August 2, 2020
Disclaimer: This episode of Anime Ichiban dives into issues covering veganism and the discourse surrounding it. We have done our best to present our ideas in an approachable and understanding fashion, but understand that these views may not be shared with our audience. We welcome any and all discussion but simply ask that you respect opposing viewpoints.
In this (spicy) episode, Matt is away, leaving Harry and Kyle to dig into the politics surrounding The Promised Neverland. Wait, politics? In my anime?! It’s more likely than you think.
0:00 - Introductions and what we've been up to
11:05 - (NEWS) The effects of COVID-19 bringing light to problems in the anime industry
23:47 - (NEWS) The Weekend collaborates with D'Art Shtajio to create an anime music video
28:48 - (NEWS) Viz to publish "Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom From Nintendo's Legendary CEO"
40:02 - SHITSUMON! The Promised Neverland as an allegory for veganism and the (murky) discourse surrounding it
Intro - "Sora Ni Utaeba" by amazarashi (My Hero Academia OP3)
Outro - "Sanbika" by Eir Aoi (Kill La Kill OST)
July 13, 2020
There's been a couple of big-name anime announcements in the past few weeks with the likes a The World Ends With You and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners both stepping into the fray. What do these mean for the anime scene and what do our hosts think of Trigger's Brand New Animal?
0:00 - Introductions
11:32 - Anime Expo Lite happened
18:43 - The World Ends With You Anime Revealed
28:22 - Cyberpunk: Edgerunners announced
40:00 - Can there be too long a time in-between anime seasons?
55:22 - Brand New Animal In-Depth Discussion and Impressions
1:24:32 - Closing remarks
Intro - "Ready to" by Sumire Morohoshi (Brand New Animal opening theme)
Outro - "NIGHT RUNNING" by AAAMYYY (Brand New Animal ending theme)
June 22, 2020
The crew is back to discuss the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement in the context of the anime industry as well as ponder why we watch so many tropey anime.
0:00 - Introductions and what have we been watching
13:41 - The anime industry and Black Lives Matter
32:08 - Anime studios' opinions on partnering with Netflix
42:49 - Covid-19's impact on anime production and how studios are working around it
49:37 - Lightning news roundup
1:05:12 - SHITSUMON! What are some of the worst anime tropes and what are some examples of them used in a meaningful way?
Intro - "ebb and flow" by Ray (Nagi no Asukura opening theme)
Outro - "Kimi wa Tenneniro" by Eiichi Ohtaki (Kakushigoto ending theme)
May 24, 2020
The original crew is finally back together to talk about some exciting new anime announcements, the state of the industry, and what games could be translated to the 2D medium!
15:59 - New Inuyasha sequel series announcement
24:44 - Air Comiket Performance
31:34 - New Key, Aniplex, and P.A. Works collaboration announcement
37:49 - A special Pokemon ranking
44:13 - 2018 Domestic Anime Industry Report
55:53 - Quick Headlines
58:04 - Game: Which number is larger?
1:10:17 - MAIN TOPIC! Which video game would we want to see be made into an anime?
1:37:37 - Closing remarks
"Change the World" by V6 (Inuyasha opening theme)
"Brave Song" by Aoi Tada (Angel Beats ending theme)
May 3, 2020
This is a special episode that goes off-road a little bit to talk about something not entirely anime-related. Final Fantasy 7 Remake has been out for about a month now and fellow GoombaStompers have a lot to say about it!
TIMESTAMPS (these are very loose in this episode)
0:00 - Renan's introduction and familiarity with FF7
8:58 - Combat discussion
32:44 - Characters and world
53:44 - Story, ending, and future prospects
Intro - "The Prelude" by Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy 7 Remake OST)
Outro - "Final Fantasy 7 Remake Main Theme" by Nobuo Uematsu
April 6, 2020
There's been quite a few announcements in the anime sphere with unlikely reboots of beloved series as well as the departure of a beloved director. The crew also touches on what goes into a good baddie.
00:00 - Introductions and "Pitch it to me!"
