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Anime Airwaves

We’re in a golden age of animation unseen since the 90’s. Curious or feel out of the loop about anime? Then let a native Japanese speaker and his giant weeb pal educate you! We rank best pilot episodes, waifus/husbandos, opening/closing theme songs, and teach you some Japanese. Complete your magical girl transformation today with Pop Culture Bento’s anime podcast!

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‘Interspecies Reviewers’ Review: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Hentai!

In Anime Airwaves #19, we review 異種族レビュアーズ (Ishuzoku Reviewers), the controversial series from studio Passione. In a world where many different humanoid species exist and prostitution is legal, there exists various brothels for each kind of species run by “succu-girls”, who have succubus blood running through them. As each species has different opinions on how each succu-girl works for them, various brothel visitors have become reviewers, rating their experiences with various succu-girls and posting them in the local tavern. The series largely centers on a human named Stunk, an elf named Zel, and an angel named Crimvael. Anime Airwaves is made possible through the support of our audience. If you enjoy our show, please consider heading to patreon.com/popculturebento and donating to help us keep the lights on. Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

18mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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‘My Hero Academia: Heroes:Rising’ Review: National Lampoon’s Anime Vacation

In Anime Airwaves #18, we review 僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ヒーローズ:ライジング (Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 2: Heroes:Rising), the hyped series from studio Bones. The number one hero anime is back in theaters for a battle beyond anything fans have ever seen! Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful that it’s more like a vacation … until they’re attacked by a villain with an unfathomable Quirk! His power is eerily familiar, and it looks like Shigaraki had a hand in the plan. But with All Might retired and citizens’ lives on the line, there’s no time for questions. Deku and his friends are the next generation of heroes, and they’re the island’s only hope. Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment. Anime Airwaves is made possible through the support of our audience. If you enjoy our show, please consider heading to patreon.com/popculturebento and donating to help us keep the lights on.

19mins

6 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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‘How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?’ Review: Do You Even Lift, Senpai?

In Anime Airwaves #17, we review Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?, the hyped series from studio Doga Kobo. During a regular after-school grub crawl, gluttonous high schooler Hibiki Sakura is confronted about her ever-expanding waistline by her best friend, Ayaka Uehara. With her attempts at solitary exercise failing miserably, Hibiki decides to join the newly opened Silverman Gym. At her orientation, Hibiki runs into student council president and school idol Akemi Souryuuin. However, it soon turns out that Hibiki is in for a lot more than she bargained for. Not only is Silverman Gym full of world-renowned bodybuilders and athletes, but to make matters worse, Akemi turns out to be a total muscle fetishist! Grossed out by the scene unfolding before her eyes, Hibiki begins to leave, only to be stopped by trainer Naruzou Machio. Completely enthralled with her newfound Prince Charming, Hibiki signs up as a gym member. Now, as a result of her spur-of-the-moment decision, Hibiki must adapt to her new lifestyle. Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

13mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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'Made in Abyss' Review: Whistleblowers, Do the Limbo!

In Anime Airwaves #16, we review Made in Abyss, the hyped series from studio Kinema Citrus. The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface. Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss. Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

20mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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'Food Wars' Review (Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara): Eat With Your Eyes

In Anime Airwaves #15, we review Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara, the hit series from studio J.C. Staff. At Tootsuki Culinary Academy, a heated eight-on-eight Shokugeki known as the Régiment de Cuisine rages on between Central and the rebel forces led by Souma Yukihira and Erina Nakiri. Though they won a stunning perfect victory in the first bout, the rebels face an uphill battle ahead, as they must now face off against the rest of the Elite Ten Council. With the future of Tootsuki at stake, Souma and Erina must push far beyond the limits of their abilities, using everything they learned from their mentors and ultimately drawing from their experiences cooking together as friends. Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

15mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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'Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!' Review: A World of Pure Imagination

In Anime Airwaves #14, we review Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!, the show from studio Science Saru. Special guest Sasha Duran from the Spoop Hour podcast joins the discussion. Midori Asakusa sees the world a bit differently. Always having her nose in a sketchbook, Asakusa draws detailed landscapes and backgrounds of both the world around her and the one within her boundless imagination. Even the simple act of doodling on a wall evolves into an emergency repair on the outer hull of her spaceship. She is only brought back to reality by her best friend Sayaka Kanamori. The pair are stark opposites, with Asakusa’s childlike wonder contrasted by Kanamori’s calculated approach to life. After a chance encounter where the two “save” the young model Tsubame Misuzaki from her overprotective bodyguard, a connection instantly sparks between Asakusa and Misuzaki, as both share an intense passion for art and animation. Whereas Asakusa is interested in backgrounds and settings, Misuzaki loves drawing the human form. Sensing a money-making opportunity, Kanamori suggests that they start an animation club, which they disguise as a motion picture club since the school already has an anime club. Thus begins the trio’s journey of producing animation that will awe the world. From the brilliant mind of Masaaki Yuasa, Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! is a love letter to animation, wildly creative in its approach, and a testament to the potential of the medium. Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

