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The Anime Backlog - Alien 9

Lynzee dusts off an old DVD and discovers an OAV full of gory action sequences and 12-year-old girls frequently crying for their mommies. ― Thank you everyone for patiently tuning in to another edition of The Anime Backlog. As you can guess, last week (and three weeks leading up to it) was one the busiest for me while I coordinated Anime Expo coverage. You can expect two editions of The Anime Backlo...
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This Week in Games - Pokémon, Kaiju, and Pals

Jean-Karlo deep-dives into Pokémon's Ultraman origins, the big update to Palworld, and classic games making a comeback! ― Welcome back, folks! I've been playing the much-anticipated summer event in Goddess of Victory: NIKKE. It's what you expect: the bathing suits are scandalous, and the Live2D animations are Live2D, but the story is surprisingly good. It's not Shakespeare, but the NIKKE events do a ...
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This Week in Games - Diving Into The Crunchyroll Vault

This week, we take a look at the Crunchyroll Games Vault, the implications of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi working with Square Enix again, and sad demise of Mega Man X DiVE. ― Welcome back, folks! I've reached a rather embarrassing situation with my Nintendo Switch: I'm running out of space on the console. I've installed so many games over the years that my 256-gig SD card only has about ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Suicide Squad ISEKAI DC's Best Anime Adaptation to Date?

Suicide Squad ISEKAI is DC Comic's latest journey into the world of anime and manga but it's far from the first. So how does it stack up to previous attempts? And what about the anime-inspired critical darling My Adventures with Superman? Suicide Squad ISEKAI is DC Comic's latest journey into the world of anime and manga but it's far from the first. So how does it stack up to previous attempts? An...
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This Week in Games - Need-To-Know Nintendo and Neptune Goes To Brazil

Jean-Karlo weighs the pros and cons of masking the creative team behind Nintendo titles, plus a long-shelved console is making waves in Brazil! ― Welcome back, folks! As it turns out, that bit of sickness I felt last week was COVID. Thankfully, I've kept up to date on all my vaccinations; this wasn't anywhere near as bad as it could have been, and none of the people around me (that I know of) have go...
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This Week in Anime - Yatagarasu Is the Anime to Watch Right Now

Nick and Steve dive into the political intrigue of supernatural crow people and discover one of the best anime airing right now. ― Nick and Steve dive into the political intrigue of supernatural crow people and discover one of the best anime airing right now. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning for d...
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The ANN Aftershow - Best Reveals from the Nintendo Direct

James and Lynzee go through the recent Nintendo Direct to discuss their most anticipated games coming out soon! ― Best Reveals from the Nintendo Direct James and Lynzee go through the recent Nintendo Direct to discuss their most anticipated games coming out soon! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. You can listen to the podcast versi...
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The ANN Aftershow - Kaiju No. 8's Biggest Monster Yet

We're catching up on a lot of news this week from Gainax to Tohru Furuya. Kaiju No. 8's Biggest Monster Yet The newest episode of Kaiju No 8 features the team's most formidable foe so far! Plus, a new villain was revealed in Yatagarasu. We've also got even bigger news: Gainax's bankruptcy, the latest details on the Lord of the Rings anime, you can finally watch Sailor Moon Cosmos this summer and a...
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This Week in Anime - How to Watch Anime on a Budget

Chris and Lucas find their pockets stretched by the multitude of anime streaming services; let's see how far we can get using legal, free streaming! ― Chris and Lucas find their pockets stretched by the multitude of anime streaming services; let's see how far we can get using legal, free streaming! Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of ...
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This Week in Games - Nintendo Direct June 2024: New Age of Hype

Nintendo's 40-minute Direct left a lot of room to get excited! Jean-Karlo dives into the latest news as well as some bonus lost gems that were recently unearthed. ― Welcome back, folks! What a wild week this has been. As you read this, I'm currently fighting off a summer cold that's been going around. The good news is, I'm just warm and congested—no sore throats (I hate having a sore throat). Not the...
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This Week in Anime - The House that Gainax Built

Once upon a time, Gainax was the infallible studio that birthed Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL...and that magical girl show sponsored by car brand Subaru. It wasn't all giant robots and rainbows. Steve and Nick look back on the animation studio in the wake of its bankruptcy. ― Once upon a time, Gainax was the infallible studio that birthed Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL...and that magical girl show sponso...
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This Week in Anime - Is OEL Manga Really Manga?

