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Stuff Ben & Mike Like

Ben & Mike are two nerds who met in university by attending the same Japanese class and anime society. It's pretty much all been downhill from there. They occasionally get together to discuss anime, video games and other stuff they like, usually in the form of quick overviews, reviews and discussion. Expect controversial opinions, impassioned rants and occasional deep dives into the strange minutiae of anime tropes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Stuff #5: Anime of 2018

Another one from the archives, cementing this as an annual podcast! This one possibly never saw the light of day in any form in the past due to us failing to tackle the timestamping of Stuff #4... The format will be very familiar as we run through the anime of the year in something resembling alphabetical order, but this time we put time pressure on ourselves - hurrah! Timestamps below. Spoilers: we still haven't figured out what our email address is.0:00 Intro2:21 Games we've been playing and stuff (Into the Spider-Verse shout out)6:20 A.I.C.O.: Incarnation6:40 Angolmois7:10 Baki7:52 Banana Fish11:23 Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (up here because we listed it as 'Bunny Girl Senpai')14:53 Caligula15:02 Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen17:22 Dorei-ku The Animation17:28 Double Decker! Doug & Kirill19:23 Darling in the FranXX (it's here because 'Franx')22:30 Fumikiri Jikan (Crossing Time)23:42 Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skull-faced bookseller Honda-san)25:02 Goblin Slayer (Ben blows his nose loudly here. Heads up.)26:05 Golden Kamuy29:33 Grancrest Senki29:59 Grand Blue31:35 Gurazeni: Money Pitch33:38 Hanebado!33:59 Hataraku Saibou (Cells At Work)35:27 Hinamatsuri37:05 Hinomaruzumou38:02 Hisone to Maso-tan39:36 Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara (Iroduku: The World in Colors)41:23 Isekai Izakaya41:56 Karakuri Circus42:28 Kyoto no Holmes42:36 Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These43:31 Mahou Shoujo Ore44:05 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Movie: Hoshi wo Yobu Shoujo (The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie - The Girl Who Summons The Stars)45:50 Megalo Box48:25 Mirai49:01 My Hero Academia Season 349:34 Rokuhouhou Yotsuiro Biyori49:52 Run With The Wind51:15 Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale51:48 Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online53:30 Sword Art Online: Alicization54:54 Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 (Attack on Titan Season 3)55:43 That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ('Slime')57:01 Space Battleship Tiramisu (Uchuu Senkan Tiramisù)57:52 SSSS.Gridman58:55 Steins;Gate 01:00:32 Tada Never Falls In Love (Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai)1:01:16 Thunderbolt Fantasy movie - The Sword of Life and Death + Thunderbolt Fantasy season 21:01:48 Violet Evergarden1:03:41 Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku)1:05:04 Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line1:07:38 Zombie Land Saga1:12:05 Top picks from the yearIntro song: Merigo - Cypress Ueno to Robert Yoshino ft. Sky-Hi, from Gurazeni: Money PitchOutro song: WHITE of CRIME - REVALCY, from Magic Kaito 1412 (Ben, why did you put this in?)Definitely check out Magic Kaito 1412. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 15mins

18 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Stuff #9: Anime of Spring 2021

