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This Week in Anime - The Isekai Saturation Heightens

Nick and Nicky wade through this season's otherworldly offerings to search for at least one gem in a trove of trash. ― Nick and Nicky wade through this season's otherworldly offerings to search for at least one gem in a trove of trash. These series are streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime N...
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This Week in Anime - The Sugar-Sweet World of Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

There's still room in the anime scene for poignant teen romances and Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop has that in spades. ― There's still room in the anime scene for poignant teen romances and Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop has that in spades. This movie is streaming on Netflix Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoile...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Alice in Borderland Death Game Anime Any Good?

After a boost in relevancy from Netflix, the three-episode Alice in Borderland anime is now available for streaming! It's an isekai but not that kind. How do the murder shenanigans pan out? ― After a boost in relevancy from Netflix, the three-episode Alice in Borderland anime is now available for streaming! It's an isekai but not that kind. How do the murder shenanigans pan out and is it any good? T...
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This Week in Anime - Resident Evil Goes to War

With thinly veiled commentary on the U.S.'s involvement in the Middle East, the latest entry in Capcom's survival horror franchise brings Claire, Leon, and the zombies to the White House. ― With thinly veiled commentary on the U.S.'s involvement in the Middle East, the latest entry in Capcom's survival horror franchise brings Claire, Leon, and the zombies to the White House. This series is streaming...
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This Week in Anime - Is The Stranger by the Shore the Perfect BL Movie?

Shun and Mio meet one fateful day, but just as soon as they enter one another's lives, they separate. Jean-Karlo and Nick find an emotionally honest narrative about two young men trying to find happiness. ― Shun and Mio meet one fateful day, but just as soon as they enter one another's lives, they separate. Jean-Karlo and Nick check out the second of Blue Lynx's BL films and find an emotionally hone...
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This Week in Anime - Cramer vs Soccer

The prequel film raises the production a bit for Farewell, My Dear Cramer while expanding Nozomi's backstory. Come for the training montage, stay for the pre-game kidnapping. ― The prequel film raises the production a bit for Farewell, My Dear Cramer while expanding Nozomi's backstory. Come for the training montage, stay for the pre-game kidnapping. This movie is streaming on Crunchyroll. Disclaimer...
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This Week in Anime - Where There's a Will, There's Hathaway

The newest Gundam spectacle is now streaming on Netflix and with pure Tomino flare, it includes back-biting, politics, a love triangle, and of course mechas. ― The newest Gundam spectacle is now streaming on Netflix and with pure Tomino flare, it includes back-biting, politics, a love triangle, and of course mechas. This movie is streaming on Netflix. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by ...
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This Week in Anime - I'm Sorry, Twittering Birds Never WHAT Now?

Easily the steamiest TWIA ever, Jean-Karlo and Nick enter the world of hypersexual yakuza in Twittering Birds Never Fly. ― Yashiro might be a masochistic, hypersexual yakuza boss but it's his impotent subordinate Doumeki that might just awaken something within him. CONTENT WARNING: This movie is full of sex. As far as the eye can see. Many of the screencaps included depict sexual situations. Please ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Godzilla Singular Point TOO Smart?

The fantastically animated spectacle looks promising, but is it bogged down by its sci-fi jargon script? ― Director Atsushi Takahashi, sci-fi writer and ex-physicist Toh Enjoe, and Studio BONES and Studio Orange introduce their entry in TOHO's Kaijuniverse with Godzilla Singular Point. The fantastically animated spectacle looks promising, but is it bogged down by its sci-fi jargon script? ALSO: Back...
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This Week in Anime - All Aboard the Mugen Train!

Demon Slayer: The Movie: Mugen Train was the biggest film of 2020 and it finally made its way from theaters into living rooms. Nick and Steve take on the monumental task of evaluating the blockbuster and whether its financial success reflects its narrative cohesion. ― Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train was the biggest film of 2020 and it's finally made its way from theaters into...
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This Week in Anime - Why ODDTAXI is Must-Watch TV

ODDTAXI is the tightly-written noir we didn't know we needed. Nicky and Steve look into why this walrus-starring mystery cannot be missed. ― One of the most intriguing series from the last season is a slowburn mystery starring a walrus, an alpaca, and a mobster porcupine. ODDTAXI is the tightly-written noir we didn't know we needed. Nicky and Steve look into why ODDTAXI cannot be missed. This series...
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This Week in Anime - Tokyo Gear Rising: Revengereance

When former punk Takemichi gets a do-over, his friends and girlfriend's lives are on the line. It's time travel, now with more delinquents! ― Takemichi discovers his adolescent thug life isn't what it's cracked up to be--if the state of his constantly smashed skull is any indicator. When the former punk gets a do-over, his friends and girlfriend's lives are on the line. It's time travel, now with mo...
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This Week in Anime - Crying Your Eyes Out with Fruits Basket

The tearjerker draws to a close in the final season of this drama-filled classic. Nicky and Steve look back on the characters, warts and all, to reveal the deep bonds of family and how to overcome those bonds when they turn into chains. ― The tearjerker draws to a close in the final season of this drama-filled classic. Nicky and Steve look back on the characters, warts and all, to reveal the deep bo...
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This Week in Anime - Is Miss Nagatoro's Negging TOO Mean?

Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro is all about one girl's quest to tease the crap out of her nerdy senpai, often leaving him embarrassed, flustered, and on the verge of tears. I mean, some folks are into that, right? But is Nagatoro actually funny or just plain mean? ― Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro is all about one girl's quest to tease the crap out of her nerdy senpai, often leaving him embarrass...
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This Week in Anime - Dynazenon is Tokusatsu Dynamite

Trigger's sequel to SSSS.Gridman started as a slow burn, but as Jean-Karlo and Nick find out the fuse is quickly burning up to set off a bombastic action spectacle. Come for the emotional stakes, stay for the kaiju battles in SSSS.Dynazenon! ― Trigger's sequel to SSSS.Gridman started as a slow burn, but as Jean-Karlo and Nick find out the fuse is quickly burning up to set off a bombastic action spec...
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This Week in Anime - Moon Family Values

The two Sailor Moon Eternal films are now streaming on Netflix and promises a new, closer-to-the-manga story. Steve and Nicky check out the latest installment and mull over the love triangle of future daughter-future dad-and-his faithful steed. ― The two Sailor Moon Eternal films are now streaming on Netflix and promises a new, closer-to-the-manga story. Steve and Nicky check out the latest installm...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's EDEN Worth Watching?

Years in the making, Justin Leach's Eden is alive on Netflix as a four episode short series featuring a plucky heroine and her family of robots. Made with plenty of love and backed by an all-star cast, Nick and Jean-Karlo find out if Eden sticks its landing. ― Years in the making, Justin Leach's Eden is alive on Netflix as a four episode short series featuring a plucky heroine and her family of robo...
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This Week in Anime - What We Do in the Shadows House

What series has style, substance, monsters, and a gothic social hierarchy masking a multitude of mysteries? Might I welcome you to Shadows House, where nothing is at it seems. Come in for a spell, put up your feet, and do mind the soot marks on the glassware. ― What series has style, substance, monsters, and a gothic social hierarchy masking a multitude of mysteries? Might I welcome you to Shadows H...
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This Week in Anime - The Rock and Roll Spirit of Those Snow White Notes

Nick and Jean-Karlo jump into the deep end of shamisen music in this stellar drama about a strumming prodigy and his search to find his own sound in the wake of his grandfather's death. ― Nick and Jean-Karlo jump into the deep end of shamisen music in this stellar drama about a strumming prodigy and his search to find his own sound in the wake of his grandfather's death. This series is streaming on ...
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This Week in Anime - Zombie Land Saga Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

Our favorite undead idol group is back and they're still kicking it with a pitch-perfect sequel. Steve and Nicky check in on Franchouchou to see how they're handling crippling debt, the trials of being a local idol group, and you know, undeath. ― Our favorite undead idol group is back and they're still kicking it with a pitch-perfect sequel. Steve and Nicky check in on Franchouchou to see how they'r...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Backflip!!

This season has plenty to yell about, but if Backflip!! flew under your radar then now is the time to correct that immediately. Nick and Nicky look at its amazing choreography, and why it's more than just a routine sports series. ― This season has plenty to yell about, but if Backflip!! flew under your radar then now is the time to correct that immediately. Nick and Nicky look at the underdog series...
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This Week in Anime - To Your Eternity, And Beyond!

Yoshitoki Ōima continues to show his deep understanding for the emotions of his characters in To Your Eternity, a sprawling tale of suffering, growth, and what it means to be human. Read about the series that made 4/5 ANN reviewers ugly cry. ― Yoshitoki Ōima continues to show her deep understanding for the emotions of her characters in To Your Eternity, a sprawling tale of suffering, growth, and wha...
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This Week in Anime - What's the Big Deal With 86?

Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way, 86 has since broke away for something deeper and even more horrific. ― Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way,...
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This Week in Anime - Randy Randy Fairy Ranmaru

What happens when you take the magical girl formula, replace it with muscly fairy men and throw in some Buddhism for good measure? Fairy Ranmaru almost defies classification but its outer silliness is hiding a much deeper, more thoughtful show. ― What happens when you take the magical girl formula, replace it with muscly fairy men and throw in some Buddhism for good measure? Fairy Ranmaru almost def...
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This Week in Anime - The Tokyo Ghoul OAVs Are a Gory-Good Time

Bon appétit, Tokyo Ghoul fans! Funimation dropped the two side story OAVs on its service recently so we had Nicky and Steve dust off their best masks to revisit some our favorite flesh-eaters. ― Bon appétit, Tokyo Ghoul fans! Funimation dropped the two side story OAVs on its service recently so we had Nicky and Steve dust off their best masks to revisit some our favorite flesh-eaters. This series is...
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This Week in Anime - Is Mars Red Too High Brow?

