Episode 127: Red Light means Danger

The hosts return with a basket full of Sneak Peek previews and their first review of the season for the two most recent Anime arcs of Demon Slayer.

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Sneak Peek:

RPG Real Estate (1:09)

Skeleton Knight in Another World (3:50)

Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie (7:37)

Birdie Wing -Golf Girls’ Story- (11:40)

Love After World Domination (15:31)

Aoashi (20:59)

Ya Boy Kongming! (25:41)

Spy X Family (31:35)

Review:

Demon Slayer – Mugen Train Arc (44:50)

Demon Slayer – Entertainment District Arc (1:24:53)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why Demon Slayer Needs More Nezuko

Crunchyroll – FEATURE: Should You Start With The Mugen Train Movie Or TV Show?

Episode 126: Fast & Loose

John and CC wrap up this unusually short review season, by discussing a bunch of leftover shows (and a movie) in The Quick and the Dead and picking their favorite in Best of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

The aquatope on white sand (4:09)

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (10:38)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter (31:46)

86 – Season 2 (42:37)

The Vampire Dies in No Time (1:26:35)

Best of the Season (1:31:01)

Related Links:

ANN: Everything You Need to Know About Jujutsu Kaisen 0

ANN: How Yuki Yuna is a Hero Challenges Madoka Magica’s Legacy

ANN – This Week in Anime: Can 86’s Plot Overcome Its Production Issues?

ANN: Home Is the Battlefield for the Young 86

Episode 125: Anime Awards Special 2022

The hosts discuss the nominees, winners and snubs of the Anime Awards 2022.

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Anime Awards:

Best VA Performance (2:32)

Best Film (16:08)

Best Comedy (22:57)

Best Fantasy (31:52)

Best Action (40:50)

Best Drama (51:02)

Best Romance (1:01:07)

Best Fight Scene (1:08:27)

Best Antagonist (1:19:56)

Best Protagonist (1:31:51)

Best Character Design (1:43:12)

Best Director (1:47:27)

Best Score (1:58:35)

Best Girl (2:07:47)

Best Boy (2:13:15)

Best Ending Sequence (2:21:04)

Best Opening Sequence (2:24:46)

Best Animation (2:36:26) Anime of the Year (2:45:30)

Related Links:

Anime Awards 2022 Nominees and Winners

Episode 124: DASHing Into Danger

John and CC kick of 2022 with the Sneak Peek and their review of the father/daughter sci-fi adventure story Sakugan.

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Sneak Peek:

Girls’ Frontline (3:02)

Futsal Boys!!!!! (5:18)

Requiem of the Rose King (6:48)

Tribe Nine (11:06)

Slow Loop (16:56)

Tokyo 24th Ward (20:34)

Sabikui Bisco (24:03)

Princess Connect! Re:Dive – Season 2 (26:10)

The Case Study of Vanitas – Season 2 (34:15)

Attack on Titan The Final Season – Part 2 (37:07)

Review:

Sakugan (43:27)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Sakugan Underrated?

Crunchyroll INTERVIEW: SAKUGAN Staff On Building a World of Monsters, Machines, and Family

Crunchyroll FEATURE: What Makes Gagumber Such A Great Dad In SAKUGAN?

Episode 123: Live and Learn

The two hosts wrap up the year of 2021 with some quick reviews, their discussion of the very human fantasy tale of To Your Eternity and their picks for Best of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

Girlfriend, Girlfriend (1:46)

The Detective Is Already Dead (4:21)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 3 (7:45)

Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan (12:19)

Love Live! Superstar!! (17:48)

Review:

To Your Eternity (24:39)

Best of the Season (58:36)

Related Links:

ANN: Growing Pains: How To Your Eternity Expresses the Experience of Being Human

Mother’s Basement: The Beauty of To Your Eternity

Episode 122: Revenge Redo Retaliate

CC joins a motorcycle gang of delinquents together with the time traveling protagonist of Tokyo Revengers who is trying to save the life of his ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, John has an axe to grind with the fifth season of My Hero Academia, so he and his co-host might or might not butt heads in this episode.