Welcome back to our most timely podcast episode to date! This time on Stuff Ben & Mike Like we cover off the shows we watched from the Spring 2021 anime season - the highs, the lows and the disagreements. We also have a bit of a chat about this year's E3 and our experiences watching the Demon Slayer movie in cinemas. Timestamps below! (Mike would also like to remind you that you should watch Thunderbolt Fantasy, even though we don't discuss it here)0:00 Intro1:28 E3 20216:35 Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo10:40 Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition 11:42 Wolfstride demo14:04 Dynasty Warriors Netflix movie 15:34 Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train26:41 Rating the anime of Spring 2021 30:20 86 33:50 Bakuten!!41:04 Gokushufudo (The Way of the Househusband) 44:17 Mashiro no Oto (Those Snow White Notes) 54:33 Nomad: Megalo Box season 2 1:03:21 ODDTAXI1:14:22 SSSS.Dynazenon 1:20:28 To Your Eternity 1:29:03 Tokyo Revengers 1:33:37 Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song 1:51:41 Yuukoku no Moriarty Season 2 1:54:51 Zombie Land Saga Revenge 2:03:26 Some shows that we dropped 2:08:21 Ben's Funimation app rant2:11:30 Upcoming season picks Intro song: Taiga yo Tomo ni Naite Kure - FranChouChou, the OP from Zombie Land Saga RevengeOutro song: Victory Jubilee -DW S2h Mix-, from the Dynasty Warriors series by Omega Force and KOEI Tecmo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 14mins

4 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Stuff #4: Anime of 2017

What a slick intro! Think that'll be sticking around? Think again! In this episode we talk incredibly quickly about a lot of shows as we try to cover a year and a bit of the anime calendar. There are some gems buried in here though, trust us! Naturally another one from the archives. Timestamps below.0:00 Intro5:53 A Place Further Than The Universe13:09 A Silent Voice14:58 ACCA16:30 Alice to Zoroku19:32 Ancient Magus Bride29:02 B: The Beginning32:09 Ballroom e Youkoso32:43 Children of Ether33:14 Children of the Whales38:02 Classroom of the Elite43:11 Code Geass Initiation45:37 Devilman Crybaby47:13 Darling in the Franxx54:41 Fairy Tail Dragon Cry54:46 Fastest Finger First58:04 Fate Grand Order58:27 Fate/Apocrypha59:32 Gamers!1:01:39 Garo: Vanishing Line1:04:28 Genocidal Organ1:05:02 Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters1:06:23 Granblue Fantasy1:07:10 Grancrest War1:09:37 Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky1:11:40 Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens1:17:18 Hoozuki no Reitetsu Season 21:18:06 How to Keep a Mummy1:20:50 Ikemen Sengoku1:21:37 In this corner of the world1:22:21 Juuni Taisen1:25:47 Kado: The Right Answer1:27:42 Kakegurui1:29:40 Katsugeki Touken Ranbu1:31:37 Kino's Journey -The Beautiful World-1:36:05 Kekkai Sensen & Beyond1:38:38 Knight’s & Magic1:42:10 Koi to Uso1:43:18 Konosuba Season 21:43:46 Kuroko no Basuke Last Game1:45:05 Kuroshitsuji Book of the Atlantic1:45:25 Love After the Rain1:47:22 Made in Abyss1:50:28 Masamune Kun’s Revenge1:52:20 My Hero Academia Season 21:53:45 Napping Princess1:53:52 Neo Yokio1:58:32 Net-juu no Susume2:00:50 Osake wa fuufu ni natte kara (Love is like a cocktail)2:02:15 Our love is always 10cm apart + The Moment You Fall In Love2:03:22 Princess Principal2:05:35 Rakugo Season 2 (Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū)2:08:20 Re:Creators2:14:32 ReLIFE OVA2:15:55 Restaurant to Another World2:18:10 Saga of Tanya the Evil2:22:04 Sakura Quest2:26:10 Sanrio Danshi2:26:50 Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul2:30:52 Shingeki no Kyojin S22:33:44 The Royal Tutor2:34:11 Thunderbolt Fantasy movie - The sword of life and death2:34:43 Tsuredere Children2:35:11 Vatican Kiseki Chousakan2:36:19 Violet Evergarden2:40:36 WorldEnd2:42:25 Youkai Apartment2:45:50 Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation & GLORY LINE2:49:59 Yuru Camp2:53:35 Favourite shows?Intro song: Shiny Days - Asaka, from Yuru CampOutro song: Freesia - (K)NoW_NAME, from Sakura QuestBoth great shows with great music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 56mins

