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 - The Thing About My Dokes||Zac and Jacob dive back in to the controversial sequel Madoka Magica Rebellion for its 5th anniversary and embark on a tour of the writing evolution of Gen Urobuchi through Madoka, Psycho-Pass and Thunderbolt Fantasy!||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - My Glamorous Vampire Dad||Jacob's back, and this week we're all about Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai, Sam Deats and Warren Ellis' Castlevania Season 2, and of course, Smash Mouth.||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Casually Spooky||Jacob's out this week, so Interest editor and monster enthusiast Lynzee Loveridge stops by for a spell to ask: what makes a truly memorable spooky anime? Plus a Fall season update, scary movie breakdown and more!||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Fall of Man||Zac and Jacob chew their way through as many Fall 2018 anime premieres as they can - from Double Decker to Sword Art Online to Thunderbolt Fantasy and a whole ton more.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - We Just Klecked||Right Stuf co-founder and president Shawne Kleckner stops by the show to talk about his latest kickstarter, Emma, plus some fun details about the anime retail landscape in the year 2018.||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Your Eternal Reward||Kodansha Comics is releasing the Sailor Moon manga all over again, so Manga Answerman Deb Aoki joins the show for a chat with Kodansha editor Lauren Scanlan and superstar translation team Alethea and Athena Nibley for a chat about what it took to put th||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - The Crunchiest Exposition||Zac and Jacob recap their long weekend at Crunchyroll Expo 2018, digging in to Alita Battle Angel, Crunchyroll Originals, Ulysses, Yoshitoshi ABe, and even our old pal Darling in the Franxx!||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Mail's Here||Zac and Jacob uncork the mailbox for another round of listener questions - this fall's big anime movies, the third season of Free!, Rumiko Takahashi, live idol events and much more!||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Final Franxxtasy||Zac and Jacob claw their way out of the center of the earth just in time to finally talk about the Darling in the Franxx finale. PLUS: Planet With, Otakon 2018, Star Blazers 2199 and a whole lot more!||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast Live at Otakon 2018||ANNCast is back with the audio from our panel at Otakon 2018, featuring special guest Mike Toole! Zac and Mike take a quick tour of 20 years of ANN history, followed by a QnA session with the audience.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - A Quick One While He's Away||We're losing our minds preparing for AX and the Summer 2018 Preview Guide, but we still had time to talk about the last couple weeks of Franxx, Full Metal Panic, a couple summer movies and more!||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Giant-Size Double Feature ANNCast||FIRST! Zac and Jacob return to the maddening world of Darling in the Franxx, PLUS FLCL2! THEN: Dave and Graziella are back for 90 minutes of our E3 Game Show! It's all videogames! C'mon in!||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - FRANXXly my Darling, I Don't Give A Damn||Zac and Jacob shake off the rust, pound their gloves and get on the mat once more with Darling in the Franxx.||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast Interview: Stephanie Sheh and Mike Sinterniklaas||This esteemed collaborative team is known for excellence at every level of ADR - directing, writing, mixing, and of course, acting. In this episode, Mike and Stephanie stop by ANNCast to chat in-depth about their latest project, Lu over the Wall, an oce||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Superhero Ouroboros||Zac and Jacob are shocked at how good Batman Ninja was! PLUS: Darling in the Franxx, Megalobox, Legend of the Galactic Heroes and even a whole Infinity War!||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Just A Little Bit of Spring||Jacob's out sick, so interest editor Lynzee Loveridge stops by the podcast to help Zac sort through the best and worst of Spring 2018 so far.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitANNCast - Remember Gundam?||Zac and Jacob get in a fight with Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One - PLUS: The end of Winter 2018 and your weekly allowance of FRANXX!||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||3/16/2018||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!||3/9/2018||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!||3/2/2018||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!||2/16/2018||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.||2/9/2018||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!||1/26/2018||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!||1/19/2018||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!||1/12/2018||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!||12/22/2017||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!||12/15/2017||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.||12/8/2017||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!||12/1/2017||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!||11/20/2017||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!||11/10/2017||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.||10/21/2017||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!||10/13/2017||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!||9/29/2017||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!||9/22/2017||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!||9/15/2017||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!||9/1/2017||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.||8/18/2017||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.||8/4/2017||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."