Friday 22 May 2015

Episode 4: Workaround Dystopia

This episode I'm joined by Lance Heiskell (former Director of Corporate Strategy for FUNimation Entertainment) and Karl Olson (nerdcore rapper Ultraklystron) to talk about anime streaming and simulcasts in Canada. Geoblocking and the inability for American companies to understand the problems with it, the ethics of VPN use, and weighing streaming and broadcast as forms of discovery are all on the agenda.

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Episode breakdown:

1:08 – Introducing Lance and Karl

7:50 - The problems with the US-centrism baked into the net and the frustration with embedding

9:00 – Running down the streaming situations of FUNimation, Netflix, Sentai, and Crunchyroll. We also touch on Quebec rights and just can’t resist talking a bit about broadcast and MuchMusic.

37:00 – Why some companies only use Hulu for streaming, and will they ever change?

1:05:00 – If we can’t get this figured out in North America, what hope is there for global streaming?

1:16:20 – Reminicising, simuldubs and some gushing over Shirobako.


Jesse: Twitter

Lance: Twitter | Anime Nostalgia Bomb

Karl: Twitter |

Theme song by Karl Olson. Check out his music at

Monday 4 May 2015

Episode 3: LA-LI-LU-LELOLA

An interview with the ever insightful Pan, former webmaster of the incredibly popular Canadian anime site, cosplayer extraordinaire, and Power Rangers aficionado.

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Episode breakdown:

01:05 - Introducing Pan

14:00 – The lost art of the personalized fan site

20:53 – Exposure and reaction to social justice issues online

27:00 – The Lelola community and the enormous response it received, including Pan fanfiction

37:34 – Power Rangers talk, specifically why Power Rangers Megaforce: Robo Knight Before Christmas is the ultimate cringewatch

43:37 – Pan answers the roundtable questions from previous episodes

51:40 – I address a user submitted question with an answer that I guess is acceptable

53:00 – Call out for thoughts on the state of streaming in Canada


Jesse: Twitter

Theme song by Karl Olson. Check out his music at