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This Week in Anime - All According to Kaguya-sama

As we approach the hour-long finale of Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-, Nick and Steve look back on the wild ride that led us here. Who will confess first, or will their egos once again get in the way of romantic bliss? ― As we approach the hour-long finale of Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-, Nick and Steve look back on the wild ride that led us here. Who will confess first, or w...
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This Week in Anime - Totally Spy×Family

Easily one of the stand-out series of the season, Jean-Karlo and Nicky check out why this family of misfits is winning the hearts of everyone across the otaku-sphere. ― Easily one of the stand-out series of the season, Jean-Karlo and Nicky check out why this family of misfits is winning the hearts of everyone across the otaku-sphere. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and ...
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This Week in Anime - Celebrate Pride with Kase-san

Nick and Nicky revisit one of their favorite OAVs just in time for June. If you've put off watching this one (or haven't heard of it) now's a great time to fall in love with Kase and Yamada! ― Nick and Nicky revisit one of their favorite OAVs just in time for June. If you've put off watching this one (or haven't heard of it) now's a great time to fall in love with Kase and Yamada! This series is str...
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This Week in Anime - Scratch Your Sci-Fi Itch with Irresponsible Captain Tylor

If you find yourself missing the sci-fi shenanigans of series like Nadesico and Vandread in the seasonal line-up, why not take to the skies with Captain Tylor? Sure, he looks like a deadbeat, but he's actually really competent. Maybe. Probably. ― It's time revisit a classic this week! If you find yourself missing the sci-fi shenanigans of series like Nadesico and Vandread in the seasonal line-up, wh...
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This Week in Anime - Fanfare of Adolescence Trips at the Starting Line

For a show occupying a unique premise this season, Fanfare of Adolescence can't decide what it wants to focus on. One thing's for sure, it could certainly use more horses. ― For a show occupying a unique premise this season, Fanfare of Adolescence can't decide what it wants to focus on. One thing's for sure, it could certainly use more horses for a jockey anime. This series is streaming on Crunchyro...
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This Week in Anime - Does Ikkitousen Still Got It?

Ikkitousen, a 2000s-era series about reincarnated fighters from Romance of Three Kingdoms beating the crap out of each other with plenty of nudity is back. Prepare yourself for unabashed T&A in This Week in Anime! ― Back in the early 2000s, one series was driving the fanservice caravan. Ikkitousen, a series about reincarnated fighters from Romance of Three Kingdoms beating the crap out of each other...
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This Week in Anime - Aharen-san is the Sleeper Comedy You Need to Watch

Two weirdos brought together by a fortuitous class seating chart. Raido and Aharen might share one braincell but lucky for you they're also hilarious. ― Two weirdos brought together by a fortuitous class seating chart. Raido and Aharen might share one braincell but lucky for you they're also hilarious. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the partic...
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This Week in Anime - Are Love After World Domination's Desumi and Fudo the Perfect Couple?

The key to a good romance of any kind is to make me want to see your couple together. For as silly as both Desumi and Fudo can be, they clear that bar with flying colors. ― The key to a good romance of any kind is to make me want to see your couple together. To watch them grow closer, fumble through feelings, and change as they learn more about each other and themselves. For as silly as both Desumi ...
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This Week in Anime - Is In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki as Good as Takagi-san?

A female-only village of ninja may have met its match when its young kunoichi in training become aware of a terrifying yet titillating concept: men. ― A female-only village of ninja may have met its match when its young kunoichi in training become aware of a terrifying yet titillating concept: men. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participan...
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This Week in Anime - Is Vampire in the Garden Worth Watching?

Netflix's new five-episode anime series from Studio Wit takes the typical "vampire-human" war angle and crafts a love story. It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's a very, very good looking one. ― Netflix's new five-episode anime series from Studio Wit takes the typical "vampire-human" war angle and crafts a love story. It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's a very, very good looking one. This s...
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This Week in Anime - The Executioner and Her Way Hot Wife

Who knew that the answer to the isekai trend was bringing together a group of murder wives and letting them go hog-wild? ― Who knew that the answer to the isekai trend was bringing together a group of murder wives and letting them go hog-wild? This series is streaming on HIDIVE Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Sp...
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This Week in Anime - Dance Dance Danseur for Your Life

Jumpei is just a middle school kid who wants to be cool and manly. Yet, deep inside him is a growing need to dance and not just any dance, ballet. Dive in to anime about being true to yourself and letting your inner self sparkle! ― Jumpei is just a middle school kid who wants to be cool and manly. Yet, deep inside him is a growing need to dance and not just any dance, ballet. He lacks training and f...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Party With Ya Boy Kongming!

