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This Week in Anime - Is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Worth Watching?

This unusually titled series puts a gooey new spin on the world of isekai fantasy. Nick and Andy debate whether or not its unique quirks are enough to set it apart in a crowded genre. ― That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime puts a gooey new spin on isekai fantasy. This week, Nick and Andy debate whether or not its unique quirks are enough to set it apart in a crowded genre. Disclaimer: The views a...
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This Week in Anime - Is Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Worth Watching?

This romantic teen dramedy initially came across as a Bakemonogatari imitation, but has it grown into its own over the past few months? This week, Nick and Steve put this rascal on trial. ― Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai initially came across as a Bakemonogatari imitation, but has it grown into its own over the past few months? This week, Nick and Steve put this rascal on trial. Disclaim...
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This Week in Anime - Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is Too Relatable

This wacky series combines the madness of working in retail with an inside look at the Japanese publishing industry. Andy and Steve explain why this comedy is an underrated gem of the season. ― Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san combines the madness of working in retail with an inside look at the Japanese publishing industry. This week, Andy and Steve explain why this comedy is an underrated gem of the...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in My Sister, My Writer?

This misbegotten comedy is one of the biggest production disasters of the season, but does that make it more fun to watch or just depressing? Nick and Micchy fall down the long, deep rabbit hole of imouto anime. ― My Sister, My Writer is one of the biggest production disasters of the season, but does that make it more fun to watch or just depressing? This week, Nick and Micchy fall down the long, de...
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This Week in Anime - Run With the Wind is a Breath of Fresh Air

Run With the Wind peels away from the pack of most other sports anime with its unique cast and storytelling style. Micchy and Andy explain why you should watch this thoughtful and idiosyncratic series. ― Run With the Wind peels away from the pack of most other sports anime with its unique cast and storytelling style. This week, Micchy and Andy explain why you should watch this thoughtful and idiosyn...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Bloom Into You

Bloom Into You isn't your typical yuri romance. Nick and Steve explore what makes this unconventional love story so special. ― Bloom Into You isn't your typical yuri romance. This week, Nick and Steve explore what makes this unconventional love story so special. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network. Spoiler Warning f...
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This Week in Anime - Does Too Much Fanservice Distract From SSSS.Gridman's Story?

This imaginative reboot has a strong story and a confident style, but do its safer and more marketable anime hallmarks dampen the show's potent edge? Micchy and Andy hash out the show's highs and lows. ― SSSS.Gridman has a strong story and a confident style, but do its safer and more marketable anime hallmarks dampen the show's potent edge? This week, Micchy and Andy hash out the show's highs and lo...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Conception?

This odd series combines isekai adventure with sex comedy hijinks in one of the most baffling ways possible, but is it a trainwreck worth watching? Nick and Steve find out the hard way. ― Conception combines isekai adventure with sex comedy hijinks in one of the most baffling ways possible, but is it a trainwreck worth watching? This week, Nick and Steve find out the hard way. Disclaimer: The views ...
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This Week in Anime - Thunderbolt Fantasy is Still Amazing in Season 2

It may look like a puppet show, but it's one of the Most Anime things airing this season. Micchy and Steve dig into what they love about the new Thunderbolt season and why you should check this curiosity out. ― Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2 may look like a puppet show, but it's one of the Most Anime things airing this season. This week, Micchy and Steve dig into what they love about the new se...
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This Week in Anime - Is Karakuri Circus a Hidden Classic or Just Dated?

Karakuri Circus brings its unique '90s shonen energy and a whole carload of clowns and puppets to the fall season. Andy and Steve dig into this adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita's work after Ushio & Tora. ― Karakuri Circus brings its unique '90s shonen energy and a whole carload of clowns and puppets to the fall season, but is the experience nostalgic or just confounding? This week, Andy and Steve dig i...
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This Week in Anime - Does Castlevania Season 2 Deliver on its Early Potential?

After well over a year of waiting, Drac is back with Netflix's second season debut of Castlevania. Nick and Andy find out if this spooktacularly gory action series was worth all the dramatic buildup. ― After well over a year of waiting, Drac is back with Netflix's second season debut of Castlevania. This week, Nick and Andy find out if this spooktacularly gory action series was worth all the dramati...
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This Week in Anime - Is Zombie Land Saga Worth Watching?

This unusual anime stitches the flesh-melting fear of the undead to the saccharine sweetness of pop idols, but did this Frankenstein's monster turn out heavenly or horrific? Micchy and Steve offer their takes. ― Zombie Land Saga stitches the flesh-melting fear of the undead to the saccharine sweetness of pop idols, but did this Frankenstein's monster turn out heavenly or horrific? This week, Micchy ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Worth Watching?

