50: Big Ol’ Moon, I See You Shinin’

It’s our 50th episode and we celebrate with more creepy Yamishibai. Jon delivers a cautionary tale against being too loud in your apartment and Ben tells of a boy who has a very bad bathroom memory. Also featuring: Mahoutsukai no Yome, WataMote, and Over the Garden Wall.

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49: Don’t Poke Satan

The month of October is upon us and the brothers are getting into the spooky spirit with Yamishibai: a series of short ghost stories.  Choosing episodes at random, Ben recounts a tale of trying to contact the dead using a seemingly harmless game and Jon tells us of a woman who finds herself not alone on the last bus of the evening. Also featuring: Ducktales, Over the Garden Wall, scary anime picks, and a preview of the fall anime season.

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48: A Fishy Conversation

The brothers go for a spot of coffee and conversation in the award winning short “Mizu no Kotoba” (Aquatic Language). Floating from one conversation to another, the short asks questions about the nature of language through clever dialogue and camera tricks. Also featuring: Destiny 2, Made in Abyss, Blade Runner 2022 “Black Out” by Shinichiro Watanabe, and Kemono Friends.

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47: Small Cubes, Big Feels

Join the brothers on a deep dive into a life well lived with the academy award winning anime “Tsumiki no Ie” or “House of Small Cubes (La Maison en Petits Cubes).” The short film elicits a bit more feeling than expected as an old man reminisces about times gone by in a world of rising waters. Also featuring: Little Witch Academia and qüb.

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46: Wave of Nostalgia

Bitter-sweets for everyone in the Korean anime “Break Ups.” A couple bent on removing one another from their lives finds a “break up device” on the beach. Hastily activating it, they relive the break ups they’d had in the past, leading them to learn more about each other and a little about themselves. Also featuring: the 2017 eclipse, Pathfinder and World of Darkness, and Made in Abyss.

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45: Breathe Life In

A mysterious aliment seems to be afflicting the Mushi-shi of the Minai clan and Ginko is tasked with uncovering the root cause in the Mushi-shi SP episode "Path of Thorns." Little does our intrepid apothecary know,  but shrubberies and camphorous medicines are about to become a significant part of his day. Also featuring: Youjo Senki, Splatoon 2, and Voltron.

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44: You Are My Sunshine

Encounter a total eclipse of the heart, and sun, in the Mushi-shi OVA “The Shadow that Devours the Sun.” Mushi expert Ginko works to reverse an artificial eclipse that plunges a town into darkness and may offer a cure to a local albino girl stricken with a sun allergy. Also featuring: Caverna, Firewatch, Youjo Senki, and baseball corner.

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43: Probably Means Something to Someone Somewhere

The brothers are swept away in a wave of interpretation and analysis by the 2001 art-house short Cat Soup. An intensely stylized and visceral anime with no spoken dialogue, Cat Soup takes them on a journey to recover a sibling’s lost soul from the depths of hell. Normal brother stuff. Also featuring: Full Metal Alchemist, Keijo, Thor Ragnarok, and Dr. Strange.

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42: How I Shot Web

This week on Aniki: Oh what a tangled web! It’s the Production I.G. Anime Mirai 2011 entry: Wasurenagumo (Spider Girl). Told as a traditional Japanese folk tale in all senses of the word, Wasurenagumo is both endearing and terrifying at the same time. Also featuring: Little Witch Academia TV, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and the newly announced FLCL trailer.

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41: Washizu no Nineball

This week on Aniki: The game is afoot with Madhouse entry for Anime Mirai 2013: Death Billiards. The brothers witness the most intense game of nine-ball ever played with stakes that could not be higher! With their lives on the line, who will sink the final ball? Also featuring: CLAMP and Nekopara.

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