Podcast:Samurai Beat Radio Presents: Sara Barton’s Exclusive with Yoshiyuki Tomino



   Live from the New York Anime Festival! Samurai Beat Radio is proud to present: Sara Barton’s interview with, the legendary anime creator/director, song lyricists, Yoshiyuki Tomino.

Yoshiyuki Tomino was the main guest speaker at the New York Anime Festival; in honor of the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mobile Suit Gundam.

He is best know for the creation of the series Mobile Suit Gundam, which revolutionized the robot/mecha genre to what it is today. It also lead to movies, several spin-offs and many alternative gundam universes. His most recent works include: Brain Powerd (1998), Turn A Gundam (1999), Overman King Gainer (2002) and The Wings of Rean ( 2005). 

As a change of pace, we discussed his career as a song lyricists and his thoughts about why he created his work. Afterwards, he even gave a few tips on how to be a better reporter. There’s no such thing as too much good advice. 

Samurai Beat Radio would like to thank Tomino-san for giving us the opportunity to interview him. It was an honor and a humbling experience.

I hope you enjoy the interview, and Happy Birthday Gundam!


photo: Romi Uchikawa
written by: Sara Barton
edited by: Mandy Ng

NYAF Sept 26, 2009

Respect! MIHO & SHONEN KNIFE

Hi, it’s Megumi.
みなさんこんにちは!めぐみです。
I recently got a chance to see Miho Hatori’s new band New Optimism and Shonen Knife at Santos Party House.
What a treat!  The two most beloved Japanese female units back to back in the same night.
サントス・パーティハウスで行われたミホ・ハトリ&ニューオプティミズムとSHONEN KNIFEのライブを見て来ました!

I’ve seen Miho performing since she’s Cibo Matto. I saw them for the first time at CBGB’s sometime in 1990’s and was totally amazed by their innovative sound and her out-of-the box perfomance. She performs like a free dolphin with a strong kick and sweetness to it.  It taste like ” Chilli Chocolate”.
Of course Miho joined Tezuka day and shared her unique perspective.
Check out Tezuka day podcast and learn more about her here!
ミホちゃんはチボマット時代から何度かギグを見ていますが、初めてCBGBで見た時は、実験的なサウンドとミホちゃんのぶっ飛んだパフォーマンスに強烈な印象を持ちました。彼女ってまるで自由なイルカみたいだけど、足(ヒレ?)の蹴りはかなりのモン。でもスイートなところがとても素敵。ピリっとくるチリチョコレート味? もちろんミホちゃんは紀伊国屋のTEZUKA-DAYにもゲスト出演して、ユニークな視点をシェアしてくれました。そのポッドキャストそしてモア・ミホ情報はココでチェック!

Shonen Knife gives you a pure joy of beat and candy-popping melody.
Late Kurt Cobain loved them so much and took them to the UK tour.
When they formed the band in 1981, their musical mentor was Ramone! With their luscious dark long hair and 60’s inspired artful “ uniform” , they play hard!
Shonen Knife is literally a “ Super Group!”
少年ナイフはビートとカラフルなメロディーにとにかくイケテル!バンド。
亡きニルバーナのカート・コバーンが惚れ込んで、UKツアーに連れ出したほど。
81年に結成した彼らのお手本は、ラモーンズ! 長くセクシーな黒髪に60’sなアートっぽいユニフォームだけど、あくまでハードにロックする彼女達は文字通りスーパーグループ!

Shonen Knife is coming back to New York in mid November.
See their myspace page for the tour schedule.
少年ナイフは11月にまたニューヨークに戻って来ます。スケジュールはここでチェック!
http://www.myspace.com/shonenknife

Hopefully, I can publish their interview at that time! Stay tuned.

Breathe Music! 音楽で呼吸しろ!Megumi

P.S. Shonen means “boy” but many Shojo and women have “ Shonen Heart”.