It's time to party like it's 229! Ya Boy Kongming! is on the scene to inject some surefire strategies into one girl's aspiring EDM music career. See why everyone is talking about the comedy series (and its catchy OP)! ― It's time to party like it's 229! Ya Boy Kongming! is on the scene to inject some surefire strategies into one girl's aspiring EDM music career. See why everyone is talking about the...
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This Week in Anime - Birdie Wing Has Big Camp Energy

From the crazed mind of Madlax and Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid comes a women's sports story with mafiosos, snake women, high-energy trickshots, and oh yeah, golf! Just when you think you know where Birdie Wing is going, the course changes again. ― From the crazed mind of Madlax and Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid comes a women's sports story with mafiosos, snake women, high-energy trickshots, and oh yeah, golf!...
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This Week in Anime - The Worst Game to Play With Your Tomodachi

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

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

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

It's a crash course in Shintoism in Takana Shirai's directorial debut about a young girl who moves to Izumo after the loss of her mother. ― It's a crash course in Shintoism in Takana Shirai's directorial debut about a young girl who moves to Izumo after the loss of her mother. This movie is streaming on Netflix Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going On in Estab Life?

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

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

Suffering from One Piece withdrawal while the anime series is on hiatus? Netflix added One Piece Film Strong World to its line-up last month and it works as spectacular side story as we wait for the Wano arc to return. ― Suffering from One Piece withdrawal while the anime series is on hiatus? Netflix added One Piece Film Strong World to its line-up last month and it works as spectacular side story a...
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This Week in Anime - Your Tiger & Bunny Primer

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

Platinum End plummeted to the bottom of the series ranking episode after episode. How did a show with a pedigree like "from the creators of Death Note" crash and burn so hard? ― Platinum End plummeted to the bottom of the series ranking episode after episode. How did a show with a pedigree like "from the creators of Death Note" crash and burn so hard? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaim...
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This Week in Anime - When in Rome, Bathe as the Romans Do

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

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

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

A protagonist that's thick as a brick, plenty of goons to bust, and all the forklift action a Shenmue fan could ask for. Is it possible that Shenmue the Animation is the perfect video game adaptation? ― A protagonist that's thick as a brick, plenty of goons to bust, and all the forklift action a Shenmue fan could ask for. Is it possible that Shenmue the Animation is the perfect video game adaptation...
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This Week in Anime - Spotlighting Eve's Big Netlix Debut

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

Don't let the cute exterior fool you, this anime series hides tragedy behind its pint-sized protagonist. Nicky and Steve check out Kotaro Lives Alone, a series about a four-year-old with a dark past and the neighbors that try to watch out for him. ― Don't let the cute exterior fool you, this anime series hides tragedy behind its pint-sized protagonist. Nicky and Steve check out Kotaro Lives Alone, a...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going On in Freakangels?

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

The dramatic reimagining of Shakespeare's trio of historical plays has had to make some adjustments do its limited animation production. Despite these shortcomings, Steve and Nicky find a compelling narrative that audiences should still check out for themselves. ― The dramatic reimagining of Shakespeare's trio of historical plays has had to make some adjustments do its limited animation production. ...
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This Week in Anime - Miss Kuroitsu is Full of Tokusatsu Deep Cuts

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

In this second season, The Case Study of Vanitas confirms its the goth kid disaster anime you should be watching. Deep emotional backstories? Beautiful vampires? Fluffy Victorian outfits? Buckets of blood? It's all here. ― In this second season, The Case Study of Vanitas confirms its the goth kid disaster anime you should be watching. Deep emotional backstories? Beautiful vampires? Fluffy Victorian ...
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This Week in Anime - Does the Harem End in a Moan, or a Whimper?