Viz debuted its new Originals One-Shots comic program, making way for the age-old discussion of whether manga is a "style" or based on country of origin. ― Viz debuted its new Originals One-Shots comic program, making way for the age-old discussion of whether manga is a "style" or based on country of origin. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the...
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This Week in Games - Summer Games Fest 2024 Wrap-Up

One of the biggest game showcases of the year just wrapped and Jean-Karlo is here with some modern (and nostalgic) highlights. ― Welcome back, everyone! A major downside of this column is that the nature of its publication makes it a little hard to cover the news; by the time last week's column went up, Summer Games Fest was already in full swing, after all. While a lot of stuff here might already be...
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This Week in Anime - It's Anime Convention Hunting Season

Some of the biggest anime conventions are just around the corner, but things are looking a little off. Chris and Steve discuss the changing landscape and smaller cons folding across the U.S. ― Some of the biggest anime conventions are just around the corner, but things are looking a little off. Chris and Steve discuss the changing convention landscape and smaller cons folding across the U.S. Disclai...
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This Week in Anime - Sex in Anime is Complicated

Nick and Lucas use last week's Chainsaw Man manga chapter as a springboard to discuss sex and sexuality in manga, from messy to raunchy to endearing depictions. ― Nick and Lucas use last week's Chainsaw Man manga chapter as a springboard to discuss sex and sexuality in manga, from messy to raunchy to endearing depictions. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatl...
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The Anime Backlog - Hellsing Ultimate

Lynzee slays the Nosferatu Arucard, but isn't sure if she enjoyed the experience. ― Welcome back to The Anime Backlog, the column where I chronicle my journey to overcome a backlog of 100+ anime titles. After slaying my behemoth of shame, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I decided to dive into the quintessential dark and edgy series of the aughts, Hellsing Ultimate. Note: This column will routinely...
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This Week in Games - Dragon Gangster Drivers And Rusty Riding Rabbits

Before Summer Game Fest truly kicks off, Jean-Karlo checks out the upcoming Yakuza TV series news and Gen Urobutchi's deceptively cute rabbit puzzler. ― Welcome back, folks! In honor of the Astro Bot announcement, I spent some time playing Astro's Playhouse over the weekend. It's a cute tech demo disguised as a platformer, helped by Astro being an adorable little mascot. The historical angle of colle...
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This Week in Anime - Why Was Code Geass Such a Big Deal?

Chris and Steve make the highly questionable decision of watching all of Code Geass in 48 hours. Is the series just as good as it was nearly two decades ago? ― Chris and Steve make the highly questionable decision of watching all of Code Geass in 48 hours. Is the series just as good as it was nearly two decades ago? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why You Should Watch Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction

Lynzee and James welcome Richard Eisenbeis onto the podcast to discuss the first episode of the weird sci-fi series Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction! ― Why You Should Watch Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction Lynzee and James welcome Richard Eisenbeis onto the podcast to discuss the first episode of the weird sci-fi series Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction, plus NEW revelations in Yata...
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This Week in Anime - A Tale As Old As Time: Subs or Dubs?

We're taking the age-old argument and updating it for the simulcast era! Is getting a dub now a mark of an anime's overall quality? Are sub-only fans gatekeeping? ― We're taking the age-old argument and updating it for the simulcast era! Is getting a dub now a mark of an anime's overall quality? Are sub-only fans gatekeeping? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this c...
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This Week in Games - Sony And Marvelous Woke Up And Chose The Same Day To Showcase, And I'm Paying For It

Jean-Karlo attempts to condense two big video game showcases into a coherent column, from the revamped Silent Hill 2 to the grazing pastures of Story of Seasons. ― Welcome back, folks. This is related to a big story for this week, but this past weekend, I listened to Utada Hikaru's re-recording of "Simple And Clean". It's very emotional. Utada Hikaru is a good twenty-plus years older than when she or...
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This Week in Anime - Toonami Kids Strike Back

Following the upcoming retro programming block Toonami Rewind, Chris and Lucas look back fondly on the afternoons spent watching Naruto and Sailor Moon. ― Following the upcoming retro programming block Toonami Rewind, Chris and Lucas look back fondly on the afternoons spent watching Naruto and Sailor Moon. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the v...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why Aren't You Watching This Anime Yet?

Yeah, yeah, Kaiju No. 8 has all the great action scenes, but Yatagarasu is chewing up the scenery as the royal ladies absolutely lose their minds!? ― Why Aren't You Watching This Anime Yet? Yeah, yeah, Kaiju No. 8 has all the great action scenes, but Yatagarasu is chewing up the scenery as the royal ladies absolutely lose their minds!? The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitte...
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This Week in Anime - Are Some Manga Truly "Unadaptable"?

