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Extreme Anime Radio Podcast

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The Extreme Anime Radio podcast brings you news, information, insights and commentary into the world of Anime and Japanese culture. From the people behind Extreme Anime Radio, the station that brought listeners around the world Anime and J-Pop music from 2001 until 2019.
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January 12, 2022 - Season 5 Premiere

Extreme Anime Radio Podcast

January 12, 2022 - Season 5 Premiere

Extreme Anime Radio Podcast

January 12, 2022 - Season 5 Premiere
Welcome to Season 5 of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast! On this episode, JR and Nef discuss topics ranging from COVID and travel updates to "Komi Can't Communicate", the recent acquisition of HIDIVE, a new Urusei Yatsura anime, and the return to streaming television of the original Iron Chef television series. JR also does a new round of Japanese Kit Kat taste testing, including one flavor that seems to be lost in translation... The views and opinions expressed do not represent the opinions of Extreme Anime Radio or the podcast in general. Portions of the original broadcast have been edited for podcast release.
January 15, 2022
December 29, 2021 - Season 4 Finale
JR and Nef close out a wild 2021 and Season 4 of the podcast! Topics include the recent surge of COVID cases around the world and the effect it has had on a growing number of sports events, the passing of football legend John Madden, JR's take on the "Idol Manager" management simulation game, and a follow-up on the "Uma Musume" storm that is still sweeping Japan.
December 31, 2021
December 22, 2021 - Mad Libs! Show
JR and Nef are joined on the podcast realm by Liz, Bri and Karam for the on-and-off XAR holiday tradition of playing Mad Libs! We also follow up on Cyberpunk 2077's lawsuit settlement from last week, and Nef's voice acting lessons from the past weekend. This is the full unedited recording of our live video stream for Spotify video. Please note there may be regular pauses in the podcast audio due to internet transmission at broadcast time, and because we are all playing Mad Libs! The views and opinions expressed do not represent the opinions of Extreme Anime Radio or the podcast in general.
December 23, 2021
December 15, 2021
JR and Nef discuss the sudden cancellation of Cowboy Bebop on Netflix, and the general atmosphere of anime to live action adaptations. Other topics on the podcast tonight include broken video games, a new manga with "level 2 cheat powers", and thoughts on the "Great Ace Attorney Chronicles" that the gang has recently been streaming on Twitch. JR then digs into the December Bokksu and Sakuraco boxes, both with a familiar theme for the last month of the year. The views and opinions expressed do not represent the opinions of Extreme Anime Radio or the podcast in general. Portions of the original broadcast have been edited for podcast release.
December 19, 2021
December 8, 2021
On this edition of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast, JR and Nef tackle news of the Omicron variant of COVID that has made global headlines in the last week, and how it has been tied to a local Anime convention in New York. Also discussed are issues with Shonen Jump's app, Amazon outages, and a Japanese entrepreneur making a trip to the International Space Station. Shoutout in the show as well to Jerikandra Cosplay, who dined with JR earlier this week as she visited the city! The views and opinions expressed do not represent the opinions of Extreme Anime Radio or the podcast in general. Portions of the original broadcast have been edited for podcast release.
December 12, 2021
December 1, 2021 - Spotify video edition
After a one-month hiatus, JR and Nef return with the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast covering topics including the live-action Cowboy Bebop, the Komi Can't Communicate anime, and nations such as Japan locking down once again thanks to a new COVID variant. This is the full unedited recording of our live video stream for Spotify video.
December 03, 2021
October 27, 2021
JR and Nef lead off this edition of the podcast the same as last time - with a review of a new Cowboy Bebop live action trailer. Later discussion includes beef with Netflix subtitles, around the horn in the world of sports, the recent Sword Art Online horse racing collab with the Japan Racing Association, and gearing up for a friendly Mario Kart showdown. The podcast will be going on hiatus for a few weeks, but you can always check out our game streams on Twitch at in the meantime!
October 29, 2021
October 20, 2021
On this week's Extreme Anime Radio Podcast, JR and Nef discuss the passing of two legendary voice actors in Chris Ayres and Jack Angel. Other topics include the new "Lost Session" Cowboy Bebop trailer, newly-licensed Hajime no Ippo episodes, and a debate on lifting Japan's COVID-related travel restrictions. The views and opinions expressed do not represent the opinions of Extreme Anime Radio or the podcast in general. Portions of the original broadcast have been edited for podcast release.
