Summer is here, and so is the drama. Chii-watch 2019 continues with Sinjo-kun (Chii-tan’s Ex) revealing he’s a Street Fighter gaming pro, summer snacks of chicken skin sizzle into your heart, and Japan’s government creates the ultimate idol all star group who just loves it when you donate blood.
Author: Senpai Buddies
Japan, why are you so awesome? Kids make a killing with two incomes, predatory birds have a taste for expensive dolls–err, we mean FIGURINES, and if you wanna marry your fandom, you can now have an OFFICIAL FINAL FANTASY wedding, with the blessing of Square Enix. What a TIME TO BE ALIVE, NERDS.
The eternal battle of whether to brave the outdoors of a Japanese summer, or just stay inside and sleep and get Snorlax points is upon us. Pokemon Sleep encourages us to become Rip Van Winkle-type trainers, the Japanese government tries to solve its Olympics heat crisis, and a discovery that you can get wasted on a few grapes… all this news and more and why we all should probably never go outside again.
Who needs Game of Thrones when there’s plenty of horrifying-yet-disappointing anime that could take its place? This week we discuss death-laden anime, Japan’s top Host who is sort of like Voldemort and Alucard mixed together, and the death of Chiitan’s social media due to a scandal. An OTTER SCANDAL.
Detective Pikachu has won our hearts, and desire for sick gains, bruh! We do a deep dive into our review of the movie, bring you news on Geodude’s new status as a city mascot, and give the rundown on the new Final Fantasy VII remake. Strap in, because it’s about to get WATER TYPE ALL UP IN HERE IFYAKNOWWHATIMEAN.
We’ve cooled down from Sonic Mania to bring you your regularly scheduled Asian nonsense news: KFC Japan pays off scientist to prove the sound of crunchy chicken improves your life, ATMs in Japan experience their own Y2K bug so your money can travel through time, and John Oliver helps mascot Chiitan recover from her rejection from the city of Susaki.
Well everyone, Sonic mania has struck the universe, and with it, the fabric of our very reality has been broken. We spend the full 30 minutes freaking out about the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer and everything, and everyone wrong about it. What’s a hedgehog? What’s an echidna? Why are the San Francisco police involved? Who is Tommy Lee vs Tommy Lee Jones?? And maybe we hit like, ONE news story if you’re lucky. Oh, and we dunk on James Mar–uhh Cyclops from the X-Men a LOT. Listen with caution, my friends.
The darkest days are upon us. Ed Sheeran gets his own sake, adult movie Santa arrives in Japan, and Disney decides to let you date evil ghost spirits of Jafar. Throw your reality in the garbage, and tune in to a brand new episode of Senpai Buddies.
Is Netflix here to save our weeaboo dreams, or shove them into the ground like the trash that it is? This week, we talk about the “Rilakkuma and Kaoru” show, a jilted lover attacking her ex at the altar, and the buzz surrounding the Cowboy Bebop Netflix casting news. Hint: WE LOVE YOU JOHN CHO, PLEASE NOTICE US.
We all knew the day would come when Hello Kitty would have to fight Gundam. This week, we chat about Kpop schools in Japan, teens in Nagoya starting the poo-pocolypse, and of course, everyone’s favorite Kitty taking on Mobile Suit Gundam.
We’re back! Max, Yume, and Michelle are back to weekly episodes of Senpai Buddies, tackling the latest and greatest Asian Nonsense news. This week, we talk about the new Japanese era, Reiwa, the Kpop group BTS Mattel dolls, and do a short quiz on Japanese April Fools news. And below as promised… the cat safety video.
September is off to a Max-well start, everyone. Welcome to the solo episode where Max Explains It All, covering Conan in Japan, the Eminem Good Guy weeaboo track, and the debut of the Voice Actress Professional Basketball League. It’s a mini episode, so don’t say we didn’t warn ya!
