The Anime Show with Joey & AkiDearest

The Anime Show with Joey & AkiDearest

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YouTubers Joey the Anime Man and Aki Dearest join forces for an hour of anime. What’s hot, what’s not, what’s new and what should you be watching. If you love Anime, you need this.


How much Anime do Joey and Aki actually watch?  

Ethan from YouTube channel Crank Gameplays is the special guest this week with Joey and Aki. Behind the scenes feelings of being a YouTuber and Anime Youtubers call a truce.

Ep 22. Are Winnie The Pooh and the Moomin anime connected?  

This week AkiDearest has a conspiracy theory (that no one's allowed to steal)...She watched Moomin for the first time and says it reminds her of Winnie The Pooh. She's decided she has her own conspiracy theory that the two are connected... She liked the anime, and wishes she'd grown up with it as a kid. Joey The Anime Man really likes it too. The original series aired in 1969 - almost 50 years ago. Joey explains why he thinks it's still so popular today for kids and adults alike.

HIGHLIGHT: What constitutes a villian in Anime?  

Joey and Aki dives deep into a question from Monica about anime villains - specifically Death Note's main character Light. Death Note is an interesting case since it is technically a "shonan" series and is thus expected to be a show aimed at younger audiences with a clear good and bad guy.

But with Death Note, Joey and Aki think that Light isn't technically a "villain." He may get up to evil things, but that is part of a bigger story that explores what happens when a good guy gets given immense power (in this case, Light getting a Death Note).

EP.21. Visual novels recommended by Joey & AkiDearest  

Tuning in from Europe this week, Joey and Aki decide to tackle a few #SBSAnime questions that have been piling up over the past few weeks.

Many interesting topics were covered, such as what constitutes as an anime "villain" (especially in a series like Death Note), and the shutting down of a number of talented anime studios (including some behind beloved series like Samurai Champloo and Reborn!) due to various reasons like money and business re-structuring.

And finally, Joey and Aki dish on which visual novels that fans should definitely check out. Their recommendations? Kara no Shōjo and anything by Key Studios (Clannad, Air, and Angel Beats)!

Ep.20. Things in Anime that Joey & Aki hate  

Anime is amazing, but it's not all awesome. Find out about the stuff that Joey and Aki don't love, like bad plot twists, live action adaptations and glorification of the Yandere.

Ep 19. What happens to academic anime chat after 15 hours of travel; Hogwarts gets a mention  

This week Joey The Anime Man and AkiDearest are recording after 15 hours of travel. They're delirious, which is probably an understatement. The duo have been to a small anime convention in Finland, which turned out to be their favourite ever. There were about 3,000 attendees and half of them went to Joey and Aki's panel, which was also their favourite panel ever. The two explain why Finland's anime con is the best, and talk about anime sereis that are massive in Finland but not elsewhere. Then the chat takes a turn, Aki starts talking about Hogwarts as an anime because she's so tired. It's all laughter and hilarious dribble from here. Joey sums it up best: this one's a nighttime episode (and good for a laugh)!

Extra: What has the rapid rise in popularity done for anime; good or bad?  

Joey The Anime Man, AkiDearest and Gaijin Goomba discuss how they feel about anime's rapid rise in popularity. Aki thinks there was more creative freedom in the past; more gore and weirdness. Nowadays there's more censorship and a lack of demand for the gory, weird content. People love the cute girl, bright animation and simple slice-of-life storyline in 12 episodes because of patience (or lack of). In saying that, some gems have come out recently.

Not everyone appreciates the anime with deep messages, which leads to a discussion on whether all anime has to have deeper meaning. 

Anime's not dying, but there are parts of it that have faded away. People debate that the quality has declined, but the trio think it's just changed. What the audience sees as a good story has changed - the demand is different. What do you think?

Ep 18. A special guest joins to talk about their favourite (and least fave) Ghibli and Miyazaki films  

This week Joey the Anime Man and AkiDearest are joined by special guest, Gaijin Goombah; another famous anime YouTuber. They discuss their favourite (and least favourite) Ghibli and Miyazaki films. From Spirited Away, to Nausicaä, When Marnie Was There, Castle in the Sky and so many more, the trio want to know if you agree, disagree or have some others to add? 

Extra: Joey The Anime Man's funny fangirl experience at a convention  

Joey The Anime Man has a lot of fans online, and when he sees them in real life they can get a bit excited. Joey shares two funny, and slightly awkward, experiences he's had with fangirls at conventions. One happened while he was sitting next to AkiDearest, who was (secretly) his girlfriend at the time . What would you do if someone 'proposed' to you while sitting next to your partner - who they don't know is your partner? Joey's response was hilarious...

Ep 17. ALL the stories from the Anime Expo in LA  

This week Joey The Anime Man and AkiDeareast talk all things Anime Expo. The duo are in LA, having an awesome time at the AX convention. They spill on who they've met, parties they've been to, and what it's like to go to the convention (as a guest, and as a 'normal person'). What's good about conventions, what's bad and what's the most popular cosplay costumes.

Ep 16. New, upcoming anime; one written by Stan Lee  

This week Joey the Anime Man and AkiDearest are joined by special guest Soul (anime YouTuber: soulanimation), talking about upcoming anime; the good and the bad. There's an anime coming up this season called 'The Reflection' and it's been written by Stan Lee, and done by Studio Dean so the trio are super excited. For someone from the comic book industry to work on an anime, is huge. Seeing Stan Lee talk about anime is insane. If you're in to superhero comics, or just a fan of Stan Lee then you've got to check out this upcoming anime. Are you excited for it?

