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 - Shin Godzilla||Zac and Jacob do battle with Anno Hideaki's political hot take, Shin Godzilla. PLUS: Miss Hokusai, Yuri on Ice, Girlish Number and much much more!||21 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Fall 2016 Anime Roundup||ANNCast is back! Zac and Jacob return to pull apart the Fall 2016 anime season! Is Keijo a real sport? Did anyone make sense of Occultic Nine? Is Girlish Number the best show of the season? Come along and find out!||14 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Gurren Lagann||Zac, Jacob and guest Eryn Dearden drill to the center of the 2007 smash Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann to discover if, after a whole decade, this bombastic blockbuster still has that burning manly spirit.||9 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - A Thousand Miles||Zac and Jacob welcome Crunchyroll brand manager Miles Thomas to goof around for an entire hour about Danganronpa, Orange, Re:Zero, cake vs pastry donuts and much much more!||26 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Otakon Special with Mike & Daryl||Mike Toole and Daryl Surat are fresh off the plane from Otakon 2016 and they're here to tell the tale! PLUS: Char's Counterattack, Berserk and much more!||19 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Hater Patrol||Zac and Jacob didn't intend to sound like a pack of haters when discussing Mob Psycho 100, but here we are.||12 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast Interview: Seven Seas Entertainment||Jason DeAngelis, Adam Arnold and Lissa Patillo from Seven Seas Entertainment, scrappy indie publisher of the hit manga Monster Musume, stop by ANNCast for a wide-ranging chat!||5 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Berserk du Soleil||ANN reviewer Sam Leach joins Zac and Jacob on a blood-soaked journey through the first few episodes of Berserk, along with Danganronpa discussion and much more!||29 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Cruel for the Summer||Zac and Jacob wrap up Anime Expo 2016 and dive right in to the brand-new summer season - Berserk, Orange, Love Live Sunshine and much much more!||8 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Kiznaiver Fight||Zac, Jacob and their guest Nick find themselves emotionally connected by the wounds they endured watching Trigger's sensationally artistic spring series, Kiznaiver||24 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - You're In The Game Show||E3 is over so that means it's time to talk videogames with Todd Ciolek, Dave Riley and Heidi Kemps! The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Resident Evil 7, Overwatch and much more!||20 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Zack Davisson's World of Yokai||Yurei: The Japanese Ghost author and Shigeru Mizuki translator Zack Davisson stops by to discuss The Birth of Kitaro, machine translation, the chilling world of Japanese ghosts and more!||10 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Super Lovers 64||Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia podcast stops by to debate which era of retro anime is objectively the best one, but we get completely sidetracked discussing this week's Super Lovers. You've been warned.||3 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Kabaneri Sauvignon||Zac wants Jacob to explain why Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is more than just another Attack on Titan - plus Sakamoto, Tanaka-kun and more with special guest Lauren Orsini||27 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Nicholas' Cage||Zac took a trip to the Lost Village and wants answers from Jacob and special guest Nick Creamer, who joins the show for some live questions and a whole lot of debate about this season's big shows!||20 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - RahXephon||Zac, Jacob and a special guest revisit the beautifully composed and thoughtfully constructed Evangelion-alike RahXephon after putting it off for way, way too long.||6 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Spring Forward, Fall Back||Zac and Jacob wrap up the spring season and pick their favorites from the lot, including My Hero Academia, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and much much more, plus live questions!||15 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - From The New World||Zac and Jacob didn't know going in that From The New World would become one of the best anime they've ever seen, but it sure was a nice surprise. Guest Max Holl joins the discussion.||1 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Patience Rewarded||Zac and Jacob take a break before Spring Preview Guide to wrap up the winter season, hype up the spring and discuss the FLCL rebirth, the Escaflowne kickstarter and more!||25 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Beat The Clock||Ann Tomoko Yamamoto got Time of Eve off the ground on Kickstarter, and now she's back with the beloved - and underseen - shojo dramedy Skip Beat, which has a big crowdfunding mountain to climb.||17 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Criticproof||Zac and Jacob discuss the Psycho-Pass movie before gabbin' about anime criticism - what makes a good review, the mistakes they've made, and much more.||4 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Buncha Crunch||Victoria Holden and Evan Minto, the hosts of Crunchyroll's weekly podcast Crunchycast, finally stop by ANNCast to talk about what it's like working at Crunchyroll, the glory and the struggle of social media, and winter 2016 anime!||19 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Supernerds: Civil War||Daryl Surat and Mike Toole return to Supernerds headquarters to chat about Turn A Gundam, Evangelion 3.33, Fullmetal Alchemist and much more! PLUS: a license announcement from Discotek!||5 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Outlaw Star||Zac, Hope and special guest Karl Olson reach into the pantheon of Toonami classics and return with Outlaw Star, seemingly everyone and no one's favorite sci-fi action-adventure. Beware of psychic cacti.||29 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Anime Magazine||Otaku USA editor Joseph Luster stops by the show to talk about his long and impressive career as an anime writer, and what it's like working for the last remaining anime magazine in America.||22 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Winter Wasteland||Zac Bertschy and Hope Chapman duke it out over Konosuba, gush over Lupin III and hash out the rest of the winter 2016 anime season!||15 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Itsudatte My Santa! Commentary Track||Snuggle up with your loved ones next to the yule log and take in the classic Christmas anime, Itsudatte My Santa, with your hosts, Zac Bertschy and Hope Chapman.||23 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Tutu Time||Hope Chapman and special guest Rose Bridges attempt to convince Zac that the beloved ballet-themed fantasy shojo drama Princess Tutu is the masterpiece everyone claims it is.||18 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Custom Zaku||Zac and Hope talk about One Punch Man, Iron Blooded Orphans, Noragami, Utawarerumono, Digimon, a whole lot of other anime, and at no point do they discuss Star Wars.||11 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Visual Novel Invasion||The folks from Sekai Project, who just released a little visual novel called Clannad in English for the first time, are taking the visual novel world by storm. Today, they stop by ANNCast to talk about the past, present and future of the company.||4 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - A Game Show to Surpass Metal Gear||The X Button's Todd Ciolek and Fast Karate's Dave Riley once again return to ANNCast to talk all things video games: Undertale, Final Fantasy XIV, Fallout 4 and much much more!||20 11 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Saved You a Kleck||Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner returns for a round of the tough questions: what's up with Gundam in the US, the state of the industry in 2015 and much more!||6 11 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Ghoul Runnings||Justin Sevakis returns to ANNCast just in time for Halloween to answer a bunch of spooktacular and spooktacularly off-topic questions! Hope and Zac are along for the ride. One-Punch Man, Miss Hokusai, Expelled from Paradise and more!||30 10 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Angel Beatings||Jun Maeda's tearjerking afterlife dramedy Angel Beats failed to melt Zac's cold black heart, but Hope Chapman and Brady Hartel are here to tell him why he's wrong. Here come the waterworks!||23 10 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Falling Together||Brady Hartel joins Zac and ANN's interest editor Lynzee Loveridge for an in-depth discussion about the new fall anime season, and a whole boatload of other stuff! One Punch Man, The Perfect Insider, Concrete Revolutio and more!||9 10 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
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.