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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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This Week in Anime - Is SUPER HXEROES Sexiness a Bug or a Feature?

One (1) guy and his entourage of lady friends use their sexual powers to fight humanoid bugs called Kiseishuu that threaten to sap all the sexy time energy out of the populous! ― It's finally time for the Battle of Nicks as Nicholas "Nick" Dupree and Monique "Nicky" Thomas discuss this season's other unabashed sex comedy SUPER HXEROES: "H"EROES SAVE THE WORLD (caps necessary). The show follows one (...
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This Week in Anime - Great Pretender is a Devious Joyride

Edamura, a small-time crook, quickly finds himself pulled into the high-stakes world of fleecing millionaires alongside the devious Laurent. Also, did we mention there are cats? ― Wit Studio's latest anime is a jet-setting affair starring con artists and the scummy jerks who had it coming. The original series stars Makoto "Edamame" Edamura, a small-time crook that quickly finds himself pulled into t...
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This Week in Anime - Peter Grill and the Spunky Bunch

In the running for the raunchiest show of the season is Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time. What's the latter half of the title mean? Who cares! ― In the running for the raunchiest show of the season is Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time. What's the latter half of the title mean? Who cares! Peter's too busy staving off the salacious of affections of every Tina, Diana, and Harriet who want a ...
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This Week in Anime - Is the New My Hero Academia OVA Killer or Filler?

I know we all miss the comfort that a school schedule can bring. Oh, not that one. I'm talking about UA and the Quirk-y heroes in training of My Hero Academia! ― I know we all miss the comfort that a school schedule can bring. Oh, not that one. I'm talking about UA and the Quirk-y heroes in training of My Hero Academia! Season 5 is coming someday, but until then there's a new OVA out that takes us b...
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This Week in Anime - Who Keeps Giving Yamakan Money?

Honestly, we'll all probably end up blocked on Twitter (if Yamakan isn't booted off the service again). ― Crunchyroll recently added director Yutaka "Yamakan" Yamamoto's latest film, Hakubo (Twilight). The 45-minute film carries a lot of baggage, thanks mostly to the long history of its director's mean-spirited commentary towards colleagues, otaku, and even assault victims. Nick and Steve try the im...
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This Week in Anime - The Strangely Dark World of Unico

Who's ready to see a pastel unicorn baby face off against the undying evil of aristocracy? ― The inimitable Osamu Tezuka teamed up with Sanrio to create a cute little unicorn to add to the company's mascot roster, but it wouldn't be a Tezuka joint without some questionably adult themes. Who's ready to see a pastel unicorn baby face off against the undying evil of aristocracy? Disclaimer: The views a...
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This Week in Anime - Siege on Cybertron

Your beloved alien 'bot vehicle boys are back but this time the war is at home. Is this grittier entry in the kids' toy franchise a masterpiece in disguise? ― Netflix dropped the six-episode Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege!, the first part in a planned animated trilogy by Polygon Pictures. Your beloved alien 'bot vehicle boys are back but this time the war is at home. Is this grittier...
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This Week in Anime - What Has Re:Zero's Subaru Learned?

Subaru was a divisive character but as we follow his journey through season two, Subaru continues to grow into, dare I say, a good person? ― Subaru was a divisive character in the original Re:Zero and understandably grated on some viewers' nerves. As we follow his journey through season two, Subaru continues to grow into, dare I say, a good person? Micchy and Nick look at the jam-packed first four e...
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This Week in Anime - Is God of High School Living Up to the Hype?

It's the action-packed anime of the summer but is amazing battle choreography enough to carry an entire show? Micchy and Nick adjust their halos for God of High School! ― It's the action-packed anime of the summer but is amazing battle choreography enough to carry an entire show? Micchy and Nick adjust their halos for God of High School! Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participan...
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This Week in Anime - Goddamn, It's Gundam Time!

The original 1979 anime series can be a bit cumbersome to new fans like Nicky, but fortunately Gundam.info's official YouTube channel is offering the condensed movie trilogy for free! ― Yoshiyuki Tomino changed anime as we know it with the debut of Mobile Suit Gundam, the genre-defining mecha show that birthed a franchise that continues to this day. The original 1979 anime series can be a bit cumber...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Deca-Dence?