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

This post-apocalyptic series mixes together so many disparate elements, yet somehow it comes together in an exciting a new way. Put on your giant mascot heads, avoid the mafioso govenor, and keep your eyes peeled for giant shrooms! ― This post-apocalyptic series mixes together so many disparate elements, yet somehow it comes together in an exciting a new way. Put on your giant mascot heads, avoid th...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going on in F/GO Solomon?

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

Nick and Nicky discuss the emotional ups and downs of potential couple Sasaki and Miyano and the latter's attempt to navigate his feelings and sexual identity. His Miyano just a BL fan or could he see himself falling for another boy? ― Nick and Nicky discuss the emotional ups and downs of potential couple Sasaki and Miyano and the latter's attempt to navigate his feelings and sexual identity. His Mi...
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This Week in Anime - Why Marin is Everyone's Dress-Up Darling

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

The fantasy-comedy is full of stellar comedy and top-notch animation. Nick and Steve check out what makes it a rollicking good time. ― Cygames' Uma Musume has found a passionate audience, but did you know about the anime adaptation of another of its mobile games, Princess Connect! Re:Dive? The fantasy-comedy is full of stellar comedy and top-notch animation. Nick and Steve check out what makes it a ...
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This Week in Anime - How Total Fantasy Knockout Keeps Isekai Fresh

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

TWIA continues its week revisiting the works of Mitsuo Iso with a look at Den-noh Coil. Long regarded as underrated, the lauded sci-fi series is available again via streaming. ― TWIA continues its week revisiting the works of Mitsuo Iso with a look at Den-noh Coil. Long regarded as underrated, the lauded sci-fi series is available again via streaming. Steve and Jean-Karlo look at the first half of t...
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This Week in Anime - The Deep Themes of Orbital Children

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

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

Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. With the 1979 The Ultraman anime installment finally streaming in the U.S., it's time to tackle the kaiju in the room. How well does this series hold up in anime form? Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. Despite its enduring influence, however, the acclaimed tokusatsu series remains relatively obscure o...
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This Week in Anime - Horse Girls Are Easy

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

Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save an alien princess, find all the ninja robots and restore peace to outer space? ― Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save...
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This Week in Anime - Stand By Me Doraemon and 80 Years of Gadgets

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

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

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

Death Note captured anime and manga readers' attention with the exploits of Light Yagami. The creators' new series Platinum End introduces a different type of death game and protagonist, but is it a worthy follow-up to the ultra hit series? ― Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata captured anime and manga readers' attention with the exploits of Light Yagami in Death Note as he tried to outwit his pursuers w...
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This Week in Anime - Is The Faraway Paladin Worth Watching?

This rather wholesome entry into the isekai subgenre features Will, a good boy raised by the undead. Nick and Jean-Karlo debate whether a good, straightforward fantasy can hold an audience's interest and overcome its workman-like animation. ― This rather wholesome entry into the isekai subgenre features Will, a good boy raised by the undead. Nick and Jean-Karlo debate whether a good, straightforward...
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This Week in Anime - Aggretsuko Remains a Perfect Workplace Comedy

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

Like the show's premise, Sakugan has stayed under the radar, but it might be the best show you aren't watching. ― Jean-Karlo and Nick check out Satelight's original series about one down-on-his-luck dad and his genius daughter as they get up to all kinds of trouble underground. Like the show's premise, Sakugan has stayed under the radar, but it might be the best show you aren't watching. This series...
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This Week in Anime - Can 86's Plot Overcome Its Production Issues?

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

The French-animated adaptation of Jiro Taniguchi's manga follows two men obsessed with Mt. Everest. Together they'll face the unrelenting brutality of one of Earth's highest peaks in this beautifully animated drama. ― The French-animated adaptation of Jiro Taniguchi's climbing manga follows two men obsessed with Mt. Everest: a mountaineer and a journalist seeking to discover what happened to a lost ...
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This Week in Anime - Does Stone Ocean Live Up to the Joestar Bloodline?

