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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Party With Ya Boy Kongming!

It's time to party like it's 229! Ya Boy Kongming! is on the scene to inject some surefire strategies into one girl's aspiring EDM music career. See why everyone is talking about the comedy series (and its catchy OP)! ― It's time to party like it's 229! Ya Boy Kongming! is on the scene to inject some surefire strategies into one girl's aspiring EDM music career. See why everyone is talking about the...
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The ANN Aftershow - Ballet Anime? Why You Should Watch Dance Dance Danseur

James, Lynzee, and Jacki discuss the big reveals in Executioner's Way of Life, why you should watch Dance Dance Danseur, and some special art created for the SPY x FAMILY anime. ― Ballet Anime? Why You Should Watch Dance Dance Danseur James, Lynzee, and Jacki discuss the big reveals in Executioner's Way of Life, why you should watch Dance Dance Danseur, and some special art created for the Spy x Fam...
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This Week in Anime - Birdie Wing Has Big Camp Energy

From the crazed mind of Madlax and Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid comes a women's sports story with mafiosos, snake women, high-energy trickshots, and oh yeah, golf! Just when you think you know where Birdie Wing is going, the course changes again. ― From the crazed mind of Madlax and Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid comes a women's sports story with mafiosos, snake women, high-energy trickshots, and oh yeah, golf!...
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The ANN Aftershow - Wait, This is a GOLF Anime?!

Jacki and James are back to discuss the spy shenanigans as Loid tries to get Anya into school. Also Birdie Wing is the sports anime you NEED to watch, as it injects crazy action into...golf?! ― Wait, This is a GOLF Anime?! Lynzee is taking some time off this week but Jacki and James are back to discuss the spy shenanigans as Loid tries to get Anya into school. Also Birdie Wing is the sports anime yo...
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This Week in Anime - The Worst Game to Play With Your Tomodachi

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Tomodachi Game is this season's edgy survival game, but does it have the chops to stand above a long line of mediocre copycats? ― With friends like these, who needs enemies? Tomodachi Game is this season's edgy survival game, but does it have the chops to stand above a long line of mediocre copycats? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Bubble a Flop?

Bubble boasts big names like Tetsuro Araki, Gen Urobuchi, Takeshi Obata, and Hiroyuki Sawano, but does the appeal of this blockbuster sci-fi romance deflate upon further inspection? ― WIT Studio's new anime film Bubble boasts big names like Tetsuro Araki, Gen Urobuchi, Takeshi Obata, and Hiroyuki Sawano, but does the appeal of this blockbuster sci-fi romance deflate upon further inspection? This fil...
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This Week in Anime - Is Gundam 00's Craziness a Bug or a Feature?

Following the announcement of a new CG entry in the Gundam 00 universe, Jean-Karlo and Nick revisit the first arc of the anime series and all of its on-the-nose allegory to the real war in the Middle East. Plus, split personalities! ― Following the announcement of a new CG entry in the Gundam 00 universe, Jean-Karlo and Nick revisit the first arc of the anime series and all of its on-the-nose allego...
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This Week in Anime - Is Child of Kamiari Month Worth Watching?

It's a crash course in Shintoism in Takana Shirai's directorial debut about a young girl who moves to Izumo after the loss of her mother. ― It's a crash course in Shintoism in Takana Shirai's directorial debut about a young girl who moves to Izumo after the loss of her mother. This movie is streaming on Netflix Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Spy x Family is the Best Anime of the Season?

James and Lynzee are back to discuss the spring anime season's biggest hits: SPY x FAMILY and The Executioner and Her Way of Life! What's your favorite Anya face? ― Spy x Family is the Best Anime of the Season? James and Lynzee are back to discuss the spring anime season's biggest hits: Spy x Family and The Executioner and Her Way of Life! What's your favorite Anya face? Chat with us live about the ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going On in Estab Life?

Estab Life: Great Escape defies explanation. A penguin Eastern bloc, a slime girl obsessed with underpants, and not an iota of sense in sight. Steve and Nick try to make sense of this entertainingly incoherent mess of a show. Estab Life: Great Escape defies explanation. A penguin Eastern bloc, a slime girl obsessed with underpants, and not an iota of sense in sight. Steve and Nick try to make sens...
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This Week in Anime - Does Kenichi Sonoda's Riding Bean Hold Up?

Kenichi Sonoda's musclehead getaway driver Bean Bandit is the subject of a recent crowdfunding campaign for a new anime short, 30 years after he appeared in Riding Bean. Jean-Karlo and Nicky evaluate how both anime hold up, warts and all. ― Kenichi Sonoda's iconic characters make up some of the biggest hits of the 80s and 90s, from Bubblegum Crisis to Gunsmith Cats. One character is the musclehead g...
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This Week in Anime - Is Strong World Peak One Piece?