Vampires are a dime a dozen, so what does it take to make a bloodsucker show stand out? MARS RED aptly blends a period piece, the anxiety of Westernization, and a growing military with all the showmanship of the theatrical stage. Is it too obtuse for genre enthusiasts or just what vamp fans need? ― Vampires are a dime a dozen, so what does it take to make a bloodsucker show stand out? MARS RED aptly...
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This Week in Anime - How Does Vivy Reinvigorate the AI vs Humanity Trope?

The future of virtual idols looks bleak in Wit Studio's new original series. Diva dreams to live up to her namesake but a weird time-traveling teddybear has other ideas for her. Like preventing an impending war between AI and humans. ― The future of virtual idols looks bleak in Wit Studio's new original series Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-. Diva dreams to live up to her namesake but a weird time-travel...
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This Week in Anime - Why the Hell are there Ninjas on the Moon?

After Funimation recently beefed up its catalog with five Naruto films, Nick and Nicky decided to travel both time and space to find the true origins of Boruto's existence and how close he was to being snuffed out by a weird moon ninja. ― After Funimation recently beefed up its catalog with five Naruto films, Nick and Nicky decided to travel both time and space to find the true origins of Boruto's e...
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This Week in Anime - The Daily Lives of High School Boys is Comedy Perfection

What makes a comedy not only good, but timeless? The Daily Lives of High School Boys might have nailed down the formula by blending irreverence with characters too stupid to chew their own food. ― What makes a comedy not only good, but timeless? The Daily Lives of High School Boys might have nailed down the formula by blending irreverence with characters too stupid to chew their own food. Nick and J...
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This Week in Anime - Indie Visionaries and Alternative Animation

This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten path, be it stop-motion, sand art, and even puppetry. Here's to a celebration of anime in all of its forms. ― We all debate about what anime is, but regardless of where you fall in the argument it's undeniable that animation goes beyond traditional 2D artwork. This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten p...
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This Week in Anime - Househusbandly Duties

Kenjiro Tsuda voices the former-Yakuza-turned-perfect-husband in Netflix's adaptation of the cult hit manga. The excitement for the series began to wither as it became more obvious that the anime isn't really..."animated." ― It was a casting decision made in heaven. Kenjiro Tsuda voices the former-Yakuza-turned-perfect-husband in Netflix's adaptation of the cult hit manga. The excitement for the ser...
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This Week in Anime - Megalo-Joe

With the second season of Megalobox underway, Nicky and Jean-Karlo go back forty years to the originator, Ashita no Joe! The genre-defining series and film made its mark in the anime pop-culture consciousness. Find out why everyone's still looking forward to Tomorrow's Joe. ― With the second season of Megalobox underway, Nicky and Jean-Karlo go back forty years to the originator, Ashita no Joe! The ...
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This Week in Anime - What's So Great About Tropical-Rouge! Precure?

The much-loved magical girl series' latest iteration is Tropical-Rouge! Precure and it just so happens to be Nicky's first foray into all things Pretty and Cure. Does the summer-themed show hit the mark? ― For the first time, Crunchyroll is simulcasting a PreCure series from the beginning! The much-loved magical girl series' latest iteration is Tropical-Rouge! Precure and it just so happens to be Ni...
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This Week in Anime - The Little Spider That Could

So I'm a Spider, So What's major gets a leg up on the competition thanks to a stellar performance by voice actress Aoi Yuki. Steve and Nick check their arachnophobia at the door for this new adventure. ― We get multiple isekai series every season but we've never had an eight-legged protagonist before! So I'm a Spider, So What's major gets a leg up on the competition thanks to a stellar performance b...
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This Week in Anime - Gettin' Dr. Stone'd on Science

The newest season of Dr. Stone sees Senku and company pull together their discoveries from last season for even more complicated inventions. This time the discoveries aren't just for science's sake; there's a looming threat on the horizon as Tsukasa's army grows in numbers. ― The newest season of Dr. Stone sees Senku and company pull together their discoveries from last season for even more complica...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's Dota Show Worth Watching?

