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Did You Have To?

Jul 28, 2020

Anime is in the American pop culture mainstream now, and how it got there is a long story. In his new podcast with Crunchyroll, Anime in America, Yedoye Travis chronicles the rise of anime and its journey from Japan to Saturday-morning cartoons in America. Yedoye is a comedian, actor, and writer from Atlanta, GA. A host for Get in the Robot, he is also the creator and host of the Dark Tank podcast, which AV Club called “one of the most deliciously daring shows of the moment.” Named a New Face at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival in 2017, he has appeared as a guest on networks like BET and Comedy Central, and as a writer for Viceland and Netflix.

In this interview, LaNeysha and Kate talk with Yedoye about his anime origin story, Anime in America, and of course whether or not he thinks Neysha will finish all 1000 episodes of One Piece by December 31, 2020. We also get into a discussion about gatekeepers, and why anime is for all of us. 

Follow Yedoye on Instagram @ProfessorDoye and on Twitter @YedoyeOT