Mob Psycho 100 director Yuzuru Tachikawa successfully pulled a fast one on even the most seasoned anime viewers with Deca-Dence's big reveal in episode two. Nick and Steve lay out what the heel-turn means for the show's themes and why it's the "must watch" of the season. ― Mob Psycho 100 director Yuzuru Tachikawa successfully pulled a fast one on even the most seasoned anime viewers with Deca-Dence'...
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This Week in Anime - Ladies Hentai Gets Short-Shafted

New TWIA initiate Nicky joins the crew but her first assignment is delving into the obscure reaches of Coolmic, a mobile manga service focusing on translating all that lady-targeted smut that's adapted into an anime each season. ― New TWIA initiate Nicky joins the crew but her first assignment is delving into the obscure reaches of Coolmic, a mobile manga service focusing on translating all that lad...
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This Week in Anime - How Does Pokémon Journeys Measure Up?

Ash's decades-long journey to be a Pokémon Master gets a little change-up with the addition of brand-new co-protagonist Goh. Is the new friend enough to refresh the franchise? ― Ash's decades-long journey to be a Pokemon Master gets a little change-up with the addition of brand-new co-protagonist Goh. After the non-stop hilarity of Sun & Moon, how does Pokémon Journeys: The Series measure up? Discl...
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This Week in Anime - Black Jack and the Gang Punch the President

Nick and Steve turned to famed director Osamu Dezaki's version of the story which pits Black Jack against horrific foes...including the (not) United States. ― Manga creator Osamu Tezuka has many iconic characters to his credit: Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Princess Sapphire, Hyakkimaru, the Phoenix, and Unico, to name a few. Of his many recurring characters, none are perhaps as dark as Black Jac...
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This Week in Anime - The Castle of Ghibliostro

Micchy and Steve look back on Hayao Miyazaki's feature film debut, starring a reimagined Lupin. How did the Ghibli master interpret Monkey Punch's famous thief? ― In the lull of summer season premieres, Micchy and Steve look back on Hayao Miyazaki's feature film debut Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro. The classic 70s film features a different Lupin and an interesting connection to Disney's The Gr...
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This Week in Anime - BNA Pulls the Trigger

Underneath the furry folks that inhabit Anima City is the all too familiar darkness of discrimination, social disparity, and a character Nick calls "the most despicable villain Trigger's ever delivered." ― Hot off their hit film Promare, studio Trigger is back with BNA: Brand New Animal, now streaming on Netflix. The anime is easily one of the studio's most thematically ambitious. Underneath the fur...
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This Week in Anime - The Messy Drama of Fruits Basket

Shigure shows another side, Akito's terror continues, and more of Kyo's back story is revealed. Micchy and Steve look at how the fluffy romp turned into an emotional rollercoaster. ― The new anime adaptation of the landmark shojo manga Fruits Basket broke new ground this season, moving into plot threads that weren't previously animated. Shigure shows another side, Akito's terror continues to haunt t...
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This Week in Anime - What is Going On in One Piece Stampede?

Nick attempts to guide the uninitiated Steve through the barrage of One Piece references, let's see how it turns out. ― Funimation blessed us with 60 days of One Piece Stampede, the 2019 anime film that brings Luffy and the Straw Hat crew to a festival by and for pirates. What they find is every one-off character the pirate world has to offer. Nick attempts to guide the uninitiated Steve through the...
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This Week in Anime - The Incomparable Otaku no Video

Long before Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! introduced the world to the creative forces of Mizusaki, Kawamori, and Asakusa, Gainax produced the one-of-a-kind mockumentary, Otaku no Video. ― Long before Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! introduced the world to the creative forces of Mizusaki, Kawamori, and Asakusa, Gainax produced the one-of-a-kind mockumentary, Otaku no Video. One part animated story abou...
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This Week in Anime - Cat Got Your Tongue?

Studio Colorido brought powerhouse scriptwriter Mari Okada to pen the new coming-of-age cat story A Whisker Away, now streaming on Netflix. How does it all shake out? ― Studio Colorido caught fan's attention with its impressive Puzzle & Dragons mobile game ads and continued to impress with full-length animated features like Penguin Highway. Now the studio has switched out adorable birds for the inte...
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This Week in Anime - Is Tower of God Living Up to Expectations?

Crunchyroll's action-packed original Tower of God is hitting the right spot with viewers, but the TWIA crew has a much different take on the show and Bam and Rachel's relationship. ― Crunchyroll's action-packed original Tower of God is hitting the right spot with viewers according to the streaming company, but Nick and Micchy have a much different take on the show and Bam and Rachel's "relationship....
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This Week in Anime - Glip Glop Gleipnir

It's a sexy kigurumi death match when Shūichi Kagaya finds himself transformed into a giant mascot character and entangled with fellow student Clair Aoki. Oh, and sometimes Clair climbs inside Shūichi and gets all up in his sinewy muscles. It's Gleipnir, ladies and gentlemen! ― It's a sexy kigurumi death match when Shūichi Kagaya finds himself transformed into a giant mascot character and entangled ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going On in Dorohedoro?

