Anime Ichiban
Anime Ichiban 39: Crunchyroll Anime Awards Turn Up the Heat

Anime Ichiban 39: Crunchyroll Anime Awards Turn Up the Heat

January 24, 2021

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards are right around the corner which means it's time for predictions! The crew also give their impressions of a bombastic new anime season as well as delve into some interesting regional streaming statistics.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 - Introductions and talking about the current anime season
32:22 - Most watched Crunchyroll shows by region
40:17 - In other news...
43:31 - SHITUSMON! Thought and predictions on the 2021 Crunchyroll anime Awards
1:35:50 - Closing remarks

TRACKS

Intro - "Kaikai Kitan" by Eve (JUJUTSU KAISEN opening theme)
Outro - "Life is Cider" by Anemoneria (Wonder Egg Priority ending theme)
 

Anime Ichiban 38: New Year’s Brings New Types of Moons

Anime Ichiban 38: New Year’s Brings New Types of Moons

January 4, 2021

A remake of a visual novel over a decade in the making finally makes its reappearance and the panel decides to reminisce about their favorite shows of the year.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 - Introductions and what have we been watching
23:27 - Tsukihime Remake resurfaced and dated
33:45 - Mamoru Hosoda's new movie announcement
43:10 - Comiket related blood donation shortages
46:31 - SHITSUMON! What are our favorite shows of 2020?
1:20:04 - Closing remarks

TRACKS

Intro - "G.P." by Yutaka Yamada (Great Pretender opening theme)
Outro - "Seimeisen" by ReoNa (Tsukihime - A piece of blue glass moon opening theme)

Anime Ichiban 37: The New(er) Age of Streaming and CG

Anime Ichiban 37: The New(er) Age of Streaming and CG

December 14, 2020

Now that the acquisition of Crunchyroll by Sony is now official, the crew gives their thoughts on what this potentially means for the anime streaming sphere; Studio Ghibli has released the first trailer for their first CGI film and it is... a trailer; and 2011 had some pretty dang good shows.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 - Introductions
14:19 - Crunchyroll to be purchased by Sony, owners of Funimation
26:26 - Studio Ghibli releases first trailer for its CGI film Earwig and the Witch
40:40 - Hololive ID Generation 2 debuts
43:33 - Mini-SHITSUMON: Can anime announcements and award shows ever reach the fervor that the video game industry does?
53:56 - SHITSUMON! What are the most impactful shows of 2011?
1:28:41 - Closing remarks

TRACKS

Intro - "My Dearest" by Supercell (Guilty Crown opening theme)
Outro - "Magia" by Kalafina (Puella Magi MAdoka Magica ending theme)

Anime Ichiban 36: The Irony of Trash Tastes

Anime Ichiban 36: The Irony of Trash Tastes

November 23, 2020

The crew takes a trip back to 2010 when life was simpler and anime tastes were worse to take a moment and reflect on what shows have remain stuck in the fandom's mind all these years later.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 - Introductions and what have we been watching lately
24:52 - Kyoto Animation given Women in Animation Diversity Award
31:00 - Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, Eden of the East) announces next project in the works
36:07 - First-ever anime and manga university department established
46:33 - SHITSUMON! A trip through the decade. What are the most impactful shows of 2010?
1:37:22 - Closing remarks

TRACKS

Intro - "Irony" by ClariS (OreImo opening theme)
Outro - "Brave Song" by Aoi Tada (Angel Beats ending theme)

Anime Ichiban 35: Spooky Scary Anime Send Shivers Down Our Spine

Anime Ichiban 35: Spooky Scary Anime Send Shivers Down Our Spine

November 1, 2020

Happy Halloween! On this episode, Anime Ichiban delves into some spooky news, like monopolies and yaoi paddles. For the main topic, the gang discusses how horror can be used to elevate storytelling.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 - Introductions and what we've been watching
29:39 - NEWS: Sony posed to purchase Crunchyroll
40:44 - NEWS: Demon Slayer movie smashes records
48:05 - NEWS: Hetalia getting revived with a new series
51:51 - LIGHTNING NEWS: Netflix expanding anime coverage, LiSA topping the charts, ClariS reveals their faces, Steins franchise to get new VN, Mamoru Hosoda's new movie storyboarded, Girl gets her dream date with Godzilla
SHITSUMON! What anime have settings that are a character in and of themselves?
1:03:23 - SHITSUMON! How is horror used to elevate storytelling?
1:33:16 - Closing remarks

