Every once in a while, I team up with the musical duo Momotama to play an anisong or two live. Here’s Momotama singing the wonderful insert/ED from Tari Tari, “Kokoro no Senritsu (Melody of the Heart),” featuring yours truly on piano, at Anime LA 2013. Sorry this video is so late in coming. I’ve also included a downloadable audio file for your listening pleasure too. Enjoy! (NOTE: you may need to turn off your adblocker on this page to see the video.)
And if my less-than-perfect playing doesn’t quite satisfy, here is a gif to make you happy.
And here is the last interview I’m posting from this summer’s conventions: a conversation with character designer and animator Akihiko Yamashita. He’s best known for serving as animation director on numerous Studio Ghibli projects, including Ponyo and The Cat Returns, as well as being one of the two character designers on Giant Robo. In this interview, we ask him about what being at Ghibli and working alongside Hayao Miyazaki is like, his outright worship of JJ Abrams, and why he likes middle-aged male characters so much!
Note: the woman sitting next to him in the video is another character designer, Miho Shimogasa, who’s done work on Cutey Honey Flash, Gravitation, and Powerpuff Girls Z. She is silent in this interview.
Nico Nico Douga, one of the largest sites in Japan, recently opened an English beta of their website. With its famed running on-screen captions over videos, it’s a cornerstone of otaku culture in Japan and hopes to make a similar splash here. We spoke with the CEO of the English site, James Spahn, at Comic Con to learn more about where Nico Nico might be heading in the future.
Veteran male seiyuu don’t generally get a lot of attention compared to their younger, female counterparts. We hope to change that a little here in our spotlight on Toshio Furukawa, the voice of Ataru Moroboshi (Urusei Yatsura), Piccolo (Dragonball Z), and Shin (Fist of the North Star).
And here’s our last interview at the AX 2010 press junket–Toshihiro Kawamoto, character designer of Cowboy Bebop and director of Studio Bones! We ask him about how he got started as a character designer and what Bones’ style is (if it has one). Check it out!
Rei Hiroe, the original manga artist of “Black Lagoon,” talked to us at this year’s Anime Expo press junket. Here his explanation of “bitch moe,” the origins of Black Lagoon, and how he comes up with his gun designs!
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!
May’N did a concert at Anime Expo 2010 this year, along with Megumi Nakajima and special guest Yoko Kanno. Here’s a ten minute excerpt from the beginning of the concert, with just May’N. She sings “Universal Bunny” and “May’N Space” here!
We talk to the animator, director, and producer of “Eden of the East” about what Johnnies are really all about, where they see technology headed, and the differences between working with an existing story like “Ghost in the Shell” and an original one like “Eden of the East.”
The team consists of Satoru Nakamura, Kenji Kamiyama, and Tomohiko Ishii. Only Kamiyama actually spoke, however.
This is our interview with MELL, the singer for the Black Lagoon OP and several other anime OPs, and a senior singer with I’VE. This is a revised version, with proper subtitling (mostly), and better audio. We aske MELL about her songwriting process, how she got started as a singer, and more!
This was a little experiment in live streaming, courtesy of my iPhone and Ustream! It was recorded today, on Jan 25th, starting around 5:15 PM. You can see a lot of the folks TV Tokyo interviewed, including myself–however, yes, the audio was knocked out during my interview for some reason. (It was restored later.) Fortunately, I should be able to recover the audio once I get a copy of the official DVD…basically, they interviewed me and Justin, the guy standing next to me, about why we liked Haruhi, when we heard about it, etc. I described its originality and the fearlessness of Haruhi’s character as being appealing points–and how I could relate to Kyon since I work with such crazy dreamers here on Anime Diet :)
Thanks for everyone who watched us live–and now you can see it for posterity!
Finally, another video! (And there will be more to come.) This is our junket interview with the manga artist and director of Trigun at Anime Expo’s press junket. They mostly talk about the upcoming Trigun movie, though there was some madness at the end that was well worth preserving. Check it out!