63: Humanity has Declined II: But with Snails this Time

Ben and Jon get all washed up in the newest installment of Humanity has Declined.. oh wait, no, this is Suisei no Gargantia (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet) which has fewer fairies and more giant space snails. A water world of the future into which falls a mecha pilot who thought Earth had been lost millennia ago. Lessons of war, hubris, and humanity abound in a series with rich world building and not-Kevin-Costner. Also featuring: Dune, Discworld, and Love is Hard for Otaku.
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62: Fan(tom) Service

The brothers get their wit sharpened with one of the most celebrated anime of the decade: Bakemonogatari. What appears on the surface to be a fan-service extravaganza of head-tilting proportions turns out to also be chock full of wit, rich imagery, philosophy, religion, serious relationships, and never-ending arguments on who is best-girl. Also featuring: Kokkoku and a final look at Harry Potter.
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61: Anyway, Here’s Wonderbread

Ben and Jon get knee deep in fairies and shenanigans as they review the surprisingly cynical comedy Humanity has Declined (Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita/人類は衰退しました). The series revolving around an unnamed heroine and her daily life as a mediator between a post-apocalyptic humanity and the new dominant species on Earth, fairies, strides a fine line saccharine sweet art style and dark comedy taking target at humanity at all scales. Also featuring: Boku no Hero Academia and more Harry Potter.
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60: Technicolor Dreamscape

The brothers do a deep dive into a land of Pure Illusion when they enter the technicolor dreamscape of Flip Flappers. Ben and Jon discuss the surprisingly complex subtext and philosophy in a show about two girls, a manic pixie and a dull normal teenager, who go on fantastical adventures into the magical land of make-believe. Also featuring: Ben’s first foray into Harry Potter.
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59: Needs More Tanukis

The brothers are back in the season 4 premiere of Aniki! With the new season comes a new format covering your favorite series in a single episode. First up on the docket is Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun). Ben and Jon wax poetic on their favorite send-up of the world of manga writing, shoujo manga, and high school romance. They also debate the dynamic of the relationship between Sakura and Nozaki as the series progresses. Also featuring:  Kokkuko, Darling in the FranXX, and The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done.
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