John and CC kick off this season finale on Anime Brain Freeze as usual, by talking about the shows from Fall 2018 that couldn’t hold their interest in the Chop ‘n’ Drop. Then they climb into their time machine, set the date to 1994 and review the newest iteration on the tokusatsu series Gridman the Hyper Agent, known in the west as Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. The hosts discuss why this new series, aptly titled SSSS.Gridman, is not only a visually engaging rollercoaster ride, but can also boast one of the most well realized antagonists in Anime history. Last but not least, they pick their favorites from Fall 2018 in Best of the Season.
Chop ‘n’ Drop (1:19)
Best of the Season (51:51)
Mike Dent’s SSSS.GRIDMAN Expanded Reference Recap
ANN – This Week in Anime: Does Too Much Fanservice Distract From SSSS.Gridman’s Story?
ANN – This Week in Anime: Akane is the Real Protagonist of SSSS.Gridman
Crunchyroll: The Solemn Beauty of SSSS.Gridman
Crunchyroll – Giant Robots and Absent Friends: The Split Identity of SSSS.Gridman
Sakuga Blog: SSSS.Gridman Production Notes
ThePedanticRomantic – You Don’t Get Gridman If You Don’t Think It’s Gay
Mother’s Basement: On SSSS.Gridman’s “Realistic” Fight Animation
Prepare yourselves for a stealthy attack on your feelings, because in this episode John talks about the complicated relationships in the romance drama Bloom Into You and then both hosts discuss the ups and downs of the Ninja Spy action series Release the Spyce.
Bloom Into You (1:30)
Release the Spyce (27:18)
ANN – This Week in Anime: Why You Should Watch Bloom Into You
The Afictionado: Bloom Into You (and Me), a Story About How Representation is Important
This time the hosts review two series adapted from a much older source material.
First, John talks about the comedic interpreation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet called Boarding School Juliet, and why that show did a surprisingly good job at delivering a fun spin on the storied tale. Then he and CC discuss the adaption of 1985’s gritty crime drama Manga Banana Fish, and try to nail down why, after a strong start, that series falls completely apart by the end.
Boarding School Juliet (1:20)
Banana Fish (21:52)
ANN – This Week in Anime: Does the ’80s-tastic Banana Fish Work For Modern Anime Fans?
ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Banana Fish Trying Too Hard To Be Shocking?
Anime Feminist: [Interview] Japanese LGBTQ+ fans talk about the legacy of Banana Fish
Anime Feminist: [History] Banana Fish and the real-world racial politics of 1980s America
no new episode this week. We ran into some scheduling conflicts.
We’ll be back next weekend. Until then, stay frosty.