161 episodes

Exploring the weird and wonderful world of fandoms!

Every week, we deliver fandom-related "fanalysis" complete with hard data, guests, and, of course, rampant speculation!

Fanthropological The Nickscast

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Exploring the weird and wonderful world of fandoms!

Every week, we deliver fandom-related "fanalysis" complete with hard data, guests, and, of course, rampant speculation!

    Fanthropological Finale: In the End

    Fanthropological Finale: In the End

    Wow. This it… the end of an era. How do you summarize four years of exploring the breadth of human fandom? This week, we talk about the journey from the beginning to the end of Fanthropological, what we learned, loved, and hated… and so much more!


    ## Where can I get updates?

    If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered:



    * Facebook: [facebook.com/thenickscast](https://facebook.com/thenickscast)
    * Twitter: [@thenickscast](https://twitter.com/thenickscast)

    And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. [Spotify](https://open.spotify.com/show/2IVp8MBIUyCqlKyZn79iHn), [Apple Podcasts](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fanthropological/id1163621210?mt=2), [Google Podcasts](https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLnBvZGlhbnQuY28vZmFudGhyb3BvbG9naWNhbC9yc3MueG1s)).

    Oh, and here at [fanthropological.com](https://fanthropological.com)


    ## What is Fanthropological?

    Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related "fanalysis" covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation!

    We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture.


    ## Who are you?

    We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick.

    We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans.

    If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast ([Facebook](https://facebook.com/thenickscast), [Twitter](https://twitter.com/thenickscast), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thenickscast)), see all of our projects on [thenickscast.com](https://thenickscast.com), or [email us](mailto:nick@thenickscast.com).


    ## Credits



    * Taps is in the Public Domain

    • 50 min
    Fanthropological Finale: Fanthropological AUs (⅔)

    Fanthropological Finale: Fanthropological AUs (⅔)

    As we continue wrapping up Fanthropological, we talk about several alternate universes (AUs) of topics we could have covered.

    Topics we would have liked to have covered



    * Number 5
    * Z’s Choice: Haruki Murakami, or
    * T’s Choice: VTubers
    * G’s Choice: Folk Music
    * Number 4
    * Z’s Choice: “Concept: Are there fandom archetypes?”
    * T’s Choice: Dan Harmon’s Community
    * G’s Choice: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
    * Number 3
    * Z’s Choice: Zappa
    * T’s Choice: Western Comics
    * G’s Choice: Drag
    * Number 2
    * Z’s Choice: Cyclists
    * T’s Choice: Undertale
    * G’s Choice: Breadtube
    * Honorable Mention:
    * Z’s Choice: “Is admiration for a politician, fandom?”
    * T’s Choice: Archer (or possibly H. Jon Benjamin)
    * Number 1
    * Z’s Choice: Aidyn Chronicles
    * T’s Choice: Classic Anime (In particular, 90s anime)
    * G’s Choice: Improv Comedy

    And more! All in about thirty minutes.


    ## Where can I get updates?

    If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered:



    * Facebook: [facebook.com/thenickscast](https://facebook.com/thenickscast)
    * Twitter: [@thenickscast](https://twitter.com/thenickscast)

    And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. [Spotify](https://open.spotify.com/show/2IVp8MBIUyCqlKyZn79iHn), [Apple Podcasts](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fanthropological/id1163621210?mt=2), [Google Podcasts](https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLnBvZGlhbnQuY28vZmFudGhyb3BvbG9naWNhbC9yc3MueG1s)).

    Oh, and here at [fanthropological.com](https://fanthropological.com)


    ## What is Fanthropological?

    Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related "fanalysis" covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation!

    We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture.


    ## Who are you?

    We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick.

    We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans.

    If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast ([Facebook](https://facebook.com/thenickscast), [Twitter](https://twitter.com/thenickscast), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thenickscast)), see all of our projects on [thenickscast.com](https://thenickscast.com), or [email us](mailto:nick@thenickscast.com).


