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

Episode 108: Respect the Hustle

John and CC return to the red carpet and discuss the annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards. After that John reviews the superpowered cat & mouse nail biter Talentless Nana, followed by both hosts strolling down the neon lit streets of Kansai together with the cyberpunk criminals from Akudama Drive.

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News:

Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2021 (1:10)

Reviews:

Talentless Nana (1:11:13)

Akudama Drive (1:33:52)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Talentless Nana Worth Watching?

CBR: Talentless Nana Is a Twisted Cross Between Death Note & My Hero Academia

The Canipa Effect: The Cyberpunk World of Akudama Drive | Anime Studio Spotlight

ANN – This Week in Anime: Akudama Drive is High-Octane Insanity

AF – Chatty AF 133: Akudama Drive Retrospective (WITH TRANSCRIPT)

Episode 107: Bewitched Balls

The hosts go their separate ways in this episode, with John reviewing the whimsical journey (albeit with a dark edge) of the Wandering Witch Elaina and CC spiking the 4th season of Haikyu into the court.

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Reviews:

Wandering Witch – The Journey of Elaina (1:20)

Haikyu!! To the Top (25:18)

Related Links:

mipon: Jougi Shiraishi (author) Talks Wandering Witch and More

ANN: Wandering Witch – The Journey of Elaina Creator Asks Anime Staff Not to Show Panty Shots

Sakuga Blog: The Evolution Of Haikyuu’s Exceptional Production – Refining Reality

artist_unknown: Haikyuu!! Season 4 – Preview

Funimation: Exploring the Harmony of Sports Anime

ANN – This Week in Anime: 3 Years Later, Haikyu!! Is Still Flying High

ANN – This Week in Anime: Haikyu!! is at the Top of its Game

Crunchyroll: How the Haikyu!! OVA Turns the Series into a Real Sports Event

Crunchyroll: Here’s the Dirt on Every Beef in Haikyu!!

Crunchyroll: Haikyu!! Continues to Champion Townsperson B Five Years Later

Episode 106: Brain Damage Buddies

John and CC try to start off 2021 the right way and talk about all the hot, cold and lukewarm premieres of Winter Season in the Sneak Peek. After that they gush relentlessly about the third season of one of their favorites: Golden Kamuy.

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Sneak Peek:

Kemono Jihen – Part 1 (1:58)

Scar on the Praeter (3:38)

2.43 – Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team (9:33)

Back Arrow (13:44)

Kemono Jihen – Part 2 (20:03)

Sk8 the Infinity (22:19)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 2 (28:27)

Attack on Titan The Final Season (33:35)

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars (42:40)

Non Non Biyori Nonstop (46:54)

BEASTARS – Season 2 (50:33)

Laid-Back Camp – Season 2 (58:57)

The Promised Neverland – Season 2 (1:02:06)

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen – Battle of Kimluck (1:05:02)

Review:

Golden Kamuy – Season 3 (1:07:00)

Related Links:

CBR: Why You Should Watch Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll: Golden Kamuy Season 3 – Crunchyroll Fall 2020 Spotlight

CBR: Golden Kamuy S3 Premiere: Sugimoto’s Journey Turns (Hilariously) Dangerous

Episode 105: Hoops and Baskets

The gang shoots the wretched year of 2020 into the sun by loading its rocket with the final two reviews from Summer. First, CC tackles the basketball series Ahiru no Sora, which makes up for lacking production values with potent character development. After that, the hosts return to the cursed household of the Soma family, to discuss the second season of Fruits Basket and gush about its great heart-wrenching drama and stunning plot revelations. And of course, the Chop ‘n’ Drop and Best of the Season are present in this season finale as well.

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Chop ‘n’ Drop/The Quick and the Dead (1:31)

Reviews:

Ahiru no Sora (9:14)

Fruits Basket [2019] – Season 2 (52:32)

Best of the Season (1:47:47)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: Ahiru no Sora’s Protagonist Reminds Me of My Favorite NBA Player

ANN – This Week in Anime: The Messy Drama of Fruits Basket

Anime Feminist: “A Man Who Can Experience His Feelings”: Fruits Basket, toxic masculinity, and mental health

ANN: Best Fruits Basket Characters

Crunchyroll: Animal Zodiac Mochi from Fruits Basket | Cooking with Anime

Episode 104: Cardboard Cons

CC pretends to be a critic and reviews the con comedy Great Pretender to explain why this almost 10/10 show didn’t stick the landing. After that, the hosts return to the cursed virtual landscapes of Sword Art Online and fight their way through the avalanche of nonsense that is War of Underworld.

