Episode 71: True Grid

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.

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Chop ‘n’ Drop (1:19)

Review:

SSSS.Gridman (15:29)

Best of the Season (51:51)

Related Links:

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

Episode 70: The Spy Who Loved Me

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.

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Reviews:

Bloom Into You (1:30)

Release the Spyce (27:18)

Related Links:

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

Episode 69: Over the Top

March comes in like a Saiyan on this episode of ABF, as the hosts discuss the movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly. After that they mingle with the undead and talk about the flawed but enjoyable horror/idol crossover Zombie Land Saga.

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Reviews:

Dragon Ball Super: Broly (1:31)

Zombie Land Saga (40:10)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: How Dragon Ball Super Fixed Its Broly Problem

ANN – This Week in Anime: Is Zombie Land Saga Worth Watching?

ANN – This Week in Anime: What Makes Zombie Land Saga Special

Crunchyroll: Anime vs. Real Life – Zombie Land Saga’s Plot to Save Saga Is Ingenious

Crunchyroll: Zombie Land Saga is the Only Idol Anime I Will Ever Watch

Crunchyroll: ZOMBIE LAND SAGA is the Zombieland of Zombie Anime

Crunchyroll: To Zombie Land Saga’s Lily Hoshikawa, The Best Trans Girl I’ve Seen In Anime

Crunchyroll: Why ZOMBIE LAND SAGA is Taking Over the WORLD

Crunchyroll: Is the Saga Over? 5 Burning Questions from the Zombie Land Saga Finale

Mother’s Basement: Zombieland Saga – Idol Anime’s Gateway Drug

Episode 68: Sourced Drama

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.

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Reviews:

Boarding School Juliet (1:20)

Banana Fish (21:52)

Related Links:

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

Episode 67: Short but Sweet

On this rapid fire review outing of ABF, John and CC discuss three short-form Anime series. First John introduces us to the neurotic crew of Space Battleship Tiramisu. Then both hosts buff up their cooking skills with the Fate/stay night spin-off Today’s menu for (the) Emiya Family. And after that John wraps up the show by talking about the relatable retail misadventures of Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san.

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Reviews:

Space Battleship Tiramisu (1:53)

Today’s menu for (the) Emiya Family (16:09)

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (33:33)

Related Links:

Crunchyroll: Is “Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family” the Best “Fate” Anime Yet?!

Sakuga Blog – Preparing Ufotable’s Future: Today’s Menu For The Emiya Family

Anime Feminist – [Discourse] Demons at the Dinner Table: How Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family glosses over domestic abuse

ANN – This Week in Anime: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is Too Relatable

Crunchyroll – Confessions of a Real Skeleton Bookseller: Working in a Bookstore is a Horror Show Honda-san Gets Right

Mother’s Basement: Upgrade Your Anime Memes! Watch Skull-face Bookseller Honda-San

Episode 66: Weird Eastern Tales

John and CC grab their warmest jackets and march into the icy cold wasteland of Anime Premieres from this winter season in the Sneak Peek. After that they gush about the second outing of Golden Kamuy and marvel at how this wacky little show seems to juggle all its many crazy characters, engaging plot threads and different tones with playful ease.

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Sneak Peek: (1:30)

W’z (2:26)

The Price of Smiles (4:31)

Kemurikusa (8:40)

The Magnificent Kotobuki (9:53)

Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale (12:50)

Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka (16:07)

Girly Air Force (19:06)

Boogiepop and Others (22:06)

Grimms Notes the Animation (24:20)

My Roommate is a Cat (27:43)

The Rising of the Shield Hero (30:14)

Dororo (34:10)

The Promised Neverland (38:37)

Date A Live III (41:56)

Mob Psycho 100 II (45:59)

Review:

Golden Kamuy – Season 2 (52:51)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: You Have to Catch Up on Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll – Festering Wounds: The Nature of Violence in Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll – The Good, The Bad, and the Shiraishi: Golden Kamuy is a Western?!

Crunchyroll – Transcending Barriers: Food Culture in Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll – Recreating Yourself Is How You Survive in Golden Kamuy

Crunchyroll – The Many Faces of the Golden Kamuy Anime’s True Heart: Shiraishi!

Crunchyroll – 100 Years of Mastery: Golden Kamuy and Judo

Crunchyroll – Treading Moral Ambiguity With Golden Kamuy