The new trailer for the live action Mulan movie is out and we’ve got some FEELINGS Y’ALL. Also, help send us to the Mulan 2020 premiere by tweeting shamelessly at Disney, WE BEG OF YOU. We also cover picking husbands via tea refills, and the latest Pokemon to represent Japanese citizens.
Welcome, new and old weeaboos, to our very special Neon Genesis Evangelion episode of Senpai Buddies. Now that this shizz is on Netflix, we know y’all have got some QUESTIONS. We discuss why we love and hate it, how important it is the anime genre, and just like, make a lot of silly robot jokes. PS: THERE’S ANOTHER MOVIE COMING so get ready!
The future is now! Japan revs up for the Tokyo Olympics by banning all social media posts for ALL ETERNITY, Super Saiyan Vegeta chills your veggies, and the town of Okayama is transformed into the Train-eats-Train-eats children’s souls world of Chuggington.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
The excitement over the Olympics, Japan and “obligation” chocolate wars, and the loveless Valentine’s of our youths.