Max and Michelle welcome you to their circus… that is filled with handsome men! The sparkle sparkle doesn’t stop with news from 7-Eleven’s new anime man ATMs, finding love in a capsule machine in Hong Kong, saving money by turning anime posters into strippers, a golden full moon McDonalds in Japan, and Conan O’Brien’s battle against Detective Conan. Take a listen to find your one true love from this week’s news stories. https://youtu.be/ogIfCLyw-FA
This very special spinoff episode features Private Investigators Doc Shadow and Brian Glass (Played by Michelle and Max), as they solve the many mysteries behind this week’s asian pop culture news stories. The return of Black Thunder, the case of the mysterious missing doujinshi via Swiss customs, the mystery of clothes made of Ziploc bags that cost hundreds of dollars, a sticky fingered tempura chef goes bare-handed into cookery, the return of YOSHIKI WATCH, and the wonders of an anime about blood cells. Stay tuned, gumshoes! It’s a weird one! 現時点の人生で一番好きな飲食店は、浜松駅前にある天錦。税込1,000円で最高の天丼が食べられる。店主は職人技を極めすぎて天ぷら油に素手突っ込んで卵黄揚げてる。これ口で言うとみんなに「は？」って顔されるけど言葉通りのパフォーマンスだから動画で見て。 pic.twitter.com/Ycu20RBECe — ゆく nʞnʎ (@Yuku1991) August 15, 2018
Hey listeners! This is a mini apology episode! We are off this week trying to improve our podcast for y’all, so now you get to listen to the jarring tones of Michelle explain what’s up. We’ll be back next Wednesday for our regular episode!
It’s not just Yoshiki anymore, “meat” the devil beef! This week, Michelle is MIA but Max and Yume discuss the Yakuza Deer uprising, the return of Black Thunder, the no-expectations Chocolate but this time with a new partner, Virtual Waifu’s taking over your washing machines, and of course, why the devil is in beef. We’re always bringing you only the best of weird Asian pop-culture news!
Welcome to our hot, hot, ninja hell. This week, Max stays salty about Comic-Con, we review the wierdest Asian myths about the dangers of trying to stay cool in the summer, reveal the horror of melted waifu figs, start our “Yoshiki Corner” segment because THAT MAN CAN STAY OUT OF THE NEWS NOR OUR BRAINS, and learn that we can actually pay someone to make us a ninja in Japan.
If this is your first episode with us, we apologize. The b*tthole talk got way out of hand, way fast. In this episode, we explore the dangers of karaoke in a hot spring, Korean idol merch you can probably (READ: DEFINITELY) make out with, and a stupid 3d man dumps a woman for hiding her otaku side.
We run the gamut of strange fake friendships and 2D love on this episode, featuring Love Live school idol vandalism in the name of honor, meals with your 2d waifu, and an entire waterpark dedicated to giving you fake instagram friends. We wish we were making this up. Oh, and here is the twitter account for the Hirakata Water Park. You’re welcome! 【静岡】「ラブライブ！」のマンホールを傷つけた容疑で埼玉と東京の高校生２人を逮捕https://t.co/RqE1SUUNdI 埼玉県春日部市と東京都練馬区から静岡まで行っての犯行だから、ただの気軽な悪戯とは思えんね(#･∀･) pic.twitter.com/Jcxd0YUEDy — sakamobi (@sakamobi) July 2, 2018
The Senpai Buddies are reunited, telling tales about this week’s Anime Expo, a train that turns into an Evangelion piloted by kid-friendly Shinji, a voice actor who fights crime IRL, and child reenactors who come to your wedding to tell your life story. Happy Independence Day!
Yume is lost to time and space, but Max and Michelle analyze the magic behind table flipping, the top characters for kids in Japan, and why Miyavi can rock a cannoli in the live action Bleach movie.
Welcome to our Kawaii Ghost Corner, where we chat about the legend of OUTSIDE MAN, a jogger who haunts a shrine in Japan, moe girls made from Russian revolutions, and Matthew Broderick’s redemption from Godzilla.
ELECTRONIC 3 IS FINALLY HERE AND IT’S STEALING OUR SOULS! This shorter but just as good episode we’ll discuss the game that we’re anticipating most and what dangers you should avoid! Remember not to look directly in the spider man’s eyes.
