Sunday, August 25, 2013

Season 2 Episode 8: An interview with Yoshiyuki Tomino!

Returning to the scene after a very long hiatus, we continue Season 2 with the legendary god of modern giant robots himself, Yoshiyuki Tomino creator of Gundam!

Season 2 Episode 8: An interview with Yoshiyuki Tomino! from Tasayu Tasnaphun on Vimeo.

(Now to find the Odaiba Gundam 2009 Footage ^_^)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Otakon 2012 Vacation!

Team A!PoN will be taking a break from Otakon this year to just sit back and relax and get ready to return full form by this winter 2012! Tasayu is done with his Masters, and the rest of the team have settled into their daily lives. So it's with great excitement to announce the return of A!PoN by releasing the rest of Season 2! and Announcing SEASON THREE! Yes our formats haven't changed but we hope to get out as much as possible. So stay tuned for many interviews new and old, as well as photo updates, and just fun side articles. Our team is very small but our ambition is big! The most time is spent in subtitling and volunteers are always welcomed! Just contact us! So coming back online we are bringing you at the end of August, interview with Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of Gundam (that's right the big robot space opera in Japan, you may have heard of it lol)!

Ready and Prepped to Go!

See you in September 2012! 


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hideo Kojima at Uniqlo

Metal Gear Superstar Hideo Kojima arrives in NYC's 34th Street Uniqlo Flagship store! On hand were hundreds of fans ready to greet Kojima as well as legendary artist Yoji Shinikawa of MGS art fame! The signing was two hours filled with fans with goods ready to be signed, ranging from PS3's to posters! Team A!PoN was there to cover this and bring you some video of the event as well as our own host shaking hands with both Kojima and Shinkawa!

Tasayu With Hideo Kojima Round 2!
Tasayu Thumbs up Yoji Shinkawa's works!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Otakon Score!!

Today Team A!PoN got to sit down with many famous singers, directors and industry people, and I can say proudly we have enough footage now for A!PoN SEASON 3! Yes that's right moving right along with our scheduled interviews today we sneak preview for you interviews coming up once our obligation with the real world frees up. (NOTE: Some members in Team A!PoN are currently getting their MFAs as well as relocating into new cities so we will be on video hiatus for quite some time).

With out further adue, the Otakon Guests we interviewed this year!

Tasayu has Chemistry with Chemistry!
With the lovely Kylee 
A wonderful interview with  Makoto Shinkai  
And chilling with Tom Wayland!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

GANTZ Movie! One Night Only!

NEW PEOPLE and NCM Fathom are bringing the world premiere of GANTZ to movie theaters nationwide for a one night live event on Thursday, January 20th at 8:00 pm ET/ 7:00 pm CT/ 6:00 pm MT/ 8:30 pm PT (tape delayed).This live-action feature, based upon the popular Japanese manga and anime series, is the ultimate survival game. It will be English over-dubbed exclusively for this big screen event.

Following the feature, the two stars, Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama will participate in an exclusive live interview that can only be seen at this event.

Tickets on sale NOW! Enter your zip code to find a theater near you.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Puffy Ami Yumi and Boom Boom Satellites at NYCC!

That's right folks, Team A!PoN brings forth a reunion with Puffy Ami Yumi and our own Tasayu, PLUS an interview with Boom Boom Satellites!
A Grand Reunion 
Super Levels of PEACEEE!

Signed with Love
Deep Interview about Music and Anime.
Posing with Boom Boom Satellites. 
While Touring and Promoting Their Cartoon Network Hey!Hey!Puffy Ami Yumi Show.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Season 2 Episode 7: An interview with Rie Tanaka!

Well as promised, we're catching up with our back logs and we bring to you today our fun interview with Rie Tanaka! She happens to be one of Tasayu's favorite guests to date because she was born and raised in Hokkaido! (Sapporo to be more accurate). The chemistry happened pretty quickly to the point where some hilarity ensued, where they actually forgot to.. Ah you'll just have to watch and see in our interview with Rie Tanaka~

Could you believe it they forgot to their greetings lol, other hilarity did ensue but including it would make for too long a show! So lets get to some of our fun footnotes by first leading you to her website (which is in Japanese)!
And if you didn't know aside from voice acting Rie has released several albuns and singles as well you can check them out here:
Finally here is a video of Rie performing live the song that plays at the end of this episode!

Song: Shizukana Yoru Ni (In this Quiet Night), from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
See you next あ!PoN!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sad News, Summer Losses...

Hey everyone! Tasayu here today with some news both good and bad. 2010 has been a very busy year for us and I know we've rarely posted anything as of late. The reason? James is studying over seas in Japan on his masters! And I have been preparing to go into my Masters this September! We've lost some staff as well, plus we are short a translator, so as you can understand we are quite backlogged! But fear not! I'm working with James to get these episodes out as well as new ones coming this winter. Season Two will close out and we have some very cool ideas with Season 3! I want to thank everyone for understanding why we've been way behind. あ!PoN is only a three man crew with work done on ZERO budget so please bare with us! Oh and if you want to volunteer to help please contact us!

