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“Anime TV,” a new anime video podcast from the folks at Revision3

Those of you with an insatiable desire to consume anime news in podcast form, take note – there’s a new kid on the block! Revision3, the Internet video programming network formed by many ex-TechTV personalities including Kevin Rose (of Digg fame), is now hosting an anime review show, Anime TV. The show, hosted by well-known American anime voice actors Cristina Vee and Johnny Yong Bosch, consists of panel-style discussions where the panelists talk about the various anime, manga, video games, etc. they’re into at the moment, and, as a group, review one particular anime series. They also occasionally feature other segments; for example in their first episode they “invaded” the US dub studio Bang Zoom Entertainment and took the audience on a tour of the facility and interviewed some of their key personnel.

My first impressions are that they sometimes take things a bit over the top, for example the whole “Anime TV… GO!” schtick. The panelists seem to have a good rapport with each other, and obviously we the audience will grow more comfortable with them as we get to know their tastes and personalities. I’ll wait to pass final judgment until a few more episodes have come out. I will say however that I’m pretty much in agreement with their verdict on Ghost in the Shell 2.0. The original animation was definitely cleaned up and did look crisper; however the transitions to and from the redone CGI elements were still a bit too jarring for my taste. If you haven’t seen GitS yet… for heaven’s sake, go do so now!! But if you already own the original GitS on DVD, it’s not really worth it to upgrade.

You can watch their first episode below, or subscribe via iTunes.

2 comments to “Anime TV,” a new anime video podcast from the folks at Revision3

  • Anime TV has actually been around since 2007. It was originally produced in-house by Bang Zoom until being ‘picked up’ by Revision 3 this past month. This version kept many of the same panelists(the original version contained 6, not including Johnny Yong Bosch) and added Cristina Vee. The only major changes were a better emphasis on post production(the old version would have cameramen constantly in shots), less panelists and a less gimmicky format. Other then that, same AnimeTV as before. It is however nice to see them back, the amount of video podcasts about anime were very slim pickings until recently.

    • Thanks for the clarification. Agreed, we definitely need more anime video podcasts. The last time I looked (which was admittedly a while ago) I only saw a scant handful of them, and many of them hadn’t put out a new episode in a while.

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