Anime out of Context is a podcast started in 2018 by Shaun Rollins and Remington Chase. Each week, Shaun shows his good buddy Remington an anime to demonstrate the various tropes and conventions found in the medium. An average episode runs as follows: Shaun introduces an anime, both of them watch it, then Remington gives his critiques and opinions of said anime. Depending on the anime, he may give a thorough, well thought out viewpoint discussing the pros and cons of the subject, or he'll go on a nigh hour tirade bashing and criticizing everything he believes to be wrong with the anime. Either way, it turns out to be very entertaining (especially for Shaun).
Some of the anime that they've covered can be found below
- Sword Art Online
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Black Clover
- My Hero Academia
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
- Himouto! Umaru-chan
- The Promised Neverland
Note: Episodes are released for patrons approximately 2 days early. Please avoid adding tropes for episodes until the public release.
Anime Out of Context provides examples of the following tropes.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Implied during the opening bit of their Haikyuu!! episode.
- Accentuate the Negative: While Remington is usually pretty rational and well mannered when giving his opinions, if he thinks an anime is especially bad, he will not hesitate to give every reason why said anime sucks.
- Berserk Button:
- Remington absolutely can not stand what he refers to as "Bland bitch protagonists." Fanservice, misogyny (or any kind of sexism in general), incest-related plots, and bland plot lines will also quickly earn his ire.
- Shaun has grown sick of Remington bringing up Himouto! Umaru-chan as a constant comparison point. He also doesn't like it when he (jokingly) brings up Code Lyoko as an idea for an episode. Also, any time that Remington criticizes an anime he really likes (see their episodes on Spirited Away and Gurren Lagann for examples.)
- Blatant Lies: "I'm not a vengeful person", says the guy who showed his friend six episodes of Oreimo as payback for his... controversial opinion on Dr. Stone.
- Epic Fail: During their Conception episode, Shaun (incorrectly) states that the anime had a lower rating than Forest Fairy Five on My Anime List. note This leaves a flabbergasted Remington to wonder how that was even possible. (To be fair, Forest Fair Five is really bad.)
- The Gadfly: Shaun may be teaching his friend the ins and outs of anime, but that doesn't stop him from intentionally showing him horrendous anime just to see his composure snap in half.
- Sadist Show: Downplayed since Shaun typically shows Remington good/popular anime with the intent to get his honest opinion on it. However, the few times Shaun trolls Remington with truly awful anime, the main appeal will be Remington's suffering.
- Sempai/Kohai: Shaun and Rem share this dynamic, with Shaun being the sempai and Remington being the Kohai.
- So Bad, It's Good: Remington holds this opinion of Forest Fairy Five, where he openly acknowledges how horrible it is, but he also revels in the low-quality madness. Subverted in the case of Domestic Girlfriend in that while he was hoping to have such an opinion of the anime, he ended up enjoying it for it's actual merits.
- Tempting Fate: At one point, Remington promised that he would join the (then) newly created Discord server. Because he didn't keep his promise, Shaun decided to show him continuously worse anime until he gave in and kept his promise. Big mistake. note