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Brain Swap

Brain Swap is weekly live show where geeks debate the things that matter to them.

This show is live streamed on YouTube Live; tune in to watch and talk back in the chatroom!

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When does criticizing anime hurt other fans?

Fri, 25 Mar 2016, 9:30pm

When one fan dismisses a show or otherwise tears it down, at what point does that cross the line into destroying another fan's potential enjoyment of the show?

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When does criticizing anime hurt other fans?

Fri, 25 Mar 2016, 9:30pm

When one fan dismisses a show or otherwise tears it down, at what point does that cross the line into destroying another fan's potential enjoyment of the show?

Why has the mecha genre faded since the 1980’s?

Fri, 18 Mar 2016, 9:30pm

Mecha dominated the 1980's, from Gundam and Macross to VOTOMS. But despite some popular mecha series in the 1990's, the genre spawned very few major franchises since then. What happened?

Is doujinshi a violation of creators' rights?

Fri, 11 Mar 2016, 9:30pm

Do fans even have the right to make their own works with other peoples' characters? Are doujinshi (fan comics) illegal violations of creators' rights? What's the line?

Is the sub/dub war relevant anymore?

Fri, 4 Mar 2016, 9:30pm

Why do people even argue about subs vs. dubs? Is the war over? Should it be?

What makes for a successful short, self-contained anime series?

Fri, 26 Feb 2016, 9:30pm

What elements of an anime concept make for a successful short, self-contained series?

Should you buy anime on disc?

Fri, 19 Feb 2016, 9:30pm

Is it important to buy anime on disc? What are the economics of doing so? Should otaku feel a moral imperative to buy anime on disc?

What makes for a good long-running anime series?

Fri, 29 Jan 2016, 9:30pm

Some anime series do well as long-running shows, and some get bogged down and end mercifully. What does an anime series need to stick around for a long time?

Has Hayao Miyazaki been bad for anime?

Fri, 15 Jan 2016, 8:30pm

Hayao Miyazaki popularized anime on a global scale, proving that anime wasn't all punk action heroes and tentacle demons. But were there any downsides to his popularity? Did he create unrealistic expectations?

Who is the next Hayao Miyazaki?

Fri, 8 Jan 2016, 8:30pm

With Hayao Miyazaki moving away from making films, who will step up to the plate? Will anyone else fill the void? Can anyone else fill the void?

What genres does anime do best?

Fri, 1 Jan 2016, 8:30pm

Anime grew out of Japan's specific culture, and certain genres have tended to dominate it. So what genres seem particularly well-suited to anime? What kinds of stories can anime do better than live-action film or Disney-style CGI?

Will anime move to all CGI?

Fri, 25 Dec 2015, 8:30pm

The rest of the animation world has moved to computer-generated animation. When will Japanese anime follow suit? Or will it ever?

What's the next big genre in anime?

Fri, 18 Dec 2015, 8:30pm

Slice-of-life high school shows dominated anime in the 2000's and early 2010's. We see fewer of those now, so what's going to be the next big genre in anime? Brent and Evan divine the trends.

Are anime conventions worth attending?

Fri, 11 Dec 2015, 8:30pm

Brent and Evan discuss the costs of attending conventions. After dropping hundreds of dollars on one weekend at a con, why do people still attend? What's so special about anime conventions?

Is it ethical to watch fansubs?

Sat, 5 Dec 2015, 8:30pm

Brent and Evan discuss the ethics of watching fan-subtitled anime. Is it stealing? Is it piracy? Does it take money out of the creators' hands? At what point does it become a problem?

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