March 7, 2021
It's just Matt and Harry on for this episode as they have their horribly wrong Crunchyroll Anime Award predictions shoved in their face. Wonder Egg Priority continues to be thought-provoking and just for kicks the duo craft the isekai series they'd like to see.
0:00 - Intro and "Kill Your Babies"
17:34 - Wonder Egg Priority Check-in
37:33 - Crunchyroll Anime Award Results
1:03:03 - In other news...
1:10:20 - SHITSUMON! Design an isekai series
1:22:07 - Shout-outs and closing
Intro - "Seize the Day" by Asaka (Yuru Camp Season 2 opening theme)
Outro - "Lost in Paradise" feat. AKLO by ALI (JUJUTSU KAISEN ending theme)
February 15, 2021
This episode experiments with a new format with a large chunk of the show focused on discussing this season's mesmerizing new series, Wonder Egg Priority. Later on, the crew talks about the year that changed modern anime as we know it.
0:00 - Introductions and "Kill Your Babies"
7:38 - Wonder Egg Priority Discussion
32:21 - Japanese government considering imposing copyright laws on cosplayers
42:06 - In other news...
43:51 - SHITSUMON! The biggest anime of 2012
1:20:57 - Shout-outs and closing
Intro - "Sudachi no Uta" by Anemoneria (Wonder Egg Priority opening theme)
Outro - "Sakamichi no Melody" by YUKI (Kids on the Slope opening theme)
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.
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
Intro - "Kaikai Kitan" by Eve (JUJUTSU KAISEN opening theme)
Outro - "Life is Cider" by Anemoneria (Wonder Egg Priority ending theme)
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.
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
Intro - "G.P." by Yutaka Yamada (Great Pretender opening theme)
Outro - "Seimeisen" by ReoNa (Tsukihime - A piece of blue glass moon opening theme)
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.
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
Intro - "My Dearest" by Supercell (Guilty Crown opening theme)
Outro - "Magia" by Kalafina (Puella Magi MAdoka Magica ending theme)
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.
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
Intro - "Irony" by ClariS (OreImo opening theme)
Outro - "Brave Song" by Aoi Tada (Angel Beats ending theme)
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.
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
Intro - "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" by Eiko Shimamiya (Higurashi When They Cry opening theme)
Outro - "Kyoumu Densen", by Ali Project (Another opening theme)
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.
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
Intro - "Deep in Abyss" by Miyu Tomita and Mariya Ise (Made in Abyss opening theme)
Outro - Unnamed; Amelia Watson background track
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.
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?
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.
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?
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)