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

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

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

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

Stunning character design, cool fight animations, and a beautiful soundtrack isn't enough to win over musician Steve Jones this week. Instead, takt op. Destiny only serves to remind him of another music-themed anime... ― Stunning character design, cool fight animations, and a beautiful soundtrack isn't enough to win over musician Steve Jones this week. Instead, takt op. Destiny only serves to remind...
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This Week in Anime - Is My Senpai is Annoying Worth Watching?

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

Yatora Yaguchi has recently abandoned the well-worn academic path to pursue his artistic dreams. But wanting to be an artist is much easier than developing the skills to accomplish his goals. ― Yatora Yaguchi has recently abandoned the well-worn academic path to pursue his artistic dreams. But wanting to be an artist is much easier than developing the skills to accomplish his goals. Does this highly...
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This Week in Anime - Is Mieruko-chan Scary, Sexy, or Both?

Mieruko-chan is a blend of fear and fanservice as Miko, newly able to see horrific spirits around her, does her best not to let the ghosts know she can see them. It's a teetering balance between cheesecake and creepies. Does it pull it off? ― Mieruko-chan is a blend of fear and fanservice as Miko, newly able to see horrific spirits around her, does her best not to let the ghosts know she can see the...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Anime Adaptation of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Any Good?

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

Before his acclaimed film In This Corner of the World, director Sunao Katabuchi helmed Mai Mai Miracle. The film takes an honest look at the emotionally-charged childhoods of a group of children and the darker world of adults. ― Before his acclaimed film In This Corner of the World, director Sunao Katabuchi helmed Mai Mai Miracle. Set in a rural town in the 1950s, the film takes an honest look at th...
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This Week in Anime - Tawawa on Monday, Ganbare Dōki-chan on Tuesday

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

Science SARU and Naoko Yamada's retelling of a 12th century story with a supernatural twist. The story is well-known within Japan, but can newbies still follow along? ― Science SARU and Naoko Yamada's retelling of a 12th century story with a supernatural twist. It follows the large Taira clan, the factions within, and the conflicts as they vie to maintain political relevancy. The story is well-known...
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This Week in Anime - In the Evergarden of Good and Evil

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

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

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

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

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

The original 2005 "healing" anime series is now officially streaming on Funimation, letting viewers travel to Neo Venezia for the very first time. Steve and Nick try to zero in on the charm of Aria the Animation. ― The original 2005 "healing" anime series is now officially streaming on Funimation, letting viewers travel to Neo Venezia for the very first time. The series has ushered in new sequels, i...
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This Week in Anime - Visions of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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

Nick and Nicky catch up on the seafaring adventures of Fena: Pirate Princess but hit choppy waters when it turns out the story's titular character is given little agency in her own destiny. ― Nick and Nicky catch up on the seafaring adventures of Fena: Pirate Princess but hit choppy waters when it turns out the story's titular character is given little agency in her own destiny. This series is strea...
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This Week in Anime - Can't Someone Cut Jahy a Break?

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

In its second season, everyone wants to be or do Catarina Claes, but can our heroine with macarons for brains find true love? ― In its second season, everyone wants to be or do Catarina Claes, but can our heroine with macarons for brains find true love? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime ...
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This Week in Anime - There's Gundam on the Wing!

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

This season's Love Live! Superstar!! sees the idol series downsize the cast from nine to five members but that doesn't mean the series has scaled down its personality. Nick and Steve breakdown the charm points of the new idol-hopefuls. ― This season's Love Live! Superstar!! sees the idol series downsize the cast from nine to five members but that doesn't mean the series has scaled down its personali...
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This Week in Anime - What the Heck is Going On in Sonny Boy?

Director Shingo Natsume has sent 30-odd students adrift to worlds both familiar and strange in a supernatural mystery that often feels beyond description. Nicky and Jean-Karlo try to figure out what the bigger picture is, if there even is one at all. ― Director Shingo Natsume has sent 30-odd students adrift to worlds both familiar and strange in a supernatural mystery that often feels beyond descrip...
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This Week in Anime - Is BEASTARS the Best Anime on Netflix?

