Zannen, Canada offers indepth discussion and interviews exploring the many relationships between anime and Canadian media.
Ep.90 - Heidi Delivers Your Weekly Dose of Pastoral Escapism
Beloved in most of the non-English-speaking world, Heidi: Girl of the Alps is quite possibly the most high profile series to have its French dub produced in Quebec. Isao Takahata's graceful and nuanced adaptation of Johanna Spyri's classic novels was a high point of Radio-Canada's programming and was making an impact a full two years before it would be seen in France. Chris (aka Kurotsuki) joins me to discuss the dub, as well as the legacy of the series and it's admittedly cruel production.
Ep.89 - There Are Worse Ways To Spend Twenty Years of Your Life
Zannen, Canada is now twenty years old, and we're celebrating with a very classic discussion. Karl and I look back on the history of the blog and podcast going back to 2003, discuss the recent demise of English-language Teletoon and finally find the courage to tackle the impending regulation of streaming services in Canada. (As a side note, I can also confirm that the first two years of the Zannen, Canada blog are completely inaccessible, and I could not be happier because of that.)
Ep.88 - Crying Freeman Exposes the Secret Yakuza Armies of Vancouver
The 1995 Crying Freeman movie is notoriously difficult to watch, which means that it has to be the most amazing thing ever right? Well, in addition to being a stellar live action adaptation of a manga, it has a few things going for it: Mark Dacascos in a starring role, well staged and edited action scenes and Vancouver playing Vancouver for once. Daryl and Gerald from the Anime World Order podcast pop by to analyze how well a Japanese crime story transplanted into a Canadian city holds up. (The answer is: pretty well, actually!)
Ep.87 - The Psi Cops Guys Are Here At Last!
I sit down with Chris Nielsen and Bart Bachelor, the key creatives behind Night Sweats, to discuss their brand new blisteringly fast-paced paranormal comedy, Psi Cops - Adult Swim Canada's first English-language original series! The premiere is Sunday, June 4, 2023 (technically Monday, June 5, 2023) at 12:30am ET, with streaming on StackTV and (I am assuming) the Global app!
Ep.86 - Cybersix: Finding Perfection In Teletoon Co-Production Chaos
It is an interesting coincidence that the imminent death of the Teletoon brand on English-language television lined up with our long-awaited discussion of Cybersix, perhaps their finest program, but I'm more than happy to make this my tribute. A 1999 collaboration between TMS and NOA Network of Animation based on a surprisingly visceral Argentinian comic, I would like to think that this show needs no introduction. Cybersix represents an apex for international animated co-productions that has not been reached before or since. Noted CanCon otaku Zee (pictured) and Discotek wizard Brady Hartel (who brought us that awesome DVD) basically just gush about the show with me for 90 minutes.
Ep.85 - Fables Of The Green Forest And Other TVO Hallucinations
Long before foreign TV shows were neatly catalogued and sourced on streaming sites and Wikipedia pages, they were haphazardly dumped onto the schedules of provincial educational broadcasters such as TVO and Knowledge Network and aired as a continuous fever dream with little context or reasoning. One such show was Fables of the Green Forest, the proto-World Masterpiece Theatre anime based on the works of Thornton W. Burgess that aired in its entirety only in certain Canadian provinces. It may also be the anime series most deeply engraved into the minds of Gen X Ontarians due to its excessive overplay on TVO in the 1980s. The Quebecois dub, aired on Radio-Canada, also had a very unique localized flavour that wasn't found in other shows. Awesome guests Ed Conroy (creator of Retrontario) and Etienne Desilets-Trempe (writer of Frivolesque) try to illustrate the dark, vintage madness that characterizes this series for so many.
Culturally Significant Work
The anime landscape in Canada is so different from the US (cf Crunchyroll survey of 2016), but as a peripheral chunk of an already-niche global market it’s hard to find any coverage. It’s a good archive! Lol also appreciate the hosts’ stories from bygone eras when simultaneous release was just a pipe dream
Very informative and entertaining
A great listen; very informative, and entertaining with often many great guests! If you’re interested in the Canadian take on many cool and nerdy things, definitely give a listen!
Just what my ears needed
Zannen Canada serves up a flavour I was missing from my podcast repertoire. It is a passionate, interesting, and Canadian take on anime and cultural content. Jesse brings the best from a critical communication background to examine timely media and phenomena.