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.
Sneak Peek (1:20)
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (4:30)
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)
Dororo  (40:17)
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
Hey guys & girls!
I added a page that lists our picks for Best of the Season to the site.
Now you can quickly find out which Anime got chosen as our personal favorite each given season and listen to either the episode we reviewed that series on, or the corresponding BotS episode itself.
John and CC take a sightseeing tour of the underworld and almost lose their collective minds while tearing apart the trainwreck that is the third season of the iconic light novel adaption Sword Art Online. And since it’s this season’s final Anime Brain Freeze episode, there is also some Chop ‘n’ Drop and Best of the Season entries to discuss.
Chop ‘n Drop (1:51)
Sword Art Online: Alicization (15:34)
Best of the Season (1:37:32)
ANN – Interview: The Staff of Sword Art Online Alicization
Crunchyroll – The Stakes are Higher Than Ever in Sword Art Online: Alicization!
Crunchyroll – Alice in Sword Art Online: A Wonderland of Danger
Anime Feminist [Feature] – When Creators Strive to Improve Female Representation: The case of Sword Art Online’s Reki Kawahara
Mother’s Basement: SAO Alicization – Dumpster Fire Simulator 2019
On this episode the two hosts take turns, as CC reviews the emotionally rewarding slice of life series My Roommate is a Cat and explains why he managed to engage with this story on a personal level. Then John discusses the lackluster airplane combat Anime The Magnificent KOTOBUKI and lays out the reasons why, despite its promising start, this show was a big disappointment. Last but not least it’s CC’s turn again, to talk about the newest iteration in one of his favorite Sports Anime franchises and all-time classic: Captain Tsubasa.
My Roommate is a Cat (1:32)
The Magnificent KOTOBUKI (24:12)
Captain Tsubasa  (51:20)
ANN – This Week in Anime: My Roommate is a Cat is a Must-See for Kitty Lovers
Crunchyroll: The Magnificent Kotobuki and its High-Flying Director Have Arrived!
ANN – The Mike Toole Show: Anime’s Best Eleven
due to the usual random IRL stuff we will be postponing episode 73 until Sunday next week, May 12th.
Talk to you then.
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