Bibidi, Babidi, Buu! Discussing The Magic Of Anime With Author Helen McCarthy. | Ep.175

Suuuper Anime

24-10-2023 • 1 hr 30 mins

“Culture can’t be gate kept, culture is an ocean…gate keeping speak to our fears…if I hate gate keeping, if I see a gate that is locked, I will try to open or jump over it”.Helen McCarthy

We had the sensational Helen McCarthy on the podcast to speak about the anime industry, politics, Japanese culture, Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki and so much more. This was an episode filled with knowledge and wisdom and it wasn’t from Solo or Ed, it was all Helen. If you’re reading this and not sure whether to press play, JUST DO IT! You will not regret it!

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Discussion notes:

  • How did Helen get into anime?
  • When did anime become mainstream?
  • Is anime synonymous with Japanese politics?
  • Western vs Eastern animation?
  • What is the curse of Tezuka and how did it affect anime in Japan?
  • How the West influenced and shaped anime we see today?
  • Why gate keeping is the anthesis of culture?
  • Is all animation in Japan anime?
  • What manga would Helen turn into an anime?

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Helen tours – all can be found in Seed talks Event Brite page

  • 18th October in Liverpool
  • 19th October in Manchester
  • 24th October in London – this is also being live streamed all over the world so if you are unable to attend in person then you can also get tickets to listen live.   (The last livestream went to South America, the USA and all over Europe)
  • 1st November Southampton
  • 8th November in Brighton
  • 21st November in Leicester
  • 22nd November in Birmingham
  • 6th December in Bristol

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