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Indepth discussion and interviews exploring the relationships between anime and Canadian media such as television, video, and the internet.
Jun 29, 2021
Ep.79 - Canadian Tezuka Dubs - The Legal and Not-So-Legal
While many tend to associate franchises like Dragon Ball and Gundam with their historical ties to Canadian dubbing, the works of the godfather of anime, Osamu Tezuka, have a surprising hidden history within that designation as well. From the first anime ever aired on television in France, to the OTHER 80s Astro Boy dub, to a Kimba the White Lion dub produced under extremely unscrupulous circumstances, to more recent productions funded by the Japan Foundation, we've seen a number of work produced by Canadian studios. Mike Toole joins me to chronicle these largely obscure dubs in a way that will hopefully make you angry the next time a Tezuka property is sent to a dubbing studio in Miami instead of Vancouver.
May 23, 2021
Ep.78 - Cathy Weseluck From Shampoo to Yuma
Cathy Weseluck is widely known as a prolific character actor who has provided the voices of Shampoo from Ranma 1/2, Spike in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Yuma in World Trigger and Cybersix, to list only a scant few. However, there's a very good chance that you've heard her in commercials, documentaries or other narration without even realizing it. Cathy joins me to talk about her background in voice acting, as well as her methods.
Apr 13, 2021
Ep.77 - Cardcaptors and the Siren Curse of Froggy Mix
To say that opinions are divided on Cardcaptors would be an understatement. To those who were more attuned to anime fandom in 2000, Nelvana's incredibly loose adaptation of Cardcaptor Sakura was living evidence of why Canadian companies should not be allowed to wholly license and distribute anime. To the kids who didn't listen to weird adults on the internet, however, Teletoon's extended run of the show was a childhood landmark. Eryn and Rin-taichou (Rin-senpai at the time of this recording) join me to discuss the highs, the lows and the mysterious Europop connections of Cardcaptors, because I don't think anyone else will!
2 hr 6 min
Feb 23, 2021
Ep.76 - An Evening with Cole Howard
From currently unlicensed Bandai Entertainment dubs from the mid-2000s, to My Little Pony to Dragon Prince and Zoids WILD, Cole Howard has spent years mastering the intricate art behind voice acting wide-eyed teenage protagonists. Evidently, it's worked out rather well for him. Cole joins us to talk about his work on titles like Mai-HiME and Law of Ueki in Alberta, what brought him to Vancouver, and the psychological (if not logistical) challenges that COVID-19 has brought to the voice acting field.
Jan 28, 2021
Ep.75 - If the Women Don't Find You Handsome...
Karl and I cautiously enter the unpredictable realm of 2021 by lamenting the lack of a theatrical review episode this year (sorry Randy!), but celebrate the two big nominations for Vancouver animator and former Zannen, Canada guest Genice Chan in Crunchyroll's Anime Awards - a distinction that probably holds more weight than the actual award winners. We do a bit of a deep dive into the currently tabled (but little discussed) proposed streaming regulations and whether or not Sony's upcoming amalgamation of Funimation of Crunchyroll may be big enough to get the attention of Canadian watchdogs. We also talk about that infernal No Frills "Haulerverse" ad and how terrible Loblaws actually is and give a brief overview of what new shows we've been watching this season.
1 hr 20 min
Dec 21, 2020
Ep.74 - Zannen, Canada's Worst Christmas Ever
The boys at The Anime Roundtable podcast finally put aside their differences and join me to wrap up this terrible, terrible year. After recognizing the recent (and shocking) passing of Kirby Morrow as well as the unsurprising news of Funimation's purchase of Crunchyroll, we all kind of struggle to pin down media that brought us some degree of joy in 2020, but ultimately come up with some unique choices including Terrace House, Great Pretender, Arte, Act-Age, Close Enough and Extra Olympia Kyklos.
1 hr 38 min
Nov 29, 2020
Ep.73 - He's More of a Sherlock Corgi
If you haven't experienced a version of Sherlock Holmes where he drives around in steampunk vehicles, repairs bi-planes mid-air and is also a dog, then chances are you have experienced significantly more faithful versions of the character. However, that doesn't mean you should skip Sherlock Hound! Known simply as "Sherlock Holmes" in French, this Italian-Japanese co-production was the final television series directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and was likely the first exposure to his work for all those watching on Radio-Canada back in the 1980s. What this series lacks in actual mystery it makes up for in spades with elaborate animated set pieces and unnecessary animation flexes... for the six episodes that Miyazaki directed, anyway! Mike Toole and Kurotsuki join me to reflect on the series, and also listen to me completely mispronounce Kyosuke Mikuriya's name at every effort!
1 hr 29 min
Oct 7, 2020
Ep.72 - Only Nerds Watch Tubi
For years it's felt like we've been asking the rest of the world to take our word for it that Sailor Moon was a Canadian cultural phenomenon, but at long last we have seen a distinct example of that in practice with Sailor Moon's launch on Crave last month. Karl and Kyle join me to talk about why this launch led to an explosion on social media, despite the fact that the show has been available on Tubi for years! We also discuss some other recent news stories such as Viz's new partnership with Funimation and AT&T's apparent desire to sell off Crunchyroll. We also take a look at the outrageous prices of Sentai Filmworks titles on Amazon.ca to underline what a terrible decision Crunchyroll made by choosing them to handle their home video distribution. What was your reaction to Sailor Moon appearing on Crave? If they get more anime, is there anything specific you think they should grab next? If so, I'd love to hear from you! Share your thoughts at email@example.com.