24mins

7 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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'Ni No Kuni' Review: A Leap of Faith

In Anime Airwaves #13, we review Ni No Kuni, the show from studio OLM. Special guest Terrell Royster from the Around the Geek podcast joins the discussion. High schooler Yuu and his friend Haru get involved in a case involving his childhood friend Kotona, which forces them to go back and forth between another world that is different but is somewhat similar to their world, Ni no Kuni. The real world and Ni no Kuni, when Kotona’s life is in danger, what’s the ultimate choice the three of them have to make in Ni no Kuni? Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

38mins

31 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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'Re:Creators' Review: Reverse Isekai-tus

In Anime Airwaves #12, we review Re:Creators, the show from studio TROYCA. Humans have designed countless worlds—each one born from the unique imagination of its creator. Souta Mizushino is a high school student who aspires to be such a creator by writing and illustrating his own light novel. One day, while watching anime for inspiration, he is briefly transported into a fierce fight scene. When he returns to the real world, he realizes something is amiss: the anime’s headstrong heroine, Selesia Yupitilia, has somehow returned with him. Before long, other fictional characters appear in the world, carrying the hopes and scars of their home. A princely knight, a magical girl, a ruthless brawler, and many others now crowd the streets of Japan. However, the most mysterious one is a woman in full military regalia, dubbed “Gunpuku no Himegimi,” who knows far more than she should about the creators’ world. Despite this, no one knows her true name or the world she is from. Meanwhile, Souta and Selesia work together with Meteora Österreich, a calm and composed librarian NPC, to uncover the meaning behind these unnatural events. With powerful forces at play, the once clear line between reality and imagination continues to blur, leading to a fateful meeting between creators and those they created. Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

17mins

21 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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'Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front - Babylonia': The Holy Grail of Video Game Adaptations

In Anime Airwaves #11, we review Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front – Babylonia, the show from Cloverworks based on the mobile video game, Fate/Grand Order. A.D. 2016, the foundations of humanity have been incinerated by the Mage King Solomon. Chaldea, a secret mages organization with the mission to preserve humanity’s future, foresaw mankind’s extinction in 2015. Thus commenced the operation to repair the Singularities in history caused by Holy Grails dispersed across time and space—Operation Grand Order. Using the Rayshift time travel technology, Chaldea’s last master Ritsuka Fujimaru and his demi-servant Mash Kyrielight have traveled to and resolved six Singularities. Now, they depart for their most dangerous destination yet: a civilization in the Age of Gods, B.C. 2655 Mesopotamia. Ritsuka and Mash soon discover that Demonic Beasts roam the land, attacking people and towns. Amidst chaos and terror lies humanity’s last defense—Uruk, a fortress city that acts as the frontline for the battle against the beasts. The battlefront is commanded by none other than King Gilgamesh, the King of Heroes, who sought aid from Heroic Spirits and took on the role of a mage to protect his city. Along with Gilgamesh and the summoned servants, Ritsuka and Mash must protect Uruk against the magical beasts’ onslaught and defeat the Three Goddess Alliance who aims to eradicate humankind; all the while, a greater threat looms over Uruk, preparing for its awakening. Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

18mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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'Demon Slayer': Basically Vampires, but Make It Anime

In Anime Airwaves #10, we review Demon Slayer, the critically-acclaimed show from ufotable, the studio behind the Fate and God Eater series. Ever since the death of his father, the burden of supporting the family has fallen upon Tanjirou Kamado’s shoulders. Though living impoverished on a remote mountain, the Kamado family are able to enjoy a relatively peaceful and happy life. One day, Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village to make a little money selling charcoal. On his way back, night falls, forcing Tanjirou to take shelter in the house of a strange man, who warns him of the existence of flesh-eating demons that lurk in the woods at night. When he finally arrives back home the next day, he is met with a horrifying sight—his whole family has been slaughtered. Worse still, the sole survivor is his sister Nezuko, who has been turned into a bloodthirsty demon. Consumed by rage and hatred, Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and stay by his only remaining sibling. Alongside the mysterious group calling themselves the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjirou will do whatever it takes to slay the demons and protect the remnants of his beloved sister’s humanity. Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

15mins

13 Dec 2019

Rank #10