It’s “Beadlemania” as the fab four return for our 22nd podcast
Jeremy Graves is joined by Jerome Mazandarani, Andrew Hewson and Jonathan Clements for a run-down of what’s coming up and what’s going on, available to download now. Contains the phrases: “engine of Japanese oppression,” “invaded by bots,” “secret file from the chamber of balrogs” and “where do you think all the cocaine’s been hidden?”
00:00 The song that ruined Christmas.
01:30 Introductions all round, which turn out to be largely wrong.
03:50 Jerome paints a Yuletide picture, using only words.
04:20 Bad marketing ideas from Gatwick Express.
05:00 Round-up of the December releases. Jude Law, not appearing in anime near you any time, ever.
09:00 The traditional Andrew Partridge baiting session, and tales of his odd fetish for ice cream. Other odd things you can buy in a Japanese convenience stores. The world’s greatest segue, ruined by everyone else.
11.00 Evangelion 3.0, coming in March. Controversy arising over The Wind Rises, Miyazaki’s best- and worst-reviewed film ever. Chinese reactions to Studio Ghibli, as demonstrated in Lifeweek magazine.
17:30 Looking back on 2013 – highlights including moustaches, conventions and stuff. The prospects for Attack on Titan, convention disasters, and the high road to Scotland.
29:00 “A Buddhist purple cat that never does anything and then dies.” Comments on judging films, with time out to discuss coalition politics and the Evening Standard awards.
34:45 The Kuroko basketball threats, and other scams and scandals arising in the Japanese media.
36:00 The perils of licensing sports anime. Hidden synergies in Summer Wars.
39:00 The nature of female fandom, and its long-overlooked presence in the history of anime (as noted by Paul Dini).
42:00 The Hell of Heidi: “We’ve created perfection, you morons!”
44:00 Jerome takes on Ofcom, and explains where all the pornography is hidden.
46:50 Godzilla, and re-enacting it in your living room.
49:20 Ask Manga UK. What pre-2000 anime do you think deserves an HD redo?
50:50 Giving credit where credit is due. Steve Kyte unmentioned on Firestorm, and Spike Lee’s response to an offended artist on Oldboy.
57:00 Which releases have surprised you in terms of 2013 sales?
59:00 Possible title issues with Tiger and Bunny.
59:30 Watching Manga UK releases on iTunes.
61:45 What effect will disintermediation have on your business model? Predictions for anime becoming a closed circle of consumption, less visible to the public.
67:50 The possibility of Jormungand appealing to al Qaeda.
70:00 Jerome explains content-driven marketing.
72:00 The legal tangle of the Macross licence.
75:00 Has there been an increase in Blu-ray sales this year? It is now cheaper to release stuff on Blu-ray than DVD! Who would have thought it?
78:30 The chances of a Manga UK modelling agency.
81:30 Why can’t we have Celtic Frost back?
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84:00 It’s the final QUEST-ion! Doodle-doo-doo… A few other surprises coming in 2014.
87:38 Jerome’s final surprise announcement. The X is silent, you see.
91:00 And with that, we’re out. Bye for this year.