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?

Episode 113: Spooky Sorcery

John kicks off the show in a magical way by reviewing the second season of the new adaption of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen. After that, CC wraps things up with the horror-shonen-detective mix Kemono Jihen.

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Reviews:

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck (1:31)

Kemono Jihen (39:01)

Related Links:

CBR: 10 Thing Anime Fans Should Know About The Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Remake

CBR: How Kemono Jihen Subtly Portrays the Horrors of Abuse

Episode 112: Cast the first Stone

Sadly, the hosts have to start the show by saying goodbye to a true legend – Kentaro Miura, the author of Berserk. After that, CC talks about his highlights from the second season of Dr. Stone and finally the gang wraps up the episode by taking a deep dive into Attack on Titan’s final season…part 1.

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News:

RIP Kentaro Miura (1:25)

Reviews:

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars (21:24)

Attack on Titan – The Final Season [Part 1] (1:03:10)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Gettin’ Dr. Stone’d on Science

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

ANN – This Week in Anime: Who Are the Villains of Attack on Titan?

TCE: Breaking Down Attack on Titan’s (All Seasons) Incredible Animation | Animator Spotlight

Gigguk: Attack on Titan Is Still Incredible.

TCE: The Two Sides of Studio MAPPA | Anime Studio Spotlight

SB: Attack On Titan The Final Season And Studio MAPPA: Fated To End Together

Episode 111: Goo and Grind

CC kicks off the show by talking about the second and occasionally much darker season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. After that the hosts get on their skateboards and join the colorful crew of Sk8 the Infinity for a truly enjoyable downhill jam.

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Reviews:

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 2 (1:19)

Sk8 the Infinity (46:29)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll Collection: Hakuro’s Revenge | That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2

ANN – This Week in Anime: Sk8 for Your Life

Mother’s Basement: What’s so Gr8 About Sk8 The Infinity

Sakuga Blog: “TV Anime, A Deadly Landscape Even For High Profile Productions: SK8 And Wonder Egg Priority’s Struggles”

ANN Interview: Studio No Border on SK8 the Infinity Skateboard Designs, Original Projects, More

Episode 110: Banes and Bromances

John and CC check out a bunch of interesting premieres from Anime Spring Season 2021 in the Sneak Peek and then wrap up the show by discussing the hot new horror battle shonen manga-to-anime adaption: Jujutsu Kaisen.

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Sneak Peek: (1:10)

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood (2:33)

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! (6:34)

Shaman King [2021] (9:54)

Dragon Goes House-Hunting (16:51)

Megalobox 2: Nomad (22:04)

Odd Taxi (25:54)

The World Ends with You the Animation (29:04)

Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! (39:20)

Godzilla Singular Point (44:51)

Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song- (50:01)

Tokyo Revengers (59:04)

To Your Eternity (1:03:55)

SSSS.Dynazenon (1:09:23)

My Hero Academia – Season 5 (1:15:06)

Zombie Land Saga Revenge (1:29:31)

Fruits Basket the Final (1:42:04)

Review:

Jujutsu Kaisen (1:48:29)

Related Links:

Otaquest: Gege Akutami Drew the Storyboards for ‘Juju Sanpo’ Short Anime

The Canipa Effect: The Two Sides of Studio MAPPA | Anime Studio Spotlight

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why Jujutsu Kaisen Horror-Action Perfection

ANN – This Week in Anime: The Hard-Hitting Action of Jujutsu Kaisen

Crunchyroll FEATURE: The Creative Minds Behind JUJUTSU KAISEN’s Bangin’ TV Anime OP/ED Animation

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Meet the Animation All-Stars Behind JUJUTSU KAISEN!

Crunchyroll FEATURE: A Vivid Look at JUJUTSU KAISEN’s Second Opening and Ending

Mother’s Basement: Jujutsu Kaisen – Kaikai Kitan Analyzed | What’s in an OP?

Mother’s Basement: The Power of Battle Horror Anime

Episode 109: Through the Fire and Flames

John and CC wrap up the fall reviews by talking about the second season of Atsushi Ōkubo’s shonen action series Fire Force.

John also dishes out two mini reviews for The Quick and the Dead and both hosts present their choice for Best Anime of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You (1:55)

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club (7:34)

Review:

Fire Force – Season 2 (16:37)

Best of the Season (1:28:42)

Related Links:

Funimation Interview: Fire Force Producer Dives Into Show’s Origin, Season 2 & More

Funimation Interview: Fire Force Art Director Details Unique Shot Adapting, Staying Faithful to Manga

CBR: Fire Force