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.
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.
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.
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.