Episode 131: Secret Agent Man

The hosts go undercover to review the first season of the new hit show Spy x Family and give their two cents on the Summer season Anime premieres in the Sneak Peek.

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Sneak Peek:

Overlord – Season 4 (2:28)

Lycoris Recoil (5:50)

RWBY: Ice Queendom (9:08)

Shine on! Bakumatsu Bad Boys (13:00)

Yurei Deco (16:35)

BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- (21:07)

Classroom of the Elite (27:18)

Spriggan (31:49)

The Devil Is a Part-Timer!! (39:08)

Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun (46:37)

Love Live! Superstar!! – Season 2 (51:27)

Rent-A-Girlfriend – Season 2 (53:59)

Review:

Spy x Family (56:22)

Related Links:

Sakuga Blog: Spy x Family And The Messy History, Dynamics, And Intent Of Anime Co-productions

Crunchyroll DEEP DIVE: SPY x FAMILY’s Retro Style Is Both Iconic And True to History

ANN – This Week in Anime: Totally Spy×Family

Episode 130: Rumbling Bellies

The gang wrap up this review season with their Re:Dive into the Anime adaption of Princess Connect, their final word on the final final season of Attack on Titan and their choices for Best of the Season.

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Reviews:

Princess Connect! Re:Dive – Season 2 (1:09)

Attack on Titan The Final Season – Part 2 (47:20)

Best of the Season (1:46:26)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why You Should Watch Princess Connect! Re:Dive

Sakuga Blog: The Recipe For An Impossible Animation Team – Princess Connect Re:Dive Season 2 Production Notes

Crunchyroll FEATURE: What You Need To Know Before Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2!

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Counting The Property Damage Costs In Attack on Titan

Episode 129: In the Name of the King

CC reviews Studio Wit’s homage to classic fairytales with Ranking of Kings and its story about a deaf-mute prince and his little shadow friend. After that, he and John dive back into the world of posh vampires and 19th century steampunk Paris with the second season of The Case Study of Vanitas.

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Reviews:

Ranking of Kings (1:20)

The Case Study of Vanitas – Season 2 (49:32)

Related Links:

Sakuga Blog: Animating Modern Nostalgia – Ranking of Kings / Ousama Ranking Production Notes

ANN: How Far Does Forgiveness Go? Ranking of Kings Ending Explained

ANN: All the Easter Eggs in Ranking of Kings’ 2nd Opening

ANN – This Week in Anime: The Horrific Beauty of Case Study of Vanitas

Crunchyroll FEATURE: The Case Study of Vanitas Puts a Fresh Spin on Old Character Dynamics

Episode 128: Smooth Criminals

The hosts throw in their lot with a bunch of new and familiar misfits to review the misadventures of Sabikui Bisco and Lupin the 3rd Part 6.

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Reviews:

Sabikui Bisco (1:23)

Lupin the 3rd Part 6 (35:32)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why You Should Watch Sabikui Bisco

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Riding Crabs In The Apocalypse — The Wild Dystopia Of SABIKUI BISCO

Episode 127: Red Light means Danger

The hosts return with a basket full of Sneak Peek previews and their first review of the season for the two most recent Anime arcs of Demon Slayer.

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Sneak Peek:

RPG Real Estate (1:09)

Skeleton Knight in Another World (3:50)

Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie (7:37)

Birdie Wing -Golf Girls’ Story- (11:40)

Love After World Domination (15:31)

Aoashi (20:59)

Ya Boy Kongming! (25:41)

Spy X Family (31:35)

Review:

Demon Slayer – Mugen Train Arc (44:50)

Demon Slayer – Entertainment District Arc (1:24:53)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why Demon Slayer Needs More Nezuko

Crunchyroll – FEATURE: Should You Start With The Mugen Train Movie Or TV Show?

Episode 126: Fast & Loose

John and CC wrap up this unusually short review season, by discussing a bunch of leftover shows (and a movie) in The Quick and the Dead and picking their favorite in Best of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

The aquatope on white sand (4:09)

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (10:38)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter (31:46)

86 – Season 2 (42:37)

The Vampire Dies in No Time (1:26:35)

Best of the Season (1:31:01)

Related Links:

ANN: Everything You Need to Know About Jujutsu Kaisen 0

ANN: How Yuki Yuna is a Hero Challenges Madoka Magica’s Legacy

ANN – This Week in Anime: Can 86’s Plot Overcome Its Production Issues?

ANN: Home Is the Battlefield for the Young 86

Episode 125: Anime Awards Special 2022

The hosts discuss the nominees, winners and snubs of the Anime Awards 2022.

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Anime Awards:

Best VA Performance (2:32)

Best Film (16:08)

Best Comedy (22:57)

Best Fantasy (31:52)

Best Action (40:50)

Best Drama (51:02)

Best Romance (1:01:07)

Best Fight Scene (1:08:27)

Best Antagonist (1:19:56)

Best Protagonist (1:31:51)

Best Character Design (1:43:12)

Best Director (1:47:27)

Best Score (1:58:35)

Best Girl (2:07:47)

Best Boy (2:13:15)

Best Ending Sequence (2:21:04)

Best Opening Sequence (2:24:46)

Best Animation (2:36:26) Anime of the Year (2:45:30)

Related Links:

Anime Awards 2022 Nominees and Winners

Episode 124: DASHing Into Danger

John and CC kick of 2022 with the Sneak Peek and their review of the father/daughter sci-fi adventure story Sakugan.

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Sneak Peek:

Girls’ Frontline (3:02)

Futsal Boys!!!!! (5:18)

Requiem of the Rose King (6:48)

Tribe Nine (11:06)

Slow Loop (16:56)

Tokyo 24th Ward (20:34)

Sabikui Bisco (24:03)

Princess Connect! Re:Dive – Season 2 (26:10)

The Case Study of Vanitas – Season 2 (34:15)

Attack on Titan The Final Season – Part 2 (37:07)

Review:

Sakugan (43:27)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Sakugan Underrated?

Crunchyroll INTERVIEW: SAKUGAN Staff On Building a World of Monsters, Machines, and Family

Crunchyroll FEATURE: What Makes Gagumber Such A Great Dad In SAKUGAN?

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