The easternKicks.com Podcast

A regular magazine programme about East Asian film, with the latest news, reviews and interviews

Episode 17: Into the Leijiverse!

October 20th, 2020

This episode we have the pleasure of chatting to Helen McCarthy, well-known author of so many of our favourite books on anime, on her latest work about the life and work of manga artist Leiji Matsumoto. Creator of some of the biggest franchises in anime, including Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers), Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999, but still criminally overlooked in the UK and USA. A collaborative effort with co-editor Darren-Jon Ashmore, with various contributors including Jonathan Tarbox, Ed Hoff and Stefanie Thomas. (You can pre-order the book at https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/leiji-matsumoto.) Meanwhile, members of the easternKicks team pick their favourite animes!

This episode's timecodes

00:00:31 - Episode introduction
00:02:10 - Phillip on Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
00:06:07 - A chat with Helen McCarthy (pt 1)
00:13:54 - Star Blazers opening theme
00:14:27 - A chat with Helen McCarthy (pt 2)
00:26:50 - Space Pirate Captain Harlock opening theme
00:28:02 - A chat with Helen McCarthy (pt 3)
00:37:58 - Theo on Ping Pong
00:39:55 - A chat with Helen McCarthy (pt 4)
00:55:24 - Yonah on Hunter x Hunter
00:57:04 - A chat with Helen McCarthy (pt 5)
01:04:48 - Outro

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