With the release of Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction, Nick and Steve take a look at it and some other manga that were thought to be "unadaptable"—and see if that was truly the case. ― With the release of Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction, Nick and Steve take a look at it and some other manga that were thought to be "unadaptable"—and see if that was truly the case. Disclaimer: The views and...
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This Week in Games - Uguu Stocks On The Rise

The touchstone visual novel Kanon is coming to Steam! Plus, Gundam in Call of Duty, Nintendo's latest studio buy, and more! ― Welcome back, folks! Last weekend, I had a sudden pang of nostalgia, and I started missing Avalon Code. Avalon Code was one of the many offbeat RPGs released on the Nintendo DS, this one by Matrix Software (and released in the US by Xseed). It had a fun concept: the world is g...
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The ANN Aftershow - 100 Episodes of the ANN Aftershow!?

The ANN After Show is at episode 100! Let's reflect on some of our favorite moments, catch up on Kaiju No. 8, Yatagarasu, and more this week! ― 100 Episodes of the ANN Aftershow!? The ANN After Show is at episode 100! Let's catch up on Kaiju No. 8, Yatagarasu, and more this week! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. You can listen to ...
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This Week in Anime - Anime Director Tsutomu Mizushima's Wild Ride

Nick and Steve look back on director Tsutomu Mizushima's work so far, from his latest Train to the End of the World to Shirobako, Girls und Panzer, and more. ― Nick and Steve look back on director Tsutomu Mizushima's work so far, from his latest Train to the End of the World to Shirobako, Girls und Panzer, and more. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are...
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This Week in Anime - Darkly Deconstructing Japanese Super Heroes for Fun and Profit

There's no question that Go! Go! Loser Ranger! is a dark deconstruction of Super Sentai/Power Rangers in anime form—but is that all it is? Chris and Lucas dive in to find out. ― There's no question that Go! Go! Loser Ranger! is a dark deconstruction of Super Sentai/Power Rangers in anime form—but is that all it is? Chris and Lucas dive in to find out. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by ...
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The Anime Backlog - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

In our brand-new column, Lynzee Loveridge comes clean about her backlog, starting with one of the most popular anime ever. Use this space here for critical finger-wagging and exclamations of disbelief. ― I have a secret. A no-good, embarrassing, shame-inducing secret. I'm the executive editor at Anime News Network but there are, in fact, anime I have not watched. Not just forgettable mid-tier season...
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This Week in Games - Games Are Our Business... And Business Is Restructuring

Sony and Square-Enix are both reorganizing, from new CEOs to staff cutbacks. Also, sad news about Penny Blood, more Cotton, and the latest video game news! ― Welcome back, folks! You know, it's always nice to discover old stuff from a franchise you love that you didn't know existed. For example, I didn't know that the old Captain N: The Game Master cartoon had an episode that featured the world of Dr...
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This Week in Anime - When A New Studio Takes Over Your Favorite Series

Steve and Chris compare some of the highs and lows of an anime studio change-up, from Attack on Titan and One-Punch Man to Spice and Wolf. ― Steve and Chris compare some of the highs and lows of an anime studio change-up, from Attack on Titan and One-Punch Man to Spice and Wolf. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.S...
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The ANN Aftershow - Could There Be More Evangelion on the Horizon?

James and Lynzee look into Hideaki Anno's latest hint that there might be more Evangelion after the last movie and news on the Lord of the Rings anime film! ― Could There Be More Evangelion on the Horizon? James and Lynzee look into Hideaki Anno's latest hint that there might be more Evangelion after the last movie and news on the Lord of the Rings anime film! Plus, we catch up with Kafka and the Ka...
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This Week in Anime - The Anatomy of an Anime Waifu

What's the perfect recipe for waifu supremacy? Lucas and Nick look at fan-favorites from Yu Yu Hakusho to Spice & Wolf. ― What's the perfect recipe for waifu supremacy? Lucas and Nick look at fan-favorites from Yu Yu Hakusho to Spice & Wolf. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning for discussion of the s...
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The ANN Aftershow - Yatagarasu Gets Violent!

James and Lynzee discuss the latest episode of Yatagarsu. Plus, GoHands keeps making anime, and we don't know WHY. Yatagarasu Gets Violent! James and Lynzee discuss the latest episode of Yatagarsu, in which Wakamiya plays his hand to find out the truth behind his older brother's scheming to obtain the throne. Plus, GoHands keeps making anime, and we don't know WHY; Hunter x Hunter manga is on its ...
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This Week in Games - Switchin' It Up

The Switch sequel console is finally happening! The details are scarce, but you can find out more in this week's column. Also: an interview with El Shaddai's Sawaki Takeyasu, Microsoft layoffs, and more. ― Welcome back, folks! What a wild week this has been for the gaming industry. We'll go further into it, but jeez. This past week also saw the disappearance of Capcom's Dark Void and Dark Void Zero. ...
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This Week in Anime - Why Hunter × Hunter is Worth the Wait

Lucas and Steve catch up on the Hunter × Hunter manga in time for the long-awaited new chapter and gush about why, even with years between releases, Hunter × Hunter is worth it. ― Lucas and Steve catch up on the Hunter × Hunter manga in time for the long-awaited new chapter and gush about why, even with years between releases, Hunter × Hunter is worth it. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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This Week in Anime - Will We Ever Know Why Anime Get Cancelled?

