

Anime Diet Radio Episode 34 – The Anime Episode

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Have you noticed that Anime Diet Radio has been talking a bit more about weird Japan news and not as much about anime lately? Well, this (rather late, I know) episode changes all that. Every story and the roundtable topic are, at last, actually all related to anime for a change! Whether it’s talking about Keanu Reeves’ Cowboy Bebop (and what Sunrise has for an escape clause should it turn out…badly), Evangelion boxer shorts, or a man whose sole desire in life is to get together with a Pokemon, it’s a return to our roots. We even talk about an actual show for the Roundtable, Asu no Yoichi–again, rather late, I know. This was recorded before the last season had quite ended.

Which means, alas, that many of your listener comments were missed on this episode–we only had 5 at the time we recorded this, and we know there are 4 more that have arrived since then. Thanks! We will answer them in the next recording, which hopefully will be very soon.

A couple of notes: first, thanks to Ray for helping out with the majority of the sound effects for this episode. I think you’ll find them…striking. :) Second, apologies for the clipping on my voice. I have got to learn to set levels properly while I record, though for some really odd reason, I can’t monitor them when I’m using Audio Hijack Pro for recording. (Anyone got any tips on how to do it with that piece of software? Mac only, I know…)

With that–enjoy!

Show Order

  • –(00:00-04:26) Intro
  • –(04:27-11:59) News 1: Sunrise’s Escape Clause
  • –(12:00-17:53) News 2: Evangelion Boxer Shorts
  • –(17:54-24:46) News 3: Man/Pokemon Action
  • –(24:47-37:29) Mailbag
  • –(37:30-49:53) Roundtable: Asu no Yoichi
  • –(49:54-end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • OP: “HANAJI” by Yu Kobayashi (OP to Mariaholic)
  • ED: “Life and proud” by Aki Misato (ED to Asu no Yoichi)
  • The original news story about Sunrise’s additional escape clause for the Cowboy Bebop script is at Anime News Network [http://tinyurl.com/c7ga7z].
  • Sankaku Complex has the original story about Evangelion boxers [http://tinyurl.com/atsy9t].
  • They also have the story about the man with the Poke-complex [http://tinyurl.com/dx9wp3].

Anime Diet Radio Episode 33 – Tuneless

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EDIT: Counters fixed.

This late episode, recorded a while back, may be tuneless–as might be expected when seiyuus since punk rock songs–but it is a lot LOUDER thanks to the Levelator software! We’re louder than bombs, as another band might say. And we’re going to bombard you with news about Taiga on city posters, teachers forcing girls to be maids, and Dutch wives in the trash bin.

But the center piece–or the horror show, as it were–is our Roundtable about the Puncolle Seiyuu Punk Rock Collection of songs, in which seiyuu desecrate cover various classic punk and alternative tunes. The results, in which we present a good number of clips, are either horrifying or horrifically funny.

Anyways, enjoy this latest outing from Anime Diet Radio. Leave your comments below; we will do our best to answer them on the air!

PS: sorry we didn’t get your comment in time, asdf–but know that the massively improved clarity of our voices is due to your suggestions and links. Seriously–thanks so much!

Show Order

  • –(00:00–02:48) Intro
  • –(02:48–08:50) News 1: Taiga Inspects Your Home
  • –(08:50–14:13) News 2: Teacher Forces Girl to be a Maid
  • –(14:13–22:09) News 3: Man Throws Out Dutch Wife in the Trash
  • –(22:09–33:26) Mailbag
  • –(33:26–49:58) Roundtable: Seiyuus Go Punk
  • –(49:58–50:48) Conclusion
  • –(50:48–end) Back Bumper

Show Notes

Anime Diet Radio Episode 32 – The Extra Triple-X Episode

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Those of you who listen to our podcast know us for our, well, occasionally edgy humor. This is a warning to all those who are young and/or impressionable that this episode goes straight over the edge and into the nether regions where no sexual innuendo has gone before. At least for us.

Some of this has to do with our news topics–we not only talk about the Haruhi-chan “Nice Boat” debacle, we also talk about the strange phenomenon of Viagra-fueled men dying in love hotels (in my best This American Life/Ira Glass impersonation), and a 74-year old Japanese male porn star who’s still going strong. As reported by CNN, of course. If they can do it, so can we…right?