Suffering from One Piece withdrawal while the anime series is on hiatus? Netflix added One Piece Film Strong World to its line-up last month and it works as spectacular side story as we wait for the Wano arc to return. ― Suffering from One Piece withdrawal while the anime series is on hiatus? Netflix added One Piece Film Strong World to its line-up last month and it works as spectacular side story a...
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The ANN Aftershow - The Best Spring 2022 Anime Premieres!

Lynzee and James break down the most promising anime premieres this season from rom-coms to action-packed executioners! Also get the latest updates about the anime dubbing industry and why you need to put Sonic 2 and Everything, Everywhere all at once on your must-watch list. ― The Best Spring 2022 Anime Premieres! Lynzee and James break down the most promising anime premieres this season from rom-c...
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This Week in Anime - Your Tiger & Bunny Primer

Want to know what all the hubbub is about the superhero series Tiger & Bunny but haven't seen the original season? Fear not, citizens! Jean-Karlo and Nicky are ready to give you the official This Week in Anime™ experience. ― Want to know what all the hubbub is about the superhero series Tiger & Bunny but haven't seen the original season? Fear not, citizens! The recap movie and sequel are on Netflix ...
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This Week in Anime - Where Did Platinum End Go Wrong?

Platinum End plummeted to the bottom of the series ranking episode after episode. How did a show with a pedigree like "from the creators of Death Note" crash and burn so hard? ― Platinum End plummeted to the bottom of the series ranking episode after episode. How did a show with a pedigree like "from the creators of Death Note" crash and burn so hard? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaim...
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The ANN Aftershow - Attack on Titan the Final Season: The Big Finale!

We've reached the end of the road (almost, again)! Mikasa and Eren reflect back on the path of destruction. Was there ever a point when Eren could have been saved? ― Attack on Titan the Final Season: The Big Finale! We've reached the end of the road (almost, again)! Mikasa and Eren reflect back on the path of destruction. Was there ever a point when Eren could have been saved? Can the world still be...
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This Week in Anime - When in Rome, Bathe as the Romans Do

Thermae Romae Novae looks to reinvigorate Mari Yamazaki's historical comedy manga about bath culture with a brand new series on Netflix. Does this version manage to bring the silly charm or is its topic too niche? ― Thermae Romae Novae looks to reinvigorate Mari Yamazaki's historical comedy manga about bath culture with a brand new series on Netflix. Does this version manage to bring the silly charm...
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This Week in Anime - Does Ranking of Kings Nail the Landing?

Wit Studio's sweeping fantasy series wrapped up this season. Did it live up to its expectations to be one of the best series of the year? ― Wit Studio's sweeping fantasy series wrapped up this season. Did it live up to its expectations to be one of the best series of the year? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in t...
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This Week in Anime - Is Salaryman's Club Worth Watching

This sports series starring male office workers got off to a late start, but is it a hidden gem of the Winter 2022 season? ― This sports series starring male office workers got off to a late start, but is it a hidden gem of the Winter 2022 season? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News N...
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This Week in Anime - Is Shenmue the Animation the Perfect Video Game Adaptation?

A protagonist that's thick as a brick, plenty of goons to bust, and all the forklift action a Shenmue fan could ask for. Is it possible that Shenmue the Animation is the perfect video game adaptation? ― A protagonist that's thick as a brick, plenty of goons to bust, and all the forklift action a Shenmue fan could ask for. Is it possible that Shenmue the Animation is the perfect video game adaptation...
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The ANN Aftershow - Mikasa and Annie Steal the Show

Join Jacki and Lynzee as we discuss the latest episode of Attack on Titan The Final Season, This episode is full of amazing animation as Mikasa and Annie let loose on the Jaegerists! ― The ANN Aftershow - Mikasa and Annie Steal the Show James is out for vacation so join Jacki and Lynzee as we discuss the latest episode of Attack on Titan the Final Season Part 2 Episode 86: “Retrospective.” This epis...
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This Week in Anime - Spotlighting Eve's Big Netlix Debut

Fan-favorite music artist Eve has his own extended music video narrative on Netflix. The 60-minute feature compiles many of Eve's best songs to create a loose, over-arching narrative featuring a one-eyed shadow man whose motives are a mystery. ― Fan-favorite music artist Eve has his own extended music video narrative on Netflix. The 60-minute feature compiles many of Eve's best songs with indie anim...
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This Week in Anime - Kotaro Lives Alone Hides a Tragic Underbelly

Don't let the cute exterior fool you, this anime series hides tragedy behind its pint-sized protagonist. Nicky and Steve check out Kotaro Lives Alone, a series about a four-year-old with a dark past and the neighbors that try to watch out for him. ― Don't let the cute exterior fool you, this anime series hides tragedy behind its pint-sized protagonist. Nicky and Steve check out Kotaro Lives Alone, a...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why You Should Watch Jujutsu Kaisen 0

The film has already done big numbers in Japan and now it's playing in theaters in the U.S. Join Lynzee, Jacki, and James as we discuss the prequel film, how it ties into the hit anime series, and our favorite moments! ― The ANN Aftershow - Why You Should Watch Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The film has already done big numbers in Japan and now it's playing in theaters in the U.S. Join Lynzee, Jacki, and James a...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going On in Freakangels?

