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May 8th, 2021

The third of Yaz’s “Movie Trilogy” Venus Wars is noted for spectacular animation and a certain failure to reach goals.  Yaz still isn’t talking about it, so we whip off our shades, break out our Who albums and dust off some really old comics to try to figure out what was changed (which isn’t too hard), and why it was (which is a whole other ball of wax).

ANI-ZONE 23 EPISODE 20: Bubblegum Crisis

April 2nd, 2021

For our 20th cast we journey to another time another place, but some very familiar-looking character designs. Bubblegum Crises is a love-letter to American Cult Movies. Featuring , killer robots, pretty girls in power armor and rock and roll. One of the early OVA hits that built Animeigo, cemented Kenichi Sonoda as THE character designer of the 80s, and left thousands fans wanting more, if only because it ended so suddenly.

ANI-ZONE 23 EPISODE 19: Ah! My Goddess

December 25th, 2020

Many of the shows we talk about started before many anime fans were born. By the time Kousuke Fujishima’s, Ah Megami-sama finished, it had “lived” longer than some of its fans. We look back at one of the earliest magical girlfriend shows, and the three animated adaptions, spaced along its run. Broden joins us to remember romance and school hijinks that kept this property afloat for a quarter century and through multiple market crashes. We talk of manly senpais, annoying siblings, lots ice cream and a romance that fate can’t decide whether to protect against all comers, or destroy at any cost.

ANI-ZONE 23 EPISODE 18: Masamune Shirow Part 1

October 10th, 2020

You may not know his name, but you've definitely seen his designs.  Before one of his works broke him worldwide.  Masamume Shirow was the king of dystopian  cyberpunk cop shows.  That may seem a narrow superlative, but Shirow is not your normal manga creator.  We look at his early days and works, and how the foreign market helped "make" him.  And the persistence and popularity of a mech design he helped codify, and the girls he drew to go in them.

ANI-ZONE 23 EPISODE 17: Dragon Half and Ruin Explorers

September 26th, 2020

On this episode we continue our look at the 90's fantasy anime trend with a look at two smaller works. The screwball comedy of Dragon-Half, with its goofy characters and unique for the era design, and Ruin Explorers, a short form series with solid characters and possibly inspire some later fantasy works in its own right. 

ANI-ZONE 23 EPISODE 16: Slayers and Lodoss War

September 5th, 2020

On today's episode of Ani-zone 23 We take a look at two of the giants of late 80's early 90's fantasy Anime, Record of Lodoss war and Slayers. Both have had profound effects on Anime in terms of character tropes, storytelling, with their influences being felt even in the modern era isekai anime that currently saturates the anime landscape. 

ANI-ZONE 23 EPISODE 15: Shonen Jump’s Transition

August 7th, 2020

One of the biggest names in Shonen action manga and anime today is Shonen Jump. However in late 70's and early 80's Jump saw a number of series that set the template for the series they would run that would dominate the world of anime through out the beginning of the 21st century. We take a look at series such as Dragon Ball, City Hunter, Fist of the North Star and more as we take discuss how Shonen Jump changed over the course of the 1980's

ANI-ZONE 23 EPISODE 14: Royal Space Force, Gainax Origins

July 8th, 2020

In today's episode we discuss the first major work from a studio that help redefine the anime industry and define anime fandom through the 90's. With expansive world building and fantastic animation we take a look at the first commercial entry in the catalog of Gainax, Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise


June 25th, 2020

On this episode of Ani-Zone 23 we have a a follow-up to our Crusher Joe episode, we look at the adventures of Kei and Yuri, The Lovely Angels. Or more infamously the "Dirty Pair". One of the earliest franchises to feature strong female protagonists, Dirty Pair has a legacy that lasts to this day. 


June 12th, 2020

Today on episode 23 we look at the works of a creator that has a love affair with the city of Chicago as we look at the notable works of Kenichi Sonoda. From his work on Gall Force, high octane Riding Bean and finally the explosive Gunsmith Cats.

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