    ## Credits



    * [ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "Tastes Like Victory"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02694) by [Leitbur](https://ocremix.org/artist/12943/leitbur) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * All other music and sound for this week's episode were provided by Nick Green! ([http://fragileair.bandcamp.com](http://fragileair.bandcamp.com))

    • 30 min
    Fanthropological Finale: Cover to Coverage (⅓)

    Fanthropological Finale: Cover to Coverage (⅓)

    If you’re joining us for the first time, sorry to say this is the beginning of the end of Fanthropological. Join us as we revisit our favourite episodes (and maybe check them out)!

    Our favourite episodes:



    * Number 5
    * [Z’s Choice: Zelda](https://fanthropological.com/zelda)
    * [T’s Choice: Nier](https://fanthropological.com/nier)
    * [G’s Choice: Galaga](https://fanthropological.com/galaga)
    * Number 4
    * [Z’s Choice: RPI](https://fanthropological.com/rpi)
    * [T’s Choice: Bob’s Burgers](https://fanthropological.com/bobsburgers)
    * [G’s Choice: Pinball](https://fanthropological.com/pinball)
    * Number 3
    * [Z’s Choice: Breakfast Cereals](https://fanthropological.com/breakfast)
    * [T’s Choice: Breakfast Cereals](https://fanthropological.com/breakfast)
    * G’s Choice: Disney Parks ([Part 1](https://fanthropological.com/disneyparks1) and [Part 2](https://fanthropological.com/disneyparks2))
    * Number 2
    * [Z’s Choice: Furries](https://fanthropological.com/furries)
    * [T’s Choice: Fanthropological World](https://fanthropological.com/fanthropologicalworld)
    * [G’s Choice: Gunpla](https://fanthropological.com/gunpla)
    * Honourable Mentions
    * Z’s Choices: [Beyblade](https://fanthropological.com/beyblade), [The Office](https://fanthropological.com/theoffice) [Team ICO](https://fanthropological.com/ico)
    * T’s Choices: [Ghostbusters](https://fanthropological.com/ghostbusters), [SCP](https://fanthropological.com/scp), [Final Fantasy](https://fanthropological.com/finalfantasy), [Esperanto](https://fanthropological.com/esperanto), [Escape Rooms](https://fanthropological.com/escaperooms2), [Speedrunners](https://fanthropological.com/speedrunners)
    * G’s Choices: [Rick and Morty](https://fanthropological.com/rickandmorty), [Vampire Chronicles](https://fanthropological.com/vampirechronicles), [Pro Wrestling](https://fanthropological.com/wrestling)
    * Number 1
    * [Z’s Choice: Galaga](https://fanthropological.com/galaga)
    * [T’s Choice: Star Trek](https://fanthropological.com/trekkies)
    * [G’s Choice: Breakfast Cereals](https://fanthropological.com/breakfast)

    And more! All in about thirty minutes.


    ## Where can I get updates?

    If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered:



    * Facebook: [facebook.com/thenickscast](https://facebook.com/thenickscast)
    * Twitter: [@thenickscast](https://twitter.com/thenickscast)

    And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. [Spotify](https://open.spotify.com/show/2IVp8MBIUyCqlKyZn79iHn), [Apple Podcasts](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fanthropological/id1163621210?mt=2), [Google Podcasts](https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLnBvZGlhbnQuY28vZmFudGhyb3BvbG9naWNhbC9yc3MueG1s)).

    Oh, and here at [fanthropological.com](https://fanthropological.com)


    ## What is Fanthropological?

    Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related "fanalysis" covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation!

    We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture.


    ## Who are you?

    We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick.

    We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans.

    If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast ([Facebook](https://facebook.com/thenickscast), [T

    • 36 min
    Are sequels good for Fandom?

    Are sequels good for Fandom?

    Inspired by our upcoming charity marathon, the Race Against Time, we’re back to talking about sequels and how they change fandom. A fandom can live off of very little material (e.g. Reboot, Chrono Trigger) … but what happens when there is a sequel? Is that a good thing?

    In particular, we talk about:



    * How sequels allow for the creation of new communities
    * How sequels ‘change your investment in fandom’
    * How we’re huge hypocrites

    And more! All in under thirty minutes.

