Episode 142: Trigger-Unhappy Typhoon

The hosts kick off the new season by talking about questionable Crunchyroll business practices and giving their two cents on the new premieres from Spring Season 2023. After that, they take a trip to No Man’s Land and get reacquainted with some old friends and enemies in Trigun Stampede.

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News:

Princess Connect! Re:Dive reaches End of Service (1:20)

Sneak Peek:

My Home Hero (12:45)

Magical Destroyers (20:02)

alice gear aegis Expansion (25:39)

Hell’s Paradise (28:44)

My Love Story With Yamada-kun at Lv999 (33:29)

Mashle: Magic and Muscles (38:05)

MSG: The Witch From Mercury – Season 2 (44:25)

Ranking of Kings – Season 2 (49:49)

TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You – Season 2 (52:20)

Dr. Stone: New World (55:29)

Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village Arc (1:00:07)

The Ancient Magus’ Bride – Season 2 (1:07:42)

Vinland Saga – Season 2-2 (1:15:00)

Heavenly Delusion (1:18:05)

Golden Kamuy – Season 4 (1:23:02)

NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a (1:25:07)

Suzume (1:27:58)

Review:

Trigun Stampede (1:37:29)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: What is the Heart of Trigun Stampede?

Crunchyroll – DEEP DIVE: The TRIGUN STAMPEDE Anime Ending, Explained

Crunchyroll OPINION: TRIGUN STAMPEDE Boldly Tells Its Own Beautiful Story

Anime Feminist: The Powerful Women of Trigun

Episode 141: Stone Free as a Bird

John and CC dish out one last review from fall season 2022 in the form of the (kinda) finale to the Joestar saga with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean. They also rattle off a couple of mini reviews in The Quick and the Dead and talk about their choices for Best Anime of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

Bocchi the Rock! (1:30)

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (13:54)

Review:

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (26:49)

Best of the Season (1:45:58)

Related Links:

Super Eyepatch Wolf: Why You Should Watch/ Read JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean

Sakuga Blog: The Road To Stone Ocean: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Directorial Retrospective

ANN: Why Stone Ocean Could Be the Most Important Part of Jojo Yet

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why JoJo: Stone Ocean Part 2 Is Even Better Than The First

ANN – This Week in Anime: Stone Ocean Closes the Joestar Saga…For Now

Episode 140: Sisters in Gund-Arms

The hosts take a tour through the seedy underbelly of the Akihabara Maid business in Akiba Maid War. After that, they return to the Gundam Franchise to take part in a different kind of corporate warfare in The Witch from Mercury.

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Reviews:

Akiba Maid War (1:19)

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (47:24)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Akiba Maid War Deserves Your Attention

Anime Feminist: What we can learn about labor organization from Akiba Maid War

ANN – This Week in Anime: Could Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Be the Best Alternate Universe Gundam Yet?

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Exploring the Anime and Literary Inspirations of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

Crunchyroll FEATURE: The Most Satisfying Fight in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Didn’t Involve Mobile Suits

Episode 139: Chain of Fools

CC digs into the much-anticipated adaption of the gory manga hit Chainsaw Man. After that, he and John return to Spy x Family to find out if the Forger family has made any progress in their secret spy mission.

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Reviews:

Chainsaw Man (1:30)

Spy x Family – Season 2 (41:53)

Related Links:

YT: Chainsaw Man OP and EDs

Sakuga Blog: The Two Chainsaw Mans – CSM Production Notes 01-03

Anime Feminist: Chainsaw Man’s beautiful depiction of platonic relationships

ANN: The Film References in the Chainsaw Man Opening

ANN – This Week in Anime: Does Chainsaw Man Live Up to the Hype?

Crunchyroll FEATURE: SPY x FAMILY’s Second Opening is Perfect

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Why the Family Theme in SPY x FAMILY Is So Impactful

Anime Feminist: Queer resonance and critiquing heteronormativity in SPY x FAMILY

Episode 138: One and only “1”

To kick off Winter Anime Season 2023, John and CC tackle some premieres in the Sneak Peek and then discuss the finale of one of their most beloved shows: Mob Psycho 100.