The post-apocalyptic series stars a group of psychics who try to protect Whitechapel from a former ally, but its production struggles to deliver either humor or action. ― The latest Crunchyroll Original series attempts to adapt a decade-old webcomic by former Castlevania animated series writer Warren Ellis. The post-apocalyptic series stars a group of psychics who try to protect Whitechapel from a f...
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This Week in Anime - Does Requiem of the Rose King's Story Overcome Its Production Limitations?

The dramatic reimagining of Shakespeare's trio of historical plays has had to make some adjustments do its limited animation production. Despite these shortcomings, Steve and Nicky find a compelling narrative that audiences should still check out for themselves. ― The dramatic reimagining of Shakespeare's trio of historical plays has had to make some adjustments do its limited animation production. ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Just Ditch Yelena Already!

An unlikely group of allies form to stop Eren's plan of mass extinction. Do they have what it takes to defeat the Jaegerists? Can they overcome past betrayals to work together? ― The ANN Aftershow - Uniting to Take Down Eren An unlikely group of allies form to stop Eren's plan of mass extinction. Do they have what it takes to defeat the Jaegerists? Can they overcome past betrayals to work together? ...
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This Week in Anime - Miss Kuroitsu is Full of Tokusatsu Deep Cuts

This love letter to live-action superhero shows lacks flash, but makes it up with a deep appreciation for tokusatsu fandom both local and larger franchises. ― This love letter to live-action superhero shows lacks flash, but makes it up with a deep appreciation for tokusatsu fandom both local and larger franchises. Join the team at the Monster Development Department as they design monsters on a budge...
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This Week in Anime - The Horrific Beauty of Case Study of Vanitas

In this second season, The Case Study of Vanitas confirms its the goth kid disaster anime you should be watching. Deep emotional backstories? Beautiful vampires? Fluffy Victorian outfits? Buckets of blood? It's all here. ― In this second season, The Case Study of Vanitas confirms its the goth kid disaster anime you should be watching. Deep emotional backstories? Beautiful vampires? Fluffy Victorian ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Uniting to Take Down Eren

How will Armin and Mikasa handle this latest betrayal? What's in store for Levi and Hange? Discuss all the latest developments of this week's Attack on Titan The Final Season with James, Jacki, and Lynzee right here! ― The ANN Aftershow - Uniting to Take Down Eren Conny is confronted after he attempts to feed Falco to his mom! How will Armin and Mikasa handle this latest betrayal? What's in store fo...
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This Week in Anime - Does the Harem End in a Moan, or a Whimper?

Pornography has been with us as long as we've had art, and it'll never go away. It's a storied and varied avenue of individual expression. WEH just plain sucks at it. ― This anime adaptation of the popular manga (which in turn spawned multiple spin-offs!) has just enough plot to back-up its sexy ambitions but all of that is stymied by garish censorship that leaves viewers limp. This series is stream...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Sabikui Bisco

This post-apocalyptic series mixes together so many disparate elements, yet somehow it comes together in an exciting a new way. Put on your giant mascot heads, avoid the mafioso govenor, and keep your eyes peeled for giant shrooms! ― This post-apocalyptic series mixes together so many disparate elements, yet somehow it comes together in an exciting a new way. Put on your giant mascot heads, avoid th...
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The ANN Aftershow - Annie Are You Ok?

Annie's awakened, the walls have crumbled, and two factions fight over Falco's life. Join James and Lynzee as they breakdown all the twists and turns of this week's Attack on Titan: The Final Season! ― The ANN Aftershow - Annie Are You Ok? Annie's awakened, the walls have crumbled, and two factions fight over Falco's life. Join James and Lynzee as they breakdown all the twists and turns of this week...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going on in F/GO Solomon?

Newly streaming on Crunchyroll, the uninitiated could find themselves struggling in the deep end with this movie. Steve and Jean-Karlo try to explain exactly what went down in Fate/Grand Order Grand Temple of Time: Solomon ― Newly streaming on Crunchyroll, the gacha game uninitiated could find themselves struggling in the deep end with this movie. Steve and Jean-Karlo try to iron out the wrinkles an...
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This Week in Anime - The Modern Romance of Sasaki and Miyano

Nick and Nicky discuss the emotional ups and downs of potential couple Sasaki and Miyano and the latter's attempt to navigate his feelings and sexual identity. His Miyano just a BL fan or could he see himself falling for another boy? ― Nick and Nicky discuss the emotional ups and downs of potential couple Sasaki and Miyano and the latter's attempt to navigate his feelings and sexual identity. His Mi...
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The ANN Aftershow - Gabi's Big Redemption

