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.
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.
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.
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.