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Geoff Thew, better known online as Mother's Basement, is a YouTuber who makes anime and game analysis videos, as well as a self proclaimed "professional shitbag". He's best known for the series What's in a Scene?, where he over-analyses particular scenes in anime and What's in an OP?, where he over-analyzes the openings of particular anime. He's good friends with Digibro, and has made a four hour long debate on whether the anime series "ERASED" is any good.

Good Friends on YouTube

  1. Digibro (Conrad)
  2. BestGuyEver (Nate)
  3. Subsonic Sparkle (Kamara)
  4. CannedChicken (Joji Matthews)
  5. Treylar (Trey Allen AKA GeoffThewRumors)
  6. What's With Games (CJ)

Two notable friends are Digibro and CannedChicken. Digibro created the Seasonal weebcast but after three seasons of running he handed off the reigns to Geoff.

CannedChicken is a frequent contributor to streams on the Mothers Basement  channel, predominantly famous for one day donating over $300 to get Geoff to read Sword Art Online chapter 16.5.


What's in a Scene?

What's in a Scene? is a series where Mother's Basement analyzes specific scenes in an anime, what the meaning, possible symbolism and/or foreshadowing that might be in them, such as when he analyzed the park scene and the symbolism of the color red in ERASED. Another example is the video he did on how to read between the lines in Welcome to the N.H.K.  

  1. What's in a Scene? - ERASED's Genius Park Scene (from Ep. 2)
  2. What's in a Scene? - Reading Between the Lines in Welcome to the NHK
  3. What’s in a Scene? – Red Means Dead in ERASED
  4. What's in a Scene? - How SAO Became the Worst Anime Ever
  5. What's in a Scene? - Fixing Yuri!!! on Ice
  6. What's in a Scene? - Rakugo's BRILLIANT Layered Storytelling (Spoiler-Free)
  7. How Attack on Titan Keeps Surprising You

What's in a Fight?  

What's in a Fight? is a series where Goeff analyzes great fights in anime.  

  1. What's in a Fight? - One Punch Man & Mumen Rider VS. Deep Sea King
  2. What's in a Fight? - The Best Anime Fights of 2016

What's in an OP?

What's in an OP?  is a series where Mother's Basement analyzes the opening of an anime series and dissects weather it's good or not based on the possible symbolism and/or foreshadowing that it might or might not possess.  He's said that the show was inspired by the older anime YouTuber, (who no longer makes videos), JesuOtaku, when she made her top 10 anime Openings list; even though he liked the video, he was disappointed that all she talked about was the music, because that's all she cared about, and not the visuals, and then realized that there really is no OP analysis in the form that he wanted to see.  

  1. What's in an OP? - Baccano! vs. Durarara!!
  2. What's in an OP? - Baby Steps and OP Remixes
  3. What's in an OP? - The Truth Behind Your Lie in April
  4. What's in an OP? - Unravelling JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Part 1
  5. What's in an OP? - Unravelling JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Part 2
  6. What's in an OP? - Spice and Wolf Season One Feat. Aser Peranthai
  7. What's in an OP? - Spice and Wolf Season One Feat. Aser Peranthai
  8. What's in an OP? - Welcome to the Abstract Expressionism
  9. What's in an OP - Remembering Anohana
  10. What's in an OP? - How Haikyuu Gets You Hyped
  11. What's in an OP? - When Titans Attack Part 1
  12. What's in an OP? - When Titans Attack Part 2 - Why Jiyuu no Tsubasa is Better
  13. What's in an OP? - Shiki Halloween Special
  14. What's in an OP? - the Secrets of School-Live!
  15. What's in an OP? - Death Parade's Hidden Meaning (Feat. Popushi)
  16. What's in an OP? - How Strong is One Punch Man?
  17. What's in an Intro? - Gravity Falls' Hidden Clues
  18. What's in an OP? - Spice and Wolf Season Two
  19. What's in an OP? - Hello, Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
  20. What's in an OP? - Space Brothers Part 1 (Openings 1 and 2)
  21. What's in an OP? - The World God Only Knows
  22. What’s in an OP? – How Nichijou Gets You Ready to Laugh
  23. What's in an OP? - Sword Art Online is Worse Than You Think
  24. What's in an OP? - Cory in the House
  25. What's in an OP? - The Best Part of ERASED
  26. What's the Best OP? - FMA Mother's (Basement) Day Special
  27. What's in an OP? - Haikyuu's Breathtaking Animation (ft. Daniel Floyd)
  28. What's in an OP? - How Konosuba and Re:Zero Beat the Pants Off SAO
  29. What's in an OP? - Predicting the Future of 91 Days
  30. What's in an OP? - Death Note's Heavy Christian Symbolism
  31. What's in an OP? - Cause I Feel (Like Doing a Psycho-Pass Video)
  32. What's in an OP? - Mob Psycho 100's Hidden Secrets (Finally)
  33. The 10 Best Anime Openings OF ALL TIME - 100k Sub Special
  34. What's in an OP? - Jojo: Diamond is not Crash ft. Woolie Madden
  35. What's in an OP? - Konosuba's Lovable Idiots
  36. What's in an OP? - Naruto's Best (and Worst) Openings Ranked
  37. What's in an OP? - The Heartbreaking Beauty of Your Name
  38. What's in a Year? - The Top 10 Best Anime Openings of 2016 (Part 1)
  39. The Definitive Top 5 Anime OPs of 2016 - What's in a Year? (part 2)
  40. Top 10 Best Persona Openings - What's in an OP?

What's in an ED?  

What's in an ED?  is similar to What's in an OP? except Goeff analyzes the Endings of anime rather than the Openings; he does this much less frequently, due to most endings having a lot less worth analyzing than most openings.  

