40 episodes

ANNCast is the official weekly podcast from Anime News Network, the internet's most trusted anime news source since 1998. Hosted by ANN's senior staff (each with over a decade in the business), the show is a laid-back, fun and frank discussion about Japanese animation, its audience and its industry -- often revealing secrets about how things really work. Guests include prominent figures in both the business of anime and the fan community.

Anime News Network's ANNCast Zac Bertschy & Justin Sevakis

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    • 4.6, 216 Ratings

ANNCast is the official weekly podcast from Anime News Network, the internet's most trusted anime news source since 1998. Hosted by ANN's senior staff (each with over a decade in the business), the show is a laid-back, fun and frank discussion about Japanese animation, its audience and its industry -- often revealing secrets about how things really work. Guests include prominent figures in both the business of anime and the fan community.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

justinpunpun ,

Justinpunpun

I’ve been listening to Anncast for about four years now, maybe five. At first, I listened weekly, even if I didn’t know what was going on, like when they did a their first fate podcast, I was confused. I kept listening, week after week and eventually become infatuated with listening to anncast. I started from the beginning, listening to at least three everyday. (When I was in high school.) during that time, In my anime life, I was watching 50+ anime a season. Of course, not realizing what I was putting my self through, after about a year I finally decided it was time for a break form anime. I was burned out for about two years, I just couldn’t sit through any series for more than fifteen minutes. This also meant I stopped listening to anncast. By the middle of my second year of burnout I started gradually listening to anncast again, keeping up with anime in my ears and of course all the community pages I kept over the years on Facebook. Zac and Jake both made me realize what anime actually meant to me, it’s art. I can’t just go around watching every single show every season just cause I wanna’ be superior. This is art, this something you came to cause you enjoyed the appeal of art that was foreign. Talk about anime, talk about movies, games, manga, please continue you to do what you guys do and I swear I will stick around. I love anncast, thank you zac, Jake, Justin, and animenewsnetwork.

invalidname ,

Past its prime

As ANNCast hits the 10 year milestone, an honest appraisal of the show simply has to acknowledge that the show is not in a good state. It came on the scene about the time Right Stuf was shutting down its "Anime Today" podcast, and took its place as a broadly-appealing, general-interest anime podcast. Early years focused on interviews with industry guests, but this proved unsustainable, so the show reverted to a simpler chat format.

But in the last few years, even this seems untenable. The show disappears for weeks or months at a time, likely due to various behind-the-scenes problems, and increasingly comes off as a chore for which the hosts strain to find topics worth their time. As of this writing in mid-August, 2019, ANNCast has only had published four shows in the last three months, two of them about host Zac Bertschy's all-time favorite anime, "Evangelion". It gives the impression that the show simply no longer merits the investment of his time and effort. Given that the podcast has no ads, this may well be literally true; for an interesting contrast, note how "Anime World Order" has become more prolific since setting up a Patreon.

Ten years ago, ANNCast filled a great void. Today, there are innumerable anime podcasts, some of which can target specific interests and demographics, like Anime Feminist's "Chatty AF", "AniGamers", "Shojo and Tell", and many more. I'm not saying ANNCast wouldn't be missed, but it would also be understandable if ANN chose to call it a day. In its current state, it resembles a long-past-their-prime athlete who's taking the field several seasons after they should have retired, inspiring a mix of both awe and pity.

Pyre231 ,

Worth a Listen

This anime podcast is on the top of the heap. Zac and Jacob have great rapport and are extremely knowledgable. Give them a listen, it's worth it.

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