Finally, we answer your mail, and then have a roundtable discussion about the season’s best new show, Rideback.

NOTE: The iTunes/AAC version doesn’t have images or chapters because, for some reason, I can’t get it Soundtrack Pro to export the enhanced version correctly. Sorry, iTunes fans.

Show Order

  • (00:00–04:39) Intro
  • (04:39–10:50) News 1: Haruhi-chan gets Nice Boated
  • (10:51–15:37) News 2: Viagra Deaths in Love Hotels
  • (15:38–21:38) News 3: 74 Year Old Japanese Porn Star
  • (21:39–30:34) Mailbag
  • (30:35–44:55) Roundtable: Rideback
  • (44:55–end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • The news about Haruhi-chan’s initial botch is here (1), but now, of course, you can watch actual episodes on the Kadokawa Channel on Youtube. But the original Nice Boat video has been preserved here (2).
  • Weird Asia News has been one of our main sources lately and you can find the Viagria story here (3) and the 74-year old porn star story here (4), which includes a Youtube link to the CNN story about him (5).
  • OP: Asu no Yoichi OP. ED: Rideback OP.

Web References

  • (1) http://tinyurl.com/c9ee8j
  • (2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0fSPwYk724
  • (3) http://www.weirdasianews.com/2009/02/07/viagra-deaths-worry/
  • (4) http://www.weirdasianews.com/2008/10/26/74-yearold-japanese-porn-star/
  • (5) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T7MQsZhM9k

Anime Diet Radio Episode 31 – Project Dietko

Many of you out there would love, I’m sure, to be this guy right now. This is Aiko, a Japanese-speaking android created by Le Truong, who has gotten one step closer to achieving the dream of otakus everywhere–and this is the subject of one of the news items in this 31st episode of Anime Diet Radio! We also talk about the Naked Man festival in Japan, answer some mail, and talk about what has changed in anime since 2006 for our Roundtable discussion.

Show Agenda

  • (00:00–04:16) Intro
  • (04:17–12:09) News 1: Naked Man Festival
  • (12:10–22:29) News 2: Project Aiko
  • (22:30–27:03) Mailbag
  • (27:04–48:06) Roundtable: Changes in Anime
  • (48:07–end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • –OP: “silky heart” by Yui Horie (new OP to Toradora!
  • –ED: “Orange” by Rie Kugimiya, Eri Kitamura, and Yui Horie (new ED to Toradora!)
  • –If you want to see video of the Naked Man Festival, look here (1). A news story at WeirdAsiaNews is here with even more videos (2).
  • –A Fox News story, with many pictures, is available about Project Aiko here (3). See also the official website (4).

Website References

  • (1) http://youtube.com/watch?v=vomojcrhYRQ
  • (2) http://www.weirdasianews.com/2008/11/23/naked-man-festival/
  • (3) http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,465844,00.html
  • (4) http://projectaiko.com

Anime Diet Radio Episode 30: Baby, We Were Born to Love

What? Is this Freddy Mercury, or is it an imitator, singing our anthem for the new year? This is the first episode of Anime Diet Radio for 2009, and with it, we have some fresh new music and the return of the mailbag section, as well as wacky news about Tentacle (G)rape, the Evangelion snowboard, as well as the Japanese space toilet. Oh, and we talk a bit more seriously about the legalization of Crunchyroll, and why Ray’s mad that it region locks him out of the fun.

Thanks to everyone who commented on the last episode. We definitely want your feedback and your thoughts, and we’ll read the mail we get on the air! Just leave a comment on the post here and we’ll get to it in the next recording.

Show Order

  • (00:00–03:56) Intro
  • (03:57–13:29) Mailbag
  • (13:30–21:27) News 1: Tentacle Grape
  • (21:28–27:56) News 2: Evangelion Snowboard
  • (27:57–33:29) News 3: Japanese Toilets in Space
  • (33:30–53:54) Roundtable: Crunchyroll and Region Locking
  • (53:55–end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • –The very beginning clip is from Minami-ke, first season, and it says: “Also, brighten your room, and keep at least three meters away from the TV.” This replaces the blurb from Lucky Star.
  • –OP: “I Was Born to Love You,” by Queen (or is it?). See the reference Youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0RW9B7E3dQ
  • –ED: “Keikenchi Soku Joujou”, ED to Minami-ke Okaeri
  • –Tentacle Grape’s website is here (1).
  • –Find out more about the Evangelion snowboard at Anime News Network. (2)
  • –See a picture of the proposed space toilet at Pink Tentacle (my, we really are filled with them today) (3).
  • –See Crunchyroll’s current programming, which lists all the country restrictions, over here (4). Yes, I put my money where my mouth is and have signed up for a $7 monthly membership–now I can watch all of Gintama. Also, there are actually a few shows that are in fact available to Europeans, but the majority are still US/Canada only.

