You’ve most likely already heard of the Spring Cleaning Anime Challenge that Otaku Anthony is participating in. For those who need a reminder, it’s a challenge where bloggers work through their backlogs based on mob rule. They put up polls with several series they haven’t watched, and they have to watch and review whichever one gets the most votes. Mike Ferreira, the person running this challenge, has put up his first poll at Anime Herald. If you look, you’ll see that The Sacred Blacksmith is one of the series on that poll. I’ve mentioned at length that I’m not too fond of the series, and since I’m such a nice guy I’m making it my goal to make him sit through it as soon as possible. So go and vote for it.
Well, it actually ended yesterday at 6 PM EST, I’m just really slow. If you haven’t heard about this, it was a 24 hour podcast marathon that happened over the weekend. Their goal was to raise $25,000 for earthquake relief efforts, and if you look at their site you can see they clearly succeeded. $31,000 is an impressive feat for something that was thrown together by a group of anime fans with about a week notice, and I congratulate them for being able to do so.
With all the voice actors and other industry guests who made an appearance, there were quite a few highlights over the 24 hours. Michelle Ruff mentioned she’ll be voicing Katherine in Atlus’ upcoming puzzle game Catherine. Maile Flanagan got confused about which Naruto movie she recently recorded. Steve Blum phoned in a little late but still made everyone fanboy a little. Daryl Surat’s plot to get people to watch old anime was foiled by terrible Internet service. The One Piece Podcast guys got to interview Luci Christian, the voice of Nami in Funimation’s dub of One Piece, bringing them one step closer to interviewing all of the Straw Hat Pirates.
There was a lot more that went on as 24 hours is quite a lot of time to fill, but this is just what I can recall off the top of my head. I managed to watch about 17 or 18 hours of the podcast, only getting maybe three and half hours of sleep overnight, and missing a few hours because I had other things I had to do on Sunday. I’m not sure whether or not any of it was recorded, though I hope it was as I ended up missing Crispin Freeman’s appearance, which I really wanted to see.
Donations are still open, so if you want to donate you still can. If you need some incentive to do so, every $10 you donate gives you a chance to win one of several prize packs. They’re also planning to do a mini-marathon again next weekend, and more details of that will come out as the week goes on.
After the recent earthquake in Japan there have been a range reactions from anime and manga fans, as well as various blogs and sites. Some send their prayers and thoughts, some donate money, some bitch because they can’t torrent their cartoons, and one site whose name isn’t worth mentioning (Sankaku Complex) posted a gallery of knocked over and broken figures. But rather than focus on the negative things cropping up in fandom, or talk about what a blight upon anime fandom Sankaku Complex is, I’d prefer to focus on the positive things.
The hosts of the Unofficial One Piece Podcast have decided to put together a 24 hour marathon podcast to raise donations for relief efforts in Japan, a movement which they’ve named Anime Fans Give Back To Japan. During the 24 hours they’re going to have various guests come on to talk about what’s happening, and they’ll also have information posted about what people can do to help. Some of the guests include Zac Bertschy and Justin Sevakis of Anime News Network’s ANNCast, as well as J. Michael Tatum, Terri Doty, and Stephen Hoff of the That Anime Show podcast.
For news about the earthquake and information about where to donate you can also check out ANN’s special coverage. Crunchyroll is also accepting donations for relief efforts, and will match all donations made.
For more information about the marathon podcast, you can follow them on Twitter at @OtakusHelpJapan