October 23, 2021
October 13, 2021
On this installment of the podcast, Nef and JR chat about the upcoming revival of Cowboy Bebop and how the original Japanese anime cast will play a part in the new live-action series. Topics also include Captain Kirk's launch to space, Nef's new Nintendo Switch and unique joycon controller, and the US land borders finally opening following the pandemic.  Due to timing constraints, this podcast contains the raw, unedited audio feed from the October 13 podcast. The views and opinions expressed do not represent the opinions of Extreme Anime Radio or the podcast in general.
October 18, 2021
October 6, 2021
In this installment of the podcast, JR recaps his vacation before diving into topics with Nef that include "Komi Can't Communicate" and "PuraOre Pride of Orange", general elections in Japan and Canada, and rental cars. In our "Ask the Sarahs" segment, we read responses from cosplayers and artist of our mascot Sarah Yoshida to find out what they'd want to see in Japan right away once the borders reopen and they can visit.
October 09, 2021
September 15, 2021 - Season 4 Debut
JR and Nef return with Season 4 of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast, tackling subjects from Anime and live action shows to the completed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, elections in Canada and Japan and continuing streaming wars. Later in the show, JR partakes in another taste test from his Japanese snack box lineup. Note: Due to recording issues, a portion of the start of the podcast was omitted from this release.
September 17, 2021
June 30, 2021 - Season 3 Finale
JR and Nef come together to close out the third season of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast. In this episode, Nef talks about his experiences taking online voice acting school with the acclaimed Sonny Strait. JR also reviews the recent Twitch play of the game "Use Your Words", which could end up in the XAR summer twitch rotation of games. Also, Nef reminisces about old drinking and Pimp Daddy Miroku moments, and JR talks about reports of Anime and Video Game music being heard from outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo with the global event just weeks away. We'd like to thank all of our XAR supporters, listeners and Twitch viewers for another successful season. We hope to continue Twitch streams throughout the summer, and hope to return to the podcast programs in the fall.
July 03, 2021
June 16, 2021
JR and Nef present another edition of the XAR Podcast! On this episode JR recaps the highs and lows of his recent travels across the northeast. Nef also reviews some Kindle manga that's "Pimp Daddy Miroku" approved, while JR gives his thoughts on the new Sailor Moon Eternal movies that he was able to watch on his travels. JR and Nef also give their opinions on the COVID situation with only one month to go until the Olympic games.
June 21, 2021
May 26, 2021
In the final XAR Podcast of the month of May, JR and Nef recap the Twitch stream of Euro Truck Simulator 2: Project Japan, and the impact of a big acquisition by Amazon. Topics also include the passing of "Berserk" author Kentaro Miura, interesting items turning up in JR's cabinets, sumo sports news, Anime North 2021 and "Nef's favorite topic"... COVID and the upcoming Olympic Games.
June 01, 2021
May 19, 2021
JR and Nef cover the latest from Japan on this installment of the XAR Podcast, including Sumo, Uma Musume Pretty Derby, My Hero Acadamia, the peaceful Fate/Stay universe in Today's Menu for the Emiya Family, and Nef's favorite topic (?) the Tokyo Olympic games.
May 23, 2021
May 12, 2021 - with guest ShinigamiLiz
It's a birthday party with JR, Nef, and the birthday girl ShinigamiLiz as the special guest on this version of the XAR Podcast! Topics for our show include Nef's reactions to his first COVID vaccine, horse racing shenanigans, the craze over trading cards, anime news and concerns in Japan with the Olympics fast approaching.
May 16, 2021
May 5, 2021
On the Cinco de Mayo XAR Podcast, Nef and JR talk about how Demon Slayer is winning in American theatres, Sailor Moon is winning on Netflix and the Olympics seem not to be winning in Japan. Discussions turn from JR's recent getaway and Nef's upcoming vaccinations to the latest finds and thoughts in anime, manga and Japanese TV shows. There's also some news about Sarah Yoshida, and the return of the Ballet Cosplay Safety series starring the cosplayers of Sarah that are also dancers. The artwork for this episode is the latest art commission of Sarah from Brenni Murasaki that is referenced at the end of the show. To learn more about Brenni's artwork, visit her instagram @brennicommission
May 10, 2021
April 21, 2021 - featuring Cosplay Tory
This week's podcast features our interview with Tory, one of the new cosplayers of our mascot Sarah Yoshida! We talk to Tory about her favorite cosplays and about her future cosplay plans. JR launches the podcast with a very sticky taste test promised from earlier before talking about the issues that prevented the Podcast from airing on April 14. Nef then goes into the very sticky situation concering the European Super League, and both he and JR give their thoughts on a $1 million Sailor Moon figurine on eBay. Topics also discussed include the fourth wave of COVID in Japan, Gallop Racer, LeVar Burton and future plans for streaming games on our Twitch channel.
