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Oct 23, 2020

The crew starts the new season as usual, by giving you their impressions on all the fresh new fall premieres in the Sneak Peek. After that they get into the ring with the fighters from The God of High School and explain why this visually stunning but shallow nonsense is well worth a watch.

 

Sneak Peek:

Assault Lily Bouquet (1:37)

Hypnosis Mic (4:52)

Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (7:53)

Ikebukuro West Gate Park (10:10)

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle (12:54)

TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You (15:57)

Akudama Drive (19:50)

Warlords of Sigrdrifa (23:00)

Wandering Witch (26:55)

Talentless Nana (30:56)

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (32:55)

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club (36:50)

Haikyu!! To The Top S5 (40:16)

Golden Kamuy S3 (42:02)

Jujutsu Kaisen (44:17)

Burn The Witch (49:50)

 

Review:

The God of High School (53:49)

 

Related Links:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2020-07-27/interview-with-rising-star-sunghoo-park-director-of-the-god-of-high-school/.161265

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2020-08-19/the-real-high-flying-martial-arts-of-god-of-high-school/.162953

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2020-07-30/.162397

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/09/14/in-depth-how-the-god-of-high-school-revealed-the-true-weird-history-of-taekwondo

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/08/07/feature-check-out-the-anatomy-of-an-action-scene-in-the-god-of-high-school

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/09/28-1/feature-anime-vs-real-life-the-real-world-locations-of-the-god-of-high-school

 

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Oct 15, 2020

In this very special 100th episode of Anime Brain Freeze, John and CC discuss their favorite Anime from the past decade.

 

Introduction (0:26)

 

Best of the Decade (6:10)

 

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Sep 6, 2020

John & CC wrap up this short season by reviewing Arte, a series about a young woman in 16th century Italy, trying to walk her own path as a painter. As usual they also discuss the shows they stopped watching in the Chop 'n' Drop and pick their personal favorite in Best of the Season.

 

Chop & Drop (1:30)

 

Review:

Arte (17:27)

 

Best of the Season (1:07:32)

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyvWHxMW-n4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_Gentileschi

 

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Aug 23, 2020

The hosts return to drop some truth bombs on the audience. First CC uncovers the hidden underbelly of a city of Beastmen in his review of Brand New Animal. After that John details the hardships of a young father trying to hide his chosen profession from his innocent daughter in Kakushigoto.

 

Reviews:

Brand New Animal (1:20)

Kakushigoto (29:37)

 

Related Links:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2020-07-07/.161555

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2020-07-13/bna-brand-new-animal-a-racism-allegory-that-works/.160041

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2020-08-07/promare-bna-and-the-outrage-of-the-oppressed/.162697

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2020-06-04/.160228

 

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Aug 1, 2020

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)

Gibiate (11:43)

Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 (17:18)

The God of High School (21:11)

Rent-A-Girlfriend (26:35)

Japan Sinks: 2020 (30:45)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (34:05)

Fire Force - Season 2 (39:54)

Deca-Dence (41:48)

 

Review:

Princess Connect! Re:Dive (47:29)

 

Related Links:

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/04/27-1/how-princess-connect-redive-captures-the-spirit-of-konosuba

 

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Jul 15, 2020

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)

 

Review:

Fate/Grand Order -Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia- (13:14)

 

Best of the Season (1:13:48)

 

Related Links:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-12-03/.153931

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/08/01-1/the-ultimate-fate-series-beginners-guide

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/10/10-1/all-you-need-to-know-for-fategrand-order-babylonia

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/02/03/from-mesopotamia-to-mesoamerica-the-real-history-behind-fategrand-order-babylonias-heroic-spirits

https://blog.sakugabooru.com/tag/fategrand-order/

 

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Jul 1, 2020

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.

 

Reviews:

In/Spectre (1:31)

Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle (27:32)

 

Related Links:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2020-02-20/.156632

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/01/21-1/inspectre-is-the-goat-at-shaking-up-the-conventions-of-mystery-anime

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2020/02/13/the-most-powerful-weapon-in-inspectre-is-words

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2020/03/23/why-inspectres-kotoko-would-be-the-perfect-lawyer

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2020/03/27-1/the-monsters-of-inspectre-are-everywhere-even-on-the-internet

 

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Jun 10, 2020

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.

 

Reviews:

ID: Invaded (1:41)

Somali and the Forest Spirit (47:51)

 

Related Links:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2020-01-28/.155839

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2020/01/03/miss-the-mandalorian-watch-somali-and-the-forest-spirit

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2020/01/28-1/somali-and-other-great-anime-about-the-family-we-choose

 

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May 26, 2020

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.

