Re:Zero

110: All You Need Is Simp (Re:Zero)

The Aniki brothers witness the extremely popular time loop isekai Re:Zero -Starting Life In Another World– over and over and over again. Whisked away from earth, the protagonist Subaru is tossed into an unfamiliar world where he has to navigate magic, girls, and politics, usually to his own demise. Having the power to reset time upon death isn’t all its cracked up to be. But despite its popularity, does it live up to scrutiny? Is Subaru the hero we need or deserve? Is Rem or Emilia best girl? Find out what these old otaku think! Also featuring: Deca-Dence.

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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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57: Extremely Insensitive (Eve no Jikan 5)

Rikuo has a crisis of faith in his new robot buddies when an upstart android steals the spotlight from him at a piano competition. Misaki also discovers that yet another patron at Eve no Jikan is a robot. Also featuring: Back Street Girls, Happiness, Boku wa Mari no Naka, and Goodnight Punpun. Read More