This series combines the action of Tiger and Bunny with a flirtatious flavor of buddy cop comedy. Micchy and Andy find out if the end result is as entertaining as it sounds. ― Double Decker! Doug & Kirill combines the action of Tiger and Bunny with a flirtatious flavor of buddy cop comedy. This week, Micchy and Andy find out if the end result is as entertaining as it sounds. Disclaimer: The views an...
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This Week in Anime - Is Golden Wind the Best or Worst Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Yet?

JJBA Part 5 has a more infamous reputation with Western fans, but many Japanese fans consider it to be the best. Nick and Steve call their own shots on this radically radiant new adventure. ― Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind has a more infamous reputation with Western fans, but many Japanese fans consider it to be the best. This week, Nick and Steve call their own shots on this radically radian...
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This Week in Anime - Whatever Happened to FLCL Alternative?

FLCL Alternative came and went without much fanfare after the divisive results of FLCL Progressive. This week, Andy and Steve look back on what new things this conclusion to the FLCL trilogy brought to the table. ― FLCL Alternative came and went without much fanfare after the divisive results of FLCL Progressive. This week, Andy and Steve look back on what new things this conclusion to the FLCL tril...
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This Week in Anime - Is Lost Song Worth Watching?

J-pop songstress Konomi Suzuki made her acting debut in Netflix's sweeping musical fantasy, Lost Song. Nick and Micchy find out if there's noteworthy underneath the surprisingly bland fluff on this show's surface. ― J-pop songstress Konomi Suzuki made her acting debut in Netflix's sweeping musical fantasy, Lost Song. This week, Nick and Micchy find out if there's noteworthy underneath the surprising...
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This Week in Anime - Is Attack on Titan Ramping Up or Just Going Off the Rails?

AoT's third season took plenty of risks with its more low-key military coup arc, but the titular Titans' long-awaited return to the spotlight has unleashed an avalanche of shocking twists! We pick up the pieces of a story that's growing ever more complicated. ― Editor's Note: Jacob has moved on from being a TWIA contributor, but he'll still be with the crew in spirit as the editor/coordinator of thi...
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This Week in Anime - Is Forest of Piano Worth Watching?

Forest of Piano has landed on Netflix, but this isn't the first time the classic manga has been adapted to animation. Micchy and Steve swap their classical music nerd observations about this troubled production. ― Forest of Piano has landed on Netflix, but this isn't the first time the classic manga has been adapted to animation. This week, Micchy and Steve swap their classical music nerd observatio...
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This Week in Anime - The Highs and Lows of MHA's License Exam Arc

My Hero Academia finished out its third season with more of a whisper than a bang. Nick and Micchy break down the standout moments of this low-key arc. ― My Hero Academia finished out its third season with more of a whisper than a bang. This week, Nick and Micchy break down the standout moments of this low-key arc. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Dragon Pilot Worth Watching?

Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan has finally dropped on Netflix. Nick and Steve find out what Shinji Higuchi and Mari Okada's unconventional dramedy has to say about workplace woes. ― Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan has finally dropped on Netflix. This week, Nick and Steve find out what Shinji Higuchi and Mari Okada's unconventional dramedy has to say about workplace woes. Disclaimer: The views and...
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This Week in Anime - Does Shoji Kawamori's Last Hope Make Any Sense?

This interdimensional action series has debuted its first half on Netflix, but is there any hope of deciphering its wacky sci fi plot? Nick and Micchy wax rhapsodic on the Macross creator's most unusual new ideas. ― Shoji Kawamori's Last Hope has debuted its first half on Netflix, but is there any hope of deciphering its wacky sci fi plot? This week, Nick and Micchy wax rhapsodic on the Macross crea...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Live-Action Bleach Movie Any Good?

The live-action Bleach movie has premiered on Netflix, but is it worth watching? Nick and Jacob find out if WB's version can please fans or stand on its own. ― The live-action Bleach movie has premiered on Netflix, but is it worth watching? This week, Nick and Jacob find out if WB's version can please fans or stand on its own. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this ...
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The Best of "This Week in Anime"

Just over a year after its creation, Nick, Micchy, Jacob, and Steve of This Week in Anime have laughed and cried over an avalanche of great and terrible anime. Here are some of our favorite memorable moments. ― Hello everyone! Our "This Week in Anime" feature will return next Tuesday to cover the newest avalanche of Netflix premieres, but in the meantime, we thought we'd put together a Best Of TWIA t...
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This Week in Anime - Planet With Can't Stop Topping Itself

Planet With's plot has only kept raising the stakes, cramming enough climaxes for a 50-episode show into only one season. Nick and Steve break down their favorite moments so far in this constantly-escalating mecha series. ― Planet With's plot has only kept raising the stakes, cramming enough climaxes for a 50-episode show into only one season. This week, Nick and Steve break down their favorite mome...
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This Week in Anime - Angels of Death is Surprisingly Hilarious