April 24, 2021
April 7, 2021 - featuring Bird King Cosplay
This week's podcast features our interview with Nat (aka Bird King), one of the new cosplayers of our mascot Sarah Yoshida! We talk to Nat about how she got into the cosplay world, the meaning behind her cosplay name, and her best memories about traveling to Japan. JR also asks Nef about the state of Ontario, on the brink of yet another COVID lockdown. Other topics include JR's new Uma Musume nendoroid, Nef's criticisms on the Olympics. There's also a quick review of a few Anime shows that Nef has been watching, and a surprise taste test at the end of the program.
April 12, 2021
March 24, 2021 - with guest ShinigamiLiz
ShinigamiLiz joins JR and Nef as a guest on this edition of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast for a special early birthday gift and the later giveaway of her Sarah Yoshida crochet doll! On this episode, JR delivers a rant over the COVID vaccination appointments given to his neighbor, while Nef covers the gaffe from a now-former NHL referee. Also covered are Japan-related subjects ranging from Anime, Sumo and the Olympics to news of the strange-but-true variety. The show wraps up with a bonus Japanese snack taste test.
March 28, 2021
March 17, 2021
After some microphone checks, it's time for the St. Patrick's Day edition of the XAR Podcast! JR and Nef follow up on last week's Uma Musume conversation before turning their attention to the passing of acclaimed Japanese animator Yasuo Otsuka. Otsuka had been involved in anime artistry for decades, and contributed to projects including Lupin III and Studio Ghibli works. Other topics of discussion on this program include stimulus checks, the "Fly Me to the Moon" manga, and the latest scandal to plague the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
March 21, 2021
March 10, 2021
JR enters the very unique Japanese world of the "Gacha" game with his review of the Uma Musume Pretty Derby. He describes his experiences to Nef, who also recalls similar products such as Sailor Moon Drops and Looney Tunes World of Mayhem. The podcast then carries on with topics that include news from the hockey broadcasting world, COVID updates, a new single from Utada Hikaru, how the new Tom and Jerry movie almost became a Zack Snyder film, and a preview of a future stream with snack boxes from Japan (that can be seen in its entirety at - look for the March 11 stream).
March 16, 2021
March 3, 2021
The first March 2021 XAR Podcast features JR's thoughts on the second season of the "Uma Musume Pretty Derby" Anime and Nef's review of the "Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie" manga. Also discussed on the show are (more) COVID updates, The Muppet Show, and Japanese travel questions and ideas.
March 07, 2021
February 17, 2021 - Nef's First Official Snack Box
The focus of this week's podcast is NefCanuck's first official taste test of a curated snack box - Tokyo Treat - delivered straight from Japan. He and JR also tackle topics from the winter weather to Tebowing to pancakes. Plus, JR gets ideas for the next official Japanese food challenge with Emma Castiel, and Keiichi-san participates in the online chat... facing an interesting nemesis in the form of a bot that JR had recently placed into the channel.
February 20, 2021
February 10, 2021 - Matt Emblidge (Cardcaptor Sakura World Record)
Another night of firsts for Extreme Anime Radio as we welcome a Guinness World Record holder to the show - Matt Emblidge, who recently set the world record for his Cardcaptor Sakura collection. The podcast also covers the moment in real time when XAR's Twitch channel surpassed 50 followers, thereby securing Affiliate status. Also, JR finds a history-filled magazine while cleaning his closet and quizzes Nef on trends from the year the magazine was published. They also recap the "Big Game" and the latest on the Tokyo Olympics, chat about sleeping train drivers, and discuss an interesting link between a Japanese submarine and Evangelion.