1 hr 50 min
Sep 7, 2020
Ep.71 - Don't Meme Up the Scripts
Michelle Clough served as a Script Adapter for multiple Ocean Studios projects including Death Note, Pretty Cure, My Otome and The Story of Saiunkoku. She joins me to talk about working for Ocean during what was possibly both their heyday and the beginning of their slump in the realm of anime dubbing in the late 2000s. We also talk about the exciting world of closed captioning and reveal a few details about the upcoming streaming debut of the Sailor Moon uncut dub on Crave!
1 hr 50 min
Aug 13, 2020
Ep.70 - Super Cure Pretty Fans
The Calgary-produced dub of the original Futari wa Pretty Cure hit the airwaves on YTV right as anime was reaching its decline on the station. Many had hoped the series would be a hit and bring about a second wind, but few were surprised that this didn't happened. Even fewer were surprised that this dub hasn't seen the light of day since. But should we really write it off as a failure? Mahou Shoujo experts Eryn and Pike, as well as Will Wood, the voice of Ferguson/FujiP from the series, bring a wild array of perspectives on this great dub, its impact as well as the Pretty Cure franchise as a whole. Did YTV's airing of Pretty Cure have a big impact for you? If so, I'd love to hear from you! Share your story at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 hr 1 min
Jul 20, 2020
Ep.69 - In Quarantine with Raj Ramayya
Raj Ramayya joins me from quarantine in Saskatchewan to talk about his work and what he's been up to since his last appearance on the podcast. Best known as a vocalist for Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain and Made in Abyss, Raj is a frequent collaborator with Yoko Kanno and Kevin Penkin. He talks about his recent work on Tower of God, the strengths of the Canadian music industry, the ways in which the Japanese music industry has (and hasn't) changed over the past 20 years and the ever prevalent specter of Tommy Lee Jones in Japanese advertising.
Jun 28, 2020
Ep.68 - Genice Chan Makes Anime
Genice Chan is an illustrator and animator from Vancouver, BC who recently provided concept art and directed the ending credit sequence for the Netflix anime BNA (Brand New Animal) from Studio Trigger. She joins me to talk about the process of working with Trigger, how she enlisted Giant Ant Studios for animating the ED as well as her thoughts on localizing tanukis into raccoons.
May 27, 2020
Ep.67 - Dedicated to all Pioneers
Ashley joins me to complete our exploration of late night anime on Teletoon in the late nineties with a laid back chat about Macross Plus. We talk about its accessibility, connections to Cowboy Bebop, alternate Bryan Cranston-free dubs and the legal nightmare that has now consumed this classic OVA series.
Apr 17, 2020
Ep.66 - Minifée Has Lost Faith in Humanity
Minifée, the Montreal-produced dub of the original Sally the Witch, may not at first seem terribly notable. However, it doesn't take a lot of digging to find out that it one of the most crucial, overlooked productions in the history of anime in North America. Not only was it the first anime dub ever produced in Canada, it was the first anime ever produced in the French language. With Bernadette Morin, mother of notable Francophone singer Amélie Morin, at the helm, it is... possibly the first anime dub ever produced by a woman? It's a little hard to nail that one down, but mahou shoujo expert Eryn Dearden joins me to explore the series a little deeper. Special thanks to Vincent Bergeron for his assistance in researching for this episode!
1 hr 14 min
Mar 16, 2020
Five Years of Zannen, Canada
March 18, 2020 marks the 5th anniversary of the Zannen, Canada podcast. Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/zannencanada Twitter: @jbetteridge Podcast Twitter: @zannencanada Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zannencanada/ E-mail: email@example.com
Feb 28, 2020
Ep.65 - I Wouldn't Make That Bet
Will Studio Ghibli films ever become available to stream in Canada? You might not want to put your money on that one. Will Crunchyroll have to produce Canadian Content to comply with possible future regulations? Probably not a good bet. Karl and I tend to be really bad at predicting things, so we discuss some current news items that will likely have an impact this coming year and try to put every possibility we can think of out on the table.
1 hr 30 min
Jan 30, 2020
Ep.64 - Your New Cinema Monopoly Overlords
UK theatre chain Cineworld (owners of Regal Cinemas in the US) has purchased Cineplex, meaning that our movie media monopoly is no longer even Canadian! What does this mean for anime? Almost certainly nothing, but it's crucial to know what's at work behind the scenes! Randy and I share our thoughts on all of the anime films released in Canada in 2019, evaluate the improvements over the previous year and speculate on what we can expect in 2021.
2 hr 14 min
Dec 27, 2019
Ep.63 - Don't Worry Candy, He's Just in the Hospital
Forty years ago, the entire non-English speaking world was captivated by Candy Candy, the chronicles of the endless tragedies befalling an spunky and adorable freckled orphan. This shoujo classic was a staple of Radio-Canada's anime line-up throughout the 70s and 80s, but was scrubbed off the face of the earth in the 90s amid legal turmoil. Join Dave, Shaindle, Chris and myself to find out why so many people continue to spread the good word of Candy despite the ongoing effort to erase her from public consciousness! Big thanks to Vincent Bergeron for his help compiling information for this episode!
