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)
CC kicks off this episode by stepping into the ring with the bionic slugfest Megalobox to explain why he liked that show even though it lacks actual entertaining boxing matches. Then John tears apart Caligula and talks about the many shortcomings of this confusing mess of a video game adaption. Last but not least both hosts dig for gold in Golden Kamuy and unearth a thoroughly enjoyable show that manages to shine despite its janky animation.
Golden Kamuy (34:09)
It's a cruel, cruel summer, so our hosts do their best to battle the unwielding heat wave with a barrage of cool Anime premieres in the Sneak Peek. After that, they dive into the absurd adventures of a Yakuza forced into the role of surrogate father and his telekinetically powered adopted daughter in Hinamatsuri.
Attack on Titan - Season 3 (2:18)
Overlord - Season 3 (3:56)
Free! -Dive to the Future- (4:44)
Cells at Work (7:23)
Music Girls (9:18)
Seven Senses of the Re'Union (12:29)
Angels of Death (18:14)
Planet With (21:22)
Chio's School Road (23:27)
Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (27:14)
Banana Fish (29:32)
Harukana Receive (35:12)
Revue Starlight (42:20)
Sirius the Jaeger (45:45)
It's time to go back to the fathomless well of light novel adaptions. First John talks about the city filled with killers in Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. Then CC pushes the Isekai button and reviews the MMO adventures of Skeletor's cousin in Overlord. Closing out the show, both hosts muse about KyoAni's visual feast Violet Evergarden and discuss whether the show has more to offer than its good looks.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (1:20)
Overlord - Season 1+2 (25:15)
Violet Evergarden (53:17)
Kicking of this episode filled with big emotions and tonal whiplash, CC first talks about the new Netflix hit show DEVILMAN crybaby and why the gruesome horror tale has more to offer than schlocky action, but is not for the faint of heart. Then John goes to a much happier place, together with the four girls from A Place Further Than the Universe and explains why both the journey and destination of the protagonists managed to tug at his heart strings. Last but not least, the hosts discuss the newest iteration in a Tokusatsu-turned-Anime franchise and whether the sympathetic cast and well animated fight scenes could keep the by-the-numbers story of Garo -Vanishing Line- afloat.
DEVILMAN crybaby (No Spoilers) (1:12)
DEVILMAN crybaby (Spoilers) (12:11)
A Place Further Than the Universe (20:15)
Garo -Vanishing Line- (37:24)
John kicks off this jam session of an episode by talking about a piece of pure art in the form of Pop Team Epic and its creative insanity. After that CC claws his way out of the Trash Stash to deliver his Review of the furry fighting bonanza Killing Bites. Last but not least the hosts discuss the flawed time-stopping adventures of the Yukawa family in Kokkoku and why the series ultimately didn't deliver on its promised potential.
Pop Team Epic (2:13)
Killing Bites (30:23)
Time for a new season, time for a new Sneak Peek. Wherein John and CC discuss all their potential Tops and Flops from Spring 2018. After that, the hosts dive into the rich fantasy world of The Ancient Magus' Bride, to explain why this show is much more than a simple The Beauty & The Beast story.
Last Hope (2:27)
Cutie Honey Universe (5:50)
Devils' Line (8:21)
Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online (14:05)
Tokyo Ghoul:re (21:03)
Dances with the Dragons (23:09)
The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These (24:36)
Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (27:35)
Lupin the Third: Part 5 (31:15)
PERSONA 5 the Animation (37:42)
Space Battleship Tiramisu (41:04)
Captain Tsubasa 2018 (43:41)
Gundam Build Divers (46:39)
Golden Kamuy (52:18)
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (55:40)
Food Wars! The Third Plate Part 2 (57:58)
My Hero Academia Season 3 (1:00:27)
The Ancient Magus' Bride (1:03:23)
All is fair in Love Live and Grail War as the ABF gang wraps up Fall Season 2017 with the final two Reviews. After briefly talking about the shows that didn't make the cut this time in the Chop 'n Drop, John dives back into the Idol pool and explains why the second season of Love Live! Sunshine!! was a big upgrade to the first. Then both hosts go to war over one of the newest entries in the Fate series, discuss their differing opinions on what worked and what didn't in Fate/Apocrypha and talk about this gigantic franchise in general. Last but not least, it's time to choose the very Best of the Season.
Chop 'n Drop (1:45)
Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 (6:20)
- Ending Spoilers Start (15:01)
- Ending Spoilers Over (20:28)
- Ending Spoilers Start (56:33)
- Ending Spoilers Over (59:12)
Best of the Season (1:15:17)
Switching things up after the last episode, CC kicks off the show by talking about the colorful Battle Royale slaughterfest Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War and why the series is a lackluster entry in that specific genre. Following that, John focuses on the fractured tale of Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- and the gang discusses its many different shortcomings. CC then wraps things up with his Review of Girls' Last Tour, a sorrowful tale about the end of humanity, that manages to pull you in with its sympathetic, goofy main characters and great world building.
Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War (1:30)
Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- (18:42)
Girls' Last Tour (38:39)
On this episode John takes the helm right out of the gate and delivers his comparison between the two teen romance series Just Because and Our Love has always been 10 centimeters apart. Up next is CC's Review of Land of the Lustrous, detailing the reasons why this CG show succeeds, where many others have failed. Finally John brings the Rom train back into the Com station and talks about Blend S and how the show turned out to be a disappointment despite its many colorful maid shenanigans.
Just Because VS Our Love has always been 10 centimeters apart (1:41)
Land of the Lustrous (37:24)
Blend S (55:07)