83: Unlimited Ero-Works (Denki-gai no Honya-san)

We are the bone of our horse, or something to that effect. The brothers hang out in a comic book shop with a bunch of adorable degenerates in Denki-gai no Honya-san. Set in a doujinshi shop in fake-Akihabara, Denki-gai no Honya-san follows the everyday life of the diverse staff. From “naive” Hio-tan to the all-knowing Sommelier who can tell at a glance what special-interest literature will bring joy to your pathetic soul, there’s something for everyone at the Umanohone. Also featuring: Fairy Gone, Demon Slayer, One Punch Man 2, and the Promised Neverland.

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82: Con(tent)ment (Yuru Camp)

Taking another listener request, Ben and Jon go on a super comfy blanket adventure to see the gorgeous scenery in Yuru Camp. In the vein of “cute girls doing cute things,” Yuru camp follows avid solo adventurer Rin as she makes a new friend and goes on group camping trips, sometimes. If you need something to soothe your soul, this is the show for you. Also featuring: hot-takes on the Cowboy Bebop live action cast announcement.

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SP: Spring 2019 Anime Season Preview

The year is heating up so its time for new hot takes on the spring season of anime for 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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81: Usagimonogatari (Bunny Girl Senpai)

On a viewer’s request, the brothers enter a time loop while investigating the strange phenomenon of puberty syndrome in Rascal Does Not Dream of a Bunny Girl Senpai. After witnessing his famous senpai, Mai, in a bunny girl outfit in public, high-schooler Sakuta attempts to save her from vanishing from reality. Other beautiful women also fall victim to quantum mechanics as Sakuta must save them from their problems while strengthening his relationship with Mai. However, Ben and Jon notice that they too have entered a time loop taking them back to 2009. Also featuring: Kaguya-Sama and Isekai Quartet.

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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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