Zombieland Saga ft. AnnieMayPlay & Anna Chicco

It's Night of the Living Pop Stars here at Brotakus, where we're finally tackling one of the biggest hits of the year, Zombieland Saga (and its sequel series, Zombieland Saga Revenge). The perfect gateway into idol anime, Zombieland Saga has some of the most devastatingly effective music and choreography in the game. With great writing, hilarious jokes, and an unwavering level of schmaltz, Zombieland Saga will melt even the coldest undead heart.

Our guest today is a FANTASTIC, energetic, and hilarious twitch streamer. A part of Rainbow Arcade and Team Transtopia, she can be found streaming most nights at AnnieMayPlay on Twitch or on twitter @anniemayplay. We couldn't have asked for a better person to join us to talk zombie girls, and we're so happy to have Annie on the pod!

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Yasuke: The African Samurai Who Changed Japan ft. Professor Thomas Lockley

Today we're talking with Professor Thomas Lockley about his critical work in reinvigorating the story of Yasuke, the only non-Japanese Samurai. From starting riots in Japan with only his appearance to eventually chopping off the head of the greatest warlord in Japanese history, Yasuke's story has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with a new Netflix anime bearing his name as well as a major Hollywood movie currently in production.

Thomas Lockley is Associate Professor at Nihon University College of Law in Tokyo, where he teaches courses about the international and multicultural history of Japan and East Asia. He has published several dozen research papers and articles, including the first in the world regarding the life of Yasuke. He cowrote the groundbreaking book “African Samurai: The True Story of a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan” with Geoffrey Girard in 2019, and is currently working on his first educational manga series. When it comes to Yasuke, Thomas is THE expert, and it was an immense honor to have him on the show.

Check Thomas out at Academia.edu, and support him by buying his books!

African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1335044981/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_Z3KCKY5MCRZ1E4W2AR0K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-History-Twenty-Lives-ebook/dp/B084TF6S2V

0:00 Intro 5:20 The Growing Popularity of Yasuke 10:15 Yasuke the Baseball Player 11:00 What makes Yasuke Special 13:49 Common Misconceptions about Yasuke 17:57 Yasuke’s Arrival in Japan 21:50 Gaining Favor with Nobunaga 23:30 The Warring States Period 29:50 Yasuke at War 33:33 Revolutionizing Firearms 36:16 The Death of Nobunaga 42:03 Yasuke After the War 46:27 Yasuke as a Symbol 52:58 Book Recommendations 54:18 Advice on Teaching in Japan

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Why You Should Play (Not Watch) Persona ft. DataDave

The Shin Megami Tensei series is renowned for its brutal combat, apocalyptic settings, and mature themes. What started as an offshoot titled "Shin Megami Tensei Revelations: Persona" quickly became its own series, with the Persona series now eclipsing the original in popularity both inside and outside of Japan. Combining aspects of dating sims, party management and Pokémon, the Persona series helped to revitalize the relevancy of turn-based JRPGs, with Persona 5 being one of the most lauded games of last generation.

We're joined today by Twitch streamer DataDave! Dave is a hyper-charismatic, kind, talented streamer, voice actor, and professor currently teaching Computer Science at Morehouse College in Atlanta. You can find him on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/datadave, and on social media @DataDave. Join us as we talk thirsting over Mass Effect characters, Chuck Tingle novels, and the sweet, SWEET glory of the Persona series.

0:00 Intro 1:30 Balancing Work and Streaming 3:13 Being Recognized by Students 5:30 Working as a voice actor during COVID 11:30 Thirsting over Mass Effect 14:00 Is it Chuck Tingle or an Isekai? 18:59 Persona 22:00 Persona 5 deep dive 36:50 What’s not so amazing about Persona 41:40 Persona 6 Wishlist 47:00 Why we love Persona

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The Voice Actor Roundtable ft. Kai Jordan & Elizabeth Ryan

The long-awaited Voice Actor Roundtable is here! Since starting Brotakus we've been getting requests to do an industry deep-dive with working VAs, and we're finally delivering. A huge shout out to our audience and to Anna Chicco for helping with the questions and guide discussion. This is a must-hear conversation about the nitty gritty, day-to-day, DIY life of voice actors working their way up the career ladder, making connections, finding community, overcoming struggle, and so much more.

Joining us for the roundtable are Kai Joran (@KirikaiDubs) and Elizabeth Ryan (@Bazile213). Kai is a working Voice Actor and Video Essayist whose videos can be found at Nerdy Kirikai on YouTube, covering everything from BoJack Horseman to career retrospectives of must-know VAs. You can connect with him through his twitter or through AB2 Talent. He's smart and funny as hell and deserves your follow.

Elizabeth Ryan is a working Voice Actor whose voice can be heard in the Our Life visual novel and the Viral Pup animation series created by Derek Spangler! Liz is BRILLIANT, kind, insightful, and an all-around beam of light and I heartily encourage you to check out her VA reel at Elizabethryanvo.com .

2:10 What’s the average day for a voice Actor? 4:15 Finding success during COVID 9:40 The moment you knew you wanted to Voice Act. 15:20 Breaking through after you start 21:00 Beware Pay-to-Play sites 22:50 Working inside and outside the industry 25:19 Saving money on your setup 32:00 Editing & Post-Production 35:50 Putting the ACTING in Voice Acting 43:15 Why Voice Act? 47:05 Finding the fun 49:15 The dark side of branding 56:15 Voice Actor inspirations 1:02:00 What advice would you give to your younger self?

