State Of Classic Anime in North America, 2018

Way back in the early days of Akihabara Renditions, I started a thematic piece I called the “State Of Classic Anime in North America”. As my own personal fandom tastes shifted from the shiny and new titles, I started digging deeper into the “classics” and time periods of Japanese animation that most interested me. But since I did a bunch of arm chair industry analysis, I figured an annual round up of titles and their releases was good consistent content that I could work on. Which leads us to the first, and until recently only, State of Classic Anime in North America. Now, I think it’s time for this to make a comeback and be featured in a Free Talk segment.

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Series 2 Episode 14 – Twilight of the Podcasters

In this episode of Akihabara Renditions, Drew and Richard sit down and talk about a film that was seemingly everywhere in an earlier time of fandom but has conspicuously disappeared – 1987’s Twilight of the Cockroaches! Take a trip down memory lane as we revisit a film  we’re seeing for the first time in two decades!

As we mentioned in the show, the movie was aired as a one-off movie night on Cartoon Network on Night of the Vampire Robots, and someone uploaded the whole broadcast to YouTube.

Show notes update 2018-12-21: Discotek Media has licensed Twilight of the Cockroaches for DVD release early 2019!

Pre-order at RightStuff for under $13!

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A Treasure Trove Of Junk: Personal Archive of Internet Anime Fandom, 1996 ~ 2002

Drew here with another Free Talk on Akihabara Renditions! I joke that my parent’s had this plan for their retirement – Operation: Get Your Shit Out Of My House. Phases of this operation are selecting some holiday or family gathering and when they show up, inform my wife and I that they have stuff for us (usually to my wife’s chagrin). This is the story of one of the results of those phases: part of the delivery was old floppy disks I had from my early teenage years up until I left for college, which was nearly all years of heavy anime fandom. I figured this would be a good Free Talk article to both look at how Internet access and anime fandom not only correlated but how they’ve changed over this time period.

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Series 2 Episode 13 – Crafting Panels for Anime Conventions

Hey everyone – if you’re reading this then it means Drew is up late putting together a podcast because him and Richard are  putting together panels for an anime convention! Which, just so happens to be the topic of our show!

We’ll be at Anime Weekend Atlanta presenting the following panels, so if you’re also there, we’d love to meet the listeners!

Ten Years Ten Anime: 2000s Head-to-Head – FRI 9:45 PM CGC 108
Nue Kids On The Block: A Profile of Studio Nue – SAT 2:15 PM CGC 108
Suit (of Armor) Up! 30 Years of Ronin Warriors – SAT 7:15 PM CGC 108
Don’t Talk About The War: Militarism and Pacifism in Japanese Animation – SUN 11:30 AM CGC 107

Series 2 Episode 11 – Twitter Thievery

In this exciting episode of Akihabara Renditions, Drew takes to stealing content from Twitter to get some discussion going for the podcast topic. First, Drew and Richard discuss the hashtag #FilmstruckFour and each select 4 anime that have shaped their overall taste in anime fandom. Then we turn the tables around and discuss something we hate about a show we love and something we love about a show we hate.

Nice quick episode here, so hope you enjoy! Again, leave us feedback on iTunes, Stitcher and wherever you get your podcasts and hit us up on Twitter, Facebook and email!

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