Episode 66: Weird Eastern Tales

John and CC grab their warmest jackets and march into the icy cold wasteland of Anime Premieres from this winter season in the Sneak Peek. After that they gush about the second outing of Golden Kamuy and marvel at how this wacky little show seems to juggle all its many crazy characters, engaging plot threads and different tones with playful ease.

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Sneak Peek: (1:30)

W’z (2:26)

The Price of Smiles (4:31)

Kemurikusa (8:40)

The Magnificent Kotobuki (9:53)

Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale (12:50)

Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka (16:07)

Girly Air Force (19:06)

Boogiepop and Others (22:06)

Grimms Notes the Animation (24:20)

My Roommate is a Cat (27:43)

The Rising of the Shield Hero (30:14)

Dororo (34:10)

The Promised Neverland (38:37)

Date A Live III (41:56)

Mob Psycho 100 II (45:59)

Review:

Golden Kamuy – Season 2 (52:51)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: You Have to Catch Up on Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll – Festering Wounds: The Nature of Violence in Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll – The Good, The Bad, and the Shiraishi: Golden Kamuy is a Western?!

Crunchyroll – Transcending Barriers: Food Culture in Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll – Recreating Yourself Is How You Survive in Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll – The Many Faces of the Golden Kamuy Anime’s True Heart: Shiraishi!

Crunchyroll – 100 Years of Mastery: Golden Kamuy and Judo

Crunchyroll – Treading Moral Ambiguity With Golden Kamuy

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Episode 65: …And Jackets for All

As 2019 begins, another season for the Anime Brain Freeze team ends. So John and CC steal the new year’s thunder by delivering their final Review from Summer Season 2018 with the 5th installment of the modern day gentleman thief Lupin the Third. They also talk about the shows that didn’t quite make the cut in the Chop ‘n’ Drop and pick their personal winners for best show of the season.

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Chop ‘n’ Drop (1:20)

Review:

Lupin the Third – Part 5 (15:39)

Best of the Season (59:06)

Related Links:

ANN – The Mike Toole Show: The Lupin Tapes

Crunchyroll: A Beginner’s Guide to Lupin the 3rd

Polygon: The new Lupin III Part V proves the character will entertain us forever

Anime Feminist: [Perspectives] The People’s Hero (Some People Not Included): The exclusion of queer viewers in LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5

Episode 64: Mechtacular

The gang says goodbye to 2018 with a double dose of rowdy robot rumbles. John kicks off the show by talking about the third iteration in the Gundam Build franchise, Gundam Build Divers. And details the highs and lows of this different spin on one of the most iconic mechs out there. After that CC joins the quirky cast of Planet With in their interstellar war and gushes about the many well written characters, story developments, surprises, themes and layers of this interesting little sci-fi action show.

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Reviews:

Gundam Build Divers (1:30)

Planet With (30:24)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: Getting Into Gundam the Build Divers Way

ANN – This Week in Anime: What the Hell is Happening in Planet With?

ANN – This Week in Anime: Planet With Can’t Stop Topping Itself

Crunchyroll: Planet With’s Villains Are Right

Crunchyroll: This Season’s Greatest Hero is a Space Princess!

Sakuga Blog: Comics Come To Life – When Mangaka Work In Anime

Mother’s Basement: You Gotta Watch PLANET WITH – Gurren Meets Earthbound

Episode 63: Shitbags like You and Me

In an episode filled with bad people, CC gets things going by tackling the third season of Overlord and explains why the interesting approach of making the villain of the series the main character didn’t work out as well this time as it did in the previous seasons. After that the hosts unleash their combined game brains and talk about the many ludicrous adventures the main protagonist of Chio’s School Road experiences on the daily way to her temple of education.

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Reviews:

Overlord – Season 3 (1:30)

Chio’s School Road (29:15)

Related Links:

Mother’s Basement: World Building in Anime (Overlord & Darling in the Franxx)

Mother’s Basement: What’s So Great About Overlord

Crunchyroll: Romance of the Reptile Kingdom: The Lizard Love Story of Overlord Explained

Crunchyroll QUIZ: Which Guardian of Nazarick Would YOU Pathetically Serve?

Crunchyroll: I Expected a Cute Anime about a Girl Walking to School, but I Got Chio’s School Road Instead!?

Episode 62: The Stage of History

CC kicks off this episode by standing his ground against the mongol army in Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion and later wraps things up by joining the hunt for vampires in pre-World War II Japan with Sirius the Jaeger. Meanwhile John bares witness to a fierce stage play in Revue Starlight and dishes out some interesting background information about the type of musical theater this series is based on.

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Reviews:

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (1:30)

Revue Starlight (18:55)

Sirius the Jaeger (39:02)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: The Apocalypse Heads to Japan – What Happened Before Angolmois

Crunchyroll: What Does the Word “Angolmois” Actually Mean?

Wikipedia: Mongol invasions of Japan

Twitter: Musical Theater Thread

(Not Quite) Daily Show: Takarazuka Revue & Revue Starlight (Part 1)

Official Takarazuka Revue Website: The 100-years history of the Takarazuka Revue

GaijinPotBlog: 10 Facts to Know About Takarazuka Revue

ANN – This Week in Anime: Revue Starlight is a Dazzling Surprise