    Plus, we’re on a short hiatus for the Race Against Time, so we’ll be back in September!


    ## Episode Outline

    **Topics:** Fandom exists outside of new content; people love _more_; sequels allow for new communities; sequels create connections between the past and present; sequels can make the past more relevant; sequels get you re-invested; CHRONO TRIGGER; sequels can create division; you can never go back; not everyone likes sequels and that’s fine; we’re hypocrites.


    ## Where can I get updates?

    If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered:



    * Facebook: [facebook.com/fanthropological](https://facebook.com/fanthropological)
    * Twitter: [@fanthropologic](https://twitter.com/fanthropologic)

    And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. [Spotify](https://open.spotify.com/show/2IVp8MBIUyCqlKyZn79iHn), [Apple Podcasts](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fanthropological/id1163621210?mt=2), [Google Podcasts](https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLnBvZGlhbnQuY28vZmFudGhyb3BvbG9naWNhbC9yc3MueG1s)).

    Oh, and here at [fanthropological.com](https://fanthropological.com)


    ## What is the “Race Against Time”?

    The Race Against Time is an annual charity livestreaming marathon run by [the Nickscast](https://thenickscast.com) where we beat Chrono Trigger _thirteen times_ to raise money for charity; this year that charity is [Trans Lifeline](https://www.translifeline.org/)! Tune in on August 8 and 9th from noon until midnight each day. We hope to outdo all of our previous records and raise $2300 USD.

    For more details on the event, you can check out the main website at [raceagainsttime.io](https://raceagainsttime.io), [our Twitch page](https://twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime) where we host the stream, or you can follow us on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/raceagainstio) or [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/raceagainsttimeio) for news about guests, giveaways, and other special surprises! Heck, you can even [donate right now](https://tiltify.com/@theraceagainsttime/chrono-trigger-vi/donate)!


    ## What is Fanthropological?

    Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related "fanalysis" covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation!

    We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture.


    ## Who are you?

    We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick.

    We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans.

    If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast ([Facebook](https://facebook.com/thenickscast), [Twitter](https://twitter.com/thenickscast), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thenickscast)), see all of our projects on [thenickscast.com](https://thenickscast.com), or [email us](mailto:nick@thenickscast.com).


    ## Credits



    * [The Frontier](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01274) by [Jared Hudson](https://ocremix.org/artist/4388/jar

    • 23 min
    Where does fandom end?

    Where does fandom end?

    What happens 30 years after a TV show finishes? Is the fandom … over? What is the relationship between a series ending and a fandom ending? And what happens if the creator turns out to be an _awful_ person. This week it’s all over as we talk about the role and effect of endings in fandom… and in life?

    In particular, we talk about:



    * How the peak of a fandom may have already passed by the time you get there
    * How fandoms connect people through time, even when they do end
    * How endings… really any discontinuity… is hard for humans.
    * ...Honestly, a lot about Twin Peaks, Lost, and Harry Potter.

    And more! All in under thirty minutes.


    ## Episode Outline

    **Topics:** Distinction between media franchise and fandom; media is always “new to you”; fandom “peaks”; twin peaks; fandoms connecting across time; how poor endings can decimate fandoms; the allure of avoiding the ending; zombie fandoms.


    ## Where can I get updates?

    If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered:



    * Facebook: [facebook.com/fanthropological](https://facebook.com/fanthropological)
    * Twitter: [@fanthropologic](https://twitter.com/fanthropologic)

    And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. [Spotify](https://open.spotify.com/show/2IVp8MBIUyCqlKyZn79iHn), [Apple Podcasts](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fanthropological/id1163621210?mt=2), [Google Podcasts](https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLnBvZGlhbnQuY28vZmFudGhyb3BvbG9naWNhbC9yc3MueG1s)).

    Oh, and here at [fanthropological.com](https://fanthropological.com)


    ## What is the “Race Against Time”?

    The Race Against Time is an annual charity livestreaming marathon run by [the Nickscast](https://thenickscast.com) where we beat Chrono Trigger _thirteen times_ to raise money for charity; this year that charity is [Trans Lifeline](https://www.translifeline.org/)! Tune in on August 8 and 9th from noon until midnight each day. We hope to outdo all of our previous records and raise $2300 USD.