No on too the bad news what prompted me to come and explain this was yesterday Satoshi Kon has passed away. This is a man who was unique in all ways from the moment we met him and started talking to him, he had an energy that no one I've met every shined. And at the age of 46 he has returned to the higher powers to direct in the skies. Even before his passing Satoshi Kon was the story teller to the end writing this beautiful good bye message for everyone to hear, he was a humble man, and a great man. I will miss him, we will miss him. The full translation of his final words can be seen HERE...

I also write this because a while back we did an interview with him and became so busy that we couldn't get his episode out, we thought we had time, but we didn't. And now we couldn't show him what became of that. But we will work on getting out so we can all remember him as soon as we can. I know he will rest in peace and his energy will continue on in many ways.

Another legend loss over the summer was Peter Fernandez the voice of Speed Racer. Peter passed this July 15 at the age of 83. He was also another energized spirt which we were thankful enough to meet. Unlike his friend Corrine Ore (S2E5) we never could catch him for an interview. After all he was Speed! I bumped into him many times and he actually remembered me and signed a book for me as well as on another occasion a Mach5! But our schedules were really hard to sync up, and in the end only through passing conversation we never sat down with Peter. I'm sure his legacy lives on strong, and he's up there doing what he does best, but for us its a big loss and we just want to remember him.

The summer and woke us up on the need to film these legends while they are still around, and even in our busiest hours we will try our best to get to them. Their energy inspires and its that energy we want to bring to everyone. So that we can all be inspired and dream like they dream. They will be missed sadly but the lessons they gave us we can never be more greatful for...

Rest in Peace...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Season 2 Episode 6: An interview with Ai Kawashima!

It's May in NYC and you know what that means (No not Golden Week that's Japan)! Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and JAPAN DAY 2009 in NYC! Which brings Team あ!PoN to welcome our second J-POP sensation Ai Kawashima! Known in Japan for having an "Angelic Voice" which brings hope and peace with her music. Team あ!PoN was able to catch up with her at Kinokuniya's Flagship store in NYC to have a very fun one on one. So sit back and enjoy both the music and talk with this young and very talented singer named Ai Kawashima~

Season 2 Episode 6: An interview with Ai Kawashima! from Tasayu Tasnaphun on Vimeo.
So as you can see at the age of twenty-three Ai Kawashima has already accomplished so much! Her dreams of world peace has lead her to write books and help established schools for poor countries outside of Japan. Now we know why she has an angelic voice. To learn more about Kawashima Ai visit her website:
And as we heard some of Ai's songs have been used as theme songs for anime and videogames those songs are.
If you want to hear more of Ai Kawashima's music before she went solo check out her albums when she was part of the group "I WiSH"!
Now if you missed her at the Sakura Matsuri Festival on May 2nd, fear not! You can catch her at JAPAN DAY 2009 May 31st in Central Park NYC! For more information on JAPAN DAY 2009 go to there website:
And that wraps up our show notes for あ!PoN Season 2 Episode 6! So come back and check up with us soon cause we'll have plenty more to bring you, it's been a good summer so don't forget to check out also our "TOKYO MIRROR" segments from the "Angry Otaku" bringing us what's hot in Japan for you to hear! Get ready it's gonna be a blast!

Oh yea and if you guys were wondering about "Ainori" here is the link you can check out! Just click on the pink bus!

THIS JUST IN! We just received links from the folks at "SAMURAI BEAT RADIO" who help set up our interview with Ai Kawashima. You can catch their radio interviews in the links below!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tokyo Mirror Episode 1: Tokyo Anime Fair 2009

あ!PoN presents the new series Tokyo Mirror, with our inaugural episode covering the Tokyo Anime Fair of 2009. While not the first TAF that あ!PoN has been to, this time we bring you an overall look at some of the exhibitors and activities at the show itself.

Show notes and other things we couldn't mention on camera:
  • Production IG is rolling out 3 OVA series based on popular Japanese historical figures, two of which are Miyamoto Musashi and to coincide with the live action movie, Goemon.
  • The Mame Shiba "Bean Puppies" will be airing an animated series in Japan this October.
  • SONY and Aniplex own one third of the world.
  • There are at least 3 reputable universities in the Tokyo area that offer degrees in illustration and animation.
  • Patrick Macias likes old school Kung Fu.
  • Ed Chavez of the Mangacast knows what to order at Okinawan eateries.
  • One half of the Ninja Consultants was the camera operator when the Angry Otaku was on cam.
  • The ending segment of this piece was cut off due to noise from helicopters. It was also filmed from the Angry Otaku's apartment balcony.
Musical Notes: あ!PoN Tokyo Mirror's opening theme is "COCOLOGAME" and is graciously provided by Okayama’s own hip-hop artist Youth, from label Karass Castle.

(It's the 2nd song of 2 in the whole vid. Starts at 3:48).

, along with artists from High Life Records are worth checking out, and we’ll be bringing you more later on.

あ!PoN gives props where props are due, to the Planet Japan Podcast and Gomyo of the Hoodie Monks for helping us find such talented musical artists.

あ!PoN Tokyo Mirror
is a new series of episodes where we take advantage of our prolonged presence in Tokyo and other areas of Japan. Get ready for more interviews, anime news, and video you won't see anywhere else.

In the Hopper:

Interview: Ai Kawashima
Interview: Satoshi Kon
Interview: Rie Tanaka
Interview: Yoshitaka Amano

Special: Life Size Gundam (it's not even up yet, but we'll be there, when it's up!)