Nick and Chris recount some of the most frustrating anime cancellations, from the Yuri on Ice movie to the second half of Stars Align. ― Nick and Chris recount some of the most frustrating anime cancellations from the second half of Stars Align to the 2007 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood movie. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views...
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The ANN Aftershow - I Support Falin's Crimes

This week, it's hot monster mommies and less hot AI-generated light novels. I Support Falin's Crimes We've long joked on the podcast about the quality of light novel writing, but the news is out that the developers of the RyokoAI project have scraped Shosetsuka ni Narou...are fully machine-generated LNs in our future? Plus: Things get gorier in Kaiju No. 8, the world of yatagarasu politics unfolds...
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This Week in Games - EVO Japan 2024: You Ain't From Chicago If You Ain't Broken exA Before!

Find out about the young star who set the internet aflame and walked away with two medals. Plus: Thousand-Year Door updates, a new HunterxHunter game, and Miku! ― Welcome back, folks! As is my wont, I'd like to plug my El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron HD Remaster that went up earlier this week... but I've also got the disappointing news that Megaton Musashi W: Wired finally released in the US la...
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This Week in Anime - Is The Anime Girl Band Era Here?

Chris and Nick put on their headphones and dust off their vinyl records for a look at this season's guitar-strumming, mic-swinging girl groups. ― Chris and Nick put on their headphones and dust off their vinyl records for a look at this season's guitar-strumming, mic-swinging girl groups. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News...
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This Week in Anime - How The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio Captures the Reality of Gig Work

The new anime series is far more forthright about the idol and seiyū industry, from maintaining relevance on social media to subsisting on substandard wages. ― The new anime series is far more forthright about the idol and seiyū industry, from maintaining relevance on social media to subsisting on substandard wages. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are...
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This Week in Games - Atlus With the Old, In With the New

Atlus reveals its big new game, Metaphor: ReFantazio, amid the recent exit of Shin Megami Tensei artist Kazuma Kaneko. PLUS: A Golden Axe comedy series and Pokémon Go models get a makeover. ― Welcome back, folks! As you probably noticed, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes came out earlier this week. It's a fun time, as you could see in my review of it. It's come to my attention that there are some per...
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This Week in Anime - What's Weekly Shonen Jump's Next Big Manga?

Some of Shonen Jump's biggest manga hits are approaching their end. Does the magazine have new heavy-hitters lined up to take up the mantle? ― Some of Shonen Jump's biggest manga hits are approaching their end. Does the magazine have new heavy-hitters lined up to take up the mantle? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Netwo...
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The ANN Aftershow - Will You Watch Solo Leveling Season 2?

James and Lynzee reflect on the end of Solo Leveling and whether its worldbuilding is worth its edgy turn. PLUS: The big monsters of Kaiju No. 8, & court intrigue in Yatagarasu! Will You Watch Solo Leveling Season 2? James and Lynzee reflect on the end of Solo Leveling and whether its worldbuilding is worth its edgy turn. PLUS: The big monsters of Kaiju No 8, court intrigue in Yatagarasu, and a li...
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This Week in Anime - So, Is Sound Euphonium Queerbaiting or Not?

The third season of Sound Euphonium reignites the fandom controversy over Reina and Kumiko's relationship. Chris and Steve delve into it and why 'queerbaiting' is such a loaded term. ― The third season of Sound Euphonium reignites the fandom controversy over Reina and Kumiko's relationship. Chris and Steve delve into it and why 'queerbaiting' is such a loaded term. Disclaimer: The views and opinions...
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The ANN Aftershow - What Anime Should You Watch Part 2 (Spring 2024)

Jacki, Lynzee, and James are clearing out their new anime backlog to determine the must-watch shows of the season! What Anime Should You Watch Part 2 (Spring 2024) Jacki, Lynzee, and James are clearing out their new anime backlog to determine the must-watch shows of the season! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. You can listen to ...
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This Week in Games - Nintendo Indies Showcase 2024

Jean-Karlo looks at some of the most promising titles from Nintendo's latest showcases, explains why a big player heading over to Nintendo is worth watching, and more! ― Welcome back, folks! Does anybody know what to do when a snack you like isn't in production anymore? I used to look forward to Russel Stover's pectin jellybeans every Spring, but apparently, those aren't in production anymore. I've e...
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This Week in Anime - Are This Season's Isekai Anime Any Good?

