Episode 99: Renaissance Woman

John & CC wrap up this short season by reviewing Arte, a series about a young woman in 16th century Italy, trying to walk her own path as a painter. As usual they also discuss the shows they stopped watching in the Chop ‘n’ Drop and pick their personal favorite in Best of the Season.

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Chop & Drop (1:30)

Review:

Arte (17:27)

Best of the Season (1:07:32)

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Related Links:

MicMix: Arte Anime – The History of Artemisia Gentileschi | Arte anime 2020

Wikipedia: Artemisia Gentileschi

Episode 98: Secret Father

The hosts return to drop some truth bombs on the audience. First CC uncovers the hidden underbelly of a city of Beastmen in his review of Brand New Animal. After that John details the hardships of a young father trying to hide his chosen profession from his innocent daughter in Kakushigoto.

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Reviews:

Brand New Animal (1:20)

Kakushigoto (29:37)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: BNA

ANN: BNA: Brand New Animal: A Racism Allegory That (Mostly) Works

ANN: Promare, BNA, and the Outrage of the Oppressed

ANN – This Week in Anime: Kakushigoto is the Go-To Cushy Show of Spring

Episode 97: Mobile Moe on the Menu

Due to recent pandemic events, this Anime season offers slim pickings in terms of premieres, but the hosts talk about all the fresh new shows they were able to sink their teeth into regardless in the Sneak Peek. After that, they review the rare breed of a mobile game Anime adaption that doesn’t suck, in the form of Princess Connect! Re:Dive.

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Sneak Peek: (1:20)

SUPER HXEROES: “H”EROES SAVE THE WORLD (6:57)

Gibiate (11:43)

Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 (17:18)

The God of High School (21:11)

Rent-A-Girlfriend (26:35)

Japan Sinks: 2020 (30:45)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (34:05)

Fire Force – Season 2 (39:54)

Deca-Dence (41:48)

Review:

Princess Connect! Re:Dive (47:29)

 

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: How Princess Connect! Re:Dive Captures the Spirit of Konosuba!

Episode 96: Tempting Fate

The hosts bring winter season to a close by reviewing the newest entry in the massive Fate franchise (with an appropriately massive title): Fate/Grand Order -Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia-. As usual they also talk about the shows they gave the axe in the Chop ‘n’ Drop and their personal favorites in Best of the Season.

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Chop ‘n’ Drop (1:42)

Review:

Fate/Grand Order -Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia- (13:14)

Best of the Season (1:13:48)

 

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is F/GO: Babylonia Anime as Popular as its Mobile Game?

Crunchyroll: The Ultimate Fate Series Beginner’s Guide

Crunchyroll: All You Need to Know for Fate/Grand Order Babylonia

Crunchyroll: From Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica: The Real History Behind Fate/Grand Order: Babylonia’s Heroic Spirits

Sakuga Blog: Fate Grand Order Production Notes

 

Episode 95: Photon Fiction

CC starts off the episode by investigating why the eandearing characters of the otherworldly procedural In/Spectre can’t save its lackluster plot. Then John wraps up the show by explaining why Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle stands head and shoulders above most other video game adaptions.

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Reviews:

In/Spectre (1:31)

Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle (27:32)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Who Inspects the IN/SPECTRE?

Crunchyroll: In/Spectre is the GOAT at Shaking Up the Conventions of Mystery Anime

Crunchyroll: The Most Powerful Weapons in In/Spectre are WORDS

Crunchyroll: Why In/Spectre’s Kotoko Would Be the Perfect Lawyer

Crunchyroll: The Monsters of In/Spectre Are Everywhere, Even on the Internet

Episode 94: Dream Daddy

The gang unleashes the full force of their combined detective powers and tries to unearth the secret answer of why ID: Invaded fails to follow up on its promising setup. After that, they join a big Golem dad and his little human daughter in Somali and the Forest Spirit, on a life-changing journey that is about to test and strengthen the bonds of this unlikely family.

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Reviews:

ID: Invaded (1:41)

Somali and the Forest Spirit (47:51)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is ID: Invaded High Concept or Just High?

