Interviewing awesome folks about their work in the anime & manga industry – including a few legends.
The Anime Today podcast started a year prior to my arrival at Right Stuf and featured a mix of store and production news.
Once I got settled in, I was charged with introducing anime and manga industry interviews to the show’s format, and the first segment hit podcast and iTunes feeds in late December 2006. As I produced each interview segment, I was responsible for the following:
- Lining up and scheduling interview subjects;
- Conducting research (and occasionally pre-interviews);
- Obtaining photo and web assets from the guests, for inclusion in the podcast and its liner notes;
- Creating background briefs and interview questions that were provided to the podcast hosts and producers;
- Serving as on-air talent during most of the interview segments;
- Promoting the release of each podcast episode with press releases and social media; and
- Following up with interview guests (post-podcast release) and coordinating cross promotions.
Anime Today was one of the first anime podcasts to have a featured interview as a regular segment, and I capitalized on the company’s status as a leading retailer and longtime industry member to gain unprecedented access to a wide variety of guests. Interview subjects ranged from legendary figures who introduced anime to North America (pre-1990s) to present-day editors, translators, voice actors, directors, production teams, authors, journalists, and industry insiders.
By the time the podcast retired in 2011, multiple other organizations had successfully adopted similar interview segments into their formats. Right Stuf started re-releasing these interviews via their YouTube channel in 2016.
You can also still download the full interviews via iTunes. (Recommended!)
- Fred Ladd (U.S. writer and producer responsible for bringing Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Gigantor, and more to American TV in the 1960s)
- Peter Fernandez (Writer, director, and voice of Speed Racer)
- Carl Macek (Producer of Robotech)
- Frederik L. Schodt (Writer, interpreter, and translator; author of The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom and the Manga/Anime Revolution; translator for both the Astro Boy and Phoenix manga series)
- Frederik L. Schodt and Jared Cook (Co-translators for Viz Media’s release of Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto manga)
- Neil Nadelman (Anime translator for The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Mobile Suit Gundam)
- Helen McCarthy (Anime Encyclopedia, The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga)
- Jonathan Clements (Anime Encyclopedia, Schoolgirl Milky Crisis)
- Hiroko Yoda & Matt Alt (Ninja Atttack!)
- Patrick W. Galbraith (The Otaku Encyclopedia)
- Greg Ayres (Negima!, BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad)
- Crispin Freeman (Hellsing, Revolutionary Girl Utena)
- Michael Sinterniklaas (Founder NYAV Post, The Venture Brothers)
- Stephanie Sheh (Eureka Seven, Bleach, Paradise Kiss)
- More! Interviews ran in almost every episode, from 30 through 121.