For this month’s Meet the Team, we chat with translator and YouTube team member, Max Ellis.
Can you tell us about yourself?
I am a British born otaku, who spent most of my life watching anime and fantasy shows. In 2012 I moved out to Tokyo and I’ve been living here ever since. Most recently I started a new job as a translator, and I got married to a Japanese beauty, who I managed to get interested in tokusatsu thanks to Lupinranger VS Patranger.
How did you first get into tokusatsu?
How did you become a member of Team TokuNet and what does your role entail?
What is your favorite tokusatsu show or movie?
Is there a funny or memorable moment from working in TokuNet that you would like to share?
Basically anytime we got Pokemon hunting on Community Day! I’d say one of my favourites was when Tom took me out to drinks at Tenma’s for my birthday a few years ago.
Outside of working for TokuNet, do you have any personal projects or hobbies?
I make my own tokusatsu independently. I am the first to coin the genre EGT = Earl Grey Toku (if spaghetti western is a cowboy film made by an Italian, then EGT is tokusatsu made by an Englishman). So far I have made “Cyber Ninja Tekkaraiger”, which is currently on Youtube, and I am working on my next project “Entaku Kishi Avalon”, so look forward to more of that coming soon. I make many other videos, the main objective being to bring the joy and wonder of Japan to western viewers.