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Notaku - Anime Chat

Notaku - Anime Chat

By Setsuken, Guardian Enzo

Weekly Anime Podcast about the latest Anime News, Shows to watch, in depth topical discussion and listener questions. Geek out About Anime with Setsuken and Guardian Enzo
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Notaku - Anime ChatAug 17, 2020

Happy Holidays and Hiatus

Happy Holidays and Hiatus

A little bit of an update on Notaku. Happy Holidays and we will be back in 2021!

Dec 01, 202002:35
Netflix Anime is Weird

Netflix Anime is Weird

Another anime newscast from your pals Setsuken and Guardian Enzo.  Our main focus this week (not counting Enzo's double entendres) is Netflix (a recurrent theme for us).  There's also some Ghibli talk, a first look at the PS5 and how it can impact your anime experience, and our usual customer feedback and questions.   


Introduction - 00:00:08

The Anime News - 00:07:19

Oricon Rankings - 00:07:35

New Series Announcements - 00:11:54

Ghibli CGI Movie Announced - 00:12:02

Sword Art Online Progressive is a Movie - 00:18:37

Nanatsu no Taizai Final Season Stuff - 00:21:03

Misc News - 00:28:19

Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie now Top 7 2020 Film - 00:28:22  

Shimabukuro’s new Shounen Jump Manga  - 00:32:11

Sony PS5 out and the new Crunchyroll App - 00:37:47  

Story of the Week Netflix Anime is Weird - 00:44:51

Listener Questions & Feedback - 00:55:23 

REQUIRED READING: There's Something Super Weird About Netflix Anime (thanks to John H. for the tip) -  

OTHER COOL LINKS: Yugioh Abridged by LittleKuriboh -

Falcom Documentary by Bowl of Lentils -  

Rick Steves' Art History Talks -   


Howl’s Moving Castle - 

From Up on Poppy Hill - 

Kimetsu no Yaiba - 

Nanatsu no Taizai / Seven Deadly Sins - 

Sword Art Online Progressive - 

Fune wo Amu - 

Great Pretender - 

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée -

Nov 16, 202001:11:31
NoitaminA 2021 Anime Slate Revealed

NoitaminA 2021 Anime Slate Revealed

The evolution of Notaku continues!  The first of what will be many elements of the new Notaku: the Anime Newscast.  Enzo and Setsuken look at NoitaminA's 2021 schedule, a spare of rumors and announcements, and a slew of important industry news stories.  There's also feedback on our fanservice podcast, and listener questions.

Introduction & Feedback - 00:00:08
The Anime News - 00:23:55
Oricon Ranking -  00:24:29
Rumors: Chainsaw Man Ending? - 00:28:48
Headline: NotaminA 2021 Anime Slate - 00:31:11
Promised Neverland Season 2 - 00:39:36
Cestvs Announced - 00:42:03
Back Arrow Announced - 00:45:23
Misc News - 00:51:05  
Kimitsu no Yaiba Reaches all time Top 10 Box Office Japan - 00:51:13
Horimiya new PV and cast Announced - 00:52:41
Anime Japan Goes Live & Online - 00:54:34
Seiyuu Banjou Ginga has COVID - 00:57:37
Kamiyama Kenji writing/directing new crime Movie - 00:59:06
Ex-Arm Anime Looks Horrible - 01:00:30
Tanaka from Haikyuu Trends on Twitter - 01:03:31  
Listener Questions - 01:04:10     


ERASED - Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

Shoukoku no Altair

Yakusolu no Neverland

Megalo Box


Ginga e Kickoff!

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann  

Kimetsu no Yaiba / Demon Slayer

Nov 09, 202001:12:25
Fanservice in Anime & Manga

Fanservice in Anime & Manga

Yeah, it's our longest podcast ever - but this is a special occasion.  This marks the end of our first cour, a real accomplishment.  Not only that, this is the show where we discuss the results of our listener survey - a big step in determining our plans for the future.  Plus all the regulars belly up to the bar - what we're both watching (Major 2nd), news, and questions.  Plus our topic of the week this time is one near and dear to the hearts of anime fans everywhere - fanservice. 


