Tag: Anime

DNA Podcast 082 – Character Progression and Gamerisms in Media

In this episode Don and Rob discuss Don’s view that tabletop RPGs and video games have influenced the way people write and consume stories. Delving deep into the topic, the pair discuss Kung Fu movies, westerns, Isekai stories and (naturally) litRPGs. All this and a deep discussion into where Dr. Who went wrong and how it’s connected to sitcoms, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

The Lester Dent Pulp Formula
Michael Moorcock’s How to Write a Book in Three Days
White Box Dungeons and Dragons
The Hero’s Journey
Commando (movie)
The Shaw Brothers (That’s all you need to know….)
Horse Operas
The Rebel: Johnny Yuma
Shout Factory TV
Go (the game)
Where Eagles Dare
Die Hard
litRPGs
Dragonball Z
“It’s over 9000!”
Isekai
The Righteous Avenger Plot (from my blog)
Death Wish
WTF Happened to PG-13? (YouTube Video)
No Game No Life (Abridged Version)
Rocky (film)
All the Write Moves by R.A. Paterson
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
The Kishotenketsu
Buffy The Vanpire Slayer
BLEACH Manga
Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star)
Two Broke Girls
How I Met Your Mother


DNA Podcast 080 – J-Novel Club with Sam Pinansky

In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by J-Novel club founder Sam Pinansky. J-Novel club is the largest online seller of translated Japanese Light Novels, and one of the pioneers in bringing these Japanese works to English readers. During this great interview, the trio discuss Sam’s journey to becoming a publisher, the nature of the English Light Novel market, and why Light Novels are exploding in popularity in English right now. All this, and the challenges of translating Japanese Light Novel names into English, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

J-Novel Club Website
String Theory
Quantum Field Theory
Quantum Entanglement
Light Novels
Sword Art Online
Konosuba
Goblin Slayer
In Another World with My Smartphone
Tezuka Productions
Hobby Japan
Overlap
Media Factory
Kodansha
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
Last and First Idol
Doujinshi (he called them Doujin)
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World
An Archdemon’s Dilmmea: How to Love Your Elf Bride
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
Arifuretta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
Me? A Genius? I’ve been Reincarnated into Another World But I Think They’ve Got the Wrong Idea!
Apprently It’s My Fault My Husband Has the Head of a Beast!
My Next Life as a Villianess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
I Can’t Believe My Little Sister is This Cute!
Invaders of the Rokujoma
Chuunibyo
Record of Lodoss War
The Light Novel Review YouTube Channel
Shosetsu ni Naro! (I Want to Become a Novelist) Website


DNA Podcast 079 – Giant Robot Smackdown with Professor Otaku

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In this episode, Don and Rob enter the arena of giant robot combat with blazing hearts to face off with Professor Otaku- mecha history expert extraordinaire! The three discuss why Japan is so darn fascinated by giant robots, super robots vs. real robots, and the nature of mecha anime characters. Then, for the main event, Don and Professor Otaku spar off against each other over the Professor’s scathing review of G-Fighter Gundam in a clash so powerful that we only have audio because the cameras all melted! All this, and a surprisingly deep discussion of racism, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Professor Otaku’s YouTube Channel (D2)
Professor Otaku’s Review of G-Fighter Gundam
G-Gundam Visual List of Gundams by Country
Gundam Wing
Yaoi
Voltron
History of Mecha
Gundam Retrospective
Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets
Star Blazers
Macross
Your Name (movie)
Aldonoah Zero
Darling in the Franxx
Chuck Wendig
Dan Abnett
GaoGaiGar
Getta Robo
Yoshiyuki Tomino
Koji Kabuto
Ideon
Evangelion
Mazinger Z
Cyborg 009
My Hero Academia
Sword Art Online
Shadowrun
Panzer World Galient
SPT Layzner
Mobile Suit Gundam
Ronin Warriors
Combattler V
Fist of the North Star
Leiji Matsumoto
Blame
Blue Oyster Cult
Mobile Suit G-Fighter Gundam
Essentialism
The Thermian Argument
Galaxy Quest
The Tequila Gundam (Called the “Spike Gundam” in the dub)
Afro-Futurism
Battletech
Shogun Warriors
Mighty Orbots
Robot Jox
Bubblegum Crisis
Gunsmith Cats
Riding Bean
Kenichi Sonoda
Warhammer 40K


