Episode 74: Religious Roadblocks

John takes the lead on this episode and tries his very best to make sense of the convoluted plot, the ridiculous amount of characters and the plethora of story arcs in the third season of the popular light novel adaption A Certain Magical Index. After that, CC tackles yet another sports Anime and explains what makes the laid back character-driven Run with the Wind a surprising standout in that genre.

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Reviews:

A Certain Magical Index III (1:30)

Run with the Wind (53:12)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll – FEATURE: Novel vs Anime – “A Certain Magical Index”

Gigguk: The Fascinating World of Index/Railgun and Why You Should Watch It

ANN – This Week in Anime: Run With the Wind is a Breath of Fresh Air

ANN – This Week in Anime: Run With the Wind Reaches Cathartic New Heights

Crunchyroll – Anime vs. Real Life: Run with the Wind – Predicting the Team’s Starting Order

Crunchyroll: Why You Need to Catch Up on the Run with the Wind Anime!

Crunchyroll: We Are Stronger Together in the Anime Run with the Wind!

Crunchyroll: What Does Victory Mean in Run with the Wind?

Mother’s Basement: 5 Great Anime You (Probably) Missed in 2018

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Episode 73: Pitch Imperfect

On this episode the two hosts take turns, as CC reviews the emotionally rewarding slice of life series My Roommate is a Cat and explains why he managed to engage with this story on a personal level. Then John discusses the lackluster airplane combat Anime The Magnificent KOTOBUKI and lays out the reasons why, despite its promising start, this show was a big disappointment. Last but not least it’s CC’s turn again, to talk about the newest iteration in one of his favorite Sports Anime franchises and all-time classic: Captain Tsubasa.

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Reviews:

My Roommate is a Cat (1:32)

The Magnificent KOTOBUKI (24:12)

Captain Tsubasa [2018] (51:20)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: My Roommate is a Cat is a Must-See for Kitty Lovers

Crunchyroll: The Magnificent Kotobuki and its High-Flying Director Have Arrived!

ANN – The Mike Toole Show: Anime’s Best Eleven

Episode 72: Your Life is Your Own

A new Anime season means a new Sneak Peek where John and CC take a quick look at all the fresh spring series premieres. After that, they have a lengthy in-depth discussion about the second season of the Anime featuring their favorite pair of esper and con artist: Mob Psycho 100.

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Sneak Peek:

Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu (2:59)

Ultraman (6:19)

Midnight Occult Civil Servants (8:11)

Cinderella Nine (12:08)

Fairy gone (15:26)

The Helpful Fox Senko-san (19:04)

RobiHachi (22:33)

AFTERLOST (24:55)

Sarazanmai (27:00)

One-Punch Man – Season 2 (32:24)

Fruits Basket (39:28)

Carole & Tuesday (44:03)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (49:40)

Review:

Mob Psycho 100 II (53:52)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Mob Psycho 100 is a Tour de Force of Animation

ANN – This Week in Anime: Mob Psycho 100’s Greatest Hits

Crunchyroll: The True Nature of Strength in Mob Psycho 100

Crunchyroll: All of Mob’s Explosions In Mob Psycho 100 So Far

Crunchyroll INTERVIEW: Mob Psycho’s Director is Changing Hearts and Getting in Trouble with the President of BONES

Crunchyroll: Mob Psycho 100 II is Over, Long Live #RedrawReigen!

Crunchyroll – Seeing Double: Mob Psycho 100’s Mentors and Mentees

Crunchyroll: A Look Back at the Ways the Mob Psycho 100 Anime Blew Us Away

Sakuga Blog: Mob Psycho 100 II – Production Notes

Mother’s Basement: Mob Psycho 100 – My Favourite Anime

Mother’s Basement: Best. Anime. Opening. Ever. – What’s in an OP? (Mob Psycho 100 II)

Episode 71: True Grid

John and CC kick off this season finale on Anime Brain Freeze as usual, by talking about the shows from Fall 2018 that couldn’t hold their interest in the Chop ‘n’ Drop. Then they climb into their time machine, set the date to 1994 and review the newest iteration on the tokusatsu series Gridman the Hyper Agent, known in the west as Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. The hosts discuss why this new series, aptly titled SSSS.Gridman, is not only a visually engaging rollercoaster ride, but can also boast one of the most well realized antagonists in Anime history. Last but not least, they pick their favorites from Fall 2018 in Best of the Season.

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Chop ‘n’ Drop (1:19)

Review:

SSSS.Gridman (15:29)

Best of the Season (51:51)

Related Links:

Mike Dent’s SSSS.GRIDMAN Expanded Reference Recap

ANN – This Week in Anime: Does Too Much Fanservice Distract From SSSS.Gridman’s Story?

ANN – This Week in Anime: Akane is the Real Protagonist of SSSS.Gridman

Crunchyroll: The Solemn Beauty of SSSS.Gridman

Crunchyroll – Giant Robots and Absent Friends: The Split Identity of SSSS.Gridman

Sakuga Blog: SSSS.Gridman Production Notes

ThePedanticRomantic – You Don’t Get Gridman If You Don’t Think It’s Gay

Mother’s Basement: On SSSS.Gridman’s “Realistic” Fight Animation

Episode 70: The Spy Who Loved Me

Prepare yourselves for a stealthy attack on your feelings, because in this episode John talks about the complicated relationships in the romance drama Bloom Into You and then both hosts discuss the ups and downs of the Ninja Spy action series Release the Spyce.

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Reviews:

Bloom Into You (1:30)

Release the Spyce (27:18)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why You Should Watch Bloom Into You

The Afictionado: Bloom Into You (and Me), a Story About How Representation is Important

Episode 69: Over the Top

March comes in like a Saiyan on this episode of ABF, as the hosts discuss the movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly. After that they mingle with the undead and talk about the flawed but enjoyable horror/idol crossover Zombie Land Saga.

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Reviews:

Dragon Ball Super: Broly (1:31)

Zombie Land Saga (40:10)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: How Dragon Ball Super Fixed Its Broly Problem

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Zombie Land Saga Worth Watching?

ANN – This Week in Anime: What Makes Zombie Land Saga Special

Crunchyroll: Anime vs. Real Life – Zombie Land Saga’s Plot to Save Saga Is Ingenious

Crunchyroll: Zombie Land Saga is the Only Idol Anime I Will Ever Watch

Crunchyroll: ZOMBIE LAND SAGA is the Zombieland of Zombie Anime

Crunchyroll: To Zombie Land Saga’s Lily Hoshikawa, The Best Trans Girl I’ve Seen In Anime

Crunchyroll: Why ZOMBIE LAND SAGA is Taking Over the WORLD

Crunchyroll: Is the Saga Over? 5 Burning Questions from the Zombie Land Saga Finale

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