Episode 115: Odobenus Oddyssey

John and CC talk about some of the premieres from Summer in the Sneak Peek and then sing the praises of the unlikely Best of the Season contender Odd Taxi.

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Sneak Peek: (1:19)

Peach Boy Riverside (2:15)

Girlfriend, Girlfriend (7:26)

Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan (13:15)

The Detective Is Already Dead (21:02)

Getter Robo Arc (26:10)

The Case Study of Vanitas (28:45)

The Aquatope on White Sand (35:53)

Sonny Boy (41:06)

Love Live! Superstar!! (47:19)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 3 (51:48)

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S (56:06)

Review:

Odd Taxi (1:05:51)

Related Links:

Odd Taxi Audio Drama

Mother’s Basement: ODDTAXI is a Masterpiece – What’s in an OP?

Gigguk: You Missed 2021’s Best Anime.

ANN – Interview: ODDTAXI Director Baku Kinoshita

ANN: The ODDTAXI Ending Explained!

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why ODDTAXI is Must-Watch TV

Episode 114: The Bear Necessities

Wrapping up the shows from Winter 2021, John and CC tackle the stellar second outing of BEASTARS, highlight their choices for Best Anime of the Season and quickly explain why the end of The Promised Neverland is a blazing dumpster fire.

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The Quick and the Dead:

The Promised Neverland – Season 2 (1:30)

Review:

BEASTARS – Season 2 (11:10)

Best of the Season (1:21:32)

Related Links:

Lowart: How The Promised Neverland Lost Its Way | A Complete Review of TPN’s Manga

Mother’s Basement: Coping With The Promised Neverland Season 2

Mother’s Basement: The Worst Anime Adaptation I’ve Ever Seen | The Promised Neverland Anime VS Manga Season 2

Sakuga Blog: BEASTARS – Traditionally Excellent Modernity

Anime News Network: How Similar is Beastars to Zootopia, Really?

Episode 113: Spooky Sorcery

John kicks off the show in a magical way by reviewing the second season of the new adaption of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen. After that, CC wraps things up with the horror-shonen-detective mix Kemono Jihen.

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Reviews:

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck (1:31)

Kemono Jihen (39:01)

Related Links:

CBR: 10 Thing Anime Fans Should Know About The Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Remake

CBR: How Kemono Jihen Subtly Portrays the Horrors of Abuse

Episode 112: Cast the first Stone

Sadly, the hosts have to start the show by saying goodbye to a true legend – Kentaro Miura, the author of Berserk. After that, CC talks about his highlights from the second season of Dr. Stone and finally the gang wraps up the episode by taking a deep dive into Attack on Titan’s final season…part 1.

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News:

RIP Kentaro Miura (1:25)

Reviews:

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars (21:24)

Attack on Titan – The Final Season [Part 1] (1:03:10)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Gettin’ Dr. Stone’d on Science

MB: What’s so Great About Dr. Stone – Bill Nye the Apocalypse Guy

ANN – This Week in Anime: Who Are the Villains of Attack on Titan?

TCE: Breaking Down Attack on Titan’s (All Seasons) Incredible Animation | Animator Spotlight

Gigguk: Attack on Titan Is Still Incredible.

TCE: The Two Sides of Studio MAPPA | Anime Studio Spotlight

SB: Attack On Titan The Final Season And Studio MAPPA: Fated To End Together

Episode 111: Goo and Grind

CC kicks off the show by talking about the second and occasionally much darker season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. After that the hosts get on their skateboards and join the colorful crew of Sk8 the Infinity for a truly enjoyable downhill jam.

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Reviews:

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 2 (1:19)

Sk8 the Infinity (46:29)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll Collection: Hakuro’s Revenge | That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2

ANN – This Week in Anime: Sk8 for Your Life

Mother’s Basement: What’s so Gr8 About Sk8 The Infinity

Sakuga Blog: “TV Anime, A Deadly Landscape Even For High Profile Productions: SK8 And Wonder Egg Priority’s Struggles”

ANN Interview: Studio No Border on SK8 the Infinity Skateboard Designs, Original Projects, More

Episode 110: Banes and Bromances

John and CC check out a bunch of interesting premieres from Anime Spring Season 2021 in the Sneak Peek and then wrap up the show by discussing the hot new horror battle shonen manga-to-anime adaption: Jujutsu Kaisen.

