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Colin & Kayla Hemphill are the brave souls who host AniMonday, a show about the terrible power of the anime randomizer. In preparation for an episode, we use Randime to randomly select an anime series on Crunchyroll, then we watch the first four episodes on our own time. On Monday we get together for the podcast to talk about the people and studios behind the show, the story and characters, the production values, and more! In the end, we decide if we'd be willing to watch more, or if this first impression is the end of the road.Our goal is to keep the podcast lighthearted, clean, and fun! We care about anime, and we'll do our best to talk about the important stuff, but this is a show you can escape to. Fans have even described it as "like relaxing in a hot spring".New episodes every other Monday.


Episode 57 — We Never Learn: Bokuben
Nariyuki is given the impossible task of tutoring two geniuses in order to receive a letter of recommendation for college. He finds that he’s going to have to use all of his wits and compassion to get these girls to pass or say good-bye to his dreams.Topics discussed: We Never Learn, Bokuben, We Can't Study, harem anime, tutoring, studying, arts and literature, science and mathematics, STEM, dead parents, loss, broken relationships, Arvo Animation, Studio Silver, character designs, adult characters who look like students
37:55 12/6/21
Episode 56 — Terra Formars
In an attempt to terraform Mars, humanity sent the most durable creature they could think of to the planet: the cockroach. What they didn't plan on was the lowly creatures evolving into unstoppable killing machines. Can an elite team eliminate the threat or is humanity doomed?Talking points: space bugs, bug juice, Mars, medicine, sci-fi, cockroaches, bear fights, gore, censorship, Mortal Kombat, campy slasher horror
43:15 11/15/21
Episode 55 — Noragami
This week in an especially non-spooky Halloween episode, Colin and Kayla discuss the 2014 anime series Noragami!Hiyori Iki’s life is suddenly altered dramatically when she meets a strange god named Yato and his spiritual weapon Yukine. Trying to live between two worlds will test everything she has ever known, but maybe she will find more of herself along the way.__Talking points:__ gods and goddesses, spirituality, spiritual weapons, shrines, religion, afterlife, the near shore, the far shore, spirits, tracksuits, cats, delivery service, Bones, animation studios, Hello Sleepwalkers
57:57 11/1/21
Episode 54 — Darling in the Franxx
When humanity is threatened by ferocious monsters, society depends on children trained to pilot battle robots called Franxx. When a mysterious and skilled pilot named Zero Two meets a boy named Hiro, the world might finally have the heroes they desperately need.This one has a mild parental warning! Darling in the Franxx uses some sexual imagery and innuendo, and it would be difficult to have a serious discussion about the anime without describing some of that. It's nothing major, but listener discretion I suppose.__Topics discussed__: mecha anime, Evangelion, child soldiers, post-apocalypse, Studio Trigger, A-1 Pictures, collaborative animation, sexual innuendo, robots
60:02 10/18/21
Episode 53 — Magic Kaito 1412
Eight years after the death of his father, Kaito Kuroba learns of his father’s secret identity as the Phantom Thief Kaito Kid. When he discovers the organization responsible for murdering his father, he dons the mantle of the Kaito Kid to thwart their plans of achieving immortality through the Pandora Gem. With each stolen jewel he gets closer to avenging his father and stopping the organization.__Topics discussed:__ the Gentleman Thief archetype, Detective Conan (Case Closed), long-running manga and anime, illusions, sorcery, magic, heists, Persona 5, Death Note
53:51 10/5/21
Episode 52 — Digimon Fusion
This week, Colin and Kayla enter the Digital World to talk about Digimon Fusion, the sixth anime in the Digimon franchise.Taiki and his friends are swept into the Digital world where an ongoing war is threatening the lives of the digimon who inhabit it. There are those who wish to take back their once peaceful homes, and fight against the dark powers destroying their land. The unlikely heroes will leverage the power of the cross loader to help save the digital world and their new friends.How does it stack up against the beloved Pokémon franchise? Are they even worth comparing? What is going on over at Toei Animation?Talking points: Digimon Fusion, Digimon Xros Wars, Taiki vs. Mikey, English localizations of the Digimon franchise, the Digital World, Shoutmon, Ballistamon, Toei Animation, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, transformation sequences, Guile, cartoon theme songs, Pokémon, Scooby Doo
54:38 8/30/21
Episode 51 — Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun
On this week's episode we discuss Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun, an isekai that is maybe meant for kids and maybe for teenagers but seems pretty okay to us oldies too.Iruma Suzuki has never been given the chance to live a normal life due to his parent’s neglect, so it’s no surprise that they would sell his soul to a demon named Sullivan. Living out the rest of his life as a human in the demon world might come more naturally to Iruma than he would have guessed.Other topics: Game of Thrones, Sonic the Hedgehog, the Funimation/Sony acquisition of Crunchyroll, the new custom randomizer
56:06 8/16/21
Episode 50 — Love Live! Sunshine!!
