Anime Diet Radio Episode 3 – The Jerry Springer Director Gossip Edition


Note: this episode contains more profanity than usual, and is thus tagged “explicit” in iTunes. I contemplated releasing a bleeped version in true Jerry Springer fashion, but I didn’t have time!

It’s been a while! And have we got juicy news for you in this podcast…director and producer gossip from the hallowed halls of Studios Gainax and Ghibli. Hideaki Anno’s infamous interview in the Atlantic (broken here), Goro and Hayao Miyazaki’s catfight, and Takami Akai’s resignation from Gainax are all up for comment. We also chatter about Claymore, El Cazador de la Bruja, Hayate no Gotoku, and Darker than Black, among other ongoing spring season shows.

No extras this week–because no extras were necessary. 🙂 Everything got recorded this time. And everything is fair game!

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Show Notes

  • OP: Intro to Lucky Star + Lovely Complex OP
  • ED: “Jerry Springer,” by Weird Al Yankovic
  • The original Anime Diet post that broke the Atlantic Monthly Anno interview to the anime blogosphere is here. (
  • This is the transcript/translation of the interview with Goro Miyazaki, which shares the juicy details. (
  • This is the story of how Takami Akai took on 2chan and lost. (

Author: gendomike

Michael lives in the Los Angeles area, and has been into anime since he saw Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1999. Some of his favorite shows include Full Metal Alchemist, Honey and Clover, and Welcome to the NHK!. Since 2003 he has gone to at least one anime convention every year. A public radio junkie, which naturally led to podcasting, he now holds a seminary degree and is looking to become Dr. Rev. Otaku Bible Man any day now. Michael can be reached at You can also find his Twitter account at @gendomike.