Valve's strategy game is the latest inspiration for Studio Mir, the studio behind Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Unlike those series, this one is for grown-ups, so get ready for plenty of F-bombs and sexy shenanigans. Also dragons. ― Valve's strategy game is the latest inspiration for Studio Mir, the studio behind Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Unlike those series, ...
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This Week in Anime - B: The Beginning The Sequel

Sherlock-esque detective Keith Flick is back for a half-length season that ditches the clowns for...a coup plot? Toilet humor? Nick and Steve come out the other side of this one with more questions than answers. ― Sherlock-esque detective Keith Flick is back for a half-length season that ditches the clowns for...a coup plot? Toilet humor? Nick and Steve come out the other side of this one with more ...
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This Week in Anime - Pacific Rim is Back in Black

The world first created by anime fanboy (also I hear he makes movies?) Guillermo del Toro is back as the 3DCG anime series Pacific Rim: The Black! ― The world first created by anime fanboy (also I hear he makes movies?) Guillermo del Toro is back as the 3DCG anime series Pacific Rim: The Black! The stage is set in Australia where a pair of orphaned children are on the hunt to find their parents and ...
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This Week in Anime - Sk8 for Your Life

Banana Fish and Free! director Hiroko Utsumi is back with a 100% original series about the wild world of skateboarding. Mix together bombastic WWE wrestling personas, gravity-defying tricks, and no adult supervision and you get Sk8 the Infinity! ― Banana Fish and Free! director Hiroko Utsumi is back with a 100% original series about the wild world of skateboarding. Mix together bombastic WWE wrestli...
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This Week in Anime - How to Watch Back Arrow for Dummies

Containing the incomparable bombast of Code Geass' Goro Taniguchi, Back Arrow is a case of telling you exactly what it is on the label. Giant robots, political intrigue, plenty of nudity, and a villain that escaped from Dark Precure! ― Containing the incomparable bombast of Code Geass' Goro Taniguchi, Back Arrow is a case of telling you exactly what it is on the label. Giant robots, political intrig...
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This Week in Anime - Is High-Rise Invasion Any Good?

High-Rise Invasion continues the anime tradition of anime B-horror schlock, not unlike High School of the Dead. Part survival game, part silly action spectacle, Steve and Jean-Karlo debate the merits of this serial killer pantyfest with a dash of acrophobia. ― High-Rise Invasion continues the anime tradition of anime B-horror schlock, not unlike High School of the Dead. Part survival game, part sill...
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This Week in Anime - You Don't Mess with the Rohan

The side quests of haughty manga creator Rohan Kishibe continue in a series of spin-off episodes now available on Netflix. The secondary character from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable encounters a new batch of weirdos, including the god Hermes himself! ― The side quests of haughty manga creator Rohan Kishibe continue in a series of spin-off episodes now available on Netflix. The sec...
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This Week in Anime - The Politics and Antics in Log Horizon

After six long years, Log Horizon is back to turn isekai tropes on his head. Sure, you could go on a magic-fueled power fantasy, but why not try to run an election campaign featuring someone named "Krusty" instead? ― After six long years, Log Horizon is back to turn isekai tropes on his head. Sure, you could go on a magic-fueled power fantasy, but why not try to run an election campaign featuring so...
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This Week in Anime - What Makes Horimiya The Best Rom-Com in Years?

Horimiya has all the makings of a typical high school romance, but it stands out thanks to stellar direction, expert character writing, and a story that isn't afraid to go beyond handholding. Steve and Jean-Karlo discuss what sets the series apart. ― Horimiya has all the makings of a typical high school romance, but it stands out thanks to stellar direction, expert character writing, and a story tha...
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This Week in Anime - Does Vlad Love Scratch That Nostalgia Itch?

It's referential, totally crazy, and stars a lesbian couple that includes a blood donor fanatic and a vampire. ― Acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii returns to his roots with a bombastic comedy that harkens back to anime of decades past. It's referential, totally crazy, and stars a lesbian couple that includes a blood donor fanatic and a vampire. Vlad Love is both familiar and totally unique. Jean-Karlo...
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This Week in Anime - Crackin' the Shell of Wonder Egg Priority

Easily one of the most dense anime series airing this season, Wonder Egg Priority examines the thorny world inhabited by teen girls, their insecurities and traumas, and the desperate bid to save them all. ― Easily one of the most dense anime series airing this season, Wonder Egg Priority examines the thorny world inhabited by teen girls, their insecurities and traumas, and the desperate bid to save ...
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This Week in Anime - How Emilia Got Her Groove Back

Emilia's trial continues with higher emotional stakes and a final revelation that completely recontexualizes one of the series' most memorial villains. Steve and Nicky look at all the twists and turns in the latest season of Re:Zero. ― Emilia's trial continues with higher emotional stakes and a final revelation that completely recontexualizes one of the series' most memorial villains. Steve and Nick...
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This Week in Anime - The Boobs and Battles of Fatal Fury

This Week in Anime has special guest Heidi Kemps of This Week in Games joining Jean-Karlo to look back on Masami Obari's cheesecake-fueled action spectacle Fatal Fury: The Movie ― This Week in Anime has special guest Heidi Kemps of This Week in Games joining Jean-Karlo to look back on Masami Obari's cheesecake-fueled action spectacle Fatal Fury: The Movie. This movie is streaming on RetroCrush Discl...
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This Week in Anime - Great BL? That's a Given

ts romantic drama and emotional vulnerability made Given a hit when the TV series premiered in 2019. The sequel film keeps the formula that audiences fell in love with while focusing primarily on Akihiko Kaji and Ugetsu Murata. ― Its romantic drama and emotional vulnerability made Given a hit when the TV series premiered in 2019. The sequel film keeps the formula that audiences fell in love with whi...
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This Week in Anime - For Whom The GalPalchemist Exists

