RIGHT STUF’S ANIME TODAY TALKS JAPANESE POP CULTURE WITH PATRICK MACIAS, EDITOR OF OTAKU USA MAGAZINE Interview, Anime & Gamers’ Guide, contests & reviews in Episode 40!
GRIMES, IA, May 11, 2007 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer The Right Stuf International is pleased to welcome Patrick Macias — writer, Japanese pop culture expert and editor-in-chief of the upcoming Otaku USA Magazine — to episode 40 of ANIME TODAY.
In this new interview, Macias provides details about what fans can expect to find in the pages of Otaku USA, which makes its debut next month (June 2007). Additionally, he discusses the differences between American and Japanese anime fans, his recent book (The Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook) and his outlook on the future of otaku in America.
An internationally recognized expert on Japanese pop culture, Macias’
writing has been featured in both the United States and Japan in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, the Bay Guardian, Chicago Sun-Times, Wired Magazine, Animerica and PULP. He is a correspondent for NHK World TV’s Tokyo Eye program and the author of the books Tokyoscope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion, Cruising the Anime City: An Otaku Guide to Neo Tokyo and the Japanese-published Otaku in USA.
Also in Episode 40 of ANIME TODAY:
- Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
- Kris and Judy talk about the Japanese education system in this installment of the “Anime and Gamers’ Guide.”
- Shawne lets listeners know about the last days of the “Amp Up Your Savings” sale on DVDs from FUNimation and AN Entertainment and drops hints about future offensives on listeners’ wallets.
- Marie travels back to 1996 with her review of the classic anime series Vision of Escaflowne.
- Judy-sensei takes listeners back to school in a new mini-Japanese 101 lesson.
- Rich and Nick announce the winners of the most recent Gravitation contest, remind listeners about the current Fukubukuro Fun contest and kick off the new Gravi contest.
- And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from RightStuf.com visitors.
Have questions about anime, manga or Japan? Call the Anime Today “Q and A” Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. (Fans whose questions are featured on the podcast will receive a $10 Right Stuf gift certificate.)
Visit www.rightstuf.com for this episode, as well as an archive of all ANIME TODAY episodes and extended liner notes. Listeners can also download and subscribe to ANIME TODAY via the Apple iTunes Music Store.Meet other ANIME TODAY listeners, submit your suggestions for future episodes and more at the official ANIME TODAY forums at AnimeOnDVD.com:
(http://www.animeondvd.com/forum/showforum.php?fid/57/).ABOUT ANIME TODAY
Released every other week, ANIME TODAY is the first commercially-produced podcast aimed at enthusiasts of Japanese animation and comics (“anime” and “manga”). Each episode features fresh content and gives listeners a glimpse into what’s new and what’s hot in the world of anime and manga. Segments include reviews of titles from all major anime studios, insights into the industry from anime producers, tips on traveling to and around Japan, interaction with listeners, contests, prizes and more.
“If you’re into anime and what’s happening in the anime market then this is the podcast for you!”
- User review on iTunes
ABOUT THE RIGHT STUF INTERNATIONAL
Founded in 1987, The Right Stuf International was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation (“anime”) industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.
Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.
From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Comic Party, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart and The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.