80: Psychopomp and Circumstance (Paranoia Agent)

Ben and Jon explore the boundary of reality and social imagination with the only series by their favorite director Satoshi Kon: Paranoia Agent. After a mascot designer is attacked by a bat wielding boy, two detectives try to find the miscreant who is fast becoming a serial assailant.. Touching on a multitude of issues ranging from personal responsibility to the spread of societal fears that manifest themselves in the real world, Paranoia Agent is a unique take on the interconnected world we live in. Are memes able to become psychopomps? Is escaping reality to a happy place any better than giving into despair? Who really is Shounen Bat?

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79: Peak Silly (Alita: Battle Angel)

Following last episode, Jon goes on a deep dive into the Alita franchise and having returned from the depths gives an account of the sights he has witnessed. In this interview style episode, the brothers discuss and contrast the new movie, Alita: Battle Angel, with the OVA and the manga renditions. Jon also gives an account of the events in Last Order and Alita’s origins in Martian Chronicles.

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78: Dumpster Love (Battle Angel Alita)

For the first review of 2019, the Aniki brothers go retro and topical with the original Battle Angel Alita OVA ahead of the release of the Alita movie. Set in a dystopian, cyber future where humans are agumentable, replaceable, and disposable, Alita follows the story of an android rescued from a trash heap and her quest to find meaning in life by becoming a hunter-warrior. Along the way, she falls for Yugo, a man with a dream to escape from the refuse and make his way to Zalem, a real yet mystical land of opportunity. Also featuring: Mob Psycho 100, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, and Boogiepop and Others.

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70: Clippy Learns to Love (Violet Evergarden)

How does the world deal with those broken by war? What does love mean to someone who has never known it? The brothers attempt to find out with Violet Evergarden. An orphaned former child soldier, Violet was given her name and meaning by her last commander. But as he lay with mortal wounds, he gave her his last command “Live” and his final words “I love you.” Now working as a letter writer, Violet tries to understand her place in a world at peace, without a commander to guide her. Also featuring: Happy Sugar Life, Revue Starlight, Teen Titans Go to the Movies, and The Book Thief.

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