DNA Podcast 66- A History of Mecha Anime Part Two – Real Robots

In this episode, Rob and Don continue exploring the world of mecha anime with a journey into the “Real Robot” subgenre. The pair discuss how the Real Robot genre split off from the Super Robot subgenre they covered in the last episode, and then recombined with Evangelion, to form a whole new kind of titanic monster machine, covering the subgenre’s past, present, and future. All this, and what a Man in a Suitcase Show is, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

List of Real Robot Anime
Boston Dynamics Robot Dog
Anime Ja Nai (Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam Opening)
Mobile Suit Gundam
Ideon
Macross
Man in a Suitcase Show
Yoshitsune
Gundam Sousei
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Gekiga
Yoshiyuki Tomino
Fang of the Sun Dougram
Battletech
Robotech
Message from Space
The Hakkenden
Armoured Trooper VOTOMS
Dorvak
Genesis Climber Mospeda
Isekai
Aura Battler Dunbine
Round Vernian VIFAM
Victory Gundam
Victory Gundam End theme (Winner’s Forever)
Ninja Robot Tobikage Opening (Love Survivor)
Bubblegum Crisis
OVA – Original Video Animation
Megazone 23
Metal Skin Panic MADOX X-01
Mobile Police Patlabor
Mamoru Oshi
Gundam Wing
Evangelion
Code Geass
Hetalia
Girls and Panzer
Giguk – Mecha: The Rise & Fall of Giant Robots


DNA Podcast 65- A History of Mecha Anime Part One – Super Robots

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the origins of Super Robot mecha anime. The pair discuss how it exploded onto Japanese TV in the 1970’s, how it changed and evolved over time, and it’s invasion of the minds of youth everywhere. All this, and the story of how the genre started because one man hated traffic jams, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

List of Mecha Anime
Professor Otaku’s A Visual History of Mecha
Go Nagai
IT! The Living Colossus
Mazinger Z
Gigantor
Ultraman
Ultra 7
Frankenstein Jr.
The Green Slime
Tsuburaya Productions
Ray Harryhausen
Gatchaman
Getta Robo
Getta Robo G
Taekwon V
Brave Raideen
Goddam Gowapper V
Tekkaman
Shogun Warriors
Force Five
Young Boy Chokes to Death on Battlestar Galactica Toy
Combattler V (or maybe the new one)
Rainbow Sentai Robin (B&W, ironically….)
Tranzor Z (When I was a kid this is what ALL super robot openings looked like.)
Discotek Media
Dinosaur War Eizenborg
Ichiro Mizuki
Danguard Ace
Zambot 3
Yoshiyuki Tomino
Voltes V
Mobile Suit Gundam
Ideon
GoLion
Voltron
Armored Fleet Dairuggar 15
Sabre Rider and the Star Sherrifs
Gunbuster
Dangaioh
Guren Lagaan (…is that a Porg…?)
Brave Robot Series
GaoGaiGar
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Goddanner
Mazinger Infinity
Mighty Orbots
MegasXLR
Sym-Bionic Titan
Pacific Rim

 


DNA Podcast 059 – Portrayals of Strength in the Media

In this episode, Don and Rob look at cultural views of strength in the media. The pair explore why lead characters being strong is so important to North American audiences, how views of strength have changed over time, and what a strong female fighter really means. All this, and how Free to Be You and Me destroyed a generation, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

Dynaman
1950’s Education Films and PSAs
Bob Dobbs
Self Actulization
Free To Be You and Me
1970’s Exploitation Films
John Carpenter
Slasher Films
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Mystery Science Theatre Industrial Arts Film
Dirty Harry
Charles Bronson
Dragnet
Adam 12
Kojak
Baretta
Death Wish
Commando
Cobra (Stallone)
The Hills Have Eyes
Silver Bullet
Nightbreed
Spider Baby
Married with Children
Fight Club
1980’s Action Films
The Rock (movie)
Con Air (movie)
Hippy Movement
90s Milk Ads
Conan the Barbarian
Broadchurch
Twin Peaks
Star Trek: Discovery
Surf Nazis Must Die


DNA Podcast 058 – Light Novels with Justus R Stone

In this episode, Don and Rob head East with Justus R. Stone, YouTube Light Novel Reviewer, to discuss the ins and outs of the Japanese and American Light Novel markets. Along the way, Justus takes the pair on a tour of the origins of Light Novels, why they’re growing in popularity in English, and how Light Novels have become linked with web-fiction. All this, and the answer to the question Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