Gabi's character arc comes full circle while the titans close in around her. James and Lynzee discuss Eren's trail of terror in the latest episode of Attack of Titan! ― The ANN Aftershow - Gabi's Big Redemption Eren has a terrifying new form, The Rumbling has torn down the walls and an army of Colossal Titans are on the move! James and Lynzee discuss Eren's trail of terror in the latest episode of A...
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This Week in Anime - Why Marin is Everyone's Dress-Up Darling

The sexy romcom focuses on the craftmanship behind cosplay and its Marin's infectious enthusiasm that has her winning otaku hearts around the globe. ― The sexy romcom focuses on the craftmanship behind cosplay and its Marin's infectious enthusiasm that has her winning otaku hearts around the globe. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Princess Connect! Re:Dive

The fantasy-comedy is full of stellar comedy and top-notch animation. Nick and Steve check out what makes it a rollicking good time. ― Cygames' Uma Musume has found a passionate audience, but did you know about the anime adaptation of another of its mobile games, Princess Connect! Re:Dive? The fantasy-comedy is full of stellar comedy and top-notch animation. Nick and Steve check out what makes it a ...
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The ANN Aftershow - The True History of the Eldians REVEALED!

Eren reveals his true plan and we learn the real, tragic history of the Ymir, the Founding Titan! Also, time to check in on Tanjiro and his pals as we head to the finale of Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc. ― The ANN Aftershow - The True History of the Eldians REVEALED! Eren reveals his true plan and we learn the real, tragic history of the Ymir, the Founding Titan! Also, time to check in on...
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This Week in Anime - How Total Fantasy Knockout Keeps Isekai Fresh

You know the drill. Two guys get reincarnated into fantasy world. What makes Total Fantasy Knockout different? Well, one of those guys is reincarnated as a girl and it might just awaken some latent feelings between them. ― You know the drill. Two guys get reincarnated into fantasy world, they have to defeat the Demon Lord, etc. etc.. What makes Total Fantasy Knockout different? Well, one of those gu...
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This Week in Anime - Did Den-noh Coil Predict the Future?

TWIA continues its week revisiting the works of Mitsuo Iso with a look at Den-noh Coil. Long regarded as underrated, the lauded sci-fi series is available again via streaming. ― TWIA continues its week revisiting the works of Mitsuo Iso with a look at Den-noh Coil. Long regarded as underrated, the lauded sci-fi series is available again via streaming. Steve and Jean-Karlo look at the first half of t...
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The ANN Aftershow - Eren Jaeger: Natural Born Killer?

Lynzee, Jacki, and James travel through time as Attack on Titan is set to reveal the true history of the Eren and Zeke's father, Grisha. ― The ANN Aftershow - Eren Jaeger: Natural Born Killer? Lynzee, Jacki, and James travel through time as Attack on Titan is set to reveal the true history of the Eren and Zeke's father, Grisha. Make sure to tune into the ANN Aftershow live on YouTube on Mondays at 6...
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This Week in Anime - The Deep Themes of Orbital Children

After more than a decade away, fan-favorite creator Mitsuo Ito is back! Behind its "kids in lost in space" surface is a much deeper treatise on humanity's relationship with tech, nihilism, and fighting your fate. ― After more than a decade away, fan-favorite creator Mitsuo Ito is back with more sci-fi shenanigans. However, behind its "kids in lost in space" surface is a much deeper treatise on human...
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This Week in Anime - When a Wife Guy Is Banished From the Hero's Party

Banished from the Hero's Party offers an appealing romance between a wife guy and a former adventurer princess... and then there's everything else. Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside offers an appealing romance between a wife guy and a former adventurer princess... and then there's everything else. Nick and Steve break down this RPG-inspired fantasy t...
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This Week in Anime - Does The Ultraman Hold Up In Anime Form?

Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. With the 1979 The Ultraman anime installment finally streaming in the U.S., it's time to tackle the kaiju in the room. How well does this series hold up in anime form? Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. Despite its enduring influence, however, the acclaimed tokusatsu series remains relatively obscure o...
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The ANN Aftershow - Attack on Titan - Two Brothers

Lynzee is MIA, so Jacki and James are taking the reins on the newest episode of Attack on Titan. Eren is edging ever closer to Zeke...will they start the rumbling? Will Falco make it out in one piece? ― The ANN Aftershow - Two Brothers Lynzee's out on vacation so Jacki and James are taking the reins on the newest episode of Attack on Titan. Eren is edging ever closer to Zeke...will they start the ru...
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This Week in Anime - Horse Girls Are Easy

If you wrote off Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2 based on its galaxy-brain premise, you may have missed out on one of the most emotionally compelling sports series in years. ― If you wrote off Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2 based on its galaxy-brain premise, you may have missed out on one of the most emotionally compelling sports series in years. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer...
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This Week in Anime - Gnarly Ninja Robots

Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save an alien princess, find all the ninja robots and restore peace to outer space? ― Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save...
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The ANN Aftershow - Return of the Titans