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Sneak Peek:

Buddy Daddies (2:20)

Giant Beasts of Ars (3:43)

Revenger (6:02)

NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a (12:42)

Trigun Stampede (17:36)

Vinland Saga – Season 2 (25:00)

Review:

Mob Psycho 100 – Season 3 (32:46)

Related Links:

Kotaku: Mob Psycho 100 Is The Anime Of The Decade

Crunchyroll FEATURE: The 10 Best Animation Moments of Mob Psycho 100

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Mob Psycho 100 OPs and EDs Are Timeless Works of Art

Anime Feminist: The Beautiful Masculinity of Mob Psycho 100

Episode 137: The Devil wears Unislo

In this season finale, the hosts tackle some leftover shows from Summer in The Quick and the Dead, before they review the unexpected return of the 2013 hit-comedy The Devil is a Part-Timer. Last but not least, they choose their candidates and winners for Best of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

Shine on! Bakumatsu Bad Boys (1:48)

RWBY: Ice Queendom (4:45)

Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun (8:10)

Love Live! Superstar!! – Season 2 (32:18)

Rent-A-Girlfriend – Season 2 (34:57)

Review:

The Devil is a Part-Timer – Season 1+2 (41:50)

Best of the Season (2:27:40)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll FEATURE: 5 Things to Know About The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2

Episode 136: In Search of the W

CC does some relic hunting and unearths the new adaption of Spriggan. After that, John enrolls in a cutthroat school and tries to make it to the top in The Classroom of the Elite. Last but not least, CC gets into some Henshinanigans with the gang from the Narumi detective agency in the Kamen Rider W Anime sequel Fuuto PI.

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Reviews:

Spriggan [2022] (1:41)

Classroom of the Elite – Season 1 & 2 (38:15)

Fuuto PI (1:05:37)

Related Links:

ANN: Spriggan Then vs Spriggan Now

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Spriggan Worth Watching?

ANN: The Controversial Politics of Classroom of the Elite

ANN: Why Were Light Novel Fans Furious at Classroom of the Elite’s First Season?

Mother’s Basement: The 🔥Roast🔥 of Classroom of the Elite

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Fuuto PI Accessible to Kamen Rider Newcomers?

Crunchyroll FEATURE: What is Kamen Rider Double? The Live-Action Origins of FUUTO PI

Episode 135: Out of Control

CC once again unleashes his metal side and reviews the new adaption of the dark fantasy Manga Bastard!!. After that, he and John take a trip to Night City and let loose with the gang from Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.

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Reviews:

BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- (1:30)

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (44:57)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: The Trashy Treasures of BASTARD!!

ANN – This Week in Anime: Cyberpunk Edgerunners is a Certified Crowdpleaser

Mother’s Basement: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is Peak Punk Anime

CBR: Edgerunners Was Outdone by This Earlier Cyberpunk Series – And It’s Not Psycho-Pass

CBR: Is Edgerunners Saving Cyberpunk 2077?

Episode 134: Amaryllis Assassins

The hosts kick off the new Anime season with a bunch of Previews in the Sneak Peek and a Review of the assassin action hit Lycoris Recoil.

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Sneak Peek:

Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal (3:05)

Akiba Maid War (9:07)

Blue Lock (12:32)

Urusei Yatsura 2022 (15:05)

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury (18:55)

My Hero Academia – Season 6 (26:10)

Pop Team Epic – Season 2 (30:22)

Spy x Family – Season 2 (33:24)

Golden Kamuy – Season 4 (36:30)

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (41:55)

Mob Psycho 100 – Season 3 (49:31)

Chainsaw Man (53:17)

Review:

Lycoris Recoil (58:51)

Related Links:

Sakuga Blog: Lycoris Recoil And Shingo Adachi – Turning Original Anime Production Chaos In Your Favor

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why You Should Watch Lycoris Recoil

Crunchyroll FEATURE: The Empathetic Action Star of Lycoris Recoil

Episode 133: Six Degrees of Super

John and CC wrap up this season with a shotgun round of The Quick and the Dead reviews and their choices for Best of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

Love after World Domination (1:44)

Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie (7:13)

AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline (13:07)

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club – Season 2 (41:27)

Date A Live IV (46:03)

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (50:50)

Best of the Season (1:07:47)

Related Links:

ANN: Why Date A Live Will Win Your Heart