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Reviews:

Great Pretender (1:30)

Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld (33:29)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Great Pretender is a Devious Joyride

ANN: Great Pretender and Robin Hood: The Appeal of the Outlaw Hero

ANN – This Week in Anime: Does Great Pretender Stick the Landing?

ANN – Interview: Wit Studio

Mother’s Basement: Great Pretender is Con ART

ANN: How An Animator From Massachusetts Worked On Sword Art Online

Episode 103: Bullets, Buffets, and Blanks

John dives back into the Raildex franchise and explains why A Certain Scientific Railgun T was a breath of fresh air, following the disappointing third season of A Certain Magical Index. After that, CC slips into his trenchcoat and strolls through the noir cityscape of No Guns Life, to find out if this slow burn of a cyberpunk detective story is worth a watch. Last but not least, the gang tackles the final two seasons of Food Wars and discuss if one of their favorite shonen series stuck the landing.

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Reviews:

A Certain Scientific Railgun T (1:30)

No Guns Life (26:52)

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma – The Fourth & Fifth Plate (43:23)

Related Links:

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

Crunchyroll Collection: Kuroko vs Mitori | A Certain Scientific Railgun T

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is No Guns Life a Sure-Fire Hit?

ANN – This Week in Anime: No Guns Life Takes Aim at Real-World Corruption

Mother’s Basement: No Guns Life – Deep AND Dumb

Anime Feminist – Women in the Kitchen: The unequal treatment of professional chefs in anime and beyond

Crunchyroll: Behind The Scenes of FOOD WARS | The Making of an Anime

Comicbook: Food Wars Fans are Having Mixed Feelings About the Series Finale

Episode 102: Racing Gears of War

CC unleashes his post-apocalyptic side and reviews the Attack-on-Titan-like (with a twist) Deca-Dence. After that, John takes over the wheel and both hosts discuss the antics of the whacky racers from Appare-Ranman!

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Reviews:

Deca-Dence (1:20)

Appare-Ranman! (38:13)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: What the Hell is Happening in Deca-Dence?

ANN – This Week in Anime: Time to Get Decked

Crunchyroll: DECA-DENCE Director Yuzuru Tachikawa Talks Making Original Anime, the Big Twist, and More in Reddit AMA

Sakuga Blog: The Road To DECA-DENCE: Project History & Production Notes 01-05

Mother’s Basement: Don’t Sleep on Deca-Dence

ANN – This Week in Anime: Appare-Ranman Is Off to the Races!

Funimation: The Eccentric Anime of P.A.Works: From Angel Beats! to APPARE-RANMAN!

Mother’s Basement: Appare-Ranman! is Cooler Than Whatever Anime You’re Watching

Episode 101: God bless the Ring

The crew starts the new season as usual, by giving you their impressions on all the fresh new fall premieres in the Sneak Peek. After that they get into the ring with the fighters from The God of High School and explain why this visually stunning but shallow nonsense is well worth a watch.

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Sneak Peek:

Assault Lily Bouquet (1:37)

Hypnosis Mic (4:52)

Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (7:53)

Ikebukuro West Gate Park (10:10)

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle (12:54)

TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You (15:57)

Akudama Drive (19:50)

Warlords of Sigrdrifa (23:00)

Wandering Witch (26:55)

Talentless Nana (30:56)

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (32:55)

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club (36:50)

Haikyu!! To The Top S5 (40:16)

Golden Kamuy S3 (42:02)

Jujutsu Kaisen (44:17)

Burn The Witch (49:50)

Review:

The God of High School (53:49)

Related Links:

ANN: Interview with Rising Star Sunghoo Park, Director of The God of High School

ANN: The Real High-Flying Martial Arts of God of High School

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is God of High School Living Up to the Hype?

Crunchyroll – IN-DEPTH: How The God of High School Revealed the True, Weird History of Taekwondo

Crunchyroll – FEATURE: Check Out the Anatomy of an Action Scene in The God of High School

Crunchyroll – FEATURE: Anime vs. Real Life, The Real-World Locations of The God of High School