1 hr 44 min
Dec 12, 2019
Ep.62 - Zannen Molting Day Celebration
The annual Zannen, Canada holiday special has arrived! This year, voice actors Caitlyn Bairstow, Ian Hanlin, Brian Doe and Disney-approved Spider-Man actor Cole Howard join me live from GGRP Studios in Vancouver to share their favourite media from 2019 including Seiss Manos, Alita, The Dragon Prince, O Maidens in Your Savage Season, and a whole lot of independent films such as Gemini, Shuttlecock, Tokyo Lovers and Puppet Killer.
1 hr 28 min
Nov 22, 2019
Ep.61 - Not Recommended for Family Viewing
The year is 1997. After years of careful planning, Canadian broadcasting consortiums have unleashed upon the public an assortment of new cable channels, all of which are wildly experimental in their attempts to gain your attention. Among these channels is Teletoon, although it is very different from the Teletoon we know today. It is bold, it is ambitious, and it is so determined to get the attention of adult audiences that it is willing to harness the raw power of Manga Entertainment with Late Night Anime. Ashley joins me once again to talk about the four movies that were central to this effort: Ninja Scroll, Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, Patlabor: The Movie and Patlabor 2: The Movie. What an age it was.
1 hr 11 min
Sep 29, 2019
Ep.60 - Please Steer Clear of the Anime Improv Drama
This episode is all about Animethon, Canada's oldest anime convention, despite denying being an anime convention for a significant portion of that time. Eryn Cerise, Ian Horner and Brendan "Beej" Dery help paint a picture of how what started as a membership booster for an Edmonton anime club grew into one of the epicentres of anime fandom in Western Canada - not to mention the increasingly crowded anime improv scene.
1 hr 8 min
Aug 25, 2019
Ep.59 - Sailor Mercury Mux Odyssey
In 1997, CBC's Undercurrents ran a legendary exposé on otaku as obsessive collectors of data. It featured William Gibson, Hitoshi Doi, as well as a charming fellow with an overzealous fixation on Sailor Mercury. That fellow was Gregory Taylor, and he joins me in this episode to talk about the segment, as well Sailor Moon chat groups in the 1990s, rogue anime screenings at the University of Waterloo, anthropomorphized math concepts and his own cataloged experiences in the world of Sailor Moon online roleplaying. In a separate segment, I also talk about Anime Revolution 2019, and the unfortunate controversy surrounding the event this year. Full Undercurrents Otaku Segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcczGPlbrYQ Music Video featuring Greg: Alex Lacasse - "Like This, Like That" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ekMLv7ITH4 Greg's Website: Occasional Homepage of Gregory Taylor - http://web.ncf.ca/cz159/ Greg's Twitter: @mathtans Anime News Network article on AniRevo 2019: Victim…
Jul 30, 2019
Ep.58 - Toonami Canada is Inevitable Maybe
Information on donating to Kyoto Animation directly: https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2019/07/24-1/kyoto-animation-officially-starts-accepting-donations-through-bank-transfer GoFundMe donations through Sentai Filmworks: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal Karl and Corey share their thoughts on the horrific arson attack at Kyoto Animation. We also discuss the surprising prospects of Toonami on Adult Swim Canada, and why it may not have the content you want! We also go predictably in-depth about Warner's recent announcement of HBO Max and how it has possibly destroyed any reasonable expectation we had for their streaming strategy.
1 hr 36 min
Jun 17, 2019
Ep.57 - The Enigmatic Ecology of Anime North
Ashley Hakker joins me to talk about the remarkable, unstoppable life-form that is Anime North. All of the planning in the world could never have prepared me to properly absorb this convention in one go, and together we talk about its history and the exact ingredients that caused it to become the giant glorious mess that it is today.
1 hr 6 min
May 9, 2019
Ep.56 - Cat's Eye: The Anime Inspector Gadget
Not to be confused with the Margaret Atwood novel, Cat's Eye (or "Signé Cat's Eyes") aired in French on Radio-Canada in the late 80s and early 90s, and oh boy did it stick out like a sore thumb on that line-up. Chris joins me once again to share his own experiences watching the show. Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia Podcast also appears to give her own perspective on how well this show really holds up. We touch on many important points such as Club Dorothée, the connections to Nicky Larson (sometimes referred to as "City Hunter") and what it must be like to discover classic anime through Citypop and Vaporwave videos as opposed to just being old.
1 hr 39 min
Apr 9, 2019
Ep.55 - Adult Swim Canada: I Think They're Finally Getting It
With little notice, Corus launched the world's first ever 24/7 Adult Swim network, and the good certainly seems to outweigh the bad... at least if you ignore the lack of streaming options! Sketch from the Toonami Faithful Podcast, as well as Karl, help me take a close look at what this new channel does right, what it does wrong, and what it still needs to do to truly capture the Adult Swim voice. The channel's launch also raises many questions, such as: will this stuff ever appear online again? What is the future of CanCon on this station? WILL WE EVER SEE TOONAMI? We do not have answers to these questions, but we certainly have plenty of speculation. You like speculation, right?
1 hr 49 min
Mar 2, 2019
Ep.54 - The Canadian Dragon Ball Experience
With nine different voice actors for Goku and a LOT of bad theme songs, the Dragon Ball franchise has been an odd patchwork in Canada, but not one that has derailed its success in any way. Geoff and Yazy join me to talk about discovering and following Dragon Ball/Z/GT through all its different dubs, and try our best to clear up some misconceptions on why so may different versions hit the airwaves. We have so much fun that we completely forgot to mention that Dragon Ball Evolution aired on YTV at one point.
