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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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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SP: Winter 2019 Anime Season Preview

A new year and new hot takes on the first season of anime for winter 2019. Running down the Anichart.net listings from least to most popular, they help you sort what shouldn’t be missed, what might be ok, and what you should probably avoid. What shows are you most excited for? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!

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