There's never been anything quite like Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro. Sorcerers, hell-adjacent mobsters, and... giant flesh-eating cockroach that plays baseball? ― There's never been anything quite like Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro. Sorcerers, hell-adjacent mobsters, a giant flesh-eating cockroach that plays baseball. MAPPA has brought the strange manga series to life at a rip-roaring pace but parsing out th...
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This Week in Anime - Is Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai Any Good?

Got baby sister blues? So does Kun, but he'll need to go on a big journey to learn just how important family really is. Can a 4-year-old carry a whole film? Well... ― Growing up is tough work for a kid but 4-year-old Kun is in for a doozy as he goes traveling through time and space to learn the important lessons of family...some more harrowing than others. Does Mamoru Hosoda capture the magic of chi...
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This Week in Anime - Kakushigoto is the Go-To Cushy Show of Spring

Steve and Nick strap-in for puns, parodies, and family drama as they examine Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto. ― Steve and Nick strap-in for puns, parodies, and family drama as they examine Koji Kumeta's Kakushigoto. The series' stunning visuals are the backdrop in a story about one father's quest to keep his daughter from finding out his line of work as an ecchi manga artist. The premise seems thin; can i...
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This Week in Anime - Is City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes Worth Watching?

Ryo Saeba is back with guns blazing to introduce all the new kids to his City Hunter charms, but is the latest installment in the decades old franchise bringing anything new to table? Nick and Micchy discuss what works well and what should have stayed buried in the tech bubble. ― Ryo Saeba is back with guns blazing to introduce all the new kids to his City Hunter charms, but is the latest installmen...
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This Week in Anime - The Sweet Life of Villainess Catarina Claes

"You know how a lot of isekai is traditional masculine wish fulfillment wrapped up in fantasy dressings with at-best questionable politics sprinkled on top? Well, what if I told you it didn't have to be like that." ― Catarina Claes didn't realize she was dropped into the world of her favorite romance sim until a sudden bonk on the head causes her to recover all her past memories...including the secr...
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This Week in Anime - Thanks for the Memories

Nick and Micchy plug in to RetroCrush to check out of the service's streaming gems: Katsuhiro Otomo's Memories, a trifecta of short films adapted from the Akira creator's story collection. Time to fly to the far reaches of space and back to cogs of the all-too-familiar warmachine. ― Nick and Micchy plug in to RetroCrush to check out of the service's streaming gems: Katsuhiro Otomo's Memories, a trif...
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This Week in Anime - Why Kaguya-sama is a Pitch-Perfect Romcom

In its sophomore season, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 proves that it is still one of the best anime comedies in recent years. What makes Miyuki and Kaguya's battle of hearts so enthralling? ― In its sophomore season, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 proves that it is still one of the best anime comedies in recent years. What makes Miyuki and Kaguya's battle of hearts so enthralling? Nick and S...
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This Week in Anime - Is Drifting Dragons Worth Watching?

Drifting Dragons has it all: high-flying adventure, mouth-watering food, a likable cast, and very thinly veiled allusions to the highly controversial practice of commercial whaling. Steve and Micchy take a ride on the Quin Zaza to find out if Polygon Pictures managed to stick the landing. ― Drifting Dragons has it all: high-flying adventure, mouth-watering food, a likable cast, and very thinly veile...
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This Week in Anime - Is Re:Zero Better Without Subaru?

The further adventures of our death-defying hero Subaru are delayed until July but Crunchyroll is currently streaming The Frozen Bond, the OAV that benches Subaru in favor of focusing on Emilia's murky past. ― The further adventures of our death-defying hero Subaru Natsuki are delayed until July but Crunchyroll is currently streaming Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World - The Frozen Bond, the OA...
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This Week in Anime - Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is Flipping Insane

The newest iteration is Netflix's Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 and, despite some highly questionable art direction, turns out to be more promising than it appears. It's also totally bonkers. ― Sci-fi anime owes a lot to Masahiro Shirow's Ghost in the Shell. Since the original anime film's premiere in 1995, writers have revisited Major Kusanagi's world with varying levels of success from the iconic G...
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This Week in Anime - Does Promare Still Bring the Heat?

