Dear Readers and Anime Fans,
Due to professional and academic commitments, we will not be holding an “Anime Fans Give Back” marathon this year. Please do all you can to help those still struggling in Japan by donating or taking some time to keep them in your thoughts over the next few days.
You all have been amazing in the amount you have given and all of your tremendous support. Please check out our YouTube page as we continue to update it with our event from last year. Donations remain open, just click the flag to your right.
I want to thank every single one of you who donated, listened, spread the word, or took part in our second Anime Fans Give Back to Japan event. We raised for GlobalGiving’s Japan funds $41,405 total, including $10,705 during the marathon this year thanks to all of your generous help! The anime community once again banded together and showed what they’re capable of! Donations ALWAYS remain open.
GlobalGiving has posted a post on the progress made because of your donations over the past year.
We will be posting the event in its entirety starting in around two weeks on this site and on YouTube. We have saved the full 24 hours to several different computers to prevent what happened to last year’s event. The video of the event has also been recorded, so it will likely be on our YouTube page: http://youtube.com/animefansgiveback and also on our podcast feed (link on the right).
Assuming we do this again next year, if anyone has a cause they feel needs attention, feel free to post it in the comments below.
Thank you all again for watching, and for donating. Bang.
Anime Fans Give Back 2 Japan begins March 10th 2011 at 5:00PM ET!
We’ll be announcing guests every day beginning on January 30th.
As an effort to maintain awareness, update the general public on the current situation, and inform listeners of future events, we will be launching a podcast beginning next week. Podcast episodes will occasionally include guests who are supporting efforts in Japan or who look to raise awareness for the ongoing situation there. We will also highlight our cross-country anime convention “Anime Fans Give Messages to Japan” effort that has been made possible in large part with the help of FUNimation Entertainment.
Our first episode of the podcast will feature Stephanie Sheh and her We Heart Japan event on October 1st with featured guests:
Beau Billingslea (BLEACH, FRANKLIN & BASH, NARUTO)
Steve Blum (COWBOY BEBOP, FINAL FANTASY VII, GUREN LAGANN)
Melissa Fahn (DIGIMON, FLCL, BLUE DRAGON)
Wendee Lee (BLEACH, THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA, MAGIC KNIGHTS RAYEARTH)
We strongly urge that those in the Los Angeles area attend the event, it’s for a great cause, and there are some amazing guests.
Please subscribe to our iTunes feed if you would like to automatically receive episodes as they are released. We’ll see you next week with the first episode.
Artist and Mangaka Chie Kutsuwada's Image Made for "Anime Fans Give Back"
This Sunday, March 27th from 12:00PM EST through 10:00PM EST we will have special guests from the industry and fan community. The stream will once again be live on UStream. We will be announcing our full guest list within the next day or two. For now, here’s the partial schedule. Keep checking this space as we update it. Our new goal will be $40,000! Let’s see if we can make it…
12:00 Ushicon’s Pre-Show
2:00 Christopher Sabat
2:30 Melodee Spevack and Michael McConnohie
3:00 Power Rangers: Robert Axelrod and Barbara Goodson
3:30 Kirk Thornton
3:45 Neil Kaplan
4:00 Stephanie Young and The One Piece Podcast
4:30 FUNimation’s New Look: Adam Sheehan, Charlene Ingram, and more
5:00 Evangelion with Tristan MacAvery and Spike Spencer!
6:30 The One Piece Podcast LIVE: Episode 160
9:30 Fundraising Drive
DONATE TODAY, SUPPORT THOSE IN JAPAN WHO NEED IT!
We will continue to educate, entertain, and promote charities throughout the next few months, so stay tuned!
The podcast will be live on UStream on this website and on UStream (CLICK HERE) from Saturday, March 19th at 6:00PM EST to Sunday, March 20th at 6:00PM EST. The schedule is located in the link above and if you follow this link. You can interact with this schedule with your Twitter and Facebook thanks to the SCHED software. If you are a guest or panelist who is not here, e-mail me and I’ll see if you can come on for a short time during one of the fundraising segments. This is a stellar lineup and we want to thank every single person who is participating. We are really going to make a difference, we already have raised over $5000! Haunted Flower has already planned to match donations made on the marathon podcast up to $5000! In order to make sure Japan gets attention after this event from us anime fans, we will be hosting live events just about every Saturday night through the month of March and likely for most of April. For guests who could not make it to this event and want to come on for those, e-mail us and let us know.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE
CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW
We’ll see you on March 19th!
Thus far we have donated over $1,500 for the victims of the Japanese tsunami and earthquakes. We’re looking to make another $6,000 before the 24 hour podcast this Saturday, for a grand total of $25,000 at the end of the marathon.
Anime Fans Give Back to Japan was started by The One Piece Podcast and a conglomeration of many other podcasts including Konoha Corner, SSAA Podcast, and That Anime Show in an effort to bring together the anime community to help the victims of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE
I want to give a big thanks to Haunted Flower who will be doubling our donations up to $5,000 during the 24 hour marathon this Saturday for those who donate and “like” their Facebook page.
For those that have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below. If you’re an actor, voice actor, or industry professional, email us at OnePiecePodcast@gmail.com with a time you’re interested in being on the marathon podcast. The podcast will take place from 6:00PM EST Saturday night through 6:00PM EST Sunday night.
Thanks to all who have donated, and keep an eye out on the guest page. Some big names will start popping up.