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September 21, 2018 01:46:18
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Sonic The Hedgehog - Suckin' On Chili Dogs

What kind of obscure lore will we unearth about Sonic "the" Hedgehog (Or is it Sonic "Maurice" Hedgehog)? Only time will tell, unless you're too slow! Fortunately, we have special guest Matt (AKA SonicMTD) to help us out! And that wraps up Season 8! Join us in a few short weeks as we return with the beginning of Season 9! What changes will occur? How rad will our beards be? Do people say rad anymore? In any case, the episodes will keep on coming, they just won't be live until we're back. So until next time... we'll see you next time! ## Where can I learn more about Matt (AKA SonicMTD)? If you'd like to hear more from Matt or check out his work, you're in luck! - His YouTube: https://youtube.com/SonicMTD - His Twitter: https://twitter.com/SonicMTD - His Facebook: https://facebook.com/SonicMTD ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** > Sonic the Hedgehog is a media franchise created and produced by Sega. It is primarily a video game franchise, centering on a series of speed-based platform games. Sonic, the protagonist, is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog with supersonic speed, capable of reaching the speed of sound. Typically, Sonic—usually along with some of his friends, such as Tails, Amy, and Knuckles—must stop antagonist Doctor Eggman's plans for world domination. > > The first game in the series, released in 1991, was conceived by Sega's Sonic Team division after Sega requested a mascot character. Its success spawned many sequels and helped Sega become one of the leading video game companies during the 16-bit era of the early 1990s. > > While the first Sonic games were side-scrolling platform games, later games expanded into other genres, such as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. The series ...

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September 14, 2018 01:00:53
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Interview: Sailor Moon Fans with Jason (Tuxedo Unmasked)

What if you had one chance, one shot to talk with a super-fan about Sailor Moon fandom and how it lead to moving across the globe from to Japan? Well, you'd be in the position Nick T is in as he chats with Jason, author of _Tuxedo Unmasked_ to get a better understanding of what Sailor Moon fandom is like, and what life as a fan is like in Japan! ## Where can I learn more about Jason and _Tuxedo Unmasked_? > I’ve been a fan of _Sailor Moon_ since the late 1990s (1997, to be exact) and have been passionate about the series and characters ever since. I’ve run multiple websites (and fanfiction archives) dedicated to the series over the years, but unfortunately university and work life took over and I fell out of all that for several years and just “being a fan” had to take a back seat. > > However, with the new release of the web-based series _Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal_, I’ve started re-reading all the old manga and watching through the old anime, and really wanted to dig deep into all those questions that were left unanswered. I realized that making this in-depth analysis into the history of – and stories behind – _Sailor Moon_ was my chance to (finally?) make use of my degree in Japanese history and occupation as a Japanese translator. > — [Tuxedo Unmasked - About](https://www.tuxedounmasked.com/about/) If you want to learn more about Jason and his work, you can check out: - Tuxedo Unmasked: https://www.tuxedounmasked.com/ - On Twitter: [@t_unmasked](https://twitter.com/t_unmasked) - On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tuxedounmasked ## Sources - Opening music, ["Sailor Moon"](https://soundcloud.com/nospoonkid/sailor-moon) by Nospoonkid used under [CC BY-NC-SA 3.0](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) - ...

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September 07, 2018 01:17:17
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Bob's Burgers - Sexy Dance Fighting

Could it be that Bob's family is... DEAD?! Probably not, but fan theories are just part of chronicling an obsession as we talk with Bob's Burgers experts Jen and Briddany about fans of, well, Bob's Burgers! Next week, a blue streak speed by... what fandom could we be talking about to wrap-up the season? ## Where can I learn more about Pod's Burgers? If you want to know more about Jen and Briddany's "podcast chronicling an obsession", you're in luck! - [Pod's Burgers on iTunes](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pods-burgers-podcast-chronicling-bobs-burgers-obsession/id1328949899?mt=2) - [Pod's Burgers on Stitcher](https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pods-burgers) - [The Pod's Burgers Website](https://www.podsburgers.com/) - [@podsburgers on Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/podsburgers/) - [@podsburgers on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/podsburgers/) ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** > Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard that premiered on Fox on January 9, 2011. The series centers on the Belcher family - parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise - who run a hamburger restaurant. The show was conceived by Bouchard after he developed Home Movies. It is produced and distributed in association with 20th Century Fox Television. > ... > In 2013, TV Guide ranked Bob's Burgers as one of the top 60 Greatest TV Cartoons of All Time. The series has been nominated for several awards, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program seven consecutive times, winning in 2014 and 2017. > — [Wikipedia - Bob's Burgers](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob%27s_Burgers) **Search Data:** Based on Google Trends data, [_Bob's Burgers_ is probably more popular now than it ever has been](https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=Bob%27s%20Burgers) (though interest has leveled off a bit). There was a huge spike in interest in January 2011 (when the show premiered), and wasn't as popular again until around January 2014 (Possibly related to the release of the 3rd season on DVD, though that occurred ...

