Tag: Japan

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

Image result for g-fighter gundam ready go

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 068 – Super Sentai with Squall Charlson

In this episode…everybody say HAI! Because Rob and Don sit down with YouTuber and Tokusatsu fan Squall Charlson to discuss the history of Japan’s Super Sentai genre. Donning the colours of Red, Blue and Yellow, the three heroes discuss the genre’s origins, how it evolved over time, and the highlights of Super Sentai’s 43 year history! All this, and how Dynaman is the greatest thing ever, 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 Sentai Series
IT’S HENSHIN TIME! The History of Super Sentai & Power Rangers (a YouTube documentary on the history of Sentai and Power Rangers)
Squall’s YouTube Channel
Dynaman Comedy Dub Episodes
Kamen Rider
Metal Hero Shows
Himistu Sentai GoRanger
JAKQ
Joss Whedon
Japanese Spiderman
Battle Fever J
TNT Ultra 7
Squall’s Video on Reused Sentai Locations
Bioman
Liveman
Jetman
Keita Amemiya
Zyuranger
Dairanger
Megaranger
Kakuranger
Gingaman
Gogo Five
Timeranger
Kamen Rider Kuuga
Magiranger
Hurrikenger
Boukenger
Kamen Rider Faiz
Dekaranger
V-Cinema
Go-Onger
Shinkenger
Gokaiger
Go-Busters
ToQger
Failed Megazord (ToQger Mecha Boner!)
Lupinranger vs. Patoranger
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
Kamen Rider Ryuki
Kamen Rider The First
Kamen Rider The Next


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 062 – Taiwanese Comics with Julia Chien

Magical Super Asia

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Taiwanese writer Julia Chien to discuss the past, present and future of Taiwanese comic books. Along the way, they talk about comic codes, what life for comics artists was like under military rule, and why many of Taiwan’s best and brightest artists are working in the Korean market. All this, and why the Taipei suburb of Beitou was once believed to be filled with witches and demons, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Julia’s article: Tales of Taiwan’s Comic Artists: Persecution, Isolation and Endless Talent
Taiwan
Min Nan
Beitou
Doraemon
Korean Webcomic Layout (Manhua Nobelesse, which is still breaking it up, the actual comic would be one long strip)
Zhuangzi Speaks
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Image to Audio Converter
Julie Chien (味王, Wei Wang) Mixcloud Page
Books From Taiwan Comics Page

DNA Podcast 060 – Chinese Webnovels with Jeremy Bai

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with translator and author Jeremy Bai to discuss the world of Chinese Webnovels. The trio discuss the history of Chinese adventure fiction being translated to English, how Chinese heroes differ from English heroes, and the best Webnovels for people new to the genre to check out. All this, and the real meaning of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Deathblade YouTube Channel
I Shall Seal the Heavens
Wuxiaworld.com
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
SPCnet.tv Novel Translation Forums
The Dear and the Cauldron
The Book and the Sword
Louis Cha/Jin Yong
Stellar Transformations
XuanHuan and Common Terms in Chinese Novels (General Chinese Fantasy)
Xianxia (Immortal Hero Fantasy)
Wuxia (Martial Arts Fantasy)
Coiling Dragon
Rebirth of the Thief
Massively Multiplayer Roleplaying Games
The Wheel of Time
Taiwan
Qidian.com
17k.com
Webnovel.com
Japanese vs Chinese Light Novel Main Characters
One-Punch Man
Has Eyes but Didn’t See Mount Tai
Tales of Demons and Gods
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Desolate Era
Novelupdates.com
Novel Translations Subreddit
Legends of Ogre Gate story
Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate
Weapons of the Gods RPG
Feng Shui RPG
Legend of the Condor Heroes


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 Podcast 056 – Writing Shonen Manga

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down to discuss Rob’s new book- Write! Shonen Manga. The pair discuss the history of Shonen manga, the different types and meta-genres, and how the Japanese approach writing stories differently than Americans do. All this, and Rob shamelessly hawking his book, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Write! Shonen Manga
Weekly Shonen Jump
Bakuman
Tankobon
Murata Yuusuke
Onepunch-Man
Mazinger Z
Captain Tsubasa
Dragonball
One Piece
Naruto
Robot x Lazerbeam
90’s Golf Manga with the “Frying Swallow” (It’s called “Hayato 18ban Shobu.”)
Detective Conan
Kindaichi Case Files
RE: Monster
Sword Art Online
Dr. Stone
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor
So, I’m a Spider- So What?
Honzuki no Gekokujou (Bookworm Light Novel)
Ekho (European Comic)
Ranma 1/2
Urusei Yatsura
Kimargure Orange Road
I’s Manga
G-Fighter Gundam
Akira
Great Teacher Onizuka
Gokusen
Legend of Yoshitune
Aho Girl
Manga in Theory and Practice
Kishotenketsu
Three Act Structure
Yurucamp
Scott McCloud’s Making Comics
Comics and Sequential Art
Drive-Thru Comics
Wattpad


DNA Podcast 48 – History of Manga (Part 2)

Dragonball Z

In this episode, Rob and Don finish their discussion of the History of Japanese Comics. Starting in the 1980’s, they discuss the rise and fall of Shonen Jump, how Dragonball changed everything, and how modern manga have been influenced by animation. All this, and Bakuman, in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Gung Ho (movie)
Shonen Jump
Go Nagai
Shameless School PTA
Pachinko
Rapeman
Young Sunday
Comiket
Moto Haggio
The Group of 24
Japanese Garage Kits
The Japanese Manga Studio System
Journey to the West (The Monkey King)
Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken)
Dr. Slump
Dragonball
Dragonball Z
Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure
Cyber Blue
Sakigake!! Otokojuku
City Hunter
Josei Manga
Mai the Psychic Girl
Slam Dunk
Sailor Moon
Magical Girl Genre
Shonen Jump Sales Chart
One Piece
Naruto
Yu-yu Hakusho
Bakuman
Nakayoshi
Death Note
Hikaru no Go
Wallman
Pokémon or if you prefer….
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Bleach
My Hero Academia
Robot x Lazerbeam
One Punch Man
Franken Fran
Boichi (this sums it up pretty well….)
Dr. Stone