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Welcome to the Canuck Otaku podcast! We're just a couple of Canadians talking everything related to Japanese culture: Anime, manga, video games, music, food and drinks. We also may talk about our general lives so hopefully you'll learn more about us personally along the way. Whether we're reviewing the latest seasonal anime, ranting on genre stereotypes or deep diving into a specific series or episode, we hope you will join us for the ride!
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We are long overdue, but we've got valid reasons for it! On the contrary, something in Luigi's life arrived underdue and we talk about the birth of his first child on this episode! More importantly (or not), Chris shares his experience in Calgary's first Otafest since the start of the pandemic, his journey taking part in the convention's singing co…
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One of our hosts is a Slice of Life lover, so the upcoming Spring 2022 season is going to be magical. In this episode, Chris gives a rare 10/10 rating, the AoT final season has multiple seasons, bad shows keep on getting sequels, and Chris shares his stories of being a geeky teacher. Timestamps: (8:00) - Takagi-san is a perfect series (15:30) - AoT…
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Hello everyone, in the spirit of the Oscar weekend, we dive into movie and award-related topics. In this episode, Luigi sees his first anime movie in theaters, which prompts a PSA on personal hygiene and etiquette when attending public events. We talk about recent changes to the Oscars that included a popularity contest, and we criticize the Crunch…
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Chris and Luigi back in studio with some big news! A lot of things have been happening in our personal lives and we share a little bit about where we are headed in the near future. For one of us, it's nerding out as a teacher; for the other, it's preparing for a life of fatherhood! Chris also announces his entry into "The Ota Factor" which will be …
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Hi everyone, Chris here. Welcome to 2022! In this episode, I explain our absence over the past months and dive into a reflection over the past 2 years of COVID, my mental burnout towards life and anime, and the shows that have helped to bring me back. I hope that everyone is doing well and I hope that my sharing of my personal life can spark you to…
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We are finally back to a committed schedule and have some awesome topics lined up for the near future! In this episode, we discuss the shows that we have graced with our attention. We also talk of news of the ending and continuation of some big names in the industry. Chris also shares a short and sweet manga which will lead into a future episode! -…
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A mixture of summer vacation and one of our co-hosts getting married put us on hold for a few months but we are happy to be back! In this episode, we recap some of the summer shows we were able to watch, including Iruma S2, Kobayashi S2, and Great Jahy. We take a quick look at what's to come in the near future, which includes more Komi-san bashing,…
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Hello! We are finally back from our summer vacation and are really looking forward to an awesome 2nd half of 2021! In this episode, we start off by talking about what we have been doing since we disappeared 1 month ago. We then discuss the news regarding the anime adaptation of Komi-san, including our grievances with the storyline and writing. We a…
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In this episode, we discuss a recent article detailing how many watchers are viewing shows at 1.5x in order to get through their backlog, which begs the questions, are too many shows coming out every season to the point that it becomes overwhelming for us, and why do we feel obligated to treat this hobby like a series of checkmarks? Chris also talk…
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Links to album and social media located below! This episode is our chat with Natalie London and Taylor Plecity of the indie rock duo, Hey, King! Along with being anime fans, they're also musicians and Natalie is a fellow Canuck so we knew that they'd fit in perfectly! We discuss the band's newest album which was released on April 2nd, including the…
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Episodes 29 and 30 are all about Spring 2021! Listen to our grievances with Moriarty, Luigi trying to explain the plot of 86, us trying to avoid the wrath of Tokyo Revengers manga readers, Chris lamenting the identity struggles of artists, and our complete amazement of To Your Eternity. In this episode, we discuss out general thoughts on some of th…
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The next two episodes are all about Spring 2021! In this episode, we discuss our general thoughts on some of the shows running this season. The shows in this part are mainly continuations, comedies, and romcoms, including (with time stamps): - Iruma-kun Season 2 (19:20) - MHA S5 (22:00) - Koikomo (25:00) - Osamake, (33:40) - Nagatoro-san (56:50) Ch…
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How much weight do you put on the visual aspects of a show? To what extent do the visuals and animation affect your enjoyment of a show? In part 1 of our Spring 2021 preview, we reveal which shows we are watching this season, which will be discussed in our next episode. This episode revolves around Gokushufudou: The Way of the Househusband, which h…
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Message from Chris: Apologies for the wacky audio. I was doing audio tests with RTX Voice and forgot to turn it off when I recorded the episode :( This episode is all about Iruma-kun! We start off by talking about our experiences with the first season, especially when used for a watch party before talking about what Season 2 will have in store (mil…
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In this episode, we discuss the recent news about a second season being announced for The Devil is a Part-Timer, which segued nicely into a talk about why so many series seem to have horrible endings and finales. It also segued nicely into part 1 of our discussion on Iruma-kun, including things we love about the show and going a bit into the lore o…
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In this episode, we talk about the pressures faced when talking about the "big" shows in anime and Luigi discusses his hopes for the remainder of Attack on Titan (SPOILER FREE). We also discuss the absolute disaster that is Redo of Healer, the issues around its content and how it could have negative lasting effects before revealing and talking abou…
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Can you trust the public with objective decision making? Is it alright to force objectivity on a very subjective field? Is it alright to pit the creations of artists against each other? Does "favorite" necessarily mean "good"? While we're doing our preparations for our Winter 2021 preview, we decided to focus this episode on the Crunchyroll Awards,…
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Happy New Year, everyone! What started out as a covid-19 hobby turned into something we never could have imagined and we are so excited to be entering our second season of the podcast. Thank you so much to our listeners for making this possible! This episode is a bit of a reflection on the past year, including what we've learned along the way and w…
