The hosts try to break free from their strings by dismantling the absurd plot machinations and undercooked characters of the clownishly rushed horror action show Karakuri Circus. After that they go back to the very beginning of the Gundam franchise and discuss how Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin expertly chronicles the rise of one of the most iconic characters from that franchise: Char Aznable.
Karakuri Circus (1:20)
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (1:18:28)
CC dives back into the Isekai hole, unleashes the full potential of his Hate Skill Tree and tears the rancid Dumpster Fire that is The Rising of the Shield Hero to shreds. Then he and John move on to more golden pastures and discuss the fifth chapter of one of their favorite Anime franchises: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
The Rising of The Shield Hero (2:02)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (43:52)
The hosts begin this episode by talking about the horrible tragedy that befell Kyoto Animation on July 18, 2019. After that CC details the adventures of the three Kappa boys in Sarazanmai, the latest project from the mind of writer/director Kunihiko Ikuhara. Then John wraps up the show by kicking off the discussion of the lackluster sequel to the first series the gang ever reviewed on ABF: One Punch Man.
Kyoto Animation arson attack (1:20)
One Punch Man - Season 2 (31:48)
To battle the hot summer heat, John and CC unleash all the cool Anime premieres they could get their hands on in the Sneak Peek. After that they travel back in time to the Sengoku period and discuss the demon-slaying adventures of the wandering samurai Hyakkimaru and his little sidekick Dororo.
Sneak Peek: (1:20)
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (4:30)
Dr. Stone (11:24)
Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (13:22)
Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note (18:26)
Cop Craft (20:47)
Fire Force (24:04)
A Certain Scientific Accelerator (25:48)
Astra Lost in Space (28:08)
Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV (30:00)
Vinland Saga (34:44)
Dororo  (40:17)
John and CC take a sightseeing tour of the underworld and almost lose their collective minds while tearing apart the trainwreck that is the third season of the iconic light novel adaption Sword Art Online. And since it's this season's final Anime Brain Freeze episode, there is also some Chop 'n' Drop and Best of the Season entries to discuss.
Chop 'n Drop (1:51)
Sword Art Online: Alicization (15:34)
Best of the Season (1:37:32)
The hosts dive right back into the light novel hole as CC reviews the fantastical isekai adventures of a businessman turned little JRPG slime in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Then John tackles the first three seasons of the goofy science-fantasy dating sim crossover Date A Live. Last but not least it's CC's turn again to wrap up the show with his Review of the long awaited adaption of the thrilling Shonen Jump suspense/horror series The Promised Neverland.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (1:46)
Date A Live III (33:49)
The Promised Neverland (1:04:06)
John takes the lead on this episode and tries his very best to make sense of the convoluted plot, the ridiculous amount of characters and the plethora of story arcs in the third season of the popular light novel adaption A Certain Magical Index. After that, CC tackles yet another sports Anime and explains what makes the laid back character-driven Run with the Wind a surprising standout in that genre.
A Certain Magical Index III (1:30)
Run with the Wind (53:12)
On this episode the two hosts take turns, as CC reviews the emotionally rewarding slice of life series My Roommate is a Cat and explains why he managed to engage with this story on a personal level. Then John discusses the lackluster airplane combat Anime The Magnificent KOTOBUKI and lays out the reasons why, despite its promising start, this show was a big disappointment. Last but not least it's CC's turn again, to talk about the newest iteration in one of his favorite Sports Anime franchises and all-time classic: Captain Tsubasa.
My Roommate is a Cat (1:32)
The Magnificent KOTOBUKI (24:12)
Captain Tsubasa  (51:20)
A new Anime season means a new Sneak Peek where John and CC take a quick look at all the fresh spring series premieres. After that, they have a lengthy in-depth discussion about the second season of the Anime featuring their favorite pair of esper and con artist: Mob Psycho 100.
Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu (2:59)
Midnight Occult Civil Servants (8:11)
Cinderella Nine (12:08)
Fairy gone (15:26)
The Helpful Fox Senko-san (19:04)
One-Punch Man - Season 2 (32:24)
Fruits Basket (39:28)
Carole & Tuesday (44:03)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (49:40)
Mob Psycho 100 II (53:52)
John and CC kick off this season finale on Anime Brain Freeze as usual, by talking about the shows from Fall 2018 that couldn't hold their interest in the Chop 'n' Drop. Then they climb into their time machine, set the date to 1994 and review the newest iteration on the tokusatsu series Gridman the Hyper Agent, known in the west as Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. The hosts discuss why this new series, aptly titled SSSS.Gridman, is not only a visually engaging rollercoaster ride, but can also boast one of the most well realized antagonists in Anime history. Last but not least, they pick their favorites from Fall 2018 in Best of the Season.
Chop 'n' Drop (1:19)
Best of the Season (51:51)
Prepare yourselves for a stealthy attack on your feelings, because in this episode John talks about the complicated relationships in the romance drama Bloom Into You and then both hosts discuss the ups and downs of the Ninja Spy action series Release the Spyce.
Bloom Into You (1:30)
Release the Spyce (27:18)
March comes in like a Saiyan on this episode of ABF, as the hosts discuss the movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly. After that they mingle with the undead and talk about the flawed but enjoyable horror/idol crossover Zombie Land Saga.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (1:31)
Zombie Land Saga (40:10)
This time the hosts review two series adapted from a much older source material.
First, John talks about the comedic interpreation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet called Boarding School Juliet, and why that show did a surprisingly good job at delivering a fun spin on the storied tale. Then he and CC discuss the adaption of 1985's gritty crime drama Manga Banana Fish, and try to nail down why, after a strong start, that series falls completely apart by the end.
Boarding School Juliet (1:20)
Banana Fish (21:52)
On this rapid fire review outing of ABF, John and CC discuss three short-form Anime series. First John introduces us to the neurotic crew of Space Battleship Tiramisu. Then both hosts buff up their cooking skills with the Fate/stay night spin-off Today's menu for (the) Emiya Family. And after that John wraps up the show by talking about the relatable retail misadventures of Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san.
Space Battleship Tiramisu (1:53)
Today's menu for (the) Emiya Family (16:09)
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (33:33)
John and CC grab their warmest jackets and march into the icy cold wasteland of Anime Premieres from this winter season in the Sneak Peek. After that they gush about the second outing of Golden Kamuy and marvel at how this wacky little show seems to juggle all its many crazy characters, engaging plot threads and different tones with playful ease.
Sneak Peek: (1:30)
The Price of Smiles (4:31)
The Magnificent Kotobuki (9:53)
Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale (12:50)
Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka (16:07)
Girly Air Force (19:06)
Boogiepop and Others (22:06)
Grimms Notes the Animation (24:20)
My Roommate is a Cat (27:43)
The Rising of the Shield Hero (30:14)
The Promised Neverland (38:37)
Date A Live III (41:56)
Mob Psycho 100 II (45:59)
Golden Kamuy - Season 2 (52:51)
As 2019 begins, another season for the Anime Brain Freeze team ends. So John and CC steal the new year's thunder by delivering their final Review from Summer Season 2018 with the 5th installment of the modern day gentleman thief Lupin the Third. They also talk about the shows that didn't quite make the cut in the Chop 'n' Drop and pick their personal winners for best show of the season.
Chop 'n' Drop (1:20)
Lupin the Third - Part 5 (15:39)
Best of the Season (59:06)
The gang says goodbye to 2018 with a double dose of rowdy robot rumbles. John kicks off the show by talking about the third iteration in the Gundam Build franchise, Gundam Build Divers. And details the highs and lows of this different spin on one of the most iconic mechs out there. After that CC joins the quirky cast of Planet With in their interstellar war and gushes about the many well written characters, story developments, surprises, themes and layers of this interesting little sci-fi action show.
