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Join Hal and Pax as we do a deep dive into what anime is and isn't worth watching! Bringing our unique perspectives as writers and actors, each week we dig into a specific show or topic, bringing on other artists and comedians to tackle each episode. Find us on twitter at: @BrotakusPodcast @PaxLillin For feedback, episode/guest suggestions and business inquiries, email us at BrotakusPodcast@Gmail.com Thank you for your support and we love hearing from you! Intro Song: F*** You, Pay Me (Instr ...
 
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Seven adventurers played by some of the most famous voice actors in history come together. Their quest: To save the world from the wicked evil of the Briarwoods, and in the process bring about the most normal and healthy fandom in the history of online fandoms. We're joined today by Linguist Brain Genius Extrordinaire Kae Savar (@Obaewankaenobi), w…
 
We're entering a world of Neck on Neck combat, a life-action anime that serves as both a parody and a love letter to the most deranged anime of the late 90s, the new Amazon series, My Neck! Joining us today is Director/Editor/Lunch Provider Joseph Spring Jr., the Neck Kid himself Weston Young, and Producer/Audio Master Kio to discuss their new seri…
 
BROTAKUS IS BACK, BABY!!! We review the HEAVILY slept-on Ranking of Kings, craft a plan to stop COVID-19 (and Dragonball Z) once and for all, AND give you a special production peek behind the scenes. We're back to weekly episodes, so send us those guests suggestions and make sure to check us out every Thursday :) Our guest today is a legendary shit…
 
It's Night of the Living Pop Stars here at Brotakus, where we're finally tackling one of the biggest hits of the year, Zombieland Saga (and its sequel series, Zombieland Saga Revenge). The perfect gateway into idol anime, Zombieland Saga has some of the most devastatingly effective music and choreography in the game. With great writing, hilarious j…
 
Today we're talking with Professor Thomas Lockley about his critical work in reinvigorating the story of Yasuke, the only non-Japanese Samurai. From starting riots in Japan with only his appearance to eventually chopping off the head of the greatest warlord in Japanese history, Yasuke's story has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with a new…
 
The Shin Megami Tensei series is renowned for its brutal combat, apocalyptic settings, and mature themes. What started as an offshoot titled "Shin Megami Tensei Revelations: Persona" quickly became its own series, with the Persona series now eclipsing the original in popularity both inside and outside of Japan. Combining aspects of dating sims, par…
 
The long-awaited Voice Actor Roundtable is here! Since starting Brotakus we've been getting requests to do an industry deep-dive with working VAs, and we're finally delivering. A huge shout out to our audience and to Anna Chicco for helping with the questions and guide discussion. This is a must-hear conversation about the nitty gritty, day-to-day,…
 
This week marks the first anniversary of Brotakus, and Pax takes a few minutes to tell you how we got started, where we go from here, and how much your support means to us. We return to regular Brotakus programming next week with an amazing Voice Actor Roundtable that you don't want to miss! Please give us a 5-Star rating on your favorite podcastin…
 
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! In honor of all of the daddies and father figures in anime, we decided to rank... ALL OF THEM? We're joined today by REAL LIFE DADS Bishop Chave (@Reverend_Roscoe) and Eric Schutt (@EricIsTheSchutt) in this EPIC ranking of all the dads we love and hate. 0:00 Intro and Rules8:12 Dragon Ball Z Dads14:24 Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure19:…
 
YuYu Hakusho is 90s anime at its best, an epic exploration of the limits of the medium at the time. From iconic voicework, gorgeous color pallets, and outstanding direction, YuYu Hakusho stands above its peers at the time in its execution. Written by the same mangaka that would go on to write Hunter x Hunter, he nevertheless chose to cut the run of…
 
Join us as we talk Froppy Exploitation in My Hero Academia Season 5, bawling over To Your Eternity, and feeling COMPLICATED THINGS about Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagataro! It's a JAM packed season, and we're breaking down all the anime you need to know AND talking about Shin-chan's lil pipi. Timestamps: 3:30 What are Seasonal Shows? 5:26 Recent News…
 
Currently working as the Executive Director of the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, Anne Ishii is a living legend responsible for translating and producing the first works of Queer manga that hit the west, including her translation of Gengoroh Tagame's "My Brother's Husband", which landed them an Eisner Award (among many others) and cementing…
 