After more than a year away from the microphone, Colin and Kayla are finally back with their first proper randomized episode of AniMonday, and their 50th episode is about Love Live! Sunshine!!Chika Takami dreams of becoming a school idol to bring some excitement to her boring life. In her sleepy seaside hometown, this might prove to be more difficult than she anticipated. But with her friends by her side, Chika knows she will always be able to find fun and adventure.
57:05 8/2/21
We're Back! A Podcaster's Story
IT'S BEEN...One year since the last episode of AniMonday, and we really missed you. We are happy to announce that we are coming back for real, and will be randomizing some anime every two weeks.On the return episode, Colin and Kayla discuss why they took a break last year (it should be obvious), what they ended up watching and not watching over the pandemic, and what the plan is for the future of AniMonday.Topics discussed: our life last year, COVID-19 stuff, living in Texas during a pandemic, protests against racial injustice and police violence,, working from home, our new home studio space, UI changes on Crunchyroll, the new AniMonday Randomizer at discussed: K-ON, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Konosuba, DanMachi, Noragami, The Devil Is A Part-Timer, Robotics;Notes, Fruits Basket, Mob Psycho, Haikyuu, Yuru Camp season 2, Cells At Work season 2, Pokémon Journeys, Way of the Househusband, Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun, BNA, Wonder Egg Priority, Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, My Hero Academia, Fate/Zero, Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, SSSS Gridman, Yuri on Ice, Chainsaw Man, JoJo Part 6Thanks to Sithu Aye for the intro and outro music for our show. You can find his latest anime inspired album, Senpai III, on BandCamp and other major streaming services.
44:35 7/19/21
AniMonday Returns on July 19th
After a substantial hiatus, AniMonday returns on July 19th! Colin and Kayla are excited to be back for more random anime every other Monday.New music from the album Senpai III by Sithu Aye.
01:11 7/1/21
Many will never make it past the audition phase, and their dreams will be left behind. Only a lucky few of these girls will get to experience their Cinderella story.
43:58 4/28/20
AniMonday Interviews: Kira Buckland
Kira Buckland is a voice actress for many popular anime and video game titles, perhaps best known for her portrayal of 2B in Nier: Automata. A handful of her notable anime roles include Reimi Sugimoto from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Mary Saotome from Kakegurui, Umi Sonoda from Love Live, Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld from The Asterisk War, and most recently, Mitsuri Kanroji from Demon Slayer. In video games she is well know in the fighting game scene for roles in Skullgirls, Street Fighter V, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, and Soul Calibur VI.In this interview with Kira, we discuss a bit about her career, her hobbies and favorite media, and also talk about how the voice acting world has changed in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.Kira Buckland on Twitter:'s Print Shop: by Roberto De Sanctis:
19:56 4/13/20
Episode 48 — Shin Sekai Yori (From the New World)
Humans have developed telekinetic powers that will forever alter civilization and the world they inhabit. Two millennia in the future, five young students are about to discover that their peaceful world has been hiding a dark and violent reality.
43:46 4/6/20
Episode 47 — Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
This episode was recorded live from the Explorer's Lounge aboard JoCo Cruise 2020!Everyone agrees that High school president Miyuki Shirogane and vice president Kaguya Shinomiya would make a perfect couple. But when it comes to the battlefield of love, confessing your feelings puts you at a clear disadvantage. Who will come out the winner in this game of love and pride?
36:32 3/16/20
Episode 46 — R.O.D the TV
The freelance bodyguards of the Three Sisters Detective Agency suddenly find themselves intertwined with a once-famous author named Nenene. What they thought would be a straightforward job becomes a dangerous mystery that the girls might not be prepared for.
35:53 3/2/20
Episode 45 — RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time
An engineer named Derrida discovers a terrifying bug in the autonomous robots he helps design. Before he is able to apply a patch, Derrida's life is threatened by those who stand to profit from the bug. While running for his life, Derrida is Frozen in cryostasis for 10 years, and awakens to the robot hellscape that he helped create.
44:37 1/27/20
Episode 44 — JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Jonathan Joestar, commonly known as JoJo, lives a privileged and happy life under the care of his doting father. When a young boy named Dio Brando becomes part of the family, JoJo’s life is turned upside down. Jonathan knows that his new rival is up to no good, but doesn’t know quite how far Dio will go to steal wealth and power from the Joestar family.
40:58 1/13/20
Christmas Special 2019
Kayla and Colin return for their second annual Christmas special! This year, they'll dig back through the archives and watch any Christmas themed episode from the anime that they watched in 2019, including Hinako Note, Tribe Cool Crew, and Ninja Nonsense.
19:58 12/25/19
Episode 43 — Big Order
Ten years ago, the world was shaken when the wish of a child named Eiji caused mass destruction. For the last decade, Eiji has managed to keep his mistake a secret, but now with his identity revealed, Eiji is forced to unleash his powers as an "Order". Eiji's desires will either lead to peace in the world, or to more untold destruction.
