We’ve given up on telling the news this week, so listen in on how Animal Crossing playthroughs, Tiger King watches, and Bollywood films are saving our quarantine lives.
The Buddies are being saved by the Animal Crossing explosion taking over the world. Let’s all hold hands and chant Tom Nook’s name while we get through this together and party on the internet. We also chat about digital performances post-mortem, and the secret of Shakey’s Mojo potatoes.
The Buddies are facing the quarantine by solving the mystery of the capsule machine sister, finding love in the toilet paper aisle, and washing hands with sexy anime babes. **We recorded this episode before we knew Mulan would be pushed back so uhhh, oops!
The world is in a panic about the coronavirus, so what do we do? Make a lot of jokes about it to alleviate your stress. Tune in as we see how quarantined shut ins in Japan have resulted in free manga, more slaves for Tom Nook, a shortage of sex toys, and an IRL Death Stranding-esque baby pod made by a concerned Chinese dad. Listen now, before we’re not allowed to joke about a pandemic anymore.
Mankind has finally flown too close to the sun. We reveal the creation of bath bombs that turn you into a cannibal’s delight, drop the bomb on the Overwatch anime, and terrorize you with a woman hanging from a bus as a marketing prank in Japan.
Apparently the MATCHING APP UNIVERSITY is a real thing in Japan and has the statistics to prove it! This week, our love-themed episode takes on chocolate gift giving in Japan, the correct way to confess love to someone, and the SOLDIER OF LOVE, Sailor Moon on her new ice skating show. What a week.
This week, we travel to outer space to talk about living that geek life. Japan builds a Space Force to maintain the friendly skies, the new Star Wars manga makes Luke into a hottie, and we discuss how to spot an otaku in the wild. Watch out! We bite.
2020 is full of anticipation for nerds everywhere as we await the coming of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake with an oddly sentimental 13 minute long commercial, an anime version of The Witcher, and of course, the yearly decree of who the most beautiful men in manga are.
This super sexy 69th episode is brought to you by a car that f***s, a McDonald’s pie.. FOR ADULTS ONLY, IFYAKNOWWHATIMEAN… and the not-so-sexy way to get someone to hate video games, thereby crushing their faith in humanity. Warning: We said the F-word so many times we lost count.
The new year is filled with promise for the weeaboos of the world! Final Fantsy 7 Remake will probably come out this year, the Nintendo World in Japan is like, almost done? Maybe? And hey, if all else fails, we are ushering in a new era with legit cosplayer Lai Pin-yu ruling over New Tai Pei City.
It’s 2020 and the Buddies are letting the Three Wise Holiday Spirits take over the intro of the podcast. We also cover the pain of deleting a hologram waifu, taking legal disco naps at bars in Osaka, purchasing our own DIY coffin set. so we can BURY OUR OLD 2019 SELVES IN THE GROUND. Listen at your own risk. Nicholas might getcha!
Welcome to our Winter Holiday Spectacular! We speculate wildly about what the last Star Wars is about, spin into a tirade on perfect Japanese husbands, master the art of ignoring children with photocopies of ourselves, and reveal Yoshiki’s end of 2019 scheme to enslave the members of KISS. We will be taking a break next week for Christmas, so enjoy this extra special episode on your holiday journeys!
We’re a little late to the freak out session, but OBAMA HAS BEEN COMPROMISED. Yoshiki has sunk his teeth into our favorite president, and well, at least he’s going to live forever now, right? We also debate more instant than instant ramen, video games creating introverts, and the empire of Chii-John and Shinjo Kun over US late night television.
If the Pope was an Avenger, would he be Tony Stark? And would Edward Snowden be the Hulk? We theorize on the extended anime universe version of real life people as Avengers, because apparently, we have lost our goddamn minds after Thanksgiving. Also, Max introduces the new segment #CRIMESLAMMERS. Submit those nonsense crimes to us via firstname.lastname@example.org. NO MURDERS, PLEASE.
Happy Thanksgiving! We are here to infuse your holiday with the blood of a thousand Neon Genesis Evangelion Angels, prove that “shonen” aren’t the ones reading Shonen Jump lately, and list all the benefits of marrying an otaku. And yes, this is a nerdy photo of Michelle on her wedding day with a Sailor Moon Rod.
How does one seduce a Pokemon? Let me count the ways. This week, we fight about the (de)merits of bubble tea, how to correctly kiss a Magikarp with bonus embarrassing first kiss stories, and the nit picky nature of Sonic the Cyclops Hedgehog.
All these years of devoting our lives to nerd-dom have finally paid off. A 120 meter Godzilla makes its way to Japan, the most advanced technology is harnessed to prevent food thievery at work, and science has proven that Naruto running is still COOL AS HELL… just not that effective.
