Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pluto Talk on Anime Today

The Right Stuf's podcast Anime Today has a new episode featuring an excellent interview with translators Frederik L. Schodt and Jared Cook, who talk about their translation of Naoki Urasawa's Astro Boy inspired manga, Pluto. It's a very cool look at their history in manga translation and the process they used in converting Pluto's rich story from Japanese to English. This is a must-listen for anyone who's been reading Pluto, but even if you haven't yet, don't worry. There are only a few minor spoilers.

Unfortunately, the Astro Boy movie had not yet been released at the time of the interview's recording, so they were not able to discuss it in great detail. What they did discuss was what Tezuka would think about all the attention being paid to these new visions of his original works. The answer might suprise you!

Make sure you listen for yourself and click the link below for an archived copy of the press release.

Right Stuf's Anime Today Talks Pluto with Translators Frederik L. Schodt and Jared Cook
Nov 6th 2009
Behind the scenes at, Karakuri Odette, reviews, contests & more in episode 105!

GRIMES, IA, November 6, 2009
– Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Frederik L. Schodt and Jared Cook – the translators of the PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka manga – to episode 105 of ANIME TODAY.

In this new, three-segment interview, Schodt and Cook discuss their work on Naoki Urasawa's reimagining of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy manga, how Dr. Tezuka may have reacted to the recent adaptations of his work, and their unique, two-person translation process.

Long-time translation partners Schodt and Cook collaborated on the English translations and adaptations of Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix and Princess Knight (excerpt for Viz's Shojo Beat magazine), prior to their work on Pluto. The author of The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom and the Manga/Anime Revolution, Schodt has been recognized with the Osamu Tezuka Culture Special Prize and by the Japanese government with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contributions to the appreciation of manga and Japanese culture worldwide.

Also in episode 105 of ANIME TODAY:

* Chad shares “What's Hot” in the world of anime and manga.
* Rich tells fans how they can find “Revolutionary Savings” on DVDs, Blu-ray, books and music from Bandai Entertainment.
* Rich and Nick take a look at how packages get out from to customers in the second installment of “Best Wishes, Stuf!,” which focuses on the customer service, accounting and warehouse departments.
* Nick and Rich announce the latest Year of the Otaku winners (and new weekly contest), announce the winners of the Kimba (Jungle Emperor Leo) contest, and kick off a new contest gearing up for this month's release of the Boys Over Flowers Korean drama.
* Rich and Nick provide a rundown of upcoming conventions, courtesy of
* Marie takes a look at the manga Karakuri Odette by Julietta Suzuki.
* Listen to clips from Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 1 and the Refrain of Evangelion soundtrack from Geneon Music. Also hear tracks from artists MORNING GLORY (“Time After Time” from the mini EP Remember) and ketchup mania (“Welcome to Paradise” from their Best of CD).
* And finally, ANIME TODAY highlights some of the newest fan reviews from visitors.

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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.

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