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The first two episodes of Crunchyroll’s Anime in America are live, and they are a great look at the history of anime in the west!
Hosted by the much loved Yedoye Travis, the first two episodes chronicle the initial journey of Anime from Japan to America. The series has been a nostalgic blast from the past for older anime fans while showing newer fans how much suffering was involved to enjoy anime. So much suffering.
- Ep 1: IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS FANSUBS
-Description: Before you could go online to watch literally any and every anime…you had to send a letter, a check, and wait a few months for a VHS of maybe 4 episodes. Also, doing that was a crime.
Guest: Justin Sevakis
- Ep 2: ROBOTS, REAL ESTATE, AND SILVIO BERLUSCONI
-Description: Localization is a messy world, especially in the 80s’, but that doesn’t stop Harmony Gold (a company, not a person) from mashing up a few shows to create the first big anime, Robotech. Also, you’ll never believe how former Italian prime minister and known criminal Silvio Berlusconi is involved!
The podcast host, Yedoye Travis, is an actor, comedian, and writer. Known for his work on Fredarator’s Get In the Robot channel, creating and hosting the Dark Tank podcast, and guest starring on networks like BET and Comedy Central, he is the perfect host for the series!
A fun experience awaits anime fans! You can join Yedoye Travis on a journey down the scholarly halls of anime history, learning just how it became big in America. Head over to the official site to enjoy the series and check out its first two episodes.