Our MOST REQUESTED episode is finally here. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has been topping the box office for WEEKS, becoming the first anime movie here in the west to dethrone entire swaths of live-action films for weeks on end. It's also the first anime movie to knock Spirited Away off its throne as the highest-grossing anime film of all time, and by…
 
What if the nerdy, sad kid took off his glasses, got a haircut, huge tattoos, 47 piercings, and now suddenly looks like Japanese Russel Brand? And what if that kid fell in love with a beautiful girl with a wild temper and SEVERE unresolved daddy issues? Join us for our deep dive into Webcomic-turned-OVA-turned-Manga-turned-Anime, Horimiya! We have …
 
Featuring a hot, literal Teen Wolf and an actual Bunny Girl, Beastars made a HUGE impact when its anime adaptation dropped on Netflix in 2020. But is this 3D animated show really a classic piece on human nature and desire, or is it romantic furry propoganda designed to turn the frogs (and then you) gay? Join us for our Beastars review! Making his t…
 
A bottomless abyss, eldritch artifacts, lost humanity, and the most gorgeous worldbuilding we've seen in anime. Join us for our journey into The Abyss, talking about why this classic show has held up over the years, and why its most devastating scene EASILY tops anything else in anime. Please give us a 5-Star rating on your favorite podcasting app,…
 
Before Miyazaki changed the game, before ANY anime had hit it big in the West, before anime was taken seriously as an art form, there was Akira. A legendary film written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, based on the manga by the same name, Akira is an ultraviolent, devastating portrayal of a post apocalyptic Neo Tokyo ravaged by Biker Gangs, ESPers…
 
What was the first anime? Wait... what even IS anime? Join us as we dive into the depths of the very first forms of Japanese animation, from stop-motion clip art to WW2 Propaganda Films with lil baby animal soldier, until we finally reach touch on the OG, commonly recognized first true anime, Astro Boy. Or, as we came to discover, Astor Boynton. Pa…
 
Winner of Crunchyroll's Best Anime of the Year, JUJUTSU KAISEN is a tour-de-force featuring some of the hypest fights in anime EVER. Gorgeously animated, tightly scripted, and bearing some STRIKING similarities to many other anime, does Jujutsu Kaisen rise above it's influences to become something truly remarkable? Or is it another cookie-cutter an…
 
Brotakus is changing, and so are we. Join us on our new adventure, an important new chapter for Hal and Pax. Find out more by listening. We love you and appreciate your support. Visit https://squadcast.fm/?ref=brotakus to get started. If you want to know what it's like, email us! We love hearing from you and would love to advise you on starting you…
 
What makes an artist worth cancelling or forgiving? What is it about the acting/entertainment industry that attracts abusers? How can these systems be reformed in a safer and more equitable way? Act-Age was quickly becoming one of the most popular manga and Japan, with an anime and stage adaptation both on the way. Then, one day, the artist was arr…
 
We're talking the top 5 iconic hype moments in popular Shonen anime, and then we're digging in to see if these moments deserve their spot or should be thrown in the garbage along with all of Re:Zero. Also: Yasuke, Resident Evil, The Devil is a Part Timer Season 2 announcement and a legendary post causes a meltdown on the r/Rant subreddit. Just Hal …
 
Imagine an anime written by 4Chan with a million-dollar budget and professional voice actors. Now imagine that that show was ten times more offensive than whatever you're imagining, and that will get you part of the way to understanding how OBSCENE Ghost Stories is. Join Hal, Pax and Natalie for a deep-dive into this legendary series grounded in cr…
 
Join us for this game-show styled gauntlet of the ESSENTIAL Otaku terminology you need to know as we descend into a manic brain-death. Two players enter, but only ONE leaves. What's the difference between a Senpai and a Kohei? Are you a Tsundere? What makes Hal and Pax break up at the end of the show? Listen to find out. Henry Rosenberg (@Shankitys…
 
What are the do's and dont's of living in Japan? How is it dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic? How is the culture responding to huge demographic shifts? And are two-year olds really watching Demon Slayer??? Join Hal and Pax as they talk with Japan-based educator Nicholas Martines about all things Japan, PLUS: A Toei representative is using transpho…
 