Crunchyroll: Miss The Mandalorian? Watch Somali and the Forest Spirit

Crunchyroll: Somali and Other Great Anime About the Family We Choose

 

Episode 93: Easy Breezy

CC starts off this episode by saying a few words in memory of Zac Bertschy, the former executive editor of editorial content for Anime News Network, who recently passed away. Then John compares the two Anime adaptions of the light novel series Sorcerous Stabber Orphen and explains which version is worth your time. After that CC wraps up the show by reviewing Keep your Hands of Eizouken and talking about how the series managed to perfectly capture the creative process behind Anime production.

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News:

RIP Zac Bertschy (1:20)

Reviews:

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (13:25)

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (56:30)

Related Links:

ANN: Zac Bertschy – In Memoriam

ANN: ANNCast

ANN: Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Review

ANN: Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Reviews

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why We Can’t Keep Our Hands Off Eizouken

Crunchyroll: Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Is a Love Letter to Anime

Crunchyroll: How Eizouken Embodies the Messy Thrill of Storytelling!

Crunchyroll: How Eizouken Embodies the Messy Thrill of Storytelling! (Part Two)

Crunchyroll: Nothing But Respect For Our New Anime Queen, Eizouken’s Sayaka Kanamori

Crunchyroll: Imagination Running Wild: Eizouken and the Pursuit of Creation

Crunchyroll: Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken’s Solutions to Finding Creativity in Rough Times

Crunchyroll: Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!’s Look into the Heartfelt Moments of Animation Inspiration

Sakuga Blog: Keep your hands of Eizouken! Production Notes

Anime Feminist: The Gloriously Goofy, Geeky Girls of Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Episode 92: Overdue Overhaul

John and CC return with full force to bring you some Anime-powered solace in these trying times. First they take a look at all the spring season premieres and talk about how the Covid-19 pandemic affected some of the new shows in the Sneak Peek. After that they get reacquainted with the gang from UA High School and discuss the ups and downs of the 4th season of one of their favorite shonen series: My Hero Academia.

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Sneak Peek: (2:56)

Wave, Listen to Me! (4:59)

Tower of God (10:54)

Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls (15:38)

Sakura Wars the Animation (20:43)

Listeners (23:57)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens (28:59)

Gleipnir (33:38)

Arte (36:52)

The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED (42:31)

Kakushigoto (45:55)

Digimon Adventure: (50:29)

Sing “Yesterday” for Me (54:09)

Appare-Ranman! (57:45)

Gal & Dino (1:02:02)

Princess Connect! Re:Dive (1:06:19)

Fruits Basket – Season 2 (1:12:15)

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate (1:13:22)

BNA: Brand New Animal (1:16:40)

Review:

My Hero Academia – Season 4 (1:31:00)

Related Links:

Wikipedia: Production of anime series delayed or suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic

ANN – This Week in Anime: Has My Hero Academia Taken Its Darkest Turn?

ANN – This Week in Anime: MHA’s Heroes Put it All on the Line in Overhaul Arc

Anime Feminist: My Hero Academia Shows Us How To Write Damsels (And Dudes) In Distress

Fanbyte: My Hero Academia and the Problem of the Supercop

Episode 91: Beast Laid Plans

Before saying goodbye for a while, the hosts wrap things up with an early jam packed season finale. First they discuss the recent Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020 and highlight some of the winners, snubs and headscratchers from the selection. After a quick visit to the Chop ‘n’ Drop they then review the final series from Fall Season 2019 in the form of the feral high school drama Beastars. Last but not least they give out their own recurring award: Best of the Season.

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News:

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020 (1:32)

Chop ‘n’ Drop (1:36:19)

Review:

Beastars (1:46:00)

Best of the Season (3:01:20)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: The Anime Awards

Crunchyroll: Winners of the 2020 Anime Awards

Stop Motion Magazine: Beastars -by Dwarf Studios

Sakuga Blog: BEASTARS – Traditionally Excellent Modernity