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
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