Earwig and the Witch is the new film from the LEGENDARY Studio Ghibli, whose past films include Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and countless other classics. The Studio is responsible for hit after hit, but does their new release threaten to permanently stain their legacy? The answer is yes. We're join…
 
THE KEIJO!!! EPISODE IS FINALLY HERE!!! LEGENDARY for its insane premise, earning instant-meme status and years of infamy since dropping. It's easy to see why. Join the Brotakus for the DEFINITIVE take on this masterpiece of degeneracy, as we talk about KEIJO!!!, the mythical sport of Tiddy and Ass WrastliIn'. VIDEO VERSION DROPPING FRIDAY! You can…
 
What. What? WHAT!? Why is "Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai", an INSANELY-named show, actually one of the most down-to-earth, well-written, heartfelt shows that we've ever reviewed? Well, listen to Hal and Pax dissect Adolescence Syndrome, as well as a... really personal talk about our traumas and feelings of invisibility. I'm not sure ho…
 
THE LONG AWAITED MY HERO EPISODE IS HERE! In this Plus-Ultra length episode, Hal and Pax bring on Rochester-based actor/singer Eric Schutt to talk about the smash hit anime, My Hero Academia. Join us as we talk about the history of My Hero, what makes it so popular, All Might's amazing move names, and why we love when Deku breaks every bone in his …
 
Hal and Pax crack open the ol' mail bag, answering listener questions from Twitter, Facebook and the email. We talk our favorite voice actors, our dream Stand powers, becoming actors, and much, much more. Send us some correspondence to be featured on our next Q&A episode! (details below) Please give us a 5-Star rating on your favorite podcasting ap…
 
On our most EXPLICIT episode yet the Brotakus are talking about Waifus, Incels, the ins and outs of the drawn and animated p*rn industry in both Japan and America, parasocial relationships, and the new Age of Loneliness! THERE'S A LOT OF CONTENT HERE YALL :o Please give us a 5-Star rating on your favorite podcasting app, it really helps the show! F…
 
HOW? How does an anime about sorcerers, blood magic, a guy with a lizard head, and a dumpling shop with a blood-drenched plot and an indecipherable name end up on the Netflix Top 10 for like TWO MONTHS out of nowhere? Join us as we dive into the world of Dorohedoro On this episode we're joined again by NYC-based singer, voice actor, and BIG BRAIN a…
 
Our Top 10s of 2020! This week Hal and Pax bring you their top 10 favorites from 2020. Albums, games, anime and more all make their way onto the lists of our absolute favorite things that got us through 2020. Hit us up on social media to let us know what your favorite things of the year were, and we'll see you next week for the start of Brotakus Se…
 
After a double episode last week, Hal and Pax chill and unwind with waaaay too much alcohol to discuss their favorite arcs in anime. Please give us a 5-Star rating on your favorite podcasting app, it really helps the show!Find us on twitter at: @BrotakusPodcast @PaxLillinIntro Song: F*** You, Pay Me (Instrumental) by Akira The Don- Twitter: @AkiraT…
 
We're back in part 2 of our conversation with ChefPK as we talk about his most-covered show, the legendary Shokugeki no Soma, AKA FOOD WARS BAYBEEEEEEEEE~! Join us as we talk peanut butter squid, the genius adaptation of battle anime tropes, and food, food, FOOD. Please give us a 5-Star rating on your favorite podcasting app, it really helps the sh…
 
ChefPK is a professional YouTuber with over a decade of experience in kitchens who, over the course of the past year, has taken YouTube by storm with mind-blowing recreations of food from popular anime. He's also incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and hilarious. Join us in part 1 of our talk with ChefPK where we chat about the wildest food anime, livi…
 
When you combine a flawless voice cast, breathtaking color pallets and a STELLAR jazz-influenced soundtrack, how could the results be anything less than amazing? But is it a classic? Join us as we talk identity theft, fake drug overdoses and grand heists as we dive into Netflix's Great Pretender. Plus, we read our hate mail, and it wrecked us so ba…
 
