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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

SP: Winter 2020 Anime Season Preview

New decade, new year, and new season Japanese animation! The brothers dish out their hot-takes on the upcoming winter 2020 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!

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More