Podcast Goes Fourth...with Helen McCarthy!

Arbalest

黒い剣士
Moderator


This time, on our wonderful and bodacious podcast, we're joined by two special guests for a discussion on the the thorny subject of whether anime is getting worse.

The regular team largely takes a back seat in this episode, as we open up the floor to our guests: UK anime uber-pundit Helen McCarthy, author of the award-winning Art of Osamu Tezuka and co-author of the indispensable Anime Encyclopedia; and our very own AUKN Commander in Chief, Augusto, aka Chaos, without whose timely assistance, none of this would have been possible.

Download it here: Nakama Britannica - 4 - Is Anime Getting Worse?

As soon as the episode uploads to iTunes, i'll fire it on here as well.
 

Vashdaman

Za Warudo
Wha!!! You mean the mystery woman who has cornered the UK anime event introducer/speaker market is on the podcast!! Awesome news, I think someone here gave me good scolding once for not knowing who she was, so I look forward to listening! Please tell me it didn't come at the expense of prof's smooth **** vocals though...
 

Vashdaman

Za Warudo
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Thats understandable. You'd have to bleep out my voice too, if only you heard the sounds I make while listening to profs voice.......
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
I did introduce the episode, but after that, I'm afraid I didn't contribute much in terms of conversation... The realisation that I was on a podcast with Helen McCarthy while talking about pornography rendered my mind somewhat blown.
 
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ilmaestro

State Alchemist
Wow, you guys pulled out the stops for this one, looking forward to hearing it. It's a good job though, because with all due respect I rather feel like the cast would pod itself if it had just been you three discussing this subject. ^^;
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
So, you're not on it, Prof hardly speaks... it really *is* a good job you had people there to do the podcast for you! :p

/is wondering when podcasts became like trains
 

Vashdaman

Za Warudo
I'm only half an hour in, but I must say hats off to you guys for getting Helen on the show! She's a great speaker and clearly has enormous knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject. Her analysis of moe is perhaps one of the most balanced and eloquent I have heard.
 

Vashdaman

Za Warudo
Listened to it all (really need sleep). Very, very good discussion guys, well done. I was a bit baffed at first as I was expecting arbalest rather than Augusto, so for a minute I was thinking "Why on earth is he putting on that accent?" lol. But yeah very interesting. Helen is clearly a real vault of anime/manga knowledge and a great speaker to listen to, her enthusiasm being impossible to resist.

The only thing I can think of that disappointed me slightly was to hear yet another person say that they feel Redline lacks heart :( c'mon heart is pretty much all Redline had! It's not fair at all to compare Redline with Akira, they're nothing alike at all aside from both having huge productions values.

But anyway great stuff guys! Also I found having short infrequent bursts of profs tantalizing voice only heightened it's power ;)

Oh on a side tangent after Augusto mentioned it, I was trying to think "what are these great martial arts anime", I genuienly couldn't think of any from memory. I'd agree with Helen completely about Sword of the Stranger, certainly the best one I could think of( in my opinion it's underrated too), even though it's not exactly a martial art's film in the purest sense. Oh yeah, I guess there's FoTNS. But why are semi-realistic martial arts anime so rare?
 

Corra

Dandy Guy, in Space
I'm looking forward to hearing this. I have never had the chance to see Helen 'live', I have heard her on pod-casts. She always has something interesting to say. :D
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
ilmaestro said:
Wow, you guys pulled out the stops for this one, looking forward to hearing it. It's a good job though, because with all due respect I rather feel like the cast would pod itself if it had just been you three discussing this subject. ^^;

Quite possibly. I feel like our views on the subject would probably have been pretty similar.

vashdaman said:
Oh on a side tangent after Augusto mentioned it, I was trying to think "what are these great martial arts anime", I genuienly couldn't think of any from memory. I'd agree with Helen completely about Sword of the Stranger, certainly the best one I could think of( in my opinion it's underrated too), even though it's not exactly a martial art's film in the purest sense. Oh yeah, I guess there's FoTNS. But why are semi-realistic martial arts anime so rare?

Yeah, outside of FotNS, I think I'd struggle to name many well-remembered martial arts series myself. What sprang to my mind at the time were things like Tiger Mask and Ashita no Joe, but I don't know if you could really count wrestling and boxing as martial arts.

I haven't seen it myself, but "Sakigake!! Otokojuku" maybe? If the OP's anything to go by, it looks pretty good.
 

Rui

Karamatsu Boy
Administrator
Surely Yawara! would count. Realistic martial arts seem to come up so often in the background of other shows that it's oddly difficult to think of things which revolve around them.

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