February 14, 2021
February 1, 2021 (Part 2) - 20th Anniversary Show
This is Part 2 of a two-part podcast. We celebrate 20 years since the creation of Radio (the prior name of Extreme Anime Radio) by Keiichi-san in February of 2001. Join JR, Nef, Keiichi-san and a special guest as they reminisce about the good old days, discussing the past and present trends in computers, anime, video games and Japanese culture. For Part 1 of the podcast, please search for "February 1, 2021 (Part 1)." The episode art is a geisha crochet rendition of Sarah Yoshida, the current mascot of Extreme Anime Radio. It was designed by ShinigamiLiz and mentioned in Part 1 of the podcast.
February 04, 2021
February 1, 2021 (Part 1) - 20th Anniversary Show
This is Part 1 of a two-part podcast. We celebrate 20 years since the creation of Radio (the prior name of Extreme Anime Radio) by Keiichi-san in February of 2001. Join JR, Nef, Keiichi-san and a special guest as they reminisce about the good old days, discussing the past and present trends in computers, anime, video games and Japanese culture. The episode art is of Keiko, the first mascot of Extreme Anime Radio. It is a portion of the 20th Anniversary artwork by White Namikaze and mentioned on the podcast.
February 03, 2021
January 27, 2021
We close in on the 20th Birthday of Extreme Anime Radio with a preview of some of the upcoming festivities on this edition of the Podcast. JR and Nef talk a little about Anchor's new "squiggly" logo before moving on to topics that include a new cat-themed Cruel Angel's Thesis, Ghibli's supposed presence in North American Twitter land, an extremely unusual salute on the Japanese railways, the trouble with COVID vaccines and restrictions, and a recap of last weekend's football games. The episode art is a commission closeup of our mascot Sarah Yoshida drawn by @stellarrr_art (Instagram) and referenced in the podcast.
January 31, 2021
January 20, 2021
It's a historic day as we bring you the latest installment of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast. JR and Nef discuss the inauguration activities in the US, catch up on some anime news and weird news from Japan, and make selections for "Championship Sunday". In the second half of the show, JR tastes the latest snacks from Japan in his delayed January Bokksu box and provides an update on station founder Keiichi-san. The episode art is a commission of our mascot Sarah Yoshida drawn by @kyotokimi (Instagram) and referenced in the podcast.
January 22, 2021
January 18, 2021 - Season 3 Premiere (again)
Welcome to Season 3 of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast! This is actually our second podcast of the year, but the first that we can actually publish to the podcast realm. We had broadcast a live show on Twitch the previous week (January 13), but there were technical problems with JR's microphone and we decided not to publish the program to audio. We apologize, and hope to make the that program available on YouTube soon. Meanwhile, in this quick podcast JR and Nef reflect on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wish a very happy birthday to a cosplayer of Extreme Anime Radio mascot Sarah Yoshida and her twin sister, and review the weekend in sports. We then pose the question about whether or not to make long-term plans to travel, and how YouTube can be our savior during these pandemic times with scenes from our favorite destinations, including Japan and Switzerland. The episode cover art is a recent cosplay photo of Extreme Anime Radio mascot Sarah Yoshida by floralNINJAchan which is referenced in the podcast.
January 19, 2021
December 30, 2020 - Season 2 Finale
We come to the end of the second season and first year of the podcast by reminiscing what has transpired over the past year. Among other topics, JR and Nef lay the groundwork for what could be a tasting challenge in the new year, and discuss supposed "guidelines" for drawing Evangelion fan artwork - directly from the studio. Video games are also on the topic menu, with a recap of JR's "Hatsune Miku" flight in Flight Simulator and Nef reviewing the new lawsuits filed with regard to the release of Cyberpunk 2077. We thank all of our listeners and supporters for making this first year of the Extreme Anime Radio podcast a memorable experience. We hope to bring you more exciting content in 2021 as the station celebrates its 20th Anniversary!
January 03, 2021
December 23, 2020
The pre-Christmas Extreme Anime Radio features JR revealing details about his Vegas excursion earlier in the month. Topics with NefCanuck include the "rigged" Game Awards (according to some), discussions about Cyberpunk 2077 and the perceived "rush" to put out video game titles, and NHL hockey in the COVID era. JR reveals some little-known secrets about the classic Christmas program "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", caves in on a new iPhone, and talks about KFC's newest marketing ploy. Nef wraps the show with some news about Anime North before ending Christmas in traditional XAR fashion - with a nod to Bob Rivers.