Trigger's Promare took to American theaters like a fire storm, yet among all the fervor, This Week in Anime alum Nick never saw the film. He and Steve hash it out to discover what works and how this movie ignited a fandom. ― Trigger's Promare took to American theaters like a fire storm, expanding to more and more showings. Ecstatic fans of lovable firefighter Galo and his hot-and-cold rival Lio turn...
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This Week in Anime - Why Hi Score Girl II is a Perfect Gamer Romance

Haruo and Ono continue their fighting game rivalry-turned-friendship-turned...something more? Gaming dorks they may be but their romance is a guaranteed KO. ― Netflix dropped the arcade nostalgia bomb that is Hi Score Girl II on its streaming service. Haruo and Ono continue their fighting game rivalry-turned-friendship-turned...something more? Gaming dorks they may be but their romance is a guarante...
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This Week in Anime - Presenting Osamu Dazai and The Taints

Famous literary authors travel into their most famous works to correct wanton corruption at the hands of The Taint in this mobage adaptation. ― Famous literary authors travel into their most famous works to correct wanton corruption at the hands of The Taint. This mobage adaptation premiered last month before swiftly being caught in the mountain-size pile of anime hiatuses. Does this version of Osam...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Digimon Reboot Worth Watching?

The characters are back for a reboot with a splashy new coat of paint and some particularly adult problems...and it's only episode 3! ― Digimon introduced a generation to anime, evolving monsters, and the evils lurking within technology. The characters are back for a reboot with a splashy new coat of paint and some particularly adult problems (pandemic not withstanding). If you missed the Digi-Desti...
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This Week in Anime - Bedknobs and Bunny Girl Senpai

It's a time-travelling trip through a myriad of emotional highs and lows in Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl. Steve and Nick try to follow the rabbit trail only to discover...we've been here before? ― It's a time-travelling trip through a myriad of emotional highs and lows in Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl. Steve and Nick try to follow the rabbit trail only to discover...we've been...
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This Week in Anime - Are Any of Those Netflix Anime Actually Good?

After two years in the game, Nick and Micchy look back at everything from the viscerally horrific A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- to the stupefying Sword Gai. ― Netflix Originals have been a staple of This Week in Anime since launch and we've had plenty of fun poking and some the service's less than stellar productions. After two years in the game, Nick and Micchy look back at everything from the viscerally ...
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This Week in Anime - Why the Violet Evergarden Movie is a Real Tear-Jerker

Kyoto Animation's beautiful Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll film won over even our most stalwart of critics. Nick and Steve find out why the movie won't leave a dry eye in the house. ― Kyoto Animation's beautiful Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll film won over even our most stalwart of critics. Nick and Steve find out why the movie won't leave a dry eye in...
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This Week in Anime - Project A-Ko is A-OK

The new streaming service RetroCrush launched last month with a host of beloved classic titles, including the original toast-eating-perpetually-late-school-girl A-ko! ― The new streaming service RetroCrush launched last month with a host of beloved classic titles, including the original toast-eating-perpetually-late-school-girl A-ko! Project A-Ko first debuted in 1986 and cemented itself as an anime...
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This Week in Anime - Things Get Awkward in the Idol Romcom Oshibudo

Eripiyo is a one-woman fanclub for underground idol Maina from the group ChamJam. Can romance blossom between a fan and an idol...and should it? ― Eripiyo is a one-woman fanclub for underground idol Maina from the group ChamJam. Her obsession has made her a financial wreck as each and every yen goes toward supporting her shy favorite. Can romance blossom between a fan and an idol...and should it? Di...
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This Week in Anime - What Makes the MMO Anime BOFURI Stand Out?

"That's BOFURI's secret formula. So many of these shows have gamer protagonists, but BOFURI possesses enough wisdom to realize that the strongest gamer of all is the anti-gamer." ― MMO, fantasy, and isekai anime series usually focus on high adventure, thwarting nefarious plots, and defeating big bads for the safety of the land's denizens. Then there's BOFURI's Maple, whose primary goal is doing what...
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This Week in Anime - 3 Years Later, Haikyu!! Is Still Flying High

The kids from the concrete are back to prove that the match against Shiratorizawa wasn't just a fluke. Micchy and Nick check in on the good bois of Karasuno. ― The kids from the concrete are back to prove that the match against Shiratorizawa wasn't just a fluke. Hinata and Kageyama will have to hone their volleyball techniques further if they want to claim the Nationals trophy. Micchy and Nick check...
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This Week in Anime - Does Magia Record Live Up to Its Predecessor?

Magia Record has some big heels to fill. As the anime successor to Madoka Magica, can the series step out of the magical girl behemoth's shadow? ― Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story has some big heels to fill. As the anime successor to the genre-defining Madoka Magica, can the series step out of the magical girl behemoth's shadow? Does its gacha game roots give it a handicap or does ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Lu Over the Wall Worth Watching?

