Anime News Network's ANNCast
By Zac Bertschy & Justin Sevakis
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ANNCast is the official weekly podcast from Anime News Network, the internet's most trusted anime news source since 1998. Hosted by ANN's senior staff (each with over a decade in the business), the show is a laid-back, fun and frank discussion about Japanese animation, its audience and its industry -- often revealing secrets about how things really work. Guests include prominent figures in both the business of anime and the fan community.
||ExplicitANNCast - A Funi Feeling||Funimation's Justin Rojas and brand manager Jennifer Fu stop by to announce some new fall simulcast shows, tell us what's up with Evangelion 3.33, discuss what it takes to sell anime to Americans, and much more!||2 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Supernerds vs. The World||Daryl Surat and Mike Toole return to the Supernerds headquarters for a couple hours of easy, breezy anime talk! PLUS: Metal Gear Solid 5, Symphogear, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and more!||18 9 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Code Geasscast||Zac, Hope and special guest Joe Dempsey dissect one of the biggest hit shows of the last decade, Sunrise's terrorism-and-pizza mecha epic Code Geass. It's a real Knightmare.||8 9 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - What It Feels Like For A Monster Girl||Friend of the show and graphic designer Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a rip-roaring live Q and A session wherein Zac reveals his secret monster girl crush. Also, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Rokka, Dragon Ball Super and more!||28 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Old Toys Club||Sometimes you have thousands of vintage Japanese robot toys, or thousands of anime DVDs, or artbooks, or whatever special thing filled that existential space inside of you. Sometimes, after many years of collecting, you're ready to let it all go.||20 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Podcastoes O'Brien||Voice actor, director, professional Dungeons and Dragons player Liam O'Brien returns to the podcast after a 5-year hiatus.||31 7 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - ¡Kamui Caliente!||Zac and special guest Eryn head back to the 20th century for a double feature of two lavishly animated, terminally convoluted classics. X 1999 and Akira, and try not to lose their heads.||24 7 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - A Midsummer Night's Podcast||Zac and Hope get Attacked by Titans, pull apart the summer season, get confronted by Fire Emblem Fates and take your questions both taped and live.||17 7 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Criticulous||Zac and Hope are joined by two of our newest writers, Nick Creamer and Gabriella Ekens, to chat about writing anime reviews and what it's like to write about anime online.||30 6 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCastle of Cagliostro||Discotek representatives Brady Hartel and Reed Nelson stop by to talk about their most recent prestige release, The Castle of Cagliostro on Bluray.||26 6 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Game Show: Crass Materia-lism||It's an enormous E3 edition of Game Show where our 90s teenage nerd dreams have all come true! Final Fantasy VII, Shenmue, The Last Guardian and much more!||19 6 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Sixty Billion Double Dollar ANNcast||Zac and Hope draw guns at high noon over the smash hit late 90s sci-fi western Trigun! Is it a masterpiece or a mess? The answer will blow your Vash coat off!||12 6 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Nostalgia Thighs||Friend of the show Brady Hartel joins Zac and Hope for a round of Twitter and live chat questions! Mad Max, Turn A Gundam, Sound! Euphonium and much more!||29 5 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Porn Ultimatum||Founder and owner of FAKKU.com, Jacob Grady, stops by to discuss the one subject we've never broached on ANNCast: porn. FAKKU, a scanlation site for hentai doujinshi and manga, is going legitimate; we discuss that transition, porn's place in anime fandom||21 5 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Chewing the Fate||Zac, Hope and fan guest Aidan summon their own Heroic Spirits and battle it out over the real meaning of Gen Urobuchi and Nasu Kinoko's giant smash hit fantasy action drama Fate/zero.||15 5 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Meat Popsicles||Zac and Justin get terminally sidetracked by your Twitter questions for a conversation that swerves dangerously between off-topic and on. Shirobako, Ghost in the Shell and more are tackled.||1 5 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Aniplex Machina||Marketing specialist for Aniplex of America EJ Rivera drops by the show to chat all things Aniplex, including some sales numbers, upcoming releases, and those pesky prices people love to fight about.||24 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Vision of ANNCastaflowne||Zac dusts off his distant past with Hope and Podigious' Ashley McDonnell, revisiting the beloved fantasy classic Escaflowne, which may or may not have a completely bananas second half and a terrible movie version.||17 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca||Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss their new book, the monolithic behemoth known as The Anime Encyclopedia: Third Edition.||27 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Semicolon Science Spectacular||Zac, Hope and fan guest Lorenzo Pangelinan pour over the mysteries, the hype and oh the many catchphrases of the smash hit 2011 VN adaptation Steins gate. It's heavy!||20 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Only Human||Justin returns for a laid-back twitter show! We take questions on Aniplex simuldubs, getting a job in the anime industry, dating nerds, and much more!||13 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Right On DeMarco||Our guest this week is Jason DeMarco, vice president and creative director on-air for Adult Swim, which means he's in charge of Toonami and has been for a long time.