As we here in the 50th State prepare to ring in a new year, I would like to take this opportunity to spread a little humor this New Year's Eve by dusting off my old notebooks and giving all of you a short list of topic ideas that, for one reason or another, failed to make it into the podcast.
1. Anime/Manga a cappella - I'll be the first one to admit that this topic looked great on paper. But the notion of myself singing about a particular Anime/Manga series that piqued my interest wasn't quite as scary as the inevitable storm of sarcasm that I would have to brave from my fellow contributors. While there was one major problem (I can't sing to save my life) the topic headed to the round file after realizing that Cupid would have a field day, and I think that guy has all the ammunition he'd ever need.
2. The Random Phone Call - Before settling on a podcast as my medium of choice, I was drawn to the idea of having an internet radio broadcast each week, complete with call-in segments with listeners. As such, one of the ideas that didn't make it was where I would call a random phone number, and then have a short conversation with whoever answered the phone. In the end, I'm glad I didn't go the "radio route." Besides, wouldn't the constant thought of having an impromptu phone conversation with me get a bit creepy after a while?
3. 6 Degrees Of... - This topic, which involved me naming two completely dissimilar objects found in Hawaii (say, Taro & Kona Coffee) and then having each contributor try to tie those objects together in a few steps as possible (i.e. Kona Coffee & Taro seeds are both planted in the ground) almost made it into the first season's final topic list, but it was vetoed because it would mostly lead to an inevitable conversation about the growing stagnancy of our local economy.
4. Who Irritates You More? - This little gem found its way into my head (and subsequently, onto paper) during a solo brainstorming session not long after our podcast preview episodes were recorded. The idea was to compare two types of people from our everyday lives to see which would prove to be more irritating (People who use their cell phones while driving OR People who ask to cut in front of you in line at the supermarket?) While this topic was cut because it brought too much of an overtly negative tone to the podcast, that's not to say that there isn't any room for a bit of behavioral evaluation. Maybe this will appear in a future episode as a conversation-starter...
Well, that's about all I think you can handle for now. Stay tuned to this site for more feature articles as our 2nd Season approaches!
Happy New Year!
~Totoro (Otaku 5-0 Creator, Executive Producer)