For Whom the Alchemist Exists takes more cues from Fushigi Yugi than Sword Art Online and it might just be a match made in heaven. ― Isekai and gacha games aren't usually a winning combo for high-quality entertainment. Add Macross creator Shoji Kawamori to the mix though and you just might find yourself waxing poetic about mushroom house interior design. For Whom the Alchemist Exists takes more cues...
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This Week in Anime - The Sick, Sad World of Cells at Work: CODE BLACK

It's a hard life out there for a cell, especially when the body is breaking down around it! It's every cell for itself in This Week in Anime! ― It's a hard life out there for a cell, especially when the body is breaking down around it! Cells at Work Code Black takes the edutainment angle of the original and ramps up the drama when the host isn't isn't in peak condition. It's every cell for itself in...
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This Week in Anime - Are the Changes in The Promised Neverland Working?

The changes to the story were apparent almost immediately, creating a dividing point between manga readers. Nick and Steve jump into the man-eating survival horror series to find out just how well the anime original route is going. ― Before the second season premiere, staff for The Promised Neverland anime series announced there would be some changes to the adaptation with supervision by the manga's...
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This Week in Anime - The Hard-Hitting Action of Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen is a certified hit with its perfect mix of horror, action, and comedy. Nicky and Nick discuss the finer points of the series from its terrifying villains to the ANN staff's flawed appreciation of bodacious ladies. ― Jujutsu Kaisen is a certified hit with its perfect mix of horror, action, and comedy. Nicky and Nick discuss the finer points of the series from its terrifying villains to...
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This Week in Anime - How Does Kuroko's Basketball Keep it Fresh?

The sports series that sailed a thousand ships has landed at Netflix with a brand-new dub. Steve and Jean-Karlo suit up for the court to see how many points they score against the beautiful boys of Kuroko's Basketball. ― The sports series that sailed a thousand ships has landed at Netflix with a brand-new dub. Steve and Jean-Karlo suit up for the court to see how many points they score against the b...
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This Week in Anime - Who Are the Villains of Attack on Titan?

In its final season, Attack on Titan has flipped the script on its heroes and villains. Our once righteously vengeful protagonist stopped toeing the line in pursuit of his ideals, leaving the audience to ponder exactly who is the villain here? ― In its final season, Attack on Titan has flipped the script on its heroes and villains. Our once righteously vengeful protagonist stopped toeing the line in...
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This Week in Anime - Isekai Until I Die

The Winter 2021 season brought us almost 40 new anime series to choose from and among those were the requisite isekai series, of course. Steve and Jean-Karlo go world-hopping to find which series will give you the most bang for your buck. ― The Winter 2021 season brought us almost 40 new anime series to choose from and among those were the requisite isekai series, of course. Steve and Jean-Karlo go ...
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This Week in Anime - Just Who is Boogiepop?

Written by Perfect Blue's Sadayuki Murai, Boogiepop Phantom is a supernatural take on obsession, memories, death, and how we're all connected. ― A practically impenetrable horror anthology, Boogiepop Phantom premiered nearly two decades before Boogiepop and Others despite being a sequel. The series brings together director Takashi Watanabe, probably known best for Slayers of all things, writer Saday...
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This Week in Anime - The Night is Long is a 90 Minute Bender

Let's take a trip down memory lane where bars are open, booze is flowing, and impromptu musical theater is the name of the game. ― Let's take a trip down memory lane where bars are open, booze is flowing, and impromptu musical theater is the name of the game. Masaaki Yuasa returns to adapt another Tomihiko Morimi story after his work on Tatami Galaxy. Where will our heroine end up is her bar-hopping...
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This Week in Anime - Is Hypnosis Mic Worth Watching?

One of the craziest premises to come out of anime, Hypnosis Mic imagines a world where government sanctioned rap battles can solve problems from turf disputes to bank robberies. Is this show wildly entertaining or full of dead beats? ― One of the craziest premises to come out of anime, Hypnosis Mic imagines a world where government sanctioned rap battles can solve problems from turf disputes to bank...
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This Week in Anime - The Blood-Soaked World of Onyx Equinox

Does this CR original have the makings of an action-packed hit or is it a gore-packed spectacle (or both??) ― Crunchyroll's dark adventure series follows Izel as he attempts to rescue his sister's soul and stop the evil mechanizations of the heartless gods that manipulate his world. Does this CR Original have the makings of an action-packed hit or is it a gore-packed spectacle (or both??) This serie...
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This Week in Anime - Does Yashahime Recapture Inuyasha's Magic?