Lynzee, Jacki, and James dive into the newest season of Attack on Titan! What is Eren's end game? Is he lying to everyone about sterilizing the Eldians? Is Levi still alive? Also, the biological processes of Titans are confusing! ― The ANN Aftershow - Return of the Titans Lynzee, Jacki, and James dive into the newest season of Attack on Titan! What is Eren's end game? Is he lying to everyone about s...
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This Week in Anime - Stand By Me Doraemon and 80 Years of Gadgets

Somewhat obscure in the U.S., Doraemon is one of the most recognizable characters in Japan. After 80 years of high-tech shenanigans, the time-travelling cat's two latest films are now streaming on Netflix. ― Somewhat obscure in the U.S., Doraemon is one of the most recognizable characters in Japan. After 80 years of high-tech shenanigans, the time-travelling cat's two latest films are now streaming ...
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This Week in Anime - Why Demon Slayer Needs More Nezuko

The latest arc of Demon Slayer has introduced some great new characters and villains, but the newest episodes proves that keeping Nezuko in the box is a missed opportunity. ― The latest arc of Demon Slayer has introduced some great new characters and villains, but the newest episodes proves that keeping Nezuko in the box is a missed opportunity. This series is streaming on Funimation and Crunchyroll...
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This Week in Anime - Tournament Fighting G-Gundam Style

G Gundam isn't part of the Universal Century timeline, in fact it's very different than previous entries in the franchise in both tone and content. However, that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own unique flavor to offer Gundam fans! ― G Gundam isn't part of the Universal Century timeline, in fact it's very different than previous entries in the franchise in both tone and content. However, that doe...
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This Week in Anime - Is Platinum End the Successor of Death Note?

Death Note captured anime and manga readers' attention with the exploits of Light Yagami. The creators' new series Platinum End introduces a different type of death game and protagonist, but is it a worthy follow-up to the ultra hit series? ― Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata captured anime and manga readers' attention with the exploits of Light Yagami in Death Note as he tried to outwit his pursuers w...
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The ANN Aftershow - Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Dominates the Box Office

Lynzee and James return from holiday festivities to discuss JJK 0's explosive theatrical premiere, what Hayao Miyazaki looks like in 3D, ODDTAXI's latest development and the new episodes of Demon Slayer and Ranking of Kings! ― The ANN Aftershow - Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Dominates the Box Office Lynzee and James return from holiday festivities to discuss JJK 0's explosive theatrical premiere, what Hayao Miy...
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The List - 7 Ho-Ho-Horrible Santas

The season is just right to revisit this classic list of truly terrifying Santas, from serial killers to sumo wrestlers. ― The holiday season is upon us, although department stores started blaring Christmas music over the intercom well before Thanksgiving. Whether you're already over the festivities (STRESS! AWKWARD FAMILY GATHERINGS!) or will be up on Christmas morning with bells on, the season is ...
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This Week in Anime - Is The Faraway Paladin Worth Watching?

This rather wholesome entry into the isekai subgenre features Will, a good boy raised by the undead. Nick and Jean-Karlo debate whether a good, straightforward fantasy can hold an audience's interest and overcome its workman-like animation. ― This rather wholesome entry into the isekai subgenre features Will, a good boy raised by the undead. Nick and Jean-Karlo debate whether a good, straightforward...
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The ANN Aftershow - Shonen Jumpin' for Joy

Lynzee and James run down all the exciting announcements from Shonen Jump Fest, the shocking news about the Please Tell Me, Galko-chan creator, and the big demon reveals in this week's Demon Slayer episode! ― The ANN Aftershow - Shonen Jumpin' for Joy Lynzee and James run down all the exciting announcements from Shonen Jump Fest, the shocking news about the Please Tell Me, Galko-chan creator, and th...
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This Week in Anime - Aggretsuko Remains a Perfect Workplace Comedy

Now in its fourth season (and a fifth officially announced), Aggretsuko shows it still has what it takes to bring side-splitting comedy with the hazards of a modern office workplace. ― Now in its fourth season (and a fifth officially announced), Aggretsuko shows it still has what it takes to bring side-splitting comedy with the hazards of a modern office workplace. This series is streaming on Netfli...
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This Week in Anime - Is Sakugan Underrated?

Like the show's premise, Sakugan has stayed under the radar, but it might be the best show you aren't watching. ― Jean-Karlo and Nick check out Satelight's original series about one down-on-his-luck dad and his genius daughter as they get up to all kinds of trouble underground. Like the show's premise, Sakugan has stayed under the radar, but it might be the best show you aren't watching. This series...
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The ANN Aftershow - See You Later, Space Cowboy!

James and Lynzee bid farewell to the maligned Cowboy Bebop live-action series as well as the original's beloved writer Keiko Nobumoto. Also get up to date on the latest episodes of Demon Slayer and Ranking of Kings, right here! ― The ANN Aftershow - See You Later, Space Cowboy! James and Lynzee bid farewell to the maligned Cowboy Bebop live-action series as well as the original's beloved writer Keik...
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This Week in Anime - Can 86's Plot Overcome Its Production Issues?