20 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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Stuff #3: Our Top 5 Games Of All Time*

You know what they say about best laid plans. We incredibly optimistically thought we might squeeze our top 5 games lists into the previous episode with our top 5 anime, and what fools we were! So we're back with an entirely gaming flavoured pod. Once again we're pulling this from the archives so this was recorded a very long time ago and might not reflect our current favourites! Though these lists are probably far more accurate than our favourite anime ones... Timestamps below. (Mike belatedly remembered he was supposed to talk about Discworld Noir. Man.)0:00 Intro1:52 Mike's Anime Hot or Not7:32 Shows Ben May Have Watched14:33 Ben's current games18:10 Mike's current games23:37 List Intro30:34 Super Mario Galaxy37:01 Tales of Symphonia45:46 Lylat Wars (Star Fox 64)53:26 KotOR1:02:23 Breath of Fire III1:09:55 Final Fantasy VIII1:23:48 Half-Life 21:30:12 Beyond Good & Evil1:37:13 Chrono Trigger1:44:24 Mass Effect 31:47:22 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker1:49:51 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask1:52:09 Assorted gamesIntro song: Robo's Theme - Yasunori Mitsuda, from Chrono Trigger. As always, check out the game and the soundtrack! Ben will be sad if you don't. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 59mins

7 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Stuff #2: Our Top 5 Anime Of All Time*

Already phoning it in on (archive) episode 2 with a list episode! What better way to make the internet angry at us than to declare what we think are our favourite shows ever. Even bigger disclaimer than usual here with episodes from the archive: both of our lists would be DRAMATICALLY different if we were to record this episode today! Timestamps (and spoilers, I guess) below.0:00 Intro2:20 Games we've been playing recently10:49 Anime we've been watching recently16:16 Top 5 lists19:45 Shirobako25:51 Angel Beats32:59 Cardcaptor Sakura38:17 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya45:25 Star Driver53:16 Durarara1:01:19 Rinne no Lagrange1:05:49 Kuroko no Basuke1:17:18 The Irregular At Magic High School1:22:30 Samurai Flamenco 1:30:40 Honourable mentions - Pacific Rim, Magic Kaito 1412, Tiger & Bunny, Polar Bear Cafe, Bunny DropIntro song: ORETACHI FLAMENGER! -SAMURAI SENTAI FLAMENGER NO THEME- from Samurai Flamenco. Check out the show (which is still one of Mike's favourites)! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 47mins

30 May 2021

Rank #5

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Stuff #8: Today's Menu for the Belmont Family

In an unprecedented turn of events, Ben and Mike get back together for a new episode to talk games and anime before a whole year has passed! With our fingers very nearly on the pulse, today we discuss season 4 of Netflix's Castlevania for a long time. Ben also regales us with tales of his time in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Switch, Mike lets us know how he's getting on with Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on PC and we talk a bit about the inherent difficulties of making a "good dub". Timestamps below. (Sorry for Mike's audio quality during this episode. This will be remedied for next time!)2:59 Castlevania55:05 Xenoblade Chronicles 21:24:35 Danganronpa1:39:28 Dubs are almost never good... but why?1:52:35 Our recommendations for the Spring 2021 anime season (watch along with Ben & Mike!)Intro song: Beginning - H Maezawa, Jun Funahashi & Yukie Morimoto, from Castlevania III: Dracula's CurseOutro song: Our Eternal Land - ANÚNA & Yasunori Mitsuda, from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 56mins

