The Fan Expo 2013 Con Report

At long last, the follow-up to our very first podcast.

Listen to hear about what went on at Fan Expo this year, how creativity and participation can make or break a con, and… something about a TARDIS mysteriously landing in Toronto this August.



Anime Hair Colours

It was a matter of time until we got to this topic. Newcomers to anime may be baffled, whereas the seasoned otaku doesn’t even notice it anymore… Why do anime characters have such weird hair colours?



One of these characters is not like the others.

One of these characters is not like the others.

Ha ha, I am special!

Ha ha, I am special!

Aww... not special.

Aww… not special.

Like, OMG, our hair is MAJOR blonde!

Like, OMG, our hair is MAJOR blonde!

Haruka's hair is just kinda sandy blonde.

Haruka’s hair is just kinda sandy blonde.

White breaks up the red.  That's how he became a scientist, right?

White breaks up the red. That’s how he became a scientist, right?

Tsukasa and Kagami.

Tsukasa and Kagami. Twins.

Anime Icons

It’s another solo podcast this week. Today I talk about Anime Icons, or images from anime that refer to anime properties but also carry meaning all on their own. Click download and have a listen.



Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty brings you peace, love, and more Hello Kitty!

domo
Domo is just Domo, but that could mean anything.

Some fandoms grow from an original text (say, a comic book) and are represented with imagery. Other fandoms started with the imagery and grow a world from there. Both are cool!
batman-logo-big VERSUS Airship

Cthulhu
Maybe there are amigurumi crafters who have never read “Call of Cthulhu,” but that doesn’t make this little guy any less legit.

Subs vs Dubs

Today’s episode is about languages, acting styles, and what gets lost in translation.

The anime whose name I forgot is “Gunsmith Cats.”

There’s a correction to make too.  At one point, I said “Abenobashi Mahou Shotengai” (a.k.a. “Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi”)  was set in Shikoku.  It’s actually set in Osaka.

AbenobashiMap

And now, the podcast.