November begins, and the Xmas jokes roll in, almost against our will. Today we talk about the new Star Wars Kabuki play, how not to be a wasteful human while eating sushi, and tell the tale of litterbugs meeting their match via undercover MMA wrestler Kai Asakura.
It’s Halloween, and someone needs to stop Michelle from singing intros all the goddamn time. Please help. This week, we discuss Halloween belligerence in Shibuya, the Final Fantasy Musical, and why 2D husbandos and waifus are company enough for millenials in Japan.
The Buddies decide which stories this week are Devils and which are Babies, thanks to the sake Michelle smuggled back from Japan! We talk about a DIY hot spring, the worst way to apologize to your SO, and get a CODE RED on the Yoshiki Watch.
An emotional episode turns into a tawdry one. Queer Eye: Japan makes us all unexpectedly cry, but then we are pulled back into reality with Sailor Moon condoms, and Fate/Stay Night x Axe Body spray makes ya wanna have too many abs and a tiny couch.
We are basically living in an alternate dimension this episode. We talk about the Naruto characters that could have been (PEACH BOY and no Rock Lee!!), the ADULT WORLD of disgusting Japanese popsicles, and the chance to feel up some shark’s private parts in Tokyo.
Learn Japanese while you poo! Get cursed by Yoshiki while watching Tokyo Fashion Week! Have a heated debate among friends about Coach x Naruto x Michael B Jordan! This episode takes some turns, and we ran out of jokes at the end, but hey, THIS IS ART, OKAY?
The Buddies are ready for the most spooky time of the year with this cursed episode featuring forbidden piranha ramen, a horror hotel in Kyoto, and an officially licensed Pikachu butt hole donut. Please don’t forget to tweet at us your best Pokemon butt jokes at #SenpaiBuddies to complete the spooky puzzle left to us by our donut forefathers.
It’s an episode of lovely boys, with a look at the new KFC Dating Game, doing ninja moves with Keanu Reeves in Japan, and patting Ash Ketchum on the back as he finally wins a Pokemon tournament for the first time ever.
This week, Michelle and Max discuss the various ways your favorite kind of anime girl can be the pizza you’ve always wanted to destroy your insides, and ponder the meaning of creating a Pokemon harem. Thank you, and goodnight.
Welcome to our super sexy episode full of the crimes of Virtual Reality girls (not a real crime), some criminal fish (yes, deffo a crime), and of course, CATS (maybe sort of a crime?). Okay, so the yakuza are the ones spreading the fish around, but those fish are still technically breaking the law, dammit!
In honor of our 50th episode, we take a look back down the memory lane of the curse of the one named Yoshiki. Many moons ago, he afflicted the Senpai Buddies with his dastardly curse, and now we have passed it all on to you over 50 episodes, “The Ring”-style. Listen to hear more about how the greatest bamboozle of the century took place as you innocently listened to our doomed podcast.
This week, Max and Yume discuss the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen creator’s descent into existential dread, and contemplate the fact that our pet cats think we are idiots. YIKES, what a week.
Our Summer Special episode explores the grave mistakes made in the name of social media fame. We discuss the Yellow Hat & Pizza Hut love triangle, what the inside of Pokemon look like as a delicious summer treat, and cringe at the McDonalds Japan drinks that make you wanna go, “WHOA, WAIT HOLD IN THERE, THIS IS A FAMILY ESTABLISHMENT.”
We urge new listeners to please JUST START WITH THIS EPISODE. The Buddies discuss the downfall of the Naruto run on Area 51, how the leaders of Nagoya broke the internet, and how THE YOSHIKI CURSE IS BACK and here for ROYAL BLOOD.
Perhaps humankind has finally flown too close to the sun. This week, we reveal the Taco Bell Japan plans to make you naked(ish), the saddest park panda in the world, and the monstrosity that is the anti-fart robot underwear. Summertime sadness, indeed.
The nation is gripped in Naruto fever, but the reason is… aliens. It’s definitely aliens. We chat this week about the weeaboo invasion of Area 51, the legend of how anime can get you married, and the absurdity of a bubble tea theme park. Happy Summer, you nerds!
San Diego Comic Con is here and Max is still trying to make his Raccoon Con thing happen, so there’s that. This week, we dish about the new Nintendo Land leaks from Universal Studios, chat about ramen covered fried chicken, and trick Max into googling “Large Bears in Japan.” Thank you, internet.
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.
Seriously, though. Can we all stop talking about Tifa’s boobs? Okay, maybe we can’t. This week we discuss “Final Fantasy 7 Remake Boob-Gate 2019″, the great ramen crimes of Japan, and Max’s obsession with body wipes that are possessed by cursed beings. This is all real, we swear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.