Intro - 00:00:00

What we’re Watching - 00:09:18

Major 2nd Spoilers Start - 00:19:07

Major 2nd Spoilers End -  00:25:46

The Anime News - 00:28:51

Oricon Rankings - 00:29:29  

New Series Announcements - 00: 33:40

Other News - 00:49:29

Topic of the Week - 01:03:52

Listener Questions - 01:47:14



If Her Flag Breaks 
Shokugeki no Soma  
Love Hina 
Goblin Slayer (ewww) 
Kono Bijutsubu

Nov 03, 202002:29:30
Anime Series for Halloween

Anime Series for Halloween

It's that time of year, when all the ghouls dance merrily through the land spreading terror.  Election season?  No, silly - Halloween!  And while you won't be trick-or-treating or partying this year (we hope) you can at least settle down with Notaku as Enzo and Setsuken share their Halloween anime favorites.  Plus, our favorite scary movies and spookiest personal experiences.  As usual, we have industry news, listener questions, haiku, and a manga recommendation with a Halloween theme.  

This week is a special one for the podcast, because we've launched our first listener survey.  It can be found at and shouldn't take more than 3-5 minutes to complete.  We'd be grateful if you share your feedback as we consider the next phase for Notaku.  


Introduction 0:12 

Listener Survey 4:05 

Feedback 9:30 

What We're Watching 15:35 

Industry News 28:58 

Halloween and Anime 1:04:25 

Manga Recommendation Corner (Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid) 1:45:18 

Haiku Challenge 1:54:21 

Listener Questions 1:57:49 

Sign-off 2:07:40

Series mentioned in this broadcast: 

Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid 

Shiki Ghost Hunt 

Ghost Hound 

Elfen Lied 


Saya no Uta

Oct 26, 202002:08:60
The State of Anime at the Movies

The State of Anime at the Movies

Anime on TV may be in a rough patch creatively, but what about in the cinema?  The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the theatrical film industry, but anime movies are thriving artistically in a way their TV cousins simply are not.  Setsuken and Enzo take a closer look - as well as offer up the usual anime news, listener questions, and a check-in with what's new this season.  


Introduction: 0:10 

Feedback: 2:35 

What We're Watching: 13:10 

Anime News: 31:08 

Topic of the Week (Anime at the Movies): 1:10:52 

Listener Questions: 1:54:00 Sign-off: 2:08:45 


Anime mentioned this week: 

Tonikaku Cawaii 


Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai

Oct 20, 202002:09:08
The Most Important Anime Series

The Most Important Anime Series

A new season is underway, and Guardian Enzo and Setsuken share their thoughts in an an expanded "What We're Watching" (one premiere topped both our lists).  There's also our Oricon rankings and news (Evangelion mention #1) section, featuring some updates to stories we've discussed previously.  And our dive into the deep end this week explores the most influential anime of all-time (Evangelion mention #2) - in our humble opinions, of course.  Enzo's manga recommendation features the best romcom in manga, and another "Haiku Challenge" (Evangelion mention #3).  Finally, it's listener questions.  


Introduction & Feedback - 0:13 

What We're Watching - 10:05 

Anime and Manga News - 33:18 

The Most Influential Anime Ever - 1:10:23 

Manga Recommendation Corner (Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu) - 1:43:43 

Haiku Challenge - 1:52:55 

Listener Questions - 1:57:53 

Sign-off - 2:07:05  

Series Discussed: Neon Genesis Evangelion 

Yuukoku no Moriarty 

Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu 

Sakurai Norio twitter feed: 

Oct 13, 202002:07:58
The Question of Ownership

The Question of Ownership

Setsuken and Guardian Enzo go on an adventure this week, slaying Goblin  Lords, visiting Citadels and answering deep questions around the ideas  of story and ownership. Stop by and join the duo on their journey around  the world of Anime, Manga and much more!   