Web References for iTunes Listeners

  • (1) http://tentaclegrape.com
  • (2) http://tinyurl.com/8h7cpb
  • (3) http://tinyurl.com/7va8bd
  • (4) http://www.crunchyroll.com/lineup?src=topbar

Anime Diet Radio Episode 29 – Auld Lang Syne

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Update, 4:08 PM EST: The chapter marker timing problem in the AAC/iTunes version is now fixed. Redownload it if you got one of the early, incorrect versions. Also, apologies for the popping and blowing noises on my end of the audio–that’s what happens when you only have a cheap desktop mic with no pop filter! (Cue double entendres in 5, 4, 3….)

This is our final show for 2008! We talk about the troubles with Sakai’s library regarding BL manga, Keanu Reeves’ desire to play Spike in the Cowboy Bebop live action movie, and talk about the best and worst anime of 2008 in our Roundtable.

The episode begins with a little help for our friends at Anime Genesis, with whom we had a panel at AX 2008, and Dancing Queen at Howagirlfigures.com. They’re having a panel at this week’s Anime LA convention, January 3rd. Go check them out! (And stay tuned for details about our own panel coming at 2009’s AX…)

Well folks–that’s it for 2008. Happy New Year, everyone!

Show Order

  • (00:00-00:30) – Promo for Anime Genesis/How a Girl Figures Panel
  • (00:31-04:23) – Intro
  • (04:24-18:46) – News 1: BL Manga in Sakai City Libraries
  • (18:47-26:47) – News 2: Keanu Reeves and Cowboy Bebop
  • (26:48-54:30) – Roundtable: End of the Year Reflections
  • (54:31-end) – Conclusion

Show Notes

Web Links

  • (1) http://tinyurl.com/6w7ok7
  • (2) http://tinyurl.com/4d9new
  • (3) http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/07/30/rumor-keanu-reeves-as-spike-in-cowboy-bebop-movie/

Anime Diet Radio Episode 28 – Love and Marriage

To your favorite anime characters, of course! That’s the subject of the news items of this episode Anime Diet Radio, in which we talk about the petitioners for legalizing 2D marriage, and the outrage at Nagi possibly being “sloppy seconds.” The talk gets a little, uh, intense, so it’s marked with an “Explicit” tag. In the Roundtable, though, we finally calm down and talk about One Outs, Michiko to Hatchin, Kurozuka, Chaos;Head, and the impending cancellation of Dattebayo’s Naruto fansubs.

The bad news is that since this episode was recorded, the contract job I mention in it has since ended, and I’m still waiting to hear about whether I’m going to be hired by them. So keep your fingers crossed.

Show Order

  • (00:00-06:06) Introduction
  • (06:07-15:25) News 1: Otaku Petition for 2D Marriage
  • (15:26-27:15) News 2: Nagi is a Slut and Other Otaku Outrages
  • (27:16-28:55) Roundtable: Intro
  • (28:56-36:32) Roundtable: One Outs, Michiko to Hatchin
  • (36:33-48:08) Roundtable: Kurozuka, Chaos;Head
  • (48:09-54:36) Roundtable: On the Difficulty of Endings
  • (54:37-63:00) Roundtable: Dattebayo, Naruto, and the Future of the Industry
  • (63:01-end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • OP: “Lost in Blue,” by Nightmare (OP to Mouryou no Hako)
  • ED: “Vanilla Salt,” by Horie Yui (ED to Toradora!)
  • The news stories and their attendant info can be found on Sankaku Complex here (1) and here (2).

Web Refernces for iTunes Listeners

  • (1) http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2008/10/29/otaku-demand-right-to-wed-2d-characters/
  • (2) http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2008/11/15/cuckolded-otaku-desecrates-kannagi-over-virginity-issue/