63: Humanity has Declined II: But with Snails this Time (Suisei no Gargantia)

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 (Bakemonogatari)

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 (Humanity Has Declined)

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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SP: Spring 2018 Anime Season Preview

Ben and Jon bring you their take on the new season of anime for spring 2018. Running down the Anichart.net listings from least to most popular, they discover what they consider shows to be worth checking out and which should probably crawl back to whatever garbage fire they emerged from. What shows are you most excited for? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook! Read More

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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