Gundam Build Divers (1:30)
Planet With (30:24)
In an episode filled with bad people, CC gets things going by tackling the third season of Overlord and explains why the interesting approach of making the villain of the series the main character didn't work out as well this time as it did in the previous seasons. After that the hosts unleash their combined game brains and talk about the many ludicrous adventures the main protagonist of Chio's School Road experiences on the daily way to her temple of education.
Overlord - Season 3 (1:30)
Chio's School Road (29:15)
CC kicks off this episode by standing his ground against the mongol army in Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion and later wraps things up by joining the hunt for vampires in pre-World War II Japan with Sirius the Jaeger. Meanwhile John bares witness to a fierce stage play in Revue Starlight and dishes out some interesting background information about the type of musical theater this series is based on.
Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (1:30)
Revue Starlight (18:55)
Sirius the Jaeger (39:02)
This week, the gang gets athletic and discusses to very different kinds of Sports Anime. First talk about how the consistent summer vacation theme and sympathetic characters of the laid-back Beach volleyball series Harukana Receive make for a generally relaxing, good time. Then CC goes into the opposite direction with the high tension Badminton drama Hanebado and explains why the visually impressive series stumbles in the story department.
Harukana Receive (1:31)
The hosts dive head-first into the giant Anime leaf-piles of fall in the Sneak Peek and bring you their opinions on all the hot premieres they checked out. After that it's time to return to UA Academy and its many colorful heroes in another amazingly strong outing of My Hero Academia.
Sneak Peek (1:30)
Goblin Slayer (11:22)
Ace Attorney - Season 2 (15:04)
Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (17:18)
Senran Kagura: Shinobi Master (19:48)
IRODUKU: The World in Colors (23:18)
Bloom Into You (27:10)
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (29:41)
Boarding School Juliet (33:01)
Release the Spyce (35:54)
Sword Art Online: Alicization (38:02)
Golden Kamuy - Season 2 (45:02)
Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei (46:17)
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (51:46)
Run with the Wind (54:03)
A Certain Magical Index III (56:40)
Zombie Land Saga (1:03:18)
Karakuri Circus (1:08:04)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (1:11:03)
My Hero Academia - Season 3 (1:15:13)
The boys kick off this episode by talking about the shows from spring season that couldn't hold their interest in the Chop 'n' Drop. Then CC tears into the raging dumpster fire that is Darling in the Franxx and explains why the highly anticipated series couldn't deliver on any of the grande expectations set for it. Finally, the gang ends on a postive note, by dishing out their chosen favorites of spring in Best of the Season.
Chop 'n' Drop (1:30)
Darling in the Franxx (10:34)
Darling in the Franxx - Heavy Ending Spoilers (36:56)
Best of the Season (47:09)
CC kicks off this episode by reviewing Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan, discussing its many flaws and why the show couldn't live up to its potential. Then John talks about the Sword Art Online Spin-Off Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online and lists the many ways in which this show manages to surpass the original series. Riding thistrain of positivity into the station, CC wraps up the show with a hype-laden rant about Yowamushi Pedal and explains why this franchise is one of the best Sports Anime series in existence.
Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan (1:09)
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (40:44)
Yowamushi Pedal - Season 1-4 (1:06:41)
The gang once again dives headfirst into the world of Shonen Action series and covers two very different representatives of this particular genre. First CC talks about The Seven Deadly Sins and why this colorful mix of the classic shonen battle formula and a medieval setting might not be one of the greats, but delivers a thoroughly enjoyable experience nontheless. Then the hosts return to the kitchen together with Soma and his compatriots in the third season of Food Wars and try to explain how the series manages to surpass itself on a regular basis.
The Seven Deadly Sins (1:09)
Food Wars! The Third Plate (25:18)
On this episode our hosts stand their ground on three different planes of conflict. First CC travels to the stars, to cover the epic space war story of Legend of the Galactic Heroes - Die neue These. Then John descends on Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku and discusses the trappings of a completely different battlefield: romantic relationships between full-blown nerds. Last but not least, CC celeberates the flawed but definitely welcome return of an old favorite of his: Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory.
RIP Unshō Ishizuka (1:18)
The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These (4:25)
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (29:29)
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (44:49)