Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 115 – Fall 2022 Season Wrap

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 02:35 Beast Tamer
  • 06:12 Bibliophile Princess
  • 08:00 Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit
  • 11:20 Futoku no Guild
  • 12:30 I’ve Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farming-Related Skills
  • 15:12 Muv Luv Alternative
  • 17:00 Raven of the Inner Palace
  • 18:41 Reincarnated as a Sword
  • 21:05 Shinobi no Ittoki
  • 22:10 Urusei Yatsura
  • 24:05 BLUELOCK
  • 25:44 BOCCHI THE ROCK!
  • 26:56 Do It Yourself!!
  • 29:21 I’m the Villainess so I’m Taming the Final Boss
  • 30:55 Love Flops
  • 32:47 Mob Psycho 100 III
  • 35:10 SPY x FAMILY Cour 2
  • 36:44 The Eminence in Shadow
  • 38:11 To Your Eternity Season 2
  • 39:38 Welcome to the Demon School! Iruma-kun
  • 40:53 Akiba Maid War
  • 44:05 Chainsaw Man
  • 47:13 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury
  • 48:42 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • 49:52 BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War
  • 51:22 Golden Kamuy Season 4
  • 52:41 Outro

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Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • BLUELOCK OP: “Chaos ga Kiwamaru” by Unison Square Garden
  • “Seasons” by roljui

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I’ve written more about this show this season than any other on both this blog, Twitter, and even on Discord, simultaneously praising, recommending, and freaking out about it. I can no longer imagine the fall season without Akiba Maid War charging right up the center and standing at the forefront. From start to finish, the characters and this ridiculous setting demanded my attentions, easily competing for both anime of the season and the overall year.

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June 6th of this year marked Kaiseki Anime Podcast’s 100th episode, one that featured 3 older films Draggle had yet to watch prior to the recording: Grave of the Fireflies, Perfect Blue, and Voices of a Distant Star. We started this project four years ago in March of 2018, and we’re still going strong today. It’s kind of crazy to me that we’re still churning out the episodes bi-monthly like clockwork. Given my waning interests and lazy nature, I was afraid we’d peter out long ago, or turn into one of those shows who upload inconsistently and skip entire months of content. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case and we both have the fortune of chatting by voice with a friend a couple of times a month.

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