Director Masaaki Yuasa tries mermaids on for size in his film Lu over the wall. Yuasa hasn't missed a beat in his latest offerings but does Lu keep the flow going or are its waters too choppy? ― Director Masaaki Yuasa tries mermaids on for size in his film Lu Over the Wall. Yuasa hasn't missed a beat in his latest offerings but does Lu keep the flow going or are its waters too choppy? Disclaimer: Th...
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This Week in Anime - Was BEASTARS Worth the Wait?

Based on Paru Itagaki's manga, the anime might look like a high school drama that happens to star anthro animals but throw in a murder plot, tense interspecies relationships, and a lot of complicated sexual feelings and you've got a one-of-a-kind series. ― It's been a long wait, but BEASTARS is finally available for streaming on Netflix. Based on Paru Itagaki's manga, the anime might look like a hig...
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This Week in Anime - Why We Can't Keep Our Hands Off Eizouken

Masaaki Yuasa's latest series hones in on the artistic passion behind the anime we all love and the business of making it. ― Three passionate high school kids set out to make their anime dreams a reality. Model-turned-animator Tsubame loves to animate the fluidity of motion, Midori's imagination is always moving a mile a minute, and Kanamori loves nothing more than running a finely tuned business. T...
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This Week in Anime - Can Smile Down the Runway Make It Work?

The shōnen formula takes on the fashion industry in Smile Down the Runway! ― Ikuto is a poor kid with a bad haircut and big dreams of debuting his designs on the high fashion runway. Chiyuki was born with all the promise in the world to be a top model but has to prove that drive and dedication mean more than centimeters. The shōnen formula takes on the fashion industry in Smile Down the Runway! You ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Heck is Going on in 22/7?

Standing out from the dancing and singing crowd is harder than ever, so what is it about 22/7 that has everyone talking? And just what IS The Wall anyway? ― The world of idols is vast, ranging from underground groups trying to break into the limelight to giant productions with nearly half a hundred members. Standing out from the dancing and singing crowd is harder than ever, so what is it about 22/7...
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This Week in Anime - Is Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Horror or All Hijinks?

The perpetually single Nene just wants a boyfriend but finds herself attached to the incorporeal Hanako-kun. The series' focus on Japanese ghost stories is mostly played for laughs but is there an emotional core to Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun? ― The perpetually single Nene just wants a boyfriend but finds herself attached to the incorporeal Hanako-kun, a male ghost that hangs out in the girls' bathroom ...
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This Week in Anime - What? Mewtwo is Evolving!

What happens when an anime giant gets a new, updated coat of paint? Is merely recreating the beats of its predecessor enough to guarantee equal success? ― Nowadays you can catch your favorite anime film in limited screenings across the country. Heck, sometimes those screenings even crack into the U.S.'s top five at the box office. When it comes to Pokemon though, that was ground broken over 20 years...
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This Week in Anime - Jeepers Creepers, Cagaster's Got Some Peepers

"I guess I can give the unfortunately titled Cagaster of an Insect Cage this much: it's not The Island of Giant Insects." ― Giant human bugs devour the living in Netflix's latest anime series. Nick and Steve look out on the 3DCG wasteland in an attempt to find some semblance of meaning in cruel world of bug-eyed monsters and a truly unlikable protagonist. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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This Week in Anime - Saturday Morning Astro Boy

1963 does 2003 in anime's first foray in television. Osamu Tezuka's vision of the future-past is one hell of a ride. ― Step into the time machine because we're going to a place beyond color and reason. The year is 1963 and Osamu Tezuka's Astroboy is flying through the airwaves. The futuristic vision of 2003 was full of boy robots, fencing sphinges, and furries of course. Let's crank it up to 100,000...
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This Week in Anime - Who Inspects the IN/SPECTRE?

"While on the surface it's ostensibly about yokai, it does so in a way that's very different than what I'd describe as other mythology focused shows." ― In a season full of ghosts and ghouls, In/Spectre sets itself apart by focusing on the power of words. Our tiny Odin protagonist, Kotoko, mediates concerns of the local yokai but when things get serious she might have to alter the rumor that gave bi...
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This Week in Anime - Does Dragon Quest Your Story Live Up to Its Legacy?

"Turns out when you try to compress the story of a huge generation-spanning RPG into 90 minutes, a lot gets cut!" ― The stunning anime film adaptation of the beloved game franchise is out on Netflix, but does it live up to its legacy? Nick and Micchy try to make sense of the Slime-filled film and that out of left field plot twist. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in t...
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This Week in Anime - Why is Paranoia Agent Such a Big Deal?

