YMMV / The Other Side

The Podcast:

  • Acceptable Targets: Pretty much everything.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In "The Hideaki Anno Interview", the aforementioned Anno is depicted as a depressed, perverted shut-in obsessed with his hatred of his fat sister and Studio Trigger co-founder Hiroyuki Imaishi as a screeching sociopath.
    • "The Nasu Interview," meanwhile, depicts Nasu as a wild west prospector who makes anime specifically to pander to otaku with a lot of money, which he then uses to search for gold.
    • "Pokemon GO Watch All Our Shit" posits the theory that Ash has been wandering through Viridian Forest the whole time, suffering from Venomoth poison-induced hallucinations and Team Rocket are the park rangers that try and get him to leave.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Cody once called himself this.
  • Cliché Storm: In-universe: Before watching Sword Art Online, Max made a list of predictions, most of which fell into typical shonen cliches. Only 2 of Max's predictions were wrong in the first arc. The second arc? Every prediction was correct.
  • Defictionalization: When discussing how disappointing the plot of Yozakura Quartet is, the trio comes up with a webcomic concept called "Balls to the Wall Demon Cop". A few episodes later, they reveal some of their fans are actually working on it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The hosts HATE everything about Saya no Uta... except for Dr. Tanbo, to the point where they decide that all bad anime would be better if it were part of a larger narrative about Tanbo's fight against the Nurse from Katawa Shoujo.
    • As for people actually appearing on the show, Leigh Ann Williams has only recently started to appear in the podcast, but despite her limited appearances, she's greeted with acclaim from commenters.
  • Fan Hater: To the point of a Running Gag, Cody insults people that love bad shows. A good example would be calling out anyone that likes Aku no Hana a literal idiot.
  • Fanon: "Dr. Tanbo vs. The Nurse" as well as the struggles of Dark Matter from Kirby being trapped in the body of Takao Kasuga while Hank Hill got reincarnated as Nakumura.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network called Cody an anti-intellectual and a hipster after The Other Side panned Aku no Hana. What makes this funny is that the podcast mocked them in the previous episode and expected him to call them on that.
    • And then again, though to a lesser extent, after the episode "Gaming Feminism", an episode that didn't relate to Zac Bertschy or his website at all, even though two episodes previously, they dedicated about two hours to how much Anime News Network sucks... disguised as an episode about Hitler's numerous appearances in Japanese media and the title of the podcast, written in German, translating to "Terrible News Network".
      • JesuOtaku has also taken offense at them when they stated that they hated Sinfest.
    • It seems that with the "Rubber Men in Refrigerators" episode that they've made enemies with the One Piece Podcast, which is funny considering that Cody went out of his way to praise the podcast and merely insulted the writer of the article discussed.
    • "Anime is Back, and so are the Losers," reveals that two anime podcasters (one of whom used to be part of the same network as TOS) have held a grudge against the podcast (and Cody in particular) for years due to them making fun of anime that they liked (namely Baki the Grappler and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: JesuOtaku took offense for them for disliking Sinfest. Cue the revulsion to certain changes years later...
  • Misaimed Fandom: Discussed in the Grave of the Fireflies episode. Many American critics have praised the film as a powerful anti-war movie despite that not being the director's intent.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: A notion that this podcast likes to shed a light on in one way or another, arguing that, most of the time, when a show tries to be "deep", the creators only end up creating heavily convoluted scenarios. Best exemplified in the episode "2Deep4U" as well as their discussions on Wolf's Rain.