December 28, 2020
December 16, 2020
In this installment of the podcast, as a snowstorm begins to blanket the northeastern US, JR tells Nef about some of his recently-obtained video games with a truly Japanese flair - Yakuza 0 and Densha de Go. Topics also include the Buffalo Bills, the issues surrounding Cyberpunk 2077, game controllers for people with disabilities and the approval of a COVID vaccine. JR then tears into three snacks from December's Bokksu box to close out the program.
December 21, 2020
December 2, 2020
We usher in the holidays with a new Extreme Anime Radio Podcast! Nef and JR run the usual gamut of topics, including dueling dubs for a popular Anime series, tracking Santa, a new life-like Gundam statue in Tokyo, Japanese snacks, hot sauces and the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal movie series. If you're enjoying our podcasts, be sure to see us LIVE on Twitch, at!
December 05, 2020
November 25, 2020
On the pre-Turkey Extreme Anime Radio Podcast, JR and Nef tackle subjects ranging from new computers to Wreckfest and Toronto COVID warnings to sumo warnings. Nef also pays tribute to the late voice actor Kirby Morrow and his encounter with Pimp Daddy Miroku.
November 30, 2020
November 18, 2020 - Twitch Debut
This Extreme Anime Radio Podcast episode marks our official debut on Twitch! You can watch our live podcasts at On this week's show, JR and Nef herald the arrival of Twitch and cover everything from TenSura to a "Joe Biden" in Japan, plus the state of Sumo Wrestling and Anime conventions. At the end of the show, JR has a peculiar reaction to one of his November bokksu snacks.
November 23, 2020
November 11, 2020
Today's Extreme Anime Radio Podcast is important for a number of reasons - besides it being Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, this is also our last Shoutcast program before our scheduled move to Twitch next week. JR and Nef spend considerable time discussing the memory and legacy of the late, great Canadian game show host Alex Trebek. They then move into other topics including electronics wishlists, and a further analysis on the Uzaki-chan anime.
November 16, 2020
November 4, 2020
On this episode, JR and Nef discuss the Podcast's probable move to Twitch later this month. Since the move to twitch will eventually include the talent being face to face on live video, discussion turns to potential (but expensive) green screen options for JR to consider. Nef then moves into more news on the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon anime and the dub actors involved, while JR covers a former J-pop idol who has taken the checkered flag, winning the grand championship in a motorcycle sport unique to Japan. Later, JR opens up his "Colors of Kyoto" Bokksu box for a taste test.
November 06, 2020
October 28, 2020
With Election Day looming, JR and Nef tackle topics including Halloween preparations, World Series shenanigans, new Anime on Netflix with questions about the list of dub actors, and some of the objections raised over the upcoming reboot of Tokyo Babylon.
November 03, 2020
October 22, 2020
JR and Nef officially welcome the station's new Discord server on this installment of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast. Other topics on this week's show include the unmasking of a popular Anime song duo, the latest character in the Thomas the Tank Engine franchise, Nef's take on the new Yashahime anime, and the latest updates on travel to Japan. This episode is sponsored by Shinigami Liz... thank you Liz!
October 26, 2020
October 14, 2020
On this edition of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast, JR and Nef talk about certain Anime programs that spend a few episodes without really advancing any plot. Nef gives his take on "Burn the Witch" and its secret link back to "Bleach", and JR tries an Apple snack from his October Bokksu box. They also discuss continuing plans to switch the podcast chat to Discord, including some potential after-show activities that might come up down the road. (Did someone say Jackbox?) This episode is sponsored by Shinigami Liz... thank you Liz!
October 19, 2020
October 7, 2020
From the "Greatest City in the World" - and a new computer rig - it's the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast! In this episode JR and Nef will discuss how the podcast will continue to move forward, starting with the move of our chatroom from IRC to Discord in the coming weeks. We then talk about the coronavirus situation, and how Japan is starting to make plans to potentially restart tourism in the country for the first time since closing their borders. Among other topics discussed is a famous landmark in Akihabara that is now up for rent... if you have the money, that is. This episode is sponsored by Shinigami Liz... thank you Liz! Portions of the broadcast have been edited due to technical issues.
October 10, 2020
September 23, 2020
It's the end of an era in a way, as this podcast marks the planned retirement of the old computer that has powered the podcast, and for many years, Extreme Anime Radio. Before JR's new PC gets swapped in, this podcast will cover topics including iOS 14, a new Lupin III dub, JR's gripes with Flight Simulator and the quest for a new comfortable chair. Also, a positive development as Japan further eases its restrictions on foreigners entering the country... though tourist visits are still on pause for the foreseeable future.
