The anime podcast with insider access
The Anime Today podcast started a year before I arrived at Right Stuf and featured a mix of store and production news.
After settling in, I was charged with introducing industry interviews to the show’s format. The first segment hit podcast and iTunes feeds in November 2006.
As the segment producer for each interview, I was responsible for:
- 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 for on-air talent;
- Serving as on-air talent during most interviews;
- Handling public relations and social media to promote each new episode; and
- Following up with interview guests (post-release) and coordinating cross-promotion efforts.
The podcast’s legacy
Anime Today was one of the first anime podcasts to have a regular, feature interview segment.
I capitalized on the company’s status as a leading retailer and longtime industry member to gain access to high-profile interviewees. This made it possible for fans to hear from guests who previously limited their public appearances to major conventions.
Interview subjects ranged from the legendary figures who introduced anime to North America to working editors, translators, voice actors, directors, production teams, authors, journalists, and industry insiders.
By the time the program retired in 2011, multiple news organizations had successfully incorporated similar interviews into their formats.
Right Stuf has since re-released some of these interviews via their YouTube channel.
Some favorite interviews and guests — including a few legends.
Respected translators and authors:
- 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 and Mobile Suit Gundam)