**Pushes glasses up while smirking**

Japanese Animation, or Anime, has always been popular but only for a niche audience. Only in the last decade has it hit the mainstream in a big way where gone are the days (well…mostly) when people stick up their noses when you tell them you watch anime! But what if you haven’t dipped your toes into this incredibly popular format yet and you have no idea where to start? Well choosing a starter anime show just got easier ! Join Tuong La and Spiky Haired Magic Teen Fighters Axandre Lemours, Whitney Chen, and Kalvin Nhan as they raise their power levels to over 9000 and “Rank-sengans” a Top 5 Anime Shows for Beginner List!

Everyone’s favorite TV show about shitty superheroes and hilarious over the top violence is back for a season 2 on Prime Video. That’s right! This week on Talkin’ Tuong, we have special guest Angus MacDonald…

Studio Ghibli films just hit Netflix in Canada so you better believe we are going to do a podcast about one! This week on Talkin’ Tuong, join Tuong and First Time Ghibli Watcher Colleen Wang as Tuong tries to convert Colleen into loving one of the all time anime classics – Princess Mononoke!

Gotta Rank’Em All!
…okay maybe not all of them but you get the idea. For over 20 years, Pokémon is still, to this day, one of the most beloved franchises of all time. In fact in many ways, Pokémon has never been more popular – now catering to the adults who grew up with the franchise as well as the younger generation of newcomers…er trainers. From the humble beginnings of only 150 Pokémon to now 800+ there has never been a better time to rank them! So join Tuong La and Gym Leaders Samantha Leggatt, Sarah Ghadbane, and Angus MacDonald as they pit their love of Pokémon, into the Ranked Poké-Gym, to battle it out and find out what the Top 5 Best Pokemon are! 

Let’s bring you back to the good ol’ days.

Remember when Saturday Mornings were the best time of the week? What better way to start the weekend than to wake up in your jammies, eat your favorite sugary cereal, turn on your oversized CRT TV’s, and binge watch cartoons for hours on end. It was truly a wondrous era that swept North American pop culture for years on end which has sadly vanished in this day in age. So hop in our time machine as Tuong La and Nostalgic Cartoon Lovers Axandre Lemours, Ali Harris, and Catherine Ballachey take you back to the glory days of being a kid and rank the Top 5 best Saturday Morning Cartoons!

To kick off 2019, we have special guest Dan Foerster to talk with Tuong about the intriguing “choose your own adventure” Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, The HYPER explosive anime movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly, and brutally violent season 2 of The Punisher!

“Yessss my master” *kneels down cowering*

Fictional villains often seem to have unlimited resources to fund their evil plans. Even though we, the audience, are taught to despise these villains, sometimes it’s hard to resist their wealth of cash, their nefarious moral compass, or their smarmy accent. It’s times like these when we wonder “What would it be like to work for this villain?”. Would they treat me well? What’s the benefits package like? Will I die horribly? These are the questions we ask on this week’s Ranked as Tuong La and Underling Candidates Taylor Fleming, Alex Toth, and Josef Addleman rank the Top 5 Best Villains to Work For!

Don’t make it weird.

Growing up in front of a television, it was hard not to admire some of the animated characters we saw on our favorite shows/movies. Something in the way these character talked, or the way they acted, or – yup – even the way they looked made us melt in a way that ‘Tommy’ or ‘Sally’ from school never would. This week Tuong La and Cartoon Crushers Angus MacDonald, Samantha Leggatt, and Meghan Murphy rank their favorite Cartoon Crushes that sparked their err..”awakening”.