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Season 8: Episode 1 – Automated Handroid [FLCL]

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It’s Season 8, baybee! We’ve come around to Bill’s next pick, FLCL! The crew of Bill, Matt, and Andy dive into the deep end of craziness as they review the very first episode of the OVA, “Fooly Cooly.” This is normally the part where we give a short summary of what to expect, but if you have seen FLCL before, you know that’s pretty impossible. The music is good at least! Enjoy!

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Season 8 will be our review of the anime FLCL!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!

Summer Viewing Program: Letterkenny

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Welcome back to another Summer Viewing Program! For those new to this series, we take a break between seasons to watch and talk about something that each host wants the other two to experience.

It’s Bill’s week, so of course we’re not talking about anime. This time around we visit the small town of Letterkenny and learn all about their problems. It’s kind of hard to describe the show if you haven’t seen it, but we do our absolute best. At least it isn’t Tiger King this year. Enjoy!

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Help support the show on Patreon! While you’re there, listen to our new Patron-only series, Tooning In!

Season 7 will be our review of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!

Summer Viewing Program: Saban Moon [American Sailor Moon Pilot]

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Welcome back to another Summer Viewing Program! For those new to this series, we take a break between seasons to watch and talk about something that each host wants the other two to experience.

This week is more than just a regular summer viewing. Today we discuss a recently uncovered piece of anime history. For those that have not heard, the fabled American pilot for Sailor Moon, dubbed “Saban Moon” by many, finally found the light of day thanks to the tireless work of Ray Mona. Both a music video and pilot emerged, and the anime world saw a glimpse of what could have been. Andy had to talk about this, and the cast did! Join us for an insane look at a very, very bad pilot of an Americanized version of Sailor Moon.

Here’s the content by Ray Mona that we discussed throughout this episode: Official Saban Moon Pilot Episode (1994) | Saban Moon Pilot Opening Intro (1994) | The Western World of Sailor Moon [Documentary Part 1] | Finding Saban Moon: The Western World of Sailor Moon [Documentary Part 2]

Help support the show on Patreon! While you’re there, listen to our new Patron-only series, Tooning In!

Season 7 will be our review of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!

Summer Viewing Program: Your Name

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Welcome back to another Summer Viewing Program! For those new to this series, we take a break between seasons to watch and talk about something that each host wants the other two to experience.

We gave Matt the green light to pick our first piece of media to review, and in typical Matt fashion, he has chosen something anime related. Not just something anime, but one of the highest rated anime films of all time. Yes, this week we are jumping between bodies as we experience the acclaimed film, Your Name.

Watch Your Name on Crunchroll.

Help support the show on Patreon! While you’re there, listen to our new Patron-only series, Tooning In!

Season 7 will be our review of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!

Season 7: Episode 26 – Neon Genesis Evangelion Finale

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Andy, Bill, and Matt give their final thoughts on the divisive, classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. They provide their grades of the show and their updated anime rankings. Most importantly, Bill reveals his pick for Season 8! It’s maybe not what you’re expecting. Big thanks again to Matt for joining us this season! We are looking forward to all working together again next season!

Watch Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix.

Help support the show on Patreon! While you’re there, listen to our new Patron-only series, Tooning In!

Season 7 will be our review of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!

Tooning In: Episode 3 – After School Dice Club

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Andy is headed to Gen Con in Indianapolis this weekend, so our final discussion of Neon Genesis Evangelion will be pushed back a week. Until then, enjoy one of our Tooning In episodes, our Patreon mini-series where we discuss the first episode of an anime series. This episode features the classic board game commercial show, After School Dice Club. It’s Andy’s pick. Blame him.

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We are now releasing new episodes Thursdays!

Season 7 will be our review of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!

Season 7: Episode 25 – The End of Evangelion

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We finally made it, fans! We are at The End of Evangelion. Literally. It’s the movie we review and discuss. This is the alternate ending to the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, and we have a LOT of thoughts. It begins with a song and ends with a sigh of relief. This took hours to record and many more hours to edit, so we hope you enjoy.

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Help support the show on Patreon! While you’re there, listen to our new Patron-only series, Tooning In!

Season 7 will be our review of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!

Season 7: Episode 24 – Sexual Spiral Energy

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Do you hate the ending of Evangelion? So do we. Do we spend an hour just getting angry at it? Absolutely not. This may be one of our best discussions about the end of an anime as we break down the symbolism, storytelling, and visual elements that make Episodes 25 and 26 of Neon Genesis Evangelion so contested, yet unique. We still have two more Evangelion episodes to go this season, and we have a LOT to say here and in those two!

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Help support the show on Patreon! While you’re there, listen to our new Patron-only series, Tooning In!

Season 7 will be our review of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!

Season 7: Episode 23 – Sausage Sisters

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Matt has the unenviable task of trying to make sense of Episode 24 of Neon Genesis Evangelion, “The Last Cometh.” The short version of this episode involves a new pilot, LGBTQ+ content, Gendo’s unwashed hand, an actual mech battle, and a love lost. Trust me, it doesn’t make much more sense than that, but listen to us try to figure out the last episode before the anime’s iconic mess of a conclusion.

Watch Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix.

Help support the show on Patreon! While you’re there, listen to our new Patron-only series, Tooning In!

Season 7 will be our review of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!

Patreon Preview: Bonus Episode 50 – Trigun Stampede Trailer Analysis

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Today we released our 50th bonus episode on our Patreon! To celebrate this milestone, we decided to dive deep into the brand new Trigun Stampede teaser trailer that recently released. We discuss everything we know about the upcoming series, a discussion of its visual style, and a breakdown of the entire trailer.

If you liked what you heard here, go listen and watch the rest of this episode and get all kind of other content, become a Patron today! You’ll gain access to all these bonus episodes, our Tooning In series, and other great rewards!

Season 7 will be our review of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion!  E-mail the show at TooningJapanese@gmail.com!