Despite production issues and delays, season two of 86 remains just as engaging as its predecessor. Steve and Nicky check in on the military drama to see whether peace will ever be an option for the 86. ― Despite production issues and delays, season two of 86 remains just as engaging as its predecessor. Steve and Nicky check in on the military drama to see whether peace will ever be an option for th...
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This Week in Anime - Summit of the Gods is a Serious Oscar Contender

The French-animated adaptation of Jiro Taniguchi's manga follows two men obsessed with Mt. Everest. Together they'll face the unrelenting brutality of one of Earth's highest peaks in this beautifully animated drama. ― The French-animated adaptation of Jiro Taniguchi's climbing manga follows two men obsessed with Mt. Everest: a mountaineer and a journalist seeking to discover what happened to a lost ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Heading to Demon Slayer's Red Light District

Lynzee Loveridge and James Beckett are sentenced for anime crimes at Green Dolphin Prison. Find out why the latest entry in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is changing things up for the better. Also, after months of waiting, it's finally time to kick off the new arc of Demon Slayer which will see our young heroes integrating into the Red Light District to fight new demons! ― The ANN Aftershow - Heading to ...
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This Week in Anime - Does Stone Ocean Live Up to the Joestar Bloodline?

The next installment in the popular franchise is set in none other than a Florida prison and stars Jolyne, the daughter of Jotaro Kujo. Does Stone Ocean build on its predecessors or should it have stayed in Netflix Jail? ― The next installment in the popular franchise is set in none other than a Florida prison and stars Jolyne, the daughter of Jotaro Kujo. Framed and sentenced for a crime she didn't...
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This Week in Anime - Why Ranking of Kings Deserves Its Top Spot

Ranking of Kings has enjoyed the limelight among ANN readers after a strong debut. So what is it about this fantasy series that is capturing the hearts of viewers? ― Ranking of Kings has enjoyed the limelight among ANN readers after a strong debut. So what is it about this fantasy series that is capturing the hearts of viewers? Note: You can read Daily Streaming reviews for this show here. We also h...
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This Week in Anime - Is Komi Can't Communicate All Laughs and No Heart?

Komi is just one unique character is a sea of quirky potential friends. Does the anime handle its cast with care or does the mental health angles just become another joke in this gag comedy? ― Komi is just one unique character in a sea of quirky potential friends. Does the anime handle its cast with care or does the mental health angles just become another joke in this gag comedy? Jean-Karlo and Mon...
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This Week in Anime - The Ghost of Digimon Future

Digimon superfan Jean-Karlo gushes about the newest Digimon series, Ghost Game and how it revitalizes the franchise with its unique designs and spooky vibes. ― Digimon superfan Jean-Karlo gushes about the newest Digimon series, Ghost Game and how it revitalizes the franchise with its unique designs and spooky vibes. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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This Week in Anime - Is takt op. Destiny A Poor Man's Symphogear?

Stunning character design, cool fight animations, and a beautiful soundtrack isn't enough to win over musician Steve Jones this week. Instead, takt op. Destiny only serves to remind him of another music-themed anime... ― Stunning character design, cool fight animations, and a beautiful soundtrack isn't enough to win over musician Steve Jones this week. Instead, takt op. Destiny only serves to remind...
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The ANN Aftershow - Futuristic Catastrophes

Lynzee and James discuss Adult Swim's new Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the early review for Netflix's Cowboy Bebop, and 'daddy juice' which only makes sense if you watched last week's Ranking of Kings! ― The ANN Aftershow - Futuristic Catastrophes Lynzee and James discuss Adult Swim's new Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the early review for Netflix's Cowboy Bebop, and 'daddy juice' which only makes sense i...
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This Week in Anime - Is My Senpai is Annoying Worth Watching?

Don't take this romantic comedy at face value, the primary couple is far from "annoying." Nick and Jean-Karlo check out this series starring one short office lady, her burly coworkers, and Kazama, who had too much Monster this morning. ― Don't take this romantic comedy at face value, the primary couple is far from "annoying." Nick and Jean-Karlo check out this series starring one short office lady, ...
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This Week in Anime - Does Blue Period Capture the Art School Experience?

Yatora Yaguchi has recently abandoned the well-worn academic path to pursue his artistic dreams. But wanting to be an artist is much easier than developing the skills to accomplish his goals. ― Yatora Yaguchi has recently abandoned the well-worn academic path to pursue his artistic dreams. But wanting to be an artist is much easier than developing the skills to accomplish his goals. Does this highly...
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The ANN Aftershow - Art School Drama Memories

Lynzee and James relive the horrors of art school with a discussion of Netflix's Blue Period! Also: get up to date on the latest episodes of Ranking of Kings and the big cliffhanger. ― The ANN Aftershow - Art School Drama Memories Lynzee and James relive the horrors of art school with a discussion of Netflix's Blue Period! Also: get up to date on the latest episodes of Ranking of Kings and the big c...
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This Week in Anime - Is Mieruko-chan Scary, Sexy, or Both?