    For more details on the event, you can check out the main website at [raceagainsttime.io](https://raceagainsttime.io), [our Twitch page](https://twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime) where we host the stream, or you can follow us on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/raceagainstio) or [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/raceagainsttimeio) for news about guests, giveaways, and other special surprises! Heck, you can even [donate right now](https://tiltify.com/@theraceagainsttime/chrono-trigger-vi/donate)!


    ## What is Fanthropological?

    Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related "fanalysis" covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation!

    We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture.


    ## Who are you?

    We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick.

    We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans.

    If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast ([Facebook](https://facebook.com/thenickscast), [Twitter](https://twitter.com/thenickscast), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thenickscast)), see all of our projects on [thenickscast.com](https://thenickscast.com), or [email us](mailto:nick@thenickscast.com).


    ## Credits



    * [Rhodes to the Past](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01226) by [Fatty Acid](https://ocremix.org/artist/4630/fatty-acid) from [http://ocremix.org](http:

    • 25 min
    Does fandom belong to the stans?

    Does fandom belong to the stans?

    It’s all coming together people: the role of the artist, problematic works / creators, media criticism, consumerism and capitalism… and at the heart of it? Stans. As far as fandom goes, is it the stans who rule the roost? And is that for the better… or for the worse?!

    In particular, we talk about:



    * Take inflation and how hyperbole often destroys opportunity for nuance
    * The unfortunate zero-sum game that fandom can sometimes be, in particular when consumerism is involved
    * The role that stans play in shaping fan culture, and the media we consume

    And more! All in under thirty minutes.


    ## Episode Outline

    **Topics:** Blind fandom - blindly loving something without accepting any criticism of it; when you’re wearing rose colours glasses, red flags just look like flags; the backfire effect; hyperbole and nuance; consumerism and capitalism in competitive fan culture; the non-reality of ‘real’ fans; stans setting the bar for fandom, stans and curative fandom.


    ## Where can I get updates?

    If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered:



    * Facebook: [facebook.com/fanthropological](https://facebook.com/fanthropological)
    * Twitter: [@fanthropologic](https://twitter.com/fanthropologic)

    And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. [Spotify](https://open.spotify.com/show/2IVp8MBIUyCqlKyZn79iHn), [Apple Podcasts](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fanthropological/id1163621210?mt=2), [Google Podcasts](https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLnBvZGlhbnQuY28vZmFudGhyb3BvbG9naWNhbC9yc3MueG1s)).

    Oh, and here at [fanthropological.com](https://fanthropological.com)


    ## What is the “Race Against Time”?

    The Race Against Time is an annual charity livestreaming marathon run by [the Nickscast](https://thenickscast.com) where we beat Chrono Trigger _thirteen times_ to raise money for charity; this year that charity is [Trans Lifeline](https://www.translifeline.org/)! Tune in on August 8 and 9th from noon until midnight each day. We hope to outdo all of our previous records and raise $2300 USD.

    For more details on the event, you can check out the main website at [raceagainsttime.io](https://raceagainsttime.io), [our Twitch page](https://twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime) where we host the stream, or you can follow us on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/raceagainstio) or [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/raceagainsttimeio) for news about guests, giveaways, and other special surprises! Heck, you can even [donate right now](https://tiltify.com/@theraceagainsttime/chrono-trigger-vi/donate)!


    ## What is Fanthropological?

    Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related "fanalysis" covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation!

    We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture.


    ## Who are you?

    We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick.

    We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans.

    If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast ([Facebook](https://facebook.com/thenickscast), [Twitter](https://twitter.com/thenickscast), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thenickscast)), see all of our projects on [thenickscast.com](https://thenickscast.com), or [email us](mailto:nick@thenickscast.com).


    ## Credits



    * [Manifest Destiny](https://ocremix.org/album/7/chrono-trigger-chrono-symphonic) by [Si

    • 19 min

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