This series might look like a grim and gruesome piece of psychological horror, but its delightfully campy edge makes it more giggle-worthy than expected. Nick and Steve dig into the comedic kitsch buried just under the surface of this grave thriller. ― Angels of Death might look like a grim and gruesome piece of psychological horror, but its delightfully campy edge makes it more giggle-worthy than ex...
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This Week in Anime - Phantom in the Twilight's Heroine Kicks Ass

Phantom in the Twilight has flown well under the radar this season as a Chinese co-production with an otome game premise. This week, Nick and Michelle explain why it deserves a second look. ― Phantom in the Twilight has flown well under the radar this season as a Chinese co-production with an otome game premise. This week, Nick and Michelle explain why it deserves a second look. Disclaimer: The views...
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This Week in Anime - Is Banana Fish Trying Too Hard To Be Shocking?

Banana Fish's body count has ramped up as the story powers past new points of no return every week, but does this diminish or enhance its appeal? We discuss our complicated feelings on this crime drama's dark spiral. ― Banana Fish's body count has ramped up as the story powers past new points of no return every week, but does this diminish or enhance its appeal? This week, Michelle and Steve discuss ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Happy Sugar Life?

Happy Sugar Life's premise is nothing like its sweet title would have you believe. Nick and Micchy explain why this shocking blend of slice-of-life comedy and violent mystery thriller leaves a more bitter taste in their mouths. ― Happy Sugar Life's premise is nothing like its sweet title would have you believe. This week, Nick and Micchy explain why this shocking blend of slice-of-life comedy and vio...
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This Week in Anime - Revue Starlight is a Dazzling Surprise

Revue Starlight has sparkled its way into the hearts of many fans this season, but what makes this surreal spin on school idols different from its peers? Nick and Steve take center stage to find the answers. ― Revue Starlight has sparkled its way into the hearts of many fans this season, but what makes this surreal spin on school idols different from its peers? This week, Nick and Steve take center s...
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This Week in Anime - Attack on Titan Gets Political

Attack on Titan roars back for its third season with a suspicious lack of Titan attacks. Nick and Micchy discuss the political intrigue of this more narratively complex new anime arc. ― Attack on Titan roars back for its third season with a suspicious lack of Titan attacks. This week, Nick and Micchy discuss the political intrigue of this more narratively complex new anime arc. Disclaimer: The views ...
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This Week in Anime - Is How NOT To Summon a Demon Lord Worth Watching?

Demon Lord is yet another isekai fantasy featuring an overpowered protagonist and demi-human slavery, so what makes it stand out from the crowd enough to be popular? Nick and Jacob dig into this show's dirty secrets to success. ― How NOT To Summon a Demon Lord is yet another isekai fantasy featuring an overpowered protagonist and demi-human slavery, so what makes it stand out from the crowd enough to...
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This Week in Anime - Hanebado! Has No Chill

Hanebado! came on strong as the world's most melodramatic badminton anime, but has it taken those heights of angst too far? Micchy and Steve hang on for dear life through this series' wild mood swings. ― Hanebado! came on strong as the world's most melodramatic badminton anime, but has it taken those heights of angst too far? This week, Micchy and Steve hang on for dear life through this series' wild...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Planet With?

Planet With is the first original anime project written by beloved manga author Satoshi Mizukami, and it's been absurd and exciting from the start to its shocking halfway point cliffhanger. Nick and Jacob try to make sense of this mecha action rollercoaster. ― Planet With is the first original anime project written by beloved manga author Satoshi Mizukami, and it's been absurd and exciting from the s...
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This Week in Anime - Is Flavors of Youth Worth Watching?

Flavors of Youth blends Makoto Shinkai's aesthetic with the work of talented Chinese artists and storytellers. Micchy and Steve offer their take on the Netflix debut of this film about change and nostalgia. ― Flavors of Youth blends Makoto Shinkai's aesthetic with the work of talented Chinese artists and storytellers. This week, Micchy and Steve offer their take on the Netflix debut of this film abou...
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This Week in Anime - Asobi Asobase is the Filthiest Comedy of the Season

It seemed like just another slice-of-life series on the surface, but there's something strange going on under this show's pastel facade. Nick and Micchy share their appreciation for this oddly hilarious gem. ― Asobi Asobase seemed like just another slice-of-life series on the surface, but there's something strange going on under its pastel facade. This week, Nick and Micchy share their appreciation f...
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This Week in Anime - Cells at Work! Makes Learning Fun (and Disgusting)

Cells at Work! turns the human body into a thriving civilization with wildly entertaining results. Jacob and Steve share their favorite things about this unusual piece of edutainment. ― Cells at Work! turns the human body into a thriving civilization with wildly entertaining results. This week, Jacob and Steve share their favorite things about this unusual piece of edutainment. Disclaimer: The views ...
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This Week in Anime - Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle Isn't Quite What Fans Were Expecting

The second in Netflix's new trilogy of Godzilla films from Polygon Pictures and Gen Urobuchi has finally arrived! Nick and Jacob break down how this movie betrayed our expectations in both good ways and bad. ― Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle is the second in Netflix's new trilogy of films from Polygon Pictures and Gen Urobuchi. This week, Nick and Jacob break down how this movie betrayed our exp...
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This Week in Anime - Can Free! Season 3 Recapture that Iwatobi Swimming Club Magic?

