Rank #1: The Other Side - Episode 94: Terra Formars
Unfortunately deemed as “the best sci-fi manga in years” by some guy at Viz who should’ve kept that to himself, Terra Formars is a manga best described as Fist of the North Star meets outer space meets Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat. What would normally be an unremarkable (if somewhat entertaining) action series is made ludicrous and infamous with its unbelievable balls-to-the-wall racism. And if you think it’s JUST the design of the cockroach people (although that’s a big one) you ain’t seen nothing yet. When you’ve got heroes named after Hitler and his girlfriend, you know you’ve got some serious problems. The Other Side examines just what these problems are, discusses the portrayal of black people in anime (and often, the lack thereof), Japanese xenophobia that permeates many anime series, and has a grand ol’ time mocking the racism that seems to be slathered all over this manga like butter on toast.’
Rank #2: The Other Side - Episode 165: Final Deathstination Note
It's the new hot thing Anitwitter couldn't shut up about: The Netflix adaption of Death Note! Is it as bad as everyone says it is? (Yes.) What redeeming qualities were there? And how stupid can the horny teenager bearing Light's name possibly be? Find out as Cody, Max and Andrew dissect what makes this thing tick!
Rank #3: The Other Side - Episode 111: Steven Pooniverse
Sometimes, when some things get an oppressive amount of buzz, The Other Side just has to check it out. And sometimes, when they do, their misery becomes your entertainment. This is one of those times. After seeing the fervor and cult-like devotion toward Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe, the boys at The Other Side would be fools not to see what the hype was all about. Even several members of Anime 3000 have sung this show’s praises! Now, find out why The Other Side really is the only show on the network you can trust, as the boys from TOS utterly dismantle the series, and prove that Steven Universe is demonstrably terrible!
Rank #4: The Other Side - Episode 55: Lolicon Discussion #2 Pedophile Boogaloo
In an effort to get revenge for being toyed with in the A-Ko episode, Max Vader decided to suggest that The Other Side do an episode on Astarotte’s Toy. This one suggestion set into motion a chain of events that would lead to what is quite possibly the most venomous episode of The Other Side. Fueled by a rage only Japanese pedophilia can cause in a decent human being, Cody, Max, and Andrew proceed to tear down this pedophile garbage, burn several bridges, and bring to light an alarming study that proves, once and for all, the majority of Japanese men are pedophiles. And if you think that’s hyperbole, or a platitude, you need to listen to this podcast. The world’s about to look a lot darker…
Rank #5: The Other Side - Episode 157: What Eromanga Did To Us
On a really bad decision, the guys at The Other Side decided to watch this Eromanga Sensei show everyone’s talking about, and it’s safe to say no anime in recent memory has broke TOS the way this one did. This podcast ‘bout to bubble. But first, Cody does some housekeeping and tells everyone about the saddest group of people you’ll ever see!
Rank #6: The Other Side - Episode 160: More Sonic S**t
After taking some time off, the boys were looking for something to talk about, when suddenly the world flooded ‘em with everything Sonic-related all in the same week. From the roller coaster o’ drama that is the fate of the comic book, to the hilariously 00’s-style edge of what was coming out from Forces, to Andrew’s adventures through Sonic 4, what better way to relax after digging through the garbage? What they didn’t expect was that the podcast would go so wonderfully off the rails…!
Rank #7: The Other Side - Episode 3: They're Called "Comics"
In this episode of The Other Side, Alex and Cody take a look at the popular form of webcomics commonly referred to as “Webmanga.” Specifically, they examine why the formula of making anime-derivitive webcomics are doomed to fail, a few choice offenders, and Cody gives us a little insight on what goes into making professional comic art (and in doing so, goes over what does NOT go into making the art found commonly in Webmanga).