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We're Turning 1! (Thank You So Much)

This week marks the first anniversary of Brotakus, and Pax takes a few minutes to tell you how we got started, where we go from here, and how much your support means to us. We return to regular Brotakus programming next week with an amazing Voice Actor Roundtable that you don't want to miss!

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The Ultimate Anime Dads Tier List ft. Eric Schutt & Bishop Chave

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! In honor of all of the daddies and father figures in anime, we decided to rank... ALL OF THEM? We're joined today by REAL LIFE DADS Bishop Chave (@Reverend_Roscoe) and Eric Schutt (@EricIsTheSchutt) in this EPIC ranking of all the dads we love and hate.

0:00 Intro and Rules 8:12 Dragon Ball Z Dads 14:24 Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure 19:27 Hunter x Hunter 24:07 My Hero Academia 27:57 Food Wars 29:00 Miscellaneous Dads 36:20 Naruto 39:50 Rare Dads 43:08 Fullmetal Alchemist 45:00 Avatar The Last Airbender 46:59 MORE DADS 50:19 One Piece 52:40 GRISHA YAEGER 57:00 Daddy Speedrun 1:02:44 More Avatar The Last Airbender 1:06:05 Outro

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The Flawed Genius of YuYu Hakusho ft. Kae Savar

YuYu Hakusho is 90s anime at its best, an epic exploration of the limits of the medium at the time. From iconic voicework, gorgeous color pallets, and outstanding direction, YuYu Hakusho stands above its peers at the time in its execution. Written by the same mangaka that would go on to write Hunter x Hunter, he nevertheless chose to cut the run of YuYu Hakusho short for a devastating reason, one which we dive into at the end of the episode.

YYH is chocked full of nostalgia and amazing fights, and still managed to find the time to invent Being Bisexual. Join us on our deep-dive into one of our favorites, and discover the beauty of YuYu Hakusho

00:00 - Get Ready to Die, Yurameshi 00:45 - Show/Guest Intro 04:45 - YYH Production Background 12:45 - The Concept 17:20 - The Aesthetic 21:40 - The Plot Hook 26:10 - The Perfect Dub 32:20 - The Fights 36:05 - Anime vs. Manga 44:15 - The Ending that Wasn't 50:00 - How Writing Manga Destroys You 56:30 - Falling in Love with YYU 59:46 - Outro

We're joined again by Kae from the 3AM Thots podcast (You can find them at @Obaewankaenobi on Twitter and Instagram). Kae is currently studying for their Masters in Interdisciplinary studies focusing on Psychology and linguistics, and is a master of all things related to Anime and/or Chris Evans.

We are also joined today by our faithful cohost, Henry Rosenberg (@Shankitystick)

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The Best Anime of Spring 2021

Join us as we talk Froppy Exploitation in My Hero Academia Season 5, bawling over To Your Eternity, and feeling COMPLICATED THINGS about Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagataro! It's a JAM packed season, and we're breaking down all the anime you need to know AND talking about Shin-chan's lil pipi.

Timestamps: 3:30 What are Seasonal Shows? 5:26 Recent News 6:53 My Hero Academia Season 5 10:57 Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song 16:33 Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagataro 22:06 Odd Taxi 27:21 Nomad: Megalo Box 2 30:55 86 38:33 Zombie Land Saga 42:20 To Your Eternity 46:34 Shin-Chan and the Tiny P*nis 47:49 Tokyo Revengers 49:40 Mars Red 52:06 Best of the Season

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Eisner Award Winner Anne Ishii on Translating Manga, Working as a Producer & Overcoming Doubts

Currently working as the Executive Director of the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, Anne Ishii is a living legend responsible for translating and producing the first works of Queer manga that hit the west, including her translation of Gengoroh Tagame's "My Brother's Husband", which landed them an Eisner Award (among many others) and cementing Tagame's work as a pioneering breakout hit both in Japan and overseas.

In this conversation Anne and Pax chat about her time living in France, how she first found Tagame's work, her time starting a massively successful clothing brand with Graham Kolbeins, and much, much more.

You can find her at AnneIshii.com, or on social media @ill_iterate. Support her work at https://asianartsinitiative.org, check out https://massive-goods.com, and read her work at https://amishii.substack.com.

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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is a MASSIVE Disappointment ft. @Obaewankaenobi

Our MOST REQUESTED episode is finally here. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has been topping the box office for WEEKS, becoming the first anime movie here in the west to dethrone entire swaths of live-action films for weeks on end. It's also the first anime movie to knock Spirited Away off its throne as the highest-grossing anime film of all time, and by a HEAVY margin.

We're talking about Demon Slayer this week, doing a swift dive into the best and worst parts about the series before going deep into Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. It's a big episode, but it's a FIRE episode, in great part due to our guest this week, Kae from the 3AM Thots podcast (You can find them at @Obaewankaenobi on Twitter and Instagram). Kae is currently studying for their Masters in Interdisciplinary studies focusing on Psychology and linguistics, and is a master of all things related to Anime and/or Chris Evans.

We are also joined today by our faithful cohosts, Henry Rosenberg (@Shankitystick) and Anna Chicco (@HighlyAnnamated2)!

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