92: Protag and the Real Girl (The Tatami Galaxy)

What does it mean to live your #bestlife? In searching for this answer, the brothers discover an unlikely masterpiece in The Tatami Galaxy. Following an unnamed protagonist in his quest for his rose-colored campus life and raven-haired beauties, The Tatami Galaxy explores what it means to live, laugh, and love, what friendship really entails, and the introspection needed to grab hold of the reins of your own life. It is no wonder that with its myriad of layers to unpack and its fantastic visual language, it won the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize in animation and earns it’s place as the first 10/10 Aniki has reviewed. Also featuring: Demon Slayer and All You Need Is Kill.

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SP: Fall 2019 Anime Season Preview

The brothers drop hot-takes like leaves for the new fall 2019 season of anime. 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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91: JUNku Desu (Rozen Maiden)

Seeking nostalgia, Jon suggests the brothers rekindle a fondness for ball-joints with the Highlander doll show, Rozen Maiden, desu. Memories are a funny thing though, since while both brothers remember the show fondly, a subsequent watch reveals that one bad character can spoil the whole wind-up battle royale. They discuss what made the show memorable, its impact on early meme culture, and where it ultimately fell short as a classic. Also featuring: Pathfinder, No Game No Life novels, and JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World.

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SP: Eromahjong Sensei (Fullani)

With Jon flying in a plane somewhere, Ben digs into the archives and revisits the time he went looking for a new mahjong game and ended up playing a ridiculous eroge, Fullani. Sit down children, and let him tell you a tale of lightning induced isekai, sparrow tiles, bad military coups, and quantum entangled bra clasps.

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90: Don’t You Forget About Me (Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu)

The brothers overcome their anxiety and make friends of their classmates along side the cast of Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu. After her best friend Kai “breaks up” with her for beneficent reasons, Bocchi must make friends with her entire middle-school class before she can talk to Kai again. Despite her anxiety, Bocchi tries her hardest to make friends and not barf. Also featuring: Oh Maidens in Your Savage Season and No Game No Life novels.

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89: All Alone Ainz (Overlord)

The brothers get transported to a grim-dark fantasy epic full of magic and intrigue in Overlord, one of the best isekais to come out in the last ten years. In what was supposed to be a single season overview, this episode ends up covering the entirety of the series since Jon just couldn’t stop watching. Overlord follows the player Momonga after he is transported inside the game Yggdrasil after the game was supposed to have been shut off. Instead of a blank “screen” he is presented with NPCs that now act as their flavor text dictates and the body of his own character. Now he must discover if he is the only player in this predicament or not, whatever it takes. Also featuring: Cop Craft and Vinland Saga.

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88: A Lich in Time Saves SAGA (Zombie Land Saga)

The Aniki brothers develop a taste for dried squid, pop idols, and necromancy in Zombie Land Saga. Ten years after young Sakura meets an unfortunate end due to Truck-kun, a maniacal producer brings her and 6 other “legendary” girls back to life for one purpose: revitalize the prefecture of Saga through the song and dance stylings of zombies. A show that has no business being as good as it is, Zombie Land Saga is nothing if not a fun ride. Also featuring: Cop Craft, O Maidens in their Savage Season, and other first episode hot takes.

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87: Déja Ugu (Non Non Biyori Repeat)

Needing a lazy summer show, the brothers decide to watch cute girls doing nothing in a country side that makes them both green with envy with Non Non Biyori Repeat. Following four girls and one boy in a country-town school house, this is a show about living in a questionably rural area when you’re young, imaginative, and suitably silly. Also featuring: Doki Doki Literature Club, Stranger Things, Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?, and Vinland Saga.

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SP: Summer 2019 Anime Season Preview

The weather is hot, but not as hot as these takes the brothers are throwing down for the new summer 2019 season of anime. 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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86: Smol Mercies (Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil)

The brothers are dropped into the moral and philosophical front line trenches of an alternate World War I with magic artillery and objectivist lolis in Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil. After a salaryman is murdered by a subordinate, “god” appears to him and challenges his lack of faith. Esposing the idea that no one need bow to a god in an age of ease and comfort, the salaryman eats his words and is reincarnated as a young girl named Tanya in an alternate timeline where World War I is just beginning. Can Tanya live our her days in ease while still maintaining her lack of faith or will her hubris catch up with her? Also featuring: Tokidoki, Cytus 2, and NOS4A2.

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