Free! Dive to the Future brings Kyoto Animation's beloved swimming boys back to the small screen, but is the show still worth watching nearly half a decade later? ― Free! -Dive to the Future- brings Kyoto Animation's beloved swimming boys back to the small screen, but is the show still worth watching nearly half a decade later? This week, Nick and Jacob plunge back into this summer spectacle. Disclai...
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This Week in Anime - Does the '80s-tastic Banana Fish Work For Modern Anime Fans?

Banana Fish brings the grit and scandal of a 1980s BL-flavored crime drama into the 21st century. We scope out how well this material has aged and what it can offer the anime fans of today. ― Banana Fish brings the grit and scandal of a 1980s BL-flavored crime drama into the 21st century. This week, Micchy and Steve scope out how well this material has aged and what it can offer the anime fans of tod...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Fate/Extra Last Encore?

F/E LE premiered on Netflix last month to plenty of head-scratching from even experienced Fate fanatics. We run down this show's often baffling plot and what went wrong in adaptation. ― Fate/Extra Last Encore premiered on Netflix last month to plenty of head-scratching from even experienced Fate fanatics. This week, Nick and Jacob run down this show's often baffling plot and what went wrong in adapta...
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This Week in Anime - Did FLCL Progressive Live Up to its Predecessor?

FLCL Progressive came to an end last weekend, and fans are still divided on the results. This week, Nick and Steve parse their gut feelings on this highly anticipated sequel. ― FLCL Progressive came to an end last weekend, and fans are still divided on the results. This week, Nick and Steve parse their gut feelings on this highly anticipated sequel. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the...
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This Week in Anime - The Lovable New Thieves of Persona 5 the Animation

P5A continues to expand its cast as it barrels through the dense content of its source JRPG. We discuss our favorite Phantom Thieves and the highs and lows of their ensuing adventures. ― Persona 5 the Animation continues to expand its cast as it barrels through the dense content of its source JRPG. This week, Michelle and Steve discuss their favorite Phantom Thieves and the highs and lows of their en...
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This Week in Anime - My Hero Academia Reaches New Heights of Greatness

All Might introduced fans to a whole new world of smash this week, leaving everyone reeling from the fallout. Nick and Steve get passionate about what this drastic turn for the story means to them. ― My Hero Academia introduced fans to a whole new world of smash this week, leaving everyone reeling from the fallout. This week, Nick and Steve get passionate about what this drastic turn for the story me...
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This Week in Anime - Why Hinamatsuri Was the Best Comedy of the Season

Hinamatsuri warmed hearts and busted guts this past spring with a treasure trove of unexpected gags. We reflect on our favorite moments and ponder on just what made this comedy special. ― Hinamatsuri warmed hearts and busted guts this past spring with a treasure trove of unexpected gags. This week, Michelle and Steve reflect on their favorite moments and ponder on just what made this show special. Di...
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This Week in Anime - The Rowdy Rogues' Gallery of Golden Kamuy

From horny hunters to crazed cannibals, Golden Kamuy has some of the screwiest villains of the anime season. Michelle and Jacob discuss their favorite (and least favorite) rapscallions on the trail of the Ainu treasure. ― From horny hunters to crazed cannibals, Golden Kamuy has some of the screwiest villains of the anime season. This week, Michelle and Jacob discuss their favorite (and least favorite...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Darling in the FRANXX?

Darling in the FRANXX has given some viewers whiplash with its unprecedented plot twists over the last few weeks. Nick and Steve discuss where things went wrong for them in this ambitious mecha series. ― Darling in the FRANXX has given some viewers whiplash with its unprecedented plot twists over the last few weeks. This week, Nick and Steve discuss where things went wrong for them in this ambitious ...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch GeGeGe no Kitarō

Kitarō is a classic manga with a long history of different adaptations, but this newest series is surprisingly relevant to the modern day. We explain why you should check out this unusually biting kids' horror anthology. ― GeGeGe no Kitarō is a classic manga with a long history of different adaptations, but this newest series is surprisingly relevant to the modern day. This week, Nick and Steve expla...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in To Be Heroine?