Ep 15. When did anime first cross over to the West (and WIN Oz Comic Con tickets)  

This week Joey the Anime Man and AkiDearest talk about when anime first crossed over, into Western markets, and whether that relates to anime being less violent now. Many people say when Studio Ghibli's 'Spirited Away' won an Academy Award, anime filtered into the mainstream but Aki and Joey don't necessarily agree. The duo think it was during anime's golden age, when Naruto and One piece came in - they're all over the West now. They're worldwide famous. Originally anime was really gory, and Aki thinks censorship in the West wouldn't have wanted blood in cartoons. The cartoons for adults was a new concept. When do you think it crossed over? PLUS, you can WIN a double weekend pass to Melbourne Oz Comic Con...

Ep 14. Japanese culture; there's more to it than just anime  

This week Joey the Anime Man and AkiDearest talk about Japanese culture, and how there's more to it than just anime. There's a lot of differences in cultures between Japan and America. In Japan, there are some towns that have a lot of anime, and one city is known for its anime, but the culture across the country is much more diverse than just that. Want to know the big cultural differences? Hit play!

Ep 13. Joey the Anime Man and AkiDearest get in-depth about cosplay  

This week Joey the Anime Man and AkiDearest delve deep into cosplay, even though Joey is pretty new to it. Joey talks about his first (and only) experience cosplaying, as Gintoki. What he finds hardest about cosplay is being hot and sweaty in a costume and wig. There are toxic people who take cosplaying too seriously and nitpick other costumes, both online and at conventions. The duo let us in on their predictions for the top three cosplay characters at upcoming anime expos. Who should Joey and Aki dress up as for the anime expo next month?

Bonus pod: all about WINNING an epic anime prize pack  

Prize includes a double weekend pass to Madman Anime Festival Brisbane, a double pass to see Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry (in cinemas from May 18), a 3-month AnimeLab Premium voucher and a DVD bundle with: Sword Art Online Vol. 1 Aincrad Part 1, Tokyo Ghoul Season 1, Love Live! The School Idol Movie, PLUS Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo – signed by Yuko Miyamura (Japanese voice actor of Asuka)! Go to to enter!

Ep 12. How to deal with the haters on YouTube  

Joey the Anime Man and AkiDearest talk about how they got started on YouTube, and how they deal with the negatives that come with a job they (mostly) love. Aki says some people's personalities change when they become successful YouTubers. She also says it makes her more self conscious, in her appearance and in what she says. YouTubers have to be careful with what they say, they have to hold their tongue more because the words sticks with them. There's a fine line in saying something to please your audience, and saying what you believe without losing your subscribers. They love their job and what they do but it's always hard to deal with the haters. The best and easiest way to deal with haters is to ignore them. It's still hard, but as soon as you give them attention, they've won. Do you agree?

Ep 11. YouTuber Gigguk talks anime nostalgia with Joey and Aki  

This week Joey and Aki are joined by a special guest; fellow YouTuber, Gigguk. The trio talk about anime nostalgia. Here's some thought starters: what was the first anime you ever watched and what was the anime that blew you world wide open? Joey, Aki and Gigguk answer these plus how they started doing their online channels, how anime and geek culture has become so accepted, if they could wipe a memory of watching an anime so they could experience seeing it for the first time again, what would they watch, and the anime that brought the kid out in them. What would yours be?

Ep 10. Disagreeing on anime; good or just annoying?  

This week Joey The Anime Man and Aki Dearest talk about disagreeing - quite often - about what they think of certain anime. The couple have been asked if it's annoying how often they disagree on things, but the duo think it's the complete opposite. They prefer disagreeing on things because it makes for more interesting discussions. They don't fight because of their differing opinions, they just have interesting conversations. The duo like it when others disagree with their opinions too, like their audience. They respect different  opinions about anime. Joey says some comments have changed his view on certain anime, which makes things so much more interesting. What's your opinion on the topics they've covered this week? Let them know on Twitter with the #SBSanime hashtag

Ep 9. The first anime to make you cry; Aki's was a bit 'weird'  

Joey The Anime Man and Aki Dearest talk about the first anime that made them cry. Aki doesn't cry much. Joey's was "Clannad"; he cried a lot. He used half a box of tissues. He was sitting at his desk with a closed mouth and tears streaming down his face. No words. No sniffling, just tears. Aki's first anime to make her cry was 'weird.' She cried in "March Comes the Lion." She cried because she felt so much for the character, even talking about it now is heavy for her. She also cried in "Monster Rancher." What was yours? 

Ep 8. A guide to Japanese culture; it's not just about Anime  

Joey The Anime Man and Aki Dearest give their tips on getting the most out of Japanese culture when you visit Japan. Be open to the food, Japanese food is another world entirely. There's so much to explore. Find someone to help translate for you and help you get around. The train system is complex and there's unwritten rules; no one talks on their phones on the train because it's rude. Everyone stands to one side on an escalator. Subways are expensive; it's better to put money on an all-purpose card that you can use on all transport and on vending machines. Embrace the Anime (ie The Ghibli Museum) but don't limit yourself to Anime - there's so much more to experience. Any extra tips to add?

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