The adventures in the world of Inuyasha continues, starring the offspring of everyone's favorite half-demon and his stoic, beautiful brother. Does Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha's exploits recapture the magic that made the original a huge hit? ― The adventures in the world of Inuyasha continues in Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, starring the offspring of everyone's favorite half-demon and his stoic, beau...
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This Week in Anime - Akudama Drive is High-Octane Insanity

What initially seemed like nothing more than a stylish brawlfest, and Akudama Drive certainly is some of that, turned out to be waaaay more punk than anyone expected. ― Akudama Drive's premiere was full of colorful characters and neon-bathed background art. What initially seemed like nothing more than a stylish brawlfest, and Akudama Drive certainly is some of that, turned out to be waaaay more punk...
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This Week in Anime - Jun Maeda Goes for the Jugular

Nick and Steve are once again plagued by the sorrowful machinations of Jun Maeda in That Day I Became a God. You won't make it out without going through a few tissue boxes. ― Almost one year to the day since TWIA revisited Angel Beats, Nick and Steve are once again plagued by the sorrowful machinations of Jun Maeda in That Day I Became a God. You won't make it out without going through a few tissue ...
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This Week in Anime - How CG Lupin Stole the Show

Anime's favorite thief is back in a shiny, three-dimensional form. Director and writer Takashi Yamazaki previously helmed the blockbuster Stand By Me Doraemon and Lupin III THE FIRST is looking to continue his successful streak of releases. ― Anime's favorite thief is back in a shiny, three-dimensional form. Director and writer Takashi Yamazaki is no stranger to bringing beloved franchises into CG a...
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This Week in Anime - Is Talentless Nana Worth Watching?

This is MHA's twisted little sister and she's out to assassinate all her superpowered classmates before they grow up into dangerous adults. ― Early trailers made Talentless Nana out to look like a My Hero Academia hanger on, but let me ask you a question, did MHA include an extended necrophilia joke? I think not. This is MHA's twisted little sister and she's out to assassinate all her superpowered c...
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This Week in Anime - Haikyu!! is at the Top of its Game

Karasuno is flying high as ever as they face off against their strongest opponents yet: the Miya twins and Inarizaki High in a bid to take Nationals. ― Karasuno is flying high as ever as they face off against their strongest opponents yet: the Miya twins and Inarizaki High in a bid to take Nationals. The staff change over hasn't held back our favorite volleyball boys as they make their journey to th...
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This Week in Anime - Big Order is a Trashy Treasure

A writer by the name of Nicholas Dupree thought that he won the upperhand when he was guaranteed one (1) TWIA column about the animated travesty known as BIG ORDER. Let's just say no one made it out of this excursion with a Happy Meal. ― A writer by the name of Nicholas Dupree thought that he won the upperhand when, in exchange for watching Eiken, he was guaranteed one (1) TWIA column about the anim...
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This Week in Anime - Noblesse This Mess

One of Crunchyroll's two airing original series is based on the Korean webcomic Noblesse and follows a vampire in high school. Also there's a lot of well-animated fights! But what is it really about? ― One of Crunchyroll's two airing original series is based on the Korean webcomic Noblesse and follows a vampire in high school. Also there's a lot of well-animated fights! But what is it really about? ...
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This Week in Anime - Does Great Pretender Stick the Landing?

In August, the This Week in Anime team was enthralled by Wit Studio's heist-comedy series The Great Pretender. Now the series is back with its finale arc, but does it continue its swindler shenanigans or fall flat? ― In August, the This Week in Anime team was enthralled by Wit Studio's heist-comedy series The Great Pretender. The original series stars Makoto "Edamame" Edamura, a small-time crook tha...
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This Week in Anime - Kimagure Old Town Road

The breakout work of the late Izumi Matsumoto, KOR laid the foundation that romantic comedy anime continue to build on to this day. Let's take a walk in the footsteps of one of the originals! ― A veritable classic in the anime romcom scene, Kimagure Orange Road brought us the first Madoka and anime fans couldn't get enough of her. The breakout work of the late Izumi Matsumoto, KOR laid the foundatio...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Try Heaven's Official Blessing

The series is just one of the latest offering as China pivots to domestic animation. Jean-Karlo and Nicky check out the show and how it handles the source material's subtext. Heaven's Official Blessing marks a first for U.S. anime streaming: it's Funimation's first streaming Chinese animated series. Produced by Haoliners and Chinese streaming giant bilibili, the series is just one of the latest of...
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This Week in Anime - Is Magatsu Wahrheit Zuerst Worth Watching?