||27 2 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Cosmic Odyssey of the Supernerds||The Supernerds are down a man as seasonal allergies claim Justin Sevakis, but Mike, Daryl and Zac soldier forth to chat about Jupiter Ascending, Shirobako, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and much more.||19 2 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Baby, I Can See Your Halo||Yoshitoshi ABe's quaint little series about quaint little angels with dark, mysterious pasts comes under the microscope of sin-bound fans Hope, Zac, and guest commentator Matt Von Gonten.||17 2 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Weep for the Cheeseburger||Zac and Hope strap in for a journey through the questionably-sane environmental beliefs of circa-2002 Shoji Kawamori in his magical girl show Earth Maiden Arjuna.||13 2 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The GKIDS Are Alright||David Jesteadt, Director of Distribution at GKIDS, talks about the history of the company, their theatrical deal with Studio Ghibli and what it's like to have not one but TWO films nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards!||6 2 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFullmetal ANNCast: Brotherhood||Mike Toole joins Zac and Hope to finally decide, once and for all (and this is legally binding) which series is better: Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood?||22 1 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Big Funi Hustlas||It's that time again! FUNimation's Senior Marketing Manager Adam Sheehan and Senior Manager of Social Strategy and Development Justin Rojas join us to run down the last half of 2014 and what's new for 2015: Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion 3.33, the winter 2015 s||16 1 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Late Night Chaos Rebellion||It's time for another Late Night Chaos show, taped with a live audience via chatroom! Hope Chapman and Brady Hartel stop by to gab about Winter 2015 anime, Yurikuma Arashi, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, the best movies of 2014 and more!||9 1 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe ANNCast Holiday Special 2014||It's snowing outside and your relatives won't go away, so why not curl up by the fire with Zac and Justin for a 2 and a half hour argument about movies and anime?||19 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Time of Ann||Ann Tomoko Yamamoto, the woman behind the massively successful Kickstarter campaign for Time of Eve, joins us to talk about the experience, her history with the film and what's next... including the possibility of more Time of Eve.||12 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - ClannADCast||Zac and Hope have finally taken the long, sakura blossom-lined, tear-stained 50-episode journey into romance and tragedy known the world over as Clannad, one of Key and Kyoani's most popular and enduring works.||3 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - New Super Game Show Bros.||It's Game Show time! So that means we're talkin' videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and newcomer to the show Heidi Kemps, who writes game reviews for us and digs around in game history over at Gaming.moe.||21 11 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Over the Moon||Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager of Animation Marketing at Viz Media, and Julie McDonald, Director of Animation Production, stop by to discuss the issues with the newly-released Sailor Moon bluray.||13 11 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Revisitation of Haruhi Suzumiya||Every now and then it's time to reach back into the past, dust off an old classic and give it another spin - this week we're exhuming the resting soul of Haruhi Suzumiya with animator Sara Pocock.||7 11 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Klein Times||Vice President of New Generation Pictures Jonathan Klein returns to the podcast to discuss his two latest projects, the conclusion of Hellsing Ultimate and Bayonetta: Bloody Fate!||20 10 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Fall Guys||The fall season has begun and what better time for Zac and Justin to sit around and gab about it? Plus: over an hour of Twitter time!||10 10 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Kleckbait||Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner returns to the show to give us the update on how the company's doing, what's selling well, what retail looks like right now and much more!||3 10 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - BevMo||It's Beveridge and more on the 200th episode of ANNCast! Fandom Post's Chris Beveridge stops by to update us on the site and talk about what he's been watching but not before a quick trip down memory lane.||19 9 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Late Night Chaos Too!||It's another "live" episode, recorded during a live broadcast with questions from the chat! Friend of the show Brady Hartel stops by along with Hope Chapman for a bunch of silly questions.||5 9 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
I listen every week
I don't go to conventions and while I have friends who like anime/manga none of them watch/read it regularly, listening to the anncast makes me feel like a part of the anime community. It's very informative and the host Zac is entertaining to listen to.
My only warning is that while Zac is relaxed most of the time, he is pretty opinionated about some things to an annoying degree (even about things I agree with him on).
I'd say my favourite segments are when Zac and Justin Servaikas talk about what they've been watching.
I've been listening to the show pretty much from the very beginning and I still look forward to it every week. I can't really give it much higher praise than that.
I consider myself lucky to have access to this podcast. If I ever consider watching an anime that has been reviewed in the past, I'll use ANNcast as the point of first contact. Entertaining and informative. Keep up the good work Zac!
The only place for anime news.
This podcast really is the only place for anime news.