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Spiraken Con Report: Animenext 2017 (Ft. Doug Wilder & John Mcnally)

June 25th, 2017

In This sepcial con review, Xan is joined by Doug Wilder from Animecons.tv and John McNally of Crazy O.T.A.K.Us. as they talk about their experiences at  AnimeNext 2017 from June 9th - June 11th in Atlantic City, NJ.


Besides discussing the technical difficulties in having to re-record this podcast, our intrepid hosts discuss the merits of proper communication between con staff and panelists, the need for better game rooms and what panels/ cosplays were the most memorable at this convention


There is also some talk about what can be done to improve this convention and what our greatest memories about the con are.





Either way Hope you enjoy

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Spiraken Con Review: Anime Boston 2017

April 8th, 2017

In This episode of the podcast, Xan reviews his experiences at 




 Anime Boston 2017 from March 31-April 2nd in Boston MA.


besides talking about his experiences at the convention, he also talks about the various pros and cons of this retro themed anniversatry convention. From the stalled elevators and increased security to the awesome tech staff and goodies that panelists receive.


there is also discussion about how retro times were 15 years ago. Old memories of old series and how you had to order anime from a magazine as oppose to downloading it online or streaming it.




There is also debate on what the best cosplay was at the convention. Personally I say it was that dashing Lupin in the Blue Jacket. Either way, check out all the cosplayers on Our Spiraken Flickr Anime Boston Photos Hope you enjoy

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Retro Anime Themes Panel list

March 31st, 2017

Hey Everyone it's Xan and I hopefully had an awesome panel. For those of you who attended it, thank you for coming and I hope i showed you some cool anime series that you never heard of before and might want to check out. 

Either way here is a list of the Series that I showed at my Retro Anime Themes Panel at Anime Boston 2017

if you have any questions, you can email me at xan@spiraken.com or comment below. thanks


Astro Boy

Sally the Witch

Speed Racer

Gegege no Kitaro

Princess Knight

Cutey Honey

Rose of Versailles

Mazinger Z

Aim for the Ace

Yokai Ningen Bem

Space Battleship Yamato

Galaxy Express 999

Mobile Suit Gundam

Lupin the III

combattler V

Urusei Yatsura

Dirty Pair


Creamy mami

Captain Tsubasa

Dragonball z

Ranma 1/2

Yu Yu Hakusho

El Hazard

Tenchi Muyo

Outlaw Star

Cowboy Bebop

King of Braves Gaogaigar

Slayers Next

Serial Experiment Lain

Rurouni Kenshin


Revolutionary Girl Utena

Kare Kano/His & Her Circumstances


One Piece

Spiraken Con Review: NYCC 2016

October 20th, 2016

Greetings Spiraken Fans, It's Time once again for New York Comic Con,





So sit back and relax as Xan talks about the highs and lows of NYCC. From The release of Spice & Wolf's anniversary Collection, The speculations on Wonderwoman and The awesomeness of the Defenders/Iron Fist Panel, Xan discusses it all for you.




There is also debate on what the best cosplay was at the convention. Hope you enjoy

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Spiraken Con Review: Otakon 2016

August 30th, 2016

In this episode of the Spiraken Con Review, Xan talks about his experiences and adventures attending Otakon 2016

animenext 2015

For it's last convention at Baltimore before it goes to Washington DC


So besides discussing how somber it feels with the upcoming move to Washington DC, Xan goes over the pros and cons of this final Baltimore Otakon. The laughs, cries and insane things seen. hope you enjoy

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