What’s Up, Everybody.
Morning announcements in high school…
Majored in Radio/TV/Film in college…
I clearly have a thing for talking into a microphone… I’m perfectly fine with this realization.
Though I ended up focusing more on writing, directing and producing, I still had an itch to do a radio show after college. The urge only got stronger when I crossed paths with Tatum. You may know him better as “OH MY GOD, IT’S J. MICHAEL TATUM!”
Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be described as freefall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.
Discovered by Funimation warhorse and visionary ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature-length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, among many others.
And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate and Dragon Ball Z Kai.”
We toyed with the idea of doing something for over a year, but we just didn’t know where to start. Then I saw that a local radio station was looking for new programming and I decided to bring it up with my future co-host.
Eventually we decided that the two of us could take advantage of being anime insiders…
and That Anime Show was born.
After three episodes, we decided to move in a new direction, sans radio station. That’s the nice way of saying we were miserable there and needed to change things immediately if we wanted to keep doing the show.
Enter STEPHEN, a man in his early-30s with a low tolerance for fools and a love of bad puns:
Stephen has been perfecting his skills as an audio engineer for the better part of a decade. His career began by attending Media Tech (formerly known as Dallas Sound Lab) and interning at Eagle Audio.
Its worth mentioning that Stephen is just one of several Funimation Entertainment regulars in the audio scene that also studied there. Other Dallas Sound Lab alumni include: Kenneth Thompson, Andrew Tipps, Adrian Cook, and Nathanael Harrison.
For the past several years, Stephen has had the fortune of working on several anime titles: Fractale, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, & Steins;Gate with Colleen Clinkenbeard, Black Butler (both seasons) with Ian Sinclair, Linebarrels of Iron with Caitlin Glass, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone with Mike McFarland, and Sgt. Frog with Joel McDonald. Other credits include Fairy Tail, Heroic Age, Initial D, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Full Metal Alchemist, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, and One Piece.
Along with anime, Stephen has a fondness for doing sound for live venues, films, and podcasts. He has engineered at Fort Worth’s Ridglea Theater and Deep Ellum’s Red Blood Club. You can occasionally catch Mr. Hoff running sound for local events. His film work includes the low budget film, Kodie.”
Mr. Hoff had the equipment we needed. He set up a beautiful recording space, which allowed us to take full control of the show (content and all that other loveliness).
The guys behind The One Piece Podcast created a website for us. The original site definitely wasn’t some random, often unstable, and very Swedish free service. They also got TAS on iTunes. We aren’t the most tech-savvy group of so-and-so’s… Okay, I’m not. There, I said it.
Originally, TAS was about discussing the dubbing industry from an insider’s perspective. I guess it still was in its own little way…
When on the subject of talk radio, it is unlikely that anime is part of the discussion. Terri Doty and J. Michael Tatum, the hosts of That Anime Show, hope to change that. Wanna get the inside scoop on your favorite shows? How about behind the scenes stories from actors, engineers, directors, and writers?”
That description doesn’t really do the show justice, does it?
If only I knew how unpredictable this podcast of ours would become… That Anime Show is definitely a fan of profanity, awkwardness, and oh-so-much more… Seriously, if you’ve never listened to an episode (especially after Ep3), check out just a few of the tropes we apply and you’ll start getting an idea of what I’m talking about.
Almost four years later and here we are: thousands of downloads, listeners in over 60 countries, and crazy, beautiful fan love. I can easily say that I don’t know where I’d be without this ridiculous podcast and I don’t want to know.
Here’s where it gets a little tough to write…
After much debate and discussion, Tatum, Stephen, and myself have decided our last show will be recorded on January 18th of 2014.
That’s right, the final episode of That Anime Show is officially happening.
I’m sure many of you want the details behind such a huge decision, but… Well, it’s just time for The TAS Crew to say goodbye, ladies and jellyspoons. Let’s just leave at that.
Oh, boy… This is gonna be rough.