What the FAQs Say

It’s “Beadlemania” in Manga UK’s 22nd podcast

podcastJeremy 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.

07:00 Confessions of slippage. Rounding off the year with Wolf Children. Check out the unboxing video.

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.

80:30 What’s coming up on Blu-ray in 2014.

81:30 Why can’t we have Celtic Frost back?

84:00 It’s the final QUEST-ion! Doodle-doo-doo… A few other surprises coming in 2014.

88:20 Anime: A History, and the trouble you might have getting one signed. Andrew thinks you should all see Nebraska. And Jerome confesses his love for Perfect Blue. And Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers.

91:00 And with that, we’re out. Bye for this year.

The Podcast is available to download now HERE, or find it and an archive of previous shows at our iTunes page. For a detailed contents listing of previous podcasts, check out our Podcasts page.

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