2 hr 11 min
Jan 12, 2019
Ep.52 - Theatrical Anime Apocalypse
Lots of amazing theatrical anime release happened in 2018... but you may have noticed that very few of them came to Canada, especially compared to the previous two years. Randy joins me to try and explain the many factors that may have led to this somewhat sorry state of affairs. We also talk about all of the great anime films we did manage to see, despite these setbacks.
1 hr 24 min
Dec 18, 2018
Ep.51 - Zannen, Canada's Jug-Band Christmas
Curating the many great anime, TV shows, films, comics and music of 2018 is pretty much an impossible task, but Dave Merrill and Chris (aka Kurotsuki) join me in this holiday special to at least help navigate their personal favourite pieces of media of the year. Hear us discuss about Cells at Work, Joe Pera Talks With You, Hereditary and one really great Macross Delta song. (Don't consider that an endorsement of Macross Delta, though!)
1 hr 14 min
Dec 7, 2018
Ep.50 - The Goldorak Show
Few things compare to the sheer might in which Goldorak (the French version of UFO Robo Grendizer) took French-speaking Canada by storm when it first debuted in 1978. While not particularly well-loved in Japan, Goldorak has proven to be one of Go Nagai's most impactful creations worldwide, and has influenced youth programming in ways you may not expect - even in the Anglosphere!. But does Goldorak still matter to Quebec and other francophones around the country? Dave Merrill and Chris (aka Kurotsuki) join me to explore the issue, and also help paint one of the best pictures of French-Canadian anime fandom you're likely to find. NOTE: In this episode, we incorrectly state that Goldorak aired on Radio-Canada. It actually aired on TVA! For more extensive information, visit www.zannen.ca Theme song by Karl Olson. Check out Packet Flood, the album all of this show's music is taken from, on his Bandcamp: ultraklystron.com/album/packet-flood Jesse's Recommended Grendizer/Goldorak Episodes…
1 hr 23 min
Nov 7, 2018
Ep.49 - The WOW World Revolution (Probably)
WOW Unlimited will be launching a new television channel soon in collaboration with Bell Media, and the chances are looking very good that it will feature an anime line-up of some kind. Why should anyone care about a linear television channel in this day and age? With some notable heavy hitters behind the scenes, as well as an incredibly strong streaming outlet in the form of Crave, this station and brand may have more of an impact than you'd expect. Karl joins me to discuss the potential benefits, as well as some of the dystopian side effects, of where the broadcast and streaming future of this channel could take anime, as well as the whole damned Canadian media ecosystem. Is that enough hyperbole for you? Theme song by Karl Olson. Check out Packet Flood, the album all of this show's music is taken from, on his Bandcamp: ultraklystron.com/album/packet-flood
1 hr 17 min
Oct 3, 2018
Ep.48 - The Bush Baby Recovery Project
The Bush Baby, an anime based on a Canadian novel, was one of a minority of World Masterpiece Theatre titles to receive an English dub. This dub aired on TVO and Access Alberta in 1993 and then... vanished. It was thought to be lost forever, until it was finally recovered in its entirety earlier this year. Rania, who had the series archived for years, joins me in a retrospective look back on both the show itself, as well as the story of how this important historical artifact was preserved for so long. Mike Toole also joins us to shed a little bit of light on World Masterpiece Theatre licensing, and why this is such an important find. And yes, he does sing the theme song! Rania's YouTube Channel where The Bush Baby English dub has been uploaded: https://www.youtube.com/user/Talim2004/videos For more extensive information, visit www.zannen.ca Theme song by Karl Olson. Check out Packet Flood, the album all of this show's music is taken from, on his Bandcamp: ultraklystron.com/album/pac…
1 hr 2 min
Sep 9, 2018
Ep.47 - Raj Ramayya of Saskatchewan
Since the early 90s, Raj Ramayya has had a rich career in the Japanese music industry, spanning commercials, to children's shows, to video games and, of course, to anime music collaborations with the likes of Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop and Wolf's Rain) and Kevin Penkin (Made in Abyss). He joins me in this episode to talk about how a foreigner from Saskatchewan could achieve such a prosperous career in Japanese media. For more extensive information, visit http://www.zannen.ca Theme song by Karl Olson. Check out Packet Flood, the album all of this show's music is taken from, on his Bandcamp: ultraklystron.com/album/packet-flood
Aug 23, 2018
Ep.46 - We Beat the Smoke by About Two Weeks
Sarah joins me to talk about Anime Revolution 2018, including the big improvements from last year, as well as complaining about panels that pad out time with Q&A because they can't fill a full hour with proper content. Incidentally, we get through this topic in about 30 minutes, and then proceed to fill the rest of the episode with discussion about current anime shows this season. Sarah's Twitter: @kittyandtea Website: http://www.zannen.ca Twitter: @jbetteridge Podcast Twitter: @zannencanada E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zannencanada/ Theme song by Karl Olson. Check out Packet Flood, the album all of this show's music is taken from, on his Bandcamp: http://ultraklystron.com/album/packet-flood
Jun 26, 2018
Ep.45 - Gundam SEED Holds Up Better Than You Think
Why was Mobile Suit Gundam SEED a success here but not the United States? Daryl Surat and Jarvis Gray join me to explain, in yet another retrospective episode on anime that have had a unique cultural impact in Canada. (Honestly though, we spend more time ranting about Gundam SEED Destiny, how that show is unfairly lumped in with its predecessor and why you should NOT watch the new HD remastered version of either series under any circumstances whatsoever.) Website: http://www.zannen.ca Twitter: @jbetteridge Podcast Twitter: @zannencanada E-mail: email@example.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zannencanada/ Theme song by Karl Olson. Check out Packet Flood, the album all of this show's music is taken from, on his Bandcamp: http://ultraklystron.com/album/packet-flood Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/zannen-canada/id1013994040?mt=2# Subscribe on Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/I7t6yo7bjokkdk4rce66ygomsny Subscribe on Stitcher: htt…
2 hr 41 min
May 29, 2018
Ep.44 - From Ocean to Ocean with Matthew Erickson
Matthew Erickson is one of the few voice actors who has worked (physically, at least) at both Ocean Studios locations. He made the leap from working at Blue Water Studios in Calgary to Westwood Studios in Vancouver, and is noted for his roles as Shinn Aska in Gundam SEED Destiny, Amuro Ray in Zeta Gundam and Trunks in the Blue Water dub of Dragonball GT. He joins me in this episode to talk about his experiences as a voice actor across two cities.
