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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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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77: Can’t Spell LOVE without OL (Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku)

In the final regular episode for 2018 and season 4 of Aniki, the brothers get into a #tooReal romcom slice of life show: Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. Set in an office with actual adults, Wotkaoi follows the budding relationship between gaming nerd Hirotaka and yaoi fangirl Narumi as they navigate the pitfalls of love, doing business, and geekdom. In a landscape of never-ending high-school romance shows, it is a refreshing look at dating from the perspective of “mature” adults. Also featuring: Detective Pikachu, March Comes in Like a Lion, Chihayafuru, and our seasonal begging for internet points.

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76: Humanity Has Declined III Halftrack Edition (Girls’ Last Tour)

The brothers take their first viewer request and follow melancholic moe-blobs in the snow in Girls’ Last Tour. Set in an indeterminate far dystopian future, Girls’ Last Tour showcases a war-torn landscape, a dead fish, a weird cat, a kettenkrad, and two naive survivors as they try to stay alive and find other traces of living people. A deeply introspective experience, it is the first nightmare slice-of-life the Aniki brothers have seen. Also featuring: Dragonalia Lost and Overlord.

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75: Paper Ghosts (Yamishibai)

To celebrate All Hallows Eve, the brothers embark on a spooktactular romp through the 6th season of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories. Briefly touching on each episode, they discuss the merits of horror, what makes a good scare, and which episodes of this season are worth your consideration. Are you brave enough to journey with them into the unknown? Also featuring initial impressions of Double Decker, Goblin Slayer, That Time I was Reincarnated as a Slime, My Neighbor the Vampire, and Zombie Land Saga.

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74: 13 Reasons Why You Should Watch (Orange)

Full of regret, the brothers decide to commiserate with the cast and story of Orange. A group of friends, upon learning that in high school another friend’s accident was actually a suicide, send a message to their past selves to try and save the life and heart of a boy all of them regret not getting to know better. A romantic drama with attempts at sci-fi, Orange plays with the Japanese idea of “What If?” in an original way. Also featuring: My Hero Academia and Watership Down.

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SP: Fall 2018 Anime Season Preview

The brothers offer their hot takes on the new season of anime for fall 2018. 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! Read More

73: Country Roads, Take Me Home (Non Non Biyori)

Having not had enough of cute girls doing cute things, the brothers decide to watch cute girls doing nothing in a country side that makes them both green with envy with Non Non Biyori. Following four girls and one boy in a country-town school house, Non Non Biyori is a show about living in a questionably rural area when you’re young, imaginative, and suitably silly. Also featuring: Kamen Rider BuildKingdom Hearts, and Searching.

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