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 (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!||2/24/2017||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!||2/17/2017||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.||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Now We're Having Fun||Funimation's Justin Rojas and Jennifer Fu stop by ANNCast to dive into Funimation's 2016 bestsellers, the spring 2017 season, Your Name in theaters, Code Geass, Escaflowne and much more!||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast (Video) - Baity Feelsy||Zac and Jacob team up with editor Lynzee Loveridge to argue about Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Tanya the Evil and much more! PLUS: Anime shut out at the Oscars again!||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - It's High Noon||Zac and a special guest panel run down the best games they played in 2016, the Nintendo Switch and 2017's biggest games!||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast (Video) - Winter 2017 Roundup||Zac and Jacob argue about all the best and worst shows of Winter 2017, from Scum's Wish to Monster Girls to Hand Shakers. PLUS: The Crunchyroll anime awards and much more!||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Winter Wonderland||Zac and Jacob consume the Yuri on Ice finale spoiler-free, run down the best anime of Fall 2016 and argue over their favorite and least favorite movies of the year, plus your twitter questions!||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast Series Discussion: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo||Zac, Jacob and ANN's managing interest editor Lynzee Loveridge revisit Gonzo and Mahiro Maeda's lauded, gorgeous and gripping 2004 re-imagining of The Count of Monte Cristo. How does it hold up 13 years later?||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - What's My Name||Zac and Jacob spend the entire first video episode of ANNCast talking spoiler-free about Makoto Shinkai's amazing movie, Your Name, plus Yuri on Ice and much more!||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - KLECK KLECK BOOM||Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions!||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Quite A Number||Zac and Jacob catch up with Yuri on Ice, Girlish Number, All Out and much more, plus your Twitter questions!||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Discotek Threat||Discotek's Brady Hartel stops by to talk about what this boutique DVD and bluray studio has been up to, including Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie and the latest, greatest Lupin anime!||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Darkest Before The Dawn||A week full of Episode Fours won't stop Zac, Jacob and special guest Dawn from going on and on about Yuri on Ice, Girlish Number, Flip Flappers, Shelter and much much more!||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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!||10/21/2016||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!||10/14/2016||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!||8/26/2016||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!||8/19/2016||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.||8/12/2016||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!||8/5/2016||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!||7/29/2016||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!||7/8/2016||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||6/24/2016||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!||6/20/2016||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!||6/10/2016||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.||6/3/2016||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||5/27/2016||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!||5/20/2016||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.||5/6/2016||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!||4/15/2016||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.||4/1/2016||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!||3/25/2016||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.||3/17/2016||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.||3/4/2016||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!||2/19/2016||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!||2/5/2016||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.||1/29/2016||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.||1/22/2016||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!||1/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A Must List To For Any Anime Fan
Simply the premiere podcast for anime & all things anime related. Great insight into the anime industry on both sides of the Pacific.
Possibly the smartest anime podcast you'll ever hear.
ANNCast is the one of the smartest and content-filled anime podcasts you'll ever hear. The hosts not only know what they're talking about, but have had actual experience working in the anime industry. Not only will you learn about the business of anime & manga, the guys also talk about video games, live-action and foreign films as well. Worth a listen. I also recommend the Anime World Order podcast: the folks on AWO are also very knowledgeable about anime and review overlooked or forgotten anime gems.
This show used to be so good. I couldn't wait for the next episode. It seems that the hosts have lost their passion & zeal for not only the show but for anime as well.
It's gotten to the point that it's actually uncomfortable to listen to.
The majority of the shows these days: "Oh my gosh can you believe how much work I have to do... I'm not complaining I love my job." "That thing sucked... That was mediocre...These people are stupid..." Twitter questions: "No... I don't know... I didn't see that."