The second season of BEASTARS brings us back to Cherryton Academy and hormones are as high as ever. What started as a murder-mystery in a school of animals expands beyond its original scope into a sex-fueled ride of self-discovery with a side of psychedelics and the mafia. There's nothing else like it. ― The second season of BEASTARS brings us back to Cherryton Academy and hormones are as high as ev...
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This Week in Anime - Get G-Recked

Gundam Reconguista in G, or G-Reco, sees the mega-franchise's founder Yoshiyuki Tomino return to the director's seat and boy is that a loaded statement. Jean-Karlo and Nicholas attempt to figure out what the hell is going on in a show that features a religion centered around elevators. Gundam Reconguista in G, or G-Reco, sees the mega-franchise's founder Yoshiyuki Tomino return to the director's s...
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This Week in Anime - The Sparkling Stage of Kageki Shoujo!!

In Kageki Shoujo!!, the drama isn't just on the stage. Nick and Nicky look at the series' character arcs, how it handles its sensitive topics, and how it reflects on Takarazuka. ― In Kageki Shoujo!!, the drama isn't just on the stage. Nick and Nicky look at the series' character arcs, how it handles its sensitive topics, and how it reflects on Takarazuka. This series is streaming on FUNimation Discl...
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This Week in Anime - Is Water Polo Anime RE-MAIN Worth Watching?

This MAPPA-animated series follows the typical sports series formula with an added mix of amnesia thrown in. Is there anything unique about its Speedo-wearing cast? ― This MAPPA-animated series follows the typical sports series formula with an added mix of amnesia thrown in. Is there anything unique about its Speedo-wearing cast? This series is streaming on FUNimation Disclaimer: The views and opini...
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This Week in Anime - The Once and Future Shaman King

When we say Shaman King pulls magic from all corners of the world, we aren't exaggerating. Jean-Karlo and Steve tap into the first season of the new remake and get something far wilder than they imagined. ― When we say Shaman King pulls magic from all corners of the world, we aren't exaggerating. Jean-Karlo and Steve tap into the first season of the new remake and get something far wilder than they ...
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This Week in Anime - Saying 'Bye Bye' to All of Evangelion

Somehow, before we knew it, Evangelion was over. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time took nearly a decade to release but for fans of the series, it's almost unbelievable that it's here. Nick and Nicky try their best to decipher the grand finale. ― Somehow, before we knew it, Evangelion was over. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time took nearly a decade to release but for fans of the series, i...
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This Week in Anime - How Case Study of Vanitas is Bringing Sexy Vampires Back

Let's be fair, this show's horny is also directed at a different breed of pervert, particularly the kind who like to see handsome men in disheveled cummerbunds and ripped suit jackets. ― Jun Mochizuki's tale of vampire society is returning to the genre's roots with a heaping (heaving?) dose of sexual imagery. Stand back Lestat, horny vampires are back in a big way. This series is streaming on Funima...
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This Week in Anime - Naruto, Live on Stage? Believe It!

Now, for the first time, fans can get a glimpse of the singing, dancing, and air-flipping versions of their favorite characters. Jean-Karlo and Monique check out the first offering of three such shows available for streaming this month: Naruto! ― The world of anime stage plays have often been inaccessible to a wider international audience. Now, for the first time, fans can get a glimpse of the singi...
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This Week in Anime - A Study in Scarlet Nexus

"It's about the closest I've ever seen an anime come to just feeling like a YouTube compilation of all the cutscenes in Bloodborne, but with none of the cool worldbuilding or interesting aesthetic." ― The video game tie-in follows the Other Suppression Force, an elite team set out to defeat human-eating Others. Psychokinetic Yuito and prodigy Kasane look to enlist but things might be worse than they...
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This Week in Anime - Getter in that Robo!

Old school mecha fan Jean-Karlo introduces Steve to the world of Getter Robo Arc, subterrainian dinos, insect troops, and how it's all one big metaphor for nuclear power. ― Old school mecha fan Jean-Karlo introduces Steve to the world of Getter Robo Arc, subterrainian dinos, insect troops, and how it's all one big metaphor for nuclear power. This series is streaming on HIDIVE Disclaimer: The views a...
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This Week in Anime - The Isekai Saturation Heightens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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