This is a long way from the point of my post too.
Here’s the thing: you say you want to “having nerds learn all the things about all the other nerdy areas” but I don’t see any connection between Japanese kids cartoons and the other things you talk about on the show.
I’m into science and technology, and enjoy loads of other media about science and technology, including a lot of my YouTube viewing, and a handful of other podcasts.
I really enjoy computer games and, while I don’t play board games much any more, I’m super into game design. I can also get deep into various sports, listen to podcasts about them, and follow things like blogs about tennis analytics. Games are a big part of my life.
I like the bookclub episodes, of course, as I have a book podcast myself. I listen to other book podcasts too. Your Thursday shows about “everything else” are fun, with a mix of talking about life and food and general society. All good.
What is it about Japanese kids cartoons that make that part of the set of default geeky things I should care about? The only connection is YOU, the hosts of geeknights. Anime is one of your things. If I had a podcast with four different topics, I’d probably have overlap with tech and games and society, but the fourth thing wouldn’t be comics or anime. It’s not part of my world.
If your fourth topic was cosplay, I’d also not be into it. If it was birdwatching or train spotting, I’d also not be into it. If it was rock climbing, I’d also not be into it. If it was about old horror movies? Not into it.
I’m three quarters overlapping with the geeknights venn diagram, but in over a decade of listening, nothing you’ve ever said about any anime has made think or feel “hey, I should go out of my way to check that out”. I don’t even see the anime manga threads on this forum because I opted out years ago.
However, when someone mentions an anime, I’ve heard of it. I’ve heard of a LOT of anime shows, and could probably have long conversations about good shows and individual episodes without giving away the fact that I’ve never seen them.
Which is weird, I guess.