Apr 15, 2018
Ep.43 - An Eventful April Fools'
Karl (aka Ultraklystron) and I reunite to discuss a few things that occurred this past April Fools' Day; namely Sakura-Con 2018 and Reboot: The Guardian Code. Karl also has a lot more to say about the new FLCL than I do.
1 hr 5 min
Mar 10, 2018
Ep.42 - Go Nagai's 50th Anniversary of Something
Are FUNimation and Crunchyroll abandoning theatrical anime in Canada? Is Netflix eradicating unique media phenomena at a national level? Is Violet Evergarden worth coming back to every week? Eryn and I discuss all of this, and Devilman Crybaby too!
1 hr 8 min
Dec 29, 2017
Ep.41 - Reliving the Anime Films of 2017
Randy and I look back on all of the major theatrical anime releases in Canada from this past year including your name., In This Corner of the World, Sailor Moon R and Love Live! delayed live shows. We also talk about Studio Ghibli screenings moving to Cineplex and whether or not we should just embrace our monopolistic overlords.
1 hr 30 min
Dec 12, 2017
Ep.40 - Zannensittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa
Geoff Thew from Mother's Basement and Dave Merrill of Stupid Comics and Anime Hell fame join me to scrounge for morsels of media goodness in the year that was 2017. Hear us talk about Riverdale, Twin Peaks, Re:Creators and the extremely weird Neddeaus of Duqesne Island, among many other things.
1 hr 53 min
Nov 26, 2017
Ep.39 - Gundam Wing Part 2: The Podcast That Killed Your Adolescence
Pan, Ian and I continue our retrospective on Gundam Wing, this time focusing a little more on the series and its themes, including philosophy on war.
Nov 15, 2017
Ep.38 - Gundam Wing Part 1: The Silence of the Walts
Gundam Wing was a pivotal title for audiences in Canada, and may have marked a point of division with anime fandom in the US that could never be undone. Ian and Pan join me for a retrospective on this series, and had so much to say that I had to cut it in half!
1 hr 14 min
Oct 8, 2017
Ep.37 - Netflix Must Fund the Canadian Neo Yokio
Netflix has committed to investing $500 million into a Canadian production studio over the next five years, but will this be enough to save Canadian media? Will it even be worth it if they can't recreate the lightining-in-a-bottle that is Neo Yokio on anyone's dime? Karl joins me to talk about this, as well as Viceland and that anime Canadian tourism ad.
1 hr 2 min
Sep 10, 2017
Ep.36 - Ode To TechTV Canada
G4, G4TechTV, ZDTV... no matter what you call it, it had one of the most interesting evolutionary path of any channel on Canadian TV, and some of the most interesting anime selections. Does Anime Current stand the test of time? Jarvis and I try to get to the bottom of that.
1 hr 11 min
Aug 24, 2017
Ep.35 - Dissecting AniRevo 2017
Amanda joins me to talk about this year's Anime Revolution: the only anime convention sponsored by Church's Chicken. The Vancouver con is far from the best out there, but I'll be damned if it isn't one of the most interesting to talk about. Hear about all of the highs and lows of the 2017 event.
1 hr 30 min
Jul 18, 2017
Ep.34 - You Can't Escape Bundling
Jose Argumedo from the One Piece Podcast joins me to share his thoughts on the streaming economy and why we can't quite escape from the bundling tactics that have stigmatized cable for many. We also chat a bit about Discotek releases and Adult Swim.
1 hr 1 min
Jun 1, 2017
Ep.33 - Albator Hell
In another retrospective on anime that have had a unique cultural impact in Canada, Dave Merrill joins me to gush about the legendary space pirate Captain Harlock. Under the localized title "Albator," the 1978 series was once a massive social phenomenon in French-speaking Canada. What made this show resonate so strongly with people? Is it worth checking out today? And... why is Harlock always rocking that Hugo Boss look? Give a listen to find out.
1 hr 15 min
May 11, 2017
Ep.32 - A-Nyaa-of Green Gables
Jarvis Gray joins me to chat about the good times had at Sakura-Con 2017, the shut down of Nyaa and the unexpected impact this might have on people who need clips or can't stream anime, the lost Anne of Green Gables dub and just how blown away we've been by Persona 5.
