60: Technicolor Dreamscape (Flip Flappers)

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 (Nozaki-kun)

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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SP: Winter 2018 Anime Season Preview

Ben and Jon return during their winter break to wax poetic on deep cuts and the winter 2018 anime season line up. Running through the list from Anichart.net, from least to most anticipated series, the brothers unearth some stinkers, some sleepers, and some winners. What shows are you most excited for? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook! Read More

58: My Dad Was a Robot (Eve no Jikan 6)

The finale of Aniki season 3 finally arrives with the last episode of Eve no Jikan. Misaki’s lack of chill is revealed as stemming from a fractured relationship with his dad and his boyhood robot. The magic of the café takes shape in the thrilling conclusion to this cute robot anime. Also featuring: Hallmark Christmas movies, how not to rank Ghibli movies, and the Battle Angel Alita movie.
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57: Extremely Insensitive (Eve no Jikan 5)

Rikuo has a crisis of faith in his new robot buddies when an upstart android steals the spotlight from him at a piano competition. Misaki also discovers that yet another patron at Eve no Jikan is a robot. Also featuring: Back Street Girls, Happiness, Boku wa Mari no Naka, and Goodnight Punpun. Read More

56: How Much Green in Five? (Eve no Jikan 4)

How hard is it to keep one rule? Don’t discriminate between robots and humans. But when a walking bucket of bolts with a sad past walks into Eve no Jikan, Rikuo and Misaki have a very hard time abiding. Also featuring: Re:Zero, Nagi no Asukara, more Alexa stories, and a PSA about recommending shows to others.
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55: Unconventional Lovers (Eve no Jikan 3)

What a time (of eve) to be alive! Robots loving humans, humans loving robots. Is it a packet switching utopia or just a recipe for disaster and dismemberment? Ben and Jon discuss real girls and the men who date them with Eve no Jikan episode 3: Koji and Rina (Lovers of Eve). Also featuring: Kuzu no Honkai final thoughts, Kamen Rider W and Braid, and Gravity Falls.
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54: LARPing Robots (Eve no Jikan 2)

The brothers continue to visit their new coffee and robot hangout spot, Eve no Jikan (Time of Eve), and watch two friends stalk their android, Sammy. A lot of speculation ensues on the nature of robot ethics and the rules within the Eve no Jikan coffee bar. Also featuring: Don Bluth movies, Jon’s Disney coke adventure, and final thoughts on Stranger Things 2. Read More

53: Moist Dryer Insertion (Eve no Jikan 1)

To round out a season of OVAs and movies, the brothers take on Eve no Jikan (Time of Eve), an OVA that became a movie. By the same director of Mizu no Kotoba, the series explores humanity’s interaction with androids and vice versa in the not too distant future. Also featuring: Stranger Things 2, talking bathtubs, and singing laundry.

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52: Especially Spooksome (Yamishibai)

As All Hallows Eve arrives this year, the brothers finish their foray into the dark recesses of Yamishibai. Jon delivers a tale of an accursed hikikomori that receives help from a friendly Shinto priestess. Ben caps off the spooks with the story of a girl who actually managed to get senpai to notice her, though she may regret it. Also featuring: Kuzu no Honkai, a discussion on if Stranger Things or Higurashi is more creepy, and final scary anime picks.

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