Lucas gets his first taste of the TWIA's seasonal isekai sampler. Is there any spice this season, or is it all the same comfort food? ― Lucas gets his first taste of the TWIA's seasonal isekai sampler. Is there any spice this season, or is it all the same comfort food? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler War...
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This Week in Anime - What Do You Do When Your Fav Anime Isn't Simulcast?

In the modern streaming landscape, almost every anime series is simulcast for fans. Almost. Chris and Steve discuss what happens when a highly-anticipated series gets passed over. ― In the modern streaming landscape, almost every anime series is simulcast for fans. Almost. Chris and Steve discuss what happens when a highly-anticipated series gets passed over. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expre...
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This Week in Games - Ask Yourself, "What Would Shadow Do?"

The Year of Shadow is upon us! What sort of festivities can we expect for a resident Edgehog? Also: Jean-Karlo salutes the Miiverse community and more in This Week in Games! ― Welcome back, folks! Last week, I saw a bit of consternation from folks with regards to SaGa Emerald Beyond, specifically since SaGa games can be rather impenetrable. It's a tall order, but I still vouch for the SaGa games. Mis...
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The ANN Aftershow - What New Anime Should You Watch? (Spring 2024 Edition)

James and Lynzee are back after a hiatus to help YOU decide which of the best (and strangest) new anime premieres is worth watching. Also, James tries to explain how the omegaverse works in this one. What New Anime Should You Watch? (Spring 2024 Edition) James and Lynzee are back after a hiatus to help YOU decide which of the best (and strangest) new anime premieres is worth watching. Also, check ...
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This Week in Anime - What Is An 'Anime Game,' Anyway?

Chris and Lucas try to quantify the 'vibe' that makes something an anime game; is it point of origin, art style, or something else? ― Chris and Lucas try to quantify the 'vibe' that makes something an anime game; is it point of origin, art style, or something else? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning...
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This Week in Games - Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Preview

This is the Suikoden game fans have been waiting for. It might have a new title, but the heart is there. ― Welcome back, folks! Another April Fool's Day has come and gone, another chance for unfunny people at gaming studios to make another "Hey, wouldn't it be funny if we made a dating sim for our game!?" gag for the pile of joke-visual novels we've seen over the years. As an aside, while I haven't h...
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This Week in Anime - Are We Experiencing a Retro Anime Gold Rush?

With shows like the original Urusei Yatsura and GTO coming to Netflix, Chris and Lucas take a deep dive into the retro anime world to answer the question: "Are we getting more releases and re-releases of older anime than ever before?" ― With shows like the original Urusei Yatsura and GTO coming to Netflix, Chris and Lucas take a deep dive into the retro anime world to answer the question: "Are we ge...
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This Week in Anime - Anime Adaptations That Aren't As Good As They Should Be

This week, Nick and Steve talk about sub-par anime adaptations of great books and manga—and end up dunking on The Witch and the Beast, Berserk, and Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (just to name a few). ― This week, Nick and Steve talk about sub-par anime adaptations of great books and manga—and end up dunking on The Witch and the Beast, Berserk, and Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (just to name a few)...
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This Week in Games - Dragon's Dogma 2 and an Interview with SAND LAND Producer Keishu Minami

This week, Jean-Karlo looks into Dragon Dogma 2's microtransaction drama, gushes about the notable visual novels on the horizon, and has a chat with the upcoming SAND LAND game's producer, Keishu Minami. ― Welcome back, folks! It's a busy Spring, and I know folks are likely neck-deep in Dragon's Dogma 2. But someone on Twitter went and reminded me that Touch Detective 3 + The Complete Case Files is o...
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This Week in Anime - Did Birdie Wing Start a Golf Anime Renaissance?

With no less than three new golf anime coming this spring season, Chris and Steve as the big question: Is this Birdie Wing's fault? ― With no less than three new golf anime coming this spring season, Chris and Steve ask the big question: Is this Birdie Wing's fault? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warnin...
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This Week in Anime - The Legacy of Akira Toriyama

This week, Nick and Lucas talk about the recent, ongoing, and not-yet-released works of the late, great Akira Toriyama—as well as the potential future of his most popular franchise. ― This week, Nick and Lucas talk about the recent, ongoing, and not-yet-released works of the late, great Akira Toriyama—as well as the potential future of his most popular franchise. Disclaimer: The views and opinions e...
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This Week in Games - Mourning Mutsumi Inomata

This week, Jean-Karlo morns the loss of artist Mutsumi Inomata and takes a look at her contributions to gaming. Also in the news, there's a new Fatal Fury on the way as well as new title Mega Man Battle Network fans are sure to enjoy. ― Welcome back, everyone! As you read this, Dragon's Dogma 2 is already out and folks are likely going nuts making and sharing pawns. I still haven't had a chance to pl...
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This Week in Anime - When Criticism Meets Anime Fandom

More often than not, critics take the hot seat when reviewing a work subject to the ire of its fandom when it does not align with their views. This week, our resident reviewers Chris and Lucas weigh in on what it means to approach anime works critically as reviewers. ― More often than not, critics take the hot seat when reviewing a work subject to the ire of its fandom when it does not align with th...
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This Week in Anime - What Manga Should Become Anime Next?