Apr 6, 2017
Ep.31 - Nostalgia for Power Rangers is Not Permitted
Remember when Power Rangers was banned in Canada by the CBSC? Pan and I sure do! In this episode we recount the somewhat rocky history of Super Sentai in Canada. Also: the Conservative Party of Canada is holding their leadership conference at the same time and place as Anime North! What could this mean? Episode breakdown: 3:30 - Pan shares her thoughts on Saban's Power Rangers movie 22:00 - How the CBSC ban affected Power Rangers over many years 1:01:00 - The Conservative Party Toronto Leadership Conference will be at the same venue as Anime North... what can we expect?
1 hr 12 min
Mar 13, 2017
Ep.30 - Don't Forget the "i" in Daingerfield
Crunchyroll recently released a new dub for the third season of Gintama, one of the few recently produced in Vancouver, BC. Michael Daingerfield, the voice of Gintoki, stops by to talk about his work. Patrick also joins me to dig into the new dub.
Feb 13, 2017
Ep.29 - Goodbye HMV, Goodbye Liberty
Karl and Corey join me to talk about the sad demise of HMV, how the increasingly restrictive US border under 45 may impact Canadian anime fans, and what you might be missing if you don't have an over-the-air antenna. Also, more musing about anime on CBC. Episode breakdown: 00:00 - HMV closure 24:00 - The implications of the recent US travel ban 35:00 - Karl becomes enamoured once again with over-the-air local television 57:00 - It's time to demand anime on CBC 1:04:00 - A few words on the new Samurai Jack
1 hr 10 min
Feb 1, 2017
Ep.28 - Don't Underestimate the Sex Appeal of Beyblade
Has Beyblade had a unique cultural impact in Canada? I'm still a little on the fence, but Ashley and Noah join me to make a pretty solid argument.
Dec 15, 2016
Ep.27 - Zannen Christmas Blast
Try to find some kind of complacency in this tumultuous 2016 holiday season as Jesse, Eryn, Ian and Randy recount our favourite movies, TV shows, comics and video games from the past year. If you weren’t paying attention to DC’s new Hannah-Barbera comics already, you might want to reconsider now. Episode Breakdown 2:00 - A look back at anime in Canada over the past year, whether streaming, broadcast or theatrical 26:30 - We share our favourite media from the past year 1:50:00 - What we’re looking forward to in 2017
2 hr 3 min
Nov 25, 2016
Ep.26 - Don't Tell Us Print Is Dead
Lissa Pattillo from Seven Seas Entertainment talks about how the manga market has changed over the years, how important it is for the industry to have stuff on TV and the perils of bringing manga (smutty or otherwise) over the US border. Episode breakdown: 2:15 - Looking back on Kuriousity and changes in the manga market since then 14:00 - Comparing our market to Europe 21:00 - Overcoming the digital serialization gap 35:46 - Problems with Customs and importing manga in Canada
Nov 7, 2016
Ep.25 - Haikyuu Gerrymandering
Crunchyroll recently released electoral-style maps breaking down the most popular new anime in each Canadian province and US state, and man were there some notable differences. Canadian map: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2016/10/30-1/feature-crunchyrolls-most-popular-fall-anime-by-provinceterritory US map: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/10/27/feature-crunchyrolls-most-popular-fall-anime-by-state Also, in the off chance that you don't know what a fujoshi is, you might want to do some reading, because this term describes Canadian fandom pretty well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaoi_fandom#Fujoshi Episode breakdown: 0:30 - Corey talks a bit about his work on "Lucas Bros. Moving Company" and "Major Lazer" 7:30 - We compare the Canadian, US and Australian maps and discuss new shows this season including "Kiss Him, Not Me," "Yuri!!! On Ice," "Drifters" and "Keijo!!!!!!!!"
1 hr 14 min
Oct 28, 2016
Ep.24 - The Secret Path: A Remedy For Maple Washing
You must watch "The Secret Path." Directed by Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip, this animated feature recently broadcast on CBC tells the story of Chanie Wenjack who escaped from a residential school in 1966 in a way that no other medium could. Ian Whitcombe joins me to explain why. "The Secret Path" can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGd764YU9yc We also take a little time to discuss different subjects, including the end of shomi and the new Escaflowne release from FUNimation. 0:00 - Quick update on the show 2:35 - The Secret Path 25:45 - The death of Shomi 34:50 - New Escaflowne release
Sep 7, 2016
Ep.23 - The Funicrunchimationroll Breakdown
Jesse and Karl share their thoughts on Crunchyroll and Funimation's recent partnership announcement - hands down the second-most important anime news of the week.
Sep 2, 2016
Ep.22 - Gaping Cultural Flesh Wounds
Cameron Archer from Gloryosky (sweetposer.com) joins me to talk about industry presence at Canadian anime cons, the new fall TV line-up and... could anime work on the CBC?
