Friday, May 15, 2020

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 87: All About RetroCrush with Mary

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Just recently, a new streaming app was launched in the US & Canada called RetroCrush: a free-with-ads streaming platform with a focus on (mostly) older anime! So of course, I had to know more--and joining me to tell me all about it is the head of RetroCrush's licensing, Mary! Listen as Mary gives us a bit of her personal history with anime, a bit of background on how RetroCrush came to be, and answering a TON of your listener questions as well.



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Thanks for listening!



Friday, May 1, 2020

SOLD OUT! THANKS EVERYONE! The 1st ever Anime Nostalgia "Pen Pal" Mailers!

These are officially sold out! Thanks again to everyone who supported! 

A small pile of colorfully decorated envelopes with the prase "Anime Nostalgia Podcast's first ever "Pen Pal" Mailers!"

Inspired by my Pen Pal episode from a few years ago, I thought in this time where many of us are confined to staying home as much as possible, something that always cheers me up on a rough day is getting something fun in the mail! So I'm using the 10 fanarts I drew from people's suggestions on my personal twitter to create envelopes stuffed with goodies to mail out to 10 people who leave me tips this month on Ko-fi! Each of these envelopes will all be different, decorated in the style of how I'd send out pen pal letters: covered in anime-related stickers & washi tape, stamped with anime ink-stampers, and filled with stuff like fanart, stickers, and cute stationery! These will be sold on a first come, first severed basis starting TODAY (May 1st, 2020). Once they are sold out, I will edit this post to indicate that they're sold out and being prepped to be mailed.

Fanart done by yours truly of various anime (and game) characters!


Now, since this is a new idea I'm trying, please bear with me as I explain how this first attempt at something like this will work.

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 86: 10 Older Anime Recommendations With Zee

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Currently, many of us are staying & working from home due to the global pandemic. Which means a lot of us are watching more stuff to pass the time or de-stress...and to help with that de-stressing, I’ve recruited Zee to return & join me with a list of 10 older anime titles that we’d recommend checking out! But we didn’t stop there: we have way more than 10 if you count the random tangents and honorable mentions we crammed in there as well. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a podcast ep where we try to just have a fun, chill vibe and talk about various series you might be interested in trying! All this plus answering a few listener questions!


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As always, feel free to leave me your thoughts on this episode or ideas for future episodes here—or email me directly at AnimeNostalgiaPodcast@gmail.com.

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 85: Sakura Wars Chat with Samantha

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A brand-new Sakura Wars game will be released soon--even in the English-speaking world!--so what better time to talk about a franchise that has been huge in Japan for over 20 years, but never quite hit it big in Western fandom? And to discuss this beloved anime & game series is resident Sakura Wars Historian & brand-new guest, Samantha! Join us as we discuss the Sakura Wars anime, what we love about the series, the amazing line-up of big names that have worked on this series, and why now’s the perfect time to give it a try!


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As always, feel free to leave me your thoughts on this episode or ideas for future episodes here—or email me directly at AnimeNostalgiaPodcast@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Hello, friends!


I know that right now is kind of a scary time for many, so I wanted to take a moment to make a post of free resources that you could utilize to try relax & take you mind off of things if you’re having trouble finding ways to spend your time while you’re stuck at home! (Please note: since I’m in North America, most of these are most likely limited to America & Canada, but may work in other regions. If you have any suggestions for things outside of North America, please drop me a line and I’ll see if I can include them in this post!) This is going to be a fairly long post, so please bare with me!

Free, Legal anime you can watch!

No money for paid streaming subscriptions? No problem! I have a Master Post of free & legal old-school anime you can watch from various resources around the internet! Many of these places like Pluto TV & Tubi TV have PS4, tablet, and phone apps you can download as well, so you can watch them on your TV or on your preferred devices. Pluto TV also just recently launched a channel JUST for classic tokusatsu shows like Ultraman and Kamen Rider, so definitely check that out if that interests you!! Viz.com also has a nice variety of anime to watch, old and new, including classic Sailor Moon!