Prepare yourself for Episode 17: A mascot WRECKS a reporter, photo ops, Crotch Flaps, and Max and Yume doing WAYYY too many terrible impressions of Michelle, who is missing in action this week.
Hokkaido melons are treated better than must humans, the “Is this is pigeon” meme explained, and we brainstorm how to get Jrock legend Gackt out of bankruptcy via Patreon.
Do you live for the block chain? Are you a wizard with just too much gold? We have the show for you. We set up a business for a swiss twitter pervert, solve the mysteries of otaku coin crypt currency, and give some marking tips to famous sharks in our special financial money episode that we definitely didn’t just make up just now. NOT SAFE FOR YOUR LIFE YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED Shark Fest: A shark ate me a etc. etc. A FUCKING CRYPT WIZARD BECAUSE PEOPLE DON’T SEEM TO BELIEVE THAT THAT’S A THING
We seriously don’t plan to talk about Yoshiki every week, but look guys, we think he has all the infinity stones. This week in Animal Rights news: deer in Nara rebel, we defend rights for crows, and Japan invents beer you can drink at work. Warning: spoilers for Avengers Infinity War… sorta.
On a very special “Senpai Buddies Find You a Crime: Netflix Japan edition,” we discuss licking an officer of the law in Japan is weird, but not criminal, we pitch Mortal Kombat with only Hugh Jackman, China gives jaywalkers a spritz of justice, and Aggretsuko the red panda is the death metal office lady of our dreams.
We try to be nicer to Max-senpai. THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT. Also this week, we break down the Avenger’s Infinity War trailer with anime references, celebrate John Cena’s love of Kpop, and wildly speculate about how new Studio Ghibli theme park will force you to murder forest spirits. Say goodbye to your childhood dreams, everyone!
Getting married to your perfect 2D husbando, Max gets his kabedon revenge, little known Korean pop culture facts, and why the Mulan movie is definitely going to bring a dim sum palace to Disneyland.
By listening to this episode, you shall be blighted by the curse of Yoshiki’s glass piano and the spirit of a kawaii horse-school girl hybrid. Coachella resurrects X Japan members, Legoland Japan creates cherry blossom realness, and an anime about horse high school girls is the best and the worst of all things of this world. Please remember to subscribe and rate us on iTunes, GooglePlay and Stitcher!
Our April Fool’s episode is full of zero fakeouts, we promise. Meet Sir Julius Pringles, celebrate the new Mayor Slowpoke, join the Pacific Rim Love Live School Idol Festival, and be amazed at the hot cup ramen boys that are literally trying to bone noodles. Long live Lord Blape.
Anime girls inspire ita-tents, the daughters of Smaug try to smuggle gold into Japan via their boobs, and Miyazaki’s new bug anime. As a bonus, we also figured out the real Prestige behind all those magic movies. The CIA will probably shut us down for our startling revelation. キャンプ場でオタ芸してたら志摩リンに冷たい目で見られた#ゆるキャンΔ #ゆるキャン#yurucamp_anime pic.twitter.com/yOGjsvZ9Cd — まっくん (@makkun_denden) March 11, 2018
Korean dramas are eating up our time and our hearts, a discussion of udon and Asian White Day math, and Max’s transformation into an ajusshi fan over Kpop sensation IU.
Mario gets his plumbing back, the creation of the great American mascot, and some very Irish things in Japan. Also a disclaimer, Max’s audio is whack, but we hope you’ll listen anyway!
Michael B. Jordan in a Space Jam anime fantasy, the Japan ninja council rises up, and we give some terrible advice. Episode 4: we made it, everyone! If you have any burning questions to ask us, hit us up at email@example.com!
Communication problems, the Bleach live action movie, and the joy and wonder of Asian penis parks. We’re sorry.
The excitement over the Olympics, Japan and “obligation” chocolate wars, and the loveless Valentine’s of our youths.
Introducing Michelle, Max, & Yume: 3 friends who probably will stop being friends after making this podcast. It’s a comedy, so don’t worry. Oh yeah, and there’s some pop culture news about Japan hidden in here somewhere.