Rank #8: The Other Side - Episode 75: Hit A Man With Glasses (Part 1)
In one of their many forays into geek culture, the trio at The Other Side decided to bring out the magnifying glass of scrutiny and point it towards Channel Awesome, and their flagship site “That Guy With The Glasses”. Examining the good, the bad, and the ridiculous over at the popular review hub. And while they’re at it, the boys have themselves an extended discussion about inner and outer beauty, objectivism, and the need fanboys have to bring their favorite internet personalities into their world.
Rank #9: The Other Side - Episode 154: Otaku is the New Furry
In preparation of the upcoming "A Centaur's Life" anime, one of the AO team members, Jackson Fall, decided to read the manga and was stunned by how unbelievably bad it was. Knowing Crunchyroll was primed to make this their new favorite when the anime came out, the TOS crew had to bring Jackson on to tell the world what’s in this thoroughly b*****t insane series. As a bonus, Cody throws out a recommendation for a must-see anime, and explains how the anime fandom is becoming the new furry fandom.
Rank #10: The Other Side- Episode: 106 The Legend of KorraSami
So Legend of Korra ended awhile back. You might’ve heard about it. ‘Lotta brouhaha over the statement by the creators of the show that Korrasami is canon, but is it true? Do we really have our first homosexual couple in children’s television? Or is there something else going on? Could the “Word of God” actually be wrong, here? Is The Other Side making such a bold statement? If they were, they’d have to have some pretty strong proof, now wouldn’t they…? Also, The Other Side dives DEEP (so very deep, perhaps TOO deep…)into the hentai habits of Linkara of Atop The Fourth Wall. How does the TGWTG star get off? All sorts of ways!
Rank #11: The Other Side - Episode 150: The Word “Fear” Being Subjective Here…
The waltz through crappy ARGs and indie internet horror continues as the guys take a look at the original haunted video game story of Ben Drowned, and the horror-free horrorverse of the Fear Mythos. And the material based on it which are sights to behold. And as an added bonus, Cody even brings you a couple ARGs that aren’t terrible. One’s even pretty good!
Rank #12: The Other Side - Episode 71: Gaming Feminism
Social Justice “Causeheads” have always jumped from cause to cause over the years. Nowadays, the big draw to get your faux-intellectual rocks off is feminism. Countless nerd guys trying to look progressive and intelligent (as well as try, in their lonely desperation, to impress women by saying “I CARE ABOUT YOUUUU”) by fighting the fight for women everywhere, mostly by whining about big t**s in video games. With gaming journalism becoming as saturated with this reactionary theater as it has been, gamers have been forced to sit through self-aggrandizing diatribes of holier-than-thou peons who spent their formative years pushed into their own lockers, fighting desperately to feel important in adulthood to attempt to caulk up the cracks in their fragile egos. We’ve seen it all; the cries of sexism over big boobs in Dragon’s Crown; game reviewers trampling over themselves to be the first to speak out against the newest scantly clad female character of the week; the pissing content over who can be more offended over Killer Is Dead’s Gigolo Mode; etc. etc. While they themselves have spoken against the portrayal of women in anime for over a year, now, the crew of The Other Side takes it upon themselves to turn the spotlight of shame in the other direction, bringing to light the rampant immaturity, shallowness, and even fascism and racism of the new feminist movement those of us immersed in geek culture simply cannot escape from. Strap yourselves in; this is the most political, socially-charged, and just plain real The Other Side will ever get! Be sure to check this episode out, as it’s sure to go down in Other Side history!
Rank #13: The Other Side - Episode 33: The Webmanga Strikes
It’s so perfect it makes you wonder why they haven’t done this before! The two writers, past and present, for Project AFTER’s Comic Release article, examine 4 more terrible webmanga in The Other Side’s continuing look into the world of rip-offs, wish fulfillment, fetish fappery, and Roger Ebert-esque failures of critics to become writers. This time, Cody and Max explore a couple fetish comics that acts as a sort of reverse viagra for the rest of the world, a comic that stands as one of the most infamously terrible on the Internet, and one prominent comic that may not be as bad as the other three, but represents a hypocrisy that is awe-inspiring, if nothing else. And, of course, we get a few art lessons from Cody, and the story of how he almost unloaded on one of the internet’s most infamous human failures in person.
