I recently wrote about my favorite anime channels & podcasts… One of the greats being “Fan Service” from Rooster Teeth. I credit that podcast for getting me back into anime.
Last month, the Fan Service podcast officially ended. And more than anything else, I want to give the show a proper send-off.
Without you, anime isn’t in my life; this job isn’t in my life.
In the very first episode, they talked about a show everyone was clambering about—Erased. They hooked through their description. I got my free Crunchyroll trial that same day and nothing was ever the same.
What kept me coming back to Fan Service was the format of the show, most notably the “Anime Book Club”. As Erased went on, I eagerly awaited seeing their responses to each week’s episode. Sharing thoughts and reliving moments of every episode really connects you to each of the hosts rather quickly.
But the personalities, tastes, and professional insights of the six hosts are what made Fan Service so unique. Each of the hosts is hilarious and unhinged in their own ways—they are anime fans after all. Fan Service also did an incredible job of having hosts with completely different, yet flexible, anime preferences. I was exposed to shows outside of my normal viewing habits.
Because of Fan Service, I saw Erased, Kiznaiver, Flip Flappers, Shirobako, The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Drifters, Yuri on Ice!!, Keijo!!!!!!!!, Izetta: The Last Witch, Saga of Tanya the Evil, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Assassination Classroom, Kill La Kill, Space Patrol Luluco, Mob Psycho 100, My Hero Academia, Sekko Boys, Ghost Stories, Sakura Quest, and your name. Without Fan Service, that list of 20 would be down to one or even zero.
But the professional insights really set this show apart. Each of the six hosts works in some capacity on RWBY and other Rooster Teeth Animation productions. They’ve talked at length about 3D modeling, voice acting, scene construction, camera positioning, scriptwriting, etc. And because it’s Rooster Teeth, they brought in special guests who work in the anime industry and got them to geek out over anime.
Fan Service did everything you could desire in an anime podcast, which is why it’s so sad to see it go.
I want to leave you, my readers, with three of my favorite episodes, but do yourself a favor, and watch from episode one. Actually…
I know it’s cliché to put the first episode of anything on a list, but between introducing “The Fan Service Shot of the Week” and “Cole Explains”, this episode is gold. You’ll immediately know if you love this podcast with this episode.
This is what I mean by professional insight. Austin, one of the hosts, gives an incredible lesson covering legendary anime director/artist/animator Mitsuo Iso.
I just don’t have the words to describe how sidesplitting and entertaining this episode is. And believe me, it’s not only because of Jessica Nigri.