Nick and Steve check in on the mobage adaptation about two guys on the opposite sides of war filled with political conspiracy and mutants?! ― The steampunk tale of intrigue slipped under the radar for Daily Streaming this season. Nick and Steve check in on the mobage adaptation about two guys on the opposite sides of war filled with political conspiracy and mutants?! This series is streaming on Funi...
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This Week in Anime - Begonia, I Hardly Knew Ya

The 2016 film by the Legend of Korra's studio is now streaming for free on Tubi TV. Jean-Karlo and Nicky look at the emotional ode to Chinese mythology in This Week in Anime! ― South Korean studio Studio Mir is loved by fans for its work animated hits like The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender and Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks. The studio's labor of love, Big Fish and Begonia is now stre...
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This Week in Anime - Why Jujutsu Kaisen is Horror-Action Perfection

Sunghoo Park and studio MAPPA's Jujutsu Kaisen anime is a blend of horror, action, and comedy with a pitch-perfect cast of weirdos. ― Sunghoo Park and studio MAPPA's Jujutsu Kaisen anime is a blend of horror, action, and comedy with a pitch-perfect cast of weirdos.The series offers the philosophy of life and death, action spectacle, and a cursed finger for audiences to chew on. Steve and Nick lay ou...
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This Week in Anime - Why Sleepy Princess is the Queen of Our Hearts

So you're a princess captured by the generic RPG's Big Bad. Your cell is drafty, the stone floor is cold, and you're the type that could feel a pea beneath a mountain of mattresses. What's a princess to do? ― So you're a princess captured by the generic RPG's Big Bad. Your cell is drafty, the stone floor is cold, and you're the type that could feel a pea beneath a mountain of mattresses. What's a pr...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Shouldn't Sleep on Dragon Quest

The familiar can be comforting and in the case of Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, it's a trip back to old school shonen. ― The familiar can be comforting and in the case of Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, it's a trip back to old school shonen, starring a plucky young boy and his mission to protect his monster friends. The series is lovingly animated with character designs influenced by Drago...
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This Week in Anime - What The Hell is Going On in Yamibou?

Long unavailable in English followed by years of waiting for the release to come out, Yamibō is now available in the anime streaming world. But what is this world-hopping story starring a lady with a floppy hat and a stoic school girl even about? ― Long unavailable in English followed by years of waiting for the release to come out, Yamibou is now available in the anime streaming world. But what is ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Moriarty the Hero We Deserve?

Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis gets an anime makeover, but Moriarty isn't just a pretty face. A criminal for the people, this supergenius is all about murdering the rich to give rights to the poor. ― Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis gets an anime makeover, but Moriarty isn't just a pretty face. A criminal for the people, this supergenius is all about murdering the rich to give rights to the poor and he'...
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This Week in Anime - My Poor Eiken Back

"I saw a lot of people trying to explain away Eiken as a 'parody.' Those people are cowards and fools. Eiken is exactly what it wants to be." ― Only spoken in hushed tones across the internet, Eiken may be one of the most cursed anime put to film. A veritable "Test of Courage," Steve and Nick try to survive Eiken's yogurt slide and many, many (literal) bananas. CONTENT WARNING: This OAV is full of a...
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This Week in Anime - Is Higurashi Gou as Terrifying as the Original?

Ryukishi07's horror sound novel lives AGAIN and Hinamizawa will never be the same. Nick and Nicky settle into the desolate countryside town to see what mysteries they can uncover and somehow develop a hankering for fried chicken. ― Ryukishi07's horror sound novel lives AGAIN and Hinamizawa will never be the same. Nick and Nicky settle into the desolate countryside town in Higurashi: When They Cry – ...
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This Week in Anime - Does Dorohedoro's OVA make Hole's Dump into Dumplings?

Dorohedoro is back with a selection of wild one-off stories. Find out how Nikaido got in the gyoza business and how one ephemeral creature makes sure all those fried dumplings taste terrific. ― Dorohedoro is back with a selection of wild one-off stories. Find out how Nikaido got in the gyoza business and how one ephemeral creature makes sure all those fried dumplings taste terrific. This OAV is stre...
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This Week in Anime - Does Re:Zero's Subaru Stand a Chance?

Subaru's death count has continued growing but we're far from answering the mysteries of Re:Zero. Nick and Steve look back at the most recent season and see where Subaru currently stands in a world full of witches and intrigue. ― Subaru's death count has continued growing but we're far from answering the mysteries of Re:Zero. Nick and Steve look back at the most recent season and see where Subaru cu...
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This Week in Anime - Does Dear Brother Still Hold Up?

Lush still shots and shifting floods of emotion characterize this anime long unavailable in English until now. But what does a series like Dear Brother offer a modern audience? ― The Rose of Versailles manga creator Riyoko Ikeda and anime adaptation director Osamu Dezaki are together again in for the shojo soap opera classic Dear Brother. Lush still shots and shifting floods of emotion characterize ...
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This Week in Anime - Buggin' Out With Aragne: Sign of Vermilion

Steve and Nick come to wildly different conclusions about Saku Sakumoto's one-man bugathon! ― Saku Sakumoto's passion project Aragne: Sign of Vermilion is a 75-minute ride filled with horror trope under the sun. Serial killers, abandoned factories, psychotic breakdowns, and more bugs than Gnat Attack. If this insect cocktail sounds atrocious, well, Steve is going to do his best to sell you on it! Th...
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This Week in Anime - Is Gibiate a B-Movie-Style Masterpiece?

