96: Chugging Forward (Night is Short, Walk on Girl)

The brothers contemplate the finer points of imbibing, romance, and hedonism in their #bestlife while watching the fantastic Night is Short, Walk on Girl. The spiritual successor to the Tatami Galaxy, Night is Short follows a young girl and young man during one wild and crazy night in Kyoto. Hers is a journey of flitting through life, sampling the delights that youth has to offer. His is a struggle to find his courage and discover what true romance entails. Around them are the myriad of other tails that mirror their own and cause their tracks to cross. If you have an hour and a half, this is one of the finer examinations of life and drink you’ll ever watch. Also Featuring: The Mandalorian, Dracula, Dark Maidens, and the Once and Future King.

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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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85: El Psyche Kongroo (Mob Psycho 100 II)

Sometimes the power of friendship is more than just a trope, at least thats what the brothers discover in the second season of Mob Psycho 100. Picking up where the last season left off, Mob Psycho 100 follows Mob’s progression from a self-isolating boy with immeasurable psychic power to a wholesome, well-rounded and more confident boy with immeasurable psychic power. One’s unique take on what it means to wield supreme strength while staying truly human brings a lot of heart to the table in this second season. Also featuring: Steins;Gate, No Game No Life: Zero, Detective Pikachu, and Game of Thrones.

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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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71: Can’t Spell ‘Problemantic’ without ‘Romantic’ (UtaKoi)

The brothers go on a deep dive into the bonkers world of Heian Era Japanese poetry with UtaKoi.  Love Japanese history? Poetry? Haiku? Puns? Love stories? Then this fascinating and eclectic show was made just for you. With semi-fictional vignettes, the love lives of some of the most famous poets in Japanese history are explored to explain where their prominent poems originated. Also featuring: Pokemon, One Punch Man, and My Hero Academia.

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55: Unconventional Lovers (Eve no Jikan 3)

What a time (of eve) to be alive! Robots loving humans, humans loving robots. Is it a packet switching utopia or just a recipe for disaster and dismemberment? Ben and Jon discuss real girls and the men who date them with Eve no Jikan episode 3: Koji and Rina (Lovers of Eve). Also featuring: Kuzu no Honkai final thoughts, Kamen Rider W and Braid, and Gravity Falls.
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37: Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

This week on the season 2 finale of Aniki: It’s the ultimate battle we’ve all been waiting for. Saitama and Boros face off in the final installment of One Punch Man. Also featuring: hot takes on this season’s anime, more Pokémon names, and Dungeons & Dragons.

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35: The Apricot is Nigh!

This week on Aniki: The greatest of heroes are summoned to HQ as the great seer, Shibaba, has had one final prediction. The world is in trouble (or an apricot). Soon, the city is under attack by a foe unlike any before. Also: Some of Ben’s Pokémon names and the brothers’ thoughts on Rogue One.

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33: Malicious Mermen

This week on Aniki: The Deep Sea King and his merfolk emerge from the ocean to conquer the surface. Heroes are falling left and right. Will Puri Puri Prisoner and Mumen Rider save the day? Also featuring: the most important mermaid information you’ll ever hear, Jon’s Pokémon puns, and the second Little Witch Academia movie.

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30: No Step On Snek

This week on Aniki: Saitama and Genos take the Hero Association entrance exam to predictable results. Afterward, Genos challenges his master to a battle of skill and noodles. Also featuring: Pokémon Sun & Moon and Flip Flappers.

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