September 27, 2020
September 16, 2020
JR and Nef discuss the latest news and unique food offerings from Japan, and the trials and tribulations of building a custom gaming PC, on this installment of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast!
September 19, 2020
August 24, 2020
In the final Extreme Anime Radio podcast of the summer, JR shares the highlights and lowlights after a week's worth of playing Flight Simulator, and Nef reviews a detective manga involving an anthropomorphic dolphin.  We also share the latest news from Japan, and gripe about the structure of some anime shows. We close with a brief tribute to a special couple celebrating a special anniversary next month.
August 25, 2020
August 17, 2020 - Emma Castiel
Emma Castiel, a cosplayer of Sarah Yoshida based in England, joins JR and Nef for her first XAR podcast this year. Emma is congratulated for attaining the rank of "Captain" in her latest Dungeons and Dragons adventure, and we chat about her recent Sarah Yoshida-related projects. Also, Nef covers some legal news in the world of Anime streaming, JR ribs Nef about the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Emma's roll of a D20 decides what JR will eat out of his latest Bokksu snack box from Japan.
August 18, 2020
August 3, 2020
In this week's podcast, JR and Nef discuss how the global pandemic is affecting Japan, and how it's the probable cause for the imminent closure of one of Tokyo's popular tourist destinations. Nef also discusses the current state of Hockey versus Baseball, plus the latest title in his Anime viewing library, and JR geeks out over the new release from one of his favorite game franchises later this month.
August 04, 2020
July 22, 2020 - Season 2 Premiere
Welcome to Season 2 of the podcast! The show is hosted from Nef Land, as will be the case during the summer months. On this program, JR and Nef cover another potpourri of topics including custom computer builds, catching up on Anime, coronavirus, news from Japan and Alex Trebek.
July 27, 2020
July 1, 2020
With half of 2020 now gone (where is the reset button?) we conclude the first season of our brand new podcast. JR and Nef discuss everything from fireworks gripes to new manga apps. Nef finally receives a special crochet present from Shinigami Liz (Moonbase Crochet), and JR snacks on some Okinawa treats from Bokksu. Thanks to everyone that has supported the show so far, and we look forward to bringing you more content as the summer progresses.
July 06, 2020
June 24, 2020
On the final podcast of June, Nef and JR chat about some recent manga and anime titles that they have been checking out, including "Crossing Time" and "World's End Harem." There are also discussions about gaming PCs, baseball and pandemic vacation plans before JR finishes up with a taste testing of yuzu anpan and tea.
June 29, 2020
June 17, 2020
Nef and JR cover a wide variety of timely topics on this edition of the Extreme Anime Radio Podcast. Topics include baseball, Japan travel updates and eSports. At the end of the program, JR taste tests unique potato chips from Japan and Nef brings up some programs that he will talk about on the next program. Special thanks to ShinigamiLiz (Moonbase Crochet) for supporting this broadcast.
June 22, 2020
June 10, 2020 - Baseball, Boat Race, Bokksu Snacks
It's JR and Nef with the first XAR podcast for June. JR gives his take on the first episode of the 2013 anime Ace of Diamond, and Nef suggests why that might be the best baseball to watch on television right now. Discussion then turns to the world of Japanese hydroplane racing (Boat Race), a legal gambling sport in the country. In the second half of the program, JR feasts on citrus-themed snacks from his latest Japanese snack subscription box.
June 15, 2020
May 27, 2020 - Coppelia Cosplay
On this edition of the podcast, JR and Nef are once again joined by Scottish cosplayer and dancer Coppelia Cosplay, one of the cosplayers of Sarah Yoshida. The three discuss a range of topics including dogs, Scotland, Japan, COVID-19, rugby and more... but the bulk of the conversation is an in-depth introduction by Coppelia into the world of Dungeons and Dragons.
May 31, 2020
May 20, 2020 - Conventions and Coronavirus
Among the topics on this installment of the podcast, JR and Nef talk about how a very small number of conventions are still making plans to proceed for this year... even as almost all others have cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. JR also reviews the first episode of the anime "Drifting Dragons", recommended to him by a friend. Please note that a few portions of this program have been edited out due to technical issues.