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August 31, 2018 01:24:47
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Yu Yu Hakusho - Knife Edge Death-Match

This would have been a podcast about a great delinquent kid who grows up with friendship and fighting and the underworld... except we died? We have special guests, [The YuYu Hakushow](https://yuyuhakushow.podiant.co/) joining us this week to talk about the fans, fandom, and the 90s attitude of, well, Yu Yu Hakusho! Next week will be Un-brie-lievable as we talk about fans of Bob's Burgers (with the hosts of [Pod's Burgers](https://www.podsburgers.com/), Jen and Briddany)! ## Where can I learn more about Joe and Patrick? If you want to here more from Joe and Patrick, especially about Yu Yu Hakusho, you're in luck! You can check out their bi-weekly show at [yuyuhakushow.podiant.com](https://yuyuhakushow.podiant.co/), follow them on Facebook ([@theyuyuhakushoow](https://www.facebook.com/theyuyuhakushoow/)) or follow them on Twitter ([@theyuyuhakushow](https://twitter.com/theyuyuhakushow))! ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** > Yu Yu Hakusho ... is a manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi [also known for Hunter x Hunter, and the husband of Naoko Takeuchi, writer and illustrator of Sailor Moon]. The series tells the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who is struck and killed by a car while attempting to save a child's life. After a number of tests presented to him by Koenma, the son of the ruler of the afterlife Underworld, Yusuke is revived and appointed the title of "Underworld Detective", with which he must investigate various cases involving demons and apparitions in the human world. The manga becomes more focused on martial arts battles and tournaments as it progresses. Togashi began creating Yu Yu Hakusho around November 1990, basing the series on his interests in the occult and horror films and an influence of Buddhist mythology. The manga was originally published in _Weekly Shonen Jump_ from 1990 to 1994, ...

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August 24, 2018 01:43:04
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Chrono Trigger - Avocado Toast at the Millennial Fair

Will fans of this classic SNES gem be lost to Lavos, or will they endure, like Gaspar at the end of time? Where does Chrono Cross figure into the whole situation? Fortunately, we know someone who wrote the book (well, _a_ book) on the subject: we're talking with Michael P. Williams, author of _Chrono Trigger_, about fans of... well, Chrono Trigger! Next week, it'll be the (smile) bomb, as we talk about fans, of a certain popular shonen 'sho' from the 90s! ## Where can I learn more about Michael P. Williams? If you want to learn more about Michael's work, your best bet is to check out... - His book, [Chrono Trigger](https://bossfightbooks.com/products/chrono-trigger-by-michael-p-williams), published by Boss Fight Books (now available in [audiobook form](https://www.audible.ca/pd/Chrono-Trigger-Audiobook/B07G4L4VFT))! - [Boss Fight Books](https://bossfightbooks.com/) where he does a lot of editting - The Boss Fight Books twitter, [@bossfightbooks](https://twitter.com/bossfightbooks) (Yes, there is a trend here) ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** Chrono Trigger is a Super Nintendo JRPG released in 1995. It was developed by Square (notable for such other games as Final Fantasy) and its so-called "Dream Team": Hironobu Sakaguchi (the creator of the Final Fantasy Series), Yuji Horii (creator of Enix's popular Dragon Quest series), and Akira Toriyama (an artist well known for his work with Dragon Quest and his ongoing manga / anime series: Dragonball, among other things). It also featured music composed by Yasunori Mitsuda (the _Chrono_ series, Mario Party, Xenosaga) and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy). To put it succinctly: The game follows a group of adventurers who travel through time to prevent a global catastrophe... that they will never personally encounter. It has since been released and re-released multiple times with the SNES and Playstation versions shipping over 2.65 million ...

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August 17, 2018 01:36:44
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Yuri on Ice - Born to Make History

Can you hear, our heart beat? No? Well, turn up the volume to hear us (and special guest, Nikola, of [YOI Wednesdays](https://twitter.com/yoiwednesdays)) talk about fans of Yuri!! on ICE! Next week, we'll be talking with a guy who literally wrote the book (well, _a_ book) on Chrono Trigger, Michael P. Williams, to talk about fans of Chrono Trigger! ## Where can I learn more about YOI Wednesdays? Would you like to learn more about Nikola and YOI Wednesdays? You're in luck! - Nikola's Twitter: [@notgneissatall](http://twitter.com/notgneissatall) - YOI Wednesday Twitter: [@yoiwednesdays](https://twitter.com/yoiwednesdays) - YOI Wednesday Podcast: [soundcloud.com/yoiwednesdayspod](https://soundcloud.com/yoiwednesdayspod) ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** > Yuri!!! on Ice is a 12-episode anime series following Katsuki Yuuri in his competitive figure skating career. The series is produced by MAPPA, directed by Yamamoto Sayo [_Michiko and Hatchin_, _The Woman Called Fujiko Mine_, some episodes of _Samurai Champloo_ and _Space Dandy_] and written by Kubo Mitsurou. > — [Fanlore - Yuri!!! on Ice](https://fanlore.org/wiki/Yuri!!!_on_Ice) **Search Data / Growth:** _Yuri on Ice_ had a huge spike in interest between [October 2016 and December 2016](https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2016-07-01%202018-07-31&q=%2Fg%2F11cmg5bxns) (which coincides with the release of, at the time, the only season of the anime). Interest in the show has been pretty consistent since then, though not nearly as popular as during that period. The top 10 countries for _Yuri on Ice_, by search volume, are as follows: Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Chile, Singapore, Russia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Hungary (Canada is 16th, United States is 18th, and Australia is 22nd). Looking at [redditmetrics for the YOI subreddit](http://redditmetrics.com/r/YOI), the subreddit reached 5000 subscribers in under a month, but growth has been pretty flat since then. **Fan Demographics:** - [From a fan survey run by KykyElric](https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeo89_0mbccjeTrVoP2HYSvRfWGIyhTgec4YeEHcw4LjEF-Pw/viewanalytics), we do have some data about some of the over ...

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