Jul 29, 2016
Ep.21 - The Legacy of McPizza
When McPizza was test marketed, it never made it outside of our borders. When Pepsi Max was, it spread to countless markets. Karl helps me figure out which junk food analogy best fits Crunchyroll's current strategy. We also talk about Viz streaming on Tubi TV, upcoming Ocean dubs and some thoughts on the Iron Man anime which finished its run on Family CHRGD. 2:25 - Talk about some new shows this season including Amanchu, 91 Days and Mob Psycho 100 14:45 - A quick review of Iron Man on Family CHRGD 25:00 - Hands on with Tubi TV 33:30 - Picking apart Crunchyroll's current Canadian strategy 44;00 - Some Adult Swim Canada talk
Jul 16, 2016
Ep.20 - Celebrating Four Years of Twenty Years of Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon is unanimously considered the starting point of modern anime fandom in English-speaking Canada. Is this historical designation still important in an age where the series is receiving US-based redubs and remakes? Randy and Eryn share their thoughts. Also, an interview with the ADR director of the original DiC dub, Roland Parliament, featuring Emily Gonsalves from Moon Chase and the Toronto Sailor Moon Celebration. Episode Breakdown: 2:55 - We give a rundown of our own personal experiences with Sailor Moon as it rolled out in Canada between 1995-2000 29:00 - Comparing the original Japanese context to the Canadian context 38:42 - Has the Sailor Moon lost its “Canadianness” in the English-speaking world? 57:05 - Interview with Roland Parliament featuring Emily Gonsalves
1 hr 40 min
May 31, 2016
Ep.19 - The Full Gamut
Over 20 years, John Rooney has worked at YTV, Teletoon and DHX Media. Acting as Director of Programming during the Bionix era and helping oversee the launch of Adult Swim Canada, John has overseen many key moments in anime and animation in Canadian media. I ask him to help dispel myths about acquisition, production, and talk also about a bunch of other stuff that will keep you 90s kids satisfied. Episode breakdown: 39:00 - Inspector Bronco and how Adult Swim Canada was before Corus take-over 45:40 - Why doesn’t Teletoon want to air anime? 50:55 - John takes no responsibility for the Gundam Wing airing order, but has quite a bit to say about Bionix 1:00:00 - How to improve the way we fund our productions
1 hr 18 min
May 3, 2016
Ep.18 - So It's Come To This: A Zannen CanCon Show
LINK TO IMPORTANT CANCON SURVEY: http://pch.sondages-surveys.ca/s/dwc/?l=en The Iron Man anime is hitting... Family CHRGD? What's Viz up to this time? Is there any hope for Canadian content with a new survey from the Ministry of Heritage, or should we just stick with anime forever? Karl returns to share his perspective. Episode breakdown: 4:30 - The Iron Man anime is hitting Family CHRGD 13:40 - Does Viz have something new in store for Canada? Don't get too excited... 19:10 - The Ministry of Heritage has launched a survey on CanCon. We talk about the state of things and why you should fill this out!
Apr 17, 2016
Ep.17 - Does CSIS Know I Watched This?
A few theatrical updates, and a rundown of the new shows for the spring 2016 season with Corey and Ian. Episode breakdown: 5:00 - Theatrical updates 9:20 - Everything you need to know about Super Lovers 14:20 - Ian mercifully changes the subject to The Lost Village 18:25 - Streaming issues, Kabenari of the Iron Fortress 29:30 - My Hero Academia, Joker Game, Ace Attorney, Flying Witch, and more! 41:00 - A little bit of streaming and home video talk
Mar 23, 2016
Ep.16 - Forget a New Miyazaki, We Need a New Satoshi Kon
In a surprise turn, Mongrel Media will be releasing Mamoru Hosoda's "The Boy and the Beast" in Canada rather than FUNimation - both theatrically AND on home video. Yet we've gotten almost no news about this. Randy Forbister helps speculate on just what on earth is going on with this movie. Also, other theatrical issues, as well as streaming. Episode breakdown: 0:30 - Quick catch up with Randy 10:35 - The current status of The Boy and the Beast 25:35 - Randy’s Love Live experience and other theatrical stuff 32:15 - Streaming news: Amazon Prime, JoJos and the new Adult Swim app 44:00 - Addendum
Mar 17, 2016
Ep.15 - Inuyasha: Context Over Content
Inuyasha made a significant splash when it first debuted on YTV in 2003... far greater than many of us seem to remember, in fact. What were the exact cultural circumstances that caused Inuyasha to dominate Canadian Google searches for years? Ian and Noah help me get to the bottom of this. Episode Breakdown: 5:45- Our personal experiences with Inuyasha 25:00 - The Japanese context of the show 29:50 - Overview of story and characters 43:55 - The nuances of Inuyasha’s Canadian context
1 hr 8 min
Feb 2, 2016
Ep.14 - Rick Santorum's Homoerotic Swimming Cartoon Scandal
Hazel and Bell from the popular webcomic "Always Raining Here" join me to discuss new anime for the winter 2016 season. But first, Karl and I talk about the new policy changes for Canadians on Crunchyroll a few other unfortunate developments Episode breakdown: 0:15 - Crunchyroll is restricting access for non-premium users! Netflix is blocking VPNs! The Anime Network free lunch is over! 33:00 - Hazel and Bell talk about Erased, Osomatsu-san, Sekko Boys and some BL stuff
1 hr 6 min
Jan 16, 2016
Ep.13 - You Are Tearing Me Apart, Sugar!
Former Zone host Sugar Lyn Beard talks about her time as a host and producer at YTV, an unlikely start in radio and her fond memories working on Sailor Moon S and SuperS. She also shares details on some surprising projects we can expect from her in the future!
