Episode 138: One and only “1”

To kick off Winter Anime Season 2023, John and CC tackle some premieres in the Sneak Peek and then discuss the finale of one of their most beloved shows: Mob Psycho 100.

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Sneak Peek:

Buddy Daddies (2:20)

Giant Beasts of Ars (3:43)

Revenger (6:02)

NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a (12:42)

Trigun Stampede (17:36)

Vinland Saga – Season 2 (25:00)

Review:

Mob Psycho 100 – Season 3 (32:46)

Related Links:

Kotaku: Mob Psycho 100 Is The Anime Of The Decade

Crunchyroll FEATURE: The 10 Best Animation Moments of Mob Psycho 100

Crunchyroll FEATURE: Mob Psycho 100 OPs and EDs Are Timeless Works of Art

Anime Feminist: The Beautiful Masculinity of Mob Psycho 100

Episode 137: The Devil wears Unislo

In this season finale, the hosts tackle some leftover shows from Summer in The Quick and the Dead, before they review the unexpected return of the 2013 hit-comedy The Devil is a Part-Timer. Last but not least, they choose their candidates and winners for Best of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

Shine on! Bakumatsu Bad Boys (1:48)

RWBY: Ice Queendom (4:45)

Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun (8:10)

Love Live! Superstar!! – Season 2 (32:18)

Rent-A-Girlfriend – Season 2 (34:57)

Review:

The Devil is a Part-Timer – Season 1+2 (41:50)

Best of the Season (2:27:40)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll FEATURE: 5 Things to Know About The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2

Episode 136: In Search of the W

CC does some relic hunting and unearths the new adaption of Spriggan. After that, John enrolls in a cutthroat school and tries to make it to the top in The Classroom of the Elite. Last but not least, CC gets into some Henshinanigans with the gang from the Narumi detective agency in the Kamen Rider W Anime sequel Fuuto PI.

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Reviews:

Spriggan [2022] (1:41)

Classroom of the Elite – Season 1 & 2 (38:15)

Fuuto PI (1:05:37)

Related Links:

ANN: Spriggan Then vs Spriggan Now

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Spriggan Worth Watching?

ANN: The Controversial Politics of Classroom of the Elite

ANN: Why Were Light Novel Fans Furious at Classroom of the Elite’s First Season?

Mother’s Basement: The 🔥Roast🔥 of Classroom of the Elite

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Fuuto PI Accessible to Kamen Rider Newcomers?

Crunchyroll FEATURE: What is Kamen Rider Double? The Live-Action Origins of FUUTO PI

Episode 135: Out of Control

CC once again unleashes his metal side and reviews the new adaption of the dark fantasy Manga Bastard!!. After that, he and John take a trip to Night City and let loose with the gang from Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.

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Reviews:

BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- (1:30)

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (44:57)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: The Trashy Treasures of BASTARD!!

ANN – This Week in Anime: Cyberpunk Edgerunners is a Certified Crowdpleaser

Mother’s Basement: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is Peak Punk Anime

CBR: Edgerunners Was Outdone by This Earlier Cyberpunk Series – And It’s Not Psycho-Pass

CBR: Is Edgerunners Saving Cyberpunk 2077?

Episode 134: Amaryllis Assassins

The hosts kick off the new Anime season with a bunch of Previews in the Sneak Peek and a Review of the assassin action hit Lycoris Recoil.

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Sneak Peek:

Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal (3:05)

Akiba Maid War (9:07)

Blue Lock (12:32)

Urusei Yatsura 2022 (15:05)

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury (18:55)

My Hero Academia – Season 6 (26:10)

Pop Team Epic – Season 2 (30:22)

Spy x Family – Season 2 (33:24)

Golden Kamuy – Season 4 (36:30)

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (41:55)

Mob Psycho 100 – Season 3 (49:31)

Chainsaw Man (53:17)

Review:

Lycoris Recoil (58:51)

Related Links:

Sakuga Blog: Lycoris Recoil And Shingo Adachi – Turning Original Anime Production Chaos In Your Favor

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why You Should Watch Lycoris Recoil

Crunchyroll FEATURE: The Empathetic Action Star of Lycoris Recoil

Episode 133: Six Degrees of Super

John and CC wrap up this season with a shotgun round of The Quick and the Dead reviews and their choices for Best of the Season.

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The Quick and the Dead:

Love after World Domination (1:44)

Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie (7:13)

AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline (13:07)

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club – Season 2 (41:27)

Date A Live IV (46:03)

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (50:50)

Best of the Season (1:07:47)

Related Links:

ANN: Why Date A Live Will Win Your Heart

Episode 132: Clubbing with Ya Boy

After playing a not-so-friendly game of underground mafia golf with Birdie Wing -Golf Girls’ Story-, CC joins John on the dancefloor to witness an upcoming EDM performer come to fame through the machinations of a legendary war tactician in Ya Boy Kongming!

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Reviews:

Birdie Wing -Golf Girls’ Story- (1:31)

Ya Boy Kongming! (51:55)

Related Links:

Mother’s Basement: The Lesbian Golf Mafia Anime F***s so hard you have no idea

Scottish Golf History: Meaning of Golf Words

ANN – This Week in Anime: Birdie Wing Has Big Camp Energy

ANN – Interview: Ya Boy Kongming! Director Shu Homma

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why You Should Party With Ya Boy Kongming!

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