TheOASG Podcast Episode 148: Bad Con Decisions, Unionization, and Creators Returning In Their Own Ways

Show Notes

0:00: Helen and Justin end up talking about what they’ve been up to over the past few weeks. One of them has been stuck in the isekai chamber while the other ended up using Udon’s Rose of Versailles book for something deadly…and also started reading Marielle Clarac…the light novel!

Pandemic News

14:23: We’ve had a couple talents catch COVID or begin recovering from it, while we’ve also had a few stage plays either being canceled or in the process of returning in Japan.

15:41: Anime Central has come and gone, but a few weeks ago the convention made a decision that baffled both Justin and Helen involving changing their COVID-19 policies the week of the convention. No matter where you fall on how cons should handle this, both hosts can’t imagine changing everything when the con is going to start that week.

On a related note as to how bad this decision was, the con later clarified their policies.

News

21:34: Netflix laid off 150 of their employees, so Helen wonders how this is supposed to help them make their money back.

22:50: It appears due to his health improving, it’s possible Gackt might be able to do some activities before the year’s over.

Licenses

23:56: J-Novel Club announced at their Anime Boston panel that they’ve licensed the following titles:

  • Ryuyu & Daburyu’s Now I’m a Demon Lord! Happily Ever After with Monster Girls in My Dungeon
  • Nozomu Mochitsuki, Mizu Morino, & Gilse’s Tearmoon Empire manga
  • Saitosa’s Oversummoned, Overpowered, and Over it! LN (illustrated by Tsugutoku) and manga (drawn by Mukojima Kamome)
  • Ichi Yukishiro’s The Skull Dragon’s Precious Daughter
  • Kanade Otonashi’s Did I Seriously Just Get Reincarnated as My Gag Character? LN (Illustrated by azutaro) and manga (Drawn by Kamuragi Amane)
  • Tsukasa Hazumi’s The Wind That Reaches the Ends of the World
  • Nahuse, Gin, yish, & cell’s Rebuild World
  • Kenichi & Nem’s Isekai Tensei: Recruited to Another World

28:02: Azuki had a panel at Anime Boston and announced they’ve licensed their first exclusive title directly from Japan in Mai Matsuda’s Hikaru in the Light!.

28:40: Seven Seas did their…”usual” Wonderful Wednesdays announcements where Justin has long wondered if this would ever end:

  • Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (MXTX) & Luo Di Cheng Qiu’s manhua/comic series Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi; this is also the one with 3 translators apparently working on this, and there was…drama involving this.
  • ITKZ’s The Titan’s Bride (BL)
  • Aki Aoi’s Enangled with You: The Garden of 100 Grasses (BL)
  • Nore’s I’m Kinda Chubby and I’m Your Hero (BL)
  • Kuro Itsuki’s Asumi-chan is Interested in Lesbian Brothels! (GL)
  • Teren Mikami, Eku Takushima, & Musshu’s There’s No Freaking Way I’ll be Your Lover! Unless… (GL, LN and Manga)

The last 6 titles will be classified under their new Seven Seas GL and BL labelbut both hosts wonder if it’s really necessary when they already have so many lines.

32:30: Comikey has announced they’ve licensed Yukiya Kamikawa & Gorogoromikan’s The Princess of Blue Roses; Dark Horse announced at Anime Central that they’ve licensed Gou Tanabe’s HP Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth; TOKYOPOP announced at Anime Central they’ve licensed Nemui Asada’s Loved Circus; Drawn & Quarterly will be releasing another Yoshiharu Tsuge book, Nejishiki, next year; and in final bit of manga news, futekiya has announced they’ve licensed Oiko Komaru’s Omae no Toriko ni Narumonka!.

34:10: Discotek had some big announcements at Anime Boston:

  • Planet With
  • Lupin the III: Dead or Alive (sub and dub)
  • Aho Girl (limited run of 1,500 copies)
  • Symphogear AXZ
  • Flying Phantom Ship (sub and dub)
  • Virtua Fighter (Sub, 24 episodes of Media Blasters’ English dub)

35:53: GKIDS announced they’ve been licensed Goodbye, Don Gleeswhich means you get to hear Justin once again mess up recalling the name A Place Further than the Universe!.

Streaming News

37:03: HIDIVE announced at their Anime Boston panel that they will simulcast Tokyo Mew Mew New, Call of the Nightand Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 4 on their service this summer; Crunchyroll announced at their Anime Boston panel that, as expected, they will stream Rent-A-Girlfriend S2 Orient Part 2 this summer, but they also will stream Blue Lock this fall.

38:07: Masaaki Yuasa’s INU-OH will be screening in theaters August 12; Meanwhile two Macross films will be in theaters this month, which we’re sure some fans are excited to go to.

38:47: As expected, Makoto Shinkai’s latest film will be seeing a worldwide release, but of course, the change this time is Crunchyroll will be releasing it…though with the merger with Funimation it’s not a surprise. Also CR will stream Chainsaw Man this fall, putting to bed any thoughts about it being on any other service.

40:45: Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens will stream on Hulu and air on Disney XD in June; and Adult Swim is producing a Rick and Morty & Ninja Kamui anime.

Main Topic: Seven Seas Staff Forms a Union

41:56: In what would be a first in the manga industry, 70% of Seven Seas workers (32 out of 41) have formed a United Workers of Seven Seas. In forming a union they’re trying to change — and based on what they’ve outlined — what is a very poor working environment, though so far Seven Seas hasn’t voluntary recognized the union and hired a notable union-busting company (this last one happening a few days after Justin and Helen discussed this) — this after pulling a Mushoku Tensei & I’m in Love with the Villainess by giving their statements to outlets and not actually saying anything themselves.

Justin and Helen discuss the significance of this move, how going from Macmillan to Penguin Random House a few years ago has fueled this situation, and how this could impact the industry if this succeeds. Also this makes the two hosts reflect even more on some of Seven Seas’ notable mistakes, which does range from the incidents discussed before, but even smaller ones such as crediting the wrong translator.

Wired News

1:03:59: Creators have or are returning! A suspicious looking Twitter account popped up that turned out to be Yoshihiro Togashi teasing the return of Hunter x Hunter, and thanks to one popular artist verifying the account, he now (it’s possible it’s passed him already) has the second most followers on Twitter behind Kohei Horikoshi; Meanwhile Land of the Lustrous is also returning soon, though this was the hosts’ unique opportunity to reference Ichikawa and her PS5.

1:07:06: JJ Abrams, Apple, and Speed ​​Racer? Welp, it’s happening!

1:07:50: NFTs appear to be dying out somewhat in the US, but it’s not quite happening just yet elsewhere — see the Kindachi Case Files providing this to be correct!

1:09:40: You can now buy the outfits from Birdie Wingthanks to a partnership with golf apparel brand Jack Bunny!!.

1:10:10: A One Piece gym being created is notable enough, it’s just that the spelling for one part of it is hard to unsee…

1:11:16: One Power Ranger is apparently part of a COVID-19 loan fraud with 17 other people. How can you let this happen, Red Ranger?

1:12:56: And well, the legendary Yosuga no Sora had a marathon on Kiss Day a few weeks ago! That for sure would land in this section!

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