16:48 - Masaaki Yuasa steps down as Science SARU's president
26:47- New Higurashi: When They Cry anime project
36:11 - Tokyo Mew Mew remake
38:55 - Bleach anime continuation and Burn The Witch movie announcements
45:15 - Manga Productions's new anime series
49:40 - Sonic Zones: Real of Fake?
57:21 - SHITSUMON! What goes into making a compelling anime antagonist?
Intro - "Tadahitori" by Bakudan Johnny (Opening theme for Ping Pong the Animation)
Outro - "Taishou a" by anNina (Ending theme for Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai)
March 15, 2020
As the crew settles in for a long period of social distancing they discuss what kind of show they'd wanna be stuck with for all eternity if given the choice. The sheer absurdity of the isekai genre is also put on full display as Kyle and Harry fumble through one of Matt's schemes.
0:00 - Intros and "Pitch it to me!"
15:24 - Bleach 20th Anniversary Project
25:15 - Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Chifuutan game announcement
30:48 - My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising overseas performance and impressions
40:43 - Toei Animation and Saudi Arabian collaboration film The Journey
46:52 - Weathering With You awards and Shinkai's next project
51:17 - Isekai Names: Real or Fake?!
1:06:19 - SHITSUMON! What show would we watch over and over again if stuck with. What makes a show rewatchable?
Intro - "Shiny Ray" by YURiKA (Little Witch Academia opening theme)
Outro - "Dango Daikazoku" by Chata (CLANNAD ending theme)
February 16, 2020
The Anime Ichiban crew is in a Valentine's mood and discuss what makes for a memorable romance and couple in anime. Oh, and some pseudo-hentai got yanked from streaming and broadcast services.
16:08 - Carole & Tuesday Director, Shinichiro Watanabe, Interview Tidbits
22:12 - Interspecies Reviewers's Removal from Streaming and Broadcasting Platforms
30:15 - Paranoia Agent Streaming for First Time Ever
33:49 - Japanese Publishing Industry Statistics
38:13 - Fate/Grand Order Global Revenue
41:50 - Main Event: What makes for a compelling romance in anime? What are some of our favorites? What can the anime medium accomplish with romance that others can't?
Intro - "Uso no Hibana" by 96neko (Scum's Wish opening theme)
Outro - "Hold Me Now" by Vo.Nai BrXX & Celeina (Carole & Tuesday ending theme)
January 27, 2020
Matt and Kyle have some fresh hottakes on Makoto Shinkai's newest film, Weathering With You. The Crunchyroll Anime Awards are also a thing happening which means it's time for the crew to demonstrate once again how off their tastes are.
13:41 - Satoshi Konposthumously honored
18:14 - TRIGGER's "Brand New Animal" project
28:20 - Netflix adds the entire Ghibli library to their catalog!... in some places
31-37 - "Weathering With You" Impressions and Thoughts
1:02:33 - Crunchyroll Anime Award Predictions
1:38:36 - Closing remarks
Intro - "Kiss Me" by Vo.Nai BrXX＆Celeina Ann ("Carole & Tuesday" opening theme)
Outro - "Drown" by milet ("Vinland Saga" ending theme 2)
January 7, 2020
Welcome to 2020! Lots of things have happened in the past few weeks, not the last of which is Hatsune Miku making her Coachella debut. Later, we take a look back at some of our more questionable choices in anime and how on earth we manage to defend them.
0:00 - Introduction and What We've Been Playing
17:46 - Hatsune Miku to Perform at Coachella
25:29 - Crunchyroll's "Most Watched Shows of the Decade"
30:03 - Funimation's Popularity Awards
38:13 - Wages in the Japanese Animation Industry
45:38 - Miki Yoshikawa's New, Fan-Picked Serialization
47:08 - Legal Trouble Brewing for Mangadex
57:02 - Highest Grossing Domestic Anime Films for Japan in 2019
59:33 - What Shows Surprised Us and/or What Shows Do We Enjoy But Have a Hard Time Defending?
Intro - "Dream X Scramble!" by Airi (Keijo!!!!!!!! OP)
Outro - "Lucky☆Orb feat. Hatsune Miku" by emon(Tes.)