Anime Outsiders is a site that mainly host a (usually) weekly podcast called The Other Side, hosted by Cody "Lord Shmeckie" Baier. It has run since December 2011 on Anime 3000, and later on their own website Anime Outsiders. Most episodes deal with certain aspects of the Japanese entertainment culture and lampooning them, while still retaining the things they enjoy about anime, manga and Japanese video games.
The Other Side is named as such as it provides an alternative perspective of the anime fandom than most other anime podcasts, or as Cody would put it "The anime podcast for people with lives".
The first season starred Alex Barry as co-host, also known as the creator of the anti-fanfiction site Project A.F.T.E.R., lending discussions a straight man to Baier's rather exaggerated and crass style. Because of real life issues, however, Barry then left the show and was replaced with Max-Vader for the second season after occasional guest appearances in the first one. The third season introduced a second co-host by the name of Andrew Erickson.
Find their episodes here or on their Soundcloud.
Anime Outsiders also write various articles such as review of anime or anime related video games, Andrew in Steamland, Dean Talks Anime, and more.
This podcast provides examples of:
- All Germans Are Nazis: Subverted with Max-Vader, though it has been mentioned several times that his grandfather was a SS officer.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: Occasionally, the podcast will focus on subjects irrelevant to the anime fandom, such as crazy people on the internet, the brony fandom or the social justice movement. Or this very website.
- And then there was the time Cody invited two people diagnosed with autism to talk about just that.
- "The Hideaki Anno Interview" broke from the format entirely.
- Ascended Extra: The Nurse from Katawa Shoujo.
- Berserk Button: Do not mention lolicon in a positive light or, to an only slightly lesser extent, incest. Also, in a meta example, some people see the podcast itself as this, much to the amusement of the hosts.
- Bilingual Bonus: "Schrecklichen Nachrichten-Netzwerk," the title of the Anime News Network episode is German for "Terrible News Network."
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Sort of. At the beginning of the Incest episode, Cody makes fun of the pre-roll ads that were airing before Anime 3000's podcasts at the time, followed by Max saying that they would have to leave Anime 3000. This is actually a reference to the circumstances of another podcast's departure from the website.
- Broken Pedestal: The Other Side has endorsed FUNimation several times as the best anime dubbing company. However, after the Prison School broadcast dub debacle (where a line was replaced with an out-of-place Take That! to Gamergate) they've become much more critical of the company.
- Brutal Honesty: The podcast pretty much lives by this trope.
- Butt-Monkey: After the episode on Go! Go! Nippon!, Andrew started receiving joke gifts on Steam from the listeners, including Record of Agarest War. So many games have been sent to him that two episodes were devoted to them, and he's been given a regular column on Anime Outsiders called "Andrew in Steamland"
- Call-Back: "Spirit Nazis and Space Nazis'" original premise (the depiction of Hitler in anime) was a call back to "Schrecklichen Nachrichten-Netzwerk," which used the premise as a Bait-and-Switch
- Catchphrase: Among other things, "x show for x people", with x usually being either "loser" or "sad", for Cody and "The Other Side: (insert something related to the topic)" for Max.
- Caustic Critic: If they don't like something, they'll be sure to remind you.
- Censored Title: The episodes "Fullmetal Dead [Censored] Magician" and "S#@!fest!".
- Cloudcuckoolander: Bonglorio, one of the guest hosts.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Happens a few times, especially when the hosts get worked up while discussing something they find particularly odious. Cody even admitted using the word "fuck" as much as other people use "Uhm".
- Cycle of Revenge: Parts of Season 3 are this. After being tricked by Cody to watch Project A-ko, Max-Vader got his revenge by forcing his co-hosts to watch Astarotte's Toy (see below). Then Andrew tried to get his revenge for Max's revenge by making him watch Haiyore! Nyarko-san... which backfired due to Max's shortage of time. High School DxD was supposed to be the next show in the cycle, but they put it off until 2015, 2 years after the Nyarko-San episode.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Cody notes this during "Lolicon Discussion 2" since Max-Vader made him watch Astarotte's Toy for making him watch Project A-ko, knowing he would hate it. Max even admits that he made everyone watch it solely for Cody tricking him.
- Eldritch Abomination: Boku no Pico.
- The Faceless: Alex Barry.
- Germanic Depressive: Inverted with Max-Vader, who'll be willing to crack jokes and have a laugh all day long.
