Season Finale postponed

We’ll be releasing the season finale of our podcast on September 29.

Until then~


Episode 80: Masters of Puppets

The hosts try to break free from their strings by dismantling the absurd plot machinations and undercooked characters of the clownishly rushed horror action show Karakuri Circus. After that they go back to the very beginning of the Gundam franchise and discuss how Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin expertly chronicles the rise of one of the most iconic characters from that franchise: Char Aznable.

Mp3 Download



Karakuri Circus (1:20)

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (1:18:28)


Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Karakuri Circus a Hidden Classic or Just Dated?

Mother’s Basement: Gundam The Origin – A Gateway to Gundam Obsession

Episode 79: A Night at the Edgelord Opera

CC dives back into the Isekai hole, unleashes the full potential of his Hate Skill Tree and tears the rancid Dumpster Fire that is The Rising of the Shield Hero to shreds. Then he and John move on to more golden pastures and discuss the fifth chapter of one of their favorite Anime franchises: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Mp3 Download



The Rising of The Shield Hero (2:02)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (43:52)


Related Links:

One Peace Books: An interview with Aneko Yusagi

Crunchyroll: Get in the Game! An Interview with the Director and Screenwriter of The Rising of the Shield Hero Anime

Fantastic Memes: The Rising of the Shield Hero: The Author’s Gender is Officially Not Your Business

Gigguk: Shield Hero – The Rising of the Isekai Genre

Crunchyroll: The Saga of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Leading into Golden Wind

Mother’s Basement: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5 Primer – Anime Cheat Sheet

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Golden Wind the Best or Worst Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Yet?

ANN – This Week in Anime: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is Surprisingly Hardcore

ANN – This Week in Anime: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is Next Level Insanity

ANN – This Week in Anime: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Gets (Even More) Gruesome

ANN – This Week in Anime: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Goes Out With a Bang

Crunchyroll: Golden Wind Is the Same Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure We Know and Love

Crunchyroll: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Has Crossed The Line

Episode 78: Lacking a Punch

The hosts begin this episode by talking about the horrible tragedy that befell Kyoto Animation on July 18, 2019. After that CC details the adventures of the three Kappa boys in Sarazanmai, the latest project from the mind of writer/director Kunihiko Ikuhara. Then John wraps up the show by kicking off the discussion of the lackluster sequel to the first series the gang ever reviewed on ABF: One Punch Man.

Mp3 Download



Kyoto Animation arson attack (1:20)



Sarazanmai (12:03)

One Punch Man – Season 2 (31:48)


Related Links:

GoFundMe: Help KyoAni Heal

RightStuf: $1 Donation to Kyoto Animation

Twitter: How to buy KyoAni Hi-Res Artwork

Twitter: How to donate to KyoAni’s bank account

Mother’s Basement: The Power of Anime

Gigguk: Thank You Kyoto Animation.

ANN: Sarazanmai Episode Reviews

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

ANN – This Week in Anime: What is Sarazanmai All About?

Crunchyroll: Why You Should Watch More Of ‘Sarazanmai’ Director Kunihiko Ikuhara

Crunchyroll – Anime vs. Real Life: Sarazanmai

Crunchyroll: Underneath The Butts And The Dancing, Sarazanmai Is Beautiful

Crunchyroll: Wanting To Connect – Sarazanmai on Selfishness and Desire

Crunchyroll: Sarazanmai Has Barely Scratched The Bizarre Surface Of The Kappa

Sakuga Blog: Sarazanmai Production Notes

ANN – This Week in Anime: One Punch Man Ain’t What He Used to Be

Mother’s Basement: What is Happening to One Punch Man?

Mother’s Basement: Does Anime Need Good Animation? (One Punch Man Season 2)

Episode 77: Body & Soul

To battle the hot summer heat, John and CC unleash all the cool Anime premieres they could get their hands on in the Sneak Peek. After that they travel back in time to the Sengoku period and discuss the demon-slaying adventures of the wandering samurai Hyakkimaru and his little sidekick Dororo.

Mp3 Download


Sneak Peek (1:20)

Granbelm (2:00)

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (4:30)

Given (8:57)

Dr. Stone (11:24)

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (13:22)

Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note (18:26)

Cop Craft (20:47)

Fire Force (24:04)

A Certain Scientific Accelerator (25:48)

Astra Lost in Space (28:08)

Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV (30:00)

Vinland Saga (34:44)



Dororo [2019] (40:17)


Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is the Reboot of Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo Worth Watching?

ANN – This Week in Anime: Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo Gets Intense

ANN – This Week in Anime: Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo Gets a New Ending

Saguka Blog: Dororo – A Swordman’s Journey Through History

Mother’s Basement: Reinventing DORORO – Adapt or Die

Best of the Season Section

Hey guys & girls!

I added a page that lists our picks for Best of the Season to the site.

Now you can quickly find out which Anime got chosen as our personal favorite each given season and listen to either the episode we reviewed that series on, or the corresponding BotS episode itself.

Bis dann!

– CC