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Sneak Peek: (1:10)

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood (2:33)

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! (6:34)

Shaman King [2021] (9:54)

Dragon Goes House-Hunting (16:51)

Megalobox 2: Nomad (22:04)

Odd Taxi (25:54)

The World Ends with You the Animation (29:04)

Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! (39:20)

Godzilla Singular Point (44:51)

Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song- (50:01)

Tokyo Revengers (59:04)

To Your Eternity (1:03:55)

SSSS.Dynazenon (1:09:23)

My Hero Academia – Season 5 (1:15:06)

Zombie Land Saga Revenge (1:29:31)

Fruits Basket the Final (1:42:04)

Review:

Jujutsu Kaisen (1:48:29)

Related Links:

Otaquest: Gege Akutami Drew the Storyboards for ‘Juju Sanpo’ Short Anime

The Canipa Effect: The Two Sides of Studio MAPPA | Anime Studio Spotlight

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why Jujutsu Kaisen Horror-Action Perfection

ANN – This Week in Anime: The Hard-Hitting Action of Jujutsu Kaisen

Crunchyroll FEATURE: The Creative Minds Behind JUJUTSU KAISEN’s Bangin’ TV Anime OP/ED Animation

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Meet the Animation All-Stars Behind JUJUTSU KAISEN!

Crunchyroll FEATURE: A Vivid Look at JUJUTSU KAISEN’s Second Opening and Ending

Mother’s Basement: Jujutsu Kaisen – Kaikai Kitan Analyzed | What’s in an OP?

Mother’s Basement: The Power of Battle Horror Anime

Episode 109: Through the Fire and Flames

John and CC wrap up the fall reviews by talking about the second season of Atsushi Ōkubo’s shonen action series Fire Force.

John also dishes out two mini reviews for The Quick and the Dead and both hosts present their choice for Best Anime of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You (1:55)

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club (7:34)

Review:

Fire Force – Season 2 (16:37)

Best of the Season (1:28:42)

Related Links:

Funimation Interview: Fire Force Producer Dives Into Show’s Origin, Season 2 & More

Funimation Interview: Fire Force Art Director Details Unique Shot Adapting, Staying Faithful to Manga

CBR: Fire Force

Episode 108: Respect the Hustle

John and CC return to the red carpet and discuss the annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards. After that John reviews the superpowered cat & mouse nail biter Talentless Nana, followed by both hosts strolling down the neon lit streets of Kansai together with the cyberpunk criminals from Akudama Drive.

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News:

Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2021 (1:10)

Reviews:

Talentless Nana (1:11:13)

Akudama Drive (1:33:52)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Talentless Nana Worth Watching?

CBR: Talentless Nana Is a Twisted Cross Between Death Note & My Hero Academia

The Canipa Effect: The Cyberpunk World of Akudama Drive | Anime Studio Spotlight

ANN – This Week in Anime: Akudama Drive is High-Octane Insanity

AF – Chatty AF 133: Akudama Drive Retrospective (WITH TRANSCRIPT)

Episode 107: Bewitched Balls

The hosts go their separate ways in this episode, with John reviewing the whimsical journey (albeit with a dark edge) of the Wandering Witch Elaina and CC spiking the 4th season of Haikyu into the court.

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Reviews:

Wandering Witch – The Journey of Elaina (1:20)

Haikyu!! To the Top (25:18)

Related Links:

mipon: Jougi Shiraishi (author) Talks Wandering Witch and More

ANN: Wandering Witch – The Journey of Elaina Creator Asks Anime Staff Not to Show Panty Shots

Sakuga Blog: The Evolution Of Haikyuu’s Exceptional Production – Refining Reality

artist_unknown: Haikyuu!! Season 4 – Preview

Funimation: Exploring the Harmony of Sports Anime

ANN – This Week in Anime: 3 Years Later, Haikyu!! Is Still Flying High

ANN – This Week in Anime: Haikyu!! is at the Top of its Game

Crunchyroll: How the Haikyu!! OVA Turns the Series into a Real Sports Event

Crunchyroll: Here’s the Dirt on Every Beef in Haikyu!!

Crunchyroll: Haikyu!! Continues to Champion Townsperson B Five Years Later

Episode 106: Brain Damage Buddies

John and CC try to start off 2021 the right way and talk about all the hot, cold and lukewarm premieres of Winter Season in the Sneak Peek. After that they gush relentlessly about the third season of one of their favorites: Golden Kamuy.

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Sneak Peek:

Kemono Jihen – Part 1 (1:58)

Scar on the Praeter (3:38)

2.43 – Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team (9:33)

Back Arrow (13:44)

Kemono Jihen – Part 2 (20:03)

Sk8 the Infinity (22:19)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 2 (28:27)

Attack on Titan The Final Season (33:35)

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars (42:40)

Non Non Biyori Nonstop (46:54)

BEASTARS – Season 2 (50:33)

Laid-Back Camp – Season 2 (58:57)

The Promised Neverland – Season 2 (1:02:06)

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen – Battle of Kimluck (1:05:02)

Review:

Golden Kamuy – Season 3 (1:07:00)

Related Links:

CBR: Why You Should Watch Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll: Golden Kamuy Season 3 – Crunchyroll Fall 2020 Spotlight

CBR: Golden Kamuy S3 Premiere: Sugimoto’s Journey Turns (Hilariously) Dangerous