Blood of Zeus comes from the legendary Powerhouse Studios, and currently holds a 100% at Rotten Tomatoes. It's been skyrocketing up the Netflix rankings, has a sterling pedigree, and a PACKED voice cast. So why do we hate it so much? Stay strapped for our least popular opinion yet, and please feel free to DM/email us with your hate mail. Please giv…
 
Of all the Dracula adaptations, the 2020 Netflix/BBC collaboration stands above all as the absolute worst, most garbo, BADBADNOTGOOD, worstyiest of them all. To celebrate the end of Spooktober, we teamed up with fan favorite guest Michael Flanagan to follow up our Castlevania episode with the most mind-meltingly terrible thing we've ever seen. Plea…
 
This week we're talking about the Netflix smash hit, Castlevania! After a decade spent in development hell, the Castlevania team came through with a serious, prestige drama about the human condition, the value of live, and the nature of evil, all disguised as a kickass battle anime with all the trappings of the best shows out there. Join us for vam…
 
On this episode the Brotakus dive into the original Pokémon Indigo League, the issues with having GOD in your pocket, and what PokePuffs are made of. Please give us a 5-Star rating on your favorite podcasting app, it really helps the show! Find us on twitter at: @BrotakusPodcast @PaxLillin Intro Song: F*** You, Pay Me (Instrumental) by Akira The Do…
 
The threat has been carried through, and Hal is chained to a chair in an undisclosed bunker, courtesy of our lovely guests! Join us for octopus ants, violence, and a huge betrayal from one Brotaku to another. Will this be the last episode of Brotakus, or will Hal and Pax find a way to reconcile despite Hal's newly-broken knees and spine? You'll hav…
 
On this episode, Hal and Pax take on a concept that you may not have known the name for, the deuteragonist! Also known as secondary protagonists, these side kicks, best friends, love interests and frenemies form one of the most tried and true tropes in anime, and we talk about how to do em' well, how to make em' reaaaal bad, and how to apply the le…
 
The Brotakus are back, with a deep-dive into Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Pt. 2: Battle Tendencies! Featuring a KILLER soundtrack, fire pacing, and some of the bits of comedy and combat that anime has to offer, Battle Tendencies is WHY people fall in love with Jojo's. Watch as the Brotakus talk German engineering, ancient Central American Murder Aliens…
 
Debuting in 1993, Yugioh took the world by storm, leading to worldwide tournaments, MANY spinoffs, games, t-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, parodies, and I'm trying to get a cult going too but people aren't buying into my claims that I'm the reincarnation of King Tut and am really into card games now. We're joined by Alex Fields ( @AlexJFields) of th…
 
Dragonball Evolution is legendary for all the wrong reasons. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 15%, and a budget of $30 million, this legendary 2009 live-action flop single-handedly killed the possibility of any more live-action English anime film adaptations for a decade. We're joined by one of the funniest human beings on the planet, actor Michael …
 
It's a jam-packed episode, covering the Studio Ghibli classic, Kiki's Delivery Service, J.K. Rowling going INSANE on twitter, and... Totally Spies? You'll have to give us a listen to find out, because this episode was WILD. We're joined by acting and singing POWERHOUSE Morgan Milone (https://www.morganmilone.com, Twitter @Morgan_Milone, Instagram @…
 
It's time for the anime that captured a generation, the spine-tingling, heart-pounding horror show that is: ATTACK ON TITAN! Join us to discuss mangled bodies, a society on the brink of collapse, and Armin's GAY DREAMS.In this episode Hal and Pax are joined by Actor/Artist/Singer Hayley Denton-Hughes (@HayleyMakesArt on Instagram) and Actor/Singer/…
 
Join us for a deep dive into Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Pt. 1: Phantom Blood! With an over 30-year run, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is perhaps THE most influential manga (and now anime) in existence. Even if you haven't seen it, we guarantee you know the memes, poses, or musical riffs. In this episode we tackle the art, writing, and sheer style that thi…
 
1- POWER UP! Power Systems in Anime and Intro to Us In this introductory episode to Brotakus, Hal and Pax (@PaxLillin) talk about their patented system for classifying power systems in fiction and anime! MAIN CATEGORIES OF POWER-UPS: BORN THIS WAY (Born with the power/grew into it)WILLPOWER (I want it SO BAD!)BONDS/TRUST (We work better together!)A…
 
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