"Kon's so good at manipulating tone, cutting between reality and illusion just often enough that we're disoriented and squirming in our seats a little." ― The late Satoshi Kon was a visionary filmmaker whose oeuvre includes the haunting Perfect Blue, the heartfelt Tokyo Godfathers, and the sci-fi brain-diving Paprika. Only once did Kon cross over from the silver screen to television. In 2004, Kon di...
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This Week in Anime - Is Jeweler Richard This Season's Hidden Gem?

A perfectly composed jeweler teams up with newbie Seigi to highlight the painful emotions and injustices tied to...a simple piece of jewelry. What sounds like a thin premise turned out to be a surprising diamond in the rough. ― A perfectly composed jeweler teams up with newbie Seigi to highlight the painful emotions and injustices tied to...a simple piece of jewelry. What sounds like a thin premise ...
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This Week in Anime - Is It Just Me, Or is Tezuka's Phoenix a Jerk?

"One thing you can count on in every single story no matter the time period is this bird will be there to be a giant dick to whoever is unfortunate enough to find it." ― The TV adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's unfinished magnum opus is available on streaming once again. Nick and Steve try to figure out the larger themes at play from robot wives to wolf guys although the answer could be even simpler: The...
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This Week in Anime - Pet is Pizza, Pringles, and Psychopaths

The adaptation of this two-decade old manga shows that old dogs can learn new tricks--if those tricks are diving into the brains of the traumatized and building a playground. ― The adaptation of this two-decade old manga shows that old dogs can learn new tricks--if those tricks are diving into the brains of the traumatized and building a playground. Micchy and Nick leap into the world of conspiracie...
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This Week in Anime - Is Asteroid in Love Worth Watching?

"Look, these girls are dumb enough to live tweet their espionage missions, ya gotta cut them some slack." ― This season's cute girls in a club show is mixing it up with mistaken identity, possible yuri romance, and visiting a lot of genre staple hotspots (maid cafe anyone?) Is it just more of the same comfort food or does Asteriods in Love have something truly unique to offer? Micchy and Andy try to...
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This Week in Anime - Is ID: Invaded High Concept or Just High?

"Listen man, if you kept getting plugged into The Matrix For Assholes as your day job you wouldn't look too great either." ― Ei Aoki's original anime series throws a detective into the literal unconsciousness of serial killers in hopes of bringing them to justice...except our detective is a killer too? Steve and Nick breakdown why this sci-fi serial is just weird enough to work. Disclaimer: The view...
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This Week in Anime - What is Going on in OBSOLETE?

Steve and Micchy try to make sense of Gen Urobuchi's latest series about the commodification of war. ― The aliens might not be interested in politics but that won't stop Earthlings from finding new uses for their recently obtained technology. The first half of acclaimed writer Gen Urobuchi's 3DCG YouTube series is available on YouTube now and it wouldn't be a Booch affair without death and commisera...
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This Week in Anime - Is Ni no Kuni Worth Watching?

Nick and Andy check out the bizarro-Ghibli film spawned from a pair of video games and find that it'd be a whole lot better with more spiders and less...everything else. ― Nick and Andy check out the bizarro-Ghibli film spawned from a pair of video games and find that it'd be a whole lot better with more spiders and less...everything else. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the particip...
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This Week in Anime - MHA's Heroes Put it All on the Line in Overhaul Arc

The explosive confrontation between Deku, Mirio, and Overhaul comes to a head in the finale of the latest My Hero Academia arc. ― The explosive confrontation between Deku, Mirio, and Overhaul comes to a head in the finale of the latest My Hero Academia arc. Nick and Steve discuss what made this arc such an enthralling ride. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this cha...
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This Week in Anime - Thunderbolt Fantasy Proves Gen Urobuchi is The Puppet Master

In 2016, acclaimed scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi moved on from the likes of Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass to the world of...puppetry. Thus, Thunderbolt Fantasy was born and it may be the most anime thing he's ever created to date. ― In 2016, acclaimed scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi moved on from the likes of Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass to the world of...puppetry. Thus, Thunderbolt Fantasy was born and it m...
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This Week in Anime - Does Anybody Love ORESUKI?

