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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.