Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Helen McCarthy on Anime Today

Those awesome cats at The Right Stuf have yet another Tezuka-centric episode of their podcast Anime Today. This time, author Helen McCarthy talks about her new book The Art of Osamu Tezuka.

Not only is Helen very knowledgeable about the life and work of Tezuka, but she's qite enthusiastic about the subject too, as evident by this great interview. Her new book is amazing and I'll have more about it here on ABW soon.

Give it a listen right here and click the link below for the press release with all the details.

Right Stuf's Anime Today Discusses The Art of Osamu Tezuka with Writer and Anime Expert Helen McCarthy
Nov 20th 2009

Behind the scenes at, “If you like Gakuen Alice,” reviews, contests & more in episode 106!

GRIMES, IA, November 20, 2009 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Helen McCarthy – the author of the recent books The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga and Manga Cross-Stitch – to episode 106 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new interview, McCarthy discusses what anime and manga fans can gain by learning about the background of Astro Boy and Black Jack creator Dr. Osamu Tezuka, the relevance of his work to today's audiences, how her biography's pop culture perspective differs from a more academic examination of his career, and which Tezuka works are her very own personal favorites. (The rest of this interview, focusing on her other new book, Manga Cross-Stitch, will air in episode 107 of Anime Today on December 4, 2009.)

A trailblazer in the field of anime writing and journalism, McCarthy's recent published works include 500 Essential Anime Movies, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation and The Anime Encyclopedia (co-authored with Jonathan Clements). One of the world's foremost experts on Miyazaki and the works of Studio Ghibli, she has also curated several seasons of lectures and screenings at London's Barbican Cinema and is a featured guest and lecturer at conventions and events worldwide, including the recent opening weekend of the Smithsonian Institution's current exhibition, “Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, Father of Anime.”

Also in episode 106 of ANIME TODAY:

* Chad shares “What's Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
* Shawne tells fans how they can “get in the spirit to save” on DVDs, Blu-ray and more from Media Blasters and its labels
* Rich and Nick take a look at how packages get out from to customers in the third and final installment of “Best Wishes, Stuf!,” which focuses on how outgoing orders are packed and shipped to anime fans.
* Rich announces the latest Year of the Otaku winners (and new weekly contest), reminds fans about the contest for the Korean drama adaptation of Boys Over Flowers, and announces a new contest marking the launch of the site for Nozomi Entertainment's release of Rental Magica.
* Nick provides a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of
* In a new “If… /Then…” segment, Christy offers recommendations to fans of the Gakuen Alice anime series.
* Listen to clips from Fafner Original Soundtrack 1: No Where from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from artists Blue Trike (“Stand up!!” from the CD Daydream) and nanocycle (“folksonomy” from the CD something burning).
* And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from visitors.

Have a question about anime and manga? Want to comment on one of the podcast's segments? Call our Anime Today Hotline at 1-800-338-6827, ext. 7424. You may hear yourself on a future episode of Anime Today!

Visit and for this episode, as well as an archive of all ANIME TODAY episodes and extended liner notes. Listeners can also download and subscribe to ANIME TODAY via the Apple iTunes Music Store.

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Released every other week, ANIME TODAY is the first commercially-produced podcast aimed at enthusiasts of Japanese animation and comics (“anime” and “manga”). Each episode features fresh content and gives listeners a glimpse into what's new and what's hot in the world of anime and manga. Segments include reviews of titles from all major anime studios, insights into the industry from anime producers, tips on traveling to and around Japan, interaction with listeners, contests, prizes and more.

“If you're into anime and what's happening in the anime market then this is the podcast for you!” - User review on iTunes

Currently celebrating its 22nd year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.

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Anonymous said...

I just got the book myself yesterday, after ordering it from Amazon (I made sure to click on the link here!) It's really amazing, and the DVD that comes with it really opens your eyes as to how hard-working Mr. Tezuka really was. A gifted and driven man. I only wish the Astro Boy comic pages within it had been translated from Japanese to English. But that's a minor quibble. It rocks!

Ninjatron said...

Yeah, it's an awesome book!
Just watched the included DVD recently. Truly amazing.
I'll have a more in depth look at the book soon. Thanks for your support!


Anonymous said...

You're welcome. Awesome website by the way. I really enjoy it.

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