Anime Soapbox 05: Nyanpasu and Dirk Nowitzki


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This week on Anime Soapbox we get comfy and discuss this season’s slice of life (ugh, I prefer to call them “low-key comedies”) shows. We discuss shows like Non Non Biyori Repeat, Himouto! Umaru-chan, and Working!!!. In addition, we compare this lineup with dozens of other comedies and try to decide which series are the best of all time. We also talk about Michael Jordan, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tim Duncan. Yeah… It’ll make sense once you listen to the show.

00:30 – Introductions
01:30 – Non Non Biyori Repeat
10:30 – Moe and All-Stars
14:20 – Wakaba Girl
17:30 – Japanese Garfield
35:00 – Miia Daki
37:30 – Working!!!
54:00 – Finale

Ken (FullOAnime)
9Ball (Untz Time)
Kelloggs (Pedantic Perspective)

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Anime Power Rankings: A Week to Forget (Summer Week 7)

It was so forgettable that I nearly forgot to write the result post! Ha ha! Ha… But really, with Crowds delayed a week and the stream of Rokka also pushed back a day, the choice of episodes to look over this week was especially sparse and for some reason or another voter turnout plummeted as well. Let’s get this over with quickly.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Non Non Biyori Repeat 7 3 32.1% up+6
2 Durarara!! X2 The Second Arc 20 2 28.6% up+12
3 Classroom Crisis 8 3 21.4% up+6
4 School-Live! 7 2 25% up-2
5 Ushio and Tora 8 1 32.1% up-2

On the cusp: Snow White with the Red Hair (2-21.4%), Prison School (2-17.9%), My Love Story (1-21.4%), Charlotte (2-14.3%), Gangsta. (1-21.4%)

Number of voters: 28

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 14

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Anime Power Rankings: Option 3 – Just Let Kadian Handle It (Summer Week 6)

With fictional aliens and comic book villains come to life finding political success, it’s time to contemplate my own bid for high office. Friends, readers, countrymen, lend me your ears! When I am elected Lord Ruler of planet Earth, I promise universal HanaKana coverage and a Japanese Garfield in every home! Bread and circus Donuts and APR every week!

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Gatchaman Crowds insight 7 10 38.1% 0
2 School-Live! 6 3 31% up+7
3 Ushio and Tora 7 5 28.6% up+2
4 Prison School 6 3 28.6% up+6
5 My Love Story 19 3 26.2% up+3

On the cusp: SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist (1-26.2%), Non Non Biyori (2-23.8%), Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers (1-33.3%)

Number of voters: 42

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 32

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Summer 2015 First Thoughts

Prison School

Summer is here and we’re happily consuming some anime on these warm, lazy nights. While there didn’t seem to be much to look forward to this season apart from a few interesting shows, there have been one or two surprises among series currently airing that have been surprisingly good. Here’s our thoughts on some of the anime of Summer 2015.
Introduction by Kylaran

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Anime Soapbox 04: Haikyuu!! Review


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This week on Anime Soapbox we review one of the best sport anime of the past few years: Haikyuu!!. Finally our passion for sports becomes relevant to the discussion, as we praise this show for its good drama and (mostly) accurate portrayal of this unpopular sport. And no worries, this is spoiler-free.

00:00 – Introductions
01:30 – Spoiler-Free Discussion
16:15 – SCORES!
17:45 – Spoilers Galore
42:30 – Finale

EmperorJ (Lower Mid-Table)
Kelloggs (Pedantic Perspective)
SportsGeek (Three Episode Test)

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