 

News:

RIP Zac Bertschy (1:20)

 

Reviews:

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (13:25)

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (56:30)

 

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https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/editorial/2020-05-22/zac-bertschy-in-memoriam/.159803

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/sorcerous-stabber-orphen/.159211

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/keep-your-hands-off-eizouken/.155366

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2020-03-17/.157600

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/01/13/keep-your-hands-off-eizouken-is-a-love-letter-to-anime

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2020/01/27/how-eizouken-embodies-the-messy-thrill-of-storytelling

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/02/03-1/how-eizouken-embodies-the-messy-thrill-of-storytelling-part-two

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/02/04-1/nothing-but-respect-for-our-new-anime-queen-eizoukens-sayaka-kanamori

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/02/06/imagination-running-wild-eizouken-and-the-pursuit-of-creation

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2020/03/27/keep-your-hands-off-eizoukens-solutions-to-finding-creativity-in-rough-times

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2020/03/30/keep-your-hands-off-eizoukens-look-into-the-heartfelt-moments-of-animation-inspiration

https://blog.sakugabooru.com/?s=eizouken

https://www.animefeminist.com/the-gloriously-goofy-geeky-girls-of-keep-your-hands-off-eizouken/

 

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May 12, 2020

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)

Listeners (23:57)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens (28:59)

Gleipnir (33:38)

Arte (36:52)

The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED (42:31)

Kakushigoto (45:55)

Digimon Adventure: (50:29)

Sing "Yesterday" for Me (54:09)

Appare-Ranman! (57:45)

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)

 

Review:

My Hero Academia - Season 4 (1:31:00)

 

Related Links:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_of_the_COVID-19_pandemic_on_television#Anime

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-11-26/.153675

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2020-01-16/.155435

https://www.animefeminist.com/my-hero-academia-shows-us-how-to-write-damsels-and-dudes-in-distress/

https://www.fanbyte.com/trending/my-hero-academia-supercop/

 

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Feb 24, 2020

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.

 

News:

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020 (1:32)

 

Chop 'n' Drop (1:36:19)

 

Review:

Beastars (1:46:00)

 

Best of the Season (3:01:20)

 

Related Links:

https://www.crunchyroll.com/animeawards/en/index.html

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2020/02/15-1/winners-of-the-2020-anime-awards-updated-live

https://stopmotionmagazine.com/beastars-by-toho-animation/

https://blog.sakugabooru.com/2019/12/04/beastars-traditionally-excellent-modernity/

 

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Feb 9, 2020

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.

 

Reviews:

Babylon (1:30)

Fire Force (53:02)

 

Related Links:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-12-10/.154195

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eee5iJWlNfw

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-09-12/.150990

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/07/01/meet-the-staff-of-the-upcoming-fire-force

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/07/08/five-highlights-of-the-fire-force-animes-thrilling-debut

https://blog.sakugabooru.com/2019/07/02/fire-force-production/

https://blog.sakugabooru.com/2019/07/05/fire-force-production-notes-01/

 

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Feb 2, 2020

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.

 

Reviews:

Stars Align (1:32)

Granblue Fantasy the Animation - Season 2 (33:46)

Dr. Stone (1:05:21)

 

Related Links:

https://blog.sakugabooru.com/2020/01/12/hoshiai-no-sora-stars-align-a-story-about-corporate-betrayal-but-also-a-lot-more/

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-12-26/stars-align-director-kazuki-akane-promises-sequel-in-some-form/.154793
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-10-24/stars-align-ed-animation-allegedly-copies-dance-choreography-without-permission/.152557
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-11-01/stars-align-production-committee-apologizes-for-copying-dance-choreography-without-permission/.152867

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-10-22/.152490

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-12-05/.154028

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-07-23/.149251

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-10-10/.152066

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykEp0wlchiY&feature=youtu.be

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/09/20-1/interview-how-dr-stones-director-created-a-world-of-science

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/11/18-1/dr-stones-most-unusual-hero-in-history

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/11/27/dr-stone-proves-that-every-good-anime-villain-needs-a-good-anime-henchman

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/12/11/interview-dr-stone-creators-reveal-the-secrets-behind-their-painstaking-research

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2nmC8lPyGo

 

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Jan 19, 2020

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)

Dorohedoro (14:48)

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (15:41)

Somali and the Forest Spirit (17:16)

Darwin's Game (18:52)

Asteroid in Love (22:59)

Pet (25:09)

A Certain Scientific Railgun T (27:13)

Dorohedoro (29:54)

ID: INVADED (35:09)

In/Spectre (42:54)

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)

 

Review:

Vinland Saga (1:08:17)

 

Related Links:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-07-18/.149088

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-09-17/.151186

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qk1BoGRM7c

 

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Jan 5, 2020

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)

 

Review:

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (13:16)

 

Best of the Season: (1:10:01)

 

Related Links:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-04-16/.145733

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-06-04/.147449

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-08-22/.150220

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2019-08-28/interview-demon-slayer-producer-yuma-takahashi/.149177

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/04/29/mythology-uncovered-the-oni-of-demon-slayer

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/05/06-1/the-digital-arenas-of-demon-slayers-battles

https://www.crunchyroll.com/de/anime-feature/2019/08/21/in-demon-slayer-compassion-is-the-strongest-weapon

https://blog.sakugabooru.com/2019/08/15/kimetsu-no-yaiba-the-power-of-ufotables-harmony/

https://www.animefeminist.com/feature-who-is-allowed-to-speak-their-pain-demon-slayer-empathy-and-nezuko/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhGuNpUpIXs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZE1TnlpHT0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BFpfQHSJkk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x2VaIf9KPw

 

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