Episode 81: Big in Japan

On this gigantic episode of titanic proportions, the hosts kick things off by quickly talking about the shows that didn’t make the cut in the Chop ‘n’ Drop. Then they equip their maneuver gear, take to the skies and chronicle all the many important events of Attack on Titan Season 3. Last but not least, they pick their favorite spring series in Best of the Season.

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Chop ‘n Drop (1:22)

 

Review:

Attack on Titan – Season 3 (15:40)

 

Best of the Season (2:07:11)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Attack on Titan Gets Political

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Attack on Titan Ramping Up or Just Going Off the Rails?

ANN – This Week in Anime: It’s The End of Attack on Titan (As We Know It)

Sakuga Blog: Attack On Titan At Its WIT’s End

Sakuga Blog: Attack on Titan – Production Highlights

Writing for Love and Justice: Reflection on Attack on Titan: How the narrative failed its characters

Gigguk: Attack on Titan is Incredible Now.

Polygon: The fascist subtext of Attack on Titan can’t go overlooked

Episode 80: Masters of Puppets

The hosts try to break free from their strings by dismantling the absurd plot machinations and undercooked characters of the clownishly rushed horror action show Karakuri Circus. After that they go back to the very beginning of the Gundam franchise and discuss how Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin expertly chronicles the rise of one of the most iconic characters from that franchise: Char Aznable.

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Reviews:

Karakuri Circus (1:20)

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (1:18:28)

 

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Karakuri Circus a Hidden Classic or Just Dated?

Mother’s Basement: Gundam The Origin – A Gateway to Gundam Obsession

Episode 79: A Night at the Edgelord Opera

CC dives back into the Isekai hole, unleashes the full potential of his Hate Skill Tree and tears the rancid Dumpster Fire that is The Rising of the Shield Hero to shreds. Then he and John move on to more golden pastures and discuss the fifth chapter of one of their favorite Anime franchises: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

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Reviews:

The Rising of The Shield Hero (2:02)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (43:52)

 

Related Links:

One Peace Books: An interview with Aneko Yusagi

Crunchyroll: Get in the Game! An Interview with the Director and Screenwriter of The Rising of the Shield Hero Anime

Fantastic Memes: The Rising of the Shield Hero: The Author’s Gender is Officially Not Your Business

Gigguk: Shield Hero – The Rising of the Isekai Genre

Crunchyroll: The Saga of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Leading into Golden Wind

Mother’s Basement: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5 Primer – Anime Cheat Sheet

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Golden Wind the Best or Worst Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Yet?

ANN – This Week in Anime: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is Surprisingly Hardcore

ANN – This Week in Anime: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is Next Level Insanity

ANN – This Week in Anime: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Gets (Even More) Gruesome

ANN – This Week in Anime: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Goes Out With a Bang

Crunchyroll: Golden Wind Is the Same Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure We Know and Love

Crunchyroll: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Has Crossed The Line

Episode 78: Lacking a Punch

The hosts begin this episode by talking about the horrible tragedy that befell Kyoto Animation on July 18, 2019. After that CC details the adventures of the three Kappa boys in Sarazanmai, the latest project from the mind of writer/director Kunihiko Ikuhara. Then John wraps up the show by kicking off the discussion of the lackluster sequel to the first series the gang ever reviewed on ABF: One Punch Man.

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News:

Kyoto Animation arson attack (1:20)

 

Reviews:

Sarazanmai (12:03)

One Punch Man – Season 2 (31:48)

 

Related Links:

GoFundMe: Help KyoAni Heal

RightStuf: $1 Donation to Kyoto Animation

Twitter: How to buy KyoAni Hi-Res Artwork

Twitter: How to donate to KyoAni’s bank account

Mother’s Basement: The Power of Anime

Gigguk: Thank You Kyoto Animation.

ANN: Sarazanmai Episode Reviews

ANN – This Week in Anime: What the Hell is Happening in Sarazanmai?

ANN – This Week in Anime: What is Sarazanmai All About?

Crunchyroll: Why You Should Watch More Of ‘Sarazanmai’ Director Kunihiko Ikuhara

Crunchyroll – Anime vs. Real Life: Sarazanmai

Crunchyroll: Underneath The Butts And The Dancing, Sarazanmai Is Beautiful

Crunchyroll: Wanting To Connect – Sarazanmai on Selfishness and Desire

Crunchyroll: Sarazanmai Has Barely Scratched The Bizarre Surface Of The Kappa

Sakuga Blog: Sarazanmai Production Notes

ANN – This Week in Anime: One Punch Man Ain’t What He Used to Be

Mother’s Basement: What is Happening to One Punch Man?

Mother’s Basement: Does Anime Need Good Animation? (One Punch Man Season 2)

Episode 77: Body & Soul

To battle the hot summer heat, John and CC unleash all the cool Anime premieres they could get their hands on in the Sneak Peek. After that they travel back in time to the Sengoku period and discuss the demon-slaying adventures of the wandering samurai Hyakkimaru and his little sidekick Dororo.

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Sneak Peek (1:20)

Granbelm (2:00)

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (4:30)

Given (8:57)

Dr. Stone (11:24)

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (13:22)

Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note (18:26)

Cop Craft (20:47)

Fire Force (24:04)

A Certain Scientific Accelerator (25:48)

Astra Lost in Space (28:08)

Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV (30:00)

Vinland Saga (34:44)

 

Review:

Dororo [2019] (40:17)

 

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is the Reboot of Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo Worth Watching?

ANN – This Week in Anime: Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo Gets Intense

ANN – This Week in Anime: Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo Gets a New Ending

Saguka Blog: Dororo – A Swordman’s Journey Through History

Mother’s Basement: Reinventing DORORO – Adapt or Die