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

Episode 117: Monstrous Conviction

The hosts jump into the cockpits of their giant mechs and review two shows that have some commonalities with the super robot classic Gurren Lagann in more ways than one. First they join Back Arrow in his quest to go beyond the walls of his world and after that they help the merry crew of SSSS.Dynazenon to move past their regrets and fight some Kaiju.

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Reviews:

Back Arrow (1:20)

SSSS.Dynazenon (40:57)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: How to Watch Back Arrow for Dummies

The Canipa Effect: Studio Trigger and SSSS.Dynazenon | Anime Studio Spotlight

ANN: Gridman, Dynazenon and the Hasegawa Nexus

ANN – This Week in Anime: Dynazenon is Tokusatsu Dynamite

Sakuga Blog – SSSS.GRIDMAN And SSSS.DYNAZENON Interview: Series Director Akira Amemiya On The Franchise’s Production And Style

Sakuga Blog: SSSS.Dynazenon – Production Notes

Episode 116: Don’t call it a Comeback

CC returns to the world of Megaloboxing and details the many facets of Nomad’s fulfilling character work. After that, the two hosts witness the girls from Franchouchou clawing their way back to success in Zombie Land Saga Revenge.

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Reviews:

Megalobox 2: Nomad (1:21)

Zombie Land Saga Revenge (54:43)

Related Links:

CBR: Megalo Box – What to Know About the Futuristic Boxing Anime Before Season 2

Crunchyroll: Creating MEGALOBOX Season 2 | Interview

Mother’s Basement: MEGALOBOX – The Ultimate Underdog Anime

ANN – This Week in Anime: Zombie Land Saga Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

Mother’s Basement: Zombieland Saga – Idol Anime’s Gateway Drug

CBR: Zombie Land Saga Revenge Turns Into a Historical Drama

CBR: Zombie Land Saga Revenge’s Biggest Unanswered Questions

Episode 115: Odobenus Oddyssey

John and CC talk about some of the premieres from Summer in the Sneak Peek and then sing the praises of the unlikely Best of the Season contender Odd Taxi.

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Sneak Peek: (1:19)

Peach Boy Riverside (2:15)

Girlfriend, Girlfriend (7:26)

Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan (13:15)

The Detective Is Already Dead (21:02)

Getter Robo Arc (26:10)

The Case Study of Vanitas (28:45)

The Aquatope on White Sand (35:53)

Sonny Boy (41:06)

Love Live! Superstar!! (47:19)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 3 (51:48)

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S (56:06)

Review:

Odd Taxi (1:05:51)

Related Links:

Odd Taxi Audio Drama

Mother’s Basement: ODDTAXI is a Masterpiece – What’s in an OP?

Gigguk: You Missed 2021’s Best Anime.

ANN – Interview: ODDTAXI Director Baku Kinoshita

ANN: The ODDTAXI Ending Explained!

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why ODDTAXI is Must-Watch TV

Episode 114: The Bear Necessities

Wrapping up the shows from Winter 2021, John and CC tackle the stellar second outing of BEASTARS, highlight their choices for Best Anime of the Season and quickly explain why the end of The Promised Neverland is a blazing dumpster fire.

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The Quick and the Dead:

The Promised Neverland – Season 2 (1:30)

Review:

BEASTARS – Season 2 (11:10)

Best of the Season (1:21:32)

Related Links:

Lowart: How The Promised Neverland Lost Its Way | A Complete Review of TPN’s Manga

Mother’s Basement: Coping With The Promised Neverland Season 2

Mother’s Basement: The Worst Anime Adaptation I’ve Ever Seen | The Promised Neverland Anime VS Manga Season 2

Sakuga Blog: BEASTARS – Traditionally Excellent Modernity

Anime News Network: How Similar is Beastars to Zootopia, Really?