Led by Jōro, a guy who has maintained a perfect facade in the hopes of landing a cute girlfriend, the series wants to have its satire cake and eat it too. Is there anything to love about a series starring a two-faced jerk? ― Last season's harem-with-a-twist was ORESUKI, a story happy to break the fourth wall and point out the expectations that comes with an anime rom-com. Led by Jōro, a guy who has ...
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This Week in Anime - Why Ascendance of a Bookworm Refreshes the Isekai Genre

Getting transported to another world has been the flavor-of-the-year for the last half-decade. It's easy to get burned out on the same old, same old. Nick and Steve look into why you shouldn't skip Ascendance of a Bookworm, the little isekai that could . ― Getting transported to another world has been the flavor-of-the-year for the last half-decade. It's easy to get burned out on the same old, same ...
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This Week in Anime - Carole & Tuesday Fights the Power

Steve and Micchy sort out the remaining threads of Shinichiro Watanabe's musical sci-fi drama Carole & Tuesday as our folk-singing duo take on the music industry, political corruption, and a not-so-subtle condemnation of American immigration policies. ― Steve and Micchy sort out the remaining threads of Shinichiro Watanabe's musical sci-fi drama Carole & Tuesday as our folk-singing duo take on the m...
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This Week in Anime - No Guns Life Takes Aim at Real-World Corruption

Nick and Steve revisit No Guns Life's dystopia of criminal bureaucracies, corrupt governments, and heartless capitalists running amok while citizens suffer in poverty. Wait, we're talking about an anime series, right? ― Nick and Steve revisit No Guns Life's dystopia of criminal bureaucracies, corrupt governments, and heartless capitalist running amok while citizens suffer in poverty. Wait, we're tal...
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This Week in Anime - Blade of the Immortal Gets Lost in the Ultraviolence

Micchy and Andy check back on Blade of the Immortal after its initially eye-popping opening episodes to find that it's spinning its wagon wheels in the muck. ― Micchy and Andy check back on Blade of the Immortal after its initially eye-popping opening episodes to find that it's spinning its wagon wheels in the muck. Is it still a grotesque visual feast or just plain grotesque? Disclaimer: The views ...
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This Week in Anime - Crying With Angel Beats 10 Years Later

Angel Beats is here to break hearts and chew bubblegum, and it's all out of bubblegum. The series is approaching its decade-a-versary and, as Steve and Nick quickly find out, time hasn't put a damper on all of its Big Feelings. ― Angel Beats is here to break hearts and chew bubblegum, and it's all out of bubblegum. The series is approaching its decade-a-versary and, as Steve and Nick quickly find ou...
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This Week in Anime - Netflix's Levius Sends in the Clowns

Netflix dropped its final punch-fest for 2019, this time with bonus steampunk flavor. What separates Levius from Baki and Kengan Ashura? Steve and Nick dig into the show's unique brand of humor—and one villain that's all about clowning around. ― Netflix dropped its final punch-fest for 2019, this time with bonus steampunk flavor. What separates Levius from Baki and Kengan Ashura? Steve and Nick dig ...
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This Week in Anime - Babylon Has a Whore Complex

The Babylon anime is on short hiatus as it prepares for its big finale. Micchy and Andy dig in to the show's philosophical conundrums on suicide and gender relations and come up with a lot of reeking garbage. ― The Babylon anime is on short hiatus as it prepares for its big finale. Micchy and Andy dig in to the show's philosophical conundrums on suicide and gender relations and come up with a lot of...
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This Week in Anime - Stars Align is Here and It's Hella Queer

The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. ― The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. Micchy and Andy break down everything the drama is doing right and how its charact...
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This Week in Anime - Is F/GO: Babylonia Anime as Popular as its Mobile Game?

The unstoppable visual novel Fate/stay night has spawned multitudes of media adaptations but is mobage anime adaptation Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia worth watching? ― The unstoppable visual novel Fate/Stay Night has spawned multitudes of media adaptations, including the highly successful Fate/Grand Order mobile game. In an interesting move, the staff decided to adapt one of the...
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This Week in Anime - Has My Hero Academia Taken Its Darkest Turn?

My Hero Academia's characters are known for their relentless optimism in the face of danger, but can Deku and the crew stand-up against the likes of Overhaul—the series' most twisted villain yet? ― My Hero Academia's characters are known for their relentless optimism in the face of danger, but can Deku and the crew stand-up against the likes of Overhaul—the series' most twisted villain yet? Disclaim...
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This Week in Anime - Kengan Ashura is Netflix's Weirdest Punch Fest

The second half of Netflix's beefy punch-fest is out and Micchy and Andy are here to figure out whether it lands the hit or is just a sprawling mass of confusion. With special appearances by not-Mickey Mouse! ― The second half of Netflix's beefy punch-fest is out and Micchy and Andy are here to figure out whether it lands the hit or is just a sprawling mass of confusion. With special appearances by ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Case File nº221: Kabukicho Worth Watching?

