Anime Today: Episode 87

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Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Goes Inside the Anime Industry
With Writer & Anime Expert Jonathan Clements

Sweet Vacation, Penguin Revolution, reviews, contests & more in episode 87!

GRIMES, IA, February 27, 2009 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome writer, translator, lecturer and anime-industry insider Jonathan Clements to episode 87 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, four-segment interview, Clements discusses his new book – Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade – a collection of columns, speeches, interviews, insights and more from his nearly 20 years of writing about anime and the anime industry. He also discusses how the industry and its fans have evolved over the past two decades, the mainstream media’s perception of anime, whether any subjects are “off limits,” and his future projects.

Best known to North American anime fans as the co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia (with Helen McCarthy) and for his series of columns in Newtype USA, Clements’ anime writing career started in the United Kingdom as a student of Asian studies. He went on to work as a translator, screenwriter, voice director/actor, analyst and commentator inside the anime industry, in addition to covering it for organizations such as NEO Magazine, Manga Max, the Sci-Fi Channel and the BBC. Beyond his anime-focused work, he is the author of The Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama, The Pirate King: Coxinga and the Fall of the Ming Dynasty and Confucius: A Biography, plus numerous other non-fiction projects. He has also written official audio dramas, short stories and novels for cult favorites, including Strontium Dog, Judge Dredd and Doctor Who.

Also in episode 87 of ANIME TODAY:

  • Chad tells listeners “What’s Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
  • Shawne reminds fans about the last days of “Revved Up” deals on most DVDs from Geneon Animation.
  • Rich and Nick announce the winners of the Death Note II: The Last Name contest and remind listeners about the first Year of the Otaku contest for gift certificates.
  • Marie takes a look at the CMX Manga series Penguin Revolution by Sakura Tsukuba.
  • Nick and Rich provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of
  • Listen to musical clips from the CDs Do the Vacation!! and More the Vacation!! by the duo Sweet Vacation.
  • And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from visitors.

Have a question about anime and manga? Want to comment on one of the podcast’s segments? Call our Anime Today Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. You may hear yourself on a future episode of Anime Today!

Visit and 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 fans, talk with ANIME TODAY listeners, submit your suggestions for future episodes and more at the new ANIME TODAY forums: .

Follow ANIME TODAY on Twitter at .

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


Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. 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 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, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us and ARIA, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit and .

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