Ali and her cousin, Gina, discuss all things Hamtaro, sharing their memories of watching the anime when it premiered on Cartoon Network in June 2002, Ali co-writing ridiculous fanfiction featuring the Ham-Hams, Gina’s pet hamster, plus a lot of reminiscing about playing the fun and adorable Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games, Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! and Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak. Hamha!
Ali discusses her absolute favorite anime based on the popular manga series by Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket, for this special 150th episode of the podcast!
Having first been introduced to the manga in middle school, Ali reminisces about falling in love with the characters (in particular, Kyo Soma) and fangirling with her friends, cousins and sister over the original anime. She shares her thoughts on the incredible new anime, exploring the powerful themes of acceptance, healing and what it means to belong, all the while breaking down character arcs in connection to the Soma family curse.
Additionally, in a first for the podcast, Ali opens the episode by playing the original theme song, “For Fruits Basket,” on the piano. Enjoy!
Ali interviews actor and writer, Marin Miller, whose credits include Athena, Alecto and Tisiphone in HADES and Enkidu in Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia. They share how they got their start in the industry, their thoughts on dubbing vs. voice recording for video games, the intricate process behind script adaptation, favorite anime and ships, advice for aspiring voice actors and more!
Be sure to follow Marin on Twitter.
Ali interviews actor, Chiara Zanni, whose credits include the title character in Hamtaro, Amy Ryan in About a Girl, Daring Do in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and many other voice-over and on-camera roles. Chiara shares how she began her career, different techniques for voice acting vs. on-camera acting, her thoughts on living in Vancouver and LA, the importance of self-kindness, advice for aspiring actors and more!
Ali discusses the movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, which mostly involves her gushing over Seto Kaiba.
Recommended videos mentioned in this episode:
- Virtual Seto Kaiba Challenge Day 1
- Virtual Seto Kaiba Challenge Day 2
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Reunion
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Reunion Panel | Extended Version
Be sure to also give a listen to the episode covering Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (a personal favorite).
Ali discusses the movie, Kiki’s Delivery Service, written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. She reminisces about watching the movie with her siblings and gushes over how much she loves Kiki’s black cat, Jiji. She also talks about the powerful message of finding what inspires you in order to regain your confidence as depicted through Kiki’s journey in this coming-of-age film.
Ali discusses the popular fan parody series, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, created by LittleKuriboh. She shares her favorite ridiculously hilarious moments from the spoof series while attempting to make sense of the actual series’ plot. She also reveals which pairing she’d ship. “Screw the rules, I have [a podcast]!”