May 25, 2020
May 13, 2020 - Nefmobile, Mariya Takeuchi and a Taste Test
In the first podcast for the month of May, Nef talks about the ups and downs in securing his brand new Nefmobile. We also talk about some light-hearted and interesting news from Japan in the current world that we live in, which includes a recent record accomplishment for "Plastic Love" singer Mariya Takeuchi, now on top of the world in Japanese music. The show also includes another taste test from JR with the last of his sakura-themed Bokksu snacks.
May 17, 2020
April 29, 2020 - Japan Rail Pass Updates, Manga App Reviews
In the final podcast for April, JR talks about enhancements to the Japan Rail Pass coming in the summer, and he and Nef trade other ideas when it comes to things to see and do in Japan. Nef also gives a brief review of some manga he's been looking at, as well as manga apps that he likes and loathes. They also briefly discuss the latest coronavirus situation.
May 01, 2020
April 23, 2020 - Round Table: JR, Nef, Angela, Umi
On today's program JR and Nef are joined by Angela (Morbid Heart Designs) and Umi, two of the cosplayers of Sarah Yoshida. They discuss how they are being affected by the current coronavirus pandemic and the repercussions on individuals and small businesses, particularly those tied to the convention scene. Angela also candidly speaks about her health scare and hospital visit in March as a possible result of the virus. On a positive note, we cover some Sailor Moon news and chat about our Japan travel ideas and dreams.
April 27, 2020
April 16, 2020 - Round Table: JR, Coppelia, Kessho-Cho, Deerly
In this episode JR talks with three of the cosplayers of Extreme Anime Radio mascot Sarah Yoshida: Coppelia Cosplay from Scotland, Kessho-Cho Cosplay from England, and Deerly Cosplay from California. The chat ranges from light-hearted discussions about Animal Crossing and Japan travel interests to more serious topics such as ballet cosplay safety and coping during the coronavirus pandemic. Later, NefCanuck joins JR for a chat about how COVID-19 is affecting the release of manga, anime shows and anime dubs.
April 17, 2020
April 8, 2020 - COVID, Animal Crossing and Sake
In the first podcast of April (and the first live stream in 3 weeks), JR and Nef struggle to grip the reality that is facing today's world. They discuss about the impact of the Coronavirus, particularly in Japan. On a more lighthearted note, JR reviews his experience with Animal Crossing so far, and the show ends with a taste test involving several different varieties of sake. Nef drinks some sake he received as a gift, while JR tries some of the Kit Kat variety.
April 10, 2020
March 26, 2020 - Ballet Cosplay Safety
This is our special podcast on ballet cosplay safety. If you are thinking about integrating a ballet element into a future cosplay, then this program is for you. It is the culmination of nearly three months of recorded interviews with the cosplayers of the station mascot Sarah Yoshida, combined with additional comments by those we had reached out to on social media. All of the guests speaking are cosplayers with extensive dance experience, with a special emphasis on ballet and pointe work. We invite you to listen in, take notes, and consider their advice, tips and recommendations. We thank the cosplayers featured on this podcast: Airedail, Deerly Cosplay, Eline (Behind the Masks Cosplay), emzynai, floralNINJAchan (Lemonade Pirates), Lilith Christopher, Kessho-Cho Cosplay, Kristen (K-Sisters Cosplay), Naku (Invisible Wonders Cosplay), Swedish Ballerina and Venus (Astro Cosplay).
March 26, 2020
March 18, 2020 - Round Table: JR, Nef, Mako, Jinnai
This episode features the XAR Podcast debut of anime music remixer Lord Katsuhiko Jinnai, who has been a key part of the history of Extreme Anime Radio, and the return of Sarah Yoshida cosplayer Mako-chan. They join JR and Nef for an open discussion on whatever topics come to mind, including the current state of the world and dreams of returning to Japan. (Watch out for special guest appearances from some of Jinnai's friends!)
March 23, 2020
March 12, 2020 - Coronavirus, Video Games, Rent-A-Girlfriend
On this installment of the podcast, Nef and JR comment on how the Coronavirus situation has turned the world upside down in recent days. The subject then turns to video games and apps before discussing the current updates and trends in Japan. One aspect of modern Japan that is growing in popularity is the ability to "rent" other individuals to pose as a good friend or other close acquaintance for a certain period of time. A manga that addresses this booming business is being turned into an Anime series that JR briefly talks about with Nef called "Rent-A-Girlfriend", scheduled for release in the summer.
