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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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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101: Quarenteens (After School Dice Club)

Due to plague, the brothers are stuck inside with nothing to do. Good thing this week After School Dice Club offers a solution with board games! Shy Miki just wants to cruise through high school without social interaction. However, through her chance meeting with Aya, a bubbly girl, and Midori, a megane who works part time at a game store, Miki learns all about board games and how they can solve all of life’s problems. While a niche watch, if you are into board games or game design, this show may be right up your alley. Also featuring: Star Wars Clone Wars and Isekai Quartet.

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SP: Fall 2019 Anime Season Preview

The brothers drop hot-takes like leaves for the new fall 2019 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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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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89: All Alone Ainz (Overlord)

The brothers get transported to a grim-dark fantasy epic full of magic and intrigue in Overlord, one of the best isekais to come out in the last ten years. In what was supposed to be a single season overview, this episode ends up covering the entirety of the series since Jon just couldn’t stop watching. Overlord follows the player Momonga after he is transported inside the game Yggdrasil after the game was supposed to have been shut off. Instead of a blank “screen” he is presented with NPCs that now act as their flavor text dictates and the body of his own character. Now he must discover if he is the only player in this predicament or not, whatever it takes. Also featuring: Cop Craft and Vinland Saga.

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SP: Summer 2018 Anime Season Preview

The tradition continues with Ben and Jon hot takes on the new season of anime for summer 2018. Once again, 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! Read More