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 - Scotland Loves Anime||Andrew Partridge, founder of Europe's Anime Limited and the Scotland Loves Anime film festival drops by to share his history and insight into the world of European anime distribution.||16 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Frnxx fr th Mmrs||Zac and Jacob once more give Franxx, plus The Ancient Magus Bride's codependency explosion, After the Rain, A Place Further than the Universe, the Oscars, the Crunchyroll Awards and SO MUCH MORE!||9 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Gundam Wing||Zac, Jacob and special guest from OtakuJournalism and Gunpla101 Lauren Orsini scream and fight their way through all 49 episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, the Gundam show that conquered America in the 90s. Did they survive? Maybe!||2 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Macy's Franxxgiving Day Parade||Zac and Jacob strap on their butt handles for a fistfight with Darling in the Franxx! PLUS: catching up with The Ancient Magus Bride and much more!||16 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Uncomfortably Real with Anime World Order||The Anime World Order crew drops by the ANNCast clubhouse once more to carpet bomb us with mindblowing truth about the best anime of 2017 and 2018 so far, plus games, movies, and a whole lot more.||9 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Surviving the Seven Seas||The scrappy, successful manga publisher behind Devilman and Made in Abyss stops by ANNCast to go in-depth on the manga market in 2018, plus light novels, classic manga and a new license announcement!||2 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Come Mail Away||Zac and Jacob take a load off and open up some submissions from the reader mailbag - winter 2018 anime, movies, Star Wars and a whole lot more!||26 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Winter 2018 Anime Roundup||Zac, Jacob and special guest Gabriella Ekens fiendishly devour as many of the 2018 winter premieres as they can, plus Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters!||19 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Devilman Crybaby's Day Out||Mike Toole stops by ANNCast to rip through all 10 stupefying episodes of Masaaki Yuasa's hyperviolent, hyperthematically complicated Netflix original Devilman Crybaby!||12 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast's Best Anime of 2017||Anime was unstoppable in 2017! Join an all-star panel of guests along with Zac and Jacob as they count down their 5 best anime of the year!||22 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Games of The Year 2017||2017 was a HUGE year for video games, so we've got a HUGE podcast counting down our Top 5 Games of 2017 with an all-star panel of Game Shows past!||15 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Ecchi Sketches||Jacob Grady, FAKKU founder and freshly-minted owner of Kitty Media drops by ANNCast for another round of questions and answers about the business of ero, plus skateboards.||8 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - MMOtivation||Jacob and Zac dive back into the romcom world of Recovery of an MMO Junkie, catch up with The Ancient Magus Bride, do a little arthouse movie roundup plus your Twitter questions!||1 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - New Dominion Thank Police||Jacob and Zac chew on Justice League for a while before digging in to your Twitter questions. Evangelion, Kino's Journey, Ancient Magus Bride and a whole lot more!||20 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - I Can't Believe I Fate The Whole Thing||Jacob and Zac saw Fate Stay Night Heaven's Feel AND Fate Apocrypha and can't wait to argue about them. PLUS: Ancient Magus Bride, Mary and the Witch's Flower and more!||10 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Danganronpa Deep Dive||Jacob, Sam, and Oren, who was the first fan to translate Danganronpa into English, revisit this series' legacy from the first game all the way through the controversial new V3 Killing Harmony in this thrilling, chilling, killing game retrospective.||21 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Fall 2017 Anime Roundup||Zac and Jacob run through as many Fall 2017 anime season premieres as they can, from Ancient Magus Bride to Inuyashiki, and have nothing but hot takes for you. Plus twitter time!||13 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Kemono Replicants||Zac and Jacob spit a whole ocean of hot takes on the Blade Runner anime, the untimely betrayal of Kemono Friends, One Punch Man Season 2, live-action your name AND your Twitter questions!||29 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Nap Squad||Zac and Jacob tackle Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess, plus the end of summer anime, new movies, and plenty of your questions!||22 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Little Witch Academia||Zac and Jacob smack their brooms together and head on a magical journey through Studio Trigger's foray into family-friendly fantasy: it's Little Witch Academia!