Aggretsuko

111: Boss Hog (Aggretsuko)

What if The Office was set in Japan, was cast with cute animals, and the heroine was deep into death metal? Aniki finds out with Aggretsuko. Based on characters from Sanrio, the same company that brought you Hello Kitty and Gudetama, this short Netflix series tackles all aspects of office culture in Japan. From the drive to get ahead, to rampant sexism, to drunken office mixers, all while following a cute red panda who bottles up her emotions and releases them through death metal. Also featuring: Disenchanted and Wolf Children.

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109: Ayn Rand So Far Away (HameFura)

The brothers ask the age old question, “can being an objectivist libertarian turn a dating villainess into a heroine?”, with My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (HameFura). Catarina, a haughty noble child one day bumps her head and realizes that she is, in fact, a reborn fujoshi from Japan who was obsessed with otome games. Now she finds herself as the villainess of her favorite game “Fortune Lover” and must act quickly before she is either killed in a duel or exiled for life. Can she avoid the death flags and accidentally acquire a harem for herself? Also featuring: Tower of God and Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase.

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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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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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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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84: Airate (Kaguya-Sama)

All is fair in love and war, especially psychological manipulation, mind games, and peepee jokes. The brothers get all that and more with Kaguya-Sama: Love is War. Kaguya and Miyuki, the top two students at a prestigious academy and leaders of the student council have fallen for one another, but their massive egos refuse to allow them to be the first to confess to the other. Thus begins their battle to make the other wilt before them. Also featuring: Steins;Gate, One Punch Man, and Detective Pikachu.

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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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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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73: Country Roads, Take Me Home (Non Non Biyori)

Having not had enough of cute girls doing cute things, the brothers decide to watch cute girls doing nothing in a country side that makes them both green with envy with Non Non Biyori. Following four girls and one boy in a country-town school house, Non Non Biyori is a show about living in a questionably rural area when you’re young, imaginative, and suitably silly. Also featuring: Kamen Rider BuildKingdom Hearts, and Searching.

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69: It’s Always Sunny in this Wonderful World (KonoSuba)

Despite his best efforts, Jon finally capitulates and watches one of Ben’s favorite recent comedies: KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! A parody of the isekai trope, KonoSuba follows Kazuma, a recently dead teen, who is tasked with saving another world from the Devil King, but instead of an ultimate weapon, Kazuma chooses the useless goddess Aqua to aid him in his quest. Will Kazuma be successful? Is Aqua ever useful? How much jiggle can you actually have in one show? Also featuring: the newest Magic the Gathering set, Bananafish, and Cells at Work.
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