Nick and Steve peruse the series competing in AnimeJapan's "Manga We Want to See Animated Ranking" poll to find the next possible anime hit. ― Nick and Steve peruse the series competing in AnimeJapan's "Manga We Want to See Animated Ranking" poll to find the next possible anime hit. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Netwo...
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This Week in Games - The Gaming World Says Good-Bye to Akira Toriyama

Jean-Karlo invites us to take a look at Akira Toriyama's influence and legacy in the gaming industry. There are also good/bad news for Puyo Puyo and The Super Mario Bros. ― Welcome back, folks! I didn't get a chance to plug it last week, but my column on monster-collecting games came out last week! The timing on that column was... something. That weekend turned out to be the 25th anniversary of the D...
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The ANN Aftershow - And the Anime Oscar Goes To..

Lynzee and James discuss the Oscar results, the untimely passing of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, Solo Leveling, and more! And the Anime Oscar Goes To.. Lynzee and James discuss the Oscar results, the untimely passing of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, Solo Leveling, and more! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. You can l...
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This Week in Anime - How Would You Like Your Fantasy Anime Served?

Chris and Steve discuss all the ways a fantasy anime can get it right and the shoddy mimics that catch viewers in their traps. ― Chris and Steve discuss all the ways a fantasy anime can get it right and the shoddy mimics that catch viewers in their traps. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network. Delicious in Dungeon and...
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This Week in Anime - The Rise and Fall of Rooster Teeth

Lucas and Nick reflect on Rooster Teeth's legacy, from RWBY to gen:LOCK to Red vs. Blue following Warner Bros. Discovery's decision to dissolve the production company. ― Lucas and Nick reflect on Rooster Teeth's legacy, from RWBY to gen:LOCK to Red vs. Blue following Warner Bros. Discovery's decision to dissolve the production company. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants...
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This Week in Games - Nintendo Stamps Out Emulator Yuzu Devs

Jean-Karlo discusses the recent emulator debacle, some of the most interesting games from the Microsoft Partner Stream, and KOS-MOS creator Monolith's 25th anniversary! ― Welcome back, folks! Over the weekend, I saw Dune Part 2. It was really fun, but it reminded me of how disappointing it is that we haven't gotten a new Dune real-time strategy game to tie in with it. Dune II: The Building of a Dynas...
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This Week in Anime - AI Is Here, But Who Is It Helping?

If this tech is making things worse for the people who work on this material and those who want to enjoy it, then who exactly is it for? ― Following Crunchyroll president Rahul Purini's confirmation that the company is already testing generative A.I. uses on subtitling and closed captioning, Chris and Lucas discuss where the technology could benefit more broadly and management's misjudgment on how t...
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The ANN Aftershow - Are the Anime Awards Broken? (Podcast Edition)

Lynzee and James discuss the Crunchyroll Anime Award winners and try to explain why a single show can sweep so many categories. Plus: Solo-Leveling and more Delicious in Dungeon food! Are the Anime Awards Broken? (Podcast Edition) Lynzee and James discuss the Crunchyroll Anime Award winners and try to explain why a single show can sweep so many categories. Plus: Solo-Leveling and more Delicious in...
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This Week in Anime - Are the Anime Awards Broken?

What were the biggest snubs of the Anime Awards, and did what earned their rightful place as one of the best? Or is the whole thing a cover for marketing and business relationships? ― Nick and Steve are here with your after-awards banter. What were the biggest snubs of the Anime Awards, and did they earn their rightful place as one of the best? Or is the whole thing a cover for marketing and busines...
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This Week in Games - How Zygarde Got His Game

Jean-Karlo goes over all the good news from this year's Pokémon Day and worrying developments in the world of emulation. ― Welcome back, folks! It's been a fun week on my end; some good stuff came in the mail (I finally have a nice copy of the Valis collection). I still really want that one LGR physical edition of VA-11 Hall-A; it sure would be nice to find one at not-price-gouge-y prices. I also nee...
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This Week in Anime - Previously On Final Fantasy VII

Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. ― Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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The ANN Aftershow - Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon

