102: Willy Wonka Deserves to Die (Castlevania 3)

After reviewing the first two seasons of Netflix’s original series Castlevania, the Aniki brothers try out the latest season to see how it measures up. Set shortly after the events of the last season, the third installment follows four distinct plot threads focusing on two protagonist and two antagonist groups as they make their way in the land of Wallachia following the defeat of Dracula and his army. The brother’s first encounter with Castlevania was disappointing. Can Castlevania 3 regain their faith in the series? Also featuring: Rising of the Shield Hero, Listeners, and Tower of God.

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101: Quarenteens (After School Dice Club)

Due to plague, the brothers are stuck inside with nothing to do. Good thing this week After School Dice Club offers a solution with board games! Shy Miki just wants to cruise through high school without social interaction. However, through her chance meeting with Aya, a bubbly girl, and Midori, a megane who works part time at a game store, Miki learns all about board games and how they can solve all of life’s problems. While a niche watch, if you are into board games or game design, this show may be right up your alley. Also featuring: Star Wars Clone Wars and Isekai Quartet.

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100: Hyaku & Slashu (Slayers)

We did it internet! Aniki has reached 100 episodes! And to celebrate our age, the brothers watch the (arguably) progenitor of all anime: Slayers. Following the incredibly talented sorceress Lina Inverse and her traveling swordsman companion Gourry, this early 90s anime takes its audience on a hilarious romp through a Dungeons and Dragons fever dream. It not only became an icon in its own right within anime history, but has inspired an entire generation of anime and manga creators who are now making the shows you know and love airing today. Also featuring: Aniki’s top episodes of all time.

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99: The Smoking Gun (No Guns Life)

The Aniki brothers get pitched a show called No Guns Life about a guy with a gun for a head and what are they going to do, say no? Of course not. In this fast paced cyberpunk noir, Juuzou Inui is said man with a revolver for a head. After meeting a boy who has the ability to control others who have cybernetic extensions, he is pulled deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that may finally reveal his forgotten past and tear down the fabric of the city around him. This review is for the first cour of the show. Also featuring: Star Wars Rebels and Log Horizon.

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98: So Thrawn It’s Reich (Youjo Senki Movie)

The brothers get into the swing of 2020 with the action packed movie continuation of Youjo Senki: The Saga of Tanya the Evil. The saga continues in this alternate-history mashup of the two world wars and specifically the siege of lenningrad. However, Tanya meets her match in the equally blessed/cursed American soldier Mary Sioux[sic]. When the Russian Federation throws divisions of soldiers at Tanya’s small band of men and an overpowered renegade out for revenge catches up to her, can Tanya miracle her way out of this one? Also featuring: Keep Your Hands Off the Eizouken, Carole and Tuesday, Asteroid in Love, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, and Star Wars Rebels.

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97: The Girl Who Yeeted (Leapt) Through Time

Ben and Jon take a romantic trip at high speed down in a hill trying to relive the best days of their lives in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. This quaint time-travel anime from 2006 follows Makoto as her sudden acquisition of time travel powers tempts her to better her own life and those of her friends. The results of her leaps are a mixed bag, but lead her to a better sense of self. If you liked Tatami Galaxy or want a light, award-winning movie to watch, this is a film for you. Also featuring: La Morte d’Arthur and The Once and Future King.

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96: Chugging Forward (Night is Short, Walk on Girl)

The brothers contemplate the finer points of imbibing, romance, and hedonism in their #bestlife while watching the fantastic Night is Short, Walk on Girl. The spiritual successor to the Tatami Galaxy, Night is Short follows a young girl and young man during one wild and crazy night in Kyoto. Hers is a journey of flitting through life, sampling the delights that youth has to offer. His is a struggle to find his courage and discover what true romance entails. Around them are the myriad of other tails that mirror their own and cause their tracks to cross. If you have an hour and a half, this is one of the finer examinations of life and drink you’ll ever watch. Also Featuring: The Mandalorian, Dracula, Dark Maidens, and the Once and Future King.

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95: Beating a Dead Senpai (Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan)

Ben and Jon start questioning if their guardian angels wield nail-bats and have a pension for murder while watching Beat-to-Death Angel Dokuro-chan. In this classic sendup of magical girls, romcoms, and slice of life, mild-mannered Sakura-kun pines after his childhood crush despite living with an actual angel. Dokuro may seem innocent, but she also commands the holy, spiked baseball bat Excaliborg, which he uses to constantly kill and resurrect our boy when he annoys her. A memorable, yet disgusting, hilarious, yet garbage show from 2005, this is a nexus of all things anime that everyone should probably (not) see. Also featuring: Pokemon, the Konosuba movie, Kaiba, and Crest of the Stars.

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94: All Guns Life (Sabagebu!)

Ben and Jon discover that while some slice of life shows are about making friends while others are about making your friend a meat shield in Sabagebu! Following Sonokawa Momoka, a recent transfer student to an all girls school, this anime about the kinds of friendships one makes in an airsoft club made up of psychopaths of all stripes and one platypus. If you enjoy guns, off the wall comedy, or bath scenes, this is the show for you. Also featuring: rhythm riders and mahjong.

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93: Halloweeb Dractacular (Castlevania)

Get out your blood moons, monster mashes, spoopy skeletons, and a few stakes for good measure, it’s time for Aniki’s shivering review of Castlevania! Something out of the ordinary, Castlevania is an original English adaptation of the classic video games done in an anime style. With a star-studded voice cast, amazing visuals, and the promise of an action-filled adventure of killing vampires, does this Netflix original series live up to the hype? Also featuring: No Guns Life, Kemono Michi, Babylon, and Fate/Grand Order.

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