Mieruko-chan is a blend of fear and fanservice as Miko, newly able to see horrific spirits around her, does her best not to let the ghosts know she can see them. It's a teetering balance between cheesecake and creepies. Does it pull it off? ― Mieruko-chan is a blend of fear and fanservice as Miko, newly able to see horrific spirits around her, does her best not to let the ghosts know she can see the...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why The Ranking of Kings is Heading to the Top

James, Jacki, and Lynzee discuss two series with completely different settings and characters but with one common thread. Also: SPY x FAMILY is getting an anime FINALLY and SAO: Progressive is starting to look really promising! ― The ANN Aftershow - Why The Ranking of Kings is Heading to the Top James, Jacki, and Lynzee discuss two series with completely different settings and characters but with on...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Anime Adaptation of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Any Good?

Hunting ghosts gets sexual but does the main couple's dynamic rub viewers the wrong way? Nicky and Jean-Karlo check out the anime adaptation of the fan-favorite manga. ― Hunting ghosts gets sexual but does the main couple's dynamic rub viewers the wrong way? Nicky and Jean-Karlo check out the anime adaptation of the fan-favorite manga. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views an...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Mai Mai Miracle Right Now

Before his acclaimed film In This Corner of the World, director Sunao Katabuchi helmed Mai Mai Miracle. The film takes an honest look at the emotionally-charged childhoods of a group of children and the darker world of adults. ― Before his acclaimed film In This Corner of the World, director Sunao Katabuchi helmed Mai Mai Miracle. Set in a rural town in the 1950s, the film takes an honest look at th...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Jujutsu Kaisen Better than Demon Slayer?

Lynzee and Jacki welcome back James to check in on how Mugen Train is going in its new format -- is it worth stretching out for eight whole weeks? Also: Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, takt. op Destiny, Fruit of Evolution, and The Faraway Paladin! ― The ANN Aftershow - Is Jujutsu Kaisen Better than Demon Slayer? Lynzee and Jacki welcome back James to check in on how Mugen Train is going in its new for...
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This Week in Anime - Tawawa on Monday, Ganbare Dōki-chan on Tuesday

Nick and Steve check out two NSFW series featuring the likes of a fantasizing office worker and the mishaps that come with big ol' honkeroos. ― Nick and Steve check out two NSFW series featuring the likes of a fantasizing office worker and the mishaps that come with big ol' honkeroos. These series are streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this c...
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This Week in Anime - Is The Heike Story Accessible for Newcomers?

Science SARU and Naoko Yamada's retelling of a 12th century story with a supernatural twist. The story is well-known within Japan, but can newbies still follow along? ― Science SARU and Naoko Yamada's retelling of a 12th century story with a supernatural twist. It follows the large Taira clan, the factions within, and the conflicts as they vie to maintain political relevancy. The story is well-known...
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The ANN Aftershow - What're You Watching Right Now?

Lynzee and Jacki surf through anime limbo in search of this season's big hit. Also, what the hell is going on in Platinum End? Is takt.op Destiny awesome or boring? Is Ranking of Kings the fantasy epic we've been waiting for? ― The ANN Aftershow - The Fall 2021 Anime Season: What're You Watching Right Now? Lynzee and Jacki surf through anime limbo in search of this season's big hit. Also, what the h...
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This Week in Anime - In the Evergarden of Good and Evil

The conclusion of Violet's story is here; love, loss, and picking up the pieces of war. Nick and Steve look to see if the gorgeously rendered finale sticks the landing. ― The conclusion of Violet's story is here; love, loss, and picking up the pieces of war. Nick and Steve look to see if the gorgeously rendered finale sticks the landing. This movie is streaming on Netflix Disclaimer: The views and o...
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This Week in Anime - The Psychosexual World of Belladonna of Sadness

Following the death of pioneering director Eiichi Yamamoto, Nick and Nicky revisit his psychedelic film Belladonna of Sadness, an incomparable piece of art confronting misogyny, classism, and sexual liberation. ― Following the death of pioneering director Eiichi Yamamoto, Nick and Nicky revisit his psychedelic film Belladonna of Sadness, an incomparable piece of art confronting misogyny, classism, a...
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This Week in Anime - The Dirty Pair

With a a Kickstarter campaign to fund an English-dubbed Blu-ray Disc release underway, Jean-Karlo and Steve check in on the Lovely Angels' legacy of sci-fi comedy to see if it still holds up. ― With a a Kickstarter campaign to fund an English-dubbed Blu-ray Disc release underway, Jean-Karlo and Steve check in on the Lovely Angels' legacy of sci-fi comedy to see if it still holds up. This series is s...
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This Week in Anime - Carboloading with Yakitate!! Japan

