The gang once again dives headfirst into the world of Shonen Action series and covers two very different representatives of this particular genre. First CC talks about The Seven Deadly Sins and why this colorful mix of the classic shonen battle formula and a medieval setting might not be one of the greats, but delivers a thoroughly enjoyable experience nontheless. Then the hosts return to the kitchen together with Soma and his compatriots in the third season of Food Wars and try to explain how the series manages to surpass itself on a regular basis.
The Seven Deadly Sins (1:09)
Food Wars! The Third Plate (25:18)
ANN: King Arthur and the Seven Deadly Sins
Sakuga Blog Production Highlights – The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments 19
ANN – This Week in Anime: Why You Should Watch Food Wars!
ANN – This Week in Anime: What the Hell is Happening in Food Wars!?
Crunchyroll: Food Wars! The Third Plate Has the Perfect Ingredient for Romance: An Egg!
On this episode our hosts stand their ground on three different planes of conflict. First CC travels to the stars, to cover the epic space war story of Legend of the Galactic Heroes – Die neue These. Then John descends on Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku and discusses the trappings of a completely different battlefield: romantic relationships between full-blown nerds. Last but not least, CC celeberates the flawed but definitely welcome return of an old favorite of his: Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory.
RIP Unshō Ishizuka (1:18)
The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These (4:25)
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (29:29)
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (44:49)
ANN: Voice Actor Unshō Ishizuka Passes Away at 67
ANN – This Week in Anime: What is Legend of the Galactic Heroes About Anyway?
Crunchyroll: Meet the Tactical Titans of this Season’s Grand Space Opera!
ANN – This Week in Anime: Wotakoi is the Relatable Otaku Love Story We Need
ANN: The Beginner’s Guide to Full Metal Panic!
Crunchyroll: When War Comes Home: The Loss of Innocence in Invisible Victory
It’s a cruel, cruel summer, so our hosts do their best to battle the unwielding heat wave with a barrage of cool Anime premieres in the Sneak Peek. After that, they dive into the absurd adventures of a Yakuza forced into the role of surrogate father and his telekinetically powered adopted daughter in Hinamatsuri.
Attack on Titan – Season 3 (2:18)
Overlord – Season 3 (3:56)
Free! -Dive to the Future- (4:44)
Cells at Work (7:23)
Music Girls (9:18)
Seven Senses of the Re’Union (12:29)
Angels of Death (18:14)
Planet With (21:22)
Chio’s School Road (23:27)
Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (27:14)
Banana Fish (29:32)
Harukana Receive (35:12)
Revue Starlight (42:20)
Sirius the Jaeger (45:45)
ANN: Catching Up With Free!
ANN: Homelessness in Japan and Hinamatsuri
ANN – This Week in Anime: Just How Weird is Hinamatsuri?
ANN – This Week in Anime: Why Hinamatsuri Was the Best Comedy of the Season
Crunchyroll: The Three Big Faces of Hinamatsuri
Crunchyroll: Family is What You Make of It in HINAMATSURI!
Crunchyroll: How Anzu Gives HINAMATSURI Its Heart
Sakuga Blog: Production Highlights – Hinamatsuri 01
Sakuga Blog: Production Highlights – Hinamatsuri 02-04
It’s finally time for our Kame-Hame-Hosts to talk about one of the most prominent and longest running franchises in Anime history: Dragon Ball. John and CC have a long chat about their experience with the series, which culminates in their Review of the newest iteration in that franchise: Dragon Ball Super. Of course, as it is the Season Finale of Anime Brain Freeze, there is also the Chop ‘n’ Drop and both hosts pick their favorite reviewed show in the Best of the Season segment.
Chop ‘n’ Drop (1:20)
Dragon Ball Super (10:49)
Best of the Season (1:37:51)
ANN Interview: The Past, Present and Future of Dragon Ball
Crunchyroll: The Heart and Nostalgia of Dragon Ball Super
Crunchyroll: Dragon Ball Super – Character Evolution & The Path Ahead
It’s time to go back to the fathomless well of light novel adaptions. First John talks about the city filled with killers in Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. Then CC pushes the Isekai button and reviews the MMO adventures of Skeletor’s cousin in Overlord. Closing out the show, both hosts muse about KyoAni’s visual feast Violet Evergarden and discuss whether the show has more to offer than its good looks.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (1:20)
Overlord – Season 1+2 (25:15)
Violet Evergarden (53:17)
Crunchyroll: The Not-So-Deadly Real Life Locations of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Violet Evergarden Worth Watching?
Sakuga Blog: Violet Evergarden Interview: Director Taichi Ishidate At Anime Expo
Sakuga Blog: Violet Evergarden Interview – Director Taichi Ishidate, Shin-Q Vol.2 2017
Sakuga Blog: Violet Evergarden Production Notes 1 – 10
Anime Feminist: [Feature] Difference, Not Indifference: Violet Evergarden, autistic representation, and the social model of disability
Kicking of this episode filled with big emotions and tonal whiplash, CC first talks about the new Netflix hit show DEVILMAN crybaby and why the gruesome horror tale has more to offer than schlocky action, but is not for the faint of heart. Then John goes to a much happier place, together with the four girls from A Place Further Than the Universe and explains why both the journey and destination of the protagonists managed to tug at his heart strings. Last but not least, the hosts discuss the newest iteration in a Tokusatsu-turned-Anime franchise and whether the sympathetic cast and well animated fight scenes could keep the by-the-numbers story of Garo -Vanishing Line- afloat.
DEVILMAN crybaby (No Spoilers) (1:12)
DEVILMAN crybaby (Spoilers) (12:11)
A Place Further Than the Universe (20:15)
Garo -Vanishing Line- (37:24)
Sakuga Blog: DEVILMAN crybaby – Interview with Director Masaaki Yuasa
ANN – This Week in Anime: Just How Insane is Devilman Crybaby?
ANNCast: Devilman Crybaby’s Day Out
Anime Feminist – [Podcast] Chatty AF 38: DEVILMAN crybaby Retrospective
Anime Feminist: [Feature] DEVILMAN crybaby, legacies of queerness, and diversifying remakes
ANN – This Week in Anime: Is A Place Further Than the Universe Worth Exploring?
ANN – This Week in Anime: A Place Further Than the Universe and Back Again
Crunchyroll: A Place Further Than the Universe Taught Me How to Be Brave
ANN – This Week in Anime: What Does Vanishing Line Have to Offer GARO Fans and Newbies?
ANN – This Week in Anime: GARO -Vanishing Line- Takes a Road Trip Across America!