This truly unusual take on isekai stars a girl who must fight for her future using anthropomorphized articles of clothing, but is there more to this web series lurking under its silly surface? We delve into this ambitious Chinese coproduction. ― To Be Heroine is a truly unusual take on isekai where one girl must fight for her future using anthropomorphized articles of clothing, but is there more to t...
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This Week in Anime - Joe's Rough Road to Megalonia

The hits keep on coming in MEGALOBOX, but the road to dusty death is paved with fascinating foes. We examine the many multi-faceted fighters Joe has faced so far. ― The hits keep on coming in MEGALOBOX, but the road to dusty death is paved with some fascinating foes. This week, Nick and Steve examine the many multi-faceted fighters Joe has faced so far. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by...
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This Week in Anime - FLCL Returns in Two New Flavors

FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative have rocked their way onto Toonami to put a new spin on the classic series. Nick and Steve discuss what we know so far about these two very different approaches to the material. ― FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative have rocked their way onto Toonami to put a new spin on the classic series. This week, Nick and Steve discuss what we know so far about these two v...
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This Week in Anime - Is Tokyo Ghoul:re Worth Returning For?

Three years after the tragic conclusion of Tokyo Ghoul, Tokyo Ghoul:re has returned to soft reboot Kaneki Ken's story. We suss out whether this prolonged continuation offers anything special enough to bring fans back to the action. ― Three years after the tragic conclusion of Tokyo Ghoul, Tokyo Ghoul:re has returned to soft reboot Kaneki Ken's story. This week, Nick and Steve suss out whether this pr...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Food Wars!?

Food Wars! The Third Plate has ramped up the stakes and the steaks this season in unprecedented ways. Nick and Jacob are still reeling from this dramatic shift in Soma and Erina's story. ― Food Wars! The Third Plate has ramped up the stakes and the steaks this season in unprecedented ways. This week, Nick and Jacob are still reeling from this dramatic shift in Soma and Erina's story. Disclaimer: The ...
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This Week in Anime - My Hero Academia's Lovable League of Villains

This Shonen Jump hit has unloaded a whole new slough of baddies this season to deliver a series of knock-down-drag-out brawls with dire consequences. We discuss our favorite moments and characters from this explosive arc. ― My Hero Academia has unloaded a whole new slough of baddies this season to deliver a series of knock-down-drag-out brawls with dire consequences. This week, Nick and Micchy discus...
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This Week in Anime - Wotakoi is the Relatable Otaku Love Story We Need

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku delivers warm fuzzy romance and anime reference humor in equal measure. Nick and Steve dig into what aspects of this romcom they see in the otaku relationships around them. ― Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku delivers warm fuzzy romance and anime reference humor in equal measure. This week, Nick and Steve dig into what aspects of this romcom they see in the otaku relatio...
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This Week in Anime - What is Legend of the Galactic Heroes About Anyway?

LOGH: Die Neue These is a daunting title for an intimidating political space opera. Never fear! We're here to explain the character motivations, themes, and surprisingly silly charm of this rebooted classic. ― Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These is a daunting title for an intimidating political space opera. This week, Nick and Micchy explain the character motivations, themes, and surprising...
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This Week in Anime - Last Period turns Gacha Hell into Comedy Gold

Last Period is an RPG-style comedy with a twist, like if Konosuba took place in a freemium game where all the rolls come up 1-star. We find out if this extremely meta adventure is hilarious or just depressing. ― Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair is an RPG-style comedy with a twist, like if Konosuba took place in a freemium mobile game where all the rolls come up 1-star. This week, Ni...
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This Week in Anime - Is the New Gun Gale Online Better Than Sword Art Online?

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online may be a mouthful of a title, but does it outshine its predecessor? This week, Nick and Jacob talk SAO vs. GGO. ― Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online may be a mouthful of a title, but does it outshine its predecessor? This week, Nick and Jacob talk SAO vs. GGO. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Tada Never Falls In Love Worth Your Time?

It may be the newest original romcom from the staff behind Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, but those are some big shoes to fill. We explain why Tada and his friends may not be ready for the big time yet. ― Tada Never Falls In Love is the newest original romcom from the staff behind Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, but those are some big shoes to fill. This week, Nick and Micchy explain why Tada and his friends ...
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This Week in Anime - Can Golden Kamuy's Anime Do the Manga Justice?

When Golden Kamuy barreled into the spring season with a giant CGI bear, people balked at this adaptation's choices. We weigh the pros and cons of this troubled production and its golden source material. ― When Golden Kamuy barreled into the spring season with a giant CGI bear, people balked at this adaptation's choices. This week, Nick and Steve weigh the pros and cons of this troubled production an...
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This Week in Anime - Does Persona 5 Work as an Anime Adaptation?