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Merry Christmas, everyone! This is by far our longest and most in-depth episode that we honestly spent way too much time, but there was a lot to be said about this classic show that Chris considers "not a romantic comedy." In this episode, we do an analysis on the characters and some of the main themes of the show. Chris compiled our characters int…
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In this shorter Mundane Morning episode, Luigi gives his grievances with Hunter x Hunter, Chris is ecstatic over recent Iruma-kun OTP relationships before diving into some of his favorite series with short heroes/tall heroines. They finish up with a short talk on cosplaying, including some of Chris' past attempts.…
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Come join our hosts on a chill Monday(ne) Morning! In this episode, Luigi talks about Formula One before the two give their updates on how their fall season picks are doing, including Wandering Witch/Kino's Journey and Moriarty the Patriot. Chris tries to get Luigi to pick up Avatar and Iruma-kun, and then they give their grievances towards Funimat…
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Part 2 of our Fall 2020 preview is a mini deep-dive into two of our favorite shows from the season. In the first half, we discuss Wandering Witch, including Elaina's character motivation and the show's central themes. We then do a full 180 and talk about Tonikaku Cawaii's charm and Chris includes his own personal theories on the origins of one of i…
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Our Fall 2020 preview is divided into two parts. In this episode, we discuss our general thoughts on some of the shows running this season. Luigi watched a lot and his shows include Jujutsu Kaisen, Noblesse, Our Last Crusade, and Yuukoku no Moriarty, while Chris talks Yashahime while complaining about the original Inuyasha series and sports anime. …
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We've got a new segment in our podcast titled, "Mundane Mornings". Uploaded on Mondays every now and then, these episodes are more casual and consist of us just talking about random things in our lives. These will tend to be more chill in energy so it can be used as a great sleep aid or if you're looking for something to fill the silence! In this e…
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In this episode, C&L take a look into one of the more interesting shows from the summer 2020 season. They discuss their overall thoughts and commentary on the show, including central themes and characters they liked/disliked. Chris also talks about real life rental companies and how they compare to what was shown in the show!…
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Hello! We are finally back from vacation and are looking forward to getting this podcast back up and running on a fixed schedule, most likely bi-weekly! Our main topic for this episode is talking about how to start an anime watch club at your school and how to choose the right shows. We offer a short list of recommendations for gateway shows that a…
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We've been a little busy over the past month but we got enough time (just barely) to get part 1 of our season wrap-up recorded. Part 2 will be out within the next week! In this episode, we talk briefly about Sing Yesterday For Me, as we will probably spend a full episode discussing it. We also discuss some basic thoughts on the shows which we decid…
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In this episode, Luigi joins Chris in his studio, and because of coronavirus, that studio was temporarily relocated Chris' garage (hence the change in sound). We try to be as spoiler free as possible, but there will be some spoilers in our discussion. Topics for this episode include potential future adaptations for Kaguya-sama, Ishigami's character…
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Thanks to one of our listeners for giving us the topic for this episode! In this episode, Chris and Luigi talk a bit about the continuing effect that coronavirus has had on their day-to-day lives and what they have been doing to cope with it. They then dive into the main topic which is critics, reviews, and rating systems. Their main topic of discu…
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The past week was fairly lethargic for the both of us so we got a little bit of randomness for this week's episode. In this episode, we complain about internet, talk about SoL comedy shows, and lament on how things sometimes don't go our way in romance shows.. 02:05 - Chris hates Canadian internet and updates his network. 11:15 - Lethargy and weekl…
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As of April 24th, we are now on most popular podcast mediums, including Spotify and Google Podcasts! Our submission to Apple Podcasts is being reviewed but we can expect to be on there relatively soon. In this episode, C&L discuss their picks for shows in the Spring 2020 lineup, including a few season continuations and several brand new series! Sho…
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We take things a little differently this time. In this episode, Chris and Luigi go in-depth on the first 2 episodes of one of Chris' most anticipated shows of the season. Sing "Yesterday" for Me is as real and relatable as it gets and it gave our hosts a chance to be a little bit more open during this episode. They discuss the show's characters, th…
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In this episode, Chris and Luigi talk about their final impressions on some of Winter 2020's shows. Some shows completely blew them away while some left them completely disappointed. Chris also talks about Gintama again since he will never not talk about it. They then start to talk about shows they still need to watch, which makes them thankful tha…
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You only have one chance to make a first impression. Most of the time, they're really bad. Case in point: us. In this first episode, Chris and Luigi introduce themselves (kind of) and talk about some random stuff like subs/dubs and Isekais, before delving into their current seasonal watch list, including BHNA, In/Spectre, Bofuri, Asteroid in Love, …
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Chris here! We were originally gonna talk about something completely different but we still don't understand the meaning of the word, "organization." In this episode, Luigi and I discuss cocktails and coffee. To keep it relevant, I discuss the topic whilst pertaining to Japanese culture. We talk about the rise in cost of Japanese whiskey, how Japan…
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Chris here! Consider this episode to be a continuation of our introductions. In this episode, Luigi and I go back to the beginning. We discuss when we started watching anime, what we watched, and how our tastes have changed over time. Hopefully it gives you a better idea of who we are and what we like. Shows mentioned include DBZ, Digimon, Pokemon,…
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Chris here, reporting with a cold from the confines of my room. In this episode, we discuss the effects of COVID-19, and give some ideas of potential things to do while the entire world is shut down. Topics include workout plans, learning Japanese and of course, recommendations for shows to binge while you have the chance to. No productivity allowe…
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