Friday Anime Podcast 76: Summer 2015 Season Preview

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On this week’s Friday Anime Podcast, we discuss the upcoming Spring 2015 season. With dozens of shows coming debuting in the coming weeks, it’s our job to let you know what shows to follow. Given our diverse tastes, we guarantee we can find something for everybody. In addition, we talk about our personal favorites, intriguing premises, industry shakers, and hidden gems.

Index
00:30 – Introductions / Benchmarks
02:20 – Most Anticipated Shows?
18:30 – What’s the Yams?
18:50 – Most Intriguing Shows?
37:15 – Most Popular Shows?
51:50 – Dark Horse Picks?
67:00 – Sequels?
70:15 – Best of the Season?

Guests:
Kelloggs (Pedantic Perspective)
EmperorJ (LowerMidTable)
9Ball (Untz Time)

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Anime Power Rankings: Ready to Turn the Page (Spring Weeks 10 & 11)

I apologize I missed posting Anime Power Rankings last week. This is probably a little bit (or a lot) of my own bias talking, but I think most everyone enthusiasm has waned and is ready for this season to be over and start a new one. Not that Spring has been irredeemably poor. We got some impressively creative standouts in Euphonium and BBB, plus a number of genre pleasers, which is better than anyone could have hoped at the beginning when it seemed like the moefication of an obscure Greek goddess would be the most notable thing all season.

But I digress. This week’s post is a double feature to make up for last week. That means there’s double the charts, double the comments, plus a wish list of sorts of what we don’t mind seeing again.

Week 10 Top 5 Rankings

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Sound! Euphonium 10 9 58.3% 0
2 My Love Story!! 10 3 38.9% up+1
3 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 47 5 27.8% up+1
4 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! 11 4 25% up+1
5 Punch Line 10 2 29.4% up+2

On the cusp: Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic (1-17.1%), Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (0-20.0%), The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki (1-14.3%)

Number of voters: 36

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 17

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Anime Power Rankings: You’re a Kid Now, You’re a Euphemism for Ritual Sexual Intercourse Now, You’re a Kid Now… (Spring Week 9)

In a week where the leader of the world’s largest crime syndicate “voluntarily” stepped down and a woman from the Kardashian clan actually becomes a net positive to social progress, every noteworthy piece of news got buried beneath the force of nature that is Splatoon. There were recycled memes and dated pop-culture references and ironic comics as far as the eye can see. And as the memeball grew and grew, it quickly attained status as the zenith of modern civilization, easily eclipsing the grandeur and insight of all works before and since, leaving us wondering if anything is even worth doing anymore. But time marches on and there is another Anime Power Rankings here to see. I am but your humble messenger.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Sound! Euphonium 9 9 56.4% 0
2 Blood Blockade Battlefront 10 7 46.2% up+1
3 My Love Story!! 9 3 43.6% up-1
4 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 46 7 23.1% up+1
5 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! 10 3 25.6% up-1

On the cusp: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (1/17.9%), Punchline (0/25.6%)

Number of voters: 39

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 24

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Friday Anime Podcast 75: Anno and the Otaku

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On this week’s news-focused Friday Anime Podcast, we talk more about the latest announcements regarding this year’s Anime Expo and Otakon (the two biggest anime conventions in North America). In addition, we talk about Toonami’s new shows, Microsoft’s new moe mascot, another interview from Anno Hideaki, an some interesting sales charts regarding anime studios. Like always, expect some nonsensical tangents mixed in.

Index
00:30 – Introductions
01:20 – Toonami’s New Pickups
05:10 – Microsoft and Their New Windows 10 Mascot
07:15 – Preview: Anime Expo vs Otakon (2015)
24:00 – Latest Anno Hideaki Comments
46:45 – Best and Worst Anime Studio (By Sales)
54:15 – Best Show of Spring 2015
56:05 – Wrap-up

Guests
Dream Katari (MediaKatari)
EmperorJ (LowerMidTable)
9Ball (New Podcast Intern)

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Anime Power Rankings: Making Beautiful Music (Spring Week 8)

We have an eventful APR week featuring amusement park fun, work aprons, screenfuls of flying kanji, vampires contributing to geo-political relations, and the veritable Episode of the Year. Let’s get right into it!

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Sound! Euphonium 8 24 65.4% 0
2 My Love Story!! 8 5 38.5% up+2
3 Blood Blockade Battlefront 9 2 36.5% up-1
4 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! 9 3 23.1% up+3
5 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 45 4 19.2% up-2

On the cusp: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2/13.5%), Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma (0/19.2%), Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic (0/15.4%), Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (0/17.3%)

Number of voters: 52

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 34

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