James, Jacki, and Lynzee pick their favorite Pokémon from every type to celebrate Pokémon Day 2024! Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon Jacki, Lynzee, and James share their Pokémon memories for Pokémon Day 2024. What Pokémon gave them nightmares, what was their first starter, and what is their trainer persona? The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6p...
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This Week in Anime - Off-Brands In My Anime

With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. ― With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. Disclaimer: The views an...
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This Week in Games - Directly To The Lands Between

Return to the world of Elden Ring and all the gaming lands in between, and Jean-Karlo breaks down the Nintendo Direct and Shadow of the Erdtree DLC! ― Welcome back, folks! What a week for news this has been. I imagine folks want to get right into stuff, but I had some fun stuff I wanted to show off! I got some long-awaited goodies from @Kamaniki featuring KOS-MOS! Thank you kindly for everything, Gig...
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This Week in Anime - A Look Back at Tatsuki Fujimoto Of The Prophecy

Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama will adapt Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back manga into an anime film this year, so there's no better time for review the inimitable creators' other one-shots. ― Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama will adapt Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back manga into an anime film this year, so there's no better time for TWIA to look back at the inimitable creators' other one-shots. Disclaimer: The views ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Ninja Kamui Worth Watching?

Lynzee and James check out the first two episodes of Sunghoo Park and Adult Swim's new anime series, NINJA KAMUI! Is the new blood-soaked action spectacle worth watching? Is Ninja Kamui Worth Watching? Lynzee and James check out the first two episodes of Sunghoo Park and Adult Swim's new anime series, NINJA KAMUI! Is the new blood-soaked action spectacle worth watching? Plus, Solo-Leveling and one...
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This Week in Anime - A New Age of Anime Delinquents

Bucchigiri is reintroducing the anime world to delinquent culture, but is this homage to old-school bad boys refreshing or lost on modern audiences? ― Bucchigiri is reintroducing the anime world to delinquent culture, but is this homage to old-school bad boys refreshing or lost on modern audiences? Bucchigiri?!, Tokyo Revengers (first season), Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Yu Yu Hakusho, Haji...
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This Week in Games - Not My Elena

Capcom's "Trendy Elena" sparks controversy, Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama leaves behind a legacy of great games, and three Japanese RPGs pass the 1 million sold mark this year! ― Welcome back, folks! We had some fun stuff come in this past weekend. In the wake of our Another Code: Recollection review, another really fun game I anticipated came in for review. I'll talk more about it in the comin...
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The ANN Aftershow - WTF is Going On in this Mecha Anime?!

Jacki, James, and Lynzee try to figure out WHAT is happening in Brave Bang Bravern! WTF is Going On in this Mecha Anime?! Jacki, James, and Lynzee try to figure out WHAT is happening in Brave Bang Bravern! Plus, new Delicious in Dungeon food to eat, Tatsuki Fujimoto's new anime, and a dark turn for Solo Leveling. Join us and chat live! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twit...
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This Week in Anime - The Amazing Action Anime of Director Sunghoo Park

Director Sunghoo Park's latest anime is a blood-soaked action spectacle that builds off years of stellar choreography and gripping fight sequences. ― Director Sunghoo Park's latest anime is a blood-soaked action spectacle that builds off years of stellar choreography and gripping fight sequences. Find out more about his work below. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Solo Leveling Levels Up!

Finally out of the hospital, Jinwoo encounters his first boss battle one-on-one, and the animation team at A-1 Pictures didn't hold back! Plus, we rate the newest dish for this week's Delicious in Dungeon anime. Solo Leveling Levels Up! Finally out of the hospital, Jinwoo encounters his first boss battle one-on-one, and the animation team at A-1 Pictures didn't hold back! Plus, we rate the newest ...
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This Week in Anime - When Your Fav Anime Couple is Problematic

Chris and Nicky take on fandom shipping discourse and coming to grips with your problematic favorite couple. ― Chris and Nicky take on fandom shipping discourse and coming to grips with your problematic favorite couple. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders, BanG Dream! It'...
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This Week in Games - Is This Really A Final Fantasy VII Trailer? We Still Don't Know Sephiroth Or Nothing.

Jean-Karlo gets polygonal as he goes over the newest details for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, the upcoming Sonic game and state of Microsoft. ― Welcome back, everyone! You've likely seen our review of Another Code: Recollection by now. What a wonderful experience that was. It's great that it got a second chance at bat. And it's been selling so well! Nintendo must've underproduced that title because it ...
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This Week in Anime - Metallic Rouge and 25 Years of BONES

Nicky and Steve renumerate on the history of BONES' various original anime and take a look at its 25th year anniversary project Metallic Rouge. (There may also be an excessive amount of bone-related puns.) ― Nicky and Steve renumerate on the history of BONES' various original anime and take a look at its 25th-year anniversary project Metallic Rouge. (There may also be an excessive amount of bone-rel...
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This Week in Anime - Getting into Gundam (and Other Long-Running Anime)