Dec 23, 2015
Ep.12 - All-Star Holiday Extravaganza
Get in the holiday spirit as Jesse, Karl, Eryn and Rin-senpai recount their personal highlights of 2015. Episode breakdown: 01:00 - News rundown 15:00 - We each share our media highlights of the year
1 hr 16 min
Nov 5, 2015
Ep.11 - Bishounen Sparkles Make the TPP All Better
A little bit of everything: Adult Swim Canada, geoblocking issues, and a rundown of some of the best and worst new anime now streaming from Japan. Episode breakdown: 7:00 - Adult Swim schedule updates for November and some thoughts on Two Nuts and a Richard 20:00 - Some news on Canadian dubbing, or lack thereof 28:00 - Streaming gaps, and are shomi and crave viable options for anime? 43:00 - What's been geoblocked? 53:00 - We talk about what shows are streaming now, specifically One Punch Man, Osomatsu-san, Comet Lucifer, and more 1:24:00 - Addendum
1 hr 26 min
Oct 3, 2015
Ep.10 - The Love Live Movie and the Politics of Waifus
Bummed out that Love Live: The School Idol Movie didn't open in any Canadian theatres at all? You're not alone! Randy, Eryn, and Rin-senpai chime in on what they think went wrong with this supposedly "international" theatrical release.
Sep 9, 2015
Ep.09 - Anime on Teletoon? It's More Likely Than You Think!
Karl and Brittney join me to take a good hard look at [adult swim] Canada now that we get it, talk about the big changes in children's television stations, and dissect the smidgen of hope for adult-targeted anime that has surfaced on Teletoon. 3:50 - An overview of [adult swim] Canada since their expansion, and some initial impressions of Night Sweats (basically, it’s a good show!) 31:00 - Detangling the mess of changes happening in children’s television with Corus’ launch of The Disney Channel Canada 45:00 - What these changes could mean for anime on TV!
1 hr 6 min
Aug 18, 2015
Ep.08 - The Worldwide Woes of Adult Swim (or: There Are Bigger Problems Than Toonami)
Why doesn't Adult Swim seem to work outside of the United States? Does it just not translate anywhere culturally? Or is it because of corporate politics? Karl Olson (Ultraklystron) returns along with animation storyboarder Corey Barnes (who's worked on Archer, China IL, Superjail! and Axe Cop) to mull over why the subversive network has such a hard time gaining traction in international markets. We also talk about Spider Riders. 4:20 - Anime Revolution and some lessons in Spider Riders nostalgia 12:00 - All about Adult Swim
1 hr 8 min
Aug 4, 2015
Ep.07 - Can We Just Agree That Anime is More Popular Here?
Mike Toole swings by to help determine why anime is more popular in Canada than it is in other regions like the United States. I don't think we find a definitive answer, but along the way we talk about Otakon, the 80s Astro Boy dub that aired on Global, World Masterpiece Theatre on Radio-Canada, and that elusive Dragon Ball Kai Ocean dub.
Jul 16, 2015
Ep.06 - The YTV Anime Master is Not Unstumpable
YTV's infamous Anime Master is at last ambushed and unmasked for all to see! But first, Karl and I talk a bit about streaming on MAL, why you shouldn't use Hola after all, and why you should care about not being able to watch NieA_7.
1 hr 6 min
Jun 26, 2015
Ep.05 - Talking with "PJ" Phil Guerrero
Randy and I sit down with Phil Guerrero, former host of YTV's "The Zone" block, who tells us about the loneliness of bingewatching, living the fast life in LA, and what it's like to be haunted by a single, over-used photograph. Episode breakdown: 02:03 - Phil talks about his time on The Zone. 33:30 - How the internet screwed everything up and why TV personalities just aren’t the same anymore. 50:00 - Snit 52:15 - Exodus to Los Angeles 1:10:30 - Phil talks about his current online streaming project, Mainstream Media Unplugged Contact: Jesse: @zannencanada | zannen.ca Phil Guerrero: @pjfreshphil | Mainstream Media Unplugged: http://www.msmu.me Randy Forbister: @whoisfriend Music by Karl Olson. Check out his music at http://www.ultraklystron.com. Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/zannen-canada/id1013994040?mt=2#
1 hr 21 min
May 21, 2015
Ep.04 - Workaround Dystopia
This episode I'm joined by Lance Heiskell (former Director of Corporate Strategy for FUNimation Entertainment) and Karl Olson (nerdcore rapper Ultraklystron) to talk about anime streaming and simulcasts in Canada. Geoblocking and the inability for American companies to understand the problems with it, the ethics of VPN use, and weighing streaming and broadcast as forms of discovery are all on the agenda.
1 hr 19 min
May 3, 2015
Ep.03 - LA-LI-LU-LELOLA
An interview with the ever insightful Pan, former webmaster of the incredibly popular Canadian anime site LELOLA.net, cosplayer extraordinaire, and Power Rangers aficionado.
Apr 8, 2015
Ep.02 - He Sold His Soul For Bootleg Rock 'n Roll
The panel is dominated by Winnipeggers and near-Winnipeggers in our second roundtable discussion of the past and possible future of anime on Canadian TV.
1 hr 7 min
Mar 25, 2015
Ep.01 - Understandable Skepticism
The premiere episode! This is the first of two roundtable discussions looking back at anime on Canadian TV, musing about some missed opportunities, and speculating about what the future may hold.
1 hr 13 min