Episode 129: In the Name of the King

CC reviews Studio Wit’s homage to classic fairytales with Ranking of Kings and its story about a deaf-mute prince and his little shadow friend. After that, he and John dive back into the world of posh vampires and 19th century steampunk Paris with the second season of The Case Study of Vanitas.

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Reviews:

Ranking of Kings (1:20)

The Case Study of Vanitas – Season 2 (49:32)

Related Links:

Sakuga Blog: Animating Modern Nostalgia – Ranking of Kings / Ousama Ranking Production Notes

ANN: How Far Does Forgiveness Go? Ranking of Kings Ending Explained

ANN: All the Easter Eggs in Ranking of Kings’ 2nd Opening

ANN – This Week in Anime: The Horrific Beauty of Case Study of Vanitas

Crunchyroll FEATURE: The Case Study of Vanitas Puts a Fresh Spin on Old Character Dynamics

Episode 128: Smooth Criminals

The hosts throw in their lot with a bunch of new and familiar misfits to review the misadventures of Sabikui Bisco and Lupin the 3rd Part 6.

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Reviews:

Sabikui Bisco (1:23)

Lupin the 3rd Part 6 (35:32)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why You Should Watch Sabikui Bisco

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Riding Crabs In The Apocalypse — The Wild Dystopia Of SABIKUI BISCO

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