19 episodes

We’re in a golden age of Japanese animation unseen since the 90's. Curious about anime or feel out of the loop? Let me, Jack Russell, a native Japanese speaker, and Brad “The Weeb You Need” McGuinness, be your guide!



We rank the latest pilot episodes, best waifus/husbandos, greatest opening/closing theme songs, and teach you some Japanese along the way. Complete your magical girl transformation today with Pop Culture Bento's anime podcast!

Anime Airwaves Pop Culture Bento

    • Animation & Manga
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

We’re in a golden age of Japanese animation unseen since the 90's. Curious about anime or feel out of the loop? Let me, Jack Russell, a native Japanese speaker, and Brad “The Weeb You Need” McGuinness, be your guide!



We rank the latest pilot episodes, best waifus/husbandos, greatest opening/closing theme songs, and teach you some Japanese along the way. Complete your magical girl transformation today with Pop Culture Bento's anime podcast!

    ‘Interspecies Reviewers’ Review: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Hentai!

    ‘Interspecies Reviewers’ Review: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Hentai!

    In Anime Airwaves #19, we review 異種族レビュアーズ (Ishuzoku Reviewers), the controversial series from studio Passione.







    In a world where many different humanoid species exist and prostitution is legal, there exists various brothels for each kind of species run by “succu-girls”, who have succubus blood running through them. As each species has different opinions on how each succu-girl works for them, various brothel visitors have become reviewers, rating their experiences with various succu-girls and posting them in the local tavern. The series largely centers on a human named Stunk, an elf named Zel, and an angel named Crimvael.















    Anime Airwaves is made possible through the support of our audience. If you enjoy our show, please consider heading to patreon.com/popculturebento and donating to help us keep the lights on.







    Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

    • 18 min
    ‘My Hero Academia: Heroes:Rising’ Review: National Lampoon’s Anime Vacation

    ‘My Hero Academia: Heroes:Rising’ Review: National Lampoon’s Anime Vacation

    In Anime Airwaves #18, we review 僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ヒーローズ:ライジング (Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 2: Heroes:Rising), the hyped series from studio Bones.







    The number one hero anime is back in theaters for a battle beyond anything fans have ever seen! Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful that it’s more like a vacation … until they’re attacked by a villain with an unfathomable Quirk! His power is eerily familiar, and it looks like Shigaraki had a hand in the plan. But with All Might retired and citizens’ lives on the line, there’s no time for questions. Deku and his friends are the next generation of heroes, and they’re the island’s only hope.















    Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.







    Anime Airwaves is made possible through the support of our audience. If you enjoy our show, please consider heading to patreon.com/popculturebento and donating to help us keep the lights on.

    • 19 min
    ‘How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?’ Review: Do You Even Lift, Senpai?

    ‘How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?’ Review: Do You Even Lift, Senpai?

    In Anime Airwaves #17, we review Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?, the hyped series from studio Doga Kobo.











    During a regular after-school grub crawl, gluttonous high schooler Hibiki Sakura is confronted about her ever-expanding waistline by her best friend, Ayaka Uehara. With her attempts at solitary exercise failing miserably, Hibiki decides to join the newly opened Silverman Gym. At her orientation, Hibiki runs into student council president and school idol Akemi Souryuuin.







    However, it soon turns out that Hibiki is in for a lot more than she bargained for. Not only is Silverman Gym full of world-renowned bodybuilders and athletes, but to make matters worse, Akemi turns out to be a total muscle fetishist! Grossed out by the scene unfolding before her eyes, Hibiki begins to leave, only to be stopped by trainer Naruzou Machio. Completely enthralled with her newfound Prince Charming, Hibiki signs up as a gym member. Now, as a result of her spur-of-the-moment decision, Hibiki must adapt to her new lifestyle.















    Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

    • 13 min
    'Made in Abyss' Review: Whistleblowers, Do the Limbo!

    'Made in Abyss' Review: Whistleblowers, Do the Limbo!

    In Anime Airwaves #16, we review Made in Abyss, the hyped series from studio Kinema Citrus.







    The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.







    Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.















    Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

    • 20 min
    'Food Wars' Review (Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara): Eat With Your Eyes

    'Food Wars' Review (Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara): Eat With Your Eyes

    In Anime Airwaves #15, we review Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara, the hit series from studio J.C. Staff.







    At Tootsuki Culinary Academy, a heated eight-on-eight Shokugeki known as the Régiment de Cuisine rages on between Central and the rebel forces led by Souma Yukihira and Erina Nakiri. Though they won a stunning perfect victory in the first bout, the rebels face an uphill battle ahead, as they must now face off against the rest of the Elite Ten Council. With the future of Tootsuki at stake, Souma and Erina must push far beyond the limits of their abilities, using everything they learned from their mentors and ultimately drawing from their experiences cooking together as friends.















    Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

    • 15 min
    'Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!' Review: A World of Pure Imagination

    'Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!' Review: A World of Pure Imagination

    In Anime Airwaves #14, we review Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!, the show from studio Science Saru. Special guest Sasha Duran from the Spoop Hour podcast joins the discussion.







    Midori Asakusa sees the world a bit differently. Always having her nose in a sketchbook, Asakusa draws detailed landscapes and backgrounds of both the world around her and the one within her boundless imagination. Even the simple act of doodling on a wall evolves into an emergency repair on the outer hull of her spaceship. She is only brought back to reality by her best friend Sayaka Kanamori. The pair are stark opposites, with Asakusa’s childlike wonder contrasted by Kanamori’s calculated approach to life.







    After a chance encounter where the two “save” the young model Tsubame Misuzaki from her overprotective bodyguard, a connection instantly sparks between Asakusa and Misuzaki, as both share an intense passion for art and animation. Whereas Asakusa is interested in backgrounds and settings, Misuzaki loves drawing the human form. Sensing a money-making opportunity, Kanamori suggests that they start an animation club, which they disguise as a motion picture club since the school already has an anime club. Thus begins the trio’s journey of producing animation that will awe the world.







    From the brilliant mind of Masaaki Yuasa, Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! is a love letter to animation, wildly creative in its approach, and a testament to the potential of the medium.















    Subscribe to our podcast by searching ‘Pop Culture Bento’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite place to listen. Follow us @Popculturebento on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the nerdiest in pop culture and entertainment.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

JRussTerrier ,

The Weeb You Need

Brad is the best host—change my mind!

Top Podcasts In Animation & Manga