#621: “Weird Al” Wasn’t Referring to the Snow

AnimeNext 2024 was canceled, the Funimation app shut down as the Crunchyroll app took over, and the loss of digital “purchases”. Also, a man was sentenced to a year in prison over threats against a voice actor, the Knuckles live-action series spinoff gets a trailer and streaming date, and Trigun manga delayed until fall?! Meanwhile in Japan, a park offers love confession plans, a Yakuza member extorts money from a ninja, and thieves arrested for stealing, came to Japan just to do it?!

#620: Now That’s a Bit Too Potent

Konami‘s anime studio released a Yu-Gi-Oh! anniversary video, an anime streaming website has been added to a government watchlist, and The most popular manga app in 2023 is not the one people will most think of… Also, websites “hacked” to mark the Laughing Man incident date, the Sailor Moon musical gets 1st new production in 4 years, and Scott Pilgrim along with Super Mario Bros. nominated for ACE Eddie Awards! Meanwhile in Japan… SEGA‘s successor opened a new arcade with a bar inside, and a principal was fired for stealing less than 5 dollars worth of coffee?!

#619: Space Constraints.

Ghost In The Shell Laughing Man Incident timeline is about to start, the SPYxANYA video game will be released globally, and The Pokémon Company will look into possible IP infringement. Also, Kyoto court hands down sentencing in arson case, 11 people arrested for game console resale scam, and a Love Live School Idol Project writer unveils original anime film! Meanwhile in Japan… A festival requested naked men cover up for the first time in its history, and Setsubun Luck sushi rolls just for your pets!

#618: BossaNovaLogic

Magical DoReMi to unveil their 25th anniversary video in March, Artist gets called out for lying about working on Studio Ghibli flick, and Legal threats are taken against manga app Tachiyomi. Also, a long-awaited boys’ love anime was canceled, the Sapporo Snow Festival announced a Gundam sculpture, and Yoshiki auctioned his crystal piano for charity. Meanwhile, in Japan, Yoshiki to compose a global theme for Hello Kitty, Nippon Ham’s newest tuna sashimi is neither ham, nor fish, and the newest Pizza Hut pizza took 6 months to perfect?!

#617: Last Time on This Podcast…

The gang is back! DJ Ranma S is back from Japan, and he will tell his adventures! On the news front, Japan wins its first Golden Globes, Solo Leveling voice actor allegedly coughs up blood during recording, and Pokémon TV shuts down. Also, Live Action Yu Yu Hakusho reaches a global ranking in the top 5, SAG-AFTRA signs agreement with Voiceover Studio for AI rules in video games, Love Live! Nijigasaki gets a film trilogy finale and a visual novel! Meanwhile in Japan, a candy company won top honors at medicinal product awards, and dragon-laced candy for Year of the Dragon!

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