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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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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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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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97: The Girl Who Yeeted (Leapt) Through Time

Ben and Jon take a romantic trip at high speed down in a hill trying to relive the best days of their lives in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. This quaint time-travel anime from 2006 follows Makoto as her sudden acquisition of time travel powers tempts her to better her own life and those of her friends. The results of her leaps are a mixed bag, but lead her to a better sense of self. If you liked Tatami Galaxy or want a light, award-winning movie to watch, this is a film for you. Also featuring: La Morte d’Arthur and The Once and Future King.

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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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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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74: 13 Reasons Why You Should Watch (Orange)

Full of regret, the brothers decide to commiserate with the cast and story of Orange. A group of friends, upon learning that in high school another friend’s accident was actually a suicide, send a message to their past selves to try and save the life and heart of a boy all of them regret not getting to know better. A romantic drama with attempts at sci-fi, Orange plays with the Japanese idea of “What If?” in an original way. Also featuring: My Hero Academia and Watership Down.

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