24 May 2021

Rank #6

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Stuff #1: Anime of 2016

Our first ever podcast outing, resurrected for more accessible hosting platforms! In which we pretend to know how podcasts work and discuss a LOT of anime from the year 2016, the year that previously set the standard for 'dumpster fire'. Timestamps below. (Disclaimer for all of these older episodes: our opinions on everything discussed may well be completely different now!)00:00 Intro00:01:03 Shows we're watching00:10:05 Games we're playing00:21:40 Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World00:28:38 Alderamin on the Sky00:33:56 Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu00:40:51 Hibike! Euphonium 200:46:50 Durarara!!x2 Ketsu00:48:50 KonoSuba 00:50:17 Flying Witch00:51:41 Kiznaiver 00:53:00 Space Patrol Luluco00:54:25 Qualidea Code00:56:05 Erased01:05:06 GATE season 201:10:06 Sekkou Boys01:13:18 Diamond no Ace01:21:00 Your Name01:23:18 Drifters01:26:28 ReLIFE01:29:50 Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou01:31:35 91 Days01:32:39 The Lost Village01:34:35 Yuri on Ice01:41:57 Joker Game01:44:50 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu01:49:33 Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto01:53:15 Haikyu!! seasons 2 and 302:08:10 Kuromukuro02:09:05 Orange02:10:10 Thunderbolt Fantasy 02:10:58 Heavy Object02:11:46 Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star02:12:36 Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash02:14:19 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress02:15:55 Favourites?02:18:15 Nintendo SwitchIntro song: Kid's Theme Uhh Kid - Iwasaki Taku, from the Magic Kaito 1412 OST. Check out the show and/or the music, they're both great! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 28mins

17 May 2021

Rank #7

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Stuff #7.2: Games of 2020(ish)

The second part of our triumphant return to the podcast hot seats. In this part we discuss games that we played in the last year or so, some of which were actually released in 2020! Timestamps below if you'd like to hop around.0:00 Intro1:52 Disco Elysium5:42 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order11:04 Hades20:27 Slay the Spire / Monster Train23:57 Paper Mario: The Origami King29:04 Outer Wilds32:59 Streets of Rage 436:23 Paradise Killer42:59 Twilight Princess vs Skyward Sword51:45 Persona 4 Golden / Persona 557:51 Splatoon 2 (and 3?)1:04:10 - Mop up: Animal Crossing New Horizons, Total War 3 Kingdoms, Samurai Warriors 5, Mass Effect: Legendary EditionOutro song: Yuusetsu - THE SIXTH LIE, Golden Kamuy Season 2 Ending. Check out the show and the associated music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 9mins

5 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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Stuff #7.1: Anime of 2020(ish)

Ben & Mike are finally back together (albeit remotely) to discuss the topics of the day. Where the 'topics' are anime and games, and the 'day' is last year, mostly. This was a bit of a lengthy one so we've split it into two parts, with this first part solely focused on anime we've been watching and enjoying semi-recently. Part 2 will follow with video game chat. Timestamps for this extravaganza below! (We will be reuploaded episodes from the 'archives' so please bear with references to things we've "discussed before on the podcast")0:00 Intro2:49 Appare Ranman6:57 Bartender12:39 Chihayafuru 18:58 The Day I Became A God25:04 Deca-Dence29:34 Diamond no Ace Act II38:20 Dr Stone Series 2: The Stone Wars42:59 Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!49:47 Golden Kamuy Season 21:01:54 Kuroko no Basuke vs. Haikyuu (we probably touch on this every episode)1:13:20 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure1:19:23 Non Non Biyori1:24:16 Rent-A-Girlfriend1:28:32 Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma1:38:27 Space Brothers1:44:51 Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Part 21:48:18 Taisou Samurai1:52:26 The Great Pretender1:58:44 My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!2:03:18 Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle2:06:51 Weathering With You2:09:57 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train2:12:55 Laid Back Camp Season 22:16:37 Mop up: In/Spectre, Somali and the Forest Spirit, Id:Invaded, BNA, Made in Abyss Movie 3: Dawn of the Deep SoulIntro song: Paradise (Stay Forever) - Barry "Epoch" Topping, for the soundtrack to Paradise Killer. Check out the game and the soundtrack! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 21mins

5 Apr 2021

Rank #9