ATLUS's hit JRPG has finally become an anime series, but does it offer enough fresh flavor to entice prior fans or make any sense to newcomers? Micchy and Steve find out how P5A holds up. ― ATLUS's hit JRPG has finally become an anime series with Persona 5 the Animation, but does it offer enough fresh flavor to entice prior fans or make any sense to newcomers? This week, Micchy and Steve find out how...
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This Week in Anime - Why Aggretsuko is the Voice of a Generation

Sanrio's new workplace comedy has screamed its way onto Netflix to summon a legion of new fans. We explore what makes this millennial metalhead panda's quarter-life crisis so incredibly relatable. ― Sanrio's new workplace comedy, Aggretsuko, has screamed its way onto Netflix to summon a legion of new fans. This week, Micchy and Jacob explore what makes this millennial metalhead panda's quarter-life c...
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This Week in Anime - Just How Weird is Hinamatsuri?

Hinamatsuri is part absurdist comedy, part sentimental sap, and all too unusual to summarize. We do their best to explain what makes this odd show so special. ― Hinamatsuri is part absurdist comedy, part sentimental sap, and all too unusual to summarize. This week, Michelle and Steve do their best to explain what makes this odd show special. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the partici...
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This Week in Anime - Uma Musume Means Horse Girls

This series galloped into the new season with a truly bizarre premise that hasn't yet drawn much attention. We make hay about this uniquely equine sports/idol show while it's still sitting pretty in the spotlight. ― Uma Musume Pretty Derby galloped into the new season with a truly bizarre premise that hasn't yet drawn much attention. This week, Nick and Micchy make hay about this uniquely equine spor...
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This Week in Anime - Rocking and Socking with MEGALOBOX

Since it's an anime-original production, nobody knew what to expect when Megalobox punched its way into the new season. This week, we pick our jaws off the floor to discuss this boxing series' strengths and future potential. ― Since it's an anime-original production, nobody knew what to expect when Megalobox punched its way into the new season. This week, Nick and Steve pick their jaws off the floor ...
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This Week in Anime - Giving ReLife a Second Chance

Almost two years after it first aired, Crunchyroll has released the final four episodes of the heartwarming high school drama, ReLife. This week, Nick and Jacob return to this underrated gem to share their thoughts on the full journey. ― Almost two years after it first aired, Crunchyroll has released the final four episodes of the heartwarming high school drama, ReLife. This week, Nick and Jacob retu...
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This Week in Anime - Is Violet Evergarden Worth Watching?

Netflix has finally released Kyoto Animation's visually ambitious new series to audiences around the world. This week, Nick and Steve discuss their feelings on this gorgeous yet divisive story. ― Netflix has finally released Kyoto Animation's visually ambitious Violet Evergarden to audiences around the world. This week, Nick and Steve discuss their feelings on this gorgeous yet divisive story. Discla...
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This Week in Anime - A Place Further Than the Universe and Back Again

This season's hidden gem dramedy about four girls chasing a dream to travel to Antarctica has finally come to its bittersweet conclusion. We break out the tissues and talk about what this show meant to us. ― A Place Further Than the Universe, this season's hidden gem dramedy about four girls chasing a dream to travel to Antarctica, has finally come to its bittersweet conclusion. This week, Nick and M...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell Happened in Sword Gai: The Animation?

This hyperviolent action series is pretty much exactly what it says in the title, so why is it so hard to follow? This week, Nick and Steve do their best to make sense of this sword guy's adventures. ― Sword Gai the Animation is pretty much exactly what it says in the title, so why is it so hard to follow? This week, Nick and Steve do their best to make sense of this sword guy's adventures. Disclaime...
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This Week in Anime - Slogging Through Children of the Whales

After finally being released from Netflix jail, Children of the Whales turned out to be a much muddier viewing experience than anticipated. We discuss what went wrong for this ambitious fantasy series. ― After finally being released from Netflix jail, Children of the Whales turned out to be a much muddier viewing experience than anticipated. This week, Nick and Steve discuss what went wrong for this ...
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This Week in Anime - Thrills and Horror in A.I.C.O. Incarnation

Last week, Netflix released Studio Bones' ambitious new original sci fi anime. We take a deep dive into this dizzying blend of action, mystery, and body horror. ― Last week, Netflix released Studio Bones' ambitious new original sci fi anime, A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-. This week, Nick and Jacob take a deep dive into this dizzying blend of action, mystery, and body horror. Disclaimer: The views and opinio...
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This Week in Anime - The Ancient Magus' Bride Soars to New Heights

After months of buildup, this fantastical drama has finally delivered a breathtaking climax to Chise's long and difficult journey. We discuss our reactions to this game-changing turn of events. ― After building us up for this moment over twenty-one emotional episodes, The Ancient Magus' Bride has finally delivered a breathtaking climax to Chise's long and difficult journey. This week in anime, Nick a...
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This Week in Anime - The Bizarre and Beautiful Blunders of B: The Beginning

When this supernatural mystery thriller landed on Netflix, no one really knew what to expect from it. After taking the plunge, we got way more than we bargained for out of this over-the-top serial-killing adventure. ― When B: The Beginning landed on Netflix, no one really knew what to expect from the supernatural mystery thriller. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve get way more than they bargaine...
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This Week in Anime - What Went Wrong in Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody?

