The hilarious anime director Nabeshin (aka Shinichi Watanabe)–who made such titles as Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemi, and The Wallflower–talks to Anime Diet for the second time since PMX 2009! (See here and here.) We talk about his afro, his plans for the future, and get him to say some pretty outrageous things!
Note about the MELL video: the first version should be up in a couple of hours. There were some processing issues.
These are the official pictures from our triumphant press junket yesterday. Captions are coming soon, but in order, the guests include:
- Toshihiro Kawamoto
- Yuu Asakawa
- Danny Choo
- Rei Hiroe
- Eden of the East production team (Kenji Kamiyama, Tomohiko Ishii, Satoru Nakamura)
- Masakazu Morita
- Michael Lattanzio (CEO of SPJA)
The Anime Diet State of the Union Address
– By Ray Hu, representing all for this moment in time.
February 26, 2010
My fellow Otakus:
As Anime Diet enters its third year, I’m reminded of the tracks that we have carved in the history of anime fandom. As fellow anime lovers, or otakus, if you so dare, we have been fighting. Yes, fighting. Just as you have struggled through the last decade engaged in mortal combat with changes, finance issues, work, school, relationships, and any other seemingly trivial but strong foes. You have waged war with the enemies with all your heart, your might and your strength, and at the end of the grueling match, you have come out on top, and that’s why you’re reading and hearing this. I congratulate you for your bravery and resourcefulness in managing social upheavals as well as other concerns that have been of the utmost importance in your lives. As for us,
Sorry for the delays on this video! There were some technical issues. Here’s the second half of the interview, which is actually a press conference with both Nabeshin and a manga artist-turned-idol named Aoi Kidokoro. The banter between the two of them is infectious and occasionally suggestive. :)
For time’s sake, in this press conference I’ve only included questions that were asked by our representatives. There will be a downloadable version sometime tonight, I hope.
UPDATE: downloadable version now available.
And now, the cream of the crop of our activities at Pacific Media Expo 2009: an exclusive interview with the famous anime director, Nabeshin! He’s directed such gems as Excel Saga, The Wallflower, Puni Puni Poemi, and many other wacked out anime–and his be-afroed persona has been included in countless other anime. Nabeshin is a naturally hilarious fellow and here he shares his thoughts about his afro, possible merchandising for his likeness, and what future plans he might have.
This is only part 1, too! At PMX, Nabeshin was paired up with a very cute mangaka/idol singer named Aoi Kidokoro, and our interview with both of them together will go up tomorrow as part 2. This interview is with Nabeshin alone.