Sometimes an illustrious staff does not equal an impressive production. Enter Gibiate, a series with time travel, samurai, mutating monster people, and the silliest twist in years. ― Sometimes an illustrious staff does not equal an impressive production. Enter Gibiate, a series with time travel, samurai, mutating monster people, and the silliest twist in years. Join Nicky and Steve as they slide thr...
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This Week in Anime - Bleach the Witch

Tite Kubo is back in a big way with the anime adaptation of his newest manga, Burn The Witch. Dragons wreck havoc, burninating across the English countryside. Ninny and Noel are two witches who seek to manage dragons before they get out of control. ― Tite Kubo is back in a big way with the anime adaptation of his newest manga, Burn the Witch. Dragons wreck havoc, burninating across the English count...
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This Week in Anime - Is Rent-a-Girlfriend's Kazuya Bad or The Absolute Worst?

Steve and Nick give this season's most insufferable bro the roasting he deserves. ― We've seen some pretty insufferable romance anime protagonists in our time. Sometimes they're offensively boring and sometimes they get their head lopped off by a spurned lover ala School Days. Then there's bumbling Kazuya of Rent-a-Girlfriend who treats every conflict like one he can lie his way out of instead of fa...
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This Week in Anime - The Made in Abyss Movie Will Crush Your Soul

The new film Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul is a whole new level of hell as our spritely spelunkers finally come face to face with Bondrewd and his sinister machinizations. ― The Made in Abyss anime series is hardly known for its sunshine and rainbows but the new film Made In Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul is a whole new level of hell as our spritely spelunkers finally come face to face with Bon...
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This Week in Anime - Does Dragon's Dogma Deliver the Goods?

Nick and Nicky find Netflix's latest foray into anime bogged down by its nihilistic worldview. ― In 2012, Capcom released the Dragon's Dogma hack-n-slash video game and it went on to sell over a million copies. This new Netflix anime series shares almost nothing in common with it except for the "Mature" content rating. Will our embittered protagonist Ethan manage to overcome the sinful monsters in f...
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This Week in Anime - Time to Get Decked

Deca-Dence is revving up for its big finale this week and the show has certainly gone some places. Human avatars, penal colonies that shovel literal shit, and hope that the system that grinds its people to dust can be overthrown. ― Deca-Dence is revving up for its big finale this week and the show has certainly gone some places. Human avatars, penal colonies that shovel literal shit, and hope that t...
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This Week in Anime - The World Sinks 2020

Japan Sinks 2020 floats between devastation and rap battles, shark attacks and weed cults. Japan Sinks 2020 definitely has a message, but is it an effective one? ― Science SARU's take on the sci-fi classic takes one Japanese family through hell and back as the islands of Japan sink into the sea. The series floats between devastation and rap battles, shark attacks and even weed cults. Japan Sinks 202...
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This Week in Anime - Just Who is Captain Harlock?

Has a manlier man every roamed the seven seas of space? Board the aptly named Arcadia of My Youth and embark on an adventure full of space witches, space chivalry, and a sword with lasers! ― Has a manlier man every roamed the seven seas of space? Board the aptly named Arcadia of My Youth and get ready to embark on an adventure full of space witches, space wars, space chivalry, and a sword with laser...
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This Week in Anime - Appare-Ranman Is Off to the Races!

If you've been sleeping on this series, you're missing out on one of the best ensemble comedies of the year. See why Nick and Nicky can't get enough of Appare and Kosame and their race across the wild, wild west! ― One of the many productions delayed due to COVID-19, P.A. Works' Appare-Ranman is back in full force. If you've been sleeping on this series, you're missing out on one of the best ensembl...
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This Week in Anime - WTF is Going On in Children of the Sea?

Studio 4°C's Children of the Sea movie's ever-expanding lens begins on one fateful adolescent summer before zooming out to ruminate on life, death, and the meaning of everything. ― The studio behind Mind Game, Studio 4°C, takes on Daisuke Igarashi's manga Children of the Sea to create a sumptuous visual feast. The movie's ever-expanding lens begins on one fateful adolescent summer before zooming out...
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This Week in Anime - Pretty Pretty Precure

It happened. Hell froze over and Precure is legally streaming! ― It happened. Hell froze over and Precure is legally streaming! Crunchyroll has introduced the larger anime community to the magical girls that diehards already knew were special. What makes PreCure awesome? Nick and Micchy dive into the first six episodes of the most recent season to pick best girl and explain why Pegitan must be prote...
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This Week in Anime - Aggretsuko's Heavy Metal World Gets Dark

Our favorite red panda is back with a brand new season packed to the brim with ennui, workplace burnout, and the idol world fraught with demanding fans and haters. How will Retsuko survive this time? ― Our favorite red panda is back with a brand new season packed to the brim with ennui, workplace burnout, and the idol world fraught with demanding fans and haters. How will Retsuko survive this time? ...

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