Due to recent pandemic events, this Anime season offers slim pickings in terms of premieres, but the hosts talk about all the fresh new shows they were able to sink their teeth into regardless in the Sneak Peek. After that, they review the rare breed of a mobile game Anime adaption that doesn't suck, in the form of Princess Connect! Re:Dive.
Sneak Peek: (1:20)
SUPER HXEROES: "H"EROES SAVE THE WORLD (6:57)
Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 (17:18)
The God of High School (21:11)
Japan Sinks: 2020 (30:45)
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (34:05)
Fire Force - Season 2 (39:54)
Princess Connect! Re:Dive (47:29)
The hosts bring winter season to a close by reviewing the newest entry in the massive Fate franchise (with an appropriately massive title): Fate/Grand Order -Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia-. As usual they also talk about the shows they gave the axe in the Chop 'n' Drop and their personal favorites in Best of the Season.
Chop 'n' Drop (1:42)
Fate/Grand Order -Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia- (13:14)
Best of the Season (1:13:48)
CC starts off the episode by investigating why the eandearing characters of the otherworldly procedural In/Spectre can't save its lackluster plot. Then John wraps up the show by explaining why Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle stands head and shoulders above most other video game adaptions.
Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle (27:32)
The gang unleashes the full force of their combined detective powers and tries to unearth the secret answer of why ID: Invaded fails to follow up on its promising setup. After that, they join a big Golem dad and his little human daughter in Somali and the Forest Spirit, on a life-changing journey that is about to test and strengthen the bonds of this unlikely family.
ID: Invaded (1:41)
Somali and the Forest Spirit (47:51)
CC starts off this episode by saying a few words in memory of Zac Bertschy, the former executive editor of editorial content for Anime News Network, who recently passed away. Then John compares the two Anime adaptions of the light novel series Sorcerous Stabber Orphen and explains which version is worth your time. After that CC wraps up the show by reviewing Keep your Hands of Eizouken and talking about how the series managed to perfectly capture the creative process behind Anime production.
RIP Zac Bertschy (1:20)
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (13:25)
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (56:30)
John and CC return with full force to bring you some Anime-powered solace in these trying times. First they take a look at all the spring season premieres and talk about how the Covid-19 pandemic affected some of the new shows in the Sneak Peek. After that they get reacquainted with the gang from UA High School and discuss the ups and downs of the 4th season of one of their favorite shonen series: My Hero Academia.
Sneak Peek: (2:56)
Wave, Listen to Me! (4:59)
Tower of God (10:54)
Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls (15:38)
Sakura Wars the Animation (20:43)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens (28:59)
The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED (42:31)
Digimon Adventure: (50:29)
Sing "Yesterday" for Me (54:09)
Gal & Dino (1:02:02)
Princess Connect! Re:Dive (1:06:19)
Fruits Basket - Season 2 (1:12:15)
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate (1:13:22)
BNA: Brand New Animal (1:16:40)
My Hero Academia - Season 4 (1:31:00)
Before saying goodbye for a while, the hosts wrap things up with an early jam packed season finale. First they discuss the recent Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020 and highlight some of the winners, snubs and headscratchers from the selection. After a quick visit to the Chop 'n' Drop they then review the final series from Fall Season 2019 in the form of the feral high school drama Beastars. Last but not least they give out their own recurring award: Best of the Season.
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020 (1:32)
Chop 'n' Drop (1:36:19)
Best of the Season (3:01:20)
The ABF gang has returned to cool you down and then heat you right back up. First CC follows the investigators from Babylon to unearth the many horrifying secrets that lurk in the shadows of a mayoral election. Then the hosts unleash their burning shonen hearts once again and join the colorful firefighting crew from company 8 to extinguish a plethora of infernal opponents in Fire Force.
Fire Force (53:02)
The hosts take turns on this episode and tackle three widely different shows. CC goes first and explains why the mix of tennis action and family drama in Stars Align is a winning combination. After that, John returns to the world of Granblue Fantasy and highlights some of the ups and downs in the second season of this popular cross media franchise. CC then wraps up the show by travelling 3700 years into the future and witnessing the rebirth of human civilization through the power of science and by the hands of Dr. Stone.
Stars Align (1:32)
Granblue Fantasy the Animation - Season 2 (33:46)
Dr. Stone (1:05:21)
John and CC kick off the new Anime season as usual, by giving a nod to all the icy fresh premieres from Winter 2020 they did check out. After that they wrap up the episode by discussing one of the most promising manga-to-anime adaptions in recent years: Vinland Saga.