Before Food Wars!, another shonen series had readers' mouths watering. Yakitate!! Japan follows warm-handed baking prodigy Kazuma Azumi as he tries to great the most Japanese bread ever! ― Before Food Wars!, another shonen series had readers' mouths watering. Yakitate!! Japan follows warm-handed baking prodigy Kazuma Azumi as he tries to great the most Japanese bread ever! This series is streaming o...
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This Week in Anime - Go Go Golgo 13

Jean-Karlo and Steve reflect on one of the greatest comic characters of all time, Takao Saito's beefy assassin Duke Togo. Influential director Osamu Dezaki takes the reins in Golgo 13: The Professional. ― Jean-Karlo and Steve reflect on one of the greatest comic characters of all time, Takao Saito's beefy assassin Duke Togo. In the film Golgo 13: The Professional the killer that never misses his mar...
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This Week in Anime - Is Aria the Animation a Hidden Gem?

The original 2005 "healing" anime series is now officially streaming on Funimation, letting viewers travel to Neo Venezia for the very first time. Steve and Nick try to zero in on the charm of Aria the Animation. ― The original 2005 "healing" anime series is now officially streaming on Funimation, letting viewers travel to Neo Venezia for the very first time. The series has ushered in new sequels, i...
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The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Season 5 FINALE Reaction & Review

It was all leading up to...this? Jacki, Lynzee, and AJ discuss the season finale for My Hero Academia, our overall review of the season, where the anime can go from here, and whether it lived up to its stakes. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 113: Season 5 FINALE Reaction & Review It was all leading up to...this? Jacki, Lynzee, and AJ discuss the season finale for My Hero Academia, our over...
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This Week in Anime - Visions of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars: Visions takes audiences across vast space and time to showcase nine different stories. Jedi, Sith, found family, a pair of twins, and even a garage band take center stage in shorts from some of anime's most acclaimed studios. Star Wars: Visions takes audiences across vast space and time to showcase nine different stories. Jedi, Sith, found family, a pair of twins, and even a garage band...
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This Week in Anime - Is Fena More 'Princess' Than 'Pirate'?

Nick and Nicky catch up on the seafaring adventures of Fena: Pirate Princess but hit choppy waters when it turns out the story's titular character is given little agency in her own destiny. ― Nick and Nicky catch up on the seafaring adventures of Fena: Pirate Princess but hit choppy waters when it turns out the story's titular character is given little agency in her own destiny. This series is strea...
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The ANN Aftershow - Shigaraki Goes Super Saiyan

n the penultimate episode of My Hero Academia, Shigaraki has a breakthrough in the worst kind of way. Also: the latest news on game censorship coming out of China, and an interview with BEASTARS voice actress, Kayleigh McKee! ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 112: Shigaraki Goes Super Saiyan In the penultimate episode of My Hero Academia, Shigaraki has a breakthrough in the worst kind of way...
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This Week in Anime - Can't Someone Cut Jahy a Break?

One tiny former lead demon does her best to survive in the modern world...and is barely making it. Steve and Jean-Karlo try to find the humor under the crushing weight of adult responsibilities. Someone get Jahy an ice cream or something. ― One tiny former lead demon does her best to survive in the modern world...and is barely making it. Steve and Jean-Karlo try to find the humor under the crushing ...
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This Week in Anime - Can the Villainess Find True Romance?

In its second season, everyone wants to be or do Catarina Claes, but can our heroine with macarons for brains find true love? ― In its second season, everyone wants to be or do Catarina Claes, but can our heroine with macarons for brains find true love? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why Shigaraki Needs a Hug

Shigaraki awakens the latent memories of his past, including what happened to his parents, grandparents, and older sister, and its super dang sad, guys. Also: The Case Study of Vanitas and the PlayStation showcase! ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 111: Why Shigaraki Needs a Hug The fight between Shigaraki and ReDestro heats up, causing the League of Villains leader's own power to increase. ...
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This Week in Anime - There's Gundam on the Wing!

There are plenty of ways to get your Gundam fix nowadays, but one generation's introduction was none other than Toonami. Gundam Wing brought to teen viewers a world of intrigue, high-intensity battles, and of course, an attractive cast. ― There are plenty of ways to get your Gundam fix nowadays, but one generation's introduction was none other than Toonami. Gundam Wing brought to teen viewers a worl...
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This Week in Anime - The Supersized Laughs of Love Live! Superstar!!

This season's Love Live! Superstar!! sees the idol series downsize the cast from nine to five members but that doesn't mean the series has scaled down its personality. Nick and Steve breakdown the charm points of the new idol-hopefuls. ― This season's Love Live! Superstar!! sees the idol series downsize the cast from nine to five members but that doesn't mean the series has scaled down its personali...
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The ANN Aftershow - My Villain Academia: Is This Twice's Big Moment?

Once he was seemingly little more than a Deadpool knockoff, but this week's episode shows that Twice is a villain full of heart that ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 110: Is This Twice's Big Moment? Once he was seemingly little more than a Deadpool knockoff, but this week's episode shows that Twice is a villain full of heart that ended up in th...

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