||15 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Kleckstarter||FIRST Zac talks to Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner about his enormous Aria Kickstarter. THEN Zac and Jacob take your questions on fall 2017 anime, Netflix Death Note, Crunchyroll Expo and more!||1 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Back from the Grave||Zac returns with a full report from Otakon in Washington DC while Jacob hashes out My Hero Academia and Welcome to the Ballroom.||18 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Kemono Friends||Zac, Jacob and special guest Paul Chapman bushwhack their way through Japari Park in an attempt to understand the international phenomenon known as Kemono Friends.||4 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast: Resurrection||Zac, Jacob and Discotek's Brady Hartel round up the summer 2017 anime season, plus Anime Expo, San Diego Comic-Con, Castlevania and much much more!||28 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Rumiko Talkahashi||Zac and special guest Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia Podcast reveal their undying love for Rumiko Takahashi, titan of manga, creator of timeless classics like Urusei Yatsura, Ranma and more.||23 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Programmed To Feel Pain||Dave Riley and Graziella Mattie join Zac to stare longingly into the void with Nier Automata. PLUS Persona 5 and our most anticipated games from E3!||15 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast (Video) - A Silent Voice||Zac, Jacob and the hosts of This Week in Anime take on Kyoto Animation's adaptation of the smash manga, A Silent Voice.||2 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast (Video) - Psycho-Pass||Zac, Jacob and special guest Gabriella Ekens stitch their brains together for a deep dive on the entirety of PSYCHO-PASS - both seasons, yes, both seasons, and the film!||26 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Supernerds United||Justin Sevakis, Daryl Surat and Mike Toole reconvene to take on Berserk, Ghost in the Shell, retro anime rereleases and a whole bunch of your Twitter questions!||19 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Sacred Scrolls of Wall||Zac, Jacob and special guest Lynzee take your questions on convention culture, long-running anime, giant DVD collections, franchise fatigue and much more!||5 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Zacura Quest||Zac and Jacob take on Sakura Quest, Re:Creators, Nier: Automata, and a special trip down VHS fansub memory lane.||28 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Spring 2017 Anime Roundup||Zac and Jacob break down the entire Spring 2017 anime season, from Titans to Boruto to Eromanga-sensei.||14 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - A Ghost? In MY Shell?||Zac and Jacob take on the 2017 live-action Ghost in the Shell film from top to bottom.||31 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast (Video) - Live From Shinjuku||Zac and Jacob are in Japan for AnimeJapan 2017 and managed a live podcast while in Shinjuku! In This Corner of the World, Netflix Death Note and much much more!||25 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast (Video) - Kyousougiga||Zac, Jacob and two special guests plunge through the rabbit hole of Rie Matsumoto's psychedelic 2011 family apocalypse, KYOUSOUGIGA!||17 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast (Video) - Nacho Cheese Kiritos||Zac and Jacob strap on their augmented reality gear and do combat with the Sword Art Online movie. PLUS: The Legend of Zelda, Tanya the Evil and much more!||10 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - What A Novel Idea||Sam Pinansky, formerly of the crowdfunding platform Anime Sols, has a new project: licensing and translating light novels in English. It's a real education!||3 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast (Video) - Sevakis of Death||Erstwhile co-host and current Answerman Justin Sevakis stops by the podcast to catch up on anime and industry news! Gundam on Hulu, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and much much more!||24 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast (Video) - Scum As You Are||Zac and Jacob argue about the emotional honesty of Scum's Wish, plus Tanya the Evil, Ghost in the Shell 2017, Crunchyroll's one million subscribers and much more!||17 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - El Gee Bee Tee||Zac and Jacob are joined by an all-star panel to chat about LGBT representation in anime and manga, what works, what doesn't, and if things are getting better.||10 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Hopefully not indicative of the anime fanbase....
Self indulgent, jaded and uncomfortably elitist in an embarrisingly forced manner. Truly an abysmal podcast experience. The discussions related to appreciation of film in general were the straw that broke the camel's back. I was cringing with every " I'm a film student therefore I will tell you what makes good art" uttered. As a tribute to the self important tone of this show " I have a PhD but I certainly don't need to draw upon that to recognise this as an ego trip train wreck posing as an anime podcast".
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!