Sneak Peek: (1:52)
Seton Academy: Welcome to the Pack & A Destructive God Sits Next to Me (3:17)
Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga (6:23)
Hatena Illusion (9:14)
Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (11:55)
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (15:41)
Somali and the Forest Spirit (17:16)
Darwin's Game (18:52)
Asteroid in Love (22:59)
A Certain Scientific Railgun T (27:13)
ID: INVADED (35:09)
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (45:10)
ROOM CAMP (50:20)
Somali and the Forest Spirit (53:10)
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (57:02)
Haikyu!! To The Top (1:02:42)
Vinland Saga (1:08:17)
The two hosts dish out their last Review for Summer 2019 with Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and discuss if the stellar presentation can compensate for some of the show's narrative shortcomings. They also take a quick glance at the shows they didn't stick with in the Chop 'n' Drop and highlight their personal picks for Best of the Season.
Chop 'n' Drop: (1:25)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (13:16)
Best of the Season: (1:10:01)
John takes a deep dive into the entirety of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, leading up to his review of the newest iteration on the popular card battle Anime: Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.
After that, the two hosts wrap up this episode by talking about the buddy cop fantasy show Cop Craft and elaborate on why its surprisingly forward discussion of topics like immigration, racism and contemporary politics is handled better than they would have expected.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS (1:31)
Cop Craft (1:45:55)
John kicks off this episode by taking a look at the isekai comedy series "Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?" and explains why the show might try to follow in Konosuba's footsteps but ends up being a rather run-of-the-mill offering in that particular genre. After that, the hosts review the newest adaption of the popular manga "Fruits Basket" and reveal why there is more substance to this romantic comedy than the plot summary might suggest. Finally, the team wraps up this round of reviews with "Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note" and discuss if this entry in the Fate universe is a proper continuation of one of their favorite character stories from Fate/Zero.
Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (1:34)
Fruits Basket  (25:09)
Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note (1:05:42)
In this episode the hosts unchain the power of SCIENCE! First John takes a stab at the scientific side of the Raildex Cinematic Universe and struggles to find anything interesting in what A Certain Scientific Accelerator says or does. Then the gang joins a bunch of high school kids on their involuntary trip into deep space and discusses why Astra Lost in Space is not only a riveting space adventure, but also an emotionally rewarding character drama. Last but most definitely not least, the two hosts gush about all the epic moments from the assumed series finale of one of their favorite Anime franchises: Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV.
A Certain Scientific Accelerator (1:33)
Astra Lost in Space (21:26)
Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV (51:48)
The hosts unleash their romantic side and talk about three hot blooded Anime to light up the incoming cold winter nights. First CC elaborates on why O Maidens in Your Savage Season's surprisingly open and honest take on the pitfalls of five girls' developing sexuality, is a heartfelt tale worth to be told. Following that, John stays on the high school romance train and reviews Given, a gay love story about music, loss and the importance of opening your heart to the people who care about you the most. Last but not least the gang talks about Promare, the fiery new movie from Studio Trigger's Hiroyuki Imaishi, and discuss why this face-melting action extravaganza is a must-see experience.
O Maidens in Your Savage Season (1:30)
On their biggest episode yet, the hosts get back into their groove by quickly summing up their experiences at New York Comic Con 2019. Then they tackle all the fresh new premieres from Fall Season in the Sneak Peek to tell you what's hot and what's not. Last but not least, they get their asses to Mars and discuss the new Anime by acclaimed director Shinichiro Watanabe and explain why the musical road to success for Carole & Tuesday is a truly optimistic tale everyone should let into their heart.
New York Comic Con 2019 (1:22)
Sneak Peek: (18:32)
Case File nº221: Kabukicho (23:37)
Val x Love (30:32)
Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit (32:30)
Azur Lane (35:46)
Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE (39:24)
Kemono Michi: Rise Up (43:04)
Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (48:03)
Granblue Fantasy the Animation - Season 2 (52:10)
No Guns Life (56:02)
ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? (59:43)
Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld (1:03:08)
Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle (1:06:33)
Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (1:21:11)
The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods (1:28:11)
The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These - Season 2 (1:32:30)
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fourth Plate (1:36:24)
Ahiru no Sora (1:40:31)
Stars Align (1:45:33)
Blade of the Immortal 2019 (1:51:07)
My Hero Academia - Season 4 (1:56:26)
Carole & Tuesday (2:02:53)
On this gigantic episode of titanic proportions, the hosts kick things off by quickly talking about the shows that didn't make the cut in the Chop 'n' Drop. Then they equip their maneuver gear, take to the skies and chronicle all the many important events of Attack on Titan Season 3. Last but not least, they pick their favorite spring series in Best of the Season.
Chop 'n Drop (1:22)
Attack on Titan - Season 3 (15:40)
Best of the Season (2:07:11)
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)