Introduction & Feedback - 0:00:09
What We're Watching - 00:09:47
The Anime News - 00:21:26
Topic of the Week - 00:58:33
Haiku Challenge - 01:33:43
Listener Questions -  01:36:06  


Re:Zero 2 -
Dragon's Dogma -
Higurashi 2020 -
Serei no Moribito -
Great Pretender -
Vinland Saga -
Kemono Jihen -
Lupin III The First -
Eden's Zero -
That time I got reincarnated as a Slime S2 -
Fruits Basket -
Chihayafuru -
Shokugeki no Soma -
Bleach -  


Shuhei Yabuta's Twitter -
Pokemon Music Video by BONES -

Oct 07, 202001:42:28
To Our Dear Listeners

To Our Dear Listeners

Guardian Enzo and Setsuken dedicate an entire episode's Topic of the Week to the very best listener questions, but not before an extra long "What We're Watching" segment and the regularly scheduled look at the latest anime news.


Introduction & Feedback -0:00:10

What we're Watching - 00:10:40

The Anime News - 00:33:02

Topic of the Week - 01:07:32

Manga Recommendation Corner - 01:37:55

Haiku Challenge - 01:47:25


Shingeki no Kyojin / Attach on Titan -

Yahari ore no seishun wa Machigaiteru Kan -

Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei/Dawn of the Deep Soul - 

Fugou Keiji Balance: Unlimited/The Millionaire Detective -


The works of Tajima Rettou -

Sep 29, 202001:51:35
Fall 2020 Anime Season Preview

Fall 2020 Anime Season Preview

The Fall 2020 Anime Season is almost here! To get you and themselves prepared for all the new shows coming up this season, Setsuken and Guardian Enzo preview every upcoming show that may be worth a look or watch, but not before fitting in a few tidbits of major Anime News!


Intro 0:04

Anime News 2:22

Season Preview:

Top Tier 21:10

Mid-tier 41:15

Lightning Round 1:19:00

Theatrical 1:25:37

Sign-off 1:34:25


Golden Kamuy S3 -

DanMachi S3 -

Haikyuu S4 Part 2 -

Tonikaku Cawaii -

Yuukoku no Moriarty -

Ikebukuro West Gate Park -

Jujutsu Kaisen -

Osomatsu-san 3 -

Higurashi 2020 -

Hanyou no Yashahime -

Mahouka Kokou no Rettousei Raihousha -

Kamisama ni Nitta Hi -

Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken -

Noblesse -

Akudama Drive -

Taisou Zamurai -

Hypnosis Mic -

Kamitachi ni Hirowareta Otoko -

Inu to Neko Dochi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii -

Maoujou de Oyasumi -

Hayate no Gotaku -


Dounika Naru Hibi

Entotsu Machi no Poupelle

Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi

Violet Evergarden

Made in Abyss Dawn of the Deep Soul

Lost in Anime Fall 2020 Fall Preview:

Sep 22, 202001:37:45
Gatekeepers to Mediocrity

Gatekeepers to Mediocrity

Guardian Enzo and Setsuken are back solving (or at least calling out) the problems facing anime.  This time we talk about a few non-anime things we're watching, and a new feature to our news segment, and discuss whether "gatekeepers" exist in the anime fandom (and what role they play).  Plus a manga recommendation, a little off-the-cuff-poetry, and a question about series we loved in spite of the visuals.  

Please make sure and join us next week for our very special Fall Season Preview episode!  If you have anything you'd like us to answer or discuss related to the fall season, please let us know.  


Introduction 0:09 

Kimchi 3:50 

What We're Watching 5:21 

The Anime News 13:31 

Topic of the Week (Are Mediocrity Pushers Anime's New Gatekeepers?) 49:32 

Manga Recommendation Corner (Flat by Aogiri Natsu) 1:29:11 

Enzo's Haiku Challenge (new) 1:34:57 

Listener Questions 1:37:25 

Sign-off 1:43:48  

Series Mentioned: 

Avatar the Last Airbender 

Midnight Diner (Shin'ya shokudô) 

The God of High School 

Fruits Basket 

Violet Evergarden 

The Mandalorian 




Kira the Cockatoo

Sep 15, 202001:45:06
Anime Series: Unfinished Tales

Anime Series: Unfinished Tales

Setsuken and Guardian Enzo are at it once again. This week's episode of  Notaku Anime Chat covers the latest Anime news featuring a ton of Light  novel and anime announcements alongside a look at the New York Times  Best selling Graphic Novels list. The duo then dives into what Anime  series they wish they could see a continuation off, before capping it  all off with some really intriguing listener questions. Another Must  watch episode if we do say ourselves!