- Heroic BSoD: Cody Baier after discussing incest. A notable example occurs when discussing Kiss X Sis; at one point, Vader tells Cody that an explicit scene depicting one of the characters is not from a hentai spoof, but from an official manga, causing Cody to short-circuit for a good two minutes.
- And again, for well over the half of an entire podcast, to the point that it's even titled "The Many Breakdowns of Cody Baier". Reasons for the breakdowns include Issei Sagawa, FUNimation's decision to localize Dance in the Vampire Bund and the marketing behind it as well as the description of an adult woman making out with a ten-year-old boy, the last of which caused Cody to leave the podcast for a good five minutes while Max and Andrew were listening to him talking with a plush and playing Mega Man 8-Bit Deathmatch... with nobody else on the server.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: A recurring element (and Berserk Button for the hosts) is anime's tendencies to glorify certain historical figures. In "Breaking the Wind Rises," they point out that Jiro Horikoshi, the protagonist of The Wind Rises, used Korean slave labor to build the Zero planes, which is never mentioned in the film. "We Heart Imperial Japan" features a brief discussion of Joker Game, which depicts a secret Imperial Japanese spy faction that manages to outwit the Allies, whereas in real life, the Allies were able to crack all of Japan's secret codes early on in the war.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every rundown of the upcoming anime season has a title that involves the death of Anime (i.e Anime Might Be Dead, Anime is Undead, Cast Revive on Anime).
- Insult Comic: Alex Barry turns into the embodiment of this trope whenever David Sirlin's name comes up.
- Rule of Three: The first one while discussing the fighting fandom, the second as a reaction to the responses they've gotten for it, and the third as a farewell note/post credit scene in his last episode.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cody Baier. (As well as most of the co-hosts, with varying jerk-to-golden-heart ratios.)
- Patriotic Fervor: The last several minutes of the second part of "Oh, Japan!" features Cody delivering a speech about how great America is with the National Anthem blaring.
- Pun-Based Title: Numerous episodes
- Sacred Cow: Theyre hilariously ruthless towards anyone and anything universally loved by the internet. That is, unless that thing is Kirby, which can do no wrong.
- Shock Jock: Cody, again. He's even classified as such on his Anime 3000 profile.
- Shout-Out: One episode "Lolicon Discussion 2" had Cody speaking the Hate Speech from I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream nearly word for word.
- Sidetracked By The Golden Saucer: What was supposed to be an examination of MMO anime turned into a 2-part roast of Sword Art Online, complete with a Dramatic Reading of the 16.5 Lemon chapter. Hilarity Ensued.
- "Spirit Nazis and Space Nazis" was supposed to be an episode about the depiction of Hitler in Japanese media, but once Max began talking about The Legend of Koizumi, the rest of the episode became about that instead.
- Special Guest: During their tenure on Anime 3000, Jahmere Durham of Two Guys and a Mic guest starred on several episodes (usually the season overviews.) "What is Gamergate" featured Mundane Matt, and "Relief from the Webcomics" featured Riiser.
- Straight Man: Most of Cody's co-hosts have filled this role. Comparatively, at least.
- Take That!: Every episode has at least one, but the first major one was in "Feel The Love", in which the entire first half is devoted to taking the piss out of a podcast that tried to call Cody out.
- Then taken one level further with "Schrecklichen Nachrichten-Netzwerk".
- Happens once again with "Anime is Back, and So Are it's Losers!" spending the first half of the episode recapping the hilarity that unleashed within their comments section of the episode, "The Imaishi Interview."
- Thematic Theme Tune: Besides echoing the title of the podcast, the lyrics of "The Other Side" by Pendulum nicely fit both the tone and theme of the show. The show also regularly features other songs that usually fit the tone of the particular episode. Examples include:
- Throw It In!: "SCP-6969" has several audio glitches, including 20 seconds of slowed-down audio, and several parts where the sound is garbled. According to Cody's preamble, the episode was nearly scrapped due to the glitches being unfixable but decided to leave them in due to them being appropriate to the subject matter of the episode.
- Villainous Breakdown: Andrew after finding out Max had not subjected himself to all of Haiyore! Nyarko-san.
- What Could Have Been: In an early episode, Cody brings up an idea for an episode which involved creating a profile on a nonspecified anime dating website and talking about the responses they'd get. How far the plans have gotten is unknown.
- Women Are Delicate: Subverted in the episode "The Wimmins of Anime".
- Xanatos Gambit: For the episode about Project A-ko, Cody expected Max to hate it and used it to make the episode about it as entertaining as possible, to the point he made a list of the things he expected him to hate - and got most of them right.