Anime Ichiban 23: New Decade, Same Questionable Tastes

by Kyle Rogacion

Welcome to 2020, Anime Ichiban listeners!

Lots of things have happened in the past few weeks, not the least of which is Hatsune Miku making her Coachella debut. After catching up on industry news, we take a look back at some of our more questionable choices in anime and how on earth we manage to defend them.


0:00 – Introduction and what we’ve been playing
17:46 – Hatsune Miku to Perform at Coachella
25:29 – Crunchyroll’s “Most Watched Shows of the Decade”
30:03 – Funimation’s Popularity Awards
38:13 – Wages in the Japanese Animation Industry
45:38 – Miki Yoshikawa’s New, Fan-Picked Serialization
47:08 – Legal Trouble Brewing for Mangadex
57:02 – Highest Grossing Domestic Anime Films for Japan in 2019
59:33 – What shows surprised us and which ones do we struggle to defend?


Intro – “Dream X Scramble!” by Airi (Keijo!!!!!!!! OP)
Outro – “Lucky☆Orb feat. Hatsune Miku” by emon(Tes.)

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RandomMikuFan January 9, 2020 - 5:57 pm

Gorillaz have never done hologram-style concerts. They wanted to back in 2007, but abandoned the idea due to cost. They often have video screens showing various things, but it’s nothing like a Miku concert. They did one hologram-style performance, a song at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards, from which the myth arose. They tried to do it again at the 2006 Grammy Awards with Madonna, but they couldn’t get it to work and ended up faking it for TV (this is not widely known; drop me an email if you want details). A performance at the BRIT awards also involved some TV magic, with video animations intercut with the live feed to make it look to TV viewers that the characters were on stage as holograms.

Kyle Rogacion January 9, 2020 - 6:24 pm

Ah, thanks for clearing up that misconception! I think that one performance from 05 really just stuck out to me because of how unique it was.

I usually point to Gorillaz in order to help an unfamiliar western audience understand who exactly Miku is. The comparison still stands as a way to help people understand the concept of a digital performer. Miku shows are definitely a completely different beast in terms of production scale and quality, but it’s always helpful to put it in terms that people can relate to. That was part of my line of thinking as to how a Coachella audience might react to seeing this gigantic holographic anime girl singing.


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