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Birthing in the early 1960s with such works as Astro Boy and Gigantor, the art of Japanese animation arrived on domestic shores not long after. Things would change radically as we moved into the 1970s and such widely beloved cult series as Yamato (Star Blazers), Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) and Macross (Robotech), even in their somewhat bowlderized and sanitized variants aired Stateside, blew the minds of kids accustomed to Hanna Barbera/Filmation/Warner Brothers style fluff with their comparative realism and mature themes (inclusive of such heady matters as interracial relationships, real-world style romances, character deaths and more)!
Becoming a genuine underground cult craze among the youth of the 1990's, such late 70's/80's era space operas as Mospeada, Megazone 23, Dirty Pair and Bubblegum Crisis were joined by the syndicated television likes of Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2), Akira Toriyama (Dragonball), Voltron and Naoko Takeuchi (Sailor Moon), opening the floodgates for a proliferation of anime magazines, late night/Saturday AM blocks on networks like TBS, TNT and Sci-Fi Channel, and entire stores dedicated to the sale of anime and related materials.
With the dawn of "meta" series such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, the "harem anime" (starting with Tenchi Muyo) and crossovers to the tabletop and videogame RPG (Slayers, Dragon Half, etc.), anime went from comparative obscurity and often isolated, small-scale fanbases to a global phenomenon overnight.
Join us as we talk the days of actual hand drawn, boundary-pushing animation, with nigh-adversarial relations between original language subtitle fans and the dubbing-only crowd, where fans would gather together based on a dawning appreciation of what remains many steps above the standard domestic, toddler oriented cartoon.
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Call it what you like, custom vinyl, artsy dolls, it's all good to us. Munny's, Dunny's ... there's a whole world out there and it's ready for your own look and feel to be applied! Or, just collect this cool stuff like Jian does! They're like ... toys meets graphiti ... kinda ... art you can play with?
We'll also talk about Transformers and Macross, because, that's what Jian likes ... and he's our guest and we like that stuff too! So, it all works out!
And, if you have NO idea what the heck Urban Vinyl is, you've come to the right place! Learn some history about Kid Robot and who/what/how it got started! We also cover the latest Start Wars teaser trailer and Optimus Prime's origin story!
We're happy to have you, so pull up a chair and join us!
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YEAH!! Virtual Reality, man! Sword Art Online! The Matrix! Lawnmower Man!! ... OK, maybe not so much Lawnmower Man, but YEAH! It's coming back in a major way. So much so, that our guest Tipatat Chennavasin says it will replace TV! VR will change the way we play games, design them and even create new ways to educate!
Tip should know, he's already creating his own VR experiences and worlds, including one where you can meet Optimus Prime! It's awesome! But how does he do all this? And what is the future of VR? How can we get in on the action, man? Check it out. We're also probably gonna get deep into Macross and Anime Mecha for sure! Because Danimator and Tip hella digg that stuff!
So, plug-in and geek-out, y'all!
Check out Tip's website!
Join Kevin and OmegaZed for a very special edition of AE Radio. On tonight's program we have a special guest Vic Mignogna we'll be on the program. Vic is best known for his dub work as Edward Elric in Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. He also plays Ikkaku in Bleach, Hikaru Ichijyo in Macross, and Broly in Dragon Ball Z Movies 8, 10, and 11! Check out Vic's official website at www.vicsworld.net
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