Currently on Youtube, there’s some great free & legal anime you can watch as well, including the official English dub of Moomin, the official English dub of Anne of Green Gables, all of Revolutionary Girl Utena subbed or dubbed, all of Slayers & Slayers Next, Mashin Hero WataruGhost in the Shell, and Sailor Moon R: The Movie dubbed! Many of these channels offer even more free & legal anime, so check out their playlists if you have time!

Free, Legal anime music to stream!

If you’re in the mood to listen to some official anime music soundtracks, then AniPlaylist is a HUGE help! With this website, you can look up what official anime soundtracks have been added to Spotify--not only that, but you can see what is available specifically by country! Links to the music will open directly in Spotify, and you can make your own anime playlists with your favorites with your Spotify account! Some of my favorites: Maison Ikkoku, Yu Yu Hakusho, Escaflowne, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and a HUGE selection from the Gundam franchise! There’s thousands of titles available, and it’s constantly updating, so you’ll find lots to chose from!

Free, Legal manga to read!

Looking for some manga? If you have a library card, you may have access to Hoopla--a free, online digital library of ebooks, audio books, music, and streaming media! While their manga selection is limited, you can read a few classic manga there free with your library card, including the classic 60s Batman Manga, Blade of the Imortal, and Lone Wolf & Cub.

You can also read select chapters of official Shueshia manga for free on Manga Plus (which is actually available in many countries, and in some cases multiple languages!), free first volumes to read at Manga Planet (may I suggest the classic Toward The Terra?), and free chapters/volumes at Comic Walker (in Japanese and English!), including Gundam The Origin! Website Yatta-Tatchi has a great comprehensive list of manga sites and what they offer as well if you’re looking for free vs purchase options, so check it out!

More free anime/manga related goodies to check out!

If you’ve grown a little bored with the usual stuff, here’s a few misc. things you can try out!

Avane has free scans of vintage Sailor Moon & Utena anime coloring books that are easy to print up and color!

If you enjoy cooking, website YumPenguinSnacks is a site dedicated to replicating recipes from anime!

Anime Music Quiz is a site where you can basically play “Name That Tune” with anime songs! Challenge yourself, or play with friends online to see who can name the most!

If you want to read some great articles related to older anime fandom & otaku culture, there’s some great stuff online in Zimmerit’s archives!

And of course, if you like podcasts, you can always catch up with episodes of The Anime Nostalgia Podcast here! If you’re already caught up, might I recommend checking out a few lesser-known podcasts, such as CLAMPcast in Wonderland (where the hosts read through CLAMP’s entire manga catalog, starting from the very beginning...and they create recipes for CLAMP-themed drinks!), and Zannen Canada (a Canadian anime podcast, which periodically discusses the history of shows and fandom as released in Canada--which is often VERY different than how it was in America!)

I hope this post gives you a few new things to try out, and helps you take your mind off of stressful stuff for a little while! I spent a while gathering all of these resources, so if you found this useful you can always say thanks by tipping me a virtual coffee at my ko-fi account here! Take care, friends!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 84: Anime Cels & Cel Collecting with Jen & Stephanie


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Older fans often talk about how much they miss the look of anime that was hand drawn & painted on cels, but if you’re a younger fan you might have thought at some point, “What does that mean, exactly? What are cels?” Or maybe you’re an older fan and have always been curious about the world of cel collecting, but never knew where to start. Well, you’re in luck! Long time collectors Stephanie & Jen join me in today’s episode to have a convo with me all about them, and their experience with collecting cels for over 20 years! How do they store them? What are some things you should know? Even I learned new things about cels, so maybe you will too!



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As always, feel free to leave me your thoughts on this episode or ideas for future episodes here—or email me directly at AnimeNostalgiaPodcast@gmail.com.Thanks for listening!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's!


Happy Valentine's Day, friends! And for those who don't celebrate, happy half-off chocolates day eve!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Old-school Valentines are back!


It’s the return of the old-school anime Valentine cards! Yes, I’m back again this year with more cheesy puns for your Valentine needs. Save & print any card individually at the podcast's tumbr here, or you can print them all as one sheet using this large combined image here! Happy Valentine's!

