AniMonday

AniMonday

Colin & Kayla Hemphill are the brave souls who host AniMonday, a show about the terrible power of the anime randomizer. In preparation for an episode, we use Randime to randomly select an anime series on Crunchyroll, then we watch the first four episodes on our own time. On Monday we get together for the podcast to talk about the people and studios behind the show, the story and characters, the production values, and more! In the end, we decide if we'd be willing to watch more, or if this first impression is the end of the road. Our goal is to keep the podcast lighthearted, clean, and fun! We care about anime, and we'll do our best to talk about the important stuff, but this is a show you can escape to. Fans have even described it as "like relaxing in a hot spring". New episodes every other Monday.

Episodes

December 6, 2021 37 mins
Nariyuki is given the impossible task of tutoring two geniuses in order to receive a letter of recommendation for college. He finds that he’s going to have to use all of his wits and compassion to get these girls to pass or say good-bye to his dreams.

Topics discussed: We Never Learn, Bokuben, We Can't Study, harem anime, tutoring, studying, arts and literature, science and mathematics, STEM, dead parents, loss, broken relationships...
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In an attempt to terraform Mars, humanity sent the most durable creature they could think of to the planet: the cockroach. What they didn't plan on was the lowly creatures evolving into unstoppable killing machines. Can an elite team eliminate the threat or is humanity doomed?

Talking points: space bugs, bug juice, Mars, medicine, sci-fi, cockroaches, bear fights, gore, censorship, Mortal Kombat, campy slasher horror
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November 1, 2021 57 mins
This week in an especially non-spooky Halloween episode, Colin and Kayla discuss the 2014 anime series Noragami!

Hiyori Iki’s life is suddenly altered dramatically when she meets a strange god named Yato and his spiritual weapon Yukine. Trying to live between two worlds will test everything she has ever known, but maybe she will find more of herself along the way.

__Talking points:__ gods and goddesses, spirituality, spiritual weapon...
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October 18, 2021 60 mins
When humanity is threatened by ferocious monsters, society depends on children trained to pilot battle robots called Franxx. When a mysterious and skilled pilot named Zero Two meets a boy named Hiro, the world might finally have the heroes they desperately need.

This one has a mild parental warning! Darling in the Franxx uses some sexual imagery and innuendo, and it would be difficult to have a serious discussion about the anime wit...
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October 5, 2021 53 mins
Eight years after the death of his father, Kaito Kuroba learns of his father’s secret identity as the Phantom Thief Kaito Kid. When he discovers the organization responsible for murdering his father, he dons the mantle of the Kaito Kid to thwart their plans of achieving immortality through the Pandora Gem. With each stolen jewel he gets closer to avenging his father and stopping the organization.

__Topics discussed:__ the Gentleman ...
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August 30, 2021 54 mins
This week, Colin and Kayla enter the Digital World to talk about Digimon Fusion, the sixth anime in the Digimon franchise.

Taiki and his friends are swept into the Digital world where an ongoing war is threatening the lives of the digimon who inhabit it. There are those who wish to take back their once peaceful homes, and fight against the dark powers destroying their land. The unlikely heroes will leverage the power of the cross lo...
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On this week's episode we discuss Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun, an isekai that is maybe meant for kids and maybe for teenagers but seems pretty okay to us oldies too.

Iruma Suzuki has never been given the chance to live a normal life due to his parent’s neglect, so it’s no surprise that they would sell his soul to a demon named Sullivan. Living out the rest of his life as a human in the demon world might come more naturally to...
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August 2, 2021 57 mins
After more than a year away from the microphone, Colin and Kayla are finally back with their first proper randomized episode of AniMonday, and their 50th episode is about Love Live! Sunshine!!

Chika Takami dreams of becoming a school idol to bring some excitement to her boring life. In her sleepy seaside hometown, this might prove to be more difficult than she anticipated. But with her friends by her side, Chika knows she will alway...
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July 19, 2021 44 mins
IT'S BEEN...

One year since the last episode of AniMonday, and we really missed you. We are happy to announce that we are coming back for real, and will be randomizing some anime every two weeks.

On the return episode, Colin and Kayla discuss why they took a break last year (it should be obvious), what they ended up watching and not watching over the pandemic, and what the plan is for the future of AniMonday.

Topics discussed: our lif...
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July 1, 2021 1 min
After a substantial hiatus, AniMonday returns on July 19th! Colin and Kayla are excited to be back for more random anime every other Monday.

New music from the album Senpai III by Sithu Aye.
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Many will never make it past the audition phase, and their dreams will be left behind. Only a lucky few of these girls will get to experience their Cinderella story.
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April 13, 2020 19 mins
Kira Buckland is a voice actress for many popular anime and video game titles, perhaps best known for her portrayal of 2B in Nier: Automata. A handful of her notable anime roles include Reimi Sugimoto from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Mary Saotome from Kakegurui, Umi Sonoda from Love Live, Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld from The Asterisk War, and most recently, Mitsuri Kanroji from Demon Slayer. In video games she is well know in the figh...
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Humans have developed telekinetic powers that will forever alter civilization and the world they inhabit. Two millennia in the future, five young students are about to discover that their peaceful world has been hiding a dark and violent reality.
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March 16, 2020 36 mins
This episode was recorded live from the Explorer's Lounge aboard JoCo Cruise 2020!

Everyone agrees that High school president Miyuki Shirogane and vice president Kaguya Shinomiya would make a perfect couple. But when it comes to the battlefield of love, confessing your feelings puts you at a clear disadvantage. Who will come out the winner in this game of love and pride?
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March 2, 2020 35 mins
The freelance bodyguards of the Three Sisters Detective Agency suddenly find themselves intertwined with a once-famous author named Nenene. What they thought would be a straightforward job becomes a dangerous mystery that the girls might not be prepared for.
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An engineer named Derrida discovers a terrifying bug in the autonomous robots he helps design. Before he is able to apply a patch, Derrida's life is threatened by those who stand to profit from the bug. While running for his life, Derrida is Frozen in cryostasis for 10 years, and awakens to the robot hellscape that he helped create.
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January 13, 2020 40 mins
Jonathan Joestar, commonly known as JoJo, lives a privileged and happy life under the care of his doting father. When a young boy named Dio Brando becomes part of the family, JoJo’s life is turned upside down. Jonathan knows that his new rival is up to no good, but doesn’t know quite how far Dio will go to steal wealth and power from the Joestar family.
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December 25, 2019 19 mins
Kayla and Colin return for their second annual Christmas special! This year, they'll dig back through the archives and watch any Christmas themed episode from the anime that they watched in 2019, including Hinako Note, Tribe Cool Crew, and Ninja Nonsense.
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December 9, 2019 44 mins
Ten years ago, the world was shaken when the wish of a child named Eiji caused mass destruction. For the last decade, Eiji has managed to keep his mistake a secret, but now with his identity revealed, Eiji is forced to unleash his powers as an "Order". Eiji's desires will either lead to peace in the world, or to more untold destruction.
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November 12, 2019 44 mins
For the first 15 years of his life, Yuri Shibuya believed he was like any other high school student. When he is accidentally transported to another world and finds himself at the center of a global conflict, Yuri must balance his normal student life on Earth and his destiny to become the Demon King.
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