Justus R. Stone YouTube channel
Sword Art Online
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Record of Lodoss War
Slayers
Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!
Accel World
Pulp Serial Novels
Wattpad
Shosetuka ni Naro!
Bunkobon Format
Tankobon Format
Self-Insert Fiction
Your Name (Movie Trailer)
Naruto
Shonen Manga
Shojo Manga
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Hentai (Caution! Adults only! NSFW!)
Ecchi
J-Novel Club
Yen Press (Yen On)
RE:Zero
Cross Infinite World (female Light Novel publisher in English)
Crunchyroll.com
TV Pilot Episode
Ready Player One
NEET(Not in Education, Employment, or Training)
Isekai: The Genre That Took Over Anime (video)
The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!
As a Chinese, I’d like to talk about those Chinese web novels classification (yy fiction)
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Overlord
A Lich
The Isolator
Monster Girl Doctor
Tokyo Pop
Kadokawa Shoten (Publisher)
Bookwalker Light Novels
Kindle Direct Publishing
Books Kinokuniya
The Meteors
The Devil is a Part-Timer
My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong As I Expected
Konosuba
Tsunedere
Magical Girl Genre


DNA Episode 47 – The History of Manga (Part 1)

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Page from Tagosaku and Mokube’s Big Toyko Adventure

In this episode, Rob and Don journey back into the past of Japanese comic books to explore it from its roots 1300 years ago until the great experimental manga age of the 1970s.  They explore the European roots of Manga, how the medium was shaped by the winds of Japan’s history, and the major figures who helped make manga what it is today. All this, and how Go Nagai brought sex and violence to Japanese children’s television, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

A Brief History of Manga by Helen McCarthy
Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics by Fredrick L. Scholt
Shojo Comics
Shonen Comics
The Vampire Diaries
Toba-E (Toba Scrolls)
Reddit
Furry Comics (Hard to find a non-porn link….)
Tokugawa Shogunate
Hokusai
Dreams of a Fisherman’s Wife
Punch Magazine (UK)
The Meiji Restoration
Charles Wirgham
Japanese Story Scrolls
Georges Bigot
Toba-E Magazine (Bigot)
Rakuten Kitazawa
Frank A. Nankivell
Sakhalin Islands
The Russo-Japanese War
The Great Kanto Earthquake
Norakuro
Beetle Bailey
Machiko Hasegawa
Sazae-san
Thimble Theatre
Tank Tankuro
Felix the Cat
Yon-Koma
George Gaynes
Kashi-Bon (Rental Comics)
Osamu Tezuka

1954 Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency
Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom)
Princess Knight
A Drifting Life about Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Tesujin 28 (Gigantor)
Gekiga
Seinen Comics
Star of the Giants
Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow’s Joe)
Rose of Versailles
Area 88
Ernie Colón (and if you’re wondering what American shojo might look like)
Amethyst Princess of Gemworld
Golgo 13
Go Nagai
Shameless School
Kekko Kamen
Lone Wolf and Cub
Shonen Jump
Mazinger Z
Super Robot Anime/Manga
Cutie Honey
Fan Service
Cyborg 009
Manga Hulk
Supaidaa Man
Bat Manga
American Comics in Japan (also this)
Shotaro Ishinomori
Leiji Matsumoto


DNA Podcast 021 – Interview with Tim Eldred

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In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with comic artist and director of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble animated series Tim Eldred to discuss his career in the comic book industry and how it led him into the world of animation. Along the way, they discuss Tim’s advice for aspiring comic book artists, why getting your work done on time is crucial for a career in the comic book industry, and why the secret to successful media production is to have a really big raft! All this, and a look at Tim’s new project Pitsberg, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Tim Eldred Comic History
Tim Eldred IMDB Page
Pitsberg
Cosmo DNA (Star Blazers Fansite)
Grease Monkey
Dark Horse Comics
Eternity Comics
Malibu Comics
Valiant Comics
Aircel Comics
Central Park Media (CPM)
Star Blazers
Lensman (Novel Series)
Lensmen: The Secret of the Lens (Anime Movie)
Mecha (the comic)
Dynamo Joe
Captain Harlock
Chaser Platoon
Armoured Trooper VOTOMS
Robotech: Invid War
Cybersuit Arkadyne
Secret Wars (2015 Comic)
Avengers Assemble
VOTOMS: Supreme Survivor (comic)
Wing Commander Academy (episode 1, YouTube)
Starblazers Rebirth Webcomic