TRACKS

Intro - "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" by Eiko Shimamiya (Higurashi When They Cry opening theme)
Outro - "Kyoumu Densen", by Ali Project (Another opening theme)

Anime Ichiban 34: The Setting Is a Stage, And Hololive Stands On It

Anime Ichiban 34: The Setting Is a Stage, And Hololive Stands On It

October 5, 2020

Matt and Kyle have fallen deep down the proverbial hololive rabbit hole. They talk about their latest obsession along with the recent news of two of their top talents' suspension then top off with a discussion of living settings in anime.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 - Introductions
23:42 - Akai Haato and Kiryu Coco's hololive suspensions
45:12 - In other news...
56:57 - SHITSUMON! What anime have settings that are a character in and of themselves?
1:22:30 - Closing remarks

TRACKS

Intro - "Deep in Abyss" by Miyu Tomita and Mariya Ise (Made in Abyss opening theme)
Outro - Unnamed; Amelia Watson background track

Anime Ichiban 33: Coming into Maturity

Anime Ichiban 33: Coming into Maturity

September 13, 2020

Welcome to our anime waifu overlords, old and new. Join Matt and Kyle this episode as they discuss the return of the Goddess of Anime, Haruhi Suzumiya herself, then hop on over to the new virutal sensation that's finally sweeping English-speaking nations: Hololive Vtubers!

For this episode's SHITSUMON! topic, the two dive into recently released Aggretsuko Season 3 and The Great Pretender and explore how the two shows work with mature themes.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 - Introductions and what we've been up to
23:33 - The Return of Haruhi Suzumiya('s light novels)
37:23 - The Debut of Generation 1 of Hololive English Vtubers
53:07 - Minor news roundup: (Shenmue anime announced; Fate/Stay Night Heaven's Feel Part 3 movie debuts to huge success; KyoAni fire updates)
58:35 - SHITSUMON! How does anime portray mature themes in its storytelling?

Anime Ichiban 32: The Art of Following a Formula

Anime Ichiban 32: The Art of Following a Formula

August 24, 2020

Corporate shakeups and Charles Darwin spell omens of a changing global landscape for the anime industry and that the crew digs into along with how a series can effectively perform within its genre conventions.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 - Introductions
12:28 - Legacy piracy site KissAnime shuts down
28:45 - AT&T reportedly looking to sell Crunchyroll
43:27 - Galapagos Syndrome: Is anime in danger of losing its global identity?
58:41 - News Reel
1:02:20 - SHITSUMON! How do shows perform effectively and still entertain in genres whose formulae are already well known and expected?

TRACKS

Intro - "Cagayake! GIRLS" by Houkago Tea Time (K-ON! opening theme)
Outro - "Tsuri no sekai e" by Umino High School Breakwater Club (Our Diary at the Breakwater ending theme)

Anime Ichiban 31: The Episode Where We Get Political

Anime Ichiban 31: The Episode Where We Get Political

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.

 

Timestamps

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

 

Tracks

Intro - "Sora Ni Utaeba" by amazarashi (My Hero Academia OP3)
Outro - "Sanbika" by Eir Aoi (Kill La Kill OST)

Anime Ichiban 30: Brand New Shows and Brand New Animals

Anime Ichiban 30: Brand New Shows and Brand New Animals

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?

TIMESTAMPS

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

TRACKS

Intro - "Ready to" by Sumire Morohoshi (Brand New Animal opening theme)
Outro - "NIGHT RUNNING" by  AAAMYYY (Brand New Animal ending theme)

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