Introduction 00:00:09
What We're Watching 00:06:12
The Anime News 00:12:06
Topic of the Week (Anime Series: Unfinished Tales) 00:45:46
Listener Questions: 01:18:17

Anime Mentioned:   
Made in Abyss -  
Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) -  
Zegapain - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Mairimashita! Iruma-kun -
Rising of Shield Hero -
Bartender -
Spice and Wolf -
Seirei no Moribito -
Getbackers -
Capeta -
Hoshiai no Sora -
Baccano! -

Other links:
Fathom Events (For Theatrical Anime Releases) -
Crunchyroll Movie Night (For Theatrical Anime Releases) -
Funimation Films (For Theatrical Anime Releases) -

Sep 08, 202001:40:07
Manga that need an Anime Series

Manga that need an Anime Series

On the latest episode of the Notaku Anime Chat, Guardian Enzo and  Setsuken throw out a bunch of manga that would make for great Anime. And  there's of course, a good chunk of news to go through, with everything  from Crunchyroll's new payment tiers to remembering a legend in Satoshi  Kon.  


Introduction: 0:00 

Feedback: 3:45 

What We're Watching: 4:42 

Anime News: 8:42 

Topic of the Week: (Manga That Would Make Great Anime): 42:42 

Manga Recommendation Corner: 1:18:25 

Listener Questions: 1:25:30  

*Anime in this episode:*  

The Devil is a Part-timer (Hataraku Maou-sama), Great Pretender,  Re:Zero, Millionaire Detective (Fugou Keiju - Balance Unlimited), Kanata  no Astra, Paprika, Perfect Blue  

*Manga in this episode:* 

Mx0, The Dungeon of Black Company, Until Death Do Us Part, Spirit  Circle, Dungeon Meshi, Vagabond, Watashi no Shounen

Sep 01, 202001:38:01
Podcasting from Another World

Podcasting from Another World

On the third episode of the Notaku Anime Chat, Setsuken and Guardian  Enzo dive deep into the whole Isekai craze (complete with a ton of  recommendations), while of course, giving a run down of the latest anime  news, series announcements and capping it all off with some listener  questions. 


  • Introduction(& Feedback) - 00:00:09 
  • What We're Watching - 00:06:12 Anime News - 00:14:07 
  • Topic of the Week (The Isekai Craze) - 00:47:33 
  • Listener Questions - 01:25:35  

Anime Series We Talked About: 

  • Escaflowne - 
  • InuYasha - 
  • Fushigi Yugi -
  • Spirited Away -
  • .hack//Sign -  
  • The Boy and the Beast - 
  • Brave Story - 
  • Grimgar: Fantasy and Ash - 
  • Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai -
Aug 26, 202001:43:09
Older not Wiser

Older not Wiser

On the latest episode of the Notaku Anime Chat, Guardian Enzo and Setsuken cover some startling news about the Act-Age Manga, take a tour of the various ins and outs going on in the Anime Industry, dive deep into the larger trend of the industry as a whole, Add a new segment and top it all off with some listener questions.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction - 0:08
  2. What We're Watching - 2:59
  3. The Anime News - 13:01
  4. Topic of the Week (The Anime Decline is Real) - 55:35
  5. Manga Recommendation Corner - 1:28:16
  6. Listener Questions - 1:38:23
Aug 17, 202002:04:58
Once Again

Once Again

Notaku Anime Chat returns after 4 years, this time as a podcast! Setsuken and Guardian Enzo pick up from where they left off and introduce a new, better and more powerful show. And with COVID currently ravaging both everyone's lives and the Anime Industry as a whole, the duo tries their best to make sense of the chaos.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • What We're Watching
  • The Anime News
  • Listener Questions
Aug 10, 202002:04:17