While this series debuted to intensely negative reviews, fans of isekai light novels have been trying to give it the benefit of the doubt. Nick and Micchy find out how much of this messy adaptation they can handle as they sleuth out where things turned sour. ― While Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody debuted to intensely negative reviews, fans of isekai light novels have been trying to give i...
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This Week in Anime - Has Black Clover Gotten Better?

Black Clover debuted last fall to extremely mixed responses from shonen fans, but now that its first major arc has concluded, is Asta a little less annoying in the bigger picture? We churned through over a dozen episodes to find out. ― Black Clover debuted last fall to extremely mixed responses from shonen fans, but now that its first major arc has concluded, is Asta a little less annoying in the big...
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This Week in Anime - Is Record of Grancrest War Worth Watching?

This series from the creator of Record of Lodoss War is the season's best option for fans of traditional RPG fantasy, but pickings in that genre can be slim. We explore what Grancrest War has going for it compared to its old-school peers. ― This series from the creator of Record of Lodoss War is the season's best option for fans of traditional RPG fantasy, but pickings in that genre can be slim. This...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Any Good?

Warner Bros. live-action FMA movie has finally arrived on Netflix to surprisingly little fanfare. We discover why this particular project didn't get the U.S. theatrical attention of its peers. ― Warner Bros. live-action FMA film has finally arrived on Netflix to surprisingly little fanfare. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob discover why this particular project didn't get the U.S. theatrical attentio...
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This Week in Anime - Is Citrus' Forbidden Romance Trash or Treasure?

Citrus has turned a few heads with its incestuous twist on lesbian romance. We suss out whether this makes for a juicy love story or just sour pulp. ― Citrus has turned a few heads with its incestuous twist on lesbian romance. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve suss out whether this makes for a juicy love story or just sour pulp. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in...
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This Week in Anime - Is After the Rain's Forbidden Romance Worth Rooting For?

After the Rain has raised a few eyebrows with its taboo subject matter, but is its controversial story hiding beauty beyond its gorgeous production work? We explore the highs and lows of this romantic minefield. ― After the Rain has raised a few eyebrows with its taboo subject matter, but is its controversial story hiding beauty beyond its gorgeous production work? This week in anime, Nick and Jacob ...
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This Week in Anime - Why We're Going Crazy For Kakegurui

After six months of waiting, fans can finally watch super-rich teens stake their lives on games of chance in Kakegurui on Netflix. This week, we explore all the ways this incredibly strange show surprised us. ― After six months of waiting, fans can finally watch super-rich teens stake their lives on games of chance in Kakegurui on Netflix. This week in anime, Jacob and Steve explore all the ways this...
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This Week in Anime - Is A Place Further Than the Universe Worth Exploring?

This series delivers an Antarctic twist on high school dramedy. Nick and Steve explain what makes this unexpected gem so endearing. ― A Place Further Than the Universe delivers an Antarctic twist on high school dramedy. This week in anime, Nick and Steve explain what makes this unexpected gem so endearing. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the vi...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Pop Team Epic?

There's oddball anime comedies out there, and then there's Pop Team Epic. We respond to this irreverent anti-comedy in the only way we can—kicking and screaming. ― There's oddball anime comedies out there, and then there's Pop Team Epic. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve respond to this irreverent anti-comedy in the only way they can—kicking and screaming. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expr...
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This Week in Anime - DARLING in the FRANXX Has Only One Thing on its Mind

DARLING in the FRANXX is the newest post-Evangelion mecha anime about teenagers and their ugly sex drives. We take a look at how it's stacking up against similar horny yet introspective series so far. ― DARLING in the FRANXX is the newest post-Evangelion mecha anime about teenagers and their ugly sex drives. This week in anime, Nick and Micchy see how it's stacking up against similar horny yet intros...
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This Week in Anime - Can Junji Ito Collection Do its Spooky Source Material Justice?

This anime adaptation is the latest to try and capture its author's uniquely idiosyncratic style of horror manga. We find out if this anthology can escape that Junji Ito curse. ― Junji Ito Collection is the latest anime to try and capture the author's uniquely idiosyncratic style of horror manga. This week in anime, Nick and Steve find out if this anthology can escape that Junji Ito curse. Disclaimer...
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This Week in Anime - Does Netflix's New Godzilla Live Up to the Hype?

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters just hit Netflix as the first in a trilogy of CG films. We find out if Polygon Pictures and Gen Urobuchi could give their new take on a classic kaiju any bite. ― Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters just hit Netflix as the first in a trilogy of CG films. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob find out if Polygon Pictures and Gen Urobuchi could give their new take on a classic...
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This Week in Anime - GARO Vanishing Line Takes a Road Trip Across America!