  1. What's in an ED? - Everybody Loves Reigen (Mob Psycho 100)

What's in an OVA?  

What's in an OVA?  is a rarely done version of his show where Geoff analyzes a short OVA anime series.  

  1. What's in an OVA? - The Origin of "Gainaxing" (and also Gainax)

What's in a Game?

What's in a Game?  also known as What's in a Level?  is a series where Mother's Basement analyzes a particular level in a specific video game, such as the revolutionary tutorials in Hitman.  

  1. What's in a Level? - Analyzing Gloria's Theater from Psychonauts
  2. What's in a Level? - HITMAN's Revolutionary Tutorials
  3. Uncharted 4 Isn't a Real Video Game (and That's OK)
  4. What's in a Hero? - Why Lúcio is the Best Support in Overwatch
  5. How a Japanese Indie Studio Kicks Bethesda's Butt at World-Building
  6. Did the Decline of Mass Effect Start with ME2?
  7. What's in a Hero? - Sombra's Hidden History (Overwatch Short Analysis)
  8. Why SAO is a Terrible Game, Too
  9. Breath of the Wild's "Disneyland Problem" - Why the Press Loves Zelda

What's in a Trailer?  

What's in a Trailer?  is a series where Goeff analyzes trailers of games and anime.  

  1. What's in a PV? - Mob Psycho 100 (Sponsored by Crunchyroll)
  2. What's in a Trailer? - Will Netflix's Death Note Movie Adapt, or Die?
  3. What's in a Trailer? - Death Sentence for Netflix's Death Note?

Adapt or Die

One of the more recent series on Goeff's channel, Adapt or Die is a series where he takes an anime adaptation and compares it to it's original source material, and analyizes weather it "adapted" it properly, or if it "died.'  Keep in mind, an adaptation doesn't necessarily mean that it's adapted perfectly, but also that changes are made if necessary in order to make it fit better with the new medium.  

  1. How Spice and Wolf Changed From Book to Anime - Adapt or Die
  2. Will Netflix's Death Note Movie Adapt or Die?

Anime:  A History

Anime:  A History is one of Geoff's more recent series, where he recalls and analyzes certain parts of anim history, such as the abundance of "magic school" anime just being ripoffs of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter.  

  1. Harry Potter Anime Knockoffs - A History

Geoff Thew Rumors

Geoff Thew Rumors is a Twitter account run by Trey Allen that parodies the typical "Did You Know?" fact accounts. He generally posts his "rumors" in response to Tweets by Geoff, claiming all sorts of ridiculous garbage. Trey once also sent a joke death threat to Geoff's PO Box that thanked him for following his Twitter account. Followers of this account are known as "En-Thew-siasts" and all have a rank and title of their choosing.


Pro Crastinators Podcast

Although not directly run by Geoff Thew himself, he does make a regular appearance on the podcast alongside mostly his friends on youtube, with the exception of Ben Saint, whom is a comics author.  

  1. Pro Crastinators Podcast: Episode 6 - Remakes
    1. BestGuyEver
    2. Digibro
    3. My Japanese Animes/Endless Jess/Drowning in Footwear
    4. Hippocrit
    5. Mother's Basement

MangaPod Book Club

  1. MangaPod Book Club Episode 132: Untouchable (Chapters 0-30)
  2. MangaPod Book Club Episode 159: Sanctuary (Chapters 1-27) ft. Mother's Basement

The Weekly Weebcast

The Weebcast is a weekly podcast that Geoff hosts, it regulary has other anime creatires featured as cohosts including people such as The Canipa Effect, Misty Chronexia, Best Guy Ever, The Pedantic Romantic, Explanation Point, Digibro, and RSSLiam.  In 2017 Goeff created a new channel called BasementEscape to upload all of the Weebcast episodes, (among other things).  

  1. HalloweebCast - Horror Anime Recommendations ft. Gigguk and Digibro
  2. Space Patrol Luluco - Weebcast ft. Misty/Chronexia, 2BFLiam, Takahata101, and Truongasm
  3. Growing Up Naruto - Weekly Weebcast With Woolie Woolz and Flip Anime
  4. Mob Psycho 100 - Weekly Weebcast Ft. Takahata101 and Weegee Plays
  5. JRPGs Are Like Anime You Can Play - Weekly Weebcast FT. Takahata101 and Tenleid Cosplay
  6. How Pokemon Got Its Groove Back - Weekly Weebcast Ft. Canipa
  7. Star Wars Counts as Anime, Right? - Weebcast ft. SAO Abridged
  8. Spring 2016 Anime Impressions [w/ Mother's Basement, Liam of The Sw1tcher, Best Guy Ever, & Canipa]
  9. Summer 2016 Anime Impressions - The Weebcast w/ Mother's Basement, Best Guy Ever, & Popushi
  10. Fall 2016 Anime Impressions - The WeebCast ft. 2BFLiam & GREATBLACKOTAKU
  11. Great Re:Zero Debate ft. Digibro and Subsonic Sparkle - WeebCast Special
  12. Winter 2017 Anime Impressions - The Weebcast with Arkada and RSSLiam
  13. Anime Awards Post Mortem - The Weebcast ft. Arkada and Miles #MobWasRobbed
  14. Spring 2017 Anime Impressions - Weebcast with Super Eyepatch Wolf and RSSLiam
  15. Super Late GiTS Movie Reviewcast - Weebcast With RSSLiam
  16. Your Name Changed Our Lives - Weebcast with Superbunnyhop and Pedantic Romantic
  17. summer 2017 anime impressions - Weebcast w/ Explanation Point, Pedantic Romantic, & underwater Liam
  18. A Silent Voice Discussion - Weekly Weebcast ft. Gaijin Goombah
  19. Children's card games Yugioh Weebcast ft ProZD