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Reviews:

Tokyo Revengers (1:36)

My Hero Academia – Season 5 (56:31)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Tokyo Revengers Doesn’t Have Friends, It Has Family

Japanese with Anime: The Manji Symbol

Funimation FEATURE: The Physicality of Quirks in My Hero Academia Redefines Shounen Training

Anime Feminist: Introduction to Copaganda in Anime and Manga

Episode 121: A faint Scent of Sunshine

CC joins a weird school trip of high school students who are trapped in a labyrinth of surreal worlds and their own emotional baggage in Sonny Boy. After that, the two hosts go sightseeing in an alternate history version of 19th century steampunk Paris, which is populated with humans and vampires alike, to unearth the mysteries of The Case Study of Vanitas.

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Reviews:

Sonny Boy (1:20)

The Case Study of Vanitas (43:57)

Related Links:

ANN Interview: Law and Order with Sonny Boy Director Shingo Natsume

ANN: Sonny Boy Anime’s Ending Explained

Sakuga Blog: A Masterclass In Illustrating A Singular Worldview – Sonny Boy And Shingo Natsume

ANN – This Week in Anime: What the Heck is Going On in Sonny Boy?

ANN – This Week in Anime: How Case Study of Vanitas is Bringing Sexy Vampires Back

Episode 120: Friendly Neighborhood Dragons

John and CC kick off the new season of Anime by talking about a bunch of interesting premieres in the Sneak Peek. Then they wrap up the episode with a review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S and discuss how the show successfully expands on its world and characters.

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Sneak Peek: (1:20)

Tesla Note (2:06)

The Vampire Dies in No Time (4:33)

Tawawa on Monday (10:39)

AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline (13:40)

takt op. Destiny (19:39)

The Faraway Paladin (25:04)

Shikizakura (28:51)

Sakugan (35:23)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc (40:41)

Komi Can’t Communicate (48:18)

86 – Season 2 (56:17)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter (58:13)

Lupin the 3rd Part 6 (1:01:21)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (1:06:12)

Review: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S (1:16:47)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll INTERVIEW: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and the Directors’ Legacy

Sakuga Blog – Kyoto Animation’s Changing Studio Dynamics: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S Production Notes 02

Episode 119: Parents just don’t understand

In this season finale, the hosts fire off a couple of sonic speed reviews in The Quick and the Dead and then go in-depth on the final season of Fruits Basket. Last but not least, they choose their winners for the Best of the Season award.

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The Quick and the Dead: (1:20)

Dragon goes House-Hunting (2:18)

Star Wars: Visions (2:50)

The World Ends with You the Animation (4:09)

Review:

Fruits Basket the Final (6:15)

Best of the Season (1:25:47)

Related Links:

AF Feature: The Always Smiling Girl – How Tohru critiques toxic positivity

ANN Interview: Fruits Basket the Final Director Yoshihide Ibata

ANN – This Week in Anime: Crying Your Eyes Out with Fruits Basket

Episode 118: War Machines

CC joins up with the spearhead squadron from 86 to battle autonomous AI legions and racism. After that he and John jump into a time machine to help an artificial songstress change the course of history in Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-.

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Reviews:

86 (1:30)

Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song- (37:10)

Related Links:

ANN: The Enemy Within in the War of 86

ANN – This Week in Anime: What’s the Big Deal With 86?

Crunchyroll FEATURE: How 86 EIGHTY-SIX’s Uses Chronology to Perfect the Art of Adaptation

Crunchyroll FEATURE: 86 EIGHTY-SIX’s Ending Credits Perfects The Art Of The Sawano Drop

Sakuga Blog: 86 Production Notes

ANN – Vivy: a Robot Ode to Life Vividly Lived

ANN: Exploring the “Concept” Novel of Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-

ANN – This Week in Anime: How Does Vivy Reinvigorate the AI vs Humanity Trope?

Mother’s Basement: Time Travel in Anime