Thursday 26 March 2015

Episode 1: Understandable Skepticism

The premiere episode! This is the first of two roundtable discussions looking back at anime on Canadian TV, musing about some missed opportunities, and speculating about what the future may hold.

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Episode breakdown:

00:00 - Introductions

02:40 - Some fond reflections of anime on Canadian broadcasters. Some appreciation of Witch Hunter Robin, weird movies on SPACE, and lots of Sailor Moon.

37:00 - Some of the biggest missed opportunities. and many tears shed for CHUM.

55:55 - Hopes or expectations for the future of anime on TV. Quite a bit of skepticism, but maybe there's hope for Attack on Titan and Sailor Moon?


Jesse: Twitter

Emily: Twitter | Moon Chase!

Marc: Retroarcadia

Kevin: Twitter | Linked to Japan Podcast

Special thanks to Karl Olson both for the theme song and for production assistance on this first episode. Check out his music at

Wednesday 18 March 2015


Nearly five years after shutting down the original news site, I'm pleased to announce that I will be relaunching Zannen, Canada in the form of a podcast. In each episode I will be joined by a variety of co-hosts as we explore the many intersections between anime and Canadian media through streaming, home video, and (most importantly) television. We hope to highlight the many ways that anime has been an integral part of the Canadian media landscape in the past, and will hopefully continue to be in the future.

Keep your eye on this page - the first episode will drop sometime next week. Please tune in!