March 13, 2020
March 2, 2020 - Kessho-Cho Cosplay
Our first podcast for the month of March features our interview with Kessho-Cho Cosplay from the UK! She discusses how she got into cosplay, as well as two of her favorite cosplays that are special to her. Nef and JR discuss the latest on the coronavirus outbreak, and JR dives into his "Mochi Madness" Bokksu for a taste test of more Japanese snacks.
March 09, 2020
February 27, 2020 - Mako-chan and Umi
For the first time we have two simultaneous guests on the live stream, as JR and Nef welcome two Sarah Yoshida cosplayers and long-time supporters of Extreme Anime Radio over so many years... Mako-chan and Umi! Both attended the Love Live! Concert cinema screening in late February and share their thoughts on the experience during this show. We also address the unfortunate coronavirus outbreak in Japan and other parts of the world, and share some good news about the music of Studio Ghibli. Note: There is background noise during portions of the broadcast due to one of our guests being in a busy location at the time of the live recording. We apologize for any inconvenience.
February 29, 2020
February 12, 2020 - Deerly Cosplay
Our podcast this week features our interview with Deerly Cosplay, one of the cosplayers of Extreme Anime Radio mascot Sarah Yoshida. She'll discuss how she got into cosplay, and her interests in Disney, Dungeons & Dragons, and Dance! Later, NefCanuck and JR embark on another taste test with Pocky and Kit Kats, respectively! A bonus segment with Deerly Cosplay - not heard on the Live Stream - airs at the end of this podcast. NOTE: Due to technical issues with the live stream recording, a portion of the live stream has been omitted from this podcast.
February 13, 2020
February 5, 2020 - Bokksu with JR
JRHorse and NefCanuck take you through our first podcast of February! Nef will talk about a recent situation developing with Funimation and their distribution of the anime "Interspecies Reviewers", and we sound the last call for JR's appearance on the NHK World-Japan broadcasting service. We'll also recap the "Big Game", and for the cherry on top, JR nearly cries after eating a particular snack from Bokksu's February subscription box. At the end of the episode, we preview the next podcast with a clip from our interview with Deerly Cosplay.
February 08, 2020
January 30, 2020 - SwedishBallerina
A packed show to close out January and our first month of official podcasting! Featured on this program is our interview with cosplayer SwedishBallerina - one of the cosplayers of Sarah Yoshida - who will discuss her 2020 cosplay plans. Like Invisible Wonders a few shows back, SwedishBallerina will give her ballet cosplay tips as we prepare for our upcoming show on this topic. Also, Mako-chan will give a report in the world of the Love Live! franchise. We also speak to one of our Instagram followers, Lilith, who is in love with Japan so much that she has taken two official Japanese language proficiency tests... and passed them both! She, along with Nef and JRHorse, will share their thoughts and recommendations on Japan travel.
January 31, 2020
January 22, 2020 - floralNINJAchan
Our featured interview on our podcast is with cosplayer floralNINJAchan. She'll share her stories and explain the most important part of her cosplaying... teaming up with her twin sister as the cosplay duo Lemonade Pirates. Also, JR shares his thoughts with Nef after (finally!) starting Sailor Stars, the last arc of the original Sailor Moon anime that was never cleared for official distribution in North America until recently. Later, JR engages in the podcast's first official taste test, as he samples one of the many varieties of Japanese Kit Kats... this one being the hojicha (roasted green tea) variety.
January 24, 2020
January 16, 2020 - Invisible Wonders Cosplay
On this show we interview Invisible Wonders Cosplay, the first cosplayer of color to portray our station mascot Sarah Yoshida. We dive into her love for the Japanese culture and for dance, and she tells us about her big moments in the spotlight, such as when one of her cosplays was approved by none other than the real "Killmonger". Also, JR reviews his first tasting box from Bokksu, one of a growing number of Japanese subscription box services delivering the freshest from Japan every month.
January 17, 2020
January 8, 2020 - emzynai
In the first Extreme Anime Radio Podcast, Nef and JR talk about the saturation of Anime streaming services. JR also interviews Canadian cosplayer emzynai. After nearly 19 years of streaming the latest, greatest and finest in Anime and J-Pop Music, Extreme Anime Radio turns the page and starts a new chapter as a podcast station. We talk about how we got to this point, why we stopped the music, and what's ahead for Extreme Anime Radio.
January 11, 2020