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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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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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103: Ub Eiwerk (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!)

The brothers check out a love letter to the dream and drive of the anime creation process with Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! With more goblins than a first level Dungeons and Dragons adventure module, Eizouken follows three first year high school girls as they pool their distinct skill sets to live out their dream of creating animation. With its colorful and immersive look at the creative process from vision to production, this anime is probably one of the best offerings of 2020. Also featuring: Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Machikado Mazoku, Re:Zero, and A Certain Scientific Railgun.

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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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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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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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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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92: Protag and the Real Girl (The Tatami Galaxy)

What does it mean to live your #bestlife? In searching for this answer, the brothers discover an unlikely masterpiece in The Tatami Galaxy. Following an unnamed protagonist in his quest for his rose-colored campus life and raven-haired beauties, The Tatami Galaxy explores what it means to live, laugh, and love, what friendship really entails, and the introspection needed to grab hold of the reins of your own life. It is no wonder that with its myriad of layers to unpack and its fantastic visual language, it won the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize in animation and earns it’s place as the first 10/10 Aniki has reviewed. Also featuring: Demon Slayer and All You Need Is Kill.

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