Zannen, Canada offers indepth discussion and interviews exploring the many relationships between anime and Canadian media.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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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.
Keep up the good work.