44:19 12/9/19
Episode 42 — Kyo Kara Maoh!
For the first 15 years of his life, Yuri Shibuya believed he was like any other high school student. When he is accidentally transported to another world and finds himself at the center of a global conflict, Yuri must balance his normal student life on Earth and his destiny to become the Demon King.
44:24 11/12/19
Episode 41 — DNA²
Overpopulation has become such a problem in the future that it is a criminal act, punishable by death, to have more than one child. This catastrophe can be traced back to a family carrying the powerful “mega-playboy” gene. A DNA Operator named Karin must go back in time to alter the DNA of the original mega-playboy, a high school kid named Junta.
41:58 10/28/19
Episode 40 — Cells at Work!
Among the 37 trillion cells in your body, one little red blood cell is working hard for you! Her life is filled with nutrient deliveries, avoiding deadly bacterial attacks, and making new friends! She’s happy to do it though, because working is what cells do!Be sure to check out Josh's website for info about his work, his music, and his art. []( "Joshua C Sheehy website")
63:48 9/30/19
Episode 39 — The Garden of Sinners
*Content warning: this episode contains brief/mild discussion of suicide.*A teenager named Shiki lives an unusual and often dangerous life, making it difficult for her to connect with her peers. When a classmate starts to pursue a friendship with her, Shiki doesn’t know what to make of it. These are the stories of how their two fates become forever entwined.
45:55 9/17/19
Episode 38 — Magical Circle Guru Guru
A great evil has made its appearance in the world, and Nike (against his will) is chosen as the Hero to save everyone. He is joined by Kukuri, the only mage left of her tribe, in a quest to take on the Demon King. Their journey is full of new friends, magic, and monsters.
41:18 9/3/19
AniVersary 2019
To celebrate the first anniversary of The AniMonday Podcast, we present our top and bottom three for all of the anime that we've had to watch over the past 12 months. Will your favorites make our list for the best AniMonday selections so far? Will we put your guilty pleasure anime on blast by entering it into our list of the worst AniMonday rolls?After presenting our list, we discuss how much we appreciate the fans who have helped us to grow this podcast, and all of the great things that we've experienced this year because of it. Finally, we discuss what we're looking forward to in the next year of AniMonday!Thanks to Sithu Aye for letting us use his music for the intro/outro of our show! You can find Senpai EP and Senpai EP II: The Noticing on his Bandcamp and major streaming services like Spotify.
44:32 8/20/19
Episode 37 — Kamisama Dolls
Kyohei recently moved to Tokyo to escape the ghosts of his past and attend college. It won’t be long before the troubles he left behind catch up and threaten his peaceful new life. When an old friend shows up in Tokyo, Kyohei has to help his sister as she trains in the secret arts of the rural village where it all started.Thanks to Sithu Aye for letting us use his music for the intro/outro of our show! You can find Senpai EP and Senpai EP II: The Noticing on his Bandcamp and major streaming services like Spotify.
43:13 8/13/19
Episode 36 — Wakaba Girl
Wakaba has led a sheltered life, and finds herself both overjoyed and overwhelmed by her new role as a high school student. Despite her proper upbringing, Wakaba has a fondness for wild fashion and culture. Wakaba’s new school friends help her break out of her shell, and teach her what it means to be a normal girl.Thanks to Sithu Aye for letting us use his music for the intro/outro of our show! You can find Senpai EP and Senpai EP II: The Noticing on his Bandcamp and major streaming services like Spotify.
31:49 7/30/19
Episode 35 — Ninja Nonsense
An apprentice named Shinobu is training hard to pass her ninja exams when she meets Kaede, a girl her age who is studying for normal school exams. The unusual pair become friends, and Kaede soon finds herself in the middle of ninja training grounds with her strange new friend. For a girl like Shinobu, training to be a ninja isn’t so much deadly as it is hysterical.You can support Kyoto Animation and the victims of the arson attack at their studio by donating to the GoFundMe page created on their behalf:
32:38 7/24/19
Episode 34 — Tribe Cool Crew
Haneru is a middle school student with dreams of becoming a dance idol like his hero Jey. If he wants to make his dreams come true, Haneru is going to need the help of his new found friends in the Tribe Cool Dance Crew.Thanks to Sithu Aye for letting us use his music for the intro/outro of our show! You can find Senpai EP and Senpai EP II: The Noticing on his Bandcamp and major streaming services like Spotify.
48:33 7/16/19
Episode 33 — Listen to Me, Girls: I'm Your Father!
Yutta is a freshman in college, trying to make ends meet in the big city. After the sudden loss of his sister and brother-in-law, he becomes the guardian of their three children, Sora, Miu, and Hina. Raising these three girls won’t be easy, and Yutta still has a lot to learn.
32:41 7/8/19

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