83 episodes

Zannen, Canada offers indepth discussion and interviews exploring the many relationships between anime and Canadian media.

Zannen, Canada Jesse Betteridge

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

Zannen, Canada offers indepth discussion and interviews exploring the many relationships between anime and Canadian media.

    Ep.83 - G-Saviour: A Part of Our Heritage

    Ep.83 - G-Saviour: A Part of Our Heritage

    If Gundam is a franchise known for its fun references and connections to Canada, then the live-action direct-to-TV movie G-Saviour is certainly the least amusing of them all. Made to celebrate Gundam's 20th anniversary in 1999 (and missing that mark by more than a full year with a release in 2000), G-Saviour was filmed entirely in Vancouver, BC and revels in all of the local film community's least flattering characteristics. Randy joins me to explore questions absolutely nobody asked about the production and purpose of this memory holed failure, and take a closer look at its inextricable ties to other Vancouver productions like Battlestar Galactica and Stargate SG-1.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep.82 - Tachikomas Will Make You Love Dystopian Military Robotics

    Ep.82 - Tachikomas Will Make You Love Dystopian Military Robotics

    If you're anything like me, Blade Runner: Black Lotus may have made you a bit nostalgic for the last time a Corus-owned station ran a cyberpunk anime directed by Kenji Kamiyama every week at midnight. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was a stand-out title on YTV's Bionix block for many reasons, not the least of which include the international notoriety the broadcast gained from having an entire episode banned in Canada... although not really, since it aired a couple of weeks later. Randy joins me to look back on the series and how it holds up with its dense storytelling and (relative) lack of questionable CGI.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep.81 - Let's Not Get Too Optimistic, Now

    Ep.81 - Let's Not Get Too Optimistic, Now

    Corus is set to premiere an adult-targeted anime on one of their broadcast stations for the first time in over a decade on November 13, 2021 - Blade Runner: Black Lotus on Adult Swim Canada. Excited? Well, Warner and their awkwardly synergized partners sure hope you are! But wait, does this mean we're getting Toonami? And shouldn't they have run that other Adult Swim co-production, Fena: Pirate Princess, by now? Well, I sure hope you didn't set your expectations that high! Karl Olson joins me to take a look at that whole situation, as well as the upcoming Vancouver-produced dub of Future Boy Conan, the current streaming situation with Crave and those anime titles set to debut on Disney+ Star. I also relinquish my credibility as I reveal that I had forgotten to mention one rather interesting Canadian-dubbed Osamu Tezuka anime back in episode 79.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep.80 - The Lonely Disco Space Journey of Ulysses 31

    Ep.80 - The Lonely Disco Space Journey of Ulysses 31

    The success of Star Wars drove children's entertainment to do a lot of dumb things in the late 70s and early 80s, but throwing the characters and basic concept of HOMER'S Odyssey into space in the 31st century was definitely not one of them. While Ulysses 31 is cherished almost entirely by a small segment of GenXers who managed to catch it on TV during its very short run in the 1980s, this co-production between DiC and TMS packs a surprising psychedelic punch, and was a staple of French language Radio-Canada programming. Mike Toole and Dez join me to share their memories of this underrated classic.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep.79 - Canadian Tezuka Dubs - The Legal and Not-So-Legal

    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.

    • 59 min
    Ep.78 - Cathy Weseluck From Shampoo to Yuma

    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.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

zodiak3886 ,

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!

thereselikessnacks ,

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.

Locke_AD ,

Good stuff

Keep up the good work.

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