Micchy and Nick try to solve the mystery behind this weird twist on the Sherlock formula. ― Case File nº221: Kabukicho takes a modern spin on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective, but does this murder mystery live up to its inspiration? This week, Nick and Micchy take a look at a bizarre reimagining of Sherlock Holmes. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlo...
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This Week in Anime - The Gremlins and Beasties of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun

This week, Nick and Andy pay a friendly visit to the monsters of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun. ― Halloween may be technically behind us, but the holiday spirit lives on throughout the fall anime season. This week, Nick and Andy pay a friendly visit to the monsters of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the...
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This Week in Anime - Kandagawa Jet Girls is Full-Frontal Jet Ski Nonsense

The creators of "sexy ninja girls" and "sexy medieval girls" join forces for the surprisingly hilarious Kandagawa Jet Girls fanservice sports show. ― Buxom bouncing girls suit up for jet-ski based laser tag and no, this is not the premise of a lost Girls Gone Wild video. The creators of "sexy ninja girls" and "sexy medieval girls" join forces for the surprisingly hilarious Kandagawa Jet Girls fanser...
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This Week in Anime - Is Kemono Michi All Bark and No Bite?

This isekai anime series features a hot-blooded wrestler who wants nothing more than to be friends with all the animals. How could such a wholesome premise turn sour? Turns out a whole lot. ― This isekai anime series features a hot-blooded wrestler who wants nothing more than to be friends with all the animals. How could such a wholesome premise turn sour? Turns out a whole lot. Disclaimer: The view...
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This Week in Anime - Why Saint Seiya is the OG Psychedelic Shonen Action Show

We've stepped into a time machine and gone way back to 1987 where male action heroes were pink, flashy, and kicked ass. ― We've stepped into a time machine and gone way back to 1987 where male action heroes were pink, flashy, and kicked ass. The original Saint Seiya is now legally streaming on Netflix and Micchy and Steve are ready to go on a psychadelic shonen trip back to 1987. Disclaimer: The vie...
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This Week in Anime - Is No Guns Life a Sure-Fire Hit?

Nick and Andy are locked and stocked for the only series starring a guy with an actual gun for a head. ― Juzo is a detective about town, and that town just so happens to be a dystopian, cybernetic hellscape. Nick and Andy are locked and stocked for the only series starring a guy with an actual gun for a head. The premise sounds ridiculous but this is a wild ride you'll want to see the whole way thro...
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This Week in Anime - Is Ultramarine Magmell a Monstrous Mess?

Nick and Steve explore the unknown island of Magmell and discover its full of monsters...physically and plot wise. ― 35 years ago a continent full of monsters appeared in the Pacific Ocean. Now, in the year 2019, Netflix has released the series on the rest of us. Nick and Steve explore the unknown island of Magmell and discover its full of monsters...physically and plot wise. Disclaimer: The views a...
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This Week in Anime - Could Stars Align Be This Season's Ace Anime Series?

The original anime series Stars Align has all the makings of a season highlight, thanks to stellar character writing and intense family drama. Micchy and Andy take the series to the court to find out what makes this series a grand slam! ― The original anime series Stars Align has all the makings of a season highlight, thanks to stellar character writing and intense family drama. Micchy and Andy take...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's Seis Manos Worth Watching?

Netflix's new animated series blends retro grindhouse with Mexican supernatural elements for an ass-kicking good time. Micchy and Nick have all the details. ― Netflix's new animated series blends retro grindhouse with Mexican supernatural elements for an ass-kicking good time. Micchy and Nick have all the details. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are n...
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This Week in Anime - Blade of the Immortal is Blood-Soaked Beauty

LIDEN FILMS takes on the gory manga classic Blade of the Immortal, delivering more slicing and flying limbs than ever before. What is it about the classic tale that will keep Steve and Andy tuning in every week? Besides the rolling heads, anyway. ― LIDEN FILMS takes on the gory manga classic Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura, delivering more slicing, dicing, and flying limbs than ever before. ...
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This Week in Anime - Why Dr. Stone's Village Arc is The Best Yet

The series' Village Arc introduces an array of outlandish allies and villains and Nick and Steve are here to break down why we can't help but love this edutainment anime. ― Dr. Stone has taken his science up a notch as our boy Senku continues his quest to build a kingdom Albert Einstein would be proud of. The series' Village Arc introduces an array of outlandish allies and villains and Nick and Stev...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's Action-Packed Sound & Fury Musical Art?

Grammy-award winning musical artist Sturgill Simpson teamed up with Batman Ninja director Junpei Mizusaki for his anthology animated Netflix Film, Sound & Fury. The musical action is both head-scratching and even beautiful, but is it capital-A art? ― Grammy-award winning musical artist Sturgill Simpson is known for his versatile sound, having found success as a country artist and opened for the like...

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