Rank #14: The Other Side - Episode 39: Incest Is Best Apparently
For reasons unknown and unfathomable by man, Japan is all about the family fun! No, not the kind you have at Six Flags, the kind you have in illegal videos you have to go to special websites to see! So, Cody and Max decided to look into this garbage, even going over such gems as Kiss x Sis, Aki Sora, and My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, to see what the deal behind all this asian redneckery is. And unlike garbage they’ve seen before like, oh, say, Boku no Pico, this garbage is PREVALENT. There’s a LOT of it. And this realization was just too much for poor Cody…
Rank #15: The Other Side - Episode 13: Revenge Of The Webmanga
On one of their earliest episodes, Alex and Cody discussed terrible, anime-styled webcomics, or “webmanga.” The comics they discussed were awful. They were dumb. They were ridiculous. But now, Alex and Cody tackle a few more “webmanga,” but this time, it’s not just any old terrible, anime-styled webcomic. Oh no… In this episode, Cody and Alex look at a handful of progressively more and more disturbing works that not only display the kind of twisted SOBs that fancy themselves to be the creative types, but prove, once and for all, that you can produce the most vile garbage imaginable, and still find a loyal and abundant fanbase on the internet. The episode may start out with little more than a fetish-laden sad-fest, but by the end…
Rank #16: The Other Side - Episode 125: Humpty Dumpty Sat Atop The 4th Wall
After knocking out the last couple of Channel Awesome contributors they missed last episode, the trio at The Other Side go their experiences having actually sat through Linkara’s Atop The Fourth Wall movie. And man-oh-man do they wish they hadn’t! Could this “film” actually be worse than To Boldly Flee? And what’s this about a scene that’s legitimately funny? You’ll have to listen and find out!
Rank #17: The Other Side - Episode 84: The Church Of Bad Webcomics
The Other Side is back with a look at three new awful webcomics; The Lounge, The Wotch, and Dresden Codak. Three pieces of crap that have become legends among bad webcomics. Countless reviews have been written compiling all that is wrong with these three abominations unto entertainment, and now The Other Side brings their unique perspective. Of course, that’s not all, as the revolting aspects of Dresden Codak’s plot opens up some deep discussions on meaning and humanity… and then Cody and Max square off in a verbal cage match!
Rank #18: The Other Side - Episode 70: Forget RWBY Smoke A DWBY
Monty Oum’s “masterpiece” RWBY is a computer-animated, anime-aping crudfest the likes of which The Other Side has never seen before. It’s derivative, it’s boring, it’s poorly animated, and it’s full of the most soulless automatons trying to pass as human the boys have seen since that creepy Robo-Robin Williams from Bicentennial Man. Marvel as the trio at the Other Side thoroughly dissect everything that is so very wrong with RWBY. And find out why some people would rather watch hardcore rape hentai than this series!
Rank #19: The Other Side - Episode 124: Hit A Man With Glasses (While He's Down)
You've asked for it, now you're gonna get it! Ever since TOS' overview of the massive ball of embarrassment that is TGWTG, fans have asked for us to return to the site after the clusterfucks of drama and failings this once-popular internet review hub has seen. So here it is, just for you guys; TOS tackles the collapse of Channel Awesome. And as a bonus; Cody, Max, and Andrew go over some very interesting (and very hilarious) happenings, take yet another opportunity to trash ANN, and if you ever wanted to hear what Cody sounds like when he's actually angry, then you're in luck!
Rank #20: The Other Side - Episode 145: Listen To This Podcast or Anime is Cancelled
After the news that Crunchyroll laid off a bunch of people, the boys of The Other Side decided to have a giggle at both Crunchyroll, and the state of the anime industry as a whole, and see if you agree with Cody’s take on why the anime industry is such a damn mess right now!