(These are free of course, but if you like these you can always leave me a little tip on my ko-fi account since I did spend a few hours making them! Hope you enjoy! 💘) 

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 83: ReView: Nutcracker Fantasy


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This month’s episode is another ReView! What is a “ReView” episode, you might ask? Well, it’s my highly-clever (ok not really) name for episodes where I go back and revisit an older title I haven’t seen in a long time, and see if what I remember (and what my opinions on it) are still the same now that some time’s gone by. The holidays are finally over, but it’s never too late to look back on a classic Rankin & Bass style movie, right? This month, the podcast’s first episode on a stop-motion animated feature film: Sanrio’s star-studded fairy tale that’s only VERY loosely related to the original Nutcracker story, Nutcracker Fantasy! (Did I mention there’s a singing Christopher Lee in it? Well, there’s a singing Christopher Lee in it!)

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As always, feel free to leave me your thoughts on this episode or ideas for future episodes here—or email me directly at AnimeNostalgiaPodcast@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Guest Article on Zimmerit!


Hey listeners! While I'm putting the finishing touches on this month's podcast episode, you can check out this guest article I wrote for Zimmerit about one of my favorite movies: Goshogun: The Time EtrangerCheck it out here. I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!


Happy 2020!  I hope it’s a good year for us all, and here’s to another year of fun podcasts.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 82: 2019 Year In Review with Zee


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2019 is just about over! So you know what that means–that’s right, it’s the Year in Review! And much like Krampus, Zee is here in her usual once-a-year appearance to discuss the results of my annual year-end survey as filled out by you, the listeners! What older anime titles were you excited to buy (sometimes again) this year, and what titles are you looking forward to coming out in 2020? We also talk about all the memorable news stories from throughout this long, seemingly never-ending year, and titles you wish were back in print (or would get a release, period!). Hear all of this PLUS the winners of the survey giveaway in this extra long episode. Happy Holidays!!


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☆ Buy the top 3 (as voted by my listeners) older anime releases from 2019!☆

1. Perfect Blue bluray
2. Giant Robo OVA Series bluray set
3. Millennium Actress bluray

Listen to the full episode for the complete list!

Big thanks to Viz Media, Rightstuf, and Nozomi Entertainment for donating these amazing prizes this year! And congrats to all the winners!



Support the work I do on this podcast by leaving me a tip on Ko-fi! Want to have your name read in the special thanks segment on the next episode? All you need to do is buy me 2 or more “coffees” on Ko-fi!

My opening theme music is done by Kerobit! Find more of his music at InazumaKick.com!
As always, feel free to leave me your thoughts on this episode or ideas for future episodes here—or email me directly at AnimeNostalgiaPodcast@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening and have a happy new year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, everyone! Also a Happy Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa, or whatever winter celebration you observe! ^_^ I hope it’s a good one! Please enjoy a day of Christmas-themed posts I’ve queued up over on the podcast's tumblr for throughout the day, and look forward to my Year In Review episode soon!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Guest Spot: ANNCast!


While you wait for my Year in Review podcast episode, you can hear me on the newest episode of ANNCast talking about Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars! You can find it here.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Head's up!


I've added some minor corrections/updates for the Kaiji episode, so if you see a "new" episode in your feeds today, it's sadly not a new one but last month's episode refreshing. Sorry for any confusion!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

It's that time again!

It’s become tradition that in December, I do a year in review podcast episode. And once again, I need your help! So please, dear listeners, take a moment to let me know your opinions on older anime titles that were re-released this year (among other things) on the survey HERE! In the spirit of the season, several lucky listeners who fill out the survey will be chosen at random to win special prizes, which I’ll post more info about really soon! You have until December 15th to fill out the survey, so hop to it!! Survey is now closed! Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill it out!
I’ll announce the winner on the new episode of the podcast when me & my special guest will discuss the results!
Want to get a special holiday shout out in the last episode of 2019? All you have to do is tip me a coffee at my Ko-Fi account here! Thanks, and look forward to an awesome Year In Review episode this year!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast ep 81 - Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji with Tricia

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It's Thanksgiving time in North America, and what better way to celebrate than talking about a cult classic full of tears and despair?! That's right, returning guest and Fukumoto fan Tricia is back to talk with me all about Denpa's new English release of the infamous fan-favorite manga Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji! Started in the 90s, this title started growing a Western fanbase after it's '07 anime adaptation, and now at long last--a physical edition of the original manga is available! We talk about what we love about this new release, why it's worth picking up even if you've already seen the anime, and how a story with such a seemingly simple premise tackles some surprisingly heavy themes in unexpected ways. Also in this episode: what Kaiji adaptations are worth checking out, which Kaiji gambles terrify us, and why Michael Douglas is now officially Anime.