Now that it's done setting up its story, GARO -Vanishing Line- has taken off on a wild road trip across the USA. We explore how this change has made the show stronger. ― Now that it's done setting up its story, GARO -Vanishing Line- has taken off on a wild road trip across the USA. This week in anime, Nick and Steve expound on how this change has made the show stronger. Disclaimer: The views and opin...
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This Week in Anime - The Fantastic Final Days of Girls' Last Tour

Now that it's no longer behind a double-paywall, there's no better time to catch up on this post-apocalyptic adventure while settling in for the winter. We share our favorite things about this surprisingly impactful series. ― Now that Girls' Last Tour is no longer behind a double-paywall, there's no better time to catch up on all the post-apocalyptic adventure while settling in for the winter. This w...
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This Week in Anime - Was Inuyashiki Worth Watching?

Inuyashiki Last Hero managed to adapt its entire source manga in just 11 episodes, but its twists and turns resulted in some divisive takes. We get into their own tumultuous feelings on the creator of Gantz's latest story. ― Inuyashiki Last Hero managed to adapt its entire source manga in just 11 episodes, but its twists and turns resulted in some divisive takes. This week in anime, Nick and Jake get...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell Happened to Anime-Gataris?

Anime-Gataris started out as a pleasant slice-of-life comedy about a high school anime club but soon leaped off the deep end into meta madness. We try to piece together this show's insane conclusion. ― Anime-Gataris started out as a pleasant slice-of-life comedy about a high school anime club but soon leaped off the deep end into layer after layer of meta madness. This week in anime, Micchy and Steve...
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This Week in Anime - Was the Zodiac War Worth Fighting For?

Juni Taisen was a fight to the finish between Chinese Zodiac-themed warriors, but its twists and turns left viewers equally divided. We duke it out over whether this battle royale was worth watching. ― We hope you've been enjoying our new This Week in Anime feature this year! We'll be back for more anime discussion on January 2nd, but we're off for the yuletide season! Happy Holidays and we'll see yo...
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This Week in Anime - Who's the Best Boy in The Ancient Magus' Bride?

The Ancient Magus' Bride has introduced a new best friend or two to Chise's life. We discuss how her relationships with these magical boys (and girls) around her have developed. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride has introduced a new best friend or two to Chise's life. This week in anime, Nick and Steve discuss how her relationships with these magical boys (and girls) around her have developed. Disclaimer: T...
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This Week in Anime - Whatever Happened to Welcome to the Ballroom?

Welcome to the Ballroom began as one of the most anticipated shows of the summer, but enthusiasm has dropped off sharply since then. We look back on what went wrong as the series waltzes toward its conclusion. ― Welcome to the Ballroom began as one of the most anticipated shows of last summer season, but enthusiasm has dropped off sharply since then. This week in anime, Nick and Jake track the series...
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This Week in Anime - Will These MMO Junkies Live Happily Ever After?

Recovery of an MMO Junkie has been a wild ride, but it's finally time for Moriko and Sakurai to start a new chapter together. We speculate on the next horizon for this nerdy couple. ― Recovery of an MMO Junkie has been a wild ride, but it's finally time for Moriko and Sakurai to start a new chapter together. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve speculate what lies on the horizon for this nerdy coup...
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This Week in Anime - A Sister's All You Need...But Is It Really?

To call this romcom divisive would be a gross understatement, mixing wry observations on the publishing industry with a heap of eyebrow-raising fetishes. Is this show's journey worth taking despite several miles of speedbumps? ― To call A Sister's All You Need. divisive would be a gross understatement, as a romcom that mixes wry observations on the publishing industry with a heap of eyebrow-raising f...
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This Week in Anime - Who's the MVP of Libra in Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond?

This second season has expanded the series' initial focus on Leonardo to give more love to the rest of its eccentric cast. Nick and Steve explore how this ensemble approach is working out so far. ― Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond has expanded its focus on Leonardo from the first season to give more love to the rest of its eccentric cast. This week in anime, Nick and Steve explore how this ensembl...
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This Week in Anime - Is Land of the Lustrous the Best 3DCG Anime?

This sleeper hit of the season has captured fans' hearts and minds with its fantastical world and one-of-a-kind style of 3D animation. We explore what makes this series such a gem. ― Land of the Lustrous has become a sleeper hit this season, capturing fans' hearts and minds with its fantastical world and one-of-a-kind style of 3D animation. This week in anime, Micchy and Steve explore what makes this...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in King's Game?

Survival games are still a hot genre in anime, but King's Game the Animation is just a hot mess. This week in anime, we detail what went wrong for this hilarious horrorshow. ― Survival games are still a hot genre in anime, but King's Game the Animation is just a hot syrupy mess compared to its peers. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob detail what went wrong for this hilarious horrorshow. Disclaimer: ...

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