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

Episode 90: Firestarter

The ABF gang has returned to cool you down and then heat you right back up. First CC follows the investigators from Babylon to unearth the many horrifying secrets that lurk in the shadows of a mayoral election. Then the hosts unleash their burning shonen hearts once again and join the colorful firefighting crew from company 8 to extinguish a plethora of infernal opponents in Fire Force.

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Reviews:

Babylon (1:30)

Fire Force (53:02)

 

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Babylon Has a Whore Complex

Mother’s Basement: Babylon – Thriller Anime at its Finest

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Fire Force Worth Watching?

Crunchyroll: Meet the Staff of the Upcoming Fire Force Anime!

Crunchyroll: Five Highlights of the Fire Force Anime’s Thrilling Debut!

Sakuga Blog: Fire Force – The Backstory Of A Dazzling Production

Sakuga Blog: Fire Force Production Notes 01

Episode 89: Sticks & Stone

The hosts take turns on this episode and tackle three widely different shows. CC goes first and explains why the mix of tennis action and family drama in Stars Align is a winning combination. After that, John returns to the world of Granblue Fantasy and highlights some of the ups and downs in the second season of this popular cross media franchise. CC then wraps up the show by travelling 3700 years into the future and witnessing the rebirth of human civilization through the power of science and by the hands of Dr. Stone.

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Reviews:

Stars Align (1:32)

Granblue Fantasy the Animation – Season 2 (33:46)

Dr. Stone (1:05:21)

 

Related Links:

Sakuga Blog: Hoshiai no Sora / Stars Align: A Story About Corporate Betrayal, But Also A Lot More

ANN: Stars Align Director Kazuki Akane Promises Sequel In Some Form

ANN: Stars Align ED Animation Allegedly Copies Dance Choreography Without Permission

Stars Align Production Committee Apologizes For Copying Dance Choreography Without Permission

ANN – This Week in Anime: Could Stars Align Be This Season’s Ace Anime Series?

ANN – This Week in Anime: Stars Align is Here and It’s Hella Queer

ANN – This Week in Anime: Dr. Stone Breaks the Mold of Shonen Jump Adventure

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why Dr. Stone’s Village Arc is The Best Yet

Crunchyroll: Behind the Scenes of Dr. STONE | The Making of an Anime

Crunchyroll – INTERVIEW: How Dr. STONE’s Director Created a World of Science

Crunchyroll: Dr. STONE’s Most Unusual Hero in History

Crunchyroll: Dr. Stone Proves That Every Good Anime Villain Needs A Good Anime Henchman

Crunchyroll – INTERVIEW: Dr. STONE Creators Reveal the Secrets Behind Their Painstaking Research

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

Episode 88: To Valhalla

John and CC kick off the new Anime season as usual, by giving a nod to all the icy fresh premieres from Winter 2020 they did check out. After that they wrap up the episode by discussing one of the most promising manga-to-anime adaptions in recent years: Vinland Saga.

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Sneak Peek: (1:52)

Seton Academy: Welcome to the Pack & A Destructive God Sits Next to Me (3:17)

Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga (6:23)

Hatena Illusion (9:14)

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (11:55)

Dorohedoro (14:48)

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (15:41)

Somali and the Forest Spirit (17:16)

Darwin’s Game (18:52)

Asteroid in Love (22:59)

Pet (25:09)

A Certain Scientific Railgun T (27:13)

Dorohedoro (29:54)

ID: INVADED (35:09)

In/Spectre (42:54)

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (45:10)

ROOM CAMP (50:20)

Somali and the Forest Spirit (53:10)

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (57:02)

Haikyu!! To The Top (1:02:42)

Review:

Vinland Saga (1:08:17)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Vinland Saga is the Must-Watch Epic of the Season

ANN – This Week in Anime: The Fog of War Thickens in Vinland Saga

Gigguk: Stop Sleeping on Vinland Saga.

Episode 87: Bonds

The two hosts dish out their last Review for Summer 2019 with Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and discuss if the stellar presentation can compensate for some of the show’s narrative shortcomings. They also take a quick glance at the shows they didn’t stick with in the Chop ‘n’ Drop and highlight their personal picks for Best of the Season.

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Chop ‘n’ Drop: (1:25)

Review:

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (13:16)

Best of the Season: (1:10:01)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is the Breakout Spectacle of the Season

ANN – This Week in Anime: Demon Slayer Delivers Shonen Action with Seinen Gore

ANN – This Week in Anime: Demon Slayer Weaves a Tangled Web in the Forest Spider Arc

ANN – Interview: Demon Slayer producer Yuma Takahashi

Crunchyroll – Mythology Uncovered: The Oni of Demon Slayer

Crunchyroll: The Digital Arenas of Demon Slayer’s Battles

Crunchyroll: In Demon Slayer, Compassion is the Strongest Weapon

Sakuga Blog: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Power Of Ufotable’s Harmony

Anime Feminist: [Feature] Who is Allowed to Speak Their Pain? Demon Slayer, empathy, and Nezuko

Mother’s Basement: What’s So Great About Demon Slayer – A Kinder Kind of Shounen

Mother’s Basement: Why Inosuke is Best Boy – What’s in a Waifu? (Demon Slayer)

Mother’s Basement: Tanjiro vs Rui – Animelee (Demon Slayer)

Mother’s Basement: Demon Slayer’s Elegant Storytelling – What’s in an OP?

Episode 86: Decks & Dicks

John takes a deep dive into the entirety of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, leading up to his review of the newest iteration on the popular card battle Anime: Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.

After that, the two hosts wrap up this episode by talking about the buddy cop fantasy show Cop Craft and elaborate on why its surprisingly forward discussion of topics like immigration, racism and contemporary politics is handled better than they would have expected.

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Reviews:

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS (1:31)

Cop Craft (1:45:55)

 

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: Remember When Yugioh Was About Murder?

Mother’s Basement: The Problem With Card Game Anime

Yu-Gi-Oh! – The Abridged Series

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Cop Craft Worth Watching?