Tower of God

108: Turtles All The Way Up (Tower of God)

The manga revolution may be in for a revolution as the Aniki brothers climb a deadly gauntlet with the adaptation of the Korean manwa Tower of God. Originally published on Webtoons, Tower of God is a rarity in that it is an anime based on non-Japanese published source material. Following the Twenty-Fifth Baam, or Yoru, the show follows his journey through the eponymous tower to reunite with his friend Rachel. Said to grant any wish to those that reach its top, the tower poses a mighty and deadly gauntlet for each of its floors. While a shounen at heart, this is a unique spin on the genre with amazing animation and fantastic music. Also featuring: mahjong rants and some other manga reviews.

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107: Batting Over .9000 (Cross Game)

Jonesing for some baseball in this era of social distancing? The Aniki brothers reconnect with their love of the game with Cross Game. A delightful character driven show, this Cross Game centers on how baseball and the love of family and friends bring people together. Focusing on Ko, an up and coming pitcher and his childhood friend, Aoba, who teaches him all he knows, follow their journey in reconciling the past, discovering what they have in each other, and making their way towards the Koshien, the Japanese high-school baseball equivalent of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Also featuring: Gurren Lagann, Panty and Stocking with Garter Belt, and Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru.

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Houseki no Kuni

106: Rock Solid (Houseki no Kuni)

Who said CG anime was terrible? Well, we did, but Houseki no Kuni is a strong case that CG can be used to build a compelling and engaging show. In a world where minerals are human-like, Phos and other gem-people must protect the remainder of their kind of the relentless assault of the mooninites. A unique show that strips characters of their sex, passes Lovecraftian horror off as bright fantasy, and makes us rethink our position on using computer graphics for anime production. Also featuring: Happiness, Tomochan is a Girl, Tonikaku Cawaii, and So I’m a Spider, So What?

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105: F1ghter Boi (Hi Score Girl)

The Aniki brothers go head to head with Hi Score Girl, the show that asks “Can being a Street Fighter arcade rat get you a high school love triangle?” The short answer is yes, at least for our boy Haruo. An avid early-90’s king of his video-game domain, his reign is threatened by the school princess Ono. Growing from rivalry to love, their relationship is built on the solid foundation of joysticks, coins, and the joy of defeating all opponents. However, when a new player, Hidaka, arrives to the game of love, who will become champion of Haruo’s heart? One of the best romance shows we’ve watched in a long time, this is a must watch. Also featuring: Tsukuyomi and Pop Team Epic.

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104: Poker? I Hardly Know Her! (Kakegurui)

Determined to bet their own destruction, the brothers take a chance on the gambling anime that is a mashup of Poker Stars, Bollywood and Jojo: Kakegurui. Set in a high-school where your success and even life are tied to your gambling skills, the seemingly mild-mannered transfer student Yumeko Jabami upturns the social order with her insatiable desire for the ultimate gamble. While absolutely bananas, this show offers interesting games, crazy drama, and something of a mashup of Bollywood and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Also featuring: How Clumsy Are You Miss-Ueno, Houseki no Kuni, Toilet-Bound Hanako-san, and Katanagatari.

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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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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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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!

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