Minor corrections/updates for this episode: The ebook company that did the original eBook release is actually a company close to Mr. Fukumoto! Also, the sound effect ZAWA wasn't quite invented by Fukumoto, but popularized by him. It's derived from the Japanese ZAWATSUKU or ZAWAMEKU. And while the bubble bursting in Japan & debt has a lot to do with the themes of the story, there's also the fact that Japan went through about 15-20 years of stagflation, which lead to many being disillusioned and feeling they had no future since many jobs available were just "dead end" ones. Denpa currently has two full-time staff members, and currently only has the rights to the first arc (13 vols) of Kaiji....though that may change in the future! Thanks Denpa for reaching out and letting me know!


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Thanks for listening!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween, everyone! And for those who don’t celebrate, happy Discount Candy Day-Eve! 🎃

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 80: ReView: The Drifting Classroom manga & BONUS Violence Voyager

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This month’s episode is another ReView! What is a “ReView” episode, you might ask? Well, it’s my highly-clever (ok not really) name for episodes where I go back and revisit an older title I haven’t seen in a long time, and see if what I remember (and what my opinions on it) are still the same now that some time’s gone by. This month, I’m switching it up a little for Halloween and re-READING a title! That’s right, it’s my very first Manga ReView! This month I'll be revisiting the 70s horror manga classic The Drifting Classroom. And to make this a true science fiction double feature, I’m giving listeners a little bonus: a short review of the new retro-inspired horror anime movie Violence Voyager. Trick or treat!


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The first half of the podcast is all on The Drifting Classroom Perfect Edition vol 1, with the Violence Voyager review starting at around 19:00!

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Thanks for listening!

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 79: They Were Eleven with Rachel

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Returning guest Rachel is back to chat with me about all things related to the anime adaptation of Moto Hagio’s sci-fi shoujo, They Were Eleven! Listen as we discuss why this 80s anime (and the original 70s manga it’s based on) still resonates with us today, and how Hagio’s work was an early introduction to things like classism & gender roles to young anime fans back in the day. All this wrapped up in a cool sci-fi mystery! Since this title is a bit more obscure, we discuss the work relatively spoiler-free up until around the 41:05 mark...after that, plenty of spoiler-filled discussion for those who are already familiar with the work as we dive a bit deeper. Enjoy!


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As always, feel free to leave me your thoughts on this episode or ideas for future episodes here—or email me directly at AnimeNostalgiaPodcast@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Just a note:

Usagi's a little embarrassed.

Hey, all! Just a head's up, sorry if any of you haven't seen the new podcast episode in Apple Podcasts/itunes. Not sure why it doesn't seem to be showing up on their website (but seems to have shown up in some people's apps, at least?), so I'm basically "bumping" the episode again to see if I can get it to work. So if you see the Akira episode twice, sorry for any confusion! Hopefully it's just a weird glitch and not an ongoing problem. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 78: Akira Talk with Vrai

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The Saturday Anime series continues with one of the most iconic anime (and manga) to ever be made: AKIRA! And with me to talk a bit about this massively influential franchise is new guest to the show Vrai Kaiser (they/them). Even with 2 hours to chat about Akira, we only manage to touch the tip of the iceberg on what makes this Katsuhiro Otomo classic so special. Listen as we discuss how we first saw this film far too young, how it appealed to more folks than just your typical anime fans, and why this 80s creation is a little too prophetic on how life in 2019 ended up being. Also in this episode: the premiere of my brand new opening theme!.....that you don’t hear until the end. (Whoops.)


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Thanks for listening!