Nick and Chris tackle the issue of getting into long-running anime series—and why it's not really the intimidating prospect it might appear to be at first glance. ― Nick and Chris tackle the issue of getting into long-running anime series—and why it's not really the intimidating prospect it might appear to be at first glance. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this c...
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This Week in Games - Kojima Can Strand Servants, Discuss

Layoffs hit Activision Blizzard, Sony shows off a ton of upcoming titles, and Fate/stay Night is finally getting an official English-language release. ― Welcome back, folks! I'm still here, plugging away at stuff. Udon put out the word that they're making another one of their comic book spin-offs for a Capcom series. On the one hand, I'm excited because they announced a Darkstalkers book featuring Je...
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This Week in Anime - Why Do We Love Animated Food?

Nick and Steve dive into some of the most delicious-looking anime around while talking about why they have been (and continue to be) so popular. ― Nick and Steve dive into some of the most delicious-looking anime around while talking about why they have been (and continue to be) so popular. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime Ne...
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This Week in Anime - Do Game Mechanics Make or Break Anime?

Chris and Nicky discuss the gamification of anime narratives from Solo Leveling to BOFURI. What's the best way to integrate familiar game elements into a story (hint: it's not stat screens). ― Chris and Nicky discuss the gamification of anime narratives (and life in general) from Solo Leveling to BOFURI. What's the best way to integrate familiar game elements into a story (hint: it's not stat screen...
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This Week in Games - Not The Best Of Pals

"I think a lot of folks who wring their hands about The State Of Pokémon™ would be better off just realizing that they outgrew Pokémon and stop making that GAME FREAK's fault." ― Welcome back, everyone! It was very nice to have such a warm welcome from everybody last week. And! We got something fun in the mail! Never mind me getting my copy of Another Code: Recollection (Look forward to a review shor...
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This Week in Anime - Is Cygames a Mark of Anime Quality?

Known primarily for their involvement in mobile games, Cygames has quietly been producing some of the best, most farcical anime of the last decade. ― Known primarily for their involvement in mobile games, Cygames has quietly been producing some of the best, most farcical anime of the last decade. Steve and Chris look back on Zombie Land Saga, Uma Musume, and this season's Brave Bang Bravern! Brave B...
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The ANN Aftershow - And the Winner for Best Anime of the Year is....

Jacki, James, and Lynzee talk about the nominees for the Oscars and Crunchyroll's Anime Awards. What was snubbed? What anime is over-represented? Who do you think will win? And the Winner for Best Anime of the Year is.... Jacki, James, and Lynzee talk about the nominees for the Oscars (The Boy and the Heron! Godzilla Minus One!) and Crunchyroll's Anime Awards. What was snubbed? What anime is over-...
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This Week in Anime - Mari Okada's Rise: From Anohana to Maboroshi

Nick and Nicky look back on how Mari Okada's voice as a writer and director lead up to her strangest anime entry yet, maboroshi. ― Nick and Nicky look back on how Mari Okada's voice as a writer and director lead up to her strangest anime entry yet, maboroshi. Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Kiznaiver, and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine are avai...
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The ANN Aftershow - What New Anime Should You Watch?

The Winter 2024 anime season is well underway, so it's time to find out which shows pass muster to join our watchlist! What New Anime Should You Watch? The Winter 2024 anime season is well underway, so it's time to find out which shows pass muster to join our watchlist! Also, some amazing news this week: Discotek has picked up the Berserk anime (the good one) and we're finally getting more Dorohed...
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This Week in Games - A Return With Arms, And Cats

Jean-Karlo returns from medical leave to get everyone up-to-date on the latest news out of Final Fantasy Fan Fest! ― Before We Begin... I do need to apologize. I didn't quite keep to my word when I last said my usual "see you in seven" sign-off. On November 4 (the very next day after my last column went live), I went out to do some chores. I was going to get a haircut in preparation for Kumoricon, an...
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This Week in Anime - What is the Anime Localization Controversy?

Nick and Chris weigh in on the vitriol and misinformation swirling around AI usage and localization in anime and manga translation. ― Nick and Chris weigh in on the vitriol and misinformation swirling around AI usage and localization in anime and manga translation. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning...
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The ANN Aftershow - So, About That Jujutsu Kaisen Ending

James, Jacki, and Lynzee give their final thoughts on Jujutsu Kaisen: Shibuya Incident Arc, social media, and gear up for Solo Leveling! ― Is So, About That Jujutsu Kaisen Ending